Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Apron Presentation at Troy Historic Village

I've blogged several times about being an attendee at Thursday Teas at Two held at Troy Historic Village, but on June 25th I had the privilege of being the presenter of Aprons Through History. What a fun time I had with the ladies.  They were so responsive, and several brought aprons from their own collection to show me afterwards.

~ Ladies arriving ~

You gotta come early for a front row seat!  ;-)

By starting time the church was almost filled to capacity. Stephanie Suszek, the Adult Programming Director, opened the program donning an apron in keeping with the theme.

I began by showing my paternal grandmother's bib apron, which I'm so happy to own. An apron was part of her everyday outfit, and the only time she didn't wear one was when she went to church or to the store.

The black silk apron on the left is from the Victorian Era and is the oldest apron in my collection. The sashes were pinned instead of tied, and as you can see, whoever owned the apron had a very tiny waist.  A full-size apron on the right.

Special thanks to Carol Gunnells for taking all the photos and letting me use them in this blog post.  Below is a crazy quilt apron and a beautiful crochet apron.

The half apron on the left has a terrycloth hand towel sewn to the waistband.  On the right is a Christmas apron.

Novelty aprons - one from Germany and the other from Russia.

~ I took my mannequin "Matilda" with me to model a pinafore apron ~

Aprons are the ties that bind!  The photos are a small sampling of what was shown during my presentation.

What lady do you have fond memories of who wore an apron?  Do you wear one yourself?

Monday, July 6, 2015

Dual Birthday Celebration

On the 4th of July, we not only celebrated our country's 239th birthday, but our youngest granddaughter's 3rd birthday.  At 81 degrees and clear skies, it was a beautiful day for picnicking and swimming in southeastern Michigan.

~ The birthday girl, Ellie [Elizabeth] Marie ~

~ Fun in the kiddie pool ~

~ Fun on the swings ~

~ Grandson Landon ~

~ Granddaughter Isabella ~

~ Grandson Brandon and his girlfriend Vanessa with their Shih Tzu puppy, Charlie ~

~ Isabella with Charlie ~

~ Youngest son, Jeremy, chatting with me on the lawn swing ~

~ Jeremy, Samantha, and Ellie ~

~ Ellie blowing out her birthday candle ~

~ Opening birthday presents is fun! ~

It was a happy birthday for Ellie and America!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday Reflection...

Yesterday our nation celebrated its 239th birthday.  On July 4, 1776 the 13 American colonies declared their independence from Great Britain, and severed political connections. 

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD..."  [Psalm 33:12a]

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For the Christian, July 4th and every day is 'Dependence Day', acknowledging our true freedom and help comes from our Heavenly Father, and Sovereign Lord.

In a world of financial instability, terrorism, and rampant crime, a sense of helplessness and discouragement could easily prevail, but "My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth."  [Psalm 121:2] I wouldn't want to live a single day without God's presence in my life, and thankfully because of Jesus, I don't have to.  

You're the Lord of this nation
You're the Light in this darkness
You're the Hope to the hopeless
You're the Peace to the restless
There is no one like our God!
[Lyrics by Chris Tomlin]

May God  bless your week!

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Tea Collection Chocolates

The day Linda and I went to the Royal Tea Room [which I blogged about yesterday] she brought me a gift bag containing a box of handmade tea infused chocolates, from The Tea Collection, and a cute set of tea time linens - a dishcloth, dishtowel, and a microfiber drying mat.  I'm anxious to use the drying mat because I've seen them advertised, and they're much more absorbent than a dish towel.  

But the sweet gift [pun intended], was the box of tea infused chocolates, made in Grand Haven, Michigan.  

Believe me, they're as delicious as they look!

A guide pamphlet was enclosed to describe each chocolate.  So far I've indulged in three. The Creamy Earl Grey in the bottom left corner [my favorite], Almond Oolong [middle bottom], and Peaceful Peninsulas, made from Sri Lankan green tea [bottom right corner].  The top row which I've yet to enjoy, are L-R: Hummingbird Nectar, Heartwarming Cinnamon, and In the Mood. Thank you so much, Linda!

Wishing everyone a Happy 4th of July on Saturday!  God Bless America!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

A Visit to Royal Tea Room

My friend, Linda, and I hadn't talked since before I went to England, so we recently went to Royal Tea Room to get 'caught up' with each other's news.

Jennifer, the owner [pictured below], has a thriving bakery making Scottish scones, which she says are more cake-like than English scones, and opening the tea room was a natural progression. 

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~ Linda and I both ordered Lady Earl Grey tea. ~

~ Two scones comes with tea. ~

~ Broccoli Quiche and Fresh Fruit ~

For local readers, Linda has booked the tea room for Tuesday, August 18th.  Royal Tea Room is located in Roseville, MI.  The cost of the event is $20 per person which includes everything pictured above, or chicken salad in place of quiche, and gratuity.  I will be presenting the program, Celebrating Julia Child.  Julia's birthday is August 15th, and if she were still alive she'd be 103 years old.  If you are interested in attending you can either leave a comment, or e-mail me for further details. 

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

A "Somewhere In Time" Tea

If you've been a follower of my blog for awhile, you'll remember that I've blogged about Cristy Bennett's theme teas in East Lansing, Michigan numerous times.  My girlfriend and I went to our first tea of 2015, but our 17th accumulative tea at Cristy's on Saturday, June 13th, where the theme was Somewhere in Time, based on the romantic fantasy film released in 1980.  Filmed at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, it starred Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour.

Mackinac Island is known for its lilacs, and Cristy had just returned from the island's 66th Annual Lilac Festival [June 5-14] - the largest summer event on the island which attracts thousands of tourists.  Cristy combined the Lilac Festival with the film for a beautiful tea.

~ Cristy's cottage style house all decorated for the tea ~

Her front porch always sets the stage for the theme inside.

~ Cristy's tablescapes are always spectacular.  ~

~ Personalized Menu Cards ~

~ Votive of fresh flowers to take home ~

~ Parasol Straws in Water Glasses ~

~ Parasol Centerpieces ~

David [Cristy's husband] gave each guest a hot wash cloth to freshen their hands before the tea began.

The tea began with a glass of sparkling California Chardonnay White Grape Juice, but I forgot to take a picture of it.  It was followed by the 1st course of the tea - a cup of chilled Strawberry Soup, and a Lavender-Lemon Pinwheel Scone with luscious Lemon Curd.  

The 2nd course was a creamed Spinach & Two Cheese Quiche, a Romaine Lettuce Salad with Lavender-Champagne Vinaigrette, and Fresh Fruit Salad.

Dessert was a Chocolate Mini-Bundt Cake with a scoop of Honey-Lavender Ice Cream.  The tea served throughout the meal was Lavender Earl Grey.  Everything was delicious.

Cristy always decorates her home to coordinate with the theme.

~ My girlfriend Lori and Me ~

The tea was a delightful way to spend a Saturday afternoon, and I want to rent Somewhere in Time to refresh my memory.