Welcome to Friendship Tea, a blog about the daily happenings in the life of Linda, a tea enthusiast, who enjoys travel and trip planning, and is passionate about family, friends, life in Kentucky, and all things TEA.
The folks in Glenn's office participated in a Secret Santa
again this year. Most of us know how this works.
Participants "secretly" give two small gifts over two weeks,
then usually have a get-together to present the final gift and reveal the Secret Santas.
Apparently, word has made it around that Glenn only drinks decaf teas.
His final gift this year was 3 teas/herbal infusions from Montea in Lexington.
Cranberry Fruit, Coconut Almond Rooibos, and Snowlicious Rooibos.
I brewed a cup of the Snowlicious Rooibos.
There is no description for Snowlicious on Montea's website, so I went
to Elmwood Inn Fine Teas website, the supplier for Montea.
I found nothing similar to Snowlicious Rooibos.
I am totally guessing here --
I think it's a combination of Lemon Rooibos
and Hibiscus Flowers.
Now, I may be incorrect because I am not a
connoisseur of herbal infusions. I'm going by the appearance of both on the websites.
Strictly my opinion: The brewed infusion gave me a small aroma of
what I would expect "Snowlicious" to be.
But, (also in my opinion) it looks pretty in my Kathe Wohlfahrt
Christmas mug I hand carried from Germany.
Historic Boone Tavern Hotel hosted their third annual
Christmas Afternoon Tea on Saturday.
The hotel was decorated for the season, and Christmas music
was being played on the piano in the lobby as the 55 guests gathered.
Our family and our long-time friend and neighbor, Mary K
enjoyed a delightful menu developed by Chef David.
Southern Spoonbread is a Boone Tavern Tradition.
Below: Spoonbread Bite
The savories were served plated and included
Christmas Tree Sandwich
Tomato, Olive and Montrachet Tart
Roast Beef and Stilton Potato Cakes
Shrimp and Spinach Quiche
Cranberry Chicken Salad with Apricot Chutney
Note: I took this photo while the plates were being prepped,
it is without the edible flower garnish in the center.
After the savories, the three tier server was brought to the table
with the Scones and Sweets
Red Velvet Poinsettia Cup Cakes
Lemon Mousse Phyllo Cups
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Maple Walnut Scones with Cinnamon Glaze
Devonshire Cream, Butter and Jams
Macadamia Sugar Cookies
Mini Raspberry Cheesecakes
Melissa and Peyton
Glenn and me
Austin and Mary K.
The teas served were from Elmwood Inn Fine Teas:
Christmas in a Cup
Boone Tavern Blend
Organic English Breakfast Decaf
It was a very fun and festive event.
I was very pleased, and proud to be the Tea Consultant for the hotel.
When the world is all at odds And the mind is all at sea Then cease the useless tedium And brew a cup of tea. There is magic in its' fragrance, There is solace in its' taste; And then laden moments vanish Somehow into space. And the world becomes a lovely thing! There's beauty as you'll see; All because you briefly stopped To brew a cup of tea. ~ Source unknown
"Friendship Tea Recipe" ~~ 1/2 cup instant tea, 1 cup sweetened lemonade mix, 1 cup Tang, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground cloves, Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in a an airtight container. To serve, put 2 to 3 tsp. mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of boiling water. Adjust amount of mix to taste. Enjoy!