I remember when I first fell in love with tea. I was a little girl sitting at my mother’s kitchen table, sipping a cup of English Breakfast Tea with a liberal amount of cream and sugar. It wasn’t a tea party per se but the memory of that blissful concoction stayed with me through the years until I had daughters of my own. Girlhood and teatime just seem to go together don’t they?
Serving tea to family and friends has become second nature for me and my daughters. Taking time out of our busy schedules to minister this lovely repast is a “soul satisfying” experience. We especially enjoy blessing others with a strong pot of English Breakfast Tea–cream and sugar of course–and mini-chocolate chip scones topped with raspberry jam – such a heavenly blend of flavors.
Over the years, I have come to learn that the act of “taking tea” is synonymous with spiritual renewal. You can visibly see the stress drain from a weary one’s face when you offer a cup of fragrant tea. Heart-felt conversation comes more naturally when two or more are happily sipping from their favorite teacup or sampling a delicious finger sandwich or scone. Many a word of encouragement can be shared in this relaxed and inviting atmosphere.
The tea table doesn’t have to be overly fancy or elegant, but acquiring new accessories can be a source of pleasure for all who gather round. Teacups, teapots, creamers, sugars bowls, teaspoons, napkins, and tablecloths can all be purchased for modest prices from antique stores or yard sales. Eclectic collections are just as esthetically pleasing as matched sets.
There is an antique mall in our town called Twice as Nice. The girls and I love perusing the different vendor’s booths for tea related items. One day we happened upon eight tiny gold teaspoons to add to our collection. They are so delicate and add such a lovely touch to our teatime celebrations. It’s hard for a guest not to feel special when using such teatime finery. I think that’s why ladies, young and old, find teatime so special. It ministers to the feminine soul.
Instituting a weekly teatime ritual is a wonderful way to enrich your children’s lives (don’t forget, boys like teatime, too). We love to sip tea and read aloud excerpts from The Girlhood Home Companion or listen to the monthly audio conversations from The Mother~Daughter Tea Cozy Club. Some of our most treasured memories are the lessons we’ve gleaned from other Christians as shared in the pages of these precious publications. Hearts are more receptive when the pace of life is slowed and everyone can relax and enjoy one another.
Our passion for teatime has “spilled over” into the lives of our customers as well. Recently a mother shared with me how her young daughters were inspired to don aprons and serve tea for the first time because of the variety of recipes featured in The Girlhood Home Companion and The Mother~Daughter Tea Cozy Club. It makes us so happy to see other families begin teatime traditions of their own!
The April Mother~Daughter Tea Cozy Club features an audio interview with Lisa Steigerwalt, The Girlhood Home Companion’s resident Home Economist and Certified Etiquette Consultant. Lisa shares the benefits of establishing a weekly teatime ritual in your home. You can listen to this wonderful interview here.
An April Tea Cozy interview with Lisa Steigerwalt.
It is the beginning of a series of 12 months of The Mother~Daughter Tea Cozy Club. The rest of the booklet is available for purchase below.
Here are the entry rules: Leave a comment about some of your favorite Christmas traditions or recipes. Share any or all of the ways you make Christmas a special time in your home. Do you have a special memory from a childhood Christmas? Did your mother have a certain holiday tradition or recipe that you have kept? What are some of the meaningful ways you celebrate Christmas or New Years? Answer any or all of the above topics in your comment.
A winner will be drawn on December 10th.
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The new Girlhood Home Companion now in production is available for pre-order. Reserve your copy today! This precious issue features the Life and Letters of Elizabeth Prentiss author of the Christian classic Stepping Heavenward.
The Stepping Heavenward Bundle consists of:
The Stepping Heavenward Girlhood Home Companion Magazine
A Glimpse Into the Past : Mother & Daughter Conversation on Audio CD
Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss
It’s time for another Remembrance Press giveaway. This time we’re giving away 3 copes of The Girlhood Home Companion “Secret Garden” issue, with the first winner receiving the Secret Garden Bundle. To enter read the directions below and leave a comment.
This contest centers around the beauty of homemaking. What makes a house a home? What makes a home beautiful? Is there a homemaker (present or past) who you admire? Why?
Tell us what some of your favorite aspects of homemaking are. What activities or recreations do you enjoy doing with your family that center around being home? Answer any of the above questions and have fun. We can’t wait to read your comments!
Contest ends Monday, April 30th – 12:00 midnight.
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Ladies, it’s time for another Girlhood Home Companion giveaway (it always makes us happy to give The Girlhood away!) The entry rules are as follows: Please tell us what you love best about the fall season! Do you have memories of this time of year from when you were a child? Do you have any specific memories of your mother, father, or grandparents? What kinds of memories are you making with your own children? Do you have a favorite fall recipe – main dish or desert that you love to make? Do tell all! We’d love to hear.
Contest ends the 16th at midnight. Enter today!
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“Between Friends” is one of the most beautiful issues we have ever produced including a lovely tribute to L. M. Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables. We hope it will be a delight and inspiration to you and your daughter.
To enter, leave a comment below telling us what you like best about the summer months. What do you look forward to doing this summer? Do you have any traditions or memories from your childhood, or things you like to do with your children every summer? What about a favorite summertime recipe. This can include canning recipes too.
If you could post to this giveaway on your blog we sure would appreciate it. Spread the word about The Girlhood Home Companion to your friends and acquaintances. It truly is one of the most precious publications out there for our daughters!
Have fun sharing. We hope you win!
This contest runs through Sunday the 15th, so enter right away. We hope to fit another giveaway in before the end of the month!
Do you blog or facebook? For every blog or facebook linking to our June Giveaway, we want to bless you with a free project by our friend Linda Stubbs from Prairie Flower Farm. This free gift includes an audio interview with Linda that is truly inspirational and something you will and to listen to with the ladies in your household. Just link to our giveaway http://remembrancepress.com/?p=1609 and email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you your free gift!
All you need to do for this giveaway is leave a comment telling us what your favorite spring traditions are – past or present – or both! Do you have special memories from when you were a child? Or are there traditions you have established with your own children? This can be food or activity related.
Have fun posting.
Contest runs March 3rd through the 11th, 12:00 p.m.