Would You Join Me For A Cup Of Tea

Would you like to sit awhile and join me for a cup of tea? Rest a moment and think of all that there is to be grateful for at this time of the year. Health, home, family, friends and the beauty that surrounds our everyday life are meant to be cherished.

Thanksgiving starts the holiday season for many of us and is a wonderful day. It is a day that we allow ourselves little indulgences. Most homes are filled with the smells of delicious food coming from the kitchen. It is a gathering of family and friends to give thanks for our blessings of the past year. It’s a time of making and sharing  memories with those who are close to us. It is also a time to  reflect back and remember friends and relatives  who we have lost. We also give thanks to the people who sacrifice so much for our safety and freedom.

The holiday season  is a time of joy and celebration but it can be hectic and stressful. So  join me in my parlor and relax for a few minutes.

1730's Parlor

Join Me For A Cup Of Tea

Let’s share a cup of tea and cookies. We can reminisce about what has inspired us from the writings of fellow bloggers. How they have made us laugh, taught us a trick or two, and made us think with their thought provoking writings.

I have so much to be thankful for this year and I hope you do as well.

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I travel the back roads of New England and beyond, sharing great food and interesting places.
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77 Responses to Would You Join Me For A Cup Of Tea

  1. Karen, what a lovely post! You know a cup of tea is so dear to me! You have a beautiful parlor – and a beautiful tea setting! We all have many, many blessings – much to be thankful for! Enjoy your day!

  2. What a lovely parlor and tea set you have. I sooo enjoyed my little visit. I’m ever so grateful for your company in this little blogging world of ours:) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Karen.

  3. Conor Bofin says:

    Hi Karen,
    Here in Ireland, my wife and I have a sort of a tea routine set out to start the day. There is a division of labor. During the working week, she brings up the tray. At weekends, I do. On the tray is a pot of Bewley’s Clipper Gold tea, a tea strainer, two mugs, a jug of milk and a teaspoon. The clipper was the type of ship that Sir Thomas Bewley used to bring tea back to Ireland a couple of centuries ago and hence the name. We are pretty set in our tea ways. A fantastic way to start the day.
    Have a happy Thanksgiving,
    Conor

  4. Kristy says:

    Beautiful parlor Karen! I would love to sit and relax with a cup of tea right now. :)

  5. Robin says:

    Thanks so much Karen! I really needed to sit down and have a cup of tea and relax a bit. I have been baking bread, pies and cookies since early this morning.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Robin, We often get so busy that we forget to take a moment for ourselves. It sounds like you will have a wonderful Thanksgiving with all of your baked goods.

  6. Tea would be nice- I’ll just pop over!!
    Happy Thanksgiving
    Jenny

  7. Where’s the velvet rope? I mean that in a good way! Have a great Thanksgiving.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Greg, That’s a classic…you really made me laugh. I know that you and Katherine will have a wonderful Thanksgiving because of all the good things I know you are preparing. Enjoy!

  8. Karista says:

    How lovely that would be, joining you for a cup of tea! Happy Thanksgiving Karen :)

  9. I’d love to join you for a cup of tea and no doubt a good chat, in your beautiful parlour (and I thought our house was old at 1830s, but it’s a mere baby!). Wishing you a happy thanksgiving

    • Karen says:

      Hi Claire, We certainly could have a nice chat. I’d get out my French tea set for the occasion. I know what you mean about old…we lived in an 1904 home in Florida. It was the fourth house built in the city of Coral Gables and was on the historic register. It depends on where you live as to how old your house is…it’s all relative.

  10. I’ll take you up on that offer – a cup of tea in a warm parlor with a warm friend is the perfect antidote to the howling storms – inside and out.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. ChgoJohn says:

    With all of the commotion within the next 2 days, an invite to tea is perfect! We’ll chat, reflect, and then ready ourselves for the final push. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Karen!

  12. Monique says:

    Happy Thanksgiving..thank you for all you share..

  13. ceciliag says:

    I have that plate.. right here, with toast and marmite on it, i will bring it when i come for a cuppa because I would love to, we could talk about our travels and i LOVE tea! Now, let me think what shall I put on the plate to bring.. c

    • Karen says:

      Hi Celi, You could bring any of the wonderful things from your kitchen and I would be soooo happy. We would have a great time…watching the wild turkeys and deer and roaming through our barn.

  14. Great blog! This is my favorite holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

  15. I could almost vicariously have tea with you…I have a Blue Willow tea set and if those are some sort of ginger/molasses cookies (one of my favorites), you just set the day and time and I will set to tea with you.

    Love the desk…I have always loved desks. One of my dream jobs would be to have a used bookstore that also showcased/sold antique desks.

    Who’s the dude in the painting? Ancestor? ~~Bliss

    • Karen says:

      Hi Bliss, We definitely have so much in common. And yes you have a good eye, they are ginger molasses cookies. Would you believe that I saw the exact desk in a chateau in the Loire area of france. I don’t know who the sea captain is…I just felt he would be at home in our 1730′s house.

  16. lulu says:

    Karen, I would love to have a cup of tea with you. In fact, I think that’s an effort to make when we are in Maine. Have a most wonderful turkey day.

  17. fuzziepotato says:

    Ahh those photos look so inviting! Great post–an important reminder of appreciating all the things we must not take for granted*

  18. Karen I do have so much to be thankful for this holiday season! I am thankful for your beautiful blog this holiday season I think I have you linked on my blog roll under “Food For The Soul” but your blog is so much more than that! Thanks for being a part of my blog world! :)

  19. Emily Gooch says:

    Thank you Karen for the cookies and Tea. They were delicious though I enjoyed your company even more. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)

  20. Tandy says:

    happy thanksgiving Karen – may the day be filled with all you hold dear :)

  21. Ann says:

    I’d LOVE to join you for a cup of tea! We could talk food and blogging…and Italy! *sigh* what fun we would have! Happy Thanksgiving!

  22. Wonderful parlor Karen..a cup of tea with you would be a true treat

  23. Sue says:

    A very Happy Thanksgiving to you, Karen. It’s nice to take time out during all the “busy-ness” of the season and think of all our blessings. And if it includes cookies–so much the better! :)

  24. What a beautiful post. It´s good to take a step back and count our blessings. And yes please, no milk but a slice of lemon in mine please!

  25. craftymum2be says:

    What a beautiful room – I really fancy a cup of tea now! X

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Laura, We enjoy that there is so much history with our home. When I sit in that room I wonder about the lives of the people who lived here in the 1700′s.

  26. niasunset says:

    I would like to have a cup of tea , dear Karen with you, :) and with these blue tea set…
    Thank you, Happy Thanksgiving Day, with my love, nia

  27. Eri says:

    Happy thanksgiving Karen to you and your family!
    I’m having my Greek mountain tea just now and imagine I’m in that room!

  28. A beautiful sentiment and parlor, Karen! Amongst all of the many things I am thankful for, I am thankful to have met so many wonderful people who share such wonderful things and have added so much to my life…and you and your blog are one of those! Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  29. Rachel says:

    Yes, thanks! What a nice invitation… and I do love ginger cookies! Mmmm… (grin) Thankful for *you*!

  30. spicegirlfla says:

    It would be my pleasure to join you for a cup of tea! I will toast to you today as I have mine and wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  31. Charles says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Karen – I hope you have a wonderful day. Great way to start it with a wonderful cup of tea, that’s for sure!

  32. Kyle says:

    That tea set is beautiful – and the parlor is lovely too. Happy Thanksgiving!

  33. Joanne says:

    What a peaceful and beautifully written post! I would gladly join you for a cup of tea and some cookies while we recap all of our thanks!

  34. What a beautiful post! I love tea and I LOVE your parlour – I can imagine sitting sharing a good cuppa with you and discussing all the wonders of thankfulness the last year has brought.
    Have a super weekend and Thanksgiving Karen. :-) Mandy

  35. Sissi says:

    Beautiful post, Karen. I would love to join you for a cup of tea :-) Happy Thanksgiving!

  36. love your site! I found you via Five Euro Food! You had me at tea parlor. What a lovely home.

    ~Melissa

  37. I would love to join you in your beautiful room for a cup of tea, but as an alternative, I will make and sip a cup of tea with a cookie and think about you in your lovely room. Cheers.

  38. cabinet stew says:

    A wonderful room – does the fireplace work? As for the paint color -Did you have modern paint matched to some original that you found during renovations? have you looked into the “milk paint” that you can get these days? Was the tile around the FP original? so many questions…and now I must go put on the kettle!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carol, Thank you for your compliment. Yes…a lot of questions but I’ll be happy to answer them since I know you are working on your masters in interior design. The color is original to the room. We found the paint on a gunstock beam when we removed a wall. The beam is inside the chimney cabinet to the left of the chimney. The paint is indeed milk paint as that is what would have been used at the time. The tiles are not real. That is all painted. It is so real looking that everyone has to touch the “grout” before they believe us. I found the tiles in England but they were over a $1000 each. I made copies and had the artist that did the murals in the dining room paint the “tile” surround.

  39. cabinet stew says:

    trompe l’oeil!!
    very excellent solution to the tile! $1000/ea is just out-of-hand!
    thanks for the details! Old houses are like interesting mystery novels that you have to unravel!

    • Karen says:

      Yes, the artist was great and we definitely saved money. We discovered so many interesting things about the house during the three year restoration.

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