Friday, January 6, 2017

Downton Abbey ornament

I've been moving a little slower since mid December due to back trouble, so I am just now getting around to taking down our Christmas tree.  It's hard to believe that Christmas has come and gone so quickly and a new year has commenced. 

I thought I'd show you my favorite new ornament before it is packed away for another year.  My younger daughter gave it to me and I love it!

There is so much detail on the tea tray with its lovely silver teapot and two cups of tea with spoons.

The back side shows a couple of tea sandwiches (egg salad?), as well as scones with clotted cream and jam. 

This is a Kurt Adler, officially licensed Downton Abbey ornament.  The set measures 4.13 inches.  It was purchased at Amazon.

Wishing you all the best in 2017.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Matcha Green Tea With Ginger Seasoning

I recently received a package in the mail from my sister in Canada.  She must have known that I could use a little pick-me-up.

This spice smells great and I'm looking forward to adding it to smoothies and baked goods.  And isn't that tiny teapot cookie cutter sweet.  Maybe I'll use it for Christmas shortbread cookies. 

Thanks Donna!


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

National Iced Tea Month

As many of you know, I'm not a big iced tea drinker (must be my Canadian roots) and prefer to drink hot tea year round.  Lately I have been trying a few, perhaps because I've been hearing so much about National Iced Tea Month celebrated this month.

Here in Georgia a lot of people drink "sweet tea" and it is served iced and very sweet.  I've been trying to find tea that tastes good over ice, without sweetener. The coconut mango wuyi oolong from Stash was good.

My most favorite black tea for serving iced is Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea.  It has a wonderfully sweet taste without adding sugar to the brew.  I actually called the company the first time I tried it since it was hard to believe that it wasn't sweetened.  It contains three types of cinnamon, orange peel and sweet cloves, but no sugar added.  You can find it loose, in sachets or tea bags here.

What type of iced tea are you are drinking this month? 


Thursday, May 12, 2016

Alice in Wonderland teapot dress

I came across this lovely sundress in a recent Kohl's sale flyer.  It has ruffles down the front and dainty crisscross straps in the back.  It is from the new Lauren Conrad Disney collection.  

Wouldn't it be cute to wear for afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian on an upcoming trip.  You can find it here.

Do you like to wear tea themed clothes?  My collection includes tees, purses and pajamas.   

Friday, April 29, 2016

One Happy Island

We just returned from our second trip to Aruba, a small southern Caribbean island 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela.  We stayed at La Cabana Resort and Spa again.

Aruba has so much to offer.  The weather is fabulous with a year round average temperature of 82 degrees and constant trade winds to keep things comfortable. The beaches are some of the best in the world. English is spoken everywhere, US dollars are always welcome, people are friendly, crime rate is low and the island is outside the hurricane belt.  What more could you ask for?

Our first of several great dinners was enjoyed at Las Ramblas, one of our resort restaurants.  What a treat to have a terrific view of Eagle Beach, the beautiful sunset and live guitar music while we ate a delicious meal.  

I had a surf and turf plate with extra large bacon wrapped scallops, shrimp and a juicy cut of beef with chimichurri sauce. 

We also enjoyed Cuba's Cooking, Taste of Belgium, La Granga and lunch on the Mi Dushi snorkel cruise.  I loved that our resort was within walking distance of Super Foods, a superb market with an amazing selection of Dutch and American foods, a great bakery, deli and produce section.  One of the young workers in the produce department offered to cut up a minneola for me (a cross between a tangerine and grapefruit).  It was so yummy - hope they will be available at Publix.

If you love the beach, Aruba is a must.  Eagle Beach is rated by Porthole Cruise magazine and TripAdvisor as one of the world's most beautiful beaches.  Our hotel is shown in the background and our favorite palapa on the beach was in front, beside the volleyball net.  

Can you tell from my hair how windy it was on deck? Next time I'm packing a hat with a chin strap.  There is excellent snorkel and scuba diving here.  You can easily see many types of colorful fish, eels, starfish, etc., as well as some interesting shipwrecks.  The sunset cocktail cruise we did was fun too.

Are you convinced yet that this is indeed "One Happy Island" place to be?  I'll be making this a yearly trip, if I can convince hubby.  He says he likes to try new places each year.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Assam 1860

"Tea As It Should Be"

I like my morning tea to be full-bodied and refreshing with an appealing fragrance and have found Assam 1860 to be a great tea to start my day with.

My sample box of tea immediately caught my attention with the colorful scenes of tea gardens, delivery trucks, etc. and "Hello, Fancy A Cup Of Quality Tea?" written on the lid. 

The individually wrapped silken tea bags have cute graphics on the front and the back. They brew quickly to a beautiful dark liquor. 

You can explore the 150-year-old James Warren Tea Estate teas on the Assam 1860 website.  Here you will find lots of interesting information about the history of Assam, world tea tradition, great photos and lots more.  


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Macarons from Savannah

My hubby made a trip to Savannah, Georgia last weekend and I asked him to bring me home some wonderful macarons from Marche de Macarons on Abercorn Street in the historic district.

The box is much prettier than it looks in my photo. The sides are pink and it is very sturdy - great for craft room storage, etc.  This is an older box from before the name change.

There are lots of delicious flavors to choose from. You can see a current list on the website.  A few of my favorites are salted caramel, bourbon pecan and cappuccino.  Sadly they didn't have any matcha tea flavor this time.  

I think they got a little beat up on the trip home.  Also, my grandson got into them and I ended up with less than the dozen I'd requested. Maybe that was a good thing, although macarons are lower in calories than a lot of other teatime treats.   

Have you ever searched for macarons on Pinterest?  I have, and was amazed by the sheer volume of gorgeous photos of these dainty treats.   

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