3/16/10

Jasmine Vanilla



Tea Tuesday again today, and the theme is 'where we live.' This idea could be explored on so many different levels - my disorganized house with the big kitchen that I adore, the suburb I'm in, the metro area I'm a part of, Texas pride (which still entertains me), or even the place that I consider to be my real home, the Black Hills, even if I don't currently reside there. On a ledge in my kitchen, I sometimes place flowers from my yard or bargains such as these daffodils.
I could also mention other areas I've lived, such as Bakersfield, CA, home of Sweet Surrender, a bakery with the most amazing chocolate cake I've ever had. I would enjoy the cake with friends and with a cup of looseleaf jasmine vanilla tea, sold in the canisters seen above for $12.00! Once again, Staple & Spice in Rapid City came to the rescue, where I could buy looseleaf jasmine and vanilla in bulk at a much cheaper rate and mix them together for the same effect. This blend lives in a jar in my kitchen and is one of my favorites.
The Black Hills have been mentioned a lot on this blog, but I've also mentioned Texas often. I live near Houston and have shared a few links below that provide images of some of my favorite parts of living in Texas. And there's so much more to enjoy about this region: tons of art museums and cultural activities, great and varied restaurants, our church, lots of houseguests coming our way, the Gulf Coast. On the flip side, I don't handle the heat, traffic, allergies, and crowds that are a part of living here very well, and am preparing to hunker down soon in my house for the long summer season. What are some of your favorite parts of where you live?






Where I'm From

10 comments:

ELK said...

hello my friend .the space is nice . i know you make "home" wherever you are

elizabeth said...

nice. well. try to find the beauty in where you, since that is where you are; living in the present is a huge challenge for me... :) (sigh). love the flowers!

Mimi said...

I agree, beauty wherever we are is so true, but hard to do! Grin!

Love the photos. Sigh.

ooglebloops said...

The old saying - bloom where you're planted? Beautiful pictures and memories....thanks for joining us for tea!!!

Kimmie said...

I enjoyed following all of the links you gave :)
you sure do live in a beautiful part of the world!!!

Dianne said...

I hear you regarding the allergies and the heat... I'm in Florida! Your daffodils are so pretty...

bad penny said...

Lovely thank you for telling us - I have lived all over the place Spain Antigua Israel but I love living here where I feel very at home - mind you I will make a home wherever I go !

1creativeone said...

What a lovely photograph, and the tea sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing all the places that you live, and I don't think that I would miss Bakersfield either! Christen

Judy said...

Happy tea Tuesday to you (on Thursday). I felt very at home reading your post and following your links.

The jasmine vanilla tea sounds heavenly.

oxo

Marfa said...

What a lovely photo of the canister of tea next to the daffodils. I think I would like to come over for a cuppa tea!