Monday, April 16, 2018

Book of Afternoon Tea

The National Trust Book of Afternoon Tea 
is the latest tea book on my bookshelf.  
The back cover reads "Afternoon tea is a national pastime.  
A cup of tea with dainty sandwiches, scones and scrumptious cakes
magically makes any day special.  With over 80 classic
 and modern (English) recipes - not to mention a quirky look at 
how afternoon tea was taken in the past - this is the 
perfect guide to a quintessentially British ritual."
I began my journey with Afternoon Tea in 1993
at Elmwood Inn Fine Teas in Perryville, Kentucky, a lovely 
historic inn owned and operated at that time by Bruce and Shelley Richardson. 
My first visit to an English tea room was in the village of Broadway
in the beautiful Cotswolds area in July 1995. 

My tea journey continues.
 Unfortunately it's little slower these days, 
because I must eat gluten free for health reasons. 
Bruce, Shelley and son Ben operate a tea shop in Danville, KY
with an active online business.  
My friend Ellen's 90-something year old mother always says,
"life is about making adjustments."
I believe a lot of us can agree with that statement, 
but I still enjoy my multiple cups of tea daily. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

KSDAR State Conference

 The Kentucky Society Daughters of the American Revolution
State Conference was March 22 - 25, 2018
In Lexington, KY. 
 The chapters in District 3 and 4 were hosts this year. 
The Friday morning session began with the hosting chapter
regents and chapter flag bearers with chapter flags. 
Jennifer Price carried the Berea-Laurel Ridges Chapter flag, and I followed her.
Our chapter was recognized for our contributions 
and service to Veterans. 
The hosting chapters were in charge of making different table decorations
for the lunches, banquet dinners and Sunday brunch. 
Below:  I am with Karen Adams of the Rockcastle Chapter. 

The theme was Patriotism, focusing on the USA WWI
Centennial Commemoration
Below: The Sunday Youth Awards Brunch centerpieces Jennifer and I made. 

Karen Adams presents her book about Rockcastle County WWI Veterans 
to Heather French Henry, Miss Kentucky 1999
and Miss America 2000, and currently 
Deputy Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans. 
She is currently working on the
DAR members are helping make poppies for this event.
7,861 poppies were presented to Mrs. Henry on Saturday.

Above: Left to Right
President General Ann Turner Dillon, Heather French Henry, Marjorie Shelton,
Kentucky State Regent Leslie Miller.
Above: Left to Right
Jennifer Price, me and Laura Frantz
I was presented a certificate for 100% Chapter Participation in the President General's Project
at the Saturday night banquet by President General Dillon.
The conference was most enjoyable! 

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Spring Break 2018

We flew to Tampa on Sunday, March 11th.
We stayed in Sarasota for three nights, and with 
our good friend and Berea neighbor, Marie, for two nights.
We promised Austin we would not schedule his entire first college spring break. :-) 
The photo above is the view from our hotel room balcony. 
We enjoyed delicious seafood and sunshine while we visited
friends and family in the area. 

We enjoyed this wonderful break while our area of Kentucky received an
unusual 10" deep March snow, an 18 hour power outage. and broken tree limbs. 

I'm ready for another spring break. Most public schools in KY
have their spring break the first week of April.  

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Biltmore Estate Visit

We recently visited the Biltmore Estate for an overnight at The Inn
and a tour of the house to see the Titanic movie costumes.
 It was sixteen year-old Kaitlyn's first visit to the Estate.
She loves the movie and enjoyed seeing the amazing house and grounds
 and, of course, the beautiful costumes.
 We enjoyed a lovely dinner and overnight.
Next time we hope to stay a little longer and take time for afternoon tea.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

London's Afternoon Teas Guide Book

Do you have travel plans to London, and wish to enjoy afternoon tea?
Or, do you just want to enjoy photos and facts about afternoon teas in London? 
The newly published book by Susan Cohen,
 "London's Afternoon Teas, A Guide to the Most Exquisite Tea Venues in London"
is for you!  
This is an updated and expanded guide with more than 50 lovely places
to enjoy afternoon tea in and around London
with an excellent map. 

The photography is outstanding. 

I have a 2003 version of a similar book by this author and loved using it
to plan tea venues to visit in London.  
This new book makes me want to pack my bags for London!

Please Note:  I received an advance copy of this book, however
the review is my own opinion. 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Tea in America Program

I presented the program for the nearby Rockcastle DAR Chapter on Monday evening. 
I have presented this program, 
"Tea in America - Before, During and After the Revolutionary War"
several times through the years for Daughters of the American Revolution Chapters, 
including my own chapter, the Berea-Laurel Ridges Chapter. 
 I demonstrated the five loose leaf Chinese teas documented to have been 
thrown overboard into the Boston Harbor on 
December 16, 1773 by the Sons of Liberty. 

Below: I demonstrated the difference between tea bag and loose leaf hand-picked teas.
 The DAR members enjoyed the history and asked several questions
about tea. I always appreciate questions after a presentation. 
Above: I am the Regent of the Berea-Laurel Ridges Chapter
and Debra Brown is the Regent of the Rockcastle Chapter. 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Lacemaker and Tea

Recently, I posted about two recent books by
my friend, Christian author Laura Frantz. 
I have since read  The Lacemaker, released January 2nd.
Tea is mentioned several times in this novel
about Tories and Patriots during the American Revolution.
I had just put the finishing and updated revisions on my
Daughters of the American Revolution tea talk, I will
present on Monday evening to a nearby chapter.
I thoroughly enjoyed the story of The Lacemaker
 and especially the research Laura put into the references to tea. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

Tea Theme Salt and Pepper Alert

 I saw this "tea-for-one" style salt and pepper shaker set at Cracker Barrel on Sunday.
It is so cute, and perfect for any tea lover's kitchen table!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Recent Books by Laura Frantz

 I read A Moonbow Night during our after Christmas
travels to Hilton Head.
Laura Frantz is a Christy Award finalist and bestselling author of several books.
She lives and writes in a log cabin in in our area of Kentucky.
Just so you know, A Moonbow Night is not a book about tea.
It is a novel about settlers in rugged Kentucky during the 1770's,
the Daniel Boone and Fort Boonesborough years, and is
a fascinating story set near Cumberland Falls (see photo at bottom)
By the way, Fort Boonesborough is right here on the Kentucky River,  
in Madison County, KY.
Laura's new novel, The Lacemaker, was released on January 2.
This book is next on my list to read.  The story takes place in the colony
of Virginia during the American Revolution.
Laura, in the center of the photo below, is the newest member
of the Berea-Laurel Ridges DAR Chapter.
On the left is our chapter registrar and genealogist, Wanda. 
 I am  on the right and I'm the chapter regent.  
Peyton below at Cumberland Falls in July, 2016.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Steep Echo Olive Leaf Teas

 Yes, you read that correctly.
"Tea" made from olive leaves, herbs and flavorings.
Glenn received this lovely packaged gift from a business friend,
and owner of Bel Lavoro Olive Orchards,
Santa Barbara, CA
You can read the ingredients listed in the photos of each label below.


These are herbal infusions or tisanes,
and not "real tea" as in Camellia sinensis.
But, alas, that's one of my several tea pet peeves. 
Glenn has been enjoying these herbal infusions in the evenings. 
He does not drink or eat anything with caffeine,
so these herbals "Suit him to a T."

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Hilton Head Christmas Break Trip

Love these two boys! 
We just returned from our annual family "Christmas Vacation"
in Hilton Head, SC.
There are many great seafood restaurants!
And, cups of Charleston Tea Plantation Tea.
There is always a little beach time, no matter how cool the temperatures!
New Year's Eve dinner, below.
We all arrived home safely on New Year's Day with
many fun memories.


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