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I am purposefully seeking ways to add a little more peace, joy and fun in my life; that's why I started this tea story.

Currently I am searching for a new supplier for my tea. So I’m visiting websites and ordering different blends every month. I’ll be posting about my finds along with my visits to tea rooms.

It’s always the perfect time for a cup of tea. Won’t you join me?

Category Archives: The Table

Bell Pepper Bites

Do you need an easy appetizer for your next tea party?  Here’s one of my go-tos, especially in the summer because I can go get a bell pepper right out of the garden.

The fresh and crisp bell pepper is a nice contrast to the chewy scones and sandwiches.  It’s also a great gluten-free snack, chock full of Vitamin C.

Slice up the bell pepper into rather thick wedges.  When slicing the bell pepper, don’t cut off the bottom.  Leave it on so it hooks over to make the little handles as shown.  It makes an easy way to pick up the appetizer – plus it’s pretty!

Any soft creamy cheese spread will work so use your favorite.  Here I used Boursin cheese.  A little cake decorator bag was handy to squeeze little dollops onto the flat side of the slices away from the handles and then garnished it with a small piece from a Rose of Sharon flower petal.

I like things in threes so I wanted something to use as a garnish.  The purple petal provided a nice pop of contrasting color and, best part of all, I just went to the yard again and grabbed one.

Did you know that Rose of Sharon is one of many edible flowers?  It makes sense when you look at the flower and you see the resemblance to Hibiscus and Okra flowers.  All are related to each other.

Other edible flowers you could use if you don’t have Rose of Sharon on hand:  hibiscus, roses, tulips, violets, lavender, or a sprig of your favorite herb.

There you go.  Something easy to make and take to your next party!

A Teapot With A Cause

This teapot is called “Coronation Meadows” and is made for nature lovers and tea lovers everywhere. Burleigh Pottery made this pattern for Highgrove, the country estate of HRH The Prince of Wales. The Coronation Meadows design was inspired by an effort in the U.K. lead by Prince Charles to ensure there is a wildflower meadow… Continue Reading

A Simple Cup

  When asked if my cup is half-full or half empty, My only response is that I am thankful I have a cup.                                 — Sam Lefkowitz Continue Reading

Tea and Cookies for the Holidays

Ooooh!  Something shiny! This Christmas teapot and cookie jar would fit right in with the other presents under the tree.  The colorful, shiny metallic paint on the wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows add sparkle to the room each year. It’s fun to put out decorations that are pretty and practical.  Keeping cookies fresh is an… Continue Reading

Ham, Apple, & Goat Cheese Sandwiches

The air is starting to get crisp and the apples are coming in.  Enjoy the fall harvest with an easy and elegant Ham, Apple, & Goat Cheese tea sandwich for your next get-together with friends. Ingredients Honey Maple Ham 1/4 c. Belle Chevre Honey Breakfast Goat Cheese 2 T. fresh chopped Watercress Pink Lady Apples,… Continue Reading

Rich. But Righteous.

Cat Island Cookie & Cracker Co. is a local, women owned business located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  They were kind enough to send a package of cookies and crackers in consideration for an unrestricted review of their products. This company seems to be doing many things right.  First of all, I love creative marketing… Continue Reading

Wonderful Watercress

We hear a lot about super-foods these days.  I propose we add watercress to the list.  Delicious egg and cress sandwiches are a staple of afternoon tea but this nutrient packed green deserves a little more attention. What’s watercress?  This is watercress: These pretty little delicate greens with hollow stems grow at the edge of… Continue Reading

Put It There!

It’s amazing how things make their way into my hands where I can then share it with you.  My Dad found these at a yard sale and snagged them for me.  How thoughtful was that? This is a cute little set of tea bag holders made by Atlanta-based Mud Pie for their Tea Talk line.  The… Continue Reading

It’s National Shortbread Day!

Enjoy Scotland’s favorite treat on national Shortbread Day – observed each year on January 6th.  What a wonderful excuse to enjoy a couple of shortbread cookies. Good shortbread is buttery, crunchy, melt in your mouth delicious.  It goes perfectly with a nice hot cup of tea, a glass of cold milk or, if you really… Continue Reading