Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Saturday our hearts delighted in sharin' the dream with our best ever realtor, Kama (the one with the cowboy hat). Kama sold us our home 6 years ago and we are now part of her family. Each leap year she invites all her clients to Titanic Ranch for a day of horses and cowboys. What fun! We were greeted with gifts and given a bingo card to get acquainted with others. The rooster was along the drive into the ranch. Kama and her husband, Ian, live above the horses. The Air Stream trailer was for refreshments, quilts to sit on, the Concrete Cowboys for great music, games for the kid's and adult's, and a delicious barbecue of beef, chicken, salad, corn, beans, and ice cream. We feel so fortunate to have such a great realtor. The sun was setting as we drove away with smiles on our faces. Thanks Kama and the gang for a fun afternoon in the country!
Friday, July 25, 2008
The welcome sign at my front door will welcome you as you step onto my front porch.
Here is another word in my home - Welcome.
Welcome to my home and tea. Come and sit awhile and sip a cool glass of tea. The tea in the glass today is Black Currant Black Tea with a sprig of basil. The sun is shining and it is so peaceful in my yard. Come sit with me. Breathe a deep breath and take in the morning sunshine.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Yesterday I had tea with Stephanie of Steph's Cup of Tea.
We met at the Tea Zone in Portland for a special time of getting acquainted and sharing our love of tea. What fun it is to meet fellow tea bloggers and make new connections across the country. Thanks Stephanie for sharing tea with me, I loved it. It was great to get to know you better. Travel well!
The Tea Zone is not a Victorian tea room, but a very pleasant place to sit and visit. In the back they have a tea lounge where they served mixed drinks with tea. I always order the same thing when I go there. It doesn't matter what time of the day it is, but I love their Chicken Curry Empanada's. The tea I order may be different, but it is always the same food. Yesterday was a bubble tea day for me, I had green tea with mango. It was yummy and very refreshing. It had been a long time since I had a bubble tea, they are fun to drink and the tapioca bubbles are fun to chew (like chewy gummy bears). The Tea Zone was busy with people coming and going; some staying for awhile. This type of tea room is very attractive to young adults, both men and women. When I worked nearby, I often stopped in for some tea for a break or for lunch. If you are ever in Portland, Oregon I am sure you would enjoy stopping in for a tea break as you shop in the Pearl district. Then if you are really in the mood for more tea it is not far to the Chinese Gardens where they have a Chinese style tearoom after a peaceful walk through the gardens.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Last week I was surprised and thrilled when the postman left me a package with this picture in it. It is a Giclee print, #8 of 50, called Red Roses. The artist happens to be my cousin, Sheryl Knight. I love the red roses, but the added touch of blue in the pitcher and the yellow in the lemon really catches the eye and makes my heart sing. Visit Sheryl's website to see more beautiful art. http://www.sherylknight.com/
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
For me marmalade is more than just marmalade; it is a myriad of colors and textures and incorporates many facets of pretty things. I had no problem saying tea cozies or anything else I might develop would not fit the image in my mind for pretty colors and textures. Jams, jellies, and marmalade's certainly fits. While my children were growing up I made many batches of jams and marmalade's, so this product was easy for me to include in Marmalady's. I love finding vintage linens and making them into beautiful things; so of course tea cozies was the perfect fit. My work experience was as a patternmaker; so I am sure that experience will come into play with some future product. My mind is always creating and thinking what next for Marmalady's, including what new flavor of jam or marmalade will be next.
The cozy above is vintage fabric found in an antique shop. The picture was taken by my neighbor, Shayne.
Monday, July 21, 2008
In my mind I always think what would I do if someone came by unexpected to have that cup of tea we had talked about. One recipe that I always have ready is brownies. I am not sure where I received this recipe many years ago, but it is so convenient.
Keeps for 1 year or more and makes 8 batches
8 cups sugar
5 1/2 cups flour
1 8 oz. can Hershey's unsweetened cocoa - dry
4 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. salt
Mix together and store (I store in a gallon jar)
To make brownies:
Take 2 cups dry mix
1 cube melted butter*
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup nuts, if desired
Mix and put in 8" pan
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes
Do not over cook
*Melt butter in pan you are using for baking
Friday, July 18, 2008
Are there days you would love to be served breakfast in bed? I do think of having breakfast in bed, but what do you do with the crumbs from that lovely piece of toast or scone? Would my lovely tea spill? The breakfast tea set was a birthday gift from my husband last year. It is yellow, my favorite color, and has garden scenes. Now wouldn't that be lovely to use for breakfast in bed. I can have fantasies of breakfast in bed, but so far that is as far as it has gone. I even have the pile of books next to my bed. Ahhh! Dreaming of the luxury of sitting in bed with breakfast and books. Delicious!
I think I must plan breakfast in bed one of these days. I would have a lovely oolong tea, maybe Oriental Beauty, also a couple freshly baked cream scones with jam (of course Marmalady's!) and cream, maybe some fresh strawberries too.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
joy is here
joy is there
it never fades because we care
why worry when things go wrong
when joy can help keep growing strong
joy is a beautiful thing
like swaying back and forth
on a magical swing
if you had joy in the past
you can bring it back
and it will always last
by: Ti'ara Perry
Joy is an emotion of great delight or happiness.
The above JOY is hung in my dining room each Christmas, but this year I decided to leave it up all year. The word joy reminds me to take notice of each delight of the day. Tasha Tudor use to say "Take JOY".
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
—from "A Confession" by Czeslaw Milosz
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Here is the license plate on my CR-V. Can you tell anything about me from this plate? First it shows I live in Oregon. Then there are some letters and numbers. What do they say and what do they say about me? A hint: read each letter and number separately. Thanks to Denise at Uniquely Tea for giving me the idea for my plate. It came from her brother originally and he has the same plate only in a different state. Now there is one more thing that my license plate says about me. Do you see it at the bottom? The frame has a Nike swoosh on it. When I was hired at Nike, each new employee is given a license plate frame.
So just by my license plate on my car you can tell many things about me. Did you figure out the letters and numbers? It says: Any one for tea. I hope you guessed it. It gives me joy each time I see it because tea and sharing tea are special to me.
Monday, July 14, 2008
Yesterday my husband and I threw a garden party in our backyard to celebrate our retirement this year. We had about 70 people stop by to extend their congratulations and enjoy old fashioned hotdogs, snocones, salads, drinks, and sunshine. It was so fun to greet friends, people we have worked with, and family. Our backyard is very shady and was perfect for a warm summer afternoon. The snocones were a great cooling dessert. How fun it is to be able to eat all the snocones you could possibly want. We also had beer, lemonade, and of course iced tea. I made several gallons of Monk's Blend iced tea. Someone said that is the best iced tea they had ever had. Tim, our son, was the chief hotdog cooker and snocone maker. Friends could have their picture taken sitting behind the red convertible. On each table I placed a vintage tablecloth from my collection. I love seeing them out in the yard for special occasions. This was a special occasion.
In the bowl you will see Martha's (Stewart) Watermelon Salad. It is always a hit on a summer afternoon.
1 teaspoon peeled and finely grated ginger
Juice of 1 1/2 to 2 limes (about 1/3 cup)
1 tablespoon honey
1 whole seedless watermelon cut in 1 inch chunks
In a small bowl, combine ginger, lime juice, and honey.
Place watermelon in a bowl or serving platter, and
drizzle with lime mixture. Serve immediately.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Hurt not others with that which pains yourself.
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Treat others as you would yourself be treated.
Do unto all men as you would wish to have done unto you.
What you yourself hate, do to no man.
Live in harmony, for we are all related.
Do as you will, as long as you harm no one.
As we traveled home from the World Tea Expo in June, we stopped for the night at a simple motel in Barstow, California. I went in to see if they had a room and check us in. On the counter in a small frame was the above Golden Rule. I asked if I could have a copy of it and the woman at the desk connected with me in those short moments of life. We had a sweet discussion on each ones similarities in thought and beliefs. My husband asked when I returned to the car if I was bonding with the woman at the desk. I said that we were and I was touched in those moments by sharing with another woman in our sameness. She was from India and I am Anglo American. In our hearts we were the same.
The picture was taken a few years ago at the Flower Church in Lower Slaughter, England.