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.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

BCHS Homecoming Week

 Peyton was a Homecoming Prince candidate representing the 8th grade
this week.  He won third runner-up.  His mom, our daughter Melissa,
was probably a lot more excited than he was. 

We are so happy 13 year old Peyton has adjusted to
small-town life and has made many friends since relocating to Berea
a year ago.
Peyton is a third generation Pirate after his mom and grandma (me).
"Once a pirate, always a pirate"

Friday, September 14, 2018

Dressing The Queen, a Book

With all the publicity about the styles and fashions of
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, I became curious about
who dresses The Queen.
in my opinion, The Queen is elegantly dressed for every occasion.
I am so pleased I found the book "Dressing The Queen" on Amazon.
This book is written by Angela Kelly, a member of the Royal Household since 1994,
and currently Personal Advisor and Senior Dresser to Her Majesty The Queen.
The photos and text give an amazing insight into The Queen's wardrobe,
including hats, jewelry and accessories.
This book was written after the 2012 Diamond Jubilee.
Imagine all the different outfits that had to be planned for multiple daily
events during that special anniversary year!
The Queen wears striking colors to make her stand out in a crowd.
After all, the crowds of people travel from far and wide to come to see her.

Angela Kelly, below, designs the clothes and hats.
Three dressmakers and a milliner help to cover more than three hundred
engagements a year through different seasons, occasions and cultures.
Everyone remembers when The Queen visited with Mr. Bond
at the 2012 Olympics.
In the introduction of the book, Ms Kelly says,
"Go and put the kettle on,
Make yourself a cup of tea,
Sit down, relax,
And enjoy the book."
That is exactly what I plan to do as I enjoy this lovely
coffee table book.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Visiting Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery and Woodinville, WA

If you've been following my posts about this trip,
you know we were two nights in Seattle, two nights in Victoria, B.C.
and the last two nights were in Woodinville, WA at the Willows Lodge
for Glenn to attend a business meeting.
I didn't take photos the first afternoon and evening, but we walked
and explored this suburb of Seattle in the evenings.
There are several nice restaurants and according to the information,
over 100 wineries in the town with a population of approximately 11,000 in 2010.
At the end of Glenn's meeting we walked to Chateau Ste. Michele for a visit and tour.
Chateau Ste. Michelle is the "founding winery" in Washington state.
The chateau and grounds are lovely, and the place was very busy preparing
to host a rock concert on the grounds that night.
 After our tour and tasting, these two guys did a little shopping,
claiming to be experts after a 30-minute tour. :-)
This is the last business trip Austin and I will accompany Glenn on,
as he will retire later in September. 
It will be interesting to see where retirement takes us!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Departing Victoria via Kenmore Air

Oh boy!  Now the adventure begins!   
 We traveled back to the port in Seattle via Kenmore Air.

 Glenn was up front with the pilot. I counted nine passengers.
Apparently all of them had traveled by sea plan before.
I was a bit nervous at this time.

 The flight back to Seattle was 45 minutes compared to the 3-hour boat trip.
Take-off, the flight and landing were extremely smooth,
and enjoyable once we were in the air.

 Apparently we landed on a lake in Seattle.
 Notice where the luggage is stored.  Our bags have the green straps.
From Seattle we took a long taxi ride to Woodinville, WA
where Glenn attended a 2-day meeting.


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