Tea and Poetry Time, George Edition: Daily Art Practice
It was our first full week of vacation and we found plenty of activities to keep us busy. One morning, we got up early and went to the strawberry patch to pick 15 quarts of strawberries. Once I got home and realized how early it was, I took a trip to the greenhouse to pick out plants for my garden. Better late than never. We had beautiful weather this weekend and spent our Saturday cleaning out the garden, mulching, composting and planting. Overall, a very profitable week and a great way to start the summer.
PaperArtsy Blog Post
I was over at the PaperArtsy blog last week, sharing a handmade mini journal for the theme Leftovers. I made a beach themed journal to document and display pictures from our beach holiday last year. You can check out the cover and 4 full layouts HERE.
Tea and Poetry: George Washington
I mentioned last week that we started our summer Tea and Poetry Time. Our theme, George Washington, was inspired by our recent visit to George Washington’s home, Mount Vernon. I searched our local library and found some great books to read with the children. Here are a few of our favorites.
George Washington’s Teeth was a great book, based off of historical information from Washington’s correspondence and journals. As a child I always heard that George Washington had wooden teeth, but that is not true. Apparently, he was plagued throughout his life with fevers and infections from poor oral care. It was an eye-opening book and the first thing my children said when we finished reading was, “Mom, I need to go brush my teeth.” A good lesson learned.
I George Washington was another book that my children enjoyed. It is set up in a comic book format with dialogue bubbles. I personally did not read this book but my son read it and liked it.
While the book, The Silent Witness is not about George Washington, it is a true story about a little girl that lived during the Civil War and the Battle of Manassas. One of the days we were on vacation we visited the Battlefield of Manassas and learned about the two battles that took place. My daughter especially liked this book as it was about a girl her age.
When it came to the food for tea time, this was our table.
To give us a more authentic experience, I found recipes on the Mount Vernon website that were based off or similar to the Washington’s family recipes. We made The Worster House Hot Cross Buns, Toasted Marmalade Tea Sanwiches, and Raspberry Ice Cream. As you can see below, the recipe made 35 Hot Cross Buns. It was our first time making them and they were a hit! We made them together from start to finish, which was a lot of work, but it made them all the more enjoyable. We had never had marmalade so that was also a first and very delicious. Sadly, the raspberry ice cream was not to our liking as it was a custard base but we all gave it a try.
Of course, our meal was not complete without some Early American Music serenading our tea time.
I am joining the Tea Day ladies, hosted by Elizabeth and Bluebeard. My children chose Earl Grey for this weeks Tea and Poetry. I received this tin of loose tea from my SIL who lives in Germany. I wasn’t sure if this would be too strong for my children but they loved it and asked for a second pot.
Happy Tea Day,