Tuesday, March 13, 2018


"The March do blow and we shall have snow" ...  and four Birthdays this month ... It's time to shovel the walks, get to    wearing’ the Green ... and start partying.

               We’re on our third snow storm in seven days.
                   This is the overhang on the front porch.

Can you believe that, the snow is up to the rooftops on many of our neighbours houses.

Alternatively, I can still appreciate the “ BEAUTY " of Winter which encourages us all to enjoy a lovely, warm cup of tea .

My husband always brings me little gifts when he travels... He knows what I like !!!!

Everything tea ... Isn’t this a cute little tea strainer!!!!
Today is the first time that I’m using and sharing it with you, my dear friends. I used a 1/4 tsp times three to fill the vessel ... so, I guess, that makes, at least 5- 6 cups of delicious tea, depending on the size of your teacup. 


 Loose leafed "Earl Grey" is the pick of the day ... Hey Hey !!! Please Join me!!!!

OMG ... I forgot to tell you about my $6.00 purchase at Value Village. " TAH DAH"... I call this teapot  “Penelope" for her plain colors and winsome design . 

Small, cute and PERKY .... That sturdy little handle really does make it easy for pouring.
Good things do come in small packages.

I also frequent the Medical Hospice Store, buying clip earrings for my mother, who is in the Veteran's Nursing Home. Most  recently, I found  this  ‘darling’ little teaset ... hanging amongst the bigger, bully cup girls ... WELL ... I just snapped her up for
 $ 3.00 and said “ nah, nah, nah" to those Bully Babe Teacups because online she is a collector's item priced at $56.00.
Too much fun !!!

She’s a dainty little Royal Winton/Grimwades ( 1886-1900 )  that hums with humility and Sweet Peas ... I’ve tried and tried to grow Sweet Peas ... but they do need the proper location. This year I’m determined ... to grow these precious  flowers. Does anyone have planting advice?  
Anyways  ...  How is it that a cup and saucer can  inspire a person’s  Springtime imagination. ( SIGH)

I just want to “ HUG” and "SNIFF"the floral pattern that cascade throughout this porcelain ( Ha ha) ... It’s one of my favourites.
Come on Ladies, let’s get to brewing ... Are you ready for a Earl Grey Tea Latte?
All we need is a kettle and maybe a blender to make a surprisingly delicious latte.
It only has a few ingredients.

                                                           Here is  “MY” recipe

                                                 Fill your pot with boiling water

                            Two bags or 3 tsps of Earl Grey Tea
                                          Steep for 6 minutes

                                                  "  SECRET INGREDIENT "

                                    ADD... 1/2 tsps  of  lavender blossoms

                          ( It truly makes ALL the difference)
                                             STRAIN the tea
                                                   Add milk

                                                                  ENJOY !!!
  However, you may be a “ Gourmet Gypsy" at heart and          want a sweeter, more diversified blend of flavours in your tea. 

                                                “ OPTIONAL RECIPE"

                            Pour all the( above) tea recipe into a blender

 Add one/two  cups of Milk/creme/almond milk or coconut milk
                                   3 tsps Cocoa powder
                                   2 tbsp Maple Syrup/ honey
                                   1/2 tsp vanilla extract
                                   1 tiny pinch of sea salt
                                 Just right on a wintry day .


I’m sharing teatime with:
                                    Friends Sharing Tea
                                    Tuesday Cuppa Tea   


The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

Zaa, your post today is so uplifting and just what's needed on a cold afternoon. Your sweet little Penelope would deliver a delicious cup of Earl Grey--my favorite! The sweet gift from your husband is darling and quite useful. I've never tried a tea latte-sounds yummy. Thank you for the recipes for a new way to drink Earl Grey--with lavender, sounds good! I enjoyed my visit with you this afternoon! ♥

Zaa said...

Thank You Martha Ellen...I certainly enjoy your visits and your beautiful post ... Can’t wait for the next tour and tea chat....Hugs

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

What a lovely tea pot and tea cup!! Okay, you have far more snow than we do. There is supposed be yet another Nor'Easter coming next week.....UGH!!! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Louca por porcelana said...

Hi Zaa!The floral teacup is stunning,a great find!!!Love your sweet lady figurine in her darling green dress.The teapot is cute too.I would love a cup of tea with you,such fun!Hugs!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness, your pretty lady figurine, dressed in the proper color, is the perfect hostess! I adore Penelope, and the teacup was the treasure of the year!! Can you believe it? I'd, of course, love to share a tea latte with you, and admire the snowy view. Stay warm and cozy! xo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The lavender blossoms would be 'my' cup of tea! Lovely! And I love the sweet gift your hubby brought you...how sweet he is! Enjoy your evening! Hugs, Diane

Margie said...

What an adorable tea infuser! I'm also smitten with your chintz teacup. What a great score. Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Zaa said...

Thanks Debbie ... Yes ... It’s still snowing ..Try to stay warm...hugs

Zaa said...

Thank You Maristella ... I’m so glad that you stopped over tea....Hugs

Zaa said...

Thank You Kitty ... but I’d rather be enjoying your soda biscuits than the snow ( ha Ha)

Zaa said...

Hey Diane ... I’ll have a Lavender Latte ready for you, my Friend... Thanks for the sweet visit..xoxoxox

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a beautiful little teacup and saucer! The Winton is so pretty and your beautiful little lady in her green frock is a delight to the eyes. The tea infuser is adorable too. The teapot was a wonderful find. Actually you really scored with the teacup! You have so many lovely things to share with us this week. It's all so fun with St Patrick's Day on the way. So happy you shared and thanks for the visit too. Happy St Patrick's Day birthday to your hubby! Blessings...Sandi

Zaa said...

Thank You Margie... Yes it was a lucky find... I’ll save that little teacup for your next visit... ENJOY your week...Hugs

Zaa said...

Thank You Sandi ... I’m so please that you are well and visiting for teatime... I really enjoyed seeing your sweet Grandchildren and son....It was a scrumptious post... Hugs

Anonymous said...

Hi Zara what a wonderful post love your new tea cup and saucer ,boy your sure know your history amazing that set is worth that much,so pretty,great spotting my friend xx

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh I do love your sweet new tea pot and that lady in green is beautiful. SNOW! WOW, girl you have some snow going on. How thoughtful of your husband to bring you little gifts and especially those sweet gifts that you adore. Have a great day. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Zaa said...

THANKS SHEZ ... Yes ...I’ve love doing the Flea markets etc... looking for a good buy( ha Ha)...almost as much as having tea with you ...Have a HAPPY DAY ..Hugs

Zaa said...

Hey Cindy ...You are welcome for a teatime visit.. of course you may want to wait till Spring since we’re having yet another storm today ( ha ha). but I could send the sleigh and horses out to collect you , my Friend.. Thanks for the chat...HUGS

Jeanie said...

What an enchanting post! I love your Royal Winton. I thought I was a follower but you haven't been showing up. Well, I guess I wasn't but I clicked to sign on and now I am!

Thanks for your visits to Marmelade Gypsy!

Zaa said...

Thank You Jeanie... I’m so happy to have you for teatime chats...Enjoy your day , My Friend...Hugs

Lady of the Manor said...

Lovely post. I’m crushing on that cute cup and saucer you found and all your other tea goodies. Please tell your mother thank you for her service to our country.

wisps of words said...

Oh the sweet pea cup and saucer! Ohhhhh soooooo precious.

Oh the snow! Oh mercy no!!! We had snow again, but we don't have any where as much as you do.

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you too! It is on Sat. and that is the New Moon. Mmmmmm, not a night to go very far. ,-))))) Too many "overly happy" people on the road. Plus the New Moon effects. If you go in for such. ,-)

Nope, a night to stay in and have one's own Celebration, right there. :-) 'Tis my view.

Zaa said...

Thanks Zenda ... I enjoyed sharing a teatime post with you and your lovely blue and white living room..Please do come again for a teatime chat...Hugs

Zaa said...

Happy St Patrick’s Day to you too..Wisps...It so nice to have you’re for tea ..I hope to see you again soon...Hugs

Chronica Domus said...

Tea and sweet peas are some of my favorite things. I always plant my seeds around St. Paddy's day but then again here in San Francisco we are not neck deep in snow. When the time is right for you, don't forget to soak your seeds for a few days and nick their outer coating before you plant them in good fertilized soil - chicken manure is the best.

suziqu's thread works said...

Such magnificent snowfalls that I never see the likes of here where I live downunder in Australia!
Your tea cup set is a stunner! I have one very similar. I also adore these cups and saucers!
Enjoy my dear!

Elaine said...

Such pretty china, perfect for a restorative cup of tea. The cup that cheers, and after all that snowfall I imagine you need some cheering, though my grandchildren would be green with envy if I showed them your photographs.
Sweetpeas are wonderful, as long as they come with their heavenly scent, I feel cheated otherwise. What a beautiful post.

Zaa said...

Thanks for the kind advice for the Sweet peas CD .... and it was so nice to meet you for tea... Your blog is filled with springtime delight....Hugs

Zaa said...

Thanks Suzi ... I simply adored seeing your eco-dyed threads and creations.... and I’m so very happy to meet such an accomplished artist from down under... as I travel there every years to visit my son and take in the beautiful weather. Please do come again...Hugs

Zaa said...

YES Elaine... I love the smell of Sweet peas...it seems to take me back into childhood... not to mention the soft beauty of their colours...How nice that you have stopped over for tea ... I so enjoyed your historical post and would love to chat ... so .. Please do drop in again soon....Hugs

Stephanie said...

Such a lovely post, sweet friend. I just love the beautiful lady dressed in green.

Thank you for the delightful comment on my blog as it was a joy to hear from you :) Hugs to you!

Zaa said...

Dear Stephanie ... I’m Happy Happy to reconnect with you sweet friend... and .. so glad that you came for tea...Hugs

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh my - such sweetness and happiness. Love the little teapot and that teacup is a treasure for sure. Wouldn't it be fun to have a whole tea set with sweet peas? I've grown sweetpeas some years - and some years I've not - depending mostly on how the sweetpeas feel about growing I suppose. Good luck - and give them lots of warmth I think.

Zaa said...

Dear JoAnn.. Thanks for the sweet teatime visit ... I’m really enjoying your beautiful photograph posts .... Hugs

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

What a lovely post! I love all of your tea things, and also that darling little figure all decked out in green. I seldom shop at thrift stores, but having seen your gorgeous finds, I think I need to change that… Now!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Such a lovely little tea with the hope of spring, despite the snow! Love your darling 'finds' - you really 'lucked-out' and why not, it is the the luck of the Irish this time of year! I do love your pretty Irish lass, too. The tea recipes sound wonderful. Sweet Peas are persnickety I've tried pre-sprouting them in damp paper towels slipped into a zip-loc bag, then planting them in peat pots and setting them out early in the season - while it is still cool. They love full sunshine, but will fade out once the hot summer comes. Mice and birds love the seeds so this way prevents them having a little feast. I hope you get some warmer weather soon, although it is very pretty. xx Karen

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Zaa, I love Twinings Earl Grey tea AND sweet peas. That was quite a find! The only way I know of to succeed with sweet peas is to plant the seeds directly in the ground. They don't transplant well. Just put your stick/stake/pole in your chosen spot and surround it with seeds. *After* the weather warms up, of course.

Karen said...

Hi Zaa,
What a lovely post! Your Royal Grimades teacup is gorgeous and I love the Royal Doulton figurine. So perfect for St. Patrick's Day! Your tea sounds amazing too! Have a Wonderful Weekend! Karen

Zaa said...

Dear Pattie ..Thanks for you kind visit... I’m still munching on your delicious Shamrock cookies...They taste great with tea.... Hugs

Zaa said...

Hey Beatrice... Yes the snow is lovely ..but I think we’re all ready for Spring .. Thanks for the plating tips...I’m writing them all down... So happy that you came to tea...Hugs

Zaa said...

Dear Jean ... I’m glad that you found the time to take a sip of the Earl Grey Latte .... I eagerly awaiting Spring so the I can begin planting... in the meantime ..I could make some of your delicious bread.... xoxoxox

Zaa said...

HI Karen ... Thanks for the sweet visit... I do hope that you enjoyed the latte...See you soon, My Friend. xoxoxo

Jann Olson said...

Wow! That is alot of snow. We've been getting a little lately. You won't hear me complain either. We've hardly had a winter and our summer gardens will thank us later. What a steal on that darling teacup and saucer. I'm not sure if this will make a difference, but I soak my sweet pea seeds overnight before planting them. It helps them to sprout sooner. I usually plant them in March, but I once planted them in May and they were blooming for my oldest daughters wedding. Oh, and what a sweet husband!

Bernideen said...

Dear Zaa:
What wonderful new tea items. Your teakettle handle on a teapot is great and makes it so easy to lift. I loved your sweet pea chintz teacup and saucer too. That's a real beauty and very desirable in collecting. I tried growing sweet peas in Colorado to no avail as summer ended when they were just getting started. I need to try them here. I hope you succeed. Determination seems to help a lot! Thanks for sharing.

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Liked the advice of using a 1/4 tsp measurement for the tea strainers. I'm going to try that. Cute little teapot and aren't you lucky on that tea cup find!

Red Rose Alley said...

Your lady in green is gorgeous. She looks like an Irish lass. And your tea cup is lovely also. I am always delighted by your photos and words, Zaa. : )


Cherish happy moments said...

If been true your blog now and firts happy birthday wishes
Love the tea cups en the little objets Greetings,Joan