Monday, March 26, 2012

Long May She Reign!

 Diamond Jubilee Tin

The Diamond Jubilee
celebrations for 
are now just a few months away.
The official Jubilee Weekend Celebration is June 2nd - 5th, 2012.

I wish I could be in London for all the Diamond Jubilee celebrations!
Since I haven't figured out a way to get to London,
I've decided to celebrate here at home...
all Jubilee Weekend long.

Naturally my celebrations will include tea parties and luncheons.
I've already stocked up on tea from my favorite British tea purveyor,
I love that they have a website for American shoppers now 
with affordable postage rates from the UK.

I couldn't resist Whittard's shiny blue Diamond Jubilee Tin
especially since I have their Golden Jubilee Tin
from my trip to London in 2002.

Golden Jubilee Tin

As much as I love Whittard of Chelsea, 
I must admit, 
I wish their Diamond Jubilee Tin 
was more like their 2002 Golden Jubilee Tin.

Whittard's Golden Jubilee Tin was a larger tea caddy and 
was filled with two Golden Jubilee loose teas,
selected by Giles Hilton, Whittard Tea Master,
to commemorate that special occasion.

I am excited though to have the Diamond Jubilee Tin.
It comes filled with 40 English Breakfast teabags
which I will enjoy now and on the Jubilee Weekend.

Long May She Reign!

Now I'm excited to spend the next few months 
planning my Diamond Jubilee menu and parties.
Thanks to my knitting pen pal, Teresa in England,
my Diamond Jubilee menu will include an authentic
Coronation Chicken recipe!

I'll be sure to share ideas and tips 
over the next few months.
My first tip is...
  treat yourself to some Whittard of Chelsea tea!

(In the photos:  Emma Bridgewater Union Jack Pottery and Spode Blue Italian & Blue Room.)

Monday, March 19, 2012

Just What the Doctor Ordered!

Fauchon French Treats!

My hand surgery went very well
 but I will be recovering for awhile.

To speed up my recovery
I'm enjoying Fauchon "French treats"!  
I think they are just what the doctor ordered!

     An Afternoon in Paris

Every afternoon, 
I'm enjoying my favorite Fauchon tea 
"An Afternoon in Paris"
that I picked up at the Fauchon store in Paris last year.


I'm also enjoying a few extra treats 
that were an unexpected find here in the States.
I was so excited about this Fauchon find...
I just had to share it with you!

currently has some Fauchon products in their food section.
(You rarely find Fauchon products in the US.)

At my local Home Goods, I spotted Biscuits, 
Chocolates, Chocolate Orange sauce 
and Cafe Choc gourmet coffee.
I believe these products are all overstock
 from the 2011 Christmas season
with expiration dates for later in the year.  
So now I begin my day with a gourmet latte' 
made with Fauchon's 
Cafe Choc ground coffee.   
The label on the bottom reads:
Cafe de Noel moulu saveur chocolat.
This special-blend Christmas coffee
is flavored with cocoa nibs.

I love the back and white Fauchon tin that the coffee is packaged in.
The coffee labels peel off, 
so I will be re-cycling this tin as a tea caddy,
I'm sure!

I'm also enjoying 
"les biscuits"
from Fauchon...
delicious little French cookies
stamped with Fauchon's signature letter F. 

If you have a Home Goods near you...
rush down soon
 so you can enjoy some Fauchon 
French treats,too! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Keep Calm & Drink Tea

Tea Break

I'm having hand surgery tomorrow
for ganglion cysts 
on my right index and middle finger tendon sheaths.

(Hmmm, do you think this could be caused from
too much knitting and
too much time on the computer mouse?)

Since I'm right handed,
I will be out of commission for awhile.

I plan on being back soon 
and drinking lots of tea during my recovery.

PS:  The photo above is from my trip last May 
when I visited the adorable tea room outside of London