Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year!

Our family celebrated with a non-traditional Christmas in 2018.
We traveled to Honolulu where we stayed three nights then took
the Norwegian Cruise on the Pride of America, Dec. 22 - 30.
The above photo was during the day at Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii on Christmas Day.
 We are on a beautiful new black sand beach created when the lava flowed
into the ocean during the 2018 volcano. 

The palm trees were planted shortly after the lava flow by early hikers
 to mark the trail after the lava cooled enough to hike into the area.
We passed several locations where steam was rising from the lava.
Daughter, Melissa, arranged a private tour for our family through Big Island Tours (see below)
Gil was our driver/guide.  This was my favorite day.  More to come.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas
Santa enjoys a nice cuppa
(internet image)

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Behind the Scenes at the Boone Tavern Hotel Christmas Afternoon Tea

It takes a team to make the tea and foods for sixty guests. 
There is not enough space in the kitchen for the set-up, therefore
the Skylight Room, a small private dining room adjacent to the main dining room
is used for tea brewing and preparation for serving.
The photos above and below show the savory (first) course as it is plated.

Below:  Devonshire Cream and the gluten free desserts served plated.

The scones and desserts are served on three tier servers.
Below: Executive Chef Jason in the middle.

 A reminder of the menu below.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Historic Boone Tavern Hotel Christmas Afternoon Tea

The annual Boone Tavern Hotel Christmas tea was Saturday, December 8.
Austin had a fraternity event so our special friend Brittney joined us.
 Assistant dining room manager, Andrew decorated the tables
with red roses, evergreens and holly.
The event is held in the main dining room of the hotel.
The menu planned by Executive Chef Jason.
Below:  The Boone Tavern Royale by Andrew.
 Everyone was served a portion of the famous Boone Tavern Spoonbread,
followed by the first course of savories, served plated. 
 Gluten free savories below
Daughter Melissa took several of the photos I am using.
As the Boone Tavern tea consultant, I was very busy,
but I did take the time to enjoy tea with my family.
The gluten free desserts below were also served plated.
And the delicious scones and desserts on the three tiered server for everyone else.
 White chocolate dipped gingerbread cookies, Eggnog custard tarts,
Peppermint Fudge Squares, Dried Fruit Rugelach, Golden Rum Cake,
 and Scones on the bottom tier served with Devonshire Cream and strawberry jam.
Several tables of friends attended.

Enjoying Christmas Tea together is a long-time Jennings family tradition.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Snow or Not, We are Ready

The weather predictions keep changing here in Kentucky.
Will it snow or not?
We are ready!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Thanksgiving With the Family

Melissa and I cooked our delicious Thanksgiving meal and we ate at
her house with the family.
Turkey, Ham, and all the southern fixin's.
Tim's brother, Larry, brought a beautiful lemon curd gluten free cake from
a bakery in Asheville. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

November Events

I apologize for infrequent blog posts, but I was down for 12 days
with a severe gluten reaction, vertigo, digestive issues, severe headache
and pain in my neck and shoulders. I could not drive or leave my house.
A medication I was given for a dental abscess in preparation for a root canal had gluten in it. 
Life lesson for today:
Please take people seriously when they say they can not eat gluten due
to Celiac disease or Non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS).
For weeks the three chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Madison County Kentucky had been planning an Armistice Centennial Remembrance Ceremony.
The event took place in Richmond on November 11, 2018, and
was an amazing event with World War I artifacts, memorabilia and historic displays.  

 The event was attended by the Kentucky State Regent, State Vice Regent and
Kentucky's Vice President General.
In addition to beautiful music and speakers, the Madison County
forty-five WWI casualties were memorialized.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Time for Christmas Afternoon Tea?

 Christmas before Halloween and Thanksgiving?
Have you planned a Christmas Afternoon Tea, yet?
I'm not quite there, yet.
But, I do enjoy these two TeaTime Magazine Christmas publications
for inspiration.  I round a few ideas in these that I really like, but
I'll let everyone have time to enjoy these magazines before I highlight
my favorites.

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Catching-up on September and October Family Activities

I have been absent from blogging partially due to life's circumstances and
I've not had tea related news. 
So to catch-up...
Austin met Glenn and I at lunch in Lexington and asked permission/told us
he is applying to study in Germany March - July. (yikes!)
(Note: He was accepted)
I believe I see a trip to Germany in the works for Glenn and me during that time.
 Grandpa and Peyton have been moving the fish in the front pond at
the farm to the back pond.  The back two ponds have been reworked
and ready for the fish due to the massive amount of rain here during September.
Glenn had the front pond stocked with tiny fish five years ago.  Obviously, they have grown!
Also note:  Grandpa has been spending a lot of time on the farm since
his September 21st retirement.  We are all "adjusting" to his retirement.
September was a big month for Kaitlyn because she go braces,
and her application was approved to attend Morehead State University next fall.
Glenn's sister Margaret and her husband, Pat, visited from Albuquerque
 the first week of October, hoping to see fall colors in Kentucky. Instead,
after the massive September spring-like rains and abundant sunshine,
 our azaleas were blooming!
Eighth grade night was celebrated with a soccer win!
Above: Peyton with Melissa and Tim

 A couple of nights in Pigeon Forge, TN for fall break with these two.
They still enjoy go-carts and big breakfasts at the Old Mill.
Melissa and family were off on their own fall break adventures.
To see what she's been up to check her out at
She attended a bloggers conference and "drug along" Peyton and Tim.

Kaitlyn and I enjoyed shopping and lunch out.
 And, of course, I have been very busy with the local and state
Daughters of the American Revolution.


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