Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Earth Day 2015

 Trillium
 Wild Roses
 Western Towhee
 Yellow Violets
Ferns and Forest
 Bleeding Hearts
 Fiddleheads
 Snail
 More Trilliums
 Oregon Grape
Fairy Lanterns

May we be blessed this Earth Day with the delights of the earth.
May we treasure and care for them as an endangered child.
May we spend time with the earth relishing it's beauty.
May we sing songs in adoration of our earth.
May we dance and laugh for JOY.
For our earth is worth saving and loving
and holding dear to our hearts.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Steeped - Delightful!

Recently an invitation popped up in my inbox from Tiffany,
the Events Coordinator, at Steven Smith Teamaker.
I was thrilled to be included in the kick off for a new book,
Steeped, Recipes Infused with Tea, by Annelies Zijderveld.
It has just been on the market about a week and a half
and you can find it at Amazon.com
Gathering in the kitchen we were greeted by the book author
and 6 cups of tea for tasting.  Each tea would be included in recipes
from the book, but first we did some tasting: Long Jing, Rooibos, Keemun,
Lord Bergamot, Masala Chai, and Matcha.  Always delicious TEA.
Samples of each were sent home with us, so we could begin our adventure
in cooking with tea.
 What fun to have a front row to Annelies demonstrations
on several recipes from the book.
 Many of her recipes have the tea ground in a herb grinder,
which is actually a coffee grinder that has not been used for coffee.
Here she is showing Geoff, another tea blogger, the results
of grinding tea.  Geoff also has a post, which you can find
Annelies made Hurricane Popcorn with Tea Furikake,
which used a coarsely ground Dragon Well tea with sesame seeds,
kosher salt, sugar, popcorn, and a nice oil.  It was quite delicious.
A yogurt parfait was the perfect treat to greet us.
The yogurt was infused with Lord Bergamot tea,
which just bumped this yogurt treat up several notches of delight.
A White Bean Walnut Spread was like a special
hummus treat.  I think this was my favorite treat of the day.
The Keemun smokiness just added something special.
To end the afternoon event of chatting, nibbling, snapping photos,
and visiting with other bloggers, staff at the tea shop, and especially Annelies
were an extra special day surrounded with tea.

Batch PDX also brought by tea infused chocolates just to end the day with sweetness.
Definitely, I can recommend this book.  Any tea lover would love adding it to their library.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday's Quotes


It's goodness is a decision for the mouth to make.
~Lu Yu

Friday, April 17, 2015

Backdrop to Beauty






Each seasonal change takes me to a special antique mall here in Portland,
As I strolled with my camera recently I just noticed how much structural
elements are being used as a backdrop for showing off a beautiful
vase, flowers, or bust.
There were windows, screens, concrete bench and table, plus ladders.
They just speak to finishing with a frame, a statement of delight.
When you think of decorating your world,
do you consider structural backdrops?
Even if you don't, just enjoy the tour.
It is where I go for a time of quiet reflection,
a time with my camera and to view beauty.

Where do you venture for a time of quiet reflection?
Happy weekend, dear friends!
May the sun shine upon you and delight your heart.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Transformation

Each year I choose a word for the year, which I have mentioned here many times.
Last year my church started picking a word for the year also;
so I have ended up with two different words swimming in my mind.
The church encourages us to speak or in some way illustrate what this
word might mean to each member.
Recently I did this art piece for the church on what "transformation"
means to me.
Thanks to my friend, Jeanie at The Marmalade Gypsy, for sharing some
tips for finding and applying the butterflies.
The word "transformation" just sang to my heart of a chrysalis releasing
a church full of blossoming butterflies.
Butterflies that fly out into the world and make it a better place.
May we all be butterflies!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

On the Farm, Ei Ei O

Sweet little girl twins.  They had to be bottled fed for awhile.
Cleaning the barn.
Tucked in amongst the trees, a future venue for weddings.
Oh silly chicken, where are you going?
The quick escape artist, Wilbur.
You are too fat to escape your pen again.
Ha! You naughty little pig.

Have you ever dreamed of having a farm?
The song runs through my head of Old MacDonald.
Recently I visited this sweet little farm
where a dream is coming true.
A "niece" (really my cousins daughter), but we call each other
niece and aunt; she had a dream of such a farm.
Her husband caught the dream along with her
and their dreams came true.

How fun to walk around this farm and see dreams coming true.
The vintage barn in the trees will one day be set up for weddings.
My cousin is going to plant baby kiwi on some of the acreage.
I will share with you as the farm grows and flourishes.
A dream come true for this young family.

Do you still have a dream?
May it come true in ways yet unimagined.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

White Tea Time


Okayti Silver Needle Darjeeling tea, a white tea from
I left this tea until the last to review separately,
not knowing whether I would like it or not.
White teas often seem a little bland to me and a bit to light.
I was delighted to be surprised with this beautiful
Okayti Silver Needle Darjeeling.
Yesterday, on a rainy spring time day, I opened the package
to beautiful grey green needles.
It was recommended that it steep at a little cooler than
boiling water for 4-5 minutes, which is exactly what I did.
First sniffing, then tasting it was like a breathe of springtime.
A soft almost floral scent and flavor was enjoyed with each sip.
It brought the same pleasure as the first glimpse of spring.
A little more bold than some white teas and this tea just delighted me.
You can find this tea and many other delightful teas at
www.goldentipstea.com

The teaware is from my collection of white children's antique teaware.