Talk with me over Tea!

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Hi all!! Happy Wednesday! We are almost to the weekend! I usually write this post in the morning but that didn’t happen today, so instead we are “talking” over tea this afternoon. It’s a chilly but sunny day, and I am sipping on a warm cozy cup of mint tea before we get to the rest our schooling for the day.

Aren’t these “mumkins” so happy and adorable? I had to get one for our porch, they just make me smile! We were at the flower and garden center because they had little photo opps set up – very smart on their end because I had to take Wyatt of course, and ended up buying this mum. I’m sure many people fell into their clever scheme…

Last Friday is usually project/errands/field trip day and I spent a few hours in the morning packing up my grandmother’s china to convert my china cabinet into an art cabinet – at least for a few years.We live in a small house and I have to use all my space as wisely as I can. Turning it into something useful and more functional was a better choice, although I did get a little sad. But, the china although it is beautiful and I love it – I never used it. So for now it is an art supply area and I am loving it honestly. It feels more like us, and is cheerier and brighter. We can sit at the table and finally all of our supplies are close to hand. I don’t have to go searching in many different areas around the house anymore! I have the stuff we use the most on display, and then other supplies stored in the drawers underneath. Today we are doing an art project in the new space and I am super excited. My world is small but I am happy!

I still have a big day ahead of me after I finish up my little tea break. We have science, a little reading, a little math, and our small art project still to do. Then when we finish up, I need to get working on our bedroom. We are finally, finally getting to painting it this weekend! It is such a pain though to move out temporarily. All you all who have moved or are moving, my hat is off to you because that is so much work. I wish I could magically touch the tip of a paint brush to the wall and have it just fill in like it does in Photoshop. Lol. Oh well. It will be a pain for a short time but I will be so happy when it is done. I’ve been wanting this for literally years!

Billy and I are falling back into our autumnal eating menus (pun definitely intended), and we are enjoying this return to comfort food. Pork tenderloin, stews, pot roast, roasted chicken, the list goes on. I have been squirreling away meat all summer, buying extra if it was on sale in case prices went crazy this fall and winter, and I feel very Ma and Pa Ingalls with our larder feeling full. Except we didn’t do any of the actual work, so thank you farmers out there for doing that. I am putting together an order for Azure Standard as well, to help fill up the pantry, and making a run to Sam’s Club, because we are not cool enough for a nearby Costco. Is this like an ancestral type memory, to feel like we have stored up food in the fall? I like to live in tune with the seasons, even though our rhythms are so different than those long ago.

Do you live or eat differently in the fall? I know that we do. Last night my friend and I chatted each other and we were both under blankets watching something Agatha Christie and drinking something warm. Absolute perfection.

And that is about all I have time for right now! Let me know what’s going on in your world!


19 thoughts on “Talk with me over Tea!

  1. Nice peek into your life, thank you. Good luck with the bedroom renovations! We need to do some work on the top front room of our house to make it into a suitable office for my husband – we need to soundproof one side wall and have a false wall built the other side, giving us some hidden storage and making sure he doesn’t bother the neighbours with his loud meetings. But it needs mucking out first, of course, of his stuff and mine – argh!


  2. We eat “warmer” in the fall — more food that is oven or stovetop cooked (versus grill, cold veggies or salads, etc.). Slightly heartier foods. Love the mumkins. I’m glad you repurposed your cupboard but please use your grandmother’s china — Thanksgiving or something special. Just be careful when you are washing — if it has gold on it, hand wash. But it’s a lovely way to bring her to your table, share stories, and remember.

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    1. I love hearing what everyone else is eating! The mumkins are so cute!!

      I could bring it out for special occasions maybe! I usually use my mom’s wedding china for that but I probably should bring my grandma’s out as well sometimes. I just keep hearing my mom tell me over and over how my grandma brought it over from Scotland it freaks me out that I will break it!


  3. I find myself going for stews and soups and roasted foods in the autumn and winter for sure. I have some butternut squash my dad gave me from his garden that I hope to cook for soup either Thursday or Friday. I wish we had stocked up more for the winter. We are trying but it hasn’t been easy.

    I’m cuddled under a blanket tonight, but it isn’t actually that chilly. I’m apparently just so anxious for winter to be here, I can’t wait!

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  4. That’s brilliant of the garden center and I love the “mumkins”! They’re so cute and I love mums. I love that you turned your china cabinet into an art cabinet. You’ll get so much more use out of it this way! Your cozy evening sounds like absolute heaven! We definitely tend to eat a bit differently in the fall – more meatloaf and pot roasts and that kind of thing.

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  5. Hahaha!! As I type this, I have an afghan draped around my shoulders! We have a frost watch for tonight! I didn’t realize that, or I would have covered up my new plants! Fall is definitely the time for comfort foods like soups and roasts. I do love to load up my pantry and freezer, but I just haven’t gotten round to it yet. How do you reheat your pork tenderloins? I can never get it right…it’s always so tough and doesn’t even look appetizing! But, I love freshly roasted pork loin! I think your art/work area is wonderful. It’s always so nice to have everything organized and at hand! What did you do with your grandmother’s china? Curious minds and all that!

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    1. Lol! That time has come for those of us in the midwest!Oh wow, frost warning! I wonder when we will get one.

      Billy told me when he packed it up overnight for leftovers he added the leftover veggies and all the juices too to keep it moist. It worked because it was still yummy the next day.

      Thank you! it is currently wrapped all up in layers and layers of bubble wrap and in a few storage containers in the basement. 😦


  6. That little photo area at the garden center is adorable! Love the idea of repurposing a china cabinet for an art cabinet. And we start eating differently in the fall, too – on the first chilly day, we break out the soup pot and make a big batch!

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  7. I remember having to pack away the decorative items (and my books) to make space for more functional things and all the paraphernalia that children bring into your life. You will get to display and enjoy your Grandmother’s china again, though it tends to be a little bittersweet that you no longer need the space for other things as your child grows up.

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  9. We’ve always eaten our favorite meals whether it was summer or winter. We like what we like and if I try a new recipe and we like it, it goes on the list.

    I love how the flower and garden center decorated. I might try to do a DIY of those mumkins, they are adorable!


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