Friday, January 30, 2015

Communion

Do you ever take communion at home? 

Do you invite friends to do so? 

Consider this option:
During a tea party, I used my demitasse cups to pour communion, and handed it out to my guests. I served broken pieces of pita crackers (nothing to complicated right?) as the bread. I opened in prayer, inviting God to be the head of our tea table.  I believe my guests were pleasantly surprised, and it set just the right tone for our tea party. The plate I used is a special treasure of mine. It was a gift from my daughter who 2 days prior had turned 9 years old. Isn't it sweet? She is 22 now! 




My secrets for a successful tea party:

Romans 15:7 NKJV- "Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God."

1Corinthians 10:31 NKJV -"Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God."

Will you join me in contemplating communion? Click HERE - Cherri Keaggy - In Remembrance of Me. I truly hope it blesses you!

Hugs and a cup of tea (or communion!),
~Heather Elizabeth


I am joining the lovely Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose for her Tuesday Roses of Inspiration Party.  Please join me by clicking here.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

HospitaliTEA



A favorite scriptural reference of mine is: Romans 12:10-13 {NKJV}
 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.
Yesterday afternoon, I received word that not one, but TWO girlfriends would be dropping by. Well, that was all I needed to whip up an impromptu tea party. Having 7 (yes, 7!) bags of *scones in my cupboard, and a jar of *lemon curd it only took me about 20 minutes to complete the task.  The ladies were pleasantly surprised and enjoyed the quick respite.
*You can find these easy to make (just add water) scones at Cost Plus World Market.  So far, that is the best price I have found (around $5), which is even cheaper than the Sticky Fingers Co. website.  I am a free member of World Market, so I get great coupons and even free $$ emailed from them.  If I don't know what to buy, I reach for either scones (typically blueberry since everyone loves those), or Republic of Tea. Note the unbaked scones in the top right photo, and then the baked in the bottom right.  These scones hardly spread at all so you can bunch them together with no issue.  I made different sizes, since I was also serving children.
*If you have not tried lemon curd, it is very similar to lemon meringue pie.  Trader Joe's is quite good, and when empty, the sweet little square jar makes an adorable flower vase!
My apologies for the blurry center photo of the tea table; I was trying to be stealth in front of my guests! (-smile).

A Trip to Target (Harney & Sons, Tea Varieties, A Shark!)

According to the web: 
January is HOT TEA MONTH
(iced tea only gets a day - June 10th)

I want to share with you the amazing selection of tea available at Target these days.
They have really impressed me, particularly when they added Harney & Sons tea tins.  Tea tins are highly collectible to some, and I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to them here.
Harney & Sons are the pretty, square tins in the center of the photo.  Inside are lovely tea sachets.  After studying it carefully, I am pretty sure when you get the seasonal tea at Trader Joe's it is Harney & Sons.

I just finished reading a great article about John Harney in the Jan/Feb. 2015 issue of Tea Time magazine (found at Barnes and Noble), pg. 54.  
The articles shares:
John passed away in June 2014.  He was an orphan, a farm laborer, a Marine, an Irishman, a student at Cornell's School of Hotel & Restaurant Mgmt., an Inn Keeper, a husband, a father, a man of faith, and then in 1980 purchaser of the Sarum Tea Co. in Salisbury, CT.
Sarum is the original, Latin name for Salisbury in England.
John only offered 6 teas at that time.  Later he would rename the company Harney Tea, and finally Harney & Sons, even though his sons had not yet joined the business :)
He held the first-of-its-kind tea summit in 1993, in his living room with his wife Elyse with just 6 tea minded friends, but that would grow to 300 tea enthusiasts, and eventually there would be thousands that John would lovingly help educate in the ways of tea.  Today, the U.S. drinks 4x more tea than in the 1990s.
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John Harney (photo from Tea Time Mag.)
More Interesting Information about Harney & Sons Here:


Here are some more of the teas at Target. Note how Tazo Teas (a Starbucks Corp.) shows you the Caffeine Content from Caffeine Free to 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 bubbles right on the front!  I have not tried their tea, but I do appreciate the easy to read information!


Also at Target last night, I picked up this beauty!  I have to say I LOATHE floors! But, alas, cleaning them is a necessary evil.  Why has no one invented hover shoes for my guests?
A friend let me borrow her shark a couple of times last week.  It was wonderful!  Pour in distilled water (very important to use distilled because she ruined one using tap water), plug in and mop.  No chemicals, just extra hot steam.  My floor has never been so clean! She informed me she paid around $100 at WalMart for her "basic model". BUT WAIT... This upgraded model, which has attachments, is usually $140 at Target, but currently on sale for $99 through 1/31/15! Whoo-hoo!  Now my floors will be beautiful for my next tea party!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Welcome to the Grow Your Blog Party!

Welcome to the party! Please look around.  All about me is in the right hand column!
I am new to blogging and just have a small handful of posts.  I hope you enjoy them and comment!  
I would love to know where you are from.  

Oh, and if you would like to enjoy some background music during the party, click here: TWO HOURS of Big Band - Part 2 (Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman) & then keep visiting other blogs!

Blessings and a cup of tea!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Masterpiece on PBS & Tea Talk



So yesterday, I decided to join the masses and jump into Downton Abbey.  I watched the first 3 episodes online of season 5, while drinking tea and quite enjoyed myself.  We'll see if I last very long since I don't prefer some of the subject matter, but the settings are lovely.


Be advised PBS only offers about 3 recent episodes of a show, 
so don't delay!

I was drinking Emma's Perfect Match Emma's Perfect Match 
described as "An elegant, youthful green tea, full of romance, especially with the addition of pink roses. This blend is made even sweeter with real strawberries from Mr. Knightley's garden. Emma at last finds the perfect match and we celebrate with this aromatic and delicious blend! *China green tea, roses, strawberry, dried fruits assorted, rhubarb and hibiscus and natural flavoring" from Bingley's Teas. I find a good cuppa tea always enhances my British TV watching experience :)

This is my favorite tea filter for loose leaf tea: 
You get 40 in a box for about $4 at Cost Plus World Market.  They hang over the side of your mug/cup/pot and are quite efficient. 

Thanks for dropping by.  God's blessings to you.
Hugs and a cup of tea!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Happy Kitchen Shelf


I have an adorable vintage shelf above my stove that I bought around a year ago at a sweet store in Murrieta, CA.  I enjoy changing the decor to reflect the current holiday.  
I just found these adorable tea themed kitchen towels at Kohl's and to make it better, I had a 30% off coupon!  I always tell my daddy Love You More! :)
The flowers are camellias from my garden.  I don't actually garden, but whatever shows up, I enjoy!
The mock books actually contain pouches of tea from the Jane Austen series, which I ordered from Bingley's Tea's Ltd. The tea is good quality and always packaged in such a way you feel like you are receiving a present in the mail.  Additionally, I thought the lovely Jane Austen who is sporting a pretty pink spencer would compliment the shelf nicely. 
Do you decorate any corner's of your home for various holidays?
Have a blessed day.
Hugs, and a cup of tea!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Why Write? Penmanship for the 21st Century

I now have 3 pen-pals. Two for over a year, and one brand new.  As well as a little girl I sponsor in Guatemala.  I tend to use the computer to write my letters and add cute graphics, but after seeing this video, I really want to make more of an effort to hand write letters.

This video is such a pleasure to watch.  I hope others might enjoy and share it as well!  It includes beautiful art by a young Master Penman, along with some astonishing history.  I procrastinated in watching it, but am so glad I finally did!



I am a huge advocate that children continue to be taught penmanship, so they might be able to read the many historical documents themselves, rather than historical revisionists "telling" them what is written.  


For my birthday, I had some free money to spend at Cost Plus World Market, and I purchased this sealing wax kit, which I thought would be fun on my penned letters.



















Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Kicking off my blog with something I love - BOOKS!

I really enjoy reading Christian Fiction, and my absolute favorite author is Jen Turano.  Her books are faith filled, funny as heck and charming. When I get one, I can NOT put it down and ache for the next one to arrive.
She just defined Influencer copies of her books, which I found most interesting.



12/5/2015: Since it's a little confusing, ARC copies compared to Influencer copies:
If you'd like to be an influencer (see definition/expectations in the gray box below if you are unfamiliar with the term), I'm asking that you commit to doing at least FIVE things to help get the word out about the book from off this list:
• Post a review on as many book review sites as you have accounts on, such as Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, CBD.com, Lifeway, etc. (You can copy and paste.)
• Write a post/review for your personal blog
• Email or Face-to-Face recommend the book to people you think would like the book
• Pin the Cover from a book buying site and add your thoughts about the book on Pinterest, or pin about a giveaway contest for the book.
• Vote/Add After a Fashion onto a Listopia List on Goodreads or talk about it in a Goodreads group you're a member of and add it to your bookshelf.
• Donate or giveaway the book after you've read it to someone you think would like it and talk about it.
• Request your church library, public library, and/or local bookstore to carry the book.
• If you find a line or short passage from the book you like, tweet, add a quote to Goodreads, or create a Pinterest picture with the quote.
How is an Influencer different than a Reviewer? 
An Influencer wants to help the author with his/her promotion.
• agree to positively influence for an author in exchange for a free copy of the book--if they do not like the book enough to say anything positive, they follow the rule of "if you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." (Whereas a reviewer can say whatever they want.)
• --if an influencer dislikes the book--they should try to give the copy of the book away to someone they think might like the book and possibly naturally influence for it. (Though the receiver of the influencer's copy is under no obligation.)
• read the book pretty quickly upon receiving it so that their reviews, etc. happen near the book's release date.
• try to think of every possible way to tell their friends and readers of the genre about the book and commit to doing a handful of them.... by: Posting reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, their blogs, etc.; Sharing their reviews, book giveaways I might be running, or anything else related to the book on social media avenues such as Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.; Telling their friends, etc. - Thanks, Jen.

Jen's next 2 books are scheduled 2015 via Bethany House Publishing.  I highly recommend www.CBD.com which generally has the best prices.

MARCH 2015

My H H H H H review links for Jen's previous books.

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Note: this one is a Novella that was written AFTER writing her first 2 books.  As she shared with me, "that was my editor's idea - I'd already finished the first two books in the series when she asked me if I'd be willing to do a novella to give people a taste of my writing before book 1 came out - I must admit, I'd never written a short story before but it was fun." -Jen

A Change of Fortune (Ladies of Distinction, #1)

A Most Peculiar Circumstance (Ladies of Distinction, #2)

A Talent for Trouble (Ladies of Distinction, #3)

A Match of Wits (Ladies of Distinction, #4)