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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

Garden Fresh Tea Treat

Summer’s hitting its full stride and the tomatoes are coming in by the truckload.  What to do?  What to do?

This is just one day’s harvest of cherry tomatoes.  So I’m busy making all of my tomato recipes and busy freezing what I can’t cook.  

But why not have an easy summertime tea treat? I made a little bruschetta by dicing up 1 tomato or 8 cherry tomatoes, grabbing 4 fresh basil leaves and cutting them up and adding in 2T crumbled feta cheese. Mix up in a bowl, add salt and pepper to taste, and spoon on some toasted baguette or crackers. Makes about 8 pieces.

It made for a garden-fresh, light afternoon snack served along with some walnuts and grapes. Especially when accompanied by some iced Jasmine Green tea from Harney & Sons. Easy peasy treats for you and a friend.

I keep some rosemary and olive oil Bruschettini crackers on hand just for this sort of thing. No, I didn’t get paid to say that. I just like them and I thought you might too. Check your local grocery store.

Bruschetta

  • 1 tomato or 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 2T crumbled feta cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 8 toasted baguette slices or crackers

Dice up 1 tomato or 8 cherry tomatoes, chop the basil leaves, mix in a medium bowl and combine with the 2T crumbled feta cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon onto the toasted baguette or crackers. Makes about 8 pieces.

Tea Cozy Talent

Do you crochet or knit? If not, you might be inspired to take it up after reading Audrey’s story. Plus knitting is just good for you. Studies show that knitting relieves symptoms of stress. The repetitive action of needlework can induce a relaxed state like that associated with meditation and yoga. Once you get beyond… Continue Reading

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,… Continue Reading

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