Monday, April 1, 2013

Goodbye Priscilla

As the month of March came to a close, Priscilla was on her way to her next hostess.  We loved having her as a house guest.  She encouraged us to visit some new places and share some of our favorites.  We shared one final tea, Ohio style.  The weather in Ohio has not cooperated to visit my favorite tea spot, my front porch.  

The Pope-Gosser teacup was made in Coshocton, Ohio.  The company has very interesting history, which you can find on the internet.  I believe my set was made sometime in the 1920's or 30's.  My tea journal from Gable Wing Press is in need of many tea room entries this month.  I was so busy taking notes for the blog, I didn't take time to record my visits in my journal.  This is my eighth journal.  My first tea room visit was November 28, 1997.  

Buckeye Bars are a quick and easy tea treat.

Soften in the microwave and mix together 1 cup peanut butter and 1 cup butter.  Stir in 2 cups graham cracker crumbs and 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar.  Mix well.  Pat mixture into bottom of 9"x13" pan.  On 50% power, melt 10 ounces milk chocolate chips .  Stir in 6 tablespoons cooking oil.  Pour over crust and refrigerate for several hours.  Cut into bars. 

As we headed to the porch, I noticed my teapot fountain.  It is in need of a good spring cleaning.  I found the directions on the DIY network website.  According to the sheet I printed, it was from "Weekend Entertaining" episode WKE-310.  Since we only have "Country Cable", (as our children refer to it), I have never seen the show, or know if it is still on.  I believe their directions are for a table centerpiece, but I adapted it to use on my porch.

Since Priscilla had been begging for a spa visit, and she has worked so hard during her time here, she visited the same spa I do.  "Tea"resa's Spa.  She started with a nice long soak in a detox bubble bath . . .
then a lavender hydrotherapy shower . . .

and ended with a luxurious body buff!

Of course there were many things on the agenda we didn't get done.  I have been, very slowly, working my way through "The Harney and Sons Guide to Tea."  I had some tea tastings planned, and wanted to use the cups from the San Francisco International Tea Festival.  I have it on my calendar this month!
 We also intended to visit the Amish area, many more tea rooms, lots of nice shops and other area attractions.  

I also wanted to share this photo of the aquarium in our local coffee shop.
Yes, that is a tea pot with cups and saucers in the lower right.  The bubbles come out of the teapot spout.

The time soon comes for parting
and at my home your time does end.
We enjoyed your visit here
on your service we came to depend.

With your belly full of endless tea
from morning to night you brewed.
We traveled here and there
and many tea rooms we reviewed.

We hosted some afternoon teas
thanks to your help with cleaning and cooking.
We ate a lot of savories and sweets
And now a DIET, as in a mirror I'm looking!

A huge thanks to all of you for your help with my attempt at blogging.  I have enjoyed my time with Priscilla.  She will be on the red eye to her next hostess and many exciting adventures.

Sips and Smiles,


marthae said...

Teresa, it was great fun following your adventures with the little plum teapot. I said before, but want to mention again how nice it was to virtually visit so many different styles of tearooms with you and see parts of the Midwest in your travels. Loved your visit with Donna at Miss Spensers! The maple syrup visit was most special for me. Loved your tea for little boys! Thanks so much for adding such pleasure to this project.

La Tea Dah said...

Teresa, your adventures --- were just wonderful. I enjoyed each moment with you and Miss Pricilla. Your creativity and true love for tea shone through every post. Thank you so much for sharing from your heart!

Gwen said...

Loved all your posts/travels with Priscilla!! Also, enjoyed hearing about some Ohio tea rooms that I was not familiar with and hope to visit at some time in the near future.

Karen's Place said...

Teresa, wink, I must say she looks terrific! You did so many wonderful tea adventures and shared so much. I loved seeing and reading about them all. Gratefully, Karen