You remember “Calgon Take Me Away?” Today I’m sighing, “Tea Time Take Me Away!”
This is a big week for me. My end of year recital for all my drama students – grades first, second, and third – will finally come to pass Tuesday evening and I have a million little details rushing about my head that must be attended to. A meltdown worthy of any drama queen could be forthcoming if I don’t make sure to step into this long day and its aftermath fortified with the loveliness of a soothing balm of morning “tea to the rescue” and devotions.
Now, lace and tablescapes would be ideal, but not realistically forthcoming when I must be to the school, and then the local theatre venue, so early in the morning for a day of dress rehearsals and decorating before the first of our two performances at 5:00pm and 7:00pm. That is why I planned this Tea Time Tuesday post Returning me to Loveliness – last week – when I had the luxury of a day off to refresh and renew in soul and spirit for the busy week ahead.
So, welcome to my virtual tea party for one this morning. Just a little bit of beauty – the calm before the storm. Lovely thoughts taking me into a long day.
I started off with my gluten free quick tea bread. I experimented with a basic bread recipe and no two of my breads ever taste the same. I rarely measure accurately and I substitute ingredients based upon what is at hand. To make this loaf, I ground up about a cup or so of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Oats in a coffee mill into a course flour. Mixed that with a half cup or so of organic spelt flour (easily digestible for gluten intolerance prone), and about a quarter cup of organic ground flax seed. To this I mixed about a teaspoon and a bit of both baking soda and baking powder – aluminum free. For this particular loaf I added a few liberal shakes of cinnamon and a heaping handful of plump organic raisins. In another bowl, I mixed three bananas and three eggs and a splash of organic almond extract. I mixed the two together – if too loose, I add a little more spelt till it’s a good consistency – and pour into a greased glass loaf pan. Then, garnished the top with gluten free granola (no corn flour) and drizzled local honey over the top – baked at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
It came out picture perfect and the house smelled marvelous!
Then, of course, the very contrived photo shoot. Break out a few little treasures from my tea cabinet and the lace, of course – joy! Too much fun! I learned things about my little camera that I never knew it could do.
Sorry that the lilacs can’t be the real deal – past their season. But, they are my favorite and I found these lovely silk renditions – the best I’ve ever seen. They preside over my primitive dining room table all summer in a vintage McCoy vase from my grandmother’s old collection.
The tea cup and pot are just the tip of the iceberg of my Moss Rose china set. I have a more detailed post on that collection coming soon. It is passed down to me from my grandmother, mother, and aunt, who collected the original pieces in the 1940’s and 1950’s. I’ve been adding through the years as I find bits and pieces here and there.
And – I love my cow creamer. Partnered with the egg holder, it’s as though the farmyard were invited to breakfast tea with me. The egg holder dates to the 1940’s, too, and belonged to my grandfather. He’d be 115 years old this year if he were still with us. The egg is a lovely fresh “easter egg” variety in a lovely pale teal color from my friend’s hen house. Silver teapot salt and pepper shakers are at the ready to spice up my two minute egg, and my favorite pineapple and red grapes complete the breakfast ensemble. Everything is set off by delicate miniature gold tableware – a gift from a friend’s trip to Germany long ago.
Oh! And don’t forget to grab some bluestocking bits from a precious 1893 volume of The Wit and Wisdom of George Eliot.
So, here’s what my early morning will look like on this Tuesday with so much activity awaiting me expecting far too many fires that I shall have to put out before my head hits the pillow tonight: Tea in a mug with my daily Bible reading on my Nook Color – then turning the Nook Wi-Fi on and reading my own blog featuring all of the above. Drinking it in a minute or two and returning in my thoughts to the lovely morning I spent last week arranging such a treat.
Oh! Look at the time! Gotta fly! One hundred twenty small children, over sixty costumes, random props, and far too many details to count await me this day. Off I go – hope to share the fruit of my labors and lessons learned – there’s always a lesson to be learned – later in the week.
Joy to you!
I am sharing my Tea to the Rescue today with:
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
A Return to Loveliness at Delightsome Life
Tuesday Tea for Two at The Plumed Pen
Teapot & Tea Things Tuesday at A Breath of Fresh Air