Tea on Kansas Street (with London Fog Tea Latte’ Recipe)

Tea. A one-syllable word that means comfort, home, strength, and love (and probably a lot more things to other people). To me it is how I start my morning, a ritual for the day, a time to have some peace amidst the busyness of teaching and mothering. It anchors a lot of things together in my day because it starts with how I treat myself.

I painted myself as a child with my favorite Wedgwood Peter Rabbit teacup I use as an adult.

Earl grey with milk and honey has always been a wonderful treat for me since I was very little. I would ask for the “hot grway dwink” and loved how yummy it was. I didn’t get it very often (probably because of the caffeine) so it was special. Now I treat myself every morning!

On my days off I have tea and breakfast in my studio and work on art. This is the art for the fly pages of my new children’s book!

When I am home off from teaching school I usually work on my books and paintings in the studio in the mornings. So, I start my day with my breakfast there and watch the sunrise. I usually have an egg, cheese crackers, and tea. Then I go to work being creative!

The cup up there is just like my Peter Rabbit cup I had tea in as a child. This one is broken and re-purposed as my water cup for watercolor. My childhood one is safe in the china cabinet 😉 !
Here is my tea tray for studio breakfast time! (Some of this food is for my son.)
My three workhorses- a Simplex copper kettle, a Le Creuset French oven, and my stove, a 1958 O’Keefe and Merritt.
There is something really satisfying about gingerbread and hot tea. My heirloom gingerbread cookie recipe is here with directions on how to make it.
Tea in the car! DH is driving!
Civilized on the road.

Sometimes I like to do fun things while changing decorations for the seasons. Last summer I made a “Ginger & Pickles” (i.e. Beatrix Potter) kitchen. I made the table a little tea shop/cafe area and we had meals and tea together here. I borrowed everything from around the house. It’s important to have fun!


Of course, we have to have tea while camping! Coleman makes a great little butane stove for about $20.00 US that is perfect. My daughter came up with this recipe to make a London Fog Tea Latte from Starbucks.


Here is the recipe:

Portable London Fog Tea Latte’

1/2 pint heavy whipping cream
1/2 Cup – 1 Cup powdered sugar (depending on taste)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Beat a half-pint of heavy whipping cream until it starts to get thick, then add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and a dollop of vanilla (maybe 1/2 a teaspoon). Continue beating until mixture becomes very fluffy. More sugar may be added, it just depends on how sweet you want it. Scoop mixture into a gallon size zipper bag and seal. Refrigerate until ready to use. Snip the end off the bag, squeeze a blob in your tea and enjoy!


Just a gentle reminder to myself that spending time with my loved ones is important!
Our Maddy-Cat. She loves the tea dredges.
This Brambly hedge set makes every day feel like I live at Downton Abbey!

With everlasting cups of hot tea to you from Kansas Street,


2 thoughts on “Tea on Kansas Street (with London Fog Tea Latte’ Recipe)

  1. I found your blog! Love it so far (and your artwork!!!)–this is my first post to read! Let’s have tea together soon!


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