Friday, July 13, 2018

Lavender Festival 2018

My hubby and I drove a short distance today to Armada, MI to attend the 16th Lavender Festival.  It was a beautiful day for visiting all the vendor's booths at Blake's Orchard.

Program and re-entrance "bracelet."

Entrance where we paid our $7 per person admission fee.

Just inside was a Michigan State Agricultural Extension booth.  It's our boys' alma mater so I had to take a picture!

This was the first day of the festival and it will continue thru Sunday, so I didn't think it would be as crowded today, but it was bustling with people.

Lavender honey and the bees that make it.

~ Jerry and Me ~

Lavender booths galore.

The Teatroiter was there again this year with her loose leaf teas.

She had small sample glasses of Green Cherry Blossom Tea that was so good I bought a package. 

Buttons anyone?  $5 a jar.

Teapots repurposed into yard art.

The Dobre Pierogi tent was back this year.  Their pierogies are very good.

We got four Potato Cheddar Pierogies.  Yum!

~ The Tea Boutique ~

~ Embroidered Tea Towels ~

Lovey's was a new indoor shop this year.

Beautiful tea set - The teacup says Happiness is a cup of tea.  The teapot says There's always time for Tea.  The teacup was $29 and the teapot was $50.  Since I just purchased the Royal Albert teapot, I was content to simply admire it and walk on.

You can't go to the Lavender Festival without getting a cold glass of Lavender Lemonade.

Isn't this gal who was working in the Lavender Lemonade tent cute?

My hubby's an ice cream lover so he wanted a dish of Lavender Ice Cream too.

Then it was time to call it an afternoon and head back home.  I didn't realize Blake's grew Christmas trees too, but we parked near acres and acres of them.  I'm enjoying summer too much to even think about Christmas right now.

My Kate Spade teapot locket arrived in today's mail.  I couldn't wait to open the package and examine it when we got home.  I'm so glad I purchased it because it's lovely.

One can work up an appetite walking around in the summer sunshine, so I was eager to try a new recipe for a Quinoa Salad that was in a Southern Lady magazine for our dinner.  

It was my first time to prepare Quinoa and oh my goodness, it was so good and very healthy.  Marinated Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Red Peppers, and Kalamata Olives are part of the recipe - very Mediterranean.

Our summer dinner.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

LaBelle Antiques and Hobby Lobby

LaBelle Antique Store in St. Clair Shores, MI is my favorite antique store.  They price items low to sell and to keep their inventory moving.   I used to get my hair cut at a beauty shop that was just a couple of blocks away from the store, so I paid them a visit monthly.  Sadly, my new beauty shop is nowhere near LaBelle's so I haven't been there in over a year - much too long!

Yesterday when I was coming home from lunch in Grosse Pointe, I decided on a route that would take me right by LaBelle's.  What fun to look around in the store again.

As I was browsing, I saw 14-pieces of Royal Albert Petit Point china [made in England,  not outsourced to another country], which included the large teapot and five dinner plates. I didn't get them, but they stayed in my thoughts all night.

In 2016 when when Cheryl Nix, owner of Tea by Three Tearoom, had one of her first liquidation sales, my hubby bought me 19 pieces of Petit Point for $38 [7 square luncheon plates, 6 teacups and 6 demitasse cups] for Mother's Day.  You may remember me blogging about it.  I've used them for my Bible study luncheons.

I decided to go on E-bay today to price the large teapot and dinner plates.  The teapot ranged from $79 to $224, and the dinner plates ranged from $11 to $44 each, plus shipping.  The price for the 14-pieces at LaBelle's was just $60, so that cinched it - I went back today and brought it home with me!  Besides the teapot and dinner plates, there is one cake plate, four bread and butter plates, and one teacup and saucer.  Now I need to keep my eyes open for a sugar and creamer.  I like the uniqueness of the square plates.

Do you like to shop at Hobby Lobby?  It's another favorite  store of mine.  Last week I paid them a visit looking for a pedestal to set a floral arrangement on.  Since the pedestal is considered furniture, it was 30% off and I got it for $12.60 [including tax].  It's made of a chalky material like plaster of Paris, and is heavy and sturdy - not lightweight plastic.  That's all I was going to get - the pedestal and nothing more!

But how could I keep from looking when they carry so many beautiful things?  I must confess to being a little bummed when I saw all their fall merchandise on display already.  I'm not even close to thinking about or welcoming fall's arrival.

As you know, I'm drawn to blue and white like a magnet, and when I saw a lovely blue and white tea canister, I couldn't resist.  After all, I had a 40% off coupon in my purse which made it a very affordable $15.89 [with tax].  

These purchases meant some former things had to be removed from the shelves to make room for the new, but I don't mind switching things around occasionally.  As the old proverb says, "Variety is the spice of life"!   

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Fun Friend Day

Busy schedules and the swift passage of time often keep us separated from friends much longer than we'd like, but what a blessing to be able to pick-up right where we left off when we reconnect as though no time had lapsed at all.

I had that experience today when I had lunch with a dear friend I've known for many years.  We were trying to determine when we last saw each other, and it was probably Dec. 2010 at a Christmas tea I coordinated at Ardmore Park Place.  My friend, Valerie, is on my left in the 2010 photo below.

Today's Meet-up

We went to a quaint shopping area called "The Village" on Kercheval Ave. in Grosse Pointe, MI, near her house. We started out at Marais Market - a place that sells gourmet and specialty foods and much more.  I couldn't resist taking a picture of their Macaron counter.

Whoever does their ordering/buying isn't into tea because there was only one sparse shelf designated to tea. Twinings and Tea Forte were the only two teas represented.  They did, however, have a large assortment of Kombucha in their refrigerated section.  Surprisingly, there's no tearoom in this upscale area that would be so conducive to one.

We walked a few doors down and decided to have lunch at Koi Nu Asian [an Asian Fusion Restaurant].  The colorful Japanese lanterns were very festive in the newly opened restaurant.

We shared an appetizer of Crispy Egg Rolls - very good.

Val ordered an Arnold Palmer, and I ordered a cup of Japanese Sencha.  [The only two hot tea choices were Sencha and Matcha.]  The Sencha's flavor profile was grassy/vegetal [like cooked spinach], but it wasn't astringent.  My taste buds didn't declare it Um Um Good with the first sip, but the more I drank the more my palate became accustomed to it, and I finished it with satisfaction.

I ordered Teriyaki Chicken.  This was their generous lunch portion.  I used a fork instead of chopsticks, and the Teriyaki was very tasty.  Have you mastered the knack of using chopsticks?

It was a delightful afternoon, and Val and I said we'd get together again soon.  I drove home with a thankful heart as I reflected on the blessing of friendship!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Scripture Cake and More...

We had a wonderful Bible study today - still in the 2nd chapter of Revelation, the Church of Thyatira - four churches completed and three to go.  

We gave the Scripture Cake two thumbs up.  It was very good.  Southern Lady magazine didn't lead me astray.

I served chilled peach tea along with hot Sparrow black tea.

Lori brought a delicious fresh fruit salad in a watermelon bowl.  So perfect for summer.

As you can see, I don't have a navy blue teapot to match my dishes, so I used a blue and white Nordic pattern teapot instead.  After the ladies went home, I went on E-bay to look at navy blue teapots.  Mixed in with the china teapots was a Kate Spade Blue Teapot Locket.  I eyed the photo for a few minutes and decided to buy it.  It's brand new with tags still attached and has a 32 inch gold plated chain.  There are four left if any of you are interested.  The price is $33.95 and shipping is free.

Anne of Green Gables fans who might not know - Season 2 began on July 6 on Netflix.  I was totally unaware of Season 1 [which aired in 2017] and stumbled onto the series accidentally when we were staying with our granddaughters last Saturday night. If you're a purist you won't appreciate the producers taking their liberties to modify what L.M. Montgomery wrote, but the original storyline can still be followed in Season 1 in spite of new adaptations.  Lots of tea drinking going on in the series.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Saturday with the Grands

My hubby and I went to Chelsea on Saturday to stay with "the Grands" while our son and daughter-in-law went to a wedding in the evening.

Their mailing address is Chelsea, but their house is in the country.  It's beautiful in the summertime when the trees are fully "dressed" in their greenery. Below is the road their house is on.  Isn't it picturesque?

Their neighbors [within walking distance but a large space between them] went on vacation and Izzy is tending to their two cats while they're away.  As part of her compensation she and her family can use their pool whenever they want.  So swimming was on the agenda Saturday.


[Papa and Izzy]

Grandson, Landon, is missing from the photo because he was at his cousin's house.  I'm not a water or sun person, so I stayed in the shade and read magazines and took pictures.

Several months ago one of my blog followers from Biloxi, Mississippi sent me a bunch of Southern Lady magazines, so I took several with me to read.  To my delight, in one of the magazines was a recipe for Scripture Cake, taken from the cookbook, Sunday Dinner in the South.  

Tomorrow is Bible study at my house and even though one of the ladies is bringing a fruit salad, I thought scripture cake would be great to serve with it.  All the ingredients can be found in designated scriptures.  The cake recipe was created to strengthen Bible knowledge, for example:  "1/2 cup Genesis 43:11"

Butter - Judges 5:25
Sugar - Jeremiah 6:20
Eggs - Isaiah 10:14
Flour - Leviticus 24:5
Baking Powder - Amos 4:5
Cinnamon - Exodus 30:23
Spices - 2 Chronicles 9:9
Salt - 2 Kings 2:20
Figs - Jeremiah 24:5
Raisins - 2 Samuel 16:1
Nuts - Genesis 43:11

I was at the produce market early this morning to purchase figs.  I've only eaten a fig once in my life, but I liked it and I enjoy Fig Newton cookies, so hopefully I'll like the cake.  I've heard purple figs are sweeter than green ones, so I was happy the market had them.  The fruit contains a wealth of beneficial nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, sodium, and potassium.  

The recipe makes one large 10-inch cake.  I just took it out of the oven, and it's cooling. 

It doesn't call for any frosting, so I bought a jar of Fig Preserves and melted it down to make a glaze to pour over the top.  Will report back tomorrow on whether we like it.  Have you ever made or eaten a piece of scripture cake?  

I'll serve it was a black tea called "Sparrow" blended locally by Mary Jones.  It contains star anise, cloves, ginger, vanilla bean, and calendula and sunflower petals, so it should go nicely with the cake. Mary sells her teas at Detroit Eastern Market and "Sparrow" is her number one seller.  I didn't initially pick the tea for its spiritual implication, but it occurred to me afterwards that sparrows are mentioned in the Bible several times.  Matthew 10:29-31 is a favorite.  Jesus is speaking to his 12 disciples and says:  "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows."  What a great promise!

Back to last Saturday...  It was also granddaughter Tiffany's 27th birthday.  She spent the day celebrating in Holland, MI and enjoying Lake Michigan with her hubby, John, sweet little Evie, and her mom [my daughter, Lori].

[Three Generations]

 Gotta love those 'shades'!  ;-)