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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Lazy Sunday

Just one of those days...

Yesterday I woke up and got a great start on my weekend to do list.  After making some great progress around the house it was time to run errands - which I did. Made five stops and only forgot one item (it was even on the list!). I was pretty exhausted by the time I got home but I still managed to clean out & organize a bathroom cupboard... before collapsing into bed.   

I woke up to another bright & sunny day ready to get started on the rest of that 'to do' list. Then... I got a text from my neighbor inviting me over for a latte. Clearly, nurturing friendships and catching up takes precedence over housework and ironing.  

She was supervising the ironing while making sure I knew that at any moment she might want more breakfast. 

While I may not have been as productive as I planned today, I had a wonderful visit with my friend. I also got a few things crossed off the 'to do' list and still took time to relax and enjoy my weekend.   

Working full-time means that weekends are usually filled with errands & housework. Some weekends I get a lot done and other weekends I just relax and play, mostly it's a wonderful mix of both.  

Hope all your weekends turn out just the way... they're supposed to.  

Friday, August 21, 2015

Whisper of Fall

Perhaps I'm a bit premature with a reference to Autumn but after reading a delightful story from 'Tea with Friends' today (from whom I stole the title for my post) and enjoying a morning cool enough to need a long sleeve shirt (!!) I decided to indulge in a little fall dreaming. 

After a hotter than average summer, I was overdue for a comforting cup of hot tea. Oh my tea leaves, it was fabulous!


After a bit more tea blog reading including commenting on a post about a chocolate earl gray tea someone tested, it was time to have a cup of my recommendation; Valentine by Harney & Sons. With chocolate and rosebuds this is one of my all time favorites. In stores it's only available around Valentine's day but you can get it from their website anytime. 

Summer isn't far away with another two days over 90 in the forecast but just for today I can look out and see that some leaves are starting to change and enjoy cooler nighttime temperatures.  

I'm looking forward to pulling together a fall table, or two in the very near future!

Happy end of summer!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Spring Tea

Better late than...

In April I hosted a tea for some friends, while not everything turned out as expected I still consider it a success.

I set the table using the Lacey pattern from Pier 1. I was quite fortunate to find the one extra plate I needed at the local store since they've discontinued this color. 

The flatware I used is the fabulous Evening Star silverplate I found last December. Just before the tea I found the individual butter spreaders on Etsy! 

There's something about this teapot that reminds me of Mrs. Potts from Beauty & the Beast. Now that I know I can't replace it, I have to reduce the amount of time it spends in the rotation - I try to use a different teapot each month.

I tried to include sweeteners that everyone would like, there are Splenda packets in the sugar bowl. 

Just like a tea room, each lady got her own pot of tea. I was too warm for bustling around to drink hot tea that day, that's why there are only three.

The Southern Living iced tea glasses were used for water. The little floral bowls had lemon curd and faux devon cream. The gold topped container was used for homemade jam.

The tale of the lemon curd: As I was getting things ready, making the sandwiches, baking the scones etc. I went to the pantry to get the lemon curd I'd put up and much to my disappointment it was bad. I had to hurry and make more, can't have a tea without lemon curd! Fortunately I remembered a recipe a saw when I was looking at recipes for the tea it was a recipe for microwave lemon curd, I was saved! It took the up the little extra time I had but it was delicious! I was still running around finishing things when my guests arrived but they were very understanding and insisted that I stop apologizing and just relax. 

The menu for the day included;
strawberry scones
cheese scones
Waldorf chicken salad on mini croissants
cucumber and herbed cream cheese canapes
pimiento cheese sandwiches
key lime tarts
chocolate pots de creme in phyllo shells
tangerine tea cake

Everything turned out well and I was very pleased with everything. The next day I invited over some close friends for a 'leftovers' tea. It was a lot of fun and a lot more relaxed!