Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Romeo Peach Festival Parade

How did you spend your Labor Day holiday?  For the second consecutive year my church participated in the Romeo Peach Festival Parade.  We're a relatively new [10 years old] church plant, and are still meeting in an elementary school while we raise the money to build a sanctuary.  We have 24 acres of property in Romeo that are paid in full.  Participating in the parade has been a great way of making the community aware of our church. 

We met at 11:00 a.m. to decorate the hay wagon for the parade.

Last year I rode on the hay wagon, but this year my hubby drove the all-terrain vehicle that pulled the wagon, so I rode in the vehicle with him.

Church people who participated in the parade.  I'm standing on the far right next to my son, Steve, who is the senior pastor, and his wife, Sharon.  

Jane and Grant - two cuties in our children's department.

Next Sunday, [Sept. 7th] there will be a large tent on our property where we will hold our Sunday morning worship service.  A pig roast with all the trimmings will follow, and the community has been invited.  We had 5,000 sandwich baggies filled with a Caramel Apple sucker and a baseball size card that provided all the details about the pig roast to distribute along the parade route.  The three people in the neon green shirts are distributing them to parade attendees in the photo below.

Romeo is such a quaint town with beautiful Victorian homes.  I tried to photograph a few of them to share.

Rain threatened, but held off until the parade was over and everyone was back home.

Our people distributed all 5,000 baggies.  If everyone comes we'll need a miracle like Jesus performed when he multiplied the the five loaves of bread and two fishes to feed the multitudes! ;-)

~ Entering downtown Romeo ~

The parade has been an annual event since 1931 [83 years], and as you can see residents of Romeo and surrounding communities highly support it.  It's a Labor Day tradition for many.

I love to visit Town Hall Antique Mall pictured below.  Across the street is another antique store called Matters of Taste.  Tomorrow I hope to share a purchase I made from them on 8/26.

There are many apple and peach orchards in Romeo, which is why we named our church 'Orchard Ridge' Church of the Nazarene.  When the parade was over, we stopped at one of the farm stands and bought a fresh peach pie to bring home.  It was delicious with a cup of peach flavored black tea.

What a fun way to spend the last big holiday of summer.  Fall is a beautiful time of the year, but I hate to see summer come to an end.  Michigan children will go back to school either today or tomorrow depending on the community.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Hankies, Handbags & Hats, Oh My!

On Saturday, August 23rd, I went to East Lansing with two friends to attend my 16th theme tea at Cristy Bennett's house.  The theme was Hankies, Handbags & Hats, Oh My!  It was as charming as all the other teas. 

As usual, the entire first floor of the house was decorated to carry out the theme.

Several hat, glove, handbag, and hankie vignettes were displayed on the antique buffet.

~ Close-ups ~

~ Tablescape Decorations ~

Cristy used four color palettes for the tablescape:  pink, yellow, lavender, and aqua blue. Each guest got to select their preference for their place setting prior to the tea.  The tablecloth fabric was a vintage hankie print.

Since blue is my favorite color, aqua blue was my first choice for my place setting [pictured below]. The hatbox was filled with Hershey chocolate kisses, and the purse had a baggie of Goji Berry loose-leaf green tea, from Tealightful Teas.  It's delicious!  I'm drinking a cup of it as I type this post. The vase with fresh flowers was also a favor to take home.

~ Menu Card ~

The high tea began with Sparkling Cherry Juice.

The tea served throughout the meal was Cherry Almond Vanilla black tea.  Pictured below are miniature teapots filled with sugar for those who wanted to sweeten their tea.

Cherry-Almond scone pinwheels were served with mock Cherry Devonshire Cream, and Chilled Sweet Cherry Soup.  Yum!

Crustless Cherry Tomato Quiche; Watermelon, Feta Cheese and Salad Greens with Balsamic Dressing; and Cherry-Cola Jell-O Salad followed the scone and soup course.  The Jell-O salad, made with cherry pie filling, was delish!

And last but not least, Banana Split Brownie Torte for dessert.

Before we left, Cristy gave each of us an individually wrapped hat cookie to take home in keeping with her theme.  She leaves no detail left undone.

~ My girlfriends and me ~

[L-R:  Sandy, Lori, and Me seated]

~  Host and Hostess, David and Cristy Bennett ~

Thanks for a lovely afternoon!

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Today I'm joining the following blogs:
Antiques and Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday

Friday, August 29, 2014

Tea Luncheon by Linda

Awhile before my mom became ill, my friend, Linda, who I met through the world of tea, had scheduled a tea luncheon at her home for Barb Gulley [Detroit Tea Examiner columnist and fellow tea blogger] and myself.  It so happened the date fell in between my mom's passing and her viewing, so I opted not to cancel knowing it would be an emotional oasis.

Upon arrival Linda served refreshing glasses of sparkling white grape juice using her Victorian silver sippers.

Then we went to her cheerful sun porch for delicious appetizers.


Linda is a foodie, and fabulous cook.  She served luscious strawberries with cruets of Chocolate Balsamic Vinaigrette and Blueberry Balsamic Glaze [from Fustinis in Ann Arbor]. Both were delicious!  There was also a plate of assorted crackers to accompany a fabulous Salmon Mousse.   We could have gone home very fulfilled after pleasant conversation and delicious food around this table, but there was lots more to come.

From the sun porch we went into the dining room for the main course.  Linda is a tablescape artist as you can see in the photo below.  Both a crisp white vintage linen napkin, and a blue silk-like lapkin were layered together in napkin rings at each place setting.  

We began with a refreshing salad of mixed greens, blueberries, raspberries, chocolate chips and a succulent wedge of watermelon topped with a dollop of goat cheese.  We dressed our individual salads with the gourmet balsamic vinaigrettes served on the sun porch.  

The tea served throughout the meal was a delicious English Breakfast tea from An Afternoon to Remember Fine Tea and Gifts.  Typically an English Breakfast tea is a robust, full-bodied tea, but this one wasn't overly strong, and needed no milk or sweeteners.  It was the perfect accompaniment to our meal.

The coconut, white chocolate scone was served with a pina colada spread, pineapple rings sauteed in butter and brown sugar, and a Pirouette French rolled wafer.  Heavenly!

The main course was Chicken Wellington, with a delicious pasta salad, and baked spears of breaded squash.  I would have been hard pressed to pick a favorite.

The grand finale - dessert - was a scoop of butter pecan ice cream on a bed of coarsely chopped Pecan Sandie cookies, topped with caramel sauce and candied pecans. We ate this using Linda's beautiful Victorian ice cream forks.  The tea served with this course was a flavored black dessert tea, Butterscotch Caramel Toffee.

Needless to say, Linda had to provide take home containers for some of our food.  We whiled away five and a half hours, and it was just what I needed to fortify my spirit.

Mother Nature even added her touch by providing rain drops tapping on the metal roof of the sun porch.  

Thanks Linda, for providing such a wonderful, leisure afternoon of delicious food and fellowship.  Barb and I will be reflecting on it for many days to come!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Hawaiian Tea and New Beginnings

It's good to be back on my blog again after a lengthy hiatus.  My mother's Memorial Service was yesterday, and I finally completed the task of emptying out her apartment and turning in the key earlier this week, so now I'm entering a phase of life referred to as "the new normal."

And what better way to begin that than with a cup of tea.  A lot has transpired since I've been away, so I'll try to bring you up-to-date on some happy events that have taken place.

My son, Steve, and his family left for a family vacation to Kauai, Hawaii on August 12th.  [He was there when my mom passed away so we waited for his return to have the Memorial Service since he was her Pastor.]

He said Hawaii was paradise on earth, and by far the best vacation he and his family ever experienced.  I've borrowed some of his photos to share with you today.  Below is a photo of the island from the airplane window as they were preparing to land.

They stayed on Kauai for their entire vacation.  Kauai is the 4th largest island known as the "Garden Isle" for its undeveloped land and forests.  It is less commercialized than the main island.

[L-R:  Brianna, Sharon, Brooke and Steve]

~ Steve and Sharon ~

They brought me back two boxes of tea from the Hanalei Tea Company.   Kauai is the home island of the company.  I'm drinking their tropical Mango Sunrise this morning.

While tea is grown in Hawaii, Hanalei Tea Company uses Ceylon black tea to add their tropical fruit flavors to.

When Steve and his family's return flight landed in Chicago, they drove directly to Nashville, Tennessee where my granddaughter, Brianna, began her freshman year of college a couple of days ago at Trevecca Nazarene University.  I'm still trying to figure out how the years have passed so swiftly!  

My hubby loaded his Chevy Traverse SUV with Brianna's belongings, and met them in Nashville.  Below is Brianna's half of the dorm room.  She's rooming with another "PK" [preacher's kid] from Georgia.  

I'm anxious to make the trip down to visit her after she gets settled in, and, of course, I'll be checking out the tea rooms in the Nashville area!  

Bri's "selfie" on her first day of college [Aug. 26th].  Sending big hugs to you across the miles, Bri!