TEA WITH MARYANN

Welcome to the 28th Tea Time Tuesday 

My friend Maryann came for a visit, and stayed the whole afternoon with me. 
We had a little Tea and lots of conversation!
We haven’t seen each other in near a year. She gave me a call fifteen minutes before she arrived.
As we ran around straighting the house. I put on a kettle of water. 
I went from room to room gathering accoutrement for our Tea.
 As I had a Tablescapes going in one room, my parlor holding my hospital bed.  
 I was looking for a place to have Tea. 
So the Family Room it was to be! 
Now you will notice we are remodeling our 100 year old home and many things need to be done, like the French Doors do not have trim around them as of yet, Just look over the remodel.
 For we had such a Lovely Time!
My friend, Maryann from Alabama
Yes, she tasted her Tea first, I then talked her into taking a little milk too! She loved it with milk!
With Time so little, and my family stopped by, no time to bake the scones, 
I keep in the freezer for times like this.
I wanted to make a few sandwiches, but Maryann had a late lunch.
So I opted for Chocolate Wafer Cookies and Raspberry Sticks. 
Thanks BJ at  Sweet Nothings for the wonderful tip on how wonderful these chocolate wafers are!
While searching Walmart for these rich chocolate wafers, 
I spotted these wonderful raspberry sticks! They are divine! 
Garnished with my spearmint and raspberries.
I served my favorite Vanilla Cream Tea. Which is so lovely with sweets.
I love to use this sterling silver tea leaves strainer.
Some say there is no place for a strainer at the Tea Table, Oh but I do love using it!  For I like to add my tea leaves to my teapot and pour the hot water in from the kettle, after I have tempered the teapot, by adding a little of the hot water and swirling it around and pouring it out of the Teapot. I then add one heaping teaspoon of tea leaves per cup and one heaping teaspoon for the teapot. I do love my Tea Strong, so always add a little more tea leaves and brew the same amount of time should you like your tea stronger. You can’t tell by how dark the color is, for having strong tea.  By adding the tea leaves to the teapot, doing so the tea leaves have enough room to expand. Some tea leaves infusers are small, lacking room for the Tea to expand. Most of my teapots have a strainer made in the spout, but I find the fine leaves will seep through.
You can see the small tea leaves in caught by the strainer.
I love the sterling silver ornate designs and notice the strainer has a little pot for you to sit the strainer on, so no mess is made on your tablecloth.
Tea Set, cups and saucers,  from Marshall’s
Metal Iron Tray, from Hobby Lobby
Tea Napkins, a set of six given by my sister, Gloria
Flatware: Renaissance Pattern reproduction, from Walmart
Table and chairs, garage sale finds  for$30.00

 I sent  Maryann off with samples, of different flavored black, green and white teas.  I hope she is having many Tea Tasting, while she working/traveling with a friend! 
 I can’t wait to hear which Teas Maryann loved, 
I know she is going to love drinking Hot Loose Leaf Tea!  
What a lovely way to spend an entire afternoon with a wonderful friend and a lovely cup of Tea!
Even though we didn’t have the sconces, sandwiches, and cakes.
I enjoyed this Afternoon Tea so much my dear friend!
I will be joining Susan at Between Naps On The Porch 
for Tablescape Thursday

Laurie at Bargain Hunting With Laurie 
for Saturday Favorites

As Always Save A Cup Of Tea For Me!
Lady Katherine

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