Sunday, December 21, 2014

A Christmas Tea

I really enjoy a good tea.  Teaberry's Tea Room in Flemington, New Jersey takes tea to a whole 'nother level.

This lovely Victoria home is decorated beautifully for all the seasons.  Christmas is especially beautiful.

The sandwiches are divine

The desserts had to be packed up and brought home to be enjoyed another day!  Wonderful assortment of teas.  I love the chocolate chai.

My view as I was sipping my tea and gazing out the window.

No tea would be complete without warm-from-the-oven scones and jam, Devonshire cream and lemon curd.

Their tree is....upside

down!  It gets decorated seasonally.

Putz houses

They pay lots of attention to details.  Love the sugar trees.

If you are ever in the area, I would recommend you stop by Teaberry's.  Send me an email in advance, and I will gladly meet you there!  

Posting may be sporadic over the next two weeks, so I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!  2015! 

Monday, December 15, 2014

A Christmas Tradition

Many many folks venture into Manhattan from the other boroughs of New York City this time of year.  They enjoy doing the tourist thing.  Seeing the tree at Rockefeller Center, the skating rink, the fabulous store windows.  Not me.  You have seen the tree once, no need to see it again.  Always looks the same.  Yes, a jaded New Yawker here.  

For me, a visit up to the Bronx evokes memories right down into my soul.  The sights, sounds, and yes, smells, of an Italian Christmas.  Unfortunately, many of the places we shopped at in Brooklyn, where I grew up, no longer exist. So a ride over the George Washington Bridge was in order.  

It was a really dreary day, cold, threatening to pour rain (or even snow!) at any moment.

A slice of pizza to fortify us.  

The longest lines imaginable in a tiny narrow slip of a store.  But the most delicious ricotta and mozzarella you ever tasted.

Still put the lights across the street.  So many businesses have stopped doing this.

In Calabria Pork Store

My favorite, torrone, Italian nougat. A must in my house when I was growing up.

I came home with a few small purchases, and reminisces to last the next year.  

Buon Natale a tutti!  Merry Christmas to all!  

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Maine Event: Thanksgiving

My cousins have a lovely vacation home in Maine.  I visited there in the summer and instantly fell in love with the state.  When they invited me to spend Thanksgiving weekend with them up there, I happily said yes.

A nor'easter was predicted for Wednesday, and we left in the wee hours.  The storm was right behind us but the temperature held and we made it in six hours with just one very quick stop.  When we got to their house, about thirty minutes later, this was our view:

Then about 9 PM Wednesday night, we lost power!  Thankfully we had a generator, roads were plowed quickly, we had heat and light.  The fridge was running, but no stove.  How were we going to cook the turkey and make dinner?

Fortunately, my cousin's in-laws have dear friends that live in Rockland, about 30 minutes away.  Their daughter is a James Beard award winning chef who owns one of Maine's best restaurants, called Primo.  It is very hard to get a reservation.  Primo was closed for Thanksgiving as the chef and her mother were decorating it for Christmas.  She graciously offered for us to bring our turkey and trimmings and cook there!  So we did!

I was asked to make stuffed artichokes.  And the cranberry sauce.

My cousin Dawn making potato croquettes

Twenty pounds of juicy deliciousness right here!

Our feast!

A lovely table was set for us in a private room upstairs.  This was after dinner, sorry!

Friday was sunny, we were all plowed out from early Thursday, very impressive plowing, too.  We got our power back in the afternoon.  Hooray!

A good day for sledding

Dawn put up their tree

And we returned home on Sunday with wonderful memories.  A near disaster averted, and turned into a blessing.  I am thankful for my cousins, and their good friends!

The road to their home, a beautiful snow arch!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A Farewell to Fall

I posted about Deep Cut Gardens back in early June.  It is located in Holmdel, New Jersey.  At that time, I knew I would have to make a visit in the fall, to enjoy the colors of my favorite season.  So with no further ado, and limited 'chatter', here are my photos from a wonderful Saturday I spent a few weeks ago.

I would have loved to spread a warm plaid blanket down on the ground and enjoyed a picnic!  I plan on visiting again during the winter, after a nice snowfall.

Thanks for stopping by.  It is nice getting back into the swing of blogging.  
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