Last Saturday when blogging friend, Judith, [at Lavender Cottage] and her hubby, Glenn, were on their way back home to Ontario, Canada from spending some time in Florida, I invited them to stop by my house for 'high tea' [supper], and they graciously accepted my invitation.
I felt like I already knew Judith since our personal correspondence began back in the fall of 2012 when I got my "Time for Tea" angel from her. It was delightful meeting her and Glenn in person.
Since Judith loves the color lavender, I used a table topper to incorporate the color into the tablescape. The dishware was two different sets of Depression glass - Light Blue Madrid [Federal Glass] and Moderntone Cobalt Blue [Hazel-Atlas].
The meal was simple "comfort food" - Savory cheddar cheese and bacon scones; bacon, lettuce, and tomato toss salad [Allrecipes.com]; Velvety Cream of Mushroom Soup [Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook]; and Shepherd's Pie. Glenn is a retired fireman, and he said Shepherd's Pie was a staple at the fire station. There's a wide variety of recipes for the casserole, and technically mine was really Cottage Pie since I used ground beef instead of lamb. Judith and I both drank Harney & Sons decaffeinated Hot Cinnamon Spice tea because it was after 5:00 p.m. and we valued our sleep that night. Our husband's drank "the other beverage" [coffee]. ;-) Dessert was chocolate mound cake, which I blogged about here.
The guys had plenty to talk about, while Judith and I had our own conversation. It was a very enjoyable evening!
Our hubbies were camera shy and didn't want to be in any pictures, but they took a photo of Judith and me.
Judith didn't need to come bearing gifts, but she did. She gave me a tin of Earl Grey Creme tea from Teavana, which is absolutely delicious. The oil of bergamot is very light and subtle, not overpowering as some Earl Grey's can be.
The aroma of the dry leaf is so good!
I enjoyed a cup of it with a piece of Chocolate Mound Cake on Sunday afternoon - which is definitely not on my diet two days in a row, but as they say, you only live once, right? ;-)
She also gave me a tin of Moroccan tea mints from Teavana. They are yummy and the container is a perfect purse size.
And a magnetic pad for my refrigerator. [Apologies for the camera reflection in the cellophane wrapper.]
Thanks, Judith, for your thoughtfulness and generosity. You and Glenn were a pleasure to have in our home, and we thank you for taking time out of your schedule to stop by and see us. As I always say, "You meet the nicest people over tea!"