ELSIE’S Guide To Afternoon Tea by Julie Maggi

  • Elsie's Guide to Afternoon Tea by [Maggi, Julie ]

Full of recipes, tips and secrets, this book is the perfect gift for those who love organizing tea parties, for Afternoon Tea fans and for everyone who knows that there is nothing better than a good slice of cake and a tasty cup of tea. Whether you are a traditionalist who prefers Earl Grey, or an adventurer whose tastes run to Green Tea, Chai, Rooibos or even Chamomile, this is the right book for you! Inside you will find loads of delicious recipes for treats like: Lemon Drizzle Cake, Welsh Cakes, Carrot Cake, Red Velvet Roll, Egg Custard Tarts, Blueberry Tart, Shortbread and of course all sorts of tasty sandwiches. You will also learn how to make sure your Afternoon Tea party goes well, how to present a beautiful table, make your guests comfortable and add that air of charm and elegance through special invitations (templates included).

This sweet little book is full of lovely ideas for teas! The illustrations alone make me smile. This a new book and is really nice. The recipes are yummy as well. Welsh Cakes? Yes, please! Lemon Drizzle Cake? You had me at Lemon Drizzle!

There are so many ideas and even templates for invitations and such. For any one who has little girls or boys or grandchildren, this is a great book to share with them. And I love that the author put together a Kickstarter Campaign to get her books for kids out there. Way to hustle!

I know a couple of little girls this is going to!

It’s Thursday and we are no longer in the deep freeze! Should be some 60’s and 70’s coming our way! According to our weather guy who said on the news last night, Spring is right around the corner, to which I replied,” It’s Spring!”, and OU Boy replied,” Uh, that’s not what he said.” Well, I’m going to go ahead and say it is, you know put it out there in the universe for Mother Nature.

xx Patricia   Enjoy your own little tea party this afternoon. A pause in the business of life.

 

Planning A Tea Party Without Losing Your Mind

Planning a little girl’s Tea Party doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg along with your sanity! Here at the Pirate Nation we are planning a simple, pink tea party for a young lady.

No, I’m not spending hours in the kitchen. These are all simple to do. I even found a picture on Pinterest breaking down the Naked Cakes, as I call them, Get yourself a Sara Lee Pound Cake and slice it into 3 equal lengths and then just choose a round or as they did in the picture, a decorated cookie cutter and pop some out. Squeeze a bit of icing and plop on a flower.

What could be easier than Rice Krispie Treats? Just dunk them in some melted candy dots in pink. Same with the pretzels. Easy, as well as eatable! Kids don’t care about fancy, they like simple things and you’ll only work yourself up into a snit paying $4/cupcake when they only eat the icing. And a simple heart-shaped Strawberry Jam tea sandwich will be a hit.

As for decor, Boas are cheap at the party store and tutus are easy to make and you can customize your colors.

I like the pink tea tins and I have a few…or maybe more, but we like using a Red Rooibos Tea as it gets pink. Nothing is as cute as tiny baby food jars, painted and topped with tiny crowns and full of jelly beans. Great favors. And the paper straws are a must. I snap them up any time I see them. I have been known to design a tea around a straw. Think Flamingo!

My little miss Charli Ava loves those straws so much I have taken to hiding them!

Have yourself a little tea party with your favorite girls! I promise they will love it!

xx Patricia

Today I Choose A Nice Cup of Oolong

Good Morning Y’all! The children are back in school! 3 weeks is just too long. We have been through several reams of paper, sticker books, markers and 100 paper plates and two rolls of tape. Snowmen and Gingerbread men are hanging all over the place. But we made it! And learned quite a bit!

I am always on the look out for unusual tea pots or tea rooms and I love these! My friend Vicki who lives in Bromley owns Lady Bug Pest Control so the ladybug teapot is perfect for her. I am the cupcake queen, so I would love that one. I already own the three lovely ladies along with creamers for each. Left to me by an ex-husband’s Grandmother who liked me. And of course the Flamingo cup and saucer is on my list.

At the end of the Winter Break PaPa was surprised to hear the kids asking what time it was. When he would say 3 p.m. they would run to the tea-table and sit and wait for tea. Each day we tried a different tea and their opinions were quite funny.

We had many deep and important conversations about hot dogs, how chicken nuggets are made, and why you can’t just opt out of school. Just so you know Corbin popped up with a question. Did we know what hot dogs were made of? Not a clue I say, I don’t eat those. Well that’s good, he says because they are made of cancer. Now you know. Proceed at your own risk. We watched the video on how they make chicken nuggets and they will never eat those again.

All in all we survived. The last week was hardest because it was bitterly cold, but today the sun came out and we were above freezing. We danced with our new Bluetooth microphones to Taylor Swift and the Biebs, along with AC/DC, Halestorm and Queen, as well as their Daddy who has quite a few videos on Youtube.

We are getting ready to swing into Mardi Gras mode, Mardi Gras is on Feb. 13th this year, early but we are ready!

How was your week? Did you get snow? My hometown of Brunswick,Georgia did! And lord did it cause problems. The police sent out a notice for people to stay home!! LMAO

XX Patricia

Taylor’s of Harrogate Tea Haul

I hope you all survived what ever holiday you subscribe to! I think pretty much every tea Taylor’s makes is now on my tea shelf. I really like this company because of their participation in the Ethical Tea Partnership and the Rainforest Alliance.

I hated to even open them they are so pretty, but open one I did! Yesterday we tried the Scottish Breakfast Tea, as I am Scottish, and it was a really smooth and hearty with a splash of Almond Milk. I enjoyed it a lot. Multiple times.

Tommy picked up our dinner at the club. Seriously, did anyone think I was cooking? And it was delicious. And clean up was a breeze. We watched White Christmas and then went back to bed. Then we ate and went back to bed. We watched a couple of BB games and went back to bed. And not one nap was had. I’ll leave you to ponder that one!

With everything going on it was just the day we needed and we loved every minute of it!

xx Patricia

If Teacups Could Talk by Emilie Barnes

This isn’t a new tea book. It’s been out since 1994. But it is a great little book full of tea lore, knowledge and friendship. All of Ms. Barnes books are wonderful treats full of lovely things to sip and nibble on.

If you find a copy, snap it up! In the meantime have a wonderful Monday, I will be in surgery and will have to do without my morning cuppa, so have one for me and keep your fingers crossed!

xx Patricia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fun With Cups…Tea, not Red Solo!

It’s Monday! Grab a cup and let’s have some tea. This morning I’m consuming large quantities of Oolong.  It’s about 62 degrees here this morning. Although the sun is shining, the wind is blowing like crazy.

I’m trying to narrow down the choices for the kids to use their Sharpie skills to make holiday gifts. Even though we have a ton of plain white cups just for this purpose, with small children I prefer to stick to one or two choices.

These are a few of the ideas I’ve found. I don’t want them to be holiday designs because I feel foolish drinking tea in June from a Christmas cup. Just a quirk. I’ve done the tea bag one and several with tea sentiments on them.

I also found trays. Like our famous Sex Trade Tray for sick days. Corbin named it when he was little and it stuck. For under $10 at Tuesday Morning I found some lovely ones. White and dark wood. The bottom is glass and underneath there are 4 spots for pictures under the glass.  So for about $14 I can do a tray, cup, teapot and creamer/sugar holders. Not too bad.  I use my tray for everything. Tea time, sick kids in bed, lazy mornings when I just want to snuggle under the covers and have breakfast and tea in bed.

Today’s plan is to finish a book and then paint some shelves. For books of course. And another shelf in the tea cupboard. And it’s my Friday so that is a plus.

Enjoy your Monday! And since I jumped on the Say One Nice Thing About Yourself Everyday train….   Good Job Patricia for getting out of bed before 9 a.m., you rock! Daily five year old contribution…”What do you mean they make you eat lunch at school? I’m not doing that. I don’t know those people.” Good Boy!

xx Patricia  a-ketoglutarate   Hilarious!

Tea: A Gateway Drug…

It’s Friday! You made it through another week! Raise a cup for that! I have to say this Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea is a real winner for me! The smell alone had me smiling. It will definitely be a Fall/Winter staple at my house!

The other day when I was searching through all the tea sites I found this recipe for using Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea with Fireball for a hot toddy. Heck yeah! That idea is getting  used this football season.

Yesterday to keep my mind occupied I started Fall cleaning. I took the refrigerator apart and cleaned it and labelled all of the bins. Same with the stove only I didn’t label it since we aren’t really that close. Scrubbed every cupboard in the house. Got the slip covers on the sofas, got all clean pillows and bedding, and cleaned all the vents. And you won’t believe this but I already have dinner done for tonight! Yep, I put it in the crock pot last night and this morning Voila! dinner!

Tonight we are going to see the Kingsmen sequel. I loved the first one so much I’ve seen it like 5 times. And I never watch anything more than once. If you have Netflix, you should really watch The Five by Harlan Coben. It was on Sky TV in the UK last year and I think on Canal in France. I watched it more than once. It is just as wonderful as his books. So if you get a chance watch it!

Have a great Friday! Make someone elses day great too. Smile! Be Kind! Do what you can to help just one person today.

xx Patricia  bluebird

 

Every Tea Should Come With A Tiara!

All tea services should come with a tiara, that way you can be prepped and ready for the 8 pm white tie dinner

I stole the above picture from Harney & Sons on Pinterest. The caption was Every Tea Should Come With A Tiara.

Being the Southern lady that I am I heartily agree! We look for every opportunity to wear our tutus and tiaras. Except when you go out to get the mail. Yeah, I learned that the hard way. People will talk. Kind of like when OU Boy weed whacked the bar ditch in his Tommy Bahama flip-flops and shorts. Farmers talk….

So it’s Sunday. I think our rain has stopped but our poor neighbors are getting hammered still. So let’s all keep them in our thoughts and donate whatever you can, time, money, food, clothing.  Poor OU Boy had to deal with flooding all day yesterday and again this morning. He called and said the Tea Vault had water on the floor but all the tea was safely high up on the shelves. Whew!

Today I’m getting our rocks ready to become Ladybugs, little cottages and some inspirational words. Yes, that is what we settled on. And since Miss Charli Ava has decided she wants to learn to speak French, I think we’ll do some French words as well. It warms my heart that she wants to learn and keep our French heritage alive! And her Mom is helping her also, so soon she will be all snooty and looking down her nose at the rest of us!

paristea3  Since I poached their picture, Let’s give some love to the people who keep me out of jail. Thanks Boys!

xx Patricia

Let silence be the art you practice..Rumi

I love this quote. So often silence is the best option. And it does take a lot of practice to stay silent and listen. Too often we are just waiting for a break in the conversation to stick our own views in. But it’s in the silence that one hears.

To be able to quiet your mind and be fully present in the moment and what you are doing is the gift that tea gives us! It’s during tea that problems are discussed, dreams shared and sorrows are lessened just a bit. Tea may not be able to solve the problem, but the act of having tea gives you a chance to share and listen and sometimes that’s all people want. Just someone to listen. You don’t have to solve everything, just listen.

Listen and Be Kind. It’s not so hard.

xx Patricia     20170215_100015

 

Making Tea and Calming the Soul

“On the hob was a little brass kettle, hissing and boiling; spread upon the floor was a warm, thick rug; before the fire was a folding-chair, unfolded and with cushions upon it, by the chair was a small folding-table, unfolded, covered with a white cloth, and upon it were spread small covered dishes, a cup and saucer, and a tea-pot; on the bed were new, warm coverings, a curious wadded silk robe, and some books. The little, cold, miserable room seemed changed into Fairyland. It was actually warm and glowing. “~Frances Hodgson Burnett, Sara Crewe; or What Happened at Miss Minchin’s

Nothing quite calms the soul and stirs the imagination like the preparation and sharing of tea. This is one of my favorite book quotes about tea. It can truly change a bad day to a peaceful day within minutes.

Be mindful of what things steal your peace and what things restore it.

Love and Tea!   Patricia