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? 


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