Friday, May 30, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
A conference poster that I received recently caught my attention. The poster features some of the new products being shown at the vendor booths, including:
- Finum Iced Tea Control - an iced tea brewing system (by Riensch & Held); here is a link to the hot tea pot, but I couldn't find the iced tea one - perhaps it's too new
- Sparkling Teas - VidaTea and White Jasmine Sparkling Teas are mentioned specifically
- Whisky Cakes - by Caledonian Kitchen, available in five varieties
- Honey flavor spoons - by the Melville Candy Company and featuring the pomegranate clover spoons
I've included links to the products, so those of us at home can still learn about them - and even order them if we're especially enticed. I have had the honey spoons (plain honey flavor) and enjoyed them. As for the others, I cannot speak. I am not a fan of bottled tea, but the sparkling tea has captured my attention.
If you have experience with any of these products, or if you attend the World Tea Expo, I'd love to hear about it!
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Their blog is an interesting read, and features topics from insurance to wedding proposals.
Best wishes to Andy and Melissa!
Friday, May 23, 2008
Our CSA bounty from last week (pictured above) included: salad greens, turnip greens, radishes, young garlic (like green onions), incredibly yummy pasta sauce, and watercress. As the produce changes with the seasons, so changes what we receive. It's a great way to stay in tune with what nature delivers to us in our own locales.
About the only way to eat more locally is to grow it ourselves, which the DH does so well! Here are a few garden pictures.
The thing that is cool about our garden is how much produce we get from a tiny little lot in town! I think it's very pretty, too, how the DH mixes the food plants among the flowers. It's just lovely.
Lettuce from our Feb. 14th scattering of seeds on snow
If you'd like to find a farmer's market or CSA near you, check out http://www.localharvest.org/.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
This week's blogathon topic is to write about teapots. I'll share with you the teapots I use on a daily basis. I call these my trusty teapots, as they keep on pouring and never fail me! The first one is a small teapot (about 3-4 cups) with a set of 5 matching handleless cups. The teapot has a mesh infuser basket, which I love. It's easy to clean and gives the tea plenty of room to open and expand. I originally purchased this set for the cups. I needed additional cups of this size for tea tastings. But it's the teapot that has become the crown jewel. It is the one I go to almost every day.Below is another pot I use regularly. I like it because of its tall and lean shape, more like a coffee pot (tho it is smaller than most coffee pots of this style). It came to me in New Mexico, from a thrift store bonanza (the DH found it). I use this one when I want a bit more flair with my daily cup.
Do you have a teapot you go to on a daily basis? What about it do you like? The color? The way it pours? Its sentimental value?
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Here are a few tea treasures I've received recently. My sincere thanks to the gift givers!
A gift from Wm
You can find these at 1-800-Flowers
Monday, May 19, 2008
The DH and I have a car. We drive it about once a week, and that's out of convenience and not need. I'm not bragging here, but rather trying to show that it can be done. We've structured our life so that the car is not necessary. I have such an intense sense of freedom by not being dependent on the car.I am blessed to live in a community where churches can put aside differences and work together toward healing the earth. To me, protecting the environment is an absolutely crucial spiritual path. After all, tending the garden is job one.
Friday, May 16, 2008
I love my DH (dear hubby). There are moments in life when I just look at him with adoration, and today was one of those days. Here's why: I had planned a "Tea for Two" as my May tea party. My friend, Sweetcakes, has had a whirlwind month and I wanted to give her a few moments of rest and relaxation. Also, she had gifted me with some lovely Old Country Roses pieces and I was saving them to use with her. So, we planned a lunch appointment for tea. Then, things at work exploded this week and I became very busy. The DH announced to me recently, "I'm going to do your tea party food. It's my Mother's Day present to you (and my life will be better because you won't be stressed out.)"
Well, he did a fantastic job. He planned and prepared three courses and paired the teas. He's just a sweetheart and I'm grateful. I'm also grateful to Sweetcakes for sharing a part of her day with me!
Here are some photos...
First course: fresh cherry scones
(Remember, the DH put the menu together and did all the cooking! Tho that's not so unusual at my house.)
These scones were very good - we ate them bare b/c the DH told us, "anything else would ruin the scone." I think he was right!
Thursday, May 15, 2008
The shell-shaped, cake-like cookie called Madeleines has become one of my favorites! I just love the texture and taste. These cookies have a tea connection, made famous by Proust. The cookies are a perfect accompaniment to tea. They are lightly sweet and airy - blending with the flavors of tea, rather than overpowering. They match nicely with fruit, too.
I recently bought a Madeleine pan and made my first batch this week. Here is the recipe I used, tho I used 1/2 the sugar and half whole wheat flour. They turned out great! The only problem was that I had to keep myself out of the batter! And I ate four of them immediately out of the oven. ;-)
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Second, picking a favorite tea room is no easy challenge. Each one that I've been to has a uniqueness to it and has something that I find endearing. However, if I were forced to pick, I would say that the St. James Tea Room in Albuquerque, NM is my all-time favorite.
Part of the reason for this favorite is the association I have with friends and good times at the St. James, but an equally important part is the tea room itself. Mary Alice, the proprietress, and her staff go above and beyond to make the tea experience a delight. The decor is luxurious, but not partial to the feminine. Men and women feel equally welcome here, I believe. The layout of tables allows for many small nooks and private cubbies throughout.
If you find yourself in Albuquerque, the St. James tea room is a must-see! For me, it is a reason unto itself to return, but of course I have the added benefit of friends there, too!
Monday, May 12, 2008
Thursday, May 08, 2008
I am spending this weekend with my family, in celebration of my grandparents' 70th wedding anniversary. My grandmother is an inspiring woman. She loved babies and gardening and simple things in life, like sitting in the porch swing with a glass of iced tea. Her health has declined, but she still finds ways to make jokes and smile. She is a very special woman.