Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Celebrating Austin's Birthday

We began Austin's 19th birthday celebration with dinner in Lexington.  
The celebration will continue in a few days and will include Afternoon Tea.
Details and photos will be posted soon.

Friday, June 1, 2018

June Tea Cart

 One of my tea carts is decorated for the month of June with
trios of Duchess English Bone China.  The pattern is June Bouquet.

I purchased these four trios at a china shop in Stratford-upon-Avon in 2002,
and carried them home in a small roll-aboard bag I bought in a luggage shop nearby.
I used a vintage Sadler teapot and an Ansley small open sugar bowl
and milk jug to complete my tea set.
 Below is a photo of Austin, Glenn and me having tea in a
Stratford tea room near the china shop.
 The photo above is in a framed collage of 2003 and 2004
photos of teas in England.  It hangs above this tea cart.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Royal Wedding Commemorative Tea Mug

I added this fun Royal Wedding Commemorative Bone China mug
to my collection of English tea mugs.
I really like the whimsical artwork commemorating the wedding
of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. 
The delicious macarons are from Trader Joe's frozen food section.
Each of my table guests at the Boone Tavern Hotel Royal Wedding Tea
received a Lemon Elderflower Soda and a Harry & Meghan
Word Search in a teapot themed gift bag.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day 2018

Pause today to remember.

(4/17 Normandy Cemetery) 

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Behind the Scenes at Afternoon Tea

 Aaron, dining room manager and Julia,assistant dining room manager
brewing the teas from Elmwood Inn Fine Teas.  
 Andrew, assistant dining room manager using white roses to decorate
 Chef Jason preparing his first-ever afternoon tea.
Jason specializes in Kentucky/Southern foods, 
therefore I named this event a 
"Kentucky Celebration of the Royal Wedding"
 The savories were served plated.
 Scones and sweets were served on the three tier stands.

 Andrew and Aaron with the special "Tavern Royale" drink.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Boone Tavern Afternoon Tea Gluten Free

My family and I are so very thankful for gluten free availability
at grand hotel afternoon tea service.  
Thank you Boone Tavern Executive Chef Jason! 
The Savories
The sweets
We had doubles on the gluten free sweets.
The Butter Pecan Crumpets were amazing with 
Chef Jason's mock Devonshire cream and strawberry jam! 
Shhh... don't tell the guests, but their Macarons, 
Blackberry Jam Cake and Crumpets were gluten free, also! 
Chef Jason planned a Kentucky menu.  His specialty is using 
locally grown foods. 
 He is certainly in the right place at Historic Boone Tavern Hotel of Berea College
with the award winning Berea College farms. 

(Be sure to read my previous post with the menu and many photos)

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Happy Birthday Melissa

 Happy 45th Birthday to our daughter Melissa!
Below with Austin and Peyton at Historic Boone Tavern Hotel.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Afternoon Tea at Boone Tavern Hotel ~ A Kentucky Celebration of the Royal Wedding

The menu
(double click to read Chef Jason's first ever afternoon tea menu)
Scones and Sweets
White roses, just like Harry and Meghan's wedding
A Tavern Royale for the celebration
(thank you to Andrew, everyone loved it)
Peyton and Austin
(I learned later that these two communicated
before the tea and decided not to wear ties) 
Melissa and Kaitlyn
 Valerie and Melissa
Linda (me) and Patty
 Marie and Linda 
(the lady behind me had orange feathers on her fascinator
Austin said this photo looks like I have orange feathers in my hair))
 Donna and Laurie, the First Lady of Berea College
Melissa and I 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Kaitlyn's Prom

 It is prom season here in Kentucky. 
It rained, but that didn't stop us from taking outside photos. 

 Kaitlyn and Victor were off to enjoy the evening! 

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Winner of Book Giveaway

Joy is the winner of the Laura Childs book
Plum Tea Crazy
Please send your address to
lindajtea (at )gmail (dot) com

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Tea Mystery Giveaway

Plum Tea Crazy
by Laura Childs was released on March 6, 2018.
This is the 19th book in the bestselling book in the Tea Shop mystery series
set in Charleston, SC.  
In this tale, local banker Carson Lanier tumbles to his death during a party at 
Timothy Neville's Charleston mansion.  But was it an accident or a murder? 
Theodosia Browning, owner of the Indigo Tea Shop is on the case.
Recipes and tea time trips are included. 
If you would like to enter the drawing for this new hardcover book, 
please leave your name and a comment by 8:00 pm, Friday April 27th.  

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Late Birthday Afternoon Tea

 Afternoon Tea today for my March birthday. 
We are just a little late celebrating :-)  
Left to right:  Melissa, Kaitlyn (granddaughter) and my life-long friend Patty.
We are at Four Sisters Soap and Tea Emporium in Richmond, KY.
Melissa and I were thrilled to learn they could provide gluten free afternoon tea!

The gluten free scones were a light texture orange favored served with lemon curd. 
Gluten free sandwiches above were:
Pimento cheese with a thin slice of ham
Veggie wrap
Artichoke spread
Desserts were:
Chocolate Cookies
 Below is Patty's "non-gluten free" tea. 
Everything was delicious, and we enjoyed visiting! 
We could choose one pot of tea for the table.
I chose Earl Grey Moonlight, an Adagio tea.
From the Adagio website:
This tea is described as an Earl Grey cream blend.
"Comforting flavors of vanilla and cream combine to soften
the citrus notes of traditional Earl Grey."
We drank two large pots. *wink*

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