"We write to taste life twice - once in the moment and in introspection."

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving Blessings - Miss Molly's Tea Room

This Thanksgiving has been quite different from previous ones in that my husband has been out of town, on the oil rig, and our son wasn't here either, though we're getting used to him being gone. We had celebrated our whole family Thanksgiving closer to Canadian Thanksgiving time when he and his fiance were here, so we don't feel too deprived of family time.

So the girls and I took off for an adventure to visit my mom. She delighted us by following my sister's suggestion and taking us to Miss Molly's Tea Room in Medina, Ohio.

We each got our own little pot of tea, chosen from quite a variety of teas except that the Princess got a large cup of chai, Roo got iced tea, and Pixie Face got a pot of chocolate milk.

The decor was amazing. We strolled around as we waited for our lovely lunch to be served and enjoyed the beauty and later bought some Christmas gifts in the gift shop.

The highlight of the lunch for the Pixie was getting to decorate her own sugar cookie with some candies.

I really enjoyed a special time with my mom and with my girls. I'm sure we'll remember this time for a long time. And I'm inspired to make a gorgeous wreath like this.

And I wonder if we could set up a tea room like this. 

Well, at least we're having fun setting our table a little more elegantly and drinking more tea in our lovely cups.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Back to Herbs

We've been having fun around here "embracing our inner hippie."( Don't worry, we're not getting too radical or going against any of our other life values.) We're just renewing our interest in herbs and natural living. About 20 years ago I was very interested in and learning much about herbs, but slowly our herb growing and using faded out. Now we're bringing it back and enjoying it mightily.

So, to learn some new things and to have a place to start, I ordered the Herbal Medicine Making Kit from www.learningherbs.com. They send the herbs and containers to make all of these:

  • Echinacea tincture
  • Healing herbal salve 
  • Nourishing herbal infusion (nettle)
  • Elderberry syrup   

This morning Peanut and I made the Echinacea tincture. We watched the instructions on the DVD which were almost too simple, but nice for absolute beginners. Then Peanut followed the simple instructions and...


We have Echinacea tincture!

It has to sit for six weeks with a happy little girl getting to shake it daily. At that time we'll strain it and pour it into the pretty blue glass bottles. Then we'll use it for a flu and/or cold remedy, taking a dropperful every hour or two at the onset of a cold.

Meanwhile I hope we have time to made the salve this afternoon. That's what I've been really looking forward to doing ever since a friend made some herbal salve and shared it around.

I hope you get a chance to enjoy the herbs God has given us, if only to have a cup of peppermint tea.