Saturday, June 24, 2017

Visiting the Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate is one of our absolute favorite places
to visit in the USA.  Photos and details of some of our adventures 
 this week will be posted soon. 
(this photo is by Austin)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Busy Week with Family

 We celebrated Father's Day on Sunday
 The guys played soccer with Jordan from England. 
Golf galore!
 It was pool weather every day!
Art Camp for Peyton and his buddy Mateo
 And, oh my!  Glasses for Austin before college begins. 
We can't wait to see what next week brings! 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Pineapple Lomon Blend

I ordered Pineapple Lemon Tea from Elmwood Inn.
The description says it is a summertime blend of black tea from Sri Lanka,
with lemon, lime and lemongrass  
I plan to try it as iced tea, but in the meantime made a pot of "hot" tea.
This is a very, very tart blend of tea.  I don't sweeten my tea,
but tried sugar in this one. With the current temperatures in 90s and high humidity here
in Kentucky, I will make the iced Pineapple Lemon brew tomorrow.


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Royal Teas, a New Book

A new book for my Tea Library:
Seasonal recipes from Buckingham Palace
With over 70 full color illustrations,
Royal Teas is a collection of recipes
by Mark Flanagan, Royal Chef to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
and Kathryn Cuthbertson, Royal Pastry Chef to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
and produced by permission of The Queen.
The book chapters are divided  into the four seasons, Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

 The two-page spread below is also the front cover of this lovely book.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Remembering D Day 6/6/1944

Fifteen minutes after midnight on June 6th, 1944, The 82nd Airborne Division Paratroopers and those of the 101st Airborne Divisionlanded east of Sainte-Mere-Eglise and immediately began marking the drop zone for large-scale airborne forces.  D Day had begun, five years into World War II.
Sainte-Mere-Eglise, occupied by German forces since June of 1940, was the strategic center of the Cherbourg peninsula. General Eisenhower was the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.
This was the riskiest operation of the war and thus far among the boldest military
moves in American war history.
As you can read in the 2nd photo, 10,000 young men lost their lives.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Iced Tea Month

June is Iced Tea Month 
(Photo from Days of The Year dot com)
Iced tea is a refreshing beverage which can be enjoyed year-round.
Usually served in a glass with ice, it can be sweetened, flavored or plain. 
Iced tea can be purchased ready-to-drink (RTD), or it can be made from loose leaf tea, 
tea bags or a powdered mix.
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The Basics of How To Make Iced Tea from Lipton Tea 

Pour four cups of boiling water over two teabags into a heat-proof pitcher and leave for three to five minutes. Remove the teabags, and sweeten to taste by adding a little sugar. Stir in six cups of ice cubes until melted, or use four cups of cold water. Add in freshly cut lemon slices for some citrus zing, and keep refrigerated. 


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Happy 18th Birthday Austin

Happy 18th Birthday Austin!
The month of May has been very busy with family birthdays,
Melissa's family move to their newly built home in Berea,
end of the school year events, including band and choir concerts, awards programs,
senior signing, Austin's high school graduation, and more!
We look forward to a special family dinner/celebration on Thursday night.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day ~ a time to remember 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Trading Tables

 The cherry table above was my mother's, and it sat in front of our 
living room picture window for many years.  
After my mother's passing in 2007, Melissa took it to her house
and used it as a side table in her great room. 
As you know from my last post, I gave  Aunt Ida's cherry table
to Melissa for her breakfast nook.  Last night Glenn and Austin
moved this smaller table into my "tea room."
The table runner Nancy C. made for me, fits perfectly.  
I have a feeling there may be more furniture exchanges in the future.   

Monday, May 22, 2017

Birthday/Moving Day

 Happy Birthday, Melissa! 
Today is moving day.
The first piece of furniture has been in my tea room.
It's Aunt Ida's beautiful cherry drop-leaf kitchen table made by Uncle Lester.
It is now in Melissa, Tim, and Peyton's breakfast nook with Berea College
corn shuck woven bottoms, and Aunt Ida's dining room hanging light fixture.
The breakfast nook overlooks the Berea Country Club #2 fairway and green
where Aunt Ida hit a hole-in-one.
 The next two items moved were Aunt Ida's round pedestal table
with the pie crust top she gave to Glenn and me for our first apartment in 1972.
The lamp was Aunt Mary's from about 1975.
Melissa is as sentimental as I am. 
More family heirlooms are coming tomorrow on the moving vans,
 and I'm sure a few more will make their way from my house to the new house. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Austin's High School Graduation Night

 Austin graduated from Berea Community High School
with Highest Honors (HHH),  a Medallion, cords from
National Honor Society, Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA),
Thespian Society and Student Council.
As Senior Class Parliamentarian, he presented a special award to "Officer Ray" the retiring school resource (police) officer, and sang "Hold On To The Memories as the "senior talent"
with his buddy, Billy, accompanying on the guitar.  
(I hope this video works.) 
Below: with proud Mom and Dad
 I bet you're not surprised he decorated his cap as a 
"world traveler" with flags from the countries he has visited. 
Many good friends 

And, the icing on the cake is when your dad is a member of the
school board and has signed your diploma then presents it to you on stage. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

High School Graduation Week

Celebrating Austin's high school graduation on Friday, May 19th. 
I just love those blue eyes. 
He is a world traveler and I know he will continue to travel.

And I think to myself, what a wonderful world!

Austin plans to attend Transylvania University in Lexington, KY 
and major in accounting and minor in theater.  
 It will be exciting to see where Austin's journey will take him. 

"A ship is always safe at shore but that is not what it's built for."
~ Albert Einstein ~

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