Tuesday, March 20, 2018

“BIRTHDAY TEA"


Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to me. Happy Birthday everybody . We celebrate  four out of five Birthdays in the month of March .. so needless to say ... It is a busy time. Please come in and join us.


Today I’m looking up recipes for cakes and tea  ... My Hubby leaves tomorrow  for three weeks so he does need alittle TLC.... It’s time to celebrate !!!


Well, I decided on a delicious “ Mint’  tea ... from the “ Mighty Leaf” collection which I buy online. (mightyleaf.com) It’s an organic, whole leaf tea with no caffeine.  I first tried it in the Air Canada VIP Lounge  and immediately fell in love with it’s refreshing  flavour and  lingering aroma.  


Since whole leaves need room to open and expand, the Mighty Leaf Company has created a large pyramid shaped silk bag for the tea to express itself through... 
It is truly a luxurious blend that is quite unforgettable.


SO I  best get on with  preparing the brew. 

Hubby’s birthday is March 17th so  he thinks  that he is Irish
( Ha Ha) since his Birthday falls on St. Patrick’s Day ... In celebration,  I decided to pull out the “Belleck”.  

I’ve always admired Belleck Pottery for it's ethereal look. Often, I wondered what makes it so different from other porcelains, so I did a little research and discovered that it is indeed a special 
 Parian ware that is a type of bisque porcelain imitating marble.


Belleck was developed around 1845 by the Staffordshire Pottery manufacturer “Mintons" and named after Paros, the Greek Island renowned for it’s refined texture and white Parian marble, which has been used since antiquity for sculptures.  In pottery,  it is prepared into a liquid form that can be caste into a mold, enabling mass production.


 What I love most about this pottery, is the thinness and slightly iridescent surface that it displays. Of course, it’s not everyones’ favourite ‘cup of tea’ ( Ha Ha ) but isn’t it  beautiful !!!


I must admit to being a little apprehensive about pouring tea into such delicate looking vessel, but then I thought ... What are teacups for? Actually, this pottery is not as delicate as it looks. 
Go ahead and have another sip. 
  Oh my ... I do hope that you are going to enjoyed your cup of tea (Ha Ha)


Please ... Be sure to save room for a piece of  Black Forest cake. 


OK ... Time to sing and blow out the candles. I don’t think Kim will have much trouble with that task!!!


Goodness ... Look who else wants a piece of the  cake .( Ha Ha)

It’s “ Simon” the Squirrel.


He’s a curious little fellow who is  always chittering and chattering when company arrives ... or maybe he came to wish Kim a HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!  




THANK YOU   
For 
attending the
BIRTHDAY TEA

I am sharing with :   Friends Sharing Tea
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41 comments:

Louca por porcelana said...

Happy Belated Birthday to Kim!That cake is mouthwatering!Love your gorgeous shamrocks teacup and the information about it.Oh my!That sweet lady figurine reading a book is just fabulous!!!Hugs,dear Zaa!

Zaa said...

Thank You Maristella... I saved a piece of cake for you ... Hugs

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Thank you for including me in your birthday celebration, Zaa. Happy birthday to Kim! His cake sure looks delicious! Your Belleek china is extraordinary. So beautiful and delicate as you say, but durable. I have just become familiar with Mighty Leaf teas. Their Earl Grey is quite flavorful. I hope your week is as lovely as your birthday celebration. ♥

Zaa said...

Thank you Martha Ellen... I’m so happy that you could attend and try a new tea flavour... Have a Happy Day...Hugs

I am said...

Hi Zaa wonderful post my friend and my hubby's birthday is on the 16th so he is not quite Irish,lol,hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh that cake looks so good! YUM! Love your pretty tea cup. Happy birthday to all the birthday people. My mom's birthday was March 20. I just love your sweet lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Happy Belated Birthday wishes to your dear hubby, Zaa! Yes please, I'd love a slice of his Black Forest Cake before I leave. Thsnk you for the recommendation of the Mighty Leaf mint tea. I always love trying new teas!

wisps of words said...

Happy Birthday to everyone!!!!!

Including me, whose Birthday is yet to come, in March. And our first grand daughter's is 3 days later. :-)

I am seeing quite a few March Birthdays, in blogging, this year.

This pottery's thinness and slightly iridescent surface, must be very beautiful to see.

Jeanie said...

Well, first of all, birthday greetings to all your March celebrants!

And I love Mighty Leaf and buy it when I go to Canada too. Mint is the best!

Finally, is that a lovely Royal Doulton figuring I see? If not, very similar and so very beautiful.

Have a glorious month of celebration!

Zaa said...

Thank You Shez... I so enjoyed all your wonderful crafts... You ladies are a riot...Hugs

Zaa said...

Hey Cindy ..What a delight to have you for tea... you are certainly a busy lady ... and oh what fun you have with your renos and family ..It’s fabulous..xoxoxox

Zaa said...

Hey Kitty ..
My husband says THANK YOU not just for the wishes but for your delicious recipes..It’s like he knows you ( ha Ha) ..Big Hugs

Zaa said...

Hey Luna ... The Birthdays are March 16th, (daughter, Manda) , 17th( My Husband, Kim ) , 18th( my son, Graham) They’re all Pisces and I am an Aries March 29th .So it keeps us all hopping. ... the Belleck really is transparent and lovely to drink from although the handles are alittle small.. I rarely use them ... but I’ll save one for our next teatime , for you ... Hugs

Zaa said...

Hi Jeanie .. Thanks for your kind visit and B’Day wishes.... Yes, the figurine is a Royal Doulton.. I have a collection of them .. mostly gifted to me by my grandmother/mother. I think they blend beautifully with teatime .. as we Ladies don’t often get a chance to dress up( ha Ha).. So glad that you’ve had a chance to enjoy “ Mighty Leaf” tea......I’ve enjoyed out teatime chat... Hugs

Cherish happy moments said...

OH, I see a lot I like! -I know from earyler times.. Is late here but tomorow I will look it more...greetings,,Joan

Margie said...

Happy Birthday, Zaa! I've had Mighty Leaf Tea before, but have never tried their mint melange blend. A few months ago, I saw some Mighty Leaf teas on sale at HomeSense but I left them behind because I'm on a tea-buying hiatus.

I've always admired the Belleek teawares and would love to add one to my collection.

Zaa said...

Thanks Joan ..I’ll look forward to your visit...Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks Margie ... I ‘m really digging this tea lately ... Yes Belleeck is not something you buy everyday ... and I only have a few pieces of it too.. We live in a day and age of being Thrifty... So glad that you joined me for tea , my Friend....xoxox

Red Rose Alley said...

Happy Birthday to you! What a pretty tea cup to celebrate the day. Yes, I'm starting to like the thin tea cups too. Your black forest cake looks Yummy. And I love that porcelain lady in Pink. You have the most charming figurines. I have been looking for them, but can't seem to find them. I hope you and your husband had a day filled with all the things you love.

~Sheri

Zaa said...

Thank You Sheri .. So happy that you could find the time attend the Birthday tea... Yes we have three Pisces /B’days in a row and then me on the 29th ... so I’m the only Aries ( ha Ha) It makes for good creative company sometimes...Hee hee... The figurines are mostly Royal Doultons ... and are now-a-days only carried by specialty shops.... It seems they are becoming vintage items ... I’ve collected for years and had some gifted to me... so I enjoy to have them for teatime.....Hope that you are enjoying your siesta from the blogging world... Hugs

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Happy birthday to your spouse! Pretty figurine and pottery!

Zaa said...

Thank you for the kind visit ..Please do come again soon...

Elaine said...

Nothing makes tea taste quite so nice as beautiful, delicate china! Your cups and saucers are a true delight - and I agree, beautiful things which were made to be used, should be enjoyed, not hidden away. Thank you so much for inviting me to share the celebrations.

One of my DiL's is Chinese, she sometimes does a very special tea ceremony for us, which is great fun. You must come and join us some time.

Sylvia said...

Happy belated birthday! I love your teacup.Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, please visit again, you're always welcome,

Zaa said...

Thank You Elaine... The more friends the merrier for tea ... I will soon be out looking for pussywillow like you ...Enjoyed you post....Hugs

Zaa said...

Hi Sylvia ..It’s delightful to meet you and I’m excited that you joined the B’Day Tea.. Please come again soon...Hugs

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Zaa, lovely! And I'm glad to see you using those delicate pieces. I don't believe in storing things away and "saving" them for some future event that never comes. Thanks for including info about the making of the china; I like learning more about that.

Ruth W said...

Maybe it's Simn's birthday too! August is our big month around here with 4 family members. Isn't funny how that happens? Happy birthday to you all! I always love Belleek...just the prettiest! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
Ruth

Zaa said...

Hey Jean ..How is your hand ... It seems you’re still baking up a storm ... Go Girl Go ..Thanks for the teatime visit ...Hugs

Zaa said...

Hey Ruth ..Isn’t that funny .. that we both have B’days x4 in one month ... Thank You for the kind wishes and your teatime visit..It is always a pleasure, my Friend.

Crystal Grandeur said...

Just a pretty post. Thank you for your visit. Love to you. Hugs Sujatha:)

Zaa said...

Thank You Crystal ... it’s so nice to have you for the B’Day tea... Enjoy your day...Hugs

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I am in love with Belleek, and the tea cup and saucer that you have is the exact pattern that I have been stalking. I would love to have a set of four of those, along with the teapot, and sugar and creamer. Your birthday tea looks absolutely charming, the cake looks luscious, and you’re intriguing me with the mint tea. I drank that a lot when I was in college, but I don’t think I’ve had a good mint tea since. I will be investigating.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

The teacup is precious - and the cake looks delicious. I came to your birthday celebration too - if that is ok - since my birthday is tomorrow (25th) and I didn't think you would mind one more celebration. Happy weekend.

Zaa said...
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Zaa said...

Hey Pattie ..Thanks for the B’Day visit ... I’m not a great baker ... but I saved a piece for you ... along with the mint tea.... Incidentally I’m serving your olive pate spread for my Birthday celebrations....Hugs

Zaa said...

Happy Birthday JoAnn ... So glad that you could make it to the celebrations... I’m a March baby too..29th so it looks like we will be enjoying our fair share of cake( ha Ha)... I so enjoyed your Pintail photo post ..Gorgeous !!! Have a beautiful Day !!!

Jann Olson said...

Happy Birthday to you two! I have a niece named Kim that was born on St. Patty's as well. :) Love that darling teacup and the tea sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Zaa said...

Hey Jann ...
Glad that you made it over for the B’Day tea and a chat... Does your niece think that she’s Irish too ( Ha Ha) .. and how unusual that her name is also Kim... Too Funny ... Enjoy your week-end... Hugs

baili said...

Wow what a delightful post and such a sweet treat dear Zaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your dear husband who looks a very handsome mane !may you both enjoy many more to come my friend:)

LOVED LOVED LOVED the delicate teacup and the tiny gorgeous lady laying and reading !!!

your world seems to be filled with love and joy and my best wishes are with you each step that may you celebrate each moment like this always! amen

Zaa said...

Thank You Baili .. Your sweet words and very are so very much appreciated.. Hugs