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Tea, Gumbo, and Art

I am still putting away Christmas things since work has been so hectic lately.  I put away this fab tea gifted to me by my oldest daughter.  I actually mixed in a bit of the cocao shell tea I bought off Amazon too.

It has a fabulous flavor and smells awesome. I also bought a new tea ball and used it as well.  This is my ticket to the T-day party over at Elizabeth's.   Happy T-day!

Last week, Kathy from the T-Day gang (thanks for reminding me Kathy so I could edit this) posted Martha Washington's favorite cocao shell tea . Since my daughters are sort of decendant from the Washingtons on their Dad's side, I thought they would really love to try it (one did and one didn't - lol).  Here is the back of the container - so fun!
My eldest daughter and I are continuing our diet and yesterday I made something I called Bond Road gumbo.  
It was the day before grocery shopping, and we didn't have any fresh veggies left. This is a lot of cans dumped into the pot so we could get in our two cups of veggies before 2:00PM:  okra, tomatoes, mushrooms, turnip greens, mixed veggies, field peas, plus some very fine chopped frozen broccoli and onion.  I added in a bit of chicken and sausage too and tons of spices.  It was fabulous.

Since iwe had a three day weekend, I was able to get a bit of crafting in.  
It was based on a recent sermon called Chiseled at Shoal Creek Baptist Church.  HERE is the link to the sermon if you are interested. If you only have a few minutes scroll to minute 9 and listen to the chat between God and Tommy - it is a message that grabbed me.  

Here is a fun Valentine made with DRS Designs images. Yes, I fussy cut all those bees.  The bees cut out by the die are inside so no bee was wasted in the making of this card!

Hope you have a fabulous week!!!




  1. Hi Nancy, it was me that shared the cocoa shell tea-I love this tea. how awesome that you are decendents of Wasthington. Your pot of soup looks and sounds delicious-I love a good soup. we eat our main meal at 2 pm now and really like that-we have a little breakfast too and in the evenings we have a small snack or fruit.
    Happy T wishes Kathy

  2. I am loving that Valentine's Day card. That is sure a lot of bees to fussy cut. But they look great Nancy. I like chiseled too. You have some wonderful ideas. You mini-tea pot infuser tea ball is adorable. I've been making soup a lot recently too. Yours sounds great. I hope you enjoy your coco shell tea and frozen tea. Hope the diet goes well too. Hugs-Erika

  3. The tea really looks "cool" and I love your Valentine´s card.
    The food made me hungry :-)
    Have a nice Tea Day - hugz!

  4. Lovely tea Nancy, I haven't heard of Cocao Shell Tea, I don't know if we have it over here, you certainly managed to pack the veggies into your gumbo.
    A lovely journal page and such a fun Valentine card, I hope things settle down at work for you.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

  5. That's very interesting about Martha Washington and her tea. I've always found it amazing that her cookbook (that is a handwritten one from her family) survived, so we can know a lot about what the Washington family ate. Of course the real cooks who did the work were enslaved people who don't get the credit, but the culinary history is still interesting.

    best... mae at

  6. James Beard put out a cookbook in either the 60s or 70s that I picked up at an estate sale several years ago. It included several recipes that were from Martha Washington. Others were Abigail Adams and several from the mid 1800s. I had never heard of the ingredients in some of the recipes. They also used a lot of game that must have been caught, rather than purchased, like we do meat and fowl today. I was delighted to read that your daughters are descendants of Martha Washington.

    I adore Chiseled. Great journal page and a wonderful lesson. And those bees are marvelous. So sweet.

    I love the teapot infuser. It is awesome. Your new tea sounds great, too. Love that Kathy was able to encourage you to buy that tea. We are all enablers at one time or another in our lives (grin). Thanks for sharing both teas and your new tea ball with us, as well as your card and journal page, for T this Tuesday, dear Nancy.

  7. That tea sounds very interesting so when I get out again to Cape May to The Tea Shop where they have lots of specialty and loose teas I will look for it. I have a teapot strainer like yours:)
    Fab journal page, and I LOVE the card with all the bees! Your veggie soup sounds especially good to me right now. Happy T day!

  8. Two cups of veggies before 2:00 PM sounds like an interesting diet. I do love veggies :) Happy T Tuesday!

  9. Your gumbo sounds delicious! I have been counting calories since the first of the year, just to feel good again. I ate too much sugary stuff at Christmas and just too much, period. Lovely post, Nancy.

  10. Ohh the tea is very interesting. I love the tin. Great art too. The gumbo is my kind of meal. Good luck on the diet.

  11. Well, you pedigree is pretty cool. The gumbo would be perfect for dinner tonight as it's so cold out. Cut Valentine. Happy T Day

  12. I have to start by saying that little tea pot tea ball is really cool! The gumbo and tea sounds amazing! LOVE your chiseled page so much! That bee Valentine is adorable! Wonderful post!

  13. What a great journal page based off an inspiring verse. Adorable card and loving all the bees.
    Your tea sounds interesting. I have never had tea out of shells but the tin is beautiful. I will have to look up that tea.
    Happy Tea Day,

  14. Interesting tea, yes, Kathy from Ozark mentioned it too a while back.
    Two cups of veggies before 2pm sounds impossible to me. I don't like veggies at the best of time and I force myself to put a token vegetable on my plate when we eat. Today we're having chicken legs with sprouts. I'll have two sprouts, that's it.
    I really liked Chiseled. I listened to the first part of the service, sang along to the songs (I knew them all) and enjoyed the conversation between Tommy and God. Tommy sounded a bit like Michael W Smith...
    The bees on the card are beautiful! Well done.
    Happy T-Day,

    1. Lisca, so glad you knew the songs and listened to that conversation - it is one I think I will remember forever. Veggies were tough for me - I liked them but did not love them. I am starting to love them with new seasonings and recipes. Thanks for you sweet comments.

  15. This tea may be delicious Nancy ! I love tea, I´ve got several paquets, but my fave is green tea. The gumbo meal looks very good, Happy belated T-day !
    Wonderful art page, and so beautiful Valentine card.
    Have a very nice Friday, stay safe and Big hugs,

  16. The tea sounds interesting and the container is very special for your daughters.
    The Gumbo looks and sounds delicious! Love 'Chiseled' , hugs, Chrisx


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