So, I got myself an early present and have been using
the mug and my Portmeirion Holly and Ivy teapot
all month, drinking Harney and Sons
White Christmas Tea
(a blend of white tea, almonds and vanilla).
When I'm finished drinking White Christmas, I get to start on my new teas.
My BGD (beautiful god-daughter) and her handsome knight sent me Fearrington House Afternoon Tea. It smells so delicious: Black China Tea with carmel, grapefruit, and lemony bergamot. Plus, Fearrington House Jam:Raspberry, Star Anise, Thyme. The Fearrington House is one of their favorite places for a romantic get-a-way. Looking at it in the magic of cyberspace -- it looks like a wonderful spot for tea and belted cattle gazing! You can check out the Fearrington Village and Inn here. More tea! Liliuokalani tea from Serendipi Tea: Organic China Black Tea, Safflower Petals, Orange Blossoms, and Tropical Fruit Flavor. Taylor Maid Farms: Pacific Coast Breakfast - Organic Yunnan Black Tea. There is a cold front blowing through. I'll need all of this tea to keep me warm!
Wishing YOU well and much joy! Thank you Martha for hosting Tea Cup Tuesday.
"One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books." -J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Love the simplicity!
"I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys." ~ Charles Dickens
"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time." -Laura Ingalls Wilder "I heard the bells on Christmas Day Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men!" - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Wishing YOU well and much joy this Christmas season.
My Spice of Life Afghan is all done. There are over 6000 members in the Face Book group. Some are just starting their afghan. Everyone in the group has been so supporting of the new crocheters. Even us "old-timers" learned a few new helpful hints.
I had a great time using my stash yarn.
(Still have plenty of stash left.)
I tried to follow the suggested Stylecraft yarn colors.
When I ran out of one color I changed to another.
(Dusty rose went from rose, to light purple, to pink.)
The edging is supposed to be green, but I didn't have any left.
I had plenty of light pink (not my favorite color) left
and so the edge is pink.
The girls, Cassie and Mina, have given their seal of approval to this afghan.
Our first cool weather has arrived and the afghan and the kitties
will feel good on my toes!
An afghan -- makes home even more comfy.
I think I'm finished with my cowls. I have all the upcoming birthdays and the holidays covered. I hope! This is the latest color way that I used. This is a Red Heart pattern called Papillon.
This one is a little smaller in width than the others I made. I was determined to use up the yarn and not add to the stash! This cowl is mine.
I made a dash to Trader Joe's over the weekend. When I get home I always wonder why I don't shop there more often. Great produce and today they had Teddy's (the oldest kitty) tuna. They don't always have it in stock. Much easier to give him his heart meds when there is tuna in the house! The other thing they had was Lemon, Ginger, Echinacea juice. Oh, my. Warmed on these cooler days -- divine! Almost better than hot chocolate!
If you've followed Twisty Lane for any length of time,
you know I mention Musashi's Garden often.
It is my postage stamp backyard and the garden named after
one of our beloved kitties.
I've always wanted a water feature and this year I took the plunge.
Everything in Musashi's Garden was removed and we started from the beginning. All new plants to learn about. And 6 new friends to care for ... goldfish! Meanwhile, the birds are unhappy. With all the demolition and building going on, they haven't had their regular handout. Now that it's all done ... the rains have come. Good timing! One more thing ... when the lights come on in the garden -- it is a place of pure magic. Wishing YOU well and much joy!
So I thought it would be a good time for some soup.
I just happened to have a bag of baby spinach that I needed to use. There was tortelinni in the freezer. A can of tomatoes from the pantry. And, I was lucky, 32oz of vegetable broth. That's all I needed. I found this recipe in Fine Cooking years ago and it remains one of my favorite quick and easy recipes. You can find my original post here. And, it's pretty too.
I chopped a small onion and let it cook in some olive oil. Added 32 oz of vegetable broth. The canned tomatoes. A bag of baby spinach. Letting that cook until the spinach was wilted. Then I added the tortellini. Let all of that come to a boil and the tortellini fully cook. Done! Sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese and serve.