Monday, January 22, 2018
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
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
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.
|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.
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
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!
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
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.
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.
Desert Sun Ceramics had a fun time crafting this special pot. And it has found a loving home thousands of miles away in Pennsylvania!