Monday, January 22, 2018

Cha Cha Chocolate!

The Downtown Mechanicsburg Partnership is sponsoring this festive extravaganza to be held the first weekend of February. A wide variety of local businesses are participating, and attendees will be delighted with the amazing assortment of yummy chocolate treats that are being offered at each business. Held Friday, February 2nd and Saturday, February 3rd, tickets ($10.00/person) may be purchased at participating businesses. The Rosemary House and Sweet Remembrances are proud to participate in this inaugural event. The ticket is your tour map, so be sure to pick one up before the event begins. And don't worry, if you are concerned you won't be able to enjoy all the chocolate delights in one or two days, a 'to go' box will be available at a few locations. (One box per participant, please.)

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Don QuixoTEA

And the tea, you ask? Settle in for a full bodied spicy black tea blended with generous pieces of cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger root to create an invigorating Chai tea that any knight errant would enjoy after fighting windmills and aiding damsels in distress. The bold flavors of this spice laden tea accommodates the addition of milk and sugar if you so desire, adding a depth of sweetness and creaminess to an already tasty blend.  





Thursday, January 18, 2018

Don Quijote-Don Quixote-Don Quixotea

Collections! Once the family knows you are collection something, suddenly the collection grows by leaps and bounds, and before you know it, you have a room totally decorated around the central theme of a knight errant (Don Quixote) and his ever faithful sidekick (Sancho Panza). The guest room houses a collection of Don Quixote statues, books, photos, clever artistic interpretations of the Spanish duo and their trusty steads, a thin old nag and a stubborn donkey.

Book ends hug Spanish and English versions of the novel penned by Cervantes.
 Wooden statuary hand carried from Spain, and large decorative pieces can be spotted all around the room. One overnight guest proudly announced that she had counted 52 pieces dedicated to my hero. The count has not been confirmed, but it sounds about right!


Windmills on the plains of Spain


And check out the newest addition to the collection. A large over sized red tin with the title of the novel, Don QuixoTea. Clever! And anyone who knows me, knows that this is the perfect gift, which explains why I received two at Christmas. Fortunately, niece Angelica is planning on taking a minor in Spanish, so she was happy to receive the tin.
Don QuixoTea is billed as a spicy Spanish adventure, or the Man of La ManChai. So clever! The packaging for this treasure included a bag of black tea with cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger root to add a depth of spiciness and warmth. A cute little bookmark was also included in the package.







I love the artistry of the tin and the packaging with Don Quijote pouring a cup of tea for Sancho with the windmills in the background.









So, whether you spell it Don Quijote (Spanish), or Don Quixote (English), or Don QuixoTea (noveltea), it's your choice.
This tin, and many other clever punny interpretations of literature can be found at Novelteas.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Collections!

The tea room is laden with collections and treasures to be discovered. Thanks to the handy work of dear old dad, there are shelves in every room, including some that are tucked above doorways. In the back room, nestled high above, there is a collection of pyrographic art, artistic bowls, hand turned saffron containers, and unique treasures acquired abroad alongside the newest holiday acquisition.
The little wooden teapot was a gift from the NY sister, most likely a yard sale treasure. If you notice, it is actually a puzzle! One of those abominable puzzles that, if taken apart, would quickly end up a pile of pieces never to be in the shape of a teapot again. It has been safely stowed, out of reach, in hopes that it will always remain a tea pot to admire!


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Sweet Dreams of Banff

Family friends journeyed to Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, and lucky for us, they gifted us with a package of herbal tea called Sweet Dreams of Banff from the Banff Tea Company, The tea company is known as the international tea store of the Rockies.





This delightfully fragrant relaxing blend includes rose petals, chamomile, lemongrass, lavender, and spearmint.
According to the website, it is the perfect antidote to a sleepless night. And having experienced several sleepless nights recently, I have turned to this blend, and successfully experienced a rest filled night after enjoying a mug of Sweet Dreams of Banff.



A caffeine free blend, it is impossible to over steep this brew. For a large 2 cup mug, toss 2 teaspoons of loose leaf tea into an infuser (we use a T-Sac), and allow to steep for 5 - 10 minutes. The liquor is delicate in color, the flavor intensifies the longer it steeps. To my palate, the chamomile, lemongrass and spearmint flavors release first, and the longer it steeps, the floral notes of the rose petals and lavender become predominant. The combination of herbs offers the perfect solution to avoiding a night full of tossing and turning.

Thank you for this yummy midnight lifesaver!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

A New Year! A New Tea Pot!

Happy New Year! Out with the old, and in with the new. We warmly greet this new year, and National Hot Tea Month with a beautiful handcrafted pottery tea pot. Once again, Santa was good to me.

While vacationing out west this past summer, BIL David spotted this artfully crafted muted grayish green tea pot in a local artisan craft shop in Moab, UT.  Thinking he had my name for the holiday gift exchange, David purchased it for me, only to discover later on in the year he had someone else's name. Lucky for me! (Thank you, David!)

There are many little details associated with this pot. From the cut out spout, to the curlicue on the lid, it has definite personality. The gift shop Moab Made features an amazing variety of talented artwork by local residents.


On the handle there is a thumb rest that provides a perfect grip when pouring from this uniquely shaped pot. Can you spot the three little feet that support the pot? This artist from Desert Sun Ceramics had a fun time crafting this special pot. And it has found a loving home thousands of miles away in Pennsylvania!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Brussel Sprouts!

Isn't this just the most amazing plant? Love the unique way it looks on the stem and the sound it makes when you pop off each little sprout. Roasted, with Roastmary of course, it is a seasonal treat we got in our Spiral Path Veggie Box. Today is dear old dad's birthday, a day to remember the 'old boy' as our mother affectionately called him. Mom didn't like brussel sprouts. No reason given, she just didn't like them. After dad retired, he happily took to the kitchen as 'supper man', another of mom's monikers for her beloved. Preparing dinner each night, he took the challenge, harvesting herbs from the little back porch herb garden. There were some hits, and a few misses, but no complaints from anyone. Mom did put her foot down with the brussel sprouts though and told him he could only prepare them once a month. No problem. Dad delighted in preparing brussel sprouts on the 31st of the month and again on the 1st of the next month insisting that he was sticking with mom's request of 'once a month'. He chuckled when he told the story. Remembering them both today, on dad's birthday!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

                                                     Glad Tidings of Comfort and Joy!
                                                               

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Forgotten Cookies

Yumm! A family favorite ever since our Jim Thorpe sister Marj made them during her high school years. They are a tradition in our household, always making an appearance during Christmas. They have become the favorite cookie of niece Jessica and nephew Jacob. These two pop in the house after a long distance car ride and one of the first questions they ask, 'did you make them?'. Ever since that year I forgot to make the Forgotten Cookies and disappointment that crossed their faces was unforgettable, we have made them without fail! The love of Forgotten Cookies has jumped to niece Angelica also, so last night we made forgotten cookies and all is good in the world. Santa will have a plate of Forgotten Cookies and a glass of milk waiting for his this Christmas Eve.
Forgotten Cookies
4 egg whites
pinch salt
1-1/2 c. sugar (or less)
2 tsp. vanilla
2 c. chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Beat egg whites and salt together until foamy and frothy. Gradually add sugar, beating until very white and stiff peaks form. Add vanilla. Gently fold chocolate chips into mixture. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. They do not spread, so cookies may be placed close together. Place into preheated oven. Turn oven off. Forget cookies until the oven is cold. 

We always make these last, after all the other cookies are baked, put them in the oven, turn it off, and toddle off to bed.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Our Wish For You~

 May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope;
The spirit of Christmas which is peace;
The heart of Christmas which is love.
~Ada V. Hendricks

Friday, December 22, 2017

Anticipation! Excitement!

and Shenanigans! TIP of the day: Don't leave your cell phone unattended! You might be surprised at what to your wondering eyes did appear!


Monday, December 18, 2017

Busy Baking!

The team of culinary Santa figures grace the hallway during the holiday season. The collection seems to grow each year with new additions squeezing into place. This little grouping sits on the oak side by side offering treats and sweets to all who enter. Meanwhile, Santa's elf is busy in the kitchen whipping up delights to serve all month long.
Miniature Egg Nog Cheesecake Triangles, Chocolate Coconut Cream Bars with a festive holly leaf, and Peppermint Meltaway Cookies were served earlier this month.














Or perhaps a Miniature Chocolate Coconut Cake, Peppermint Mousse in Chocolate Cup, or Cranberry White Chocolate Shortbread is more to your liking. Many dessert courses end up little white 'to go' boxes for midnight snacks!
This past Saturday featured a Frosted White Cake with Cherry Topping, Pumpkin Nut Roll, and a Macadamia Nut Sugar Cookie dipped in White Chocolate

And on Sunday we served a slice of Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake with a chocolate tree garnish, Peanut Butter Mousse in a phyllo cup, and a Chocolate Drizzled Sugar Cookie. Oh yes, the holidays are here! 
Hope your holiday season is sweet!