Sunday, May 31, 2015

Celebrating Austin's 16th

 We celebrated Austin's 16th birthday with the family 
at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, his favorite Cincinnati restaurant. 
 On Saturday, we drove to N. KY for an overnight visit with 
Melissa, Tim, and Peyton.  

 Austin ordered the "hatchet" rib-eye. 
Peyton "goofing around" with his mom's knife. 
As you can see, he had the usual chicken fingers and fries. 
Ricotta donuts with seasonal dipping sauces. 

 And, of course we enjoyed a nice pot of 
Harney's Organic English Breakfast tea with dessert. 
 It was a fun night of celebrating! 
One of Austin's birthday gifts.  

Thursday, May 28, 2015

DAR Event

 The Berea-Laurel Ridges Chapter, NSDAR is celebrating
our 85th anniversary in 2015. 
Chapter members traveled to Paris, Kentucky to Duncan Tavern Shrine,
the state headquarters for the KSDAR,
for a special dedication ceremony and lunch. 
 In 1976, a very dedicated member of our chapter made
seven Early American Flags to be used by our chapter
and other chapters around Kentucky, as a Bicentennial project
and for years after.  They were used for many years and
are still in great condition.
Our chapter gave them to the Kentucky Society's Duncan Tavern
on May 21, 2015 in a special memorial service. 
 Lunch was set in the dining room for 21. 
 Everyone enjoyed the meal, the tour, the gift shop and the ceremony. 

Added after Rachel's comment:
Deliciously brewed iced tea was served to everyone.
In addition, coffee, regular or decaf was served,
and in the beautiful mint julep cups, was iced water with
Kentucky Colonel Mint sprigs from the herb garden.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Austin's Garden

 Austin's first garden.
The first Annual Berea Victory Garden Blitz, 
sponsored by Sustainable Berea, 
was held May 16 and 17.  
115 volunteers built and filled 130 raised garden beds.
Glenn and Austin purchased one and Austin is our gardener. 
I'll keep you posted on how it produces. 
Photo above from Sustainable Berea 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

A Time To Remember

Memorial Day was known as "decoration day" in my family
during my childhood here in Appalachia. 
I learned early from my mother and my aunts to decorate
the family graves for Memorial Day. I continue the family tradition. 
We decorated six graves "in town" and five in the country cemetery.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Special Mom and Austin Time

 Austin and I enjoyed the Bed and Breakfast package at the 
Inn on the Biltmore Estate
 And, we especially enjoyed the convenience and the quiet surroundings. 

The best gluten free breakfast ever!  
GF pancakes served with lemon curd and blueberries. 
The great food served at the Inn made up for not being able to 
have afternoon tea because they were all booked
during the Downton Abbey Costume Event. 

Austin is a great travel companion! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Biltmore Visit

Last weekend Glenn was in California for a business trip, so Austin and I
drove to one of our favorite places, Asheville, NC,
and the fabulous Biltmore Estate.
The purpose of our visit was to view costumes from
the popular PBS TV series, Downton Abbey.
The costumes were exhibited throughout the Biltmore House
in various settings.
I bet you can you can guess the costumes in the kitchen.  
Photos are not allowed inside the house. bit they kindly
had one costume in a glass case. 
Read the description below. 
The mountains surround the estate.
Austin and I stayed at the Inn on the Biltmore Estate.
A great convenience of staying on the estate is free 
shuttle transportation to various locations on the estate. 
Austin and I enjoyed a delicious dinner in the dining room.
Mighty leaf tea is served at the Inn.
I enjoyed a cup of Earl Grey with dessert.
 Below: Creme Brulee' and Raspberry Sorbet

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Welcome Reception for the Sister City Visit

 Our family has hosted the Welcome Reception for the 
Sister City Delegation from Hokuto City, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
for several years. The delegation visits Berea, Richmond and Madison County, KY 
in May for a week.  
In turn the Madison County delegation visits Japan in October. 
The Sister City relationship has been happening for over 25 years.  
 Yes, that's Derby Pie for dessert. 

There were 40 guests for the event, including 15 delegates from Japan.
 Below: Austin, the head of the delegation, and Glenn. 
 The week is full of fun activities as we all become better acquainted! 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Shelley "Blue Rock" Teacup Trio

This Shelley "Blue Rock" teacup has been on my shelf
for a few years.  I was very pleased to recently find the plate
to make it a teacup trio set. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

An Evening Afternoon Tea

 I was invited to a DAR evening tea by the sister-in-law
of my soon-to-be ninety year old neighbor. 
The event was a Friday evening "Mother's Day Tea."
It was an afternoon tea menu served in the evening.
The event began at 6:00 p.m. with the service of scones.  
The ladies I sat with were not accustomed to my tea time photography,
therefore, I didn't have an opportunity to photo the scones and jams served 
on the three-tier server. 
After the scones, the savories were served plated. 
They included;
Roast Beef and Caramelized Onion Tea Sandwich
Cucumber Cup with Benedictine garnished with a cherry tomato
Curried Chicken Salad in a Lettuce Cup
Quiche Loraine
Country Ham on an Herb Cheese Biscuit
Shrimp in a Pea Pod
Desserts were served on the three-tier Server

 Desserts included:
Turtle Brownie
Lemon Tart
Frosted Cookie
The teas included a spice -flavored tea and an Earl Grey. 
The event was catered by my table hostesses daughter who
is also my neighbor's niece.  
I asked the two sisters-in-law, who had been married to brothers,
and are both widows, 
how long they had been in the same family.  
Joyce, my neighbor, and her husband Jack were married 65 years ago,
and Joe and Ann married 63 years ago.  
It was a fun evening with a Band of gentlemen
performing 1940's music.  

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