Saturday, January 30, 2016

Three Cultivar Red Tea

 Three Cultivar Red is a Chinese black tea from Red Blossom Tea Company in San Francisco.
It has no astringency or bitterness and the taste is much like a nice Oolong. 

 I blogged about this delicious tea on May 8, 2013.
Unfortunately, I am experiencing computer and Internet
difficulties and can't put the link here.  

Sorry, but I won't be back to blogging until my major Internet issues are solved.
Hope to return soon.   

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Downton Abbey Time

I didn't begin watching Downton Abbey until well into the third season. 
At that time, I ordered Seasons 1, 2, and 3 and binge-watched those seasons
in less than 2 weeks.  I ordered and watched Seasons 4 and 5 the same way.
Season 6 arrived at my door Tuesday, January 26th, just as Amazon promised. 
I will binge-watch this season, too,  
I promise not to give away the story line as the season continues on PBS.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

English Milk Jugs and Sugar Bowls

I have collected several small English Bone China Cream and Sugar Sets
over the last several years.  These are called Milk Jugs and Sugar Bowls in England.
Perhaps because milk is added to tea and not cream.
FYI - cream is too heavy for tea.  
The sugar bowls are no more than 3 inches in diameter and less than 2 inches tall. 
The creamers (or should I say milk jugs) are about 2.5 inches tall. 
They are various patterns and from different English potteries. 

You will recognize the Royal Patrician below from
the photo at the top of my blog.
I use these small sets when setting the table with different teacup and saucer trios.
Nothing matches, including the teapots, when setting the table this way.
However, all the pieces are pretty English Bone China.
The photo below is an example of my table setting for high school seniors.
I enjoy setting the tea table in this simple, but pretty way.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

A Tea Cozy Weekend

Many pots of Harney and Son Queen Catherine tea
and multiple cups of hot chocolate have been consumed
in our cozy home during the Winter Storm of 2016.
We ended up with 14 inches of snow falling on Friday and Saturday.
That was on top of the 3 inches from Wednesday. 
 I realize that's not a lot compared to my friends in the north east,
but for southern Kentucky, that was a record breaker. 
School was cancelled in our little town Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 
We are waiting to hear about Monday. (Update: No School Monday)
Sadly, thousands of people were stranded on I-75 for up to 16 hours
due to wrecks caused by the ice that arrived before the snow. 
Our church became a Red Cross shelter on Saturday. 
Because many curvy roads in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky
never see the sun, it could be weeks before the Eastern Kentucky
rural county school buses can travel.

I am thankful my family is safe and warm.

Tea Cozy and mug were purchased on one of our trips to the Cotswolds in England. 

Friday, January 22, 2016

Joining a Special Tea Party

I enjoy receiving surprise gifts in the mail, don't you?
Earlier this week, I received a "tea party in a box" from
Martha in California who is the current hostess of
The Traveling Teapot II for the Afternoon Tea Across America
Yahoo and Facebook groups. 
The current teapot is a Tardis from the popular Dr. Who TV series.
You can see its travels at The Traveling Teapot II Blog

My photography is a little dark because the background
is the bright white snowfall we are having in Kentucky today. 
Martha thoroughly researched the perfect Dr. Who foods for this tea party.  
The top photo above: the invitation to the party on the left
Tardis Green Tea by Adagio Teas in my bone china mug brought from my first
trip to England in 1995, the tea tin and cookie. 
Three Jelly Baby candies were also included. 
At Martha's suggestion I replaced the cookie with gluten free cookies.
Martha, thanks for including me in this special tea party. 
I have never watched Dr. Who, but I certainly enjoy tea parties!
Just glad I could party inside.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Storing Teacup Trios and More

Finally, I put away the rest of my December teacups.

During my first trip to England in 1995, I observed ladies in
England storing their teacups this way.
I don't like stacking teacups, so this is a good  alternative. 
But, due to lack of space, I have to stack a few  teacups (below).  
This is a rare glimpse into the bottom of my small corner cabinet
where some of my teacup and saucer trios are stored.  
I have four more hutches and china cabinets with doors
and shelves on the bottom for storage,
but I hope you don't expect a tour of those! 

This china cabinet was made by Eugene and Patrick McMahan
of Campbellsville, KY.  I previously blogged about this special

Most of my "shamrock" patterns are stored on the bottom
two shelves along with a few pieces of Shelley. 
The top shelf holds special tea sets Glenn brought from business trips
to Armenia and Moscow.  
Also, Aunt Ida's chocolate set is on the top shelf.  
I rearrange all my sets of dishes and teapots from time to time. 
Do you? 

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Tea With Kitty

The mother of a friend who lives in a rural area had this cat
 show up at her door last week.  Guess who rescued her?
Turns out she is about 5 years old and is very gentle, but
not very affectionate.  She is adjusting to her new surroundings
after a trip to the vet and several injections.
Austin thought about naming her Lady Grey or Darjeeling.
Glenn wanted to name her Miss Kitty.
But Austin settled on Kitty Rose.
For now, she is on the sun porch, my favorite place for a morning cuppa.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Boone Tavern Lunch and Tea

Austin had been craving Historic Boone Tavern Hotel's
famous Southern Spoonbread all weekend.  Since there was no school today,
 he suggested we go to lunch so he could have spoonbread. 
To his surprise, I said "yes" to lunch for the two of us.
His photo above shows our tea on a cold day.  My tea is Boone Tavern Blend,
and his choice was Darjeeling.  
A new lunch menu indicates the gluten free options. 
I had the Stuffed Portobello Mushroom, but forgot to take a photo.
It was a nice lunch on a very cold day. 

Furthermore, Austin drove us to lunch in his
favorite Christmas gift.
He is very generous about offering to run errands these days!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Tea and Treats Book Winner

The Victorian Girl is the winner of this pretty book.
I sent an email to Susan to confirm the address.
Congratulations and Enjoy!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Tea Book Giveaway

I received a duplicate of the Hoffman Media Books
tiny book of TEA and TREATS.
Therefore, I am having a giveaway of the new copy of this pretty 143-page book. 
Please leave your name and a way to contact you (if I don't have it) 
in a comment by Sunday, January 17th at noon Eastern time. 
I will announce the winner by Monday morning.

Note:  Giveaway restricted to readers in the USA and Canada

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Tea Gifts

A Tasting of Ten Teas from Glenn and Austin
was one of my tea-themed Christmas gifts.
The ten teas and herbal infusions are packaged nicely
in glass vials. There are five black teas and tea blends,
one white tea blend, and four herbals.

I received this pretty "Grandma's Tea" silver teaspoon from Peyton.
I look forward to tasting the teas and using my new pretty teaspoon.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Happy National Hot Tea Day

Happy National Hot Tea Day!
 Today, January 12th is the first-ever National Hot Tea Day 
as declared by The Tea Council of the USA.
From the Tea Council of the USA press release: 
"...encouraging tea fans across the nation to raise their cups in honor
of the beloved beverage.  From its health benefits, rich culture and diverse flavors
and forms, to its soothing qualities, drinking tea is the perfect occasion 
to start the New Year with a sound mind and body."  

You can read more interesting information at the following link: 


Monday, January 11, 2016

Mango Green Tea

 I previously reviewed this Mango Green Tea from Yesterday's 
Cafe and Tea Room brewed as an iced tea.  
This tea is described as "sweet, smooth, and summery."
According to the instructions on the package, it is delicious hot or cold. 
For this review, I brewed it as a hot tea with the water temperature around 195 degrees F. 
(Caution: Always use a lower than boiling water temperature to brew green tea.)

 This Mango Green has a delightful aroma and taste. 
It was a very smooth afternoon cup of tea. 
My very health conscious Ph.D nursing instructor friend Cora encouraged
all the ladies in our Sunday School Class to drink two cups 
of  green tea daily for healthy aging.

From my internet research;  
The antioxidants in green tea are thought to erase some of the negative effects 
of aging on the the body. The high levels of antioxidants help the body
 to remove damaging free radicals.
To learn more, you might wish to do a little research on 
the benefits of Green Tea for women. 


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