Monday, December 30, 2013

T Stands for Taking Time

Hi Everyone!  I'm joining up with Elizabeth and Bleubeard for the final T Tuesday post of 2013.  Although I am looking ahead to a creative year and many more T Stands for Tuesday posts, as my title today suggests, I am taking some time to just sit back and enjoy life. 

Today I am enjoying some China Oolong Tea.  According to the label, Oolong tea is sourced primarily from the Fujian Province in China and was first produced at the end of the Ming dynasty, about 400 years ago.  Oolong teas are created by shaking the tea leaves during the picking process and then pan firing to semi-ferment the tea.  I confess that I never think that much about how all the different teas are made and found this very interesting. 

It went will with the home made bell cookies and a delicious triangle of Baklava.  The French beaded Lily is part of a custom order I am working on.

Thank you to Elizabeth for hosting this fun event, and thank you to everyone who has stopped by to read my ramblings and leave me a comment or two. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and creative 2014!

17 comments:

IrelandBrady said...

Happy New Year Debbie! I have been missing from the blog scene but hopefully you will be hearing more from me in 2014. Thanks for the Tea, cookie and baklava, I enjoyed taking time to relax and sit back for a bit with you today.

The beaded French Lily is quite nice ... someone is going to end up with quite a beautiful piece.

Big Hugs!
Karen Anne

Magic Love Crow said...

Happy New Year Deb ;o) I wish you could send some treats through the mail ;o)) Actually, I know people do ;o) Just a hint ;o) LOL! Everything looks so yummy ;o) Special order. Do, I know who this person is??? ;o) The flower is looking stunning! Big Hugs ;o)

Dianne said...

Yummy looking goodies...of the baked and beaded variety! Have a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm taking time to wish YOU a lovely new year, too.

I admit when I first joined this tea group, I knew NOTHING about tea, other than I liked both oolong and jasmine flower. Other than that, I had no idea how it was harvested, processed, or even how you created a perfect cup of tea, even though I'm half British and it should be in my blood so to speak.

Your cookies and tea go perfectly with the beauty of the French Lily. I feel like I'm looking at an international tea, too, with the tea from China, the Baklava from Turkey, the cookies from America, and the French Lily beaded in the capable hands of YOU.

Have the perfect new year that is safe, fun, and artful, dear friend.

Valerie-Jael said...

Your snack looks good, and very interesting to know how they make the tea! The beaded flower is lovely! Happy New Year! Hugs, Valerie

Gloria said...

Earlier in the year I saw a program about tea plantations, the harvest, and so on... It was a real education on the tea culture in Japan- wonderful.

Happy 2014 to you in every way!!!

Flowermouse Design said...

Happy new year Debbie!!!! And it looks like you are having a perfect meal...

dawn said...

Happy New Year, yummy snack and tea you have today. Thanks for sharing and see you next year!

Halle said...

I've had oolong tea a couple of times and enjoyed it. Your treats look yummy too!
Happy New Year!!

Krisha said...

Happy New Year!
Interesting about how the tea is made. I never thought about how they get all the flavors either.
Treats look yummy.
Is that a beaded Lily? It is gorgeous.
Thanks for the visit this week.

~*~Patty S said...

Happy New Year dear Debbie...

It has been nice visiting with you for T days with special thanks to Elizabeth!


Here's to more fun and sharing in 2014!
oxo

Rita said...

There must be other methods for oolong tea because I've heard about drying and twisting, but never anything about pan firing. How interesting. Teas are like wines when you start to learn about them. Very complicated and it depends on how they are processed, where they are grown, what time of year they are picked...whew! All I could pick up was the general gist. I know I like some oolongs, though. ;)
Happy T-Day and Happy New Year! :)

Vicki Miller said...

Yum! and the lily is gorgeous

Ariel said...

Thank you for sharing the story about the Chinese tea. Yumm! I love baklava.
Happy New Year to you.
Susan

see you there! said...

Late making the T rounds. Hope you enjoyed your tea. The lily is so pretty, I'll bet it will be appreciated by its new owner.

Happy New Year!

Darla

Willow said...

Wishing you a beautiful New Year !

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Truly one of my favorite teas. I love the history of it.