Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What goes with Tea?

As the Cookie Monster says, C is for Cookie, that's good enough for me!
Cookie, cookie, cookie!
Oh yes, these days I have cookies on my mind.
A new bakery, farinabakery.com, recently opened and they are selling the best cookies for tea time.
French macarons, in my opinion are the best to go with tea.
Today in my cup is a delicious black tea, Top Chingwo Congou from Harney and Sons
and on the side two very wonderful French macarons.
C rhymes with T and Cookies and Tea are the perfect pair.

Can you find French macarons where you live?
Do you have a special bakery that makes these gorgeous treats?
I do make cookies and my little "cookie monster" loves helping out,
but French macarons I will leave to the baker artists.
They are just for a special treat much like a little box of chocolates
to savor and delight in with a yummy cup of tea.

You can order online good teas from the following companies:
harney.com
teavivre.com  (I still have a few $5. off coupons)
floatingleaves.com (wonderful oolongs)

Enjoy some special teas for the holidays.
They make great gifts and stocking stuffers too.
Then find yourself a special treat, C is for Cookie!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Silliness


Sometimes I just have to be silly.
Actually I am not silly enough.
It does my heart good to be silly.
To dance in a tutu or drive through an imaginary wall,
those are the things that makes my heart dance with JOY.
Do you take opportunity to be silly?
Does silly make your heart sing?

I hope we all take each and every opportunity to be silly.
Jump with both feet,
wear that tutu,
dance as if your life depended on it.
Celebrate the ordinary with silliness!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Monday's Quotes

I have been absolutely terrified every moment of my life--
and I've never let it keep me from doing a single
thing I wanted to do.
~Georgia O'Keefe

Friday, November 21, 2014

Crafting with Kids

 Last weekend beside having tea and walking on a sandy beach
I played with little boys and though you don't see any little girls,
there were a few girls too.
 The boys really got into the craft project I brought along.
We were making all kinds of characters with toilet paper rolls,
a bit of recycling.
 Some needed a bit of help, but still proud of there finished project.
 Here is one proud crafter with his owl.
It had been a long time since I had the opportunity to play with kids and crafts. 
 I had fun too.

Happy weekend, dear friends!
Hope you find time to play.

PS:  Don't forget the offer from Tuesday's post.  If you would like a code for
purchasing some tea with a discount, let me know.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Enchantment

 I stopped along the road to take a picture of this sight.
 Then turned and my heart skipped a beat.
 For right there in front of me stood a bird so still,
I wasn't sure he was real.
Was it Harry, visiting from Michigan?
Maybe a carved wooden statue?
 Soon he took flight and he captured my heart.
 He swooped down low and soon he became part of the picture.
The picture I had stopped to take.
He enchanted me.
He delighted my heart.
What is delighting your heart today?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Twice Delighted

Normally I am happy if we make it to Tillamook, Oregon once in a year for tea at LaTeaDa.
Since we were headed for a weekend at the beach
my live-in gardener thought we should have tea in Tillamook
one more time this year.
As you can see it was a quiet day, but they were already
for the holiday coming next month.
A peaceful sip of English Breakfast did the trick on a cold, icy afternoon.
Then to cleanse the palate there was mango sorbet.
The tea tier full of food is always delicious here.
It looks like even the pitcher of water in the gurgling fish concurs.
There was the usual egg salad, tomato with cheese and basil,
but my favorite still remains that sticky sausage roll.
There was a delicious pumpkin bread with pear and white cheddar,
an artichoke tart, and the stacked sandwich was perfect for the holiday
season with turkey, cucumber, and cranberry sauce.
Scones are not shown here, but always a delight.
The sweets were a pumpkin roll, rhubarb crisp, cookie, and mint brownie.
There always is a box to take some away to delight later in the day.
Then just for fun, they tempt you with pies to go.
No pie this day for me, but just to pretty not to share.
Just viewing them here makes me start thinking of pies yet to make for Thanksgiving.
Are you ready for preparations for the big day next week?
For those of you in Canada, you have already celebrated.
Are there similar celebrations in other countries?

PS:  Don't forget to let me know if you would like a discount code to buy tea from TeaVivre.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TeaVivre Gift

TeaVivre is a tea company in China that has shared some wonderful teas with me in the past.
Now they have a gift just for you, my faithful readers.
They have sent me the codes for 20 gifts of $5. off any order. 
This gift is good until November 2015.
Though they said it was a Black Friday gift
I am excited that it is a year long gift.
By using this gift card you will also receive an extra sample in your order.
How exciting is that?
How to receive your gift card code:   just leave a comment on this post
and make sure there is a way for me to contact you through email.
The first 20 to leave comments will receive this gift or email me.
You can use it for a gift of tea or teaware for yourself or someone
you know that loves tea.

I must say that all the TeaVivre teas I have tried have been delicious.
Happy holidays from TeaVivre and me.