The Amber Elixir

Tea!  thou soft, thou sober, sage, and venerable liquid…thou female tongue-running, smile-smoothing, heart-opening, wind-tippling cordial, to whose glorious insipidity I owe the happiest moment of my life, let me fall prostrate.”  ~Colley Cibber, Lady’s Last Stake (I first read it on the invitation my daughters, Stephanie and Stormie, extended inviting me to tea.)


“Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea.”  ~Author Unknown

The Tea, as I understand its’ purpose to be, was merely the opportunity for Stephanie and Stormie to try out as many rapturous recipes on us as possible.  Things such as Blackberry Napoleans on shortbread and scones with raspberry preserves or fresh Devonshire Cream, finger sandwiches, and fancy tea cakes were among the wondrous offerings.  Then there were the perfectly-brewed teas: Earl Grey, Peach and Chai Spice, to choose from.  Luscious chocolate truffles and handcrafted candies awaited us as well.  They just cooked and baked and created and delighted us all.


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Stormie and Stephanie also took the opportunity to use the mix-and-match dishes and serving pieces they both collect.  There was China as old as the 1930’s and pieces from the 40’s and 50’s as well as “vintage” linens from the 70’s mixed with things from Anthropologie’s vintage modern and oh-so-hip wares. 

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If you are cold, tea will warm you.  If you are too heated, it will cool you.  If you are depressed, it will cheer you.  If you are excited, it will calm you.”  ~Gladstone, 1865


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Pennants and garlands were sewn from papier and sprinkled about for color and fun.  The effect was timeless and frolicsome and playful ~ grown women enjoying a tea party like little girls.

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Another novelty is the tea-party, an extraordinary meal in that, being offered to persons that have already dined well, it supposes neither appetite nor thirst, and has no object but distraction, no basis but delicate enjoyment.”  ~Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, The Physiology of Taste

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All true tea lovers not only like their tea strong, but like it a little stronger with each year that passes.  ~George Orwell, “A Nice Cup of Tea”


Tea. Earl Grey. Hot. And whoever this ‘Earl Grey’ fellow is, I’d like to have a word with him… ”  -Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek, The Next Generation

 The Earl Grey was smooth and sweet (without sugar, thank-you very much) and I have enjoyed the Earl on several occasions since the tea.  Yes, he was that good.


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“Tea with lemon please”   ~Jerry Seinfeld

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Sandy-the-Dog takes her Tea with two lumps of sugar, if you please.

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They just did a great job and we all felt so polite and honored and classy and well-fed. 

Thank-you Stephanie and Stormie.  I am available for recipe-testing anytime.  It was magnificent!…Mom


Now don’t you want to join us for tea very soon?

7 thoughts on “The Amber Elixir

  1. Sob,sob,sob….sniffle…sob,sob,sob… I so wanted to go. Darn work! HOw many more wonderful things will I miss because of work. :(

  2. Everything and everyone looks beautiful, fun, yummy, and relaxing. What an awesome memory you all made! So good that you took the time to do it and do it well!

  3. Wow….I wish I could have been there. So tantalizing and beautiful. Color everywhere.
    “All” so bright and beautiful. Did you know that these pictures and your writing..Jeanie.. could be sent to one of those colorful decorating magazines…and they’d probably pay you for the job? It just oozes with good writing and tastey food. I’m serious about this. Did you know that chai tea comes from China? Seems like they served that to us at a “tea Party” of their own while we were there. Our’s was a variety of “tea” only! I really loved the “feet” picture. 8 shoes…one foot (was that Tara’s foot?)! What a finishing touch! ~~~Mom P.S.tell Stephanie and Stormie…they too could
    hit the road with a lay out such as this (around Denver, anyway). Whaddya think? Love ~~~Mom

  4. Yes, fine tea, scrumpets, and shoes!!! :0) Very inviting setting. They did great! Hey, is that your black slide with the rhinestone setting? I think I have that exact pair of shoes, except mine are “aubergine”. Remember that color from my wedding? And do I know my sister’s foot???

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