Michigan became a state on January 26, 1837. We're 185 years old today! The Detroit Free Press posted this picture on Facebook today. These are just a few of the edible products Michigan is known for.
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Monday, January 24, 2022
Just checking in to say hello and to let you know all's well since I haven't posted in 13 days. There's not been many exciting happenings to blog about.
Since my last post, a cousin passed away one month shy of his 62nd birthday. He was the ring bearer in my wedding. More recently, one of the girls I attended high school with and who joined our lunch dates [when she was physically able], passed away on Jan. 21st. Death is a sobering reminder that it's appointed to everyone a time to die, and no one will escape it. I'm so grateful that Christian believers need not fear it.
During Michigan's wintry days [the snow is falling as I type] my hubby and I visited a few antique stores with minimal purchases. I found another short emerald green vase that I'm collecting for a St. Patrick's Day tablescape - that makes three now. I'll probably stop at four.
The little Bo-Peep Hall pitcher was used to serve children's beverages in J.L. Hudson Department Store eateries. I already have a couple, but it was so reasonably priced I bought it.
At The Whitney, we're looking ahead to the Chocolate Valentine's Tea on February 12th. Our tea blender has created a special Strawberry & Chocolate Black Tea for the event, and my boss and I sampled it last Saturday. We liked it and gave her the go ahead to make 10 lbs. for us.
While wintry weather has kept me semi-homebound, my quest for the perfect pinwheel scone has continued. I received an e-mail from Cristy Bennett, the lady who perfected a pinwheel scone recipe to serve at her home tea parties, saying she decided to send me her recipe since she's no longer doing tea parties and has given up the idea of writing a cookbook. I did a happy dance! The detailed recipe arrived in the mail and I happily made it. My hubby and I have been enjoying the scones. They're addicting! Cristy said the scones were inspired by a recipe in Taste of Home magazine several years ago.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
On December 30th, my hubby and I traveled to Imlay City for an estate sale at the Charles Palmer house [now owned by someone else]. You may remember my blog post about it where I purchased a few Crinoline Lady china pieces.
I received a follow-up e-mail from Aaron's Estate Sales saying they were having a Second Weekend Sale at the Palmer House and everything would be 50% off. Pictures showed the dining room table still filled with Crinoline Lady china.
I had to work on Saturday so was unavailable that day, but Imlay City isn't too far from our church, so we decided to drive there after church on Sunday.
Friday, January 7, 2022
On December 30th I wrote a post about the Crinoline Lady china I purchased at an estate sale. Fast forward to January 4th when The Teacup Attic featured a Facebook repost of an article they published in March 2021. The repost came through my feed, and immediately captured my attention because of my recent acquisition.
I searched for a book about porcelain Crinoline Ladies but was unable to find one. If you know of one please share.
In preparing for this post I went downstairs to unpack the Crinoline Teacups I already had. What a pleasant surprise to find four instead of the two I remembered being gifted with. I used to display them in the family room china cabinet but packed them away a year ago when I changed the dishes in the cabinet. Three are by Colclough pottery with different backstamps, and the other is by Royal Albert and actually says Dainty Dinah on the bottom. Notice the dresses are different by all three makers.
Moving on to another subject entirely, although it does have to do with fashion... Before the holidays, one of the servers at The Whitney and I were talking about how popular black and white houndstooth check is this winter. Several female guests wore it when they came to tea, bridal and baby showers and wedding receptions.
A few days ago I received an e-mail from Chico's regarding their big markdown sale. As I scrolled through the pictures, I saw a sleeveless houndstooth shell with a matching cardigan that was 55% off. The shell was $29 and the cardigan was $49. So I ordered it and it arrived yesterday. I wear a lot of black at work so this will be perfect and keep me warm too. And a lot more comfortable than a crinoline skirt! ;-) I'm sharing it here in case you want to check out the sale. Good luck! No affiliation with Chico's.
Regarding Christmas decorations, mine are still up and will be a little while longer. We enjoy the coziness of the lights on the Christmas tree [which is artificial] and all the lighted houses. All the outdoor lights and decorations are down though. Are your decorations still up, or have you packed them away for another year?
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
I always look forward to seeing what color will be Pantone's Color of the Year, and this year they've chosen Very Peri. The color encompasses the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time possesses a violet-red undertone. Pantone says it displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression.
January is National Hot Tea Month. What teacups and/or teapots do you have in your collection in Pantone's Color of the Year palette to use at teatime this month?
Sunday, January 2, 2022
It's a cold [26 degrees], snowy [about 4 inches - first major snowfall requiring my hubby to get out the snow blower] day in Michigan today. We went to church this morning and now we're happy to be in for the day. I made a big pot of split pea soup with the ham bone from Christmas Eve dinner last night, and it was comfort food for lunch today.
Today seemed like the perfect day to go through all my 2021 blog posts and pick favorites for a Year in Review post. So here we go...
January - A winter tea luncheon for a friend.
July - Last tea at Sweet Shalom Tearoom in Sylvania, Ohio with Amy, Sandy and Teresa. After 20 years in business the tearoom permanently closed its doors in 2021.
And just like that, the year was over! Hope you enjoyed the review. It's very quiet in blogland. Everyone must be recouping from the holidays. Hope you're all well and enjoying the blank slate a new year brings.