Friday, March 1, 2013

Happy March 1st!

Comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb!

My good friend, and fellow blogger, Linda, at Friendship Tea, celebrates a birthday on March 11th, and Terri at Artful Affirmations celebrates one on the 12th. Happy Birthday Linda and   Terri, and birthday wishes to any other blogging friends and readers celebrating this month!

March Trivia

Birthstone:  Aquamarine and Bloodstone
Flower:  Daffodil, Jonquil or Chrysanthemum representing beauty, honesty and loyalty.
March was named for the Roman God "Mars"

March is National Women's History Month, Red Cross Month, and 
Irish-American Heritage Month.

Did you know that Ireland is the largest per capita tea drinking nation?  On average Irish citizens drink four cups of tea a day and some drink six or more.  Tea is their National beverage. Their preference is a hearty, full-bodied Irish Breakfast tea which is a blend of black teas [mostly Assam] from India. 

A few significant Birthdays, Holidays and Occasions:

March 1     St. David's Day [U.K.] The Patron Saint of Wales.  A good day to make Welsh 
                      Rarebit for tea time!
March 1     World Day of Prayer
March 2     Theodor Geisel, "Dr. Seuss" Birthday [1904-1991]
March 3     National Anthem Day - The Star Spangled Banner was adopted by Congress as 
                      the National Anthem in 1931.
March 3     Florida became the 27th state in 1845
March 4     Vermont became the 14th state in 1791
March 6     Oreo Cookies went on sale for the first time in 1912. [Oreo Truffle recipe below]
March 7     First US Income Tax - Internal Revenue began to levy and collect taxes 1913
March 7     Telephone patent granted in 1876 to Alexander Graham Bell.  [Wonder what he'd
                      think about cell phones???]
March 9     Barbie Doll debuts in stores 1959
March 10   Mothering Sunday [U.K.]
March 10   Daylight Savings Time begins
March 10   First US paper money issued in 1862
March 11   Johnny Appleseed Day - Anniversary of the death of John Chapman
March 12   Girl Scouts Day - Founded in 1912
March 13   Abigail Fillmore, First Lady/Wife of Millard Fillmore 13th U.S. President 
March 15   Andrew Jackson, 7th U.S. President [1767-1845]
March 15   Maine became the 23rd state in 1820
March 16   James Madison, 4th U.S. President [1751-1836]
March 16   Pat Nixon, First Lady/Wife of Richard Nixon 37th U.S. President [1912-1993]
March 17   St. Patrick's Day
March 18   Grover Cleveland, 22nd & 24th U.S. President [1837-1908]
March 20   Spring Equinox
March 24   Palm Sunday - Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem
March 27   Sandra Day O'Connor, First female U.S. Supreme Court Justice [Born 1930]
March 28   Coca-Cola was invented in 1886
March 29   Lou Hoover, First Lady/Wife of Herbert Hoover 31st U.S. President [1875-1944]
March 29   John Tyler, 10th U.S. President [1790-1862]
March 29   Good Friday - Jesus crucifixion on the Cross
March 30   Doctors' Day to honor America's Physicians
March 30   Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867
March 31   Easter Sunday.  Hallelujah!  Christ Arose!
March 31   Eiffel Tower Anniversary built for Paris Exhibition of 1889

Oreo Truffles Recipe
36 Oreo cookies, finely crushed, divided
1 pkg. [8 oz.] cream cheese, softened
16 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted
Reserve 1/4 c. cookie crumbs.  Mix cream cheese and remaining cookie crumbs until blended. Shape into 48 [1-inch] balls.  Dip in melted chocolate; place on waxed paper covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with reserved cookie crumbs.  Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm.  Store uneaten truffles in refrigerator.


  1. Thank you for the surprise blog post birthday greeting this morning! I plan to celebrate my March birthday all month long, beginning with lunch out with a friend today! I love all your March information.

  2. Love your tea set and shamrock's. Very darling table set there !

  3. What a pretty table all set for St. Patrick's Day tea! I'm going to change out my table tonight or tomorrow, I'm thinking green and purple so I can use my new violet-patterned teapot. But I might not add the purple until later in the month, after the 17th. We'll see how it comes along. Thanks also for all the March information. Have a great day and a great month!

  4. I have two teacups in this pattern but nothing like that wonderful setting you have created! This is so pretty!

  5. Love your teascape, Phyllis. St Patrick's day is a fun holiday to decorate for!

  6. Apparently there are many ways to celebrate in March! Thanks for sharing that! Pretty St Pat's table!
    Happy March!
    sandy :)

  7. Fun post, Phyllis! Love all the info you included! Think Spring!

  8. Happy Birthday to Linda! My birthday is the day after hers. So the birthstones you mentions are ours. I love Aquamarine, so I am thrilled about that.
    Your clover tea set is lovely! I always love sets like yours. I think I may have a tea cup that matches.

  9. I must say from experience, March is the best time to have a birthday. For me there will be many adventures with tea to celebrate.


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