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.

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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!

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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!

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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 😉 !
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Here is my tea tray for studio breakfast time! (Some of this food is for my son.)
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My three workhorses- a Simplex copper kettle, a Le Creuset French oven, and my stove, a 1958 O’Keefe and Merritt.
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There is something really satisfying about gingerbread and hot tea. My heirloom gingerbread cookie recipe is here with directions on how to make it.
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Tea in the car! DH is driving!
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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!

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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.

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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!

 

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Just a gentle reminder to myself that spending time with my loved ones is important!
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Our Maddy-Cat. She loves the tea dredges.
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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,

-Jaime

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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