Monday, June 30, 2014

Vintage Royal Tuscan Teacup Trio

 Are you tired of seeing my teacup trios? 
Finding bargain-priced teacup trios has become
a fun personal challenge.   
This set is back-stamped Royal Tuscan, Made in England,
Fine Bone China, Woodland Violet,
Member of the Wedgwood Group. 
I think it is pretty and I purchased it at a good price.
I am pleased to add it to my collection. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Family Summer Fun

 Swimming, movies, shopping, cookouts, visiting with friends, 
going to amusement parks, and travel. 
These are just few of the fun times scheduled for the family this summer. 
I will report back later with some of the details. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Vintage Arthur Wood Teapot

I purchased this pretty vintage Arthur Wood teapot
from Mary's auction to add to my blue and white collection. 
Pink floral patterns usually catch my eye when I'm looking for teawares.
This one is special because it was Mary's. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Gluten Free Miracles Bakery and Cafe in Lexington

recently opened in Lexington, KY. 
During Melissa's visit earlier this month, we loaded the kids in the van 
and drove to Lexington to have lunch and purchase a few bakery items. 
Nine year old Peyton was less-than-thrilled when he discovered
this was our destination. :-)
But, Kaitlyn (13) and Austin (15) enjoyed GF Smashed Potato Soup
and a Panini made with GF Bread declaring them to be very good! 
The breads of the day were white sandwich bread
and cinnamon bread. 
The muffins of the day were pumpkin chocolate chip, blueberry, 
and chocolate zucchini.
The pumpkin and blueberry came home with us. 

 Other GF bakery items included cinnamon rolls, snickerdoodle cookies, 
and lemonade cookies.  
The delicious scones of the day were lemon.   
As most of you know Melissa has Celiac and I have Gluten Sensitivity.
We were very happy to learn of the new 

Interesting fact for my blogging friends, 
Denise, the owner, told me she began as a GF Blogger
sharing her recipes then decided to open the business
Good Luck Denise and Gluten Free Miracles.  

Friday, June 20, 2014

National Iced Tea Month

June is National Iced Tea Month
Legend has it that a tea vendor at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis popularized the drink.
When visitors turned down free hot tea at the sweltering even,
he ran it through iced pipes to chill the brew. 
Word quickly spread about his cold tea.
Iced tea is better known in my part of the country as "ice tea." 
Most folks drink their ice tea with sugar known as "Sweet Tea." 
I drink mine unsweetened aka "unsweet ice tea".
The photo above was taken at a Cracker Barrel in Nashville on the return trip
from Memphis.  The coaster in their indication this tea is not sweet tea.
During the trip to Memphis and Mississippi, I encountered several
restaurants who only served "sweet tea", aka sweetened with sugar iced tea.
To simplify this post, I am celebrating the summer with iced tea wherever
I go, in restaurants, a community events,  and at home. 
My iced tea of choice at home is made from Harney Black Mango
loose leaf tea.  I brew it as hot tea and serve it over ice. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Gluten Free Afternoon Tea at The Peabody Hotel, Memphis

My gluten free afternoon tea at The Peabody Memphis
included all the same tea sandwich fillings as
Austin and Glenn's with the difference of being served
on gluten free bread.
I appreciated the way my sandwiches were also garnished.
The savory sandwiches included:
Crab Salad
Cucumber and Tomato
Chicken Salad
Prosciutto and Melon
Smoked Salmon

I forgot to take a photo of my "scone" second course,
which was actually a small gluten free bagel.
My third course, the pastries and sweets included:
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry
Raspberry Parfait
Cheesecake in a Chocolate Shell
White Chocolate Mixed Nuts
Chocolate Chip Cookie
A big 'thank you" for this wonderful gluten free afternoon tea experience!
After the delightful tea service we visited the famous
Peabody Ducks in the fountain of the hotel lobby. 

The Peabody Duck March as directed by the Duckmaster,
takes place every day at 11:00 a.m. when the red carpet is laid out and
they come to the lobby,
and at 5:00 p.m. when they march out the red carpet,
and  ride the elevator back up to their penthouse coop.
The Peabody Duck March is an event attended by
many tourists and guests as you can see in these photos. 

Monday, June 16, 2014

Afternoon Tea at The Peabody, Memphis

We arrived in Memphis Saturday afternoon just in time for
afternoon tea reservations at The Peabody Hotel
Afternoon tea is served Wednesday - Saturday in the
Chez Philippe, The Peabody's French dining room.
We enjoyed the three-course Chez Philippe Tea including a choice
of tea from selection of teas and herbal blends.
Austin chose the Jasmine Jazz, a green tea, Glenn chose the
Decaf British Breakfast, and I chose the Raspberry Quince Black Blend,
because it is one of their most popular teas.
I'm sure it is no surprise to my tea friends that after I drank the small pot of
fruit flavored tea, I changed to British Breakfast Tea. 

The first course was served on a small three-tiered server.
Each guest was served five savory tea sandwiches:
Curried Chicken Salad
Melon and Prosciutto
Crab Salad
Cucumber and Tomato
Smoked Salmon

The open-faced sandwiches were delicious and nicely garnished.

The pretty floral table service was Villeroy and Boch.
Each guest had their own 2-cup teapot which was not served
decanted and refilled with hot water.

The second course was a large Blueberry Scone served with Cream and Jam. 
The dessert course included five delightful assorted pastries and sweets.  

According to the hotel's website,
"The Peabody Afternoon Tea is the only place in Memphis to
experience the elegance of Afternoon Tea in the English manner."

The Peabody Memphis Afternoon Tea
ranks high on our list of favorite grand hotel afternoon teas.
I will share my gluten free version of this tea service in
the next blog post.  

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Celebrating Flag Day - June 14th

 The tea table is set with the Johnson Brothers Devon Cottage pattern
for Flag Day. 
 The teapot, creamer and sugar are the Staffordshire Liberty Blue pattern.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Visiting Graceland and Remembering Elvis

A visit to Graceland is a must when visiting Memphis.
This was the 2nd visit for Austin and me, and Glenn's 4th visit.
Are we major Elvis fans?  Not really. But, the
place is frozen in time and has a magical air.

Elvis died August 16, 1977.
The one and only time Glenn and I saw him in concert
was in Cincinnati on June 25, 1977.
His last ever concert was the next night in Indianapolis. 
Perhaps the reason we are attracted to Graceland when in Memphis?

We were allowed to take photos of the interior of the house,
but I'm not posting any.  You can search the internet for photos if you wish.
Elvis purchased Graceland when he was only 22 years old.
The guys really enjoyed the cars, motorcycles, and the Lisa Marie, private jet.
It was interesting to see several exhibits which are new since we were last there. 
Did you know the Heartbreak Hotel is adjacent to the grounds of Graceland?
It is new since our last visit.
FYI to my readers and followers:
My blog posts will be sporadic this summer
while we are out and about.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Travel to Memphis

 School was out on Thursday, June 5th. 
Austin is officially a sophomore! 
The high school band was required to play at graduation on Friday evening, June 6th.  
Bright and early Saturday morning we departed for Memphis. 
Bar B Q dinner at the famous Rendezvous was high on the priority list for these guys. 
Everyone who visits Memphis needs to visit the Rendezvous 
at least one time for their famous  Memphis-style Bar B Q.

The reason for this trip was a meeting Glenn attended. 
We returned home Tuesday night in time for the
family to arrive for the Berea College summer reunion this weekend. 
It's gonna be a busy summer! 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Boone Tavern Blend Tea

 I received a gift in the mail from Boone Tavern Hotel
as a thank you for hosting a tea event in March of this year. 
The gift included the *new* Boone Tavern Blend Tea and a Berea College
handcrafted pottery mug. 
The Boone Tavern Tea is a blend of single-estate teas
from India and Sri Lanka, expertly blended and packaged 
by Bruce Richardson of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas in Danville, KY.
Many of my blog readers will remember several blog posts
from the Afternoon Tea events I helped plan and host
at Historic Boone Tavern Hotel, 
including the event for tea bloggers in March. 
I first mentioned the need for a Boone Tavern Blend 
 to the general manager, Gary, when we began planning
afternoon tea service and events in early 2013. 
I also mentioned this to Bruce Richardson. 
I am so happy to see this special blend of tea!
(sipping the smooth blend as I type)

From the back of the tea tin:
Historic Boone Tavern
The inspiration for a hotel to house guests of Berea College 
was the idea of Nellie Frost, wife of college president William Frost. 
Work began in 1907 of the stately public inn built with bricks manufactured 
by students in the college's brickyard and finished by the college's woodworkers.  
The tavern is named for early Kentucky explorer Daniel Boone. 

Boone Tavern Blend is a unique balance of exceptional single-estate teas from the finest gardens in India and Sri Lanka.  It makes the perfect accompaniment for your afternoon or morning tea times.

Note: This tea is also delicious as iced tea.  

Congratulations to Historic Boone Tavern Hotel at Berea College
and Bruce Richardson of Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
on this delicious tea blend! 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Vintage Liberty Blue Tablescape

My tea table for two is set with Liberty Blue Staffordshire,
blue and white dinnerware.  
My inspiration for this tablescape is planning a patriotic
afternoon tea or a luncheon for the ladies in our DAR chapter.  
The dinnerware is Staffordshire Liberty Blue Historic Colonial Scenes,
made in England.  
According to my research, this dinnerware originated as a regional promotion in 1975
by the Benjamin Franklin Savings and Loan in the Pacific Northwest. 
A Betsy Ross scene is on the berry bowls.
The bread and butter plates have a scene of Monticello.
The dinner plates depict Independence Hall.
A scene of Paul Revere's ride is on the teacups. 
The sugar bowl is Betsy Ross and the creamer is Paul Revere.
The scene on the teapot is "Minutemen". 
I look forward my DAR friends reactions when I set
my dining room table with this dinnerware! 

Friday, June 6, 2014


 Years ago I discovered I can display/store more of my pretty 
teacups vertically in teacup stands than to have
 individual teacups on tables and the mantle.   

But these teacup stands have become very difficult to find. 
Therefore, when Mary had three of them in her auction, 
I was determined I would purchase them. 
As you can see in the photo below, they are now mine
to fill up with a dozen teacups.  I don't think I'll 
have a problem finding a dozen pretty teacups in my china cabinets. 
Do you? 


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