Yesterday I made myself a cup of vanilla jasmine tea, looseleaf, something I hadn't done in quite awhile. It immediately took me back to the years that we lived in the Central Valley of California, where a wonderful little bakery was a favorite place to meet friends for tea and cake. They carried this delicious tea, pictured in the tin above, and it was wonderful paired with their divine Hershey's chocolate layer cake. I smile to remember the friends I visited with there: charming N. with her red hair and Scottish accent, sweet C. who shared my Midwest roots, authentic E. from Turkey who became like family. Sweet memories. Who are you meeting for tea these days?
(The autumn decorations were made by me a few years ago - just painted some clay pots with craft paint and stuck in some artificial leaves. Autumn is my favorite season in which to decorate!)