It's a fine day here in New England ... the sun is shining and the wind is brisk ... the rest of Holy Week stretches before us and the weather promises to get even better. How nice it is to usher in Easter with true Spring all around us.
(This is not always the case in our part of the world ... Easter can be quite wintry, some years!)
Anyhoo, today's tea was a nice refreshing break ... we were up early and at 'em - with the roosters, as they say! - and so my theme this week is: roosters! I have always loved roosters (for their connection with "dawn" and their colorful looks) and of course, they are symbolic at Easter:
"Amen, I say to you, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times."
My friends, are you familiar with Petook: An Easter Story, written by Caryll Houselander (and illustrated by the fabulous Tomie de Paola)? I placed the book in my reading corner today, as Petook is a rooster, you see. Oh, this book is a treasure, and I make sure to take it out of the library each year during Holy Week. I used to have little boys sitting at my feet as I read, but these days I just read it aloud to Earlybird - if he'll sit still! - though quite often the older boys will make a casual comment or take a peek over my shoulder ...
I love how good book memories stay with you no matter how old you grow.
So here's a little peek at my afternoon "Rooster Tea," and a recap of our faith @ home craft - we made "Resurrection Rolls," another Holy Week tradition.
First, take a look at this tiny fellow, resplendent in color and finely made glass:
And my cup today is a new absolute favorite - a big (really big!) ceramic mug, painted in the most cheerful colors:
My tea? Earl Grey (full test, not decaf).
My snack? A resurrection roll (details below).
This is a cute coaster I've had for years:
... it makes me happy to put my morning coffee down on it. :)
And here's a wooden rooster, found amongst the boys' playthings:
Our "welcome" flag:
Now, these guys have nothing to do with tea (or roosters for that matter), but I could not resist sharing this:
So sweet. :)
And speaking of sweet, now for those resurrection rolls we made!
A quick set-up ...
A buttery-spiced marshmallow all ready to roll ...
Neat little packages:
Fifteen minutes later ...
You see, the marshmallow melts but the crescent roll holds its shape - so what you have resembles an empty tomb ... and it reminds us of the Resurrection ... hence the name.
Well, I'd best wrap up as the day's coming to a close - Bill's on his way home and I've got supper to start. (As I suspect you do too - if not now, perhaps soon - or already!) I do hope you've all had a nice day ... and I thank you sincerely for stopping by ...
I'll be back here to see you again soon!
Edit: My friends, Bill just came in and I'm just finding out about the tornadoes in Texas. Prayers go out to all in Texas, but especially the victims of these horrible storms. And to my dear readers from Texas, please leave a note when you can and let us know you're all right. My heart is with you tonight.