Monday, March 23, 2009

Berry Berry Tea

Oklahoma Redbud Trees in bloom.
Redbud Trees all lined up in a row and saying look at me.

Berry Berry tea is lavender in color.

Our herbal tea is delicious!
Spring is in the air and showers are forcasted. On Mondays A Spot For Tea is closed for business but behind the scenes it is our shopping day. After I delivered all the goodies to the tearoom...I sat down in the quietness and made myself a pot of Berry Berry Tea. It's strange being there with no customers visiting or employees scurrying around. Enjoying a cup of tea on a cloudy day and thinking how beautiful the liquor of the tea and how it reminded me of the Redbud's blooming. Taking time to enjoy the moment of quiet. Taking time to take a picture of spring in bloom.
"And the day came when the risk (it took) to remain tight in the bud
was more painful that the risk it took to blossom." - Ania Nin

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Living A Beautiful Life

" Living A Beautiful Life
& Living Beautifully Together"
by Alexandra Stoddard

Sometimes in the midst of all the craziness of tea parties, weddings, and events I need to remember to slow down. Two of the books that help me do that are my favorites by Alexandra Stoddard. I first read Living A Beautiful Life in 1992 after Eric and I got married. It was important to add elegance, order, beauty and joy to our every day life.

She quotes Rainer Maria Rilke in his Letters to a Young Poet:

So rescue yourself from these general themes and write about what your everyday life offers you; describe your sorrows and desires, the thoughts that pass through your mind and your belief in some kind of beauty - describe all these with heartfelt, silent, humble sincerity and, when you express yourself, use the Things around you, the images from your dreams, and the objects that you remember. If your everyday life seems poor, don't blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches; because for the creator there is not poverty and no poor, indifferent place.

It reminds me once again to enjoy the daily rituals that enrich the whole of our lives.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Mackenzie Grace's visit

Makenzie & Benjamin
Makenzie came to visit us at the tearoom today. She is so cute and adorable and my boys had fun holding her. Can you believe how fast she is growing? Seems like it was just yesterday when Ashlie had her on October 25th. Time flies and babies grow and change so quickly. She is almost 5 months old. How cute is she? We have a new favorite customer at the tearoom.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Lauryn's Favorite Thing

As written to Tammy Seibert on Monday, March 16th.

"Hey there this is Amber Musgrave, Lauryn's mom. We talked this past Friday the 13th of March at Lauryn's tea party about her real birthday which was March 5th. So I promised that I would send the story to you so here it is:

For my daughter's Lauryn's 7th birthday I had ordered the Jonas Brothers 3D Concert movie tickets way in advance. Lauryn had specifically said that she wanted to go to the Cheesecake Factory for her birthday dinner. Her dad and I left the whole day unplanned so that we could spend the day with her. We had the whole afternoon and evening planned. The one thing we did not have planned was what we would do for lunch. We were asking Lauryn where we could go that was not too expensive since we were going to the Cheesecake Factory. We came up with City Bites. When we go there I felt that it wasn't a birthday place. I looked across the street and at the last minute said "Hey what about A Spot For Tea?" Lauryn said "A Spot For Tea!" Repeatedly! We went there and had a wonderful lunch as usual. Well, when we got home that evening Lauryn's dad asked her what her favorite part of the day was. Lauryn said that it was lunch at A Spot For Tea. We were shocked that the one part of the day that was not planned was her favorite.

Anyway, thanks again for an absolutely wonderful birthday party. You have such patience with parents, little boys and of course, the girls. We will definately be back!!! God Bless Amber

Friday, March 13, 2009

Walnut Creek Wedding Lyda & Dustin Williams

Lyda & Dustin Williams Mosiac
March 6, 2009
Walnut Creek Wedding

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?

Johnson Dinner Club

Jan Sanders
Speaker from the Oklahoma History Center
Curator & Educator

We have a Dinner Club that meets at the tearoom every second Wednesday of the month.
They are such a fun group of ladies and this month they had Jan Sanders from the Oklahoma History Center speak about women scouting in the early 1900's in Oklahoma. She was in full costume for her speech.

There is always something interesting going on around here and I'm so thankful for our Dinner Club that has decided to join us for another year at the tearoom. Thank you ladies.

Meister Eckhart, the Christian mystic, asserted that if the only prayer we ever prayed our whole life was "Thank you," that would be enough.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sabbath Rest

Blake, Benjmamin, Brock & Eric at the Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse at East Wharf was constructed in 1999 at Lake Hefner.

Sailboats resting on the water at Lake Hefner

Blake, Tammy, Benjamin & Brock biking around Lake Hefner.

Blake, Benjamin, Brock & Eric stopping for a rest.

Beautiful blue water calm as glass.

Brock standing on the rock wall overlooking the lake.

You could see the cloud's reflection on the water.

Benjamin enjoying lemonade from Louis's.

Tammy & Eric sharing some iced tea half way through the bike ride at Louie's.
Sabbath Rest

"All life requires a rhythm of rest. There is a rhythm in our waking activity and the body's need for sleep. There is a rhythm in the way day dissolves into night, and night into morning. There is a rhythm as the active growth of spring and summer is quieted by the necessary dormancy of fall and winter. There is a tidal rhythm, a deep eternal conversation between the land and the great sea. We have all lost this essential rhythm.
In Sabbath time we remember to celebrate what is beautiful and sacred; we light candles, sing songs, tell stories, eat nap and make love. It is a time to let our work, our land, our animals lie fallow, to be nourished and refreshed. Within this sanctuary, we become available to the insights and blessings of deep mindfulness that arise only in stillness and time. When we act from a place of deep rest, we are more capable of cultivating right understanding. In a complex and unstable world, if we do not rest, if we do not surrender into some kind of Sabbath, how can we find our way, how can we hear the voice of God?" - Sabbath by Wayne Muller

Today we went to church and counted our blessings.
We ate Sunday dinner at my mom and dad's house with my brother and his family all sitting around the table eatting roast beef and mashed potatoes. Yum! My mom is the best cook.
Then we went on a bike ride at the Hefner Trails in the afternoon. All the way around the lake and it was 9.1 miles of happiness together. It was a perfect 70 degree day with no wind.
It was a good day.
"If the Sabbath a delight...then you shall take delight in the Lord,
and I will make you ride upon the heights of the earth." Isaiah 58:13-14

Saturday, March 7, 2009

First Weekend of March

Makenna Minor's 6th Birthday

Lizzi Steelman's 8th Birthday Party

Cassidy McDaniel's 8th Birthday Party

Beta Sigma Phi's Victorian Afternoon Tea

We had 116 women from Beta Sigma Phi Sorority have their Honors Tea today.

There were special recognitions and guest speaker Tamara Walker

They picked Pink Bouquet, Rose Petal, Moroccan Madness, Chocolate Romance
and Vanilla Cream as their choice of hot teas.

A good time was had by all.

They brought their daughters to share in the festivities.

We were delighted to host their Spring Honors Tea
March 7, 2009

Thank you to all those that attended.
Tea Inspires Generosity

Friday, March 6, 2009

Family Tea

Standing: (Cousin) Deborah Wilson, (Sister) Heather Miller, (Cousin-in-law) Rhonda Wilson
Seated: (Aunt) Peg Wilsonl, (Sister) Dianna Putnam, (Me) Phyllis Bennett

"I heard about A Spot For Tea from your waitress Kristen Keyser, who works part-time at The Oklahoman, where I work. I thought your place sounded like a great change of pace from the usual loud, heavy-food places like I-Hop, Applebees, Chilli's, etc. As it turned out, all the women in our lunch bunch agreed. A Spot For Tea was the perfect place for us. We had so much fun playing "dress up" too. I was so impressed by the quality of your food, plus what I heard from another woman who's been there, I'm meeting a friend there for lunch in a couple of weeks.

Thanks for the memories; I'm guessing we'll have to make a tea party an annual event."

Phyllis Bennett is the Assisant to the Editor for The Oklahoman.

Thank you Phyllis for your kind words about the tearoom. We're glad we were able to make it special for your family tea.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Madeleines & Tea

"An exquisite pleasure had invaded my senses....When could it have come to me, this all-powerful joy?" Marcel Proust wondered in Remembrace of Things Past, taking tea and enjoying the French confection the madeleine.

French Madeleine Recipe:
1 cup sugar
5 eggs
1/2 cup butter melted
1 1/2 cups cake flour sifted
2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lemon, zest of or orange, zest of
confectioners' sugar (dusting)

Beat eggs until light in yellow color; add sugar, butter, vanilla, zest and continue mixing.

Sift flour and baking powder and add to wet ingredients and mix well.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Place a tablespoon of batter of well-greased madeleine mold (we got ours at William Sonoma)

Bake for 8-12 minutes or until light golden in color

Turn out madeleines and cool

Dust with confectioners' sugar

Serve (makes 24 madeleines)

Once you first taste the madeleine you will have an unforgettable experience of sensuality, one that might make more dressed up pastries pale in comparison. You may want to dip these lovelies into tea to induce their heavenly lightness.

"Teach me they way O Lord and lead me in a plain path." Psalm 27:11

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Spring Fever - World Travel

Passport in hand....

Jersusalem, Israel Summer 1981

Kuaui, Hawaii - January, 1991

Athens, Greece - Summer 1984

Santorini, Greece - Summer 1984

Santorini, Greece Summer 1984

American Airline Boarding Screen

Paris, France - Summer 1983

Paris, France - Summer 1985

Paris, France - Summer 1983

London, England - Summer 1983

London, England - Summer 1983

Rome, Italy - Summer 1981

Spring Fever...I've got it. Usually it hits me at the first of March when the Daffodils start poking their head through the ground. I love to travel and experience the adventure of a new place, its customs and people.

Countries I've visited: Italy, England, France, Switzerland (x2), Germany (x2), Austria (x2)Leichtenstein, Turkey, Greece, Israel, Jamaica, St. Martin, Anguilla, Mexico, Canada.

States I've visited: California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Arkansas, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Conneticut, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, Hawaii

Eric worked for a division of American Airlines for 12 years and we loved to travel. Children made flying stand-by much more difficult. In the early days we could go jump on a flight when we lived just minutes south of Dallas/Ft. Worth airport and be away for the weekend.

Even before I got married during college I always headed south during Spring Break either to Galveston or South Padre Island, Texas. Eric's parents rented a place near Daytona Beach, Florida for a few years and we loved to visit and relax beachside in March.

Owning our own business has made travel anywhere more complicated. I did make it to Las Vegas and Atlanta for the World Tea Expo but its not the same as a cruise through the Greek Isles. Which by the way is my most favorite spot of all the places I've visited so far.

Dust off your passport...and if you can't do that then we have many teas from different countries for you to try out. You can arm-chair travel and dream of all the places you would like to visit in the future and mark off the places you most want to see. Have you read the book "1,000 Places To See Before You Die: A Traveler's Life List" by Patricia Schultz? It will inspire you.

"Tea is wealth itself,
Because there is nothing that cannot be lost,
No problem that will not disappear,
No burden that will not float away,
Between the first sip and the last."
- The Minister of Leaves
" Each time you experience the new, you become receptive to inspiration. Each time you try something different, you let God know you are listening."
- Sarah Ban Breathnach, Simple Abundance