May Inspirations

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I love the color of new Spring leaves on the trees.  The above is a route that I take when I go grocery shopping.  It goes along the Connecticut River and just pretty views all along the way.  I like to go shopping in New Hampshire.  For an example, I save around 11 cents a gallon on gas for my car.  Everything in New Hampshire is tax free where as Vermont is all about taxes.  Plus everything in groceries is on the average a dollar less then Vermont prices.  We live right across the river from New Hampshire.  The Connecticut River separates New Hampshire from Vermont.  I could go up the interstate and cross over, but I like the old route 5 on the Vermont side and sometimes I cross over and go on rt 12 on the NH side.

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The apple blossoms are out now and just so beautiful.  I took the above photo on Mothers Day last Sunday.

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I happened to stop into TJ Max and saw the above napkins and I just had to buy them.  So Spring like and they look really nice in my napkin holder.

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I just had a craving for pizza yesterday.  I don’t need the carbs from the crust so I happened to see a cauliflower crust pizza in the frozen foods.  The crust is made from riced cauliflower and eggs hold it together along with brown rice flour and yeast.  It was just like regular pizza crust.  Probably almost as fattening, but I had to try it and it was really good.

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I sliced up a mushroom and some red onion to put over it to add a little something-something plus sea salt and fresh ground pepper and a little olive oil.  Then I put some shaved parmesan over it.  I used my Le Creuset oval caslerole dish to bake it in and it fit perfect for half the pizza.  I saved the other half in the freezer for another day.  I didn’t feel guilty for having pizza, anyways.  And it was good with a salad made with power greens and a nice glass of white wine.

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I like those little 15 oz Le Creuset stoneware caserole dishes.  They are just right for individual Shephards pies or macaroni and cheese.

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They also have a 15 oz round stoneware Le Creuset.  The 8 oz cocotte that they have is way too small.  But the 15 oz cocotte is really hard to find.  They sold out on HSN except for the flame color.  I guess some are on wait list.  They look just like the regular Le Cruesets only in stoneware and the cocotte size.  I like the Provence color for Spring.  They are also fun to use as soup bowls.

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I need to get my hair cut and I like the above length and also the way it has like beach waves.  I don’t like the middle part, but I like a side part with the bangs on both sides just a little below or right to the cheek bones.

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For fashion finds, it looks like those cape like tops that kind of drape down are in style this Spring.  And flower material seems to be in.

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I got the 3 week yoga retreat DVDs.  Even with blocks to help, it definitely is not for beginner yoga.  I struggled with it and got through 4 days.  It got a little easier as I went along.  Very little easier.

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I saw the above yoga outfit that might be fun to have.  I like the grey leggings and the cute halter top along with the over top.  I have some cute yoga outfits to make the yoga tolerable.  Plus I have a nice yoga mat, blocks and a stretch band.  The yoga retreat comes with a recipe book and you are supposed to do clean eating and a half hour of yoga 5 days and then weekends a little less.  Not fun in my opinion.  I’ve had to start over twice now.  It’s all about breathing and all kinds of core, stretch, flow stuff.  I’d really rather go for walks and do pilates with my Malibu Pilatis chair or use my stretch DVD if I have to do a half hour of exercise every day.  But I will try and do the 3 weeks.  The first instructor for the first week is horrible in my opinion.  Even if you use blocks.

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I saw a recipe for a Coconut Chai Smoothie that sounded good.  It has a cup of chai tea, cooled, 1 ripe banana, 1 cup vanilla coconut milk and 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt.  Then it has 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves, 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom, 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper and ice and blended in a blender.

It had CocoWhip and toasted coconut to garnish.  I would just use Coolwhip myself.

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I bought myself a “binto-box” like the above.  Mine is green.  I love it to pack a little lunch for this summer to go to the beach.  Neat to put in a cooler.

 

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On Lake Champlain up in Burlington, you can go on a sunset cruise in a sail boat.  Sounds very romantic to me and also quite an adventure.

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They also have a day cruise and you can see the mountains of New York on the other side of the lake.

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Wow, sure looks like fun to me.

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Sometimes groups go on the cruise and have a party.

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Have you seen how Meghan Markle made Barefoot Contessa’s Engagement Chicken the day Prince Harry proposed to her?  I put the recipe in my Barefoot Contessa board on my Pinterest.  It must be really good roast chicken.  It looks like it has potatoes and carots roasting with it, but on the recipe I saw they were sides.  There must be more versions of the recipe.

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What a neat idea to have smoothies all prepped and in the freezer.    Just throw them in a blender with a base.

Well, that is my inspirations for today.  Beautiful day here with temps in the 70’s.  The lilacs are also starting to come out.  Love it.

 

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Mothers Day and More

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King Arthur Flour in Norwich has a really neat idea for Mothers Day.  It’s called Mothers Day Retreat with Farmhouse Pottery.  It says that it’s the sweetest way to bond.  You treat your mother to a day of artisan crafts and delicious food.  You start the day off at King Arthur Flour in Norwich, where you’ll learn to make a fruit tart (in an exclusive farmhouse Pottery heart-shaped dish).  Then you enjoy a catered lunch at King Arthur Flur before heading to Woodstock for the afternoon to learn the old world craft of wheel throwing from the experts.  You’ll make your very own Farmhouse Pottery vase – perfect for showcasing spring blooms.   I love it!

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I think that the recipe that they use is Cherry Crostata because I found that recipe on the Farmhouse Pottery website.  I pinned it on my Pie board on my Pinterest.  I don’t have a Mom anymore and the retreat is out of my price range.   But I love that tart idea and it looks super simple to make.  I don’t know how they could make a vase in one afternoon because I think it has to be dried for a couple of days and everything, but I don’t know.  I would rather just buy one at their Woodstock pottery place myself.  They use a special clay and they have a half wreath insigna that goes on it.  I just love their pottery.  As far as I can figure, that tart dish is their 5 inch candy dish that is heart shaped.  It costs $52.00 on their website.

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Farmhouse Pottery in Woodstock is just awesome.

But I just love everything King Arthur Flour does.  I love that place.

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I love banana bread and King Arthur Flour has Whole-Grain Banana Bread as their 2018 Recipe of the Year.   They have the recipe on their website and they have ideas on how to make the recipe your own by adding and substituting ingredients.  You choose from their ideas and then the recipe is fixed for perfect measurements for what you choose to make the recipe come out perfect for you.   Then when you print it out, it has a title of “My Banana Bread”.   I love it.

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My sister used to make banana bread from the recipe on Bisquick.  It had walnuts in it and was moist and just really good.  I put that recipe on my breads board on my Pinterest.

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One of my favorite fashion bloggers had the above dress to wear for a Spring wedding.   I think it would be nice to wear for Mothers Day also.  I like the style of it.

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She wore the above necklace with the dress.

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And she used the above purse.  So Spring like and in fashion.

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The dress also came in a sea green color which is so cute.

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I like Macarons.  Can you imagine Strawberry-Champagne Macarons?  Yum!  Actually any kind of Macaron is just a treat.

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I like the Pioneer Woman new Spring line of dinnerware at the Walmart.  It’s affordable and so cute.

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I like the pasta bowl, also.  It’s perfect for salads as well as pasta.

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I have Pioneer Woman’s jars in my pantry.  I put them on a lazy susan and put different kinds of nuts in them.  I have walnuts, almonds, California blend and sunflower seeds.  The jars are inexpensive and just look so cute.

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I have a neat pantry, but nothing compared to the above pantry.  I love the wine cooler, the neat handles on the drawers, the warming oven and the neat coffee maker that makes lattes.  And the white cabinets and subway backsplash.  Plus the hardwood floor.  The shelves on three sides with room for everything.  Totally awesome.

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I have a beautiful bike and there is a bike trail near where I live that goes along the river.  I have to start riding the bike more now that the weather has finally stopped snowing.  Unbelievable winter we had this year.  Tomorrow is supposed to be 80 degrees.  It could snow the day after in this area.   You never know.

Anyways it’s a nice day today.  Hope you are enjoying your day.

 

 

 

Spring Inspirations

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I saw the above mug and thought that it was just beautiful.  The little sparkly tea infuser is just a fun touch.

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And then what is more Spring then a Strawberry Rhubarb Pie.   I put the recipe on my pie board on my Pinterest.

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Vanilla ice cream with the Strawberry Rhubarb pie.  Yum!  I like the crystal serving dish also.

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Today on QVC, Valarie Bertinelli had a set of serving bowls.  I love the yellow bowls.  So cute and they were on easy pay of just $9.00 a month for 3 months.  I mean what a find.  Such a nice touch to add to the kitchen.  She said they were like kitchen jewelry.

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The inside pattern was just so Italian Tuscany and the braid around the top and handles.  I just love them.

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Then Valarie had a bakeware set complete with trivets.  I just loved that set.  The set came in several colors, but I just love the yellow.  She designed the sets.

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I could just see making some lasagna in that baking pan.  I love it.  Then she said that she made banana bread in that bread pan.

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I like the ideas on my Instagram and the above containers for the fridge are awesome.  I have the egg container and one for my salad greens.  I’d like to get a couple more containers because they really work in keeping produce fresh.

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I like the Pioneer Woman line of dishes.  The sugar bowl and tea-pot has been at the Walmart this last summer and also that little braided place mat.  I love the napkins and have several sets of them.  I also have that little cow creamer which is just too cute.  And I own that little plate which I love.

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I love those fancy cakes that you make in a bunt pan.  King Arthur Flour has a recipe on it’s website for the above Orange Pound Cake with Bourbon Glaze.  Yum!

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And if Valarie Bertinelli didn’t have enough to tempt people to buy on QVC today, she had a line of her own wine that she went to a California Vineyard and made up blends herself that would go good with food.  A Chardonnay, a Rose, a Cabernet and another Italian one that I never heard of but sounded awesome.

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The above photo is a photo of the Vermont side looking over Lake Champlain to the New York Aidirondak mountains.  So beautiful.  I went to school up in Burlington which overlooks Lake Champlain, many years ago, and I will always remember how clean the air was and how beautiful the views of Lake Champlain were.  It’s actually one of the most beautiful places in Vermont.

And that’s my thoughts for today.  Have a beautiful day!

 

Friday Fantacies

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I would like a nice Latte this morning, but will settle for my regular coffee that I make.  At least it’s dark roast Starbucks.  I love how they make that heart with the froth from the machine.  It’s very easy to do and looks so fancy.   You just need a coffee machine that has the milk frother on it.  On youtube there are several videos that show how they make all kinds of patterns on the coffee.

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I love anything French and I love dinnerware.  In my Email this morning I got the link to a sale that Sur la table has on their website for almost half price on a lot of Jacque Pepin dinnerware.  Really, really good deals and if you spend over $59.00 it’s free shipping.  I saw some really must haves but will have to pass on them from the budget already over taxed.

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The above cute mug is usually $20.00 and is on sale for $9.99.  So precious and kind of a keepsake from one of my favorite French cooks.  Jacque Pepin designed the whole line of his dinnerware.

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Then Jacque Pepin copper cookware.  So professional and so very beautiful.  I think that if I could get just one item of it I might choose the covered sautee pan.   Then that Staub enamel covered pot with the rooster nob.  It’s just so French and so cute to have for the kitchen.  I love the burgandy color of it, also.

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I love the cute potholder that is half price on their sale.

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The salt and pepper shakers are just plain adorable.  They are half price also.

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Then the pasta bowls.  I just love them.  They are on sale for $49.00 for four of them.   I think that regulary they are about $30.00 for one.  Nice deal.

For what I could possibly swing would be the mug, the pot holder and the salt and pepper shakers.   Then I have a code for 20% off for one which would cover the shipping.  The code is 4C2NBX78FB which I don’t know how long will work and I would use that because I can not afford to spend over $59.00 to get free shipping.  But if you spend $59.00 you can take 20% off the most expensive item which is cool and get free shipping.  I just love sales.   Love, love, love them.  Especially at Sur la table.

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The chicken, wine and mushrooms in the above photo is like my best fantacy.  Love it.

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And then a fantacy for summer would be a pizza oven.  Wouldn’t that be fun to have!

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And then grill like you mean it with a really neat grill for summer.

It has been one chilly and cloudy day every day for quite a while now.  This time of year really is the pits.  So I have to think of fun things to cheer up unreal weather in this area.

And that is my thoughts for the day from a hurting soul stuck in Vermont April weather.  It’s kind of fun to go shopping on the internet.  What a fun escape.

 

April Antidepressants

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I love the idea of a little container in the fridge for healthy snacks.  Some hummus, string cheese, yogurt, carot sticks, celery sticks, grapes, almond butter.  When I was in the Price Chopper yesterday I saw a California blend of almonds, cranberries, pistachios, raisins which I like.  They were on sale and buy one get one free.  So I got two of them for less then the price of one at my regular grocery store.  Love it!

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And then I have been looking for a white Hyacinth for my table.  And lo and behold, there was a white Hyacinth at the Price Chopper.   In my cart it went and I just love it.  Every time I look at it I smile because it just is something that lifts my spirits.

Then I had a dollar coupon for my favorite wine.  At Price Chopper coupons are doubled and I got $2.00 off.  Which was good, but the wine was marked up and the coupon only brought it down to what I pay at my regular grocery store.    But I had some microwave Newmans popcorn at home and a nice glass of wine and some popcorn was a nice pick me up to watch TV last night.

And then at Price Chopper they have the TGIF Buffalo Chicken Wings in the frozen foods for like $3.45.  I love them and you just throw them in the microwave 3 minute each side.  I make some blue cheese dip and cut up some celery sticks and I have happy hour when I got home.  I mean it just makes no dishes hardly and it’s just plain fun.

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Then at Targets I found two cute nightshirts that one of my favorite bloggers said were available at Targets.  So cute and I can’t believe they were available and they just help to make Spring days bearable.  How cute to wear while making coffee in the morning.

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I own a pair of “lambie” slippers that just are cozy and make me smile.  They are perfect with the nightshirts.

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When the weather gets to me, I think of a “happy place” and meditate on that.  Always lifts my spirits.

This time of year in Vermont is not really livable.  I mean no leaves on the trees, mud season and chilly.  I would love it if we could have a small vacation to where it is warm and sunny.  Even for a little while to get away.

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I try to make the most of each day.  You have to be good to yourself before you can be good to other people.

Yesterday I got in a bad mood because I spent about 2 hours working on a photo birthday card on line for my daughter in law’s birthday which was yesterday.  I put a lot of thought into it and sent it to Walgreens.  It’s same day pick up and takes only a few hours for them to process.  I got there and they said they never received it to process.  I was very disappointed and could not imagine what I had done wrong as I have made a ton of these cards and they always go through, no problem.   But this ruined my day.  I spent about an hour picking out a suitable Hallmark card for my daughter in law.  When I got home I looked in my Email and there was the notification that they received my order for the photo card and that was at 9:30 in the morning and it would be ready in 2 hours or so.   They claimed they never received it at the store.  I then looked at the status of the card on line and they said that it was in process.

So that is why for the rest of the day that I tried to lift my spirits.

It’s very easy to get depressed this time of year in this area.   So it’s important to stay focused on other people and forget things that bother you.  I don’t watch the news and even the weather is depressing to see.   It actually snowed here the day before yesterday.  They have beautiful skiing at Okemo.  Unreal.  At least the snow didn’t stick to the ground here and most of the snow is gone.

 

 

 

Lavender and Le Creuset

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I really like Le Creuset cookware anyways.  But the new color that they came out with that is like a lavender color and they call it “Provence” is just beautiful.

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They even have Le Creuset soup dishes in the lavender color.

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That Le Creuset braiser in the Povence color is just so Spring like and I just love the lavender color.

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I just love the tablescape idea with the lavender candles, a little lavender tied into the napkins.  It’s just elegant and very French.

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Le Creuset also has a new color called Fleur Heritage.  It goes good with the Provence lavender.

 

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I saw a really neat ice cream cone that was made with a home made waffle cone.  Then they shaped the ice cream into a rose.  Yum!

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Le Creuset also has a new pot that has a flower for the top handle.  I love the sunshine color also.

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I like the little  Cocotte in the Provence color, also.

Le Creuset is very expensive and I  only have 3 pieces of it in the Carabean color which I also love.  I have a grill frypan, a braiser and a 4 quart dutch oven.  I make a lot of soups in the dutch oven.  Some day I’m going to get something in the Provence color.  A sauce pan and the braiser would be awesome to own.  Then the fleur heritage casserole dish would match beautiful to both the Provence and the Carabean.

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We got snow here today.  I couldn’t believe it.  And there is going to be more snow next week according to the weather report.  Unreal.  My mom used to call snow this time of year “sugar snow”.   Friday it’s supposed to be in the 60’s.  This weather is erratic and it is good weather for maple syrup because it’s cold nights and it usually warms up during the day.

Tea Inspirations

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This time of year, an afternoon tea by the fireplace is a nice thought.  It’s Spring but chilly outside.  I love how they cut the sandwiches in quarters and made little triangles.

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There always has to be jam and clotted cream to enjoy with tea.

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Then simple tea sandwiches with the crust cut off and maybe egg salad.

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You can get fancy and cut out rounds and and add little toppings.

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Tomato twiddle is very British and also cucumber sandwiches.

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Fancy cookies like Madeleines and French Macarons are always a nice touch.

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Pretty slices of cake are always fun to have.

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I love the above idea on the course order and the 3 – tiers.

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I also love the idea of fancy ice cream in a tea cup with a cookie for after tea.

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I love the above ideas for tea sandwiches and also the tea container to store tea bags.  So cute to have for the pantry.

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I think that it would be fun to have a Tea party.  It would be almost as  fun as to visit a Tea house and have afternoon tea.

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I love the above chalkboard inspiration.  I’m not an artist but I could copy it somewhat.

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One of my favorite teas is Peppermint tea.  But I also like Earl Grey tea and almost any kind of tea.

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And that’s my inspirations for tea.