Tea and Blueberry

So happy to be posting for teatime once again this week!  How I have missed this ritual repast with all my May busy keeping me bustling outside of Blogland.  Now we’re into June, and – Ah!  It’s coming into blueberry season here in southern New Jersey!  We live just 30 minutes from the Blueberry Capital of the World – Hammonton, NJ!

No – really!  It’s true!  Hammonton is smack dab in the center of the famous South Jersey Pinelands where the soil is unique for producing the very best blueberries – not to mention the famous Jersey Tomato!  Read all about it with great blueberry recipes HERE.   Besides – there are signs all over the place boasting of blueberries as you cross the boundary into the Hammonton town limits – after passing a number of blueberry farms dotting the landscape along the way, of course.

So, I couldn’t pass up grabbing a special buy at the store today – a nice huge container of farm fresh blueberries!  And, wasn’t I surprised to see a special treat in the cheese section – Chevrai Wild Blueberry Vanilla Goat Cheese from Woolwich Dairy!

And, on a Tuesday, too!  Perfect for teatime today – so long as I could find the right teacup in my cabinet.

Success!  Just look at this sweet demitasse lusterware from circa early 1960’s.  It’s just the color of blueberries with a modern gold design imprint on the almost squared saucer to compliment the gold handle formed in a whimsical scroll work.

And, of course, there’s only one tea to serve today – my Blueberry Rooibos Tea . . .

A non-caffeinated tea with real blueberries for the steeping!  Delish!  And, a terrific choice for making iced tea now that we’re moving ever so swiftly towards summer!  So, with my blueberries and rice crackers and tea –

I need just the right reading material.

Blue binding, of course – these late 19th century volumes of John Greenleaf Whittier’s poetry.  What a master wordsmith!

I spread my blueberry goat cheese over one of the crackers and take a soothing sip of tea while mulling over beautiful words and depth of thought . . .

“Beauty seen is never lost, God’s colors all are fast.” 
John Greenleaf Whittier 

And, this – as though he peeked at my dining room bookshelf . . .
“Here Greek and Roman find themselves alive along these crowded shelves; and Shakespeare treads again his stage, and Chaucer paints anew his age.” 
John Greenleaf Whittier 

And here’s a gem – summing up my life at present . . .

“Nothing before, nothing behind; the steps of faith fall on the seeming void and find the rock beneath” 
 John Greenleaf Whittier

Ah, faith . . . peace . . . and another sip of tea . . .

“Before me, even as behind, God is, and all is well.”
John Greenleaf Whittier

Foundations, and thoughts of mother . . .

“We search the world for truth; 
We cull the good, the pure, the beautiful, 
From all old flower fields of the soul; 
And weary seekers of the best, 
We come back laden from our quest, 
To find that all the sages said, 
Is in the Book our mothers read”  
John Greenleaf Whittier
Speaking of mother – my mom grew up just outside of Hammonton and picked blueberries as a girl.  She took me and my sister to do so every summer  when we were kids and pie would be forthcoming!  I think of her whenever I read a favorite children’s story by Robert McCloskey – remember, Blueberries for Sal?
Just a rambling, meditative teatime today, with some delicious blueberries –

And, a grateful heart for whoever had the bright idea to roll a log of spreadable goat cheese in fresh blueberries!
Sharing Tea and Blueberry today with:

 Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups
Trish’s Simply Sweet at Lily Rose Cottage

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. Visiting you Miss Kathy is refreshment for my soul. Lovely, blueberry day…so sweet!

  2. I think it sounds divine Goat cheese w/blueberries.. I wonder if here in San Francisco its available that and your de-cafe blueberry Tea…I love blueberries and not everyone of course in my life does. I will have to look into it to see if I can find them here. The fact that its decaffeinated is just up my alley. I can’t have caffeine for my panic attacks won’t go good with it. I’m hoping you are well my dear. It’s been a while but I kind of been stuck in a mold…lovely post thank you for sharing and the recipe site as well…have a lovely afternoon..with love Janice…@ spoonwither.blogspot.com…

  3. What a beautiful and original snack. I am impressed at how creative you have been, the goat’s cheese with blueberries and the perfect china cup… wonderful!!

  4. I think it’s a wonderful “rambling, meditative teatime”. The choice of the lusterware couldn’t have been better for your theme, and the tea selection sounds wonderful.

    I happen to love that children’s book, too.

  5. oooo that Blueberry Rooibos tea sounds perfect for me 🙂

    Jocelyn @

  6. Miss Kathy, it’s truly a pleasure to visit with you. Your snack of rice crackers, blueberries on goat’s cheese and tea is refreshing and looks so delish! Love the teacup and is in itself perfection for your tea today. Thank you for joining me for tea and I hope the week brings your way a wonderful rest and relaxation.


  7. Hello Kathy, I am totally with you on the goat cheese! Blueberry vanilla goat cheese???? Oh please! I would love some! And your tea too thank you very much. The tea cup is so regal and romantic at the same time. I love the coloring and the luster on it.
    Thank you so much for your lovely post. I hope you are well.

  8. Mmmm! I love blueberries! I’ll have to make a cobbler, though.
    But I so enjoy them fresh too, with my cereal. When is Hammonton’s Blueberry Festival? Soon, I think!
    Loved your blueberry teatime post!
    Love, Linda @ Grandmalay’s Daydreams

  9. Hello Kathryn, I do not think I have ever read John. G. Whittier…can this be true?! The blueberries look plump and amazing. Do you eat them out of hand? I like them in pancakes and muffins, or a deep cobbler. SO good for you. Thanks for sharing the poetry.

  10. Miss Kathy…I have missed you! Love your blueberry blog! I love love love goat cheese.
    Tell me more about that lovely tea you have pictured. Thanks,

  11. Great ‘blueberry’ themed post. I live in the Blue Mountains of Australia and it is said that blueberries love acid soil which is a feature of the Blue Mountains. I have had some success growing them which is wonderful because it’s almost impossible to grow anything else here. I adore your lustre ware too. Dropping by from Artful Affirmations.

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