Tuesday, June 9, 2015

TEAM DARJEELING - JUNE CONTINUED

Welcome back to Team Darjeeling.  I have so many thoughts swirling in my head that I wish to share with you all.  I hope to get it organized and flowing nicely here for all of my happy readers!

First, a special thanks to Rainy.  She sent the TARDIS through time and space to me, along with some lovely gifts.  There was a passport journal book so hostesses can share travel logs, a pair of bohemian style earrings, a sample of Red Rocks tea from The Tea Spot (click here to learn more), and a hand written recipe (see below).

During its time with her in May she affectionately called the TARDIS Tardy.

If you are any sort of Whovian (people who watch Doctor Who and the TARDIS (click here for details), you know the TARDIS has had many names, and each incarnation of the Doctor comes with a new incarnation of the TARDIS. Some names have included: The Box, The Ship, Blue Box, Sexy, Old Girl and Snog Box.

In that spirit, I thought it would be fun for each Team Darjeeling hostess to call the TARDIS whatever name she likes for the month.  Rainy already told me to call her what I wish :)

And so, I have dubbed her Tilly for this month.  It sounds old fashioned to me, much like the TARDIS and the custom of Afternoon Tea :)








(click photo to enlarge Rainy's recipe for
Mexican Pots du Creme)


















In my photo of Tilly, you may have noticed the wonderful crisp white, flour sack style tea towels.  I ordered them with a personalized touch after seeing them on the FB page Afternoon Tea Across America, when another member shared hers.  Here they are close up: 
(2 HAND EMBROIDERED towels $16 + $2 shipping
 from WA, or $5 priority w/tracking # emailed to you)
She normally creates these in pink, but I had the color changed to red as it compliments my kitchen better. She kept the flowers pink and pale blue, which I quite like.  I had the days of the week changed to 'Blessed' and 'Set Free'.  Lovely reminders of what God has done for me.  There are several other designs in this series.  If you are interested in ordering from her, click her name to investigate here: JoAnn Dunlap Bayne at Scene Through My Eyes Blog.  Email her at: joann.bayne@gmail.com She accepts paypal. 
Additionally, I ordered her book which is her own story and one that seems very interesting.
$10 and she will autograph it if you wish!
Now for even more tea fun with Tilly!  Friday, June 5th, 2015 was National Donut Day.  If you don't know, you may think, "Oh brother, another dumb holiday." But friends, this one has a precious history dating back to WWI, 1917 when the Salvation Army sent 'Donut Lassies' into the trenches to bless the soldiers with a little hospitality.
Please click the 3 min. video to play or open in another window by clicking the link below the video.


HOW WE CELEBRATED
First, my daycare Littles and I headed to "The Barn"; a local sale held in a lady's back yard every few months, featuring crafts and vintage items.
children's faces blurred for privacy
There were teawares (which I normally come home with, but not this time), a tea tin re-purposed into a succulent planter, pallets painted like flags and much more.  Olivia is proudly holding Tilly TARDIS next to 'the barn' sign.  In the upper left she found a music book on a stand, so she stayed there for the longest time conducting music!
After browsing, we headed to the best donut shop in town, as we have many to choose from!
children's faces blurred for privacy
Tilly posed proudly next to her sign in support of WWI veterans, and the Littles did the same.
This shop features a play kitchen and toys so, much fun was had by all!
I purchased a blueberry donut with lemon icing which was a special donut made for the day.  I saved mine to bring home and enjoy while the kiddos napped ;)
I would love to tell you I was over-the-moon happy with this donut.  The premise sounded quite tasty, but, um, nope.  I can not tell a lie :)
It was just ok.  I also tried Lady Gray Tea for the first time.  It was a gift from the gracious Juanita following our tea earlier this month.  I had no idea it would be so different from Earl Gray (of which I am not a fan), but it was decaf (yay!), and had citrus notes against black tea.  It was quite pleasant.

I have another tea coming up this Sunday (6/14/2015) where Tilly and I will travel through time and space until we arrive at the Aquarium!  Won't that be fun?!
The Sea Otters are my favorite! (photo courtesy of Pinterest)

Also, if any any ATAA members are interested in joining us, I will be posting on our group FB page (contact me there) regarding tea in my home:      (6/27/2015 - Tea @ 11:03).
Details: Southern CA
Bring some tea sandwiches, etc. to share
Scones With 'The Works' & Teas provided
Casual Attire
Bring a favorite tea themed book to discuss.
Click here for my Pinterest Board: 
“He brewed his tea in a blue china pot,
poured it into a chipped white cup with
forget-me-nots on the handle,
and dropped in a dollop of honey and cream.
He sat by the window, cup in hand, watching the first snow fall.
"I am," he sighed deeply, "contented as a clam.
I am a most happy man.”
― Ethel Pochocki, Wildflower Tea

Thank you for joining me.  I pray you have a very blessed rest of your week!
Until next time, hugs and a cup of tea!
~Heather Elizabeth
BlueJeansAndTeacups.blogspot.com 






17 comments:

  1. So enjoyed your post, Heather, thanks for sharing Tilley's adventures so far. Looking forward to the next one.

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  2. I so enjoyed your post, Heather. I'm glad that you and Tilly are enjoying such a fun time together. I hope you post again soon and often --- it's really fun for us to read about the teapot's adventures!!!

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  3. Well I must say this Tardis teapot is on quite an adventure with you. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Yes she is! I may have to take July off! :)

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  4. A fun post with Tilly and I'm glad you followed up and ordered some embroidered tea towels from JoAnn. I like mine and will be using a couple for a giveaway on my blog.

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    1. Hi Judith. Thank YOU for posting about them previously. That will be a very kind giveaway :)

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  5. I love this so much and I LOVE the idea of each hostess calling the TARDIS what she wants. What fun! <3

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    1. Hi Rainy. So glad you approve, and had a chance to enjoy my post :)

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  6. Sounds so fun. Wish I could attend your tea party! What a wonderful idea!
    Sips & Smiles

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  7. Sounds so fun. Wish I could attend your tea party! What a wonderful idea!
    Sips & Smiles

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    1. As do I Teresa :) But at least we have the internet to share!!

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  8. What fun the traveling teapot is having! Looking forward to all the exciting new adventures!

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  9. Glad the teapot arrived safely. Have Fun!
    Sips and Smiles,
    Teresa

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  10. Glad the teapot arrived safely. Have Fun!
    Sips and Smiles,
    Teresa

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