Thursday, November 1, 2012

to tea or not to tea

dear emily,

i just visited one of my favorite blogs, darcie's special blend, and enjoyed
her ode to tea.   the ritual and decorum of tea drinking is such a soothing
tradition.    heating the water, measuring the tea leaves, adding lemon,
honey, or milk, and gently resting the spoon in the saucer is an act of love
for many.   if you pour the special brew into gorgeous antique china cups,
tea lovers are over the moon.

my mother in law used to host the sweetest tea parties for her grandchildren,
serving apple juice in tiny beatrix potter china.   she made delicious paper
thin  cookies with a giant pecan on top.   it took all my self control not to
gobble them all up.

as tasty as tea is,  i just like coffee better.   give me a heavy mug with a
smooth lip, then fill it with rich, dark joe.   if  you add a dollop of cream,
vanilla paste, and raw sugar, you will have to call the pound to get rid of me.

just make sure they have a strong cage.


"and hope does not disappoint us, because God has POURED out His love
into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us."  romans 5:5

ps.   personalized sketches and my friend ronda roush both won my giveaway!


Farm Girl said...

I am with you, I love tea parties, I love sitting with the delicate china and sip it, but I am such a coffee fan. Coffee just makes me happy. I love this time of year, when I can hold a hot cup and dream into a fire. It just makes life seem so cozy. What I love about Bleak House is Dickens picture of the different kinds of believers. In some ways harsh. But told with such style. I am glad you like Dickens.

Lorraine said...

I am kind of particular about my cups too :) Not so much a mug and not too dainty but I prefer a thinner clean edge. My husband a chunky mug. Sometimes it is coffee, sometimes it is tea.

High Heeled Life said...

Hello dear friend ... well you know I'm a tea devotee and enjoy the calming of all its rituals. Though there is still room for a good cup of coffee - especially to start the day. Hugs..C. (HHL)

Rebecca said...

I like the pottery mug you show here (though I, like Lorraine, am very particular about my mugs, too - I like mugs but prefer a "thinner" one with a "lip" :)

And it's coffee for me. I've tried to develop a taste for tea but so far without success.

Debbie said...

First of all, I love the premise and style of this blog. It's so creative.

Second, I am a kindred coffee soul. I love the concept of a tea party because I love fuss and bother, but when I have my coffee, I want a substantial cup most of the time.

Vee said...

Well I do love my morning coffee and would not wish to trade it in for tea. However, in the afternoon, there's nothing like a cup of tea. (I'm really just as happy to drink my tea from a mug.) Your description of a good mug is a lot of fun. I've never thought much about that and I should because I do have my favorites.

Jen said...

Tea parties are so much fun! I love to take my girls to a tea room for a good mom/daughter day out. It's always so much fun to enjoy the ritual and beauty that goes with a tea party.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Cinnamon said...

I like both, but tea hits the spot :-)


Joan Elizabeth said...

My hubby loves tea and has a huge collection of different types for different occasions. I don't drink either tea or coffee but I do love a cold glass of water from the thinest of thin glassware.

Your selection of verse is also such a lovely reminder.

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Being from the South I should love tea especially Ice Tea but I have a big confession to make I never have drank tea or coffee.
I know there is a strong possibility that there is something really strange about me. lol
Thanks honey for coming by and leaving me such a sweet note.
As you can see by the time of night I am writing this I am still not sleeping.
Sandy leaving such a huge horrific loss on so many has me up at nights worrying about those left without their homes. So sad.
Take care honey and have a good weekend

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I SAY, DO IT! Tea in the morning, afternoon and evening! And now that the weather is crisp, we are bringing out the tea pot and firing it up!

Dearest Leah, FEAR NOT. Do what you see is necessary and let the rest happen. Start it out. We don't want fear to follow us to the end, do we?


Meg said...

I keep trying to become a coffee drinker, but I just love tea more. I do drink my tea in a big mug though. ;)

Rita said...

Definitely coffee in the morning for me but love to have tea in the afternoon. there's nothing better than warm tea off a pretty cup.
sending blessings your way

Colleen said...

Oh, I am a tea girl! I love to hear the tea kettle whistle. One of my boys started a trend in our house of saying, "Mom, your tea is screaming!" It stuck and now it's a commonly used idiom for us!

Darcie said...

Did we ever think that so much could go into drinking tea and coffee? I wish I could actually switch out my coffee for tea in the morning, but there is nothing like coffee in the morning. Yes...I have a favorite cup too.

Wouldn't it be fun to share a cup of 'whatever' together. :)

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

My sister-in-law did tea parties with my kids....yes my boys!!
I am a chai tea drinker!! Not coffee here.

Fun post....go check out what happened here in Texas on my blog...thanks for your prayers!!

Susy said...

Lucky me I like both. Coffee wakes me up and tea is comfort food. I'm drinking tea with cream right now. And a brownie for good measure.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Yes, a cup of hot tea...mug of cocoa...tall glass of water or any other beverage of choice...has a lot in common...if enjoyed over great is that time together that is treasured.

Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for your giveaway and I am excited for our grandbaby to try out that well thought out car strap aide! I will be here visiting this happy little sweetie pie for about a week more :o)

Blessings & Aloha!!

Jodie | Velour said...

haha! you are precious, and hilarious. i'm a coffee girl, too. a coffee girl who is off to find out more about this "vanilla paste".