Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving


As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.  JFK 

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Pretty Tea Towel and Minions


Happened to see this pretty Laura Ashley tea towel at Kohl’s recently.  The $9.99 price was a little steep, but with Kohl’s cash and a 30% discount, the check out price was a more reasonable $2.98. 

Also, I found several items for my little granddaughter who happens to love Minions.  She wanted to dress up as a Minion for Halloween, but Mom couldn’t find a costume in her size, so they did the next best thing and dressed as Minions to take her out for trick or treat. 


Kaleigh was happy with her Minnie Mouse costume.


Minion tea

This is one Minion that I can relate to, especially in the morning. 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Christmas Books 2015

Because my burgeoning collection of Christmas books is taking up way too much space, I’m trying to cut down on new purchases.  Although, there is always at least one that I can’t resist.


This Teatime Holidays book (a Hoffman Media Publication)  is just packed with beautiful photos, recipes and decorating ideas.  There is even a handy tea steeping guide with basic guidelines for brewing the perfect infusion.


There are so many scone recipes that I’d love to try – onion poppy seed, apricot white chocolate, pistachio cream, candied fruit (my pick for Christmas morning), coconut orange, white chocolate peppermint (above) and more. 


These cinnamon date scones look seriously yummy.


There is even a recipe for pistachio French macarons.   There are lots of recipes for savories as well.  I thought the lobster cheesecakes and beef wellington canap├ęs looked very appealing.


Oh yes, I know I’m going to enjoy this book.  It was available at Sam's Club with a 30%  magazine discount.


I also picked up this book at Kohl’s.  It is only $5 and 100% of the net profit is donated to support kid’s health and education initiatives in communities nationwide.  It was also a good pick with lots of recipes, crafts and gift ideas.

I’d love to hear about the Christmas publications that you all added to your collection this year. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Travels in Mexico, Canada and Florida

It’s hard to believe that it is already November.  Some of you may have noticed that I have been MIA on my blog for several months.  I’ll not make any excuses or offer an explanation, but just hope that things will get much better from this point in time. 

Since April I’ve traveled to Mexico, Canada and Orlando.


The Grand Bahia Principe Coba was a lovely resort, with lots of dining choices, a nice beach and lovely accommodations.  It is an extremely large resort and I was thankful that we had Privilege Club transportation to shuttle us to and from some of the restaurants and the beach.  One of my favorite activities was snorkeling with the sea turtles in Akumal. 

P5130118  There was always lot of entertainment options and beautiful landscaping around the resort, which enhanced the long walk from our room to the main lobby.


My trip to visit family in Canada this summer was even more special, since I was able to meet the newest member of our family, Christopher, and spend over a week at my brother’s summer home with my sister (above), eldest brother and sister-in-law.


Our family trip to Orlando in October was great and we had all our children, their spouses and grandchildren with us.  We were only missing our daughter-in-law and our eldest grandson Christian (who is away at a private school in Vidalia).  My favorite day trip was Discovery Cove.  We snorkeled, swam with the dolphins, fed the birds in the aviary, traveled the lazy river, saw the marmosets, ate, drank and had a blast. 


I’d highly recommend renting from Contempo Homes in Davenport, FL.  We had a five bedroom, fully equipped home with a private backyard pool – plenty of room for everyone.  It was a good home base for trips to Sea World, Discovery Cove and Busch Gardens.

I haven’t forgotten about the TEA in Tea and Talk.  I’ve watched several interesting tea related videos lately.  Hope I can share them with you and visit all my favorite blogs soon.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Tradewinds – St. Pete’s Beach, FL

We spent a week in March at the Tradewinds Island Grand resort in St. Pete’s Beach, FL.  This was our first trip to that area of Florida and I’d definitely recommend this resort to anyone looking for a fun Florida getaway.


What a treat to look out the windows of our room and have this view of the beach.  Our unit was like having two rooms with one side having a kitchenette, dining area and two queen beds and the other side having a kitchenette, dining area and living room. 

There were several nice restaurants on the property.  My favorite dinner was at the Guy Harvey RumFish Grill just down the beach at the Guy Harvey Outpost resort.

The main attraction at RumFish is a 33,500 gallon aquarium that fills an entire wall of the room.  It is filled with many of the fish that are found in Florida gulf waters.  The giant tank was built by Wayde King and Brett Raymer of Animal Planet’s hit series “Tanked” and was featured in an hour-long episode on May 16.


Our dinners were excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed the RumFish bouillabaisse.  It was filled with lobster, scallops, mahi, and P.E.I. mussels all in a tomato saffron broth.



Our waiter said that the big green eel that resides in the tank is affectionately know as Frankie.  I think I’ll pass on the restaurant “Swim with the Fishes” program.  ☺

There was also a shop that sold Guy Harvey art, clothing, jewelry, etc.  Of course I had to purchase a t-shirt and a Tervis cup, both with his favorite sailfish motif.


I actually joined hubby in trying out the High Tide Slide. ☺ We both think that a return visit to the Tradewinds will be in our near future.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Soap With Tea Leaves

Seems like a lot of us tea enthusiasts are on the lookout for new products using tea.  My latest find is Fresh Lime Massage Bath Soap.


The packaging is pretty and the soap has a lovely fresh citrus scent.


You can see the bits of tea leaves all through this extra large (10 1/2 ounce) bath bar.


The soap lathers well, is gentler on the skin than I thought it would be and you can smell a hint of lime.  The only negative for me is the awkwardness of holding such a large bath bar, but that will be temporary.  ☺ 

This soap is made by CST Fall River in the USA.  I found mine at Marshalls, but you can also find this brand on Amazon.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Page-A-Day Digital Calendar

In a previous post I told you about my Downton Abbey Page-A-Day calendar.  Since then I’ve been thoroughly enjoying all the Downton photos, quotes and 1920s trivia. 

My favorites are quotes from the Dowager Countess.  I particularly like this one from the new season (not the calendar) “A lack of compassion can be as vulgar as an excess of tears”.  Mary really deserved that piece of advice.   ☺

pink macaronsMy Downton Abbey desk calendar came with a perk, a free digital calendar.  I chose 365 Days in France.  I look forward to seeing some wonderful scenery, architecture or foods of France each day. 

After seeing todays photo of the lovely pink macarons, I’m more determined than ever to find a baker in my area that makes these delicious treats. 

The calendar page today stated “Traditional French macarons are made from almond flour and whipped egg whites—plus an array of delicious flavorings like rose and coconut. The delicate treats were created in the town of Nancy.” 

If you’d like to check out what subjects are available in Page-A-Day calendars you can visit their website here - (and they’re on sale!). 


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