It’s hard to believe that Cindi, Susan, and I have celebrated (without a single miss) one another’s birthdays for the past 10 years! Yesterday was my 10th year of being honored with a “surprise” birthday party, and it really came at just the perfect time to cheer me up after losing Abishai. Susan picked me up but wouldn’t tell me where we were going until we arrived at the “English Cottage” tea house, where they say that every cup is “tealightful!” Indeed it was. 🙂 When we arrived, the table was already set for a fabulous tea party! The hostess, Cynthia Wedge, serves the teas in her own home, and at our request, she shared lots of good tips about how to brew the perfect cups of tea and shared a plethora of interesting historical background info concerning the farming and production of fine teas. Each of us could choose 2 different flavors, & the pots were big enough to share, so that we ended up tasting 6 unique teas. Of course, there were all sorts of traditional treats to eat as well. After a cup of acorn squash soup, we enjoyed lemon poppy seed bread and cranberry orange scones served with lemon curd, clotted cream, and orange marmalade. Next was a savory assortment of open-faced cucumber sandwiches, chicken salad on croissants, ham, swiss and goat cheese roll ups, and mustard eggs made from a recipe common during the time of Jane Austen. (Cynthia is a researcher!)
Just in case we weren’t full (and of course, we all were), there was a flourless chocolate torte as an encore dessert. I’m not sure if that was also traditional, but it was superb! It made opening presents slowly almost mandatory: one bite of cake, one present…rest. Repeat! Presents are always an explosion of clever little gifts the girls have found over the course of the year and something extra that’s very special! This year I was given enough to buy a whole bag of Cynthia’s special teas: black, green, white, and oolong…all with very specific directions for how make the perfect cup. (For instance, did you know that white teas should not be doused into boiling water? They need slightly cooler temperatures and longer to brew.) So, next time you come over, just ask and I’ll make you a cup of hopefully superb tea! Meanwhile, if you want, you can call Cynthia at 616-970-3853 and let her know you’re coming over tonight (literally, that’s as in October 22, 2013) for her tea-tasting party! She said you’re all invited. 🙂
Well, after all that fabulous food, we decided to go over to Meijer Garden and see if we could walk off a few calories while taking in the “Shattered Glass” exhibit. I am always so impressed with the beauty and creativity of people! Artists take lumps of glass and turn them into exquisite masterpieces. They take tiny bits of shattered glass and create beautiful, fascinating designs. Ah, and what a joy it is that God does the same thing for us! He takes us as lumps of clay and spends our life times working on us!Maybe someday Susan, Cindi, and I will be as fragrant as these orchids!
“But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand” (Isaiah 64:8).