Thursday, March 31, 2016

Tea Outdoors, a Book

 I received Marilyn Miller's book Tea Outdoors
earlier this week.  Marilyn's love of tea and the outdoors and picnic teas 
is very evident from the beautiful photography.  
Marilyn has included tips for packing food and tea to carry along
and delicious recipes for sandwiches and sweets. 
One of my fondest memories is having tea in Marilyn's beautiful back yard
with several "tea ladies" n July 2012.
L to R: 
Stephanie at Steph's Cup of Tea 
LaDonna at Gracious Hospitality 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

My New Gluten Free Blog

As result of my passion for all things "tea", especially the ceremony of Afternoon Tea
and because my health required me to begin eating Gluten Free in 2013,
I started a new blog at  Afternoon Tea Gluten Free
I hope to share about my Afternoon Tea experiences since going Gluten Free.
It has been a challenge to find Gluten Free Afternoon Tea venues.
I've said many times, "Gluten Free and Afternoon Tea don't go hand-in-hand".
The menu for Afternoon Tea usually includes finger sandwiches, scones, and tiny cakes.
Those are normally prepared using wheat flout.
It takes time and planning to prepare those items Gluten Free.
I've learned many lessons along the way.
I want to share some of those lessons, especially shortcuts, to make
Afternoon Tea a treat for Gluten Free readers.    
The above photo of Sticky Fingers Gluten Free Scones Mix is from my 3rd blog post
 I make these scones for tea time for convenience and the good taste! 

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Oh What a Month of March!

 St. Patrick's Day
My 65th
 My great niece and my nephew.
Kennedy Kathleen came a few weeks early, but all is well!
Another March birthday in the family!
Austin's spring play, "Our Miss Brooks"

 National Honor Society induction.
I was the oldest member of the Tora Chapter attending!
 Central Kentucky Youth Salute on display at Fayette Mall, Lexington
 Archery continues: Austin with Josh
Cabaret Tonight, a community theater musical.
And, I'm taking a few days blogging break because of  severe vertigo.
Austin and Glenn have been taking good care of me for three days,
but I'm on my own starting tomorrow when they go back to school and work. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Happy Easter

Happy Easter! 
"May you be blessed in wonderful
ways at Easter and always."

I received this pretty teacup with matching spoon, tea and card 
in an Easter teacup exchange with the
Afternoon Tea Across America Group.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Welcome Spring!

This James Sadler is my favorite springtime teapot.
I purchased it in an antique store in Lexington while
several special tea bloggers and tea friends were visiting.
 The teacup is Royal Patrician "Daffodil."
The tea is my favorite Harney and Sons Queen Catherine,
a blend of three Chinese black teas. 

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Irish Afternoon Tea

I enjoyed a delicious gluten free oatmeal ginger cookie from the
Berea College Farm Store Friday afternoon along with
a cup of Irish Weave Irish Afternoon Tea I carried back from Ireland.
From the pretty tea tin:
"Afternoon Tea was first taken in the 18th century, between 4 and 6 o'clock,
by the Irish upper classes.
It would have been accompanied by sandwiches, cakes and scones with clotted cream.
 Irish Afternoon tea, which is brisk and refreshing comes from the
finest tea estates in Kenya.
The attractive tea canister in our very popular Irish Weave design
can be kept as a souvenir and can be re-used as a caddy into the future."
Of course I purchased this tea for the pretty tin and as a souvenir, not the quality of the tea.
But it does look nice served in my Royal Albert Shamrock teacup trio.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Shamrocks on the Tea Cart

 I purchased this tea cart several years ago at a consignment 
store in Lexington while Mary and I were out shopping.   
It sits in our "tea room" where
I enjoy decorating it in different holiday and seasonal themes.
During the month of March, it is all decked out in Shamrock china
from different English manufacturers, and in different patterns. 
Even "Miss TeaBeary" joined in the fun with a shamrock on her hat.  
From my collection: 
The teacup trio on the left front is Royal Albert "Shamrock" pattern. 
Behind the trio is an Heirloom teapot. 
The teapot on the right rear is Crown Victorian, the matching
tea-for-one and tiny cream and sugar are Lane End. 
The trios on the stand are by Regency (top), Ansley (middle) 
and Royal Patrician on the bottom. 
the tiny trinket box is Royal Tara. 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day.
May you always be blessed
with walls for the wind
a roof for the rain
a warm cup of tea by the fire
laughter to cheer you
those you love near you
and all that your heart might desire. 
~ Irish Blessing 

 The tea table for two was set with Royal Tara china made in Ireland.
The lighting in the photo above makes the trio appear 
to be ivory, but they are white as seen in the photo below. 

Recently, we discussed "large" milk pitchers and open sugar
bowls.  This set is a good example. 
The back stamp says 
"Royal Tars, Tara Hall, 
Fine Bone China Made in Galway Ireland"  

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Tea from 2007

This is a photo from my St. Patrick's afternoon tea with friends.
I did an internet search for "St. Patrick's Day Tea Menu"
and low and behold, this photo from 2007 came up.
Sorta makes me proud...

 Below is my original blog post 
from March 16, 2012

St.Patrick's Day Tea Menu

These are photos from a St. Patrick's Day Tea I hosted in 2007.
Bottom Tier  - Sandwiches and Savories:
Shamrock Chicken Salad Shell
Wearing-of-the-Green Savory (mini spinach quiche)
Emerald Isle Egg Salad Tea Sandwich
Leprechaun Pineapple Kiwi Tea Sandwich
Traditional Irish Cucumber Tea Sandwich

Middle Tier - Scones and Fruit Breads:
Blarney Scones
served with Clotted Cream and Lemon Curd
Queen's Fruit and Nut Cake

Top Tier - Sweets:
Pot o' Gold Pecan Tassie
End of the Rainbow White Chocolate Mousse Cup
Irish Clover Cookie
Luck of the Irish Tart

Each course was served with a different tea:
Assam (Irish Breakfast).  Darjeeling and White Teas were served
This was a fun afternoon tea to plan.
The theme, St.Patrick's Day, was "green" with several green food items.
Notice how I like to name the foods served for the occasion and tea party theme.

Recipe from my favorite Tea Recipe Book, A Year of Teas at the Elmwood Inn
 by Bruce and Shelley Richardson

From Bruce and Shelley Richardson
1 8-ounce pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup pineapple preserves
1 Tbsp. mayonnaise
2 fresh kiwis, peeled and thinly sliced
16 slices whole wheat bread
Remove crusts from bread and cut into rounds.  In medium bowl,  mix together the cream cheese, preserves and mayonnaise.  Spread evenly on top of each slice of bread.  Top with a slice of kiwi.
Makes 32 open- faced sandwiches.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Aynsley Trio

Continuing to celebrate my March birthday
with "Shamrock" blog posts
I became acquainted with Aynsley English Bone China
years ago in a shop in a tiny English village. 
I was pleased to find this pretty Aynsley shamrock pattern
teacup trio to add to my collection of "Shamrocks."  
As bonus, it came with an extra plate.  
Oh, happy me! 
The backstamp says Aynsley, est. 1775

Monday, March 14, 2016

March Tea Table from 2013

Repeat of March 2013 Blog Post

The tea table is set for St. Patricks' Day with my collection of
Royal Tara Teacup Trios.
I'm also using the matching teapot, creamer (milk jug),
open sugar and matching cake plate.
Y'all know I got hooked on collecting English Teacup Trios
during travels in England. 
I don't often find a matching cake plate, but when I do,
I've been known to quickly snatch them! 
Shall I serve sandwiches or sweets on the serving plate,
 or use it under my teapot as in the top photo?

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Birthday Celebration and Tea Book

My birthday was Friday, but I've been celebrating for several days. 
The bouquet of flowers is from Austin and Glenn. 
Daughter Melissa and I met for lunch in Lexington 
at a favorite restaurant with a little shopping after lunch. 
Among several gifts I received, Melissa gave me this new book 
Afternoon Tea at Home by Will Torrent, a consultant
pastry chef to Waitrose, a large supermarket chain in England. 
In addition he is an author, appeared in several BBC TV shows, 
and worked at Claridges, The Dorchester and The Lanesborough. 

This beautiful book includes recipes in both "English" and "American."
This includes measurements and ingredients.  

The photography makes me want to have English Afternoon Tea in England again soon. 

 I appreciate the birthday cards and good wishes from friends. 
I'm celebrating throughout the month of March.  
Yes, I am partial to Shamrock designs on china
because I was born in March! 

Friday, March 11, 2016

Beleek Tea Set

 Irish Beleek tea set was a birthday gift a few years ago. 
 These are on display in the corner china cabinet. 
I haven't used them for tea, yet. 
I have a habit of "saving" things for a special sometime....

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