Monday, June 30, 2008

Reunions at the Tearoom

Summer Weekend at the to remember.
Pictured above is my sorority sister and old college roomate LeighAnn Lockard with her daughter Haleigh who is in highschool. She also has another daughter in college at OSU.
Doesn't seem possible that she should have a daughter in college when it seems just yesterday
we were in college ourselves.
Four classmates that graduated from Kiowa High School in 1947.
They hadn't all been together in 61 years.
Lena Pierce, Ila Whitsel, Karlene Richardson and May Nicolosi.

I had so much fun visiting with these four ladies. We had hosted Lena's birthday at our old location and she is a friend and wonderful customer of A Spot For Tea. Imagine my surprise when she told me about these four ladies all getting together at the tearoom for a reunion after 61 years.

Then I had a another wonderful surprise when my old roomate was visiting from Tulsa. We have been friends for almost 25 years now. We were bridesmaids in each other's weddings and try to stay in touch but it seems time just slips away. Thank goodness we have gotten to see each other sooner than 61 years but we never seem to have enough time to really catch up...and it is always too long between visits with one another.

Don't forget to spend time with your old friends and reunite and reminisce. Part of getting together is remembering fun and good times together.

Psalm 90:4 "For a thousand years in Thy sight are like yesterday when it passes by."

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Gracie's Tea Time

Janie Moroz(grandma), Kari Moroz (mom), Gracie (sitting on grandma's lap)
and Trinity (pretty in pink).

Gracie in pink princess dress. Gracie wrapped in pink boa when she was just a baby!

Gracie started visiting the tearoom when she was just a baby. Her mom and grandma brought her in at an early age and she has been our customer now for five years. I've watched her grow up with delight and watched as Kari added another baby girl to their family. It is always so much fun when the girls visit the tearoom and we get to be a part of their childhood.

Janie and Kari have made ordinary days celebration with the girls and tea parties.

"Sharing tea with children is just one more tangible way of offering the gift of our time and our attention, sharing ourselves and passing on what we've learned." Emilie Barnes - If Teacups Could Talk.

"I can just imagine myself sitting down at the head of the table and pouring out the tea," said Anne." Lucy Maud Montgomery- Anne of Green Gables

1 John 3:1,2 "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God. And that is what we are! "

Friday, June 20, 2008

High Tea at the Museum Cafe

High Tea at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art's Museum Cafe (An Afternoon of Elegance)
My mom (Charlotte Nease) and myself enjoying our afternoon together.

High Tea (includes Your choice of Tea)
Assorted Tea Sandwiches (cucumber/dill, Brie/tomato, salmon/capers)
Blueberry Buttermilk Scones
Bittersweet Chocolate Truffles
Assorted Tartlets

I'm always looking for a new place to take tea and broaden my horizons.
I have a passion for TEA and it seems I'm eager to search out how other places are serving afternoon tea. What better opportunity than to celebrate my mom's birthday. We don't get a chance to steal away by ourselves and visit just us two very often. So I made reservations (the museum serves tea on Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00pm to 5:00pm).

I love to support the arts. You can visit their website at for further information.

Their afternoon tea service is priced at ($19.00) a person which does not include tax and gratuity. This is an average price for afternoon tea in the United States
with east and west coasts being more expensive.
You can get a champagne tea for ($25.00) a person which includes a glass of Domaine St. Michelle Champagne. We didn't get Sweet cream, preserves or lemon curd.
They do serve Numi teas out of tea box with seven different choices and flavors.
The server did not give explanation of the teas that were offered and
our first cup was not poured out which is a custom at A Spot For Tea.
Sorry, no sugar cubes or sugar tongs.
I tried Mate Lemon Myrtle Green Tea and my mom tried Orange Spice White Tea.

The sandwiches were delicious and so were their scones.
The service is more metropolitan which you would expect downtown.

The time I had with my mom was so refreshing as we spent a leisurely afternoon. It was a treat to pamper ourselves, catch up and make memories. That is what I'm encouraging my customers to do and it was fun to go someplace and let others serve us for a change.

This summer I hope you explore new horizons yourself and celebrate life's special moments with those you love.

Ephesians 4:29 "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,
but that which is good to the use of edifying
that it may minister grace unto the hearers."

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Father's Day 2008

Our youngest son Brock catching a turtle that they named Speedy!

Dining Alfresco on the back deck with all the family!

My dad has seven grandkids and only one girl among the whole bunch!
Don't you love the watermelon in the mouth?

We surprised Eric with a new grill for Father's Day!

My youngest nephew Tate swimming in the pool.

My dad opening his gifts from the family.
My dad is 71 years young. He and my mom had their 50th wedding anniversary on June 21st, 2007. He faithfully pastored churches in Oklahoma for 42 years before retiring in 2003 and thats when the great adventure began first with the wedding chapel and then Coles Garden in 2005 .
I've been so blessed with having my dad for almost 45 years now. He's the type of man that doesn't want to go to a recliner. He wants to die with his boots on. I would like to say that my dad has always been the person that believed in me and encouraged me to follow my dreams. He doesn't believe that you should let obstacles keep you from moving forward. I get a lot of my guts and optimism from him. He is the youngest of 11 children. His high school English teacher told him not to even bother with college so He showed her and ended up with a Doctorate Degree from Fuller University in Pasadena, California when I was in college myself. He says the gardens and chapels will help send all seven grandkids to college. He is still dreaming for the future generations.
These are some of the things I love about my dad. He bought me a pony when I was four years old and taught me how to ride. He didn't ever make me feel I couldn't do something because I was a girl. He taught me to drive a stick shift when I was 12 on my uncle's farm on a dirt road. Girls should know how to drive a stick shift too...this coming from a man who use to drag race in his younger days. We share the love of reading and learning. My dad always tried to say yes more than no. My dad is also the one that shared his faith with me and led me to the Lord when I was five years old. I think it is a fine tribute when a dad raises a strong daughter. My mouth has always gotten me in trouble and I had some preacher's kid rebellion in college but my dad just kept saying to my mom we raised her right and she will get turned around in the right direction. It was my dad who said my mouth would be my winning asset not a liability. I'm still working on that one. When we moved the tearoom in 2006 I drew out the plans on a piece of paper of what I saw the tearoom becoming. He just said lets do it never blinking an eye or questioning my plans. He believed in the dreams of his daughter. Thank you dad for believing in me!
Family is so important!
Don't ever underestimate the love that is shared or the gift that God gives you through your family.
Proverbs 4:10-13 "Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many. I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life."

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Lynley Wagner's Tea Party

Lynley's 4th birthday in June 2001 that we did at her house.
Back in the days of trailers and being on the road.
I scrapbooked her party and the thank you note from her mom.
We pulled out the pictures today and shared memories together.
Today, June 14th seven years later,
her mom Sidney and her looking gorgeous together.
Seven years has flown by and now she is a beautiful young lady.
What a treasure to have both pictures to compare.

Lynley's brother, Chas, was a baby when we did her 4th birthday.
We hope that these are memories are ones that will be with their family forever.
Proverbs 10:7 "The memory of the righteous will be a blessing."
P.S. Got an email from her mom Sidney on Sunday, June 15th: "Saw the blog today, and absolutely loved it! I can't believe its been 7 years since we've met. I am so proud of how you've been blessed with success. A Spot For Tea is wonderful and a delight for all. I could get lost in your establishment. May all of your blessings continue~ I look forward to seeing you again, real soon! Sidney

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

June is National Iced Tea Month

June is National Iced Tea month. Summer begins on Saturday, June 21st. A Spot For Tea wants you to cool off during these hot summer days and celebrate national iced tea month with a refreshing glass of iced tea. Remember you can brew any loose leaf tea for iced tea and we have special "How To Brew Tea" cards for June. Pick a flavor from our favorites like Berry Berry, Peach Apricot or Raspberry just to name a few.

What are your favorite childhood summer memories? Mine are cool lakes and old inner tubes. Wet skin and dry towels. Running barefoot. Sleeping late and fans swirling overhead. Ripe watermelon and swinging with my grandma on the front porch and sipping iced tea. The front porch was a great place to listen to the crickets and read and dream. Maybe you will take a moment and recall some of your own fond memories of lazy, hazy summer afternoons.

You can pick up your card at the register along with a free tea sample.

Ecclesiastes 8:15 "So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for man under the sun that to eat and drink and be glad."

Monday, June 9, 2008

Quiche at A Spot For Tea

We have a monthly Quiche at the tearoom.
Every month we serve to our customers one of our favorites from our Quiche selection below:
Canadian Bacon & Smoked Gouda Cheese Quiche
Quiche Lorraine
Broccoli & Cheese Quiche
Four Cheese Quiche
Spinach & cheese Quiche
Italian Supreme Quiche
Smoked Turkey & Cheese Quiche
Breakfast Sausage Quiche
Ham & Cheese Quiche
Chicken Alfredo Quiche

The sights, smells and sounds of the tearoom make you feel warm, comfortable and welcome, just as if you were at home. There is nothing more wonderful than comfort food. What could be better than sharing food with people that you care about.

Four Cheese Quiche Recipe:
4 eggs
2 cups half n' half or 2 cups milk (if you want to reduce fat)
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup Swiss Cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Colby cheese
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 (9") unbaked pie crust

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a large bowl, combine eggs, half n' half or milk, four cheeses, garlic salt, pepper and dried basil. Mix well and pour mixture into unbaked pie crust.
Bake for 45 to 60 minutes.

Proverbs 15:15 "The cheerful heart has a continual feast."

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

World Tea Expo - May 30 - June 1, 2008

Tammy & Ashlie right after their seminar

"This Isn't Your Grandma's Tearoom"

The seminar was a success. We had many questions afterwards about

how we operate a Tea Event Center with 14,000 square feet.

We are still spinning from the excitement of all the festivities.

Bellagio Hotel (beautiful side of Las Vegas)! And yes,
after our speech I rode the roller coaster at New York New York Hotel
that can be seen below by the Statue of Liberty viva Las Vegas!

Right outside the Expo floor...sorry no pictures could be taken inside.
The view from the Bellagio to Paris.

Couldn't resist taking pictures of these beautiful pastries...perfect with a cup of tea.

The silver tea urns for our tea service...every day there was another sampling of great teas.

Have you read "The Ultimate Tea Diet" book?...well,
dr.teas has some delicious samples...our favorite was caramel.

Expo was still strong despite challenging economy

...reported in World Tea News. By the end of the second day of World Tea Expo, management was reporting that the number of registered attendees was slightly above that of last year - a noteworthy accomplishment in an economic environment that's causing attendance at most tradeshows to shrink. Preliminary projections as of Saturday night were for 4,200 delegates. The show floor features 300 exhibiting companies occupying 32,000 net square feet.

Overheard at the Expo......

"That's music to our ears."

- Basudeve Banerjee, chairman, Tea Board of India,
commenting on the trend of more interest in origin among U.S retailers

"Every time you drink a cup of tea,
look deeply into it and be mindful of the
people who grew it and picked it and brought it to you."

- Bruce Richardson, owner of
Elmwood Fine Teas and Benjamin Press, during his Tea 101 session.

Psalms 36:5-6 "Commit your way to the Lord.
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
And He will bring forth your righteousness as the light."