Category Archives: tea

In the Pantry- Handmade Tea Chests

I am always looking for the best way to store all my tea. Tins, jars, boxes, bags. I get tired of all the cardboard boxes of the bagged teas I like. I am not OCD or even all that tidy but I like to think I could be. So here is a round up of a few of my favorite tea storage options.

This is my new tea chest (Thank You honey!) from Leo’s Woodworks. It is made from Cheery and the story that came with the box said the wood is from a tree that came down in a storm. The box is beautiful, very sturdy and came pre-loaded with tea! Only problem is I have to drink it all before I can put my tea in it (tough life I know). There are a few styles and sizes and they are all beautiful. Teal albatross not included.

If you like to have your tea in easy reach and want to enjoy the graphic quality of your tea boxes this tea shelf would be great. Made from old wine boxes, this shelf is a clever re-use. From Remnant District Designs.

If you drink a lot of loose tea that you order in bulk these tea tins from Specialty Bottle are great. We used the smallest size to make our wedding favors and filled them with a Peach Black Tea. How much fun would it be to design your own labels?!

Now that I am all organized (in my mind anyway) it is time for another cuppa!

 

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This Place Needs Dusting!

We are still here though things have been rather quiet. The holidays were very busy and we have barely seen each other (Libby and I) let alone done much blogging. We hope to fix that soon though and bring you reviews of a few other tea spots soon. Mean while there are always towels right?  Here are a few we scoped out in the last couple months.

Hand Woven Towels from milka-Loom– Bright geometric borders make me want to break out the Fiestaware (if only I had some!) and host a brightly colored tea party.

Fantail Bird Tea Towel from Melina Martin– I am sure you have noticed that I like bird prints, this fun detailed print of the New Zealand Fantail is no exception. Now if only her Hey Diddle Diddle pillow came as a towel!

Kitchen Conversion Towel from Sweet Fine Day – I love the graphic on this towel, not to mention how handy this would be when baking as the measuring cup I want always seems to be in the sink.

Today I also have a recipe recommendation for you. Over the holidays I made these Smocky Bacon Ginger Cookies after reading this post over on Pork, Knife and Spoon.  I love Shauna’s blogs, there is always something yummy to try out (even if you aren’t gluten free). My mother-in-law didn’t even give me the option of taking the leftovers home they are so yummy.

Well, time for another cuppa, thanks for stopping by!

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The SF Japanese Tea Garden

A couple weeks ago my mom came up from SoCal for a short two day visit. We took the chance to check out an exhibit at the de Young Museum on resist dye textiles. After the exhibit we headed over to the Japanese Tea Garden which is right next door.

The Japanese Tea Garden was originally built as the Japanese Village for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition by Makoto Hagiwara. He designed the bulk of the garden and was the caretaker from 1894 until the anti-Japanese hysteria during World War II.

Here are a few photos (phone camera) from the garden:

This little pagoda and wishing rock are in a nice shady path that made for a nice break from the warm afternoon.

There were Koi hiding in the shadows of the little bridges that connect this pool and several others that run through the garden.

This bridge was VERY popular with the kids visiting the garden, this was one of the few moments it was not being climbed on. The little guy in the corner of the frame was very determined to get his chance at a climb no matter what Mom had to say about it.

There is a small gift shop in the gardens that offer nice tea and sake sets, origami paper and other souvenirs. This little beggar comes regularly into the shop and gets walnuts from the ladies behind the counter. He climbs right up their pant legs to take the walnuts from there hands, then he runs over to this isle to eat it and then go back for more. I caught him mid snack.

After watching the squirrel get his snack we realized if we were going to survive the Muni-BART trip home we needed some sustenance ourselves. We headed to the Tea House where they serve several kinds of green tea along with traditional Japanese sweets. I got the Jasmine Green Tea set with salty crackers and an separate Hawaiian Coconut Mochi Cake. Normally I am not a big coconut fan but the mochi had just enough coconut flavor to be yummy and not over whelming.

If you are in the Bay Area and haven’t had a chance to check out the Japanese Tea Garden I highly suggest going and having some tea and mochi. Of course the best part of the day was getting to hang out with my Mom.

Cheers!

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Puttering Around the Kitchen

Well, we survived the wedding and the crazy week of family. It was great but we are very glad to have come out the other end and have a bit of calm. We have been puttering around the house and kitchen eating lots of leftover potato salad. So here are some great towels for when you are just puttering around the kitchen.

This handy towel is great for those days when you can’t even remember how to boil an egg- From You Say That You Love Me.

I love my mixer, maybe it deserves a tribute towel. – The House of Bouton

An eggsalent (hehe) tea towel from Little Clouds

For pictures of the wedding and cake you can check out the flickr collection here.

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Flowers and Fowl

Things have been rather fowl at our place lately, a couple weeks ago we got our chicks and we (the fiance and I) have been rather absorbed in taking care of them on top of the normal animals (2 cats and 1 energetic border collie). Mean while with the combo of rain and then sunshine off an on all month (we really wish the weather would make up its mind) all the flowers in the neighborhood are blooming like crazy. So here is a bit of flora and fauna for your kitchen:

Chrysanthemums from Flower Press– they have sets of two

Roast Chicken Recipe from DBurrows Productions

Hello Vase Tea Towel from Leah Duncan

Chicken Tea Towel from Barehanded Press

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Costers, Clocks, and more!

I have been finding more fun tea things that are not your grandma’s tea accessories.

Hall Teapost Coasters from PhotoAccents by SL– I have a bit of a Hall obsession that has been developing lately.

Mini Wall Clock from DecoyLab– So cute, I think this would be perfect in my kitchen.

Carry Along Tea Tins from TinyTins– How do you pick just one?

Happy Monday!

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A bit of Green

Some green for your St. Patrick’s day that doesn’t include Shamrocks.

Green Balloons from Oh Little Rabbit

Green Roosters from mengsel

Sunny Lime Slices from Wonder Thunder

I am off to enjoy some Irish Breakfast!

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