May 10, 2013

Oh Happy Day!

Diptic and Paper Camera
Tea Collage

My lovely, joyful, and charming friend, Susy DeLucca, celebrated her Birthday yesterday. I became bemused, or something of the sort, and did not remember until after today's morning coffee. Instant human being, just add coffee!

Happily, I have a day off, so I donned my creative hat and set to work on something special for Susy's Facebook. She was once the proprietor of Hiatt and Peek in Long Beach, California. Truly, the store was a reflection of who she is and the things she loves. Susy often hosted special events that featured hot pots of tea and delectable treats as part of her hospitality. Thus, a Tea Collage!

Using iPhone apps, I selected a few favorite tea photos, applied the "Aquarello" effect in Paper Camera, and incorporated the images into a Diptic collage using a frame that resembles sunshine. Diptic, which it also on my Mac, has evolved nicely into something quite fanciful.

Happy Birthday, Susy!

May 7, 2013

Tea for Tuesday

Cradled Eggs

I was able to enjoy sunrise through a high window in our bedroom. No surprise, I even popped outside for a photo. Somehow, participating in the day's debut made me yearn for some "ME" TLC.

These Cradled Eggs were the ticket! Using red bell peppers as the enclosure, I added eggs, Parmigiano Reggiano, scallions, oregano, sea salt and pepper. I found it useful to hold the bell pepper rings down with a spatula until the egg sets a bit. This keeps the eggs corralled. I was quite pampered, even if I was the one doing it!

Florence Flavored Black Tea

I also ordered some Florence Flavored Black Tea from Harney & Sons. Their website says this: "Our delicious Chocolate Hazelnut Tea, better known as Florence. We can't always be sipping hot cocoa while sitting in the Palazzo della Signoria. But, we can sip this decadent blend of chocolate and hazelnut and dream we are there."

Lastly, I keep giggling because of something Chef Brock (13-year old son) did last night. He made dinner for both of us by cooking up Schwan's Tomato Basil Soup and baking Schwan's Southern Biscuits. He watches "Top Chef" and "Chopped" with me, so he created his own personal touches. He said, "It's all in the presentation, Mom." There was a big puddle of soup on my plate. He had used a spoon to add what he hoped would be swooshes, but the soup was not viscous enough. It was so cotton-pickin' cute! I love that kid!