Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Pie Time

 Pie comes in different shapes.
 Pie comes for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea time, and any time at all.
If I had to choose it would pie time every day.
Do you love pie?

If there is left over crust when making a pie,
do you make cinnamon pastry sticks?
My mom made them and they were a huge treat.
Oh so many memories wrapped in a cinnamon pastry stick.

To make the cinnamon pastry sticks,
just roll out the extra pie dough,
spread with soft butter,
sprinkle with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon,
and bake at 350 degrees until golden.
Eat them right away with a cup of tea.
Ahhhhh!  delicious!

Playing today with Bernideen at http://blog.bernideens.com/

Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday's Quotes

“Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied in an offended tone, "so I can't take more."
"You mean you can't take less," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take more than nothing."
"Nobody asked your opinion," said Alice.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Friday, February 5, 2016

Frost Tea Delights Me

On Wednesday the postman rang my doorbell
and to my delight and surprise there was a beautiful
package, a gift from a tea friend, sent from Jing Tea in the UK.
We had been talking about Frost teas and this was my WOW! surprise gift.

This morning I tasted.
It was made exactly as Jing Tea recommended, steeping 3 minutes in boiling water.
Jing Tea described their Nilgiri Frost this way:
"Whole leaf, Indian black tea, Parkside Estate, Nilgiri, India.
Clean and fresh with balanced notes of sweet barley, apple and aromatic grass."
Why yes!  I definitely got the sweet barley and aromatic grass, not so much the apple.
Sipping this tea brought me to the fields of grain I once lived by in Kansas
and also a bit of Genmaicha, toastyness, which I do like.
It surprised me!
By the end of the cup I fully delighted in it.
It had a wonderful after taste which I savored.
Definitely a recommend.
Check out www.JINGTEA.COM
There was some nice teaware on their web sight too.

Quite amazingly on a side note, my Tea Time magazine arrived yesterday.
There was a two page article by James Norwood Pratt about Jing Tea Company.
He also mentioned the nice glassware from this company.
Frost tea description from Harney and Sons:
It is called “frost tea” because it is made during the cold months of December to February. Though the tea plants don’t actually go dormant, like Darjeelings, the cool temperatures in the south of India (Nilgiri) slow the growth of the leaves, concentrating the aromatic compounds. The cooler temperatures also allow .... to wither the teas at a more moderate rate which in turn draws out more of the floral and fruit notes. For those unfamiliar with teas from the Nilgiri region, this falls in between First and Second Flush Darjeelings.

Happy Weekend, dear friends!
May your cup be overflowing with LOVE.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tutu Time in the Sandbox

It seems these days little girls wear their tutu's everywhere,
even in the sandbox.
Have you seen the posts on Facebook that says:
Don't let people discourage you........
Just fluff out your tutu and dance away. 

So let's fluff our tutu's and dance away.
Be brave, silly, and smile even when you feel like crying.
As it is said, each day is a gift.
Be present and enjoy.
Delight in the day! 

Photo taken at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry,
a place a little girl can wear her tutu and play in the sandbox.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Tea Lattes and Friends to Delight

I know I just shared this photo a week ago,
but after my first visit to Steven Smith Teamakers new tasting room,
I just knew a couple friends would love visiting here too.
Tucked right there in that corner yesterday we visited, sipped lattes,
and enjoyed the visit.

Tea shops seem to be expanding their offerings of tea lattes.
For so long it was chai latte only.
Three friends together catching up on our lives and lattes was truly a delight.

One friend ordered a regular chai latte.
One friend ordered Lover's Leap, which had their Lover's Leap tea, lavender, rose, and osmanthus
syrup, steamed milk, paired with dark chocolate and topped with an edible flower.
I had Darjeeling Creme Caramel, which had second flush Darjeeling tea,
burnt caramel sauce, and a pinch of Jacobsen's sea salt.
What a treat! Deliciousness!
Good company and Good tea make the best of a delightful week day morning.
Find a place in your neighborhood and enjoy a cup of tea soon, it will delight your heart.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Pink Delights Me!

Did you ever say, Pink, Pink, you Stink?
As kids I know I must have said that.
Though many little girls around me wore and loved pink,
I wouldn't have anything to do with it.
My mother wore a lot of pink and always looked good in it too.
I would say I would never like pink or wear it.
Well fast forward too many years to count.
Here I am with pink in my house
and sometimes I wear it.
There is a pink scarf that I wear occasionally
and everytime I do I get favorable comments.
Yikes!  I am becoming my mother.
I have warmed to pink now.
It does make me smile.

What color makes you smile?

Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday's Quotes

We must all have our hearts broken
once or twice before we are done.
~Mrs. Hughes, Downton Abbey

In celebration of the month of love.
Welcome to February!