Sunday, August 30, 2015

45th Wedding Anniversary

We celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary throughout the weekend. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hawaiian Volcano Oolong Tea

Last summer when we were in Hawaii, we toured the Hilo Coffee Mill plantation.
We were unable to visit a tea plantation, so I was happy to find Hawaiian tea
at the Coffee Mill gift shop. 
I purchased 100% Hawaiian Oolong Tea, "grown and processed on the slopes of an active volcano."
According to my internet research, this 1st flush Oolong is hand picked and hand processed.
The tea is grown in the lush rainforest surrounding Volcanoes National Park.  
The Camellia Sinsensis plants are about 6 years old and only approximately
 100 pounds per year is produced for sale. 

  This 1st flush Oolong tea has a "whiffing sweet aroma, 
bright and clear liquor and a delicate floral and fruity flavor."

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Favorite Teapot?

 Do you have a favorite teapot?
Last week members of the Afternoon Tea Across America Facebook Group
were asked to post a photo of their favorite teapot. 
Honestly, it is very difficult to pick my favorite, but I posted this 
Irish Belleek as my favorite for several reasons.  
My husband gave it to me as a birthday gift several years ago, 
thanks to Daughter # 1, Melissa, who saw it at half price in a Cincinnati 
tea room going-out-of-business sale.  She promptly called her dad and 
made the arrangements for him to buy it for my March birthday.
I have a bit of an affection for collection "shamrock" tea wares,
especially during March.  

If you enjoy afternoon tea and are on Facebook, you might 
want to join the Afternoon Tea Across America group.   

Monday, August 17, 2015

Tea Mug Infuser

I can't pass a TJ Maxx without thinking of
Angela at Tea With Friends who is a great bargain shopper. 
While in Richmond, KY last week, I stopped to see what I might find interesting. 
I spied this Tovolo tea mug infuser.
It's time to confess.  I love kitchen gadgets! 
According to the information on the package, 
this tea infuser makes tea hassle free. 
Just put the correct amount of loose tea in the mesh infuser. 
Wait three to five minutes., then take out the infuser and place it 
on the base to catch drips.  
Easy and fun! 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Summertime Iced Tea

Many glasses of iced tea have been consumed at our our Kentucky Home
this summer with the sweltering temperatures and high humidity.  

This week we are drinking the very refreshing  
Harney and Sons Passion Fruit flavored black tea.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

First Day of Junior Year

 Wednesday, August 12th was the first day of Austin's junior year at BCHS.
Below: first soccer game was Tuesday evening.
In case you wonder what Austin and I have been doing since
we returned from NYC travels in mid-July,
I've been driving him to soccer practice twice a day,
7 - 9 am and 6 - 8 pm. 
He played soccer on multiple teams from the time he was 5 years old.
He chose not to play his freshman and sophomore years, but
loves the game.  He is back!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Thistle Teapot

 Did you know the prickly purple Thistle is the Emblem of Scotland? 
I was amazed to see tall Thistles in Scottish gardens during our first visit in 1995.
The reason is the thistle is a pesky plant in Kentucky, and it hurts if you touch or step on one. 
We have too many of them in our fields at the farm, according to my husband. 
But, I must admit, I have looked at the Thistle differently since our visits to Scotland. 
Therefore, when I found this English Crown Trent Thistle Teapot at a bargain price,
I added it to my teapot collection.  
It would be perfect at the farm house. Don't you agree? 

Monday, August 10, 2015

RTD Teas

 Most of you know I'm not a big RTD (ready to drink)Tea fan. 
I drink loose leaf black tea brewed in my Brown Betty Teapot daily. 

16 year-old Austin's favorite is the Peace Tea (Sweet Lemon Tea) in the photo. 
He is a big fan of the Arnold Palmer beverage (half tea and half lemonade).
 While standing in the aisle at the Richmond, KY Kroger, 
I couldn't help but notice the variety of RTDs some are made from 
the Camelia sinensis (tea plant) and some are herbal infusions
The Rooibee Roo (below)is marketed as a children's beverage.
I have previously tried the Rooibee Red Tea in glass bottles. 
Made with Roobios Tea (African Red Bush, not Camillia sinsensis) 
Everything I have read about the rooibos indicates it is high in anti-oxidents
and a very healthy, naturally caffeine beverage for all ages. 
I was not at all familiar with STEAZ (below), it says it is a 
lightly sweetened organic green tea.  The company also markets
an unsweetened RTD and a no calorie sweetened with stevia version. 
 The last one I saw on this shelf at Kroger is Honest Tea
 I decided to purchase the Honest Tea organic Half Tea and Half Lemonade (below). 
The label says that Honest Teas are "just a tad sweet" and that all the 
ingredients are organic including the black tea. 

As everyone knows, because I've written it often, my favorite
iced tea is unsweetened black tea.  So this will be an adventure for me...
Well, I was pleasantly surprised because, it was in fact "just a tad sweet."

Thursday, August 6, 2015

DAR Weekend

 Several members of the Berea-Laurel Ridges Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution
attended a weekend event in Lexington with President General Lynn Forney Young
as the guest of honor and featured speaker.  
The President General is elected for a three year term. During her term,
she is required to visit all 50 state societies and the international societies. 
She told us about her recent brief and very interesting meeting in England with the Queen. 
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is a women's service
organization whose members can prove lineal descent from a Patriot of the American Revolution
was founded in 1890 to promote patriotism historic preservation, and education.  
2015 is the 125th Anniversary of DAR. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Autumn Tea Time Magazine

Tea Time Magazine arrived in my mailbox yesterday. 
I made a tall glass of iced tea and sat down to enjoy!
The timing of the arrival of this Autumn Issue is perfect, because 
I have just been asked to plan a series of fund raiser fall afternoon teas. 
My priorities have changed since becoming gluten free 2.5 years ago. 
The first page I look at is the recipe index on the last page.
Yes!  There are gluten free recipes for a scone, sandwich spreads, and more. 
I will definitely make this  GF Toffee-Pecan Scone recipe soon. 
On to the rest of the issue with Autumn Tea Party Planning, 
including delightful savories and sweets recipes and beautiful fall tablescapes.
There are a lot more fun features in the Sept.-Oct. issue, but I won't spoil 
your delightful exploration of the magazine when it arrives in your mailbox. 
Let me know if you like it as much as I do! 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Tea Giveaway Winner

The Blend 1776 Tea by Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd.
goes to The Victorian Girl.
Congratulations!  I will send the tea to you via USPS. 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

August Teacup Trio

The Royal Albert Flower of the Month Series teacup for August is the Poppy.
This design is from the 1970 series with the Montrose style teacup. 

 Gladiolus is the August birth flower and the Peridot is the birthstone. 
I don't have a Gladiolus teacup, but I found a photo on the internet of
this pretty teacup from the Royal Albert Friendship Series.

Happy August Birthday to our youngest daughter (daughter #2), Laurel. 
And, happy birthday to all August birthday friends! 

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