Friday, December 30, 2016

Breakfast at Skillets with Charleston Tea Plantation Tea

Drinking Charleston Tea Plantation tea in South Carolina is always 
a treat for us on our annual visits to Hilton Head Island.
Melissa and I drank the Charleston Breakfast® Tea each morning 
at Skillets Cafe, our favorite breakfast place on the island.  
Below: Austin discovered the Skillet's Benedict with Grits, delicious and gluten free,
made on loaded potato skins instead of an English muffin.
Gluten free meals are served on green plates. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Christmas Vacation

We traveled to Hilton Head Island, SC for Christmas vacation. 
The weather was great, and the family had a great time on the beach, 
 in the pool, 
 enjoying the view from our balcony,
and lots of great seafood (this is gluten free!).

celebrating family 
and Christmas.  

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Tis the Season!

My blog posts are few and far between this month, but the kettle is always on. 

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Christmas Afternoon Tea at Historic Boone Tavern Hotel

I am very pleased I was able to assist with the fourth annual Christmas Afternoon Tea 
at Historic Boone Tavern Hotel on Saturday, December 10, 2016.
The event was sold out with 76 advance reservations
Starting with Kaitlyn, Austin, Peyton, Melissa, me, Mrs. Henderson (our
91 year-old neighbor), Glenn and Tim. 
Our family has celebrated with a Christmas Afternoon Tea since before Austin was born. 
The dining room was beautifully decorated for the season.
A spoon of Boone Tavern's famous spoonbread was served first. Sorry, no photo. 
Then the sandwiches and savories were served plated. 
The "spoon" was edible.  I was told it tasted like a cracker. 
Below:  The gluten free version of the savories. 
The scones and desserts were served on the three-tier server. 
Below is the delicious gluten free version. 
I was seated on the opposite side of the table from the gluten-full
version and forgot to take a photo. Their cookies were different and 
they had mini cheese cakes.  The pastry chef kindly gave Melissa, Austin and I 
doubles on all the gluten free sweets.  
It was a very special event for our family.
I missed this photo op because I was in the Dining Room 
helping with preparations.  

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Christmas Tea Cart

The tea cart is "dressed" for the Christmas season with 
four sets of English bone china trios. 

Sadler Teapot and Royal Adderley cream and sugar
(aka - mini milk jug and open sugar bowl)

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Holly Dunoon Mug

 While traveling in Maine this summer, I purchased this pretty
Dunoon English Fine Bone China mug as a "souvenir" from 
the Bar Harbor Tea Company located among quaint shops along Main Street. 
 I saved it to use for the first time today, December 1st.  
It's time to begin celebrating with Christmas teas!  
Won't you join me? 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Great Smoky Mountains Memories

Glenn, Peyton and Austin are pictured here in a Smoky Mountain cabin
during Thanksgiving break 2008.
I have blogged many times about our family travels to
Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and the Great Smoky Mountains.  
The cabins in the area were/are beautiful and luxurious and a
favorite place for many families in our area to travel to for
weekend getaways, vacations, camping and hiking.
I first visited Gatlinburg with my parents before I was two years old,
and continued to visit multiple times yearly since.
Our family, friends and neighbors are so sad about the massive devastation
this week due to the tragic wildfires.   
Some of our neighbors own property that was destroyed, but that is minor
compared to those who lost their homes and lives.  
Sending love and encouragement to all affected, and prayers for healing.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Family Thanksgiving Celebration

Isn't it amazing how the "selfie" has changed photography?!?
Above: our family selfie just before sitting down to eat
this delicious traditional southern Thanksgiving meal.
We went to Melissa, Tim, and Peyton's on Wednesday
for family fun and good eats! 
Our Traditional family Thanksgiving Menu
Honey Baked Ham
Southern Cornbread Dressing
Corn Pudding
Sweet Potato Casserole
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
Green Beans
Devilled Eggs
Cranberry Sauce
Pecan Pie
Apple Pie
I prepared everything gluten free except for the "store bought" rolls and pecan pie.
We are planning for more guests next year in Berea.
I will add Cheese Grits, a favorite of daughter #2.
Any suggestions for your family favorite Thanksgiving dishes we could add?


Sunday, November 20, 2016

BCHS Production of Bye Bye Birdie

What a fun show!
Berea Community High School production of Bye Bye Birdie
Seniors, Austin Jennings and Katie Okumu
Cast, below included a couple of favorite teachers. 

And, a fun cast party at our house Saturday night.

 Katie's surprise birthday cake.

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