Category Archives: Thanksgiving

A time to stop and appreciate all the good things you’ve achieved during the year. A time to spend with family and friends, put aside differences, and say “Hey, I love you as you are.” A time for feasting and remembering those who gave up a lot to live free.

Thanksgiving Recipes by Southern Lady Cooks (and Some Tea Pairings for Them)

Hello, dear humans! The Thanksgiving holiday is a time for you to feast, feast, feast. And of course drink tea, tea, tea. A busy time for cooks and teapots alike. Well, we want to assist by providing some fab recipes from a very capable cook along with tea pairings for each food by yours truly. TOOOT! Continue reading Thanksgiving Recipes by Southern Lady Cooks (and Some Tea Pairings for Them)


Let Us Say Thanks with Tea!


It’s Thanksgiving again. Some of us have celebrated many of them. Others have only experienced a few. Regardless, making tea a part of that Thanksgiving feast is essential – at least for all you tea lovers out there.


A nice  will help you get into that holiday mood. We find the flavors perfectly balanced but enhanced even more with milk and sweetener. In fact, a cuppa keeps us from nibbling too much before the main meal is served. It can also substitute after the meal as dessert in place of those pies and cakes. One thing we’ve found also is that if you have it with some small treat (we have a rare indulgence of a crescent roll warm from the oven and spread with real butter but you could enjoy it with some apple slices or a handful of raisins).

Speaking of teas for those special holiday foods, let some wonderful Apple Flavored Black Tea serve as the perfect accompaniment. The black tea and wonderful apple flavor is a great combo that is light, refreshing, and perfect for a thankful meal time spent with relatives you may not have seen the rest of the year.

Herbals (often misnamed “herbal teas”) are another option. They are great for kids and anyone who can’t have caffeine. Many are also very useful for other effects. Chamomile is soothing for nerves jangled by the sound of football games and lots of conversation among the guests.

The amazing thing is how tea gets sidelined a lot in the U.S. when it comes to holiday beverages. Eggnog, hot spiced cider, hot cocoa, mulled wine, and even coffee seem to be what comes to people’s minds. But tea is a great possibility. With so many styles, types, and flavors to choose from, you will find something that your guests with not only like but be thankful for!

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7 Dishware Patterns for the Perfect Autumn Tea Table

There’s a lot to love about Autumn. The cooler temperatures that bring relief after Summer’s heat. The lower humidity level that makes that cooler air seem refreshing. And the colors. Especially the colors. So why not bring that indoors to your Autumn tea table? One great way is with a dishware pattern. There are tons to choose from, but these seven caught my eye. They show the variety that’s out there, mainly featuring colorful Autumn leaves but also a classic design with a very plump turkey – we had this pattern (#7 in the image below) as kids and ate our Thanksgiving dinner off of them every year. Just the sight of them can make me start salivating for my mom’s cooking. Continue reading 7 Dishware Patterns for the Perfect Autumn Tea Table

10 Top Teas for November

As the temperatures go down, the call from within us for hot tea is even louder than ever. The month of November in the Northern Hemisphere is certainly a time of those cooler temps and therefore a time when more people enjoy hot tea, switching from their favorite iced tea and sweet tea. Certain teas seem to be more appealing during this time of year, partly due to the weather and partly due to holiday events, especially Thanksgiving in the U.S. where tea can be an important part of that traditional gathering of family and friends. These ten teas have an especially broad appeal, meeting these desires among tea drinkers. Continue reading 10 Top Teas for November

Thanksgiving Remembrance — A Friend Now Gone

Since it’s the season for giving thanks, I want to give thanks to someone now gone who enriched my life. You may also have had a loved one or dear friend pass away this year who deserves a moment out of your day when you picture him/her clearly in your mind and remember all the great ways this person influenced or affected you.

I first met Mick and his wife, Barbara, through my husband (who wasn’t my husband yet, just a great guy that I had met and decided right away I liked). They were all friends. Mick and Barbara were excited that their friend had met someone nice (me). He would go to their home every week to talk about things going on in the world and invited me to come along so we could all meet. Fine with me.

The meeting went well. Both Mick and Barbara were pleasant to be with and understanding of my being a bit nervous at the “interview.” Mick was someone who definitely had his two feet planted squarely on the ground. He had led a very interesting life, including serving in the military, and it all combined into a package that could be described by the word “competence.” He advised businesses on how to reorganize so they would be more streamlined and efficient.

Over the years, hubby and I actually consulted with him (on a much smaller scale) about how best to handle some ideas we had. He was always willing to chat and provide some input and encouragement. Thanks to him, hubby and I made great strides toward redirecting our lives to what we wanted to be doing as opposed to just a job to earn money.

Awhile ago we learned that he had been diagnosed with cancer. By this time, he and Barbara were both retired and living in a nice house they had selected in a warm climate to live out their “golden years.” It turned out that part of those “golden years” was to be spent doing what they could to fight off the cancer. With his usual level-headedness, Mick made choices on which treatments to pursue and which would be worse than the disease. Hubby and I were able to visit once before his condition got too advanced and were treated to a wonderful time by both of them.

We weren’t able to visit during the last two years when he was fighting the most valiantly. Our jobs and then our lack of jobs seemed to keep us from the long trip. We talked frequently on the phone and were always impressed with how Mick never whined, never did any verbal hand-wringing over his lot in life. In fact, he always maintained the attitude that this cancer was just another fact of life.

Barbara called us a day or two after our last phone call to them and gave us the news: Mick was gone.

He will live on long in our memories, and our friendship with Barbara goes on. At this time of year, we are so thankful for such friends.