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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Alaska Teas For Tuesday Cuppa Tea And An Alaska Giveaway!

Welcome! GREAT news on the blood work...we were so healthy the nurse sent the doctor into the room with 3 pieces of chocolate each! Lol! But this post may be late...for which I apologize in advance...because Saturday morning, while doing prep for dinner Sat. night, I tripped on our cat who was underfoot as usual, and fell off balance into the cooktop...just missing hitting my face on the edge by catching the edge with my wrists...ooohhh such pretty colors have appeared...and twisting my back. So, as all my photos are on my desktop and as Blogger doesn't like iPad...this post will have to be done in small increments for just as long as I can sit in my desk chair...sigh...if it isn't one thing, it's another!



As some of you may know, we are repeat offenders as far as Alaska cruises go...especially because we live near ports and can get some killer last minute deals...the residents of other cruise port cities, like Miami or Los Angeles probably have the same story...so we were up in May for a cruise...and I always look for tea...




I came home with 3 varieties from an Anchorage tea blender and coffee house called The Kobuk that looked good, but actually bought them in Skagway.


The first is called Winter Berry Blend which features black tea, raspberries, peppermint leaf and chocolate and smells and tastes wonderful. 


This is their Samovar Tea....which is the Russian tea urn depicted...right in line with Alaska's Russian hertage. The Tea smells and tastes divine! Like a spicy chai black tea, lots of cinnamon, orange and cloves. 


The third variety is called Drowsy Bear, and is a combo of chamomile, star anise, rosehips, licorice and orange peel. My husband has an herbal drink like Sleepytime each night, so I thought we'd give this a try, and he has really enjoyed it. So much so, we may order it online.



If folks are coming to Alaska from the Southern states, they often ask...do we really need a jacket? This is the Sawyer Glacier, in Tracy Arm...what do you think???

Alaska Giveaway


And that brings me to my Alaska Giveaway.....


A package of Wild Blueberry tea...got this last year, and enjoyed it so much bought more for this giveaway....


As it's Alaska, thought I'd give you a pack of Gold Nuggets...chocolate that is...


A fridge magnet...so you can remember to visit the glaciers before they disappear...as many are shrinking....we have seen the difference in many over the years...



Slipper socks...me in the morning before my cuppa....you too???


And a small, hand painted Matrioshka doll...painted by Russians in Skagway...a traditional nested wooden toy doll.  So...there you have it. 

To enter, leave a comment on this post saying: 
Enter Me!
I will draw the winner randomly next Sunday night....also, I will post on the Blogger post itself, because I find I can't communicate well with those who are commenting from Google+...


I wonder why no one was in the pool????

I am joining:

Thanks so much for joining me for tea!  Here is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and I do read every one if I can find and can get to you to visit!  If you comment from Google+…it isn’t easy...so forgive me if I am not replying to comments you so kindly leave...I am trying!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

In England National Cream Tea Day On Friday June 24th!

I already posted this on my Facebook page, but Friday, June 24th in National Cream Tea Day in England....the National Trust posted this yummy photo on their Facebook page...

And I also posted this...when folks asked about clotted cream...an English cream tea staple. This is a recipe I found very close to my hand-me-down English Nana's recipe, but also has some history and photos...not just oil stains like my Nan's has....from Tori's Kitchen...with a great photo tutorial....The Old Fashioned Way: Clotted Cream And Scones



And this next article answers the age old question...which goes on first...cream or jam????



https://www.businesscornwall.co.uk/latest-news/2016/06/its-definitely-cream-on-top/

So...I hope you get to have some...unfortunately, Friday will be spent at the Doctor's for our annual physicals, doctor's visits and prescription re issues, so no scones & cream for us...sigh...

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Strawberry Picking Time Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea on a wet day...but warmer weather expected by tomorrow!  




I hope you had a lovely Father's Day in your home...ours was a mixed blessing, as we got a call from the kids of course, but when our daughter called to wish her Dad a Happy Father's Day...it was from the hospital...where our youngest grandson...who just turned 21 a week ago...had a diabetic out-of-control episode and had to be in the hospital for stabilization. He was diagnosed at 6 months of age, and does very well, but sometimes things just go haywire, for no reason they can pinpoint.   But got a text just a few minutes ago that he was stable and they could take him home. I am so grateful for modern medicine...he would not be alive without it and he is the sweetest boy imaginable! We are so grateful for answered prayer!







It is definitely early summer here in the Pacific Northwest...proven by the opening of the strawberry fields in town. That was the inspiration of my teacup post today...but I had to use a teacup I have already shared...because the other strawberry themed one I had planned to share sold and was shipped before I could photograph it! 




So...I am repeating this strawberry teacup.  This is one of my favorite teacups in a pattern called Strawberry Hill that was made by Wedgwood, England between 1957 and 1978. I love the shape...and I love strawberries!





Strawberries are an early spring harbinger and essential around here. We drove the 2 miles to the coast last week to a U-Pick organic farm called Graymarsh Farm here in Sequim...






You can see the Olympic Mountains of Olympic National Park, still with some snow field. The other photo looks to the water of the Strait of Juan De Fuca.  It was mid week, and early in the day, but we weren't the only pickers....





A little later...next moth in fact, the Graymarsh U-Pick lavender opens up, the week before our annual Sequim Lavender Farm Faire, but the crop is turning purple nicely...



Then it was time to slice, sugar just a bit and serve with a homemade non dairy angel food cake...




Sometimes we serve it with the non dairy coconut ice cream I get at our organic market. Yummm!  And thinking of strawberries...



This is a birthday treat I received at the Fairmont Empress in Victoria, BC Canada a couple of years ago.....



A cute little tuxedo dressed 3 tone chocolate covered strawberry, white and dark fudge and a chocolate truffle with a little plastic tube and bulb inserted into it. We hadn't seen that before. The tube was filled with a liqueur. We weren't quite sure how to eat it though. Oh well...we are pretty provincial folks...  But I love the little tuxedo!



Several months ago, I received a letter from Judith of Lavender Cottage enclosing 2 Canadian postage commemorative stamps of Queen Elizabeth II....


The stamps were issued in anticipation of Sept. 9, 2015, when Queen Elizabeth II became the longest reigning monarch...replacing Queen Victoria. Sweet Judith knew I would treasure these...such a thoughtful gift! Thank you Judith! I realized I have never shared this thoughtful gift, but with all my royal postings lately, I went and found them in my curio cabinet where they live.



Also a Happy 34th Birthday for William, Duke Of Cambridge who's birthday is Tuesday, June. 21st...



Thanks for joining me for my Tuesday Cuppa Tea...and strawberries!  I am joining...

Here is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and I do read every one, and can find you to visit! Thanks so much for joining me for tea!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Queen Elizabeth And Winnie The Pooh Meet....

I had to post this....



In honour of the Queen's 90th birthday, Winnie The Pooh, also 90, has met the queen in a new ebook released by Disney who own the rights to Winnie....


Prince George has a cameo role...the ebook is available for free...to read more, visit:
Queen and Prince George meet Winnie The Pooh
and download at:  Disney Winnie & The Queen
So Cute!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Queen Elizabeth's 90th Birthday Tea for Tuesday Cuppa Tea




Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I am continuing my Queen Elizabeth's 90th Birthday weekend post, with my tea party...part 2!



So here is part 2...with my inspiration being the  the tin poster I have from the 1952-1977 Silver Jubilee...




My tea features the Wedgwood jasperware teacup I posted on Friday HERE in case you hadn't seen it...



but for today's tea, I have added a bit more Wedgwood jasperware, 



and am focusing on the other teacup and added a piece of birthday cake...because it is a birthday party!  The other teacup is a wonderful Tuscan coronation teacup from 1953 that echoes the tin poster I have from the 1977 Silver Jubilee...





The photo, one of the official coronation photos, was taken of the Queen  by Anthony Armstrong-Jones, soon to be married to her sister Princess Margaret and to become Lord Snowden.  It's one of my favorite photos for the coronation...quite a glamour shot...



This is from a Clarice Cliff designed plate from the coronation made for the Canadian market...



Friday provided the beginning of the 90th Birthday weekend with a service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey, then, after the service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's 90th birthday, there was a special children's tea party at Windsor Castle with schools having their children dressed to represent the decades of the Queen's Life....





and a marquee afternoon tea to follow...


Saturday was the annual Royal procession from Buckingham Palace to St. James for the Trooping Of The Colour...or review of the Queen's Guards...which for many years, the Queen did on horseback...



This is one of the last years she rode...on Burmese...the following photos are this year, in a carriage, followed by Prince William and Princess Anne on horseback...


As usual, a poor guardsman fainted...happens every year. We know about it because my husband was part of the Queen's Guards who guard the Queen and the palaces...a brigade of 5 guard units...He was in the Coldstream Guards...and someone always faints.  



And adding insult to injury, the poor guardsman is always charged with being Idle On Parade and assigned to extra duties...and a lot of ragging.  Couldn't tell which of the 5 regiments he was from as he is face down...you can tell by the way their buttons are placed on their tunics, and their collar emblems...my Honey hopes he wasn't a Coldstream Guard.




After the Trooping Of  The Colour it was back to Buckingham Palace to huge crowds, a balcony appearance and air force salute....



It was Princess Charlotte's first balcony appearance, and seemed to be enjoying it more than her brother Prince George...



On Sunday, the Patron’s Lunch included 10,000 guests to the Mall outside of Buckingham Palace where they will take part in a huge street party. 



Tickets, which cost £150 per person, were sold through through a ballot system with proceeds supporting the Queen's charities. The luncheon will be for the paid people who will join guests from more than 600 charities of which The Queen is patron.  Marks & Spencers did the picnic hampers...



The hamper included:  Scottish Smoked Salmon mousse with hot and cold Sandringham oak smoked Lochmuir salmon

Pembrokeshire chicken roulade with Wye Valley asparagus and minted Cornish potato salad with pea shoots, creamy mayo and a herb drizzle


'Posh' raspberry royale - Norfolk Tulameen raspberries and a strawberry jelly, layered with a sponge and clotted whipped cream hand decorated with a chocolate plaque


Best of British sandwich selection: Roast Northern Irish beef with horseradish mayonnaise and baby watercress on soft white bread; Smoked Scottish Loch Etive trout with a dill dressing and watercress on soft wholemeal bread; Farmhouse mature Welsh cheddar with Kentish Claret tomatoes and Windsor apple chutney on soft malted brown bread; Applewood smoked Wiltshire ham with Tewkesbury mustard on soft white bread


Mini piccalilli pork pie


Two butterfly cakes - one light vanilla sponge cake with strawberry frosting and the other a lemon cake topped with lemon frosting


Cornish Cove mature cheese and Red Leicester with Scottish seeded oatcakes
Pressed Windsor apple juice


Pimm's   Hope it was #2...my favorite!


Bottle of water


I also saw that each hamper also included a commemorative PG Tips tea mug...and it was stated that 40,000 cups of tea would be prepared to be served!



As is often the case...it rained! But...rain ponchos were part of the picnic hampers...they are Brits, you know...But there was a break when the Queen arrived in an open car...




So...a wonderful day. Prince Harry said that he thought what his Gran really needed for her birthday was to put her feet up and have a day off, but this incredible woman, at 90 and Prince Philip at 95, continue to average 300 engagements a year. Amazing!


From Tetley Tea on Pinterest

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