Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Cup of Tea

[All Photos - The Growers Daughter]

I took a trip over the river yesterday afternoon to pick up a few things from Pottery Barn. For the first time in a while, I was able to just leisurely browse through shops. Normally I'm either with someone who wants to run in and out, or I'm with my son who isn't a fan of spending time in a cart.

Yesterday was different though. I planned the trip around nap time. This meant my son slept peacefully (he's a great sleeper) while I pushed him up and down aisles, and in and out of stores. Eventually, when he did awake, we were at the mall and I rented one of those tacky little cars for toddlers that push like a stroller. It kept him happy for the rest of the afternoon. He was so busy making car noises and asking other shoppers to "beep beep", that he didn't make a fuss once. I even got to treat myself to a latte (he sipped milk out of a sample cup happily).

It was just one of those days. I was completely relaxed and it felt good.

Anyway, I came across this little pot of honey for $3! It's packaged in the cutest little tumbler with a pretty bee printed on the front. What can I say, I'm a sucker for packaging. It's called Braswell's Select Orange Blossom Honey and it's 100% pure honey.

I've been trying to limit my sugar. I take it in both my coffee and tea because I need the sweetness, but it's just getting excessive. I figured adding a touch of honey would sweeten a cup of tea while being less refined and more natural and healthy.

This morning, I tried it with breakfast and, I have to say, it really is delicious.

I prefer Twinnings Earl Grey - not to be a tea snob or anything. I just do. It's the same brand Queen Elizabeth drinks - at least that's what the package says.

A slice of lemon made it even more refreshing, especially with the fruity flavours in the honey.

There's something about these garden roses that I love. They're called O'Hara (so rightfully named), and they're just gorgeous. They smell amazing too - like a true garden rose. One little bloom in an old milk pitcher is a pretty little addition to the breakfast table.

 I simply substituted my sugar for honey.

I picked up my new spring copy of Life:Beautiful. It's a Christian publication that I recently came across. It's a really great magazine with pretty vignettes, delicious recipes, gorgeous decor, along with regular columns by favourites like Joyce Meyer. It's full of really inspiring scripture verses and is beautifully styled. I was so happy to find it! Often I find that Christian publications, though wholesome, really can lack visual appeal and aesthetics, and I think both are an important part of a magazine.

If you're interested in checking it out more visit their website:

It was getting really hard to take some photos with my sons little hand continually reaching for the pear. He kept saying "Peeer peeeer - Honey honey". Finally, I just gave in and handed him the pear.


  1. Love, love, love your blog! Your pics are amazing and I love your simplistic yet romantic decor. Gonna check out that magazine....sounds perfect!

  2. I love using honey to sweeten with. I also love Joyce Meyer. Boy, big contrast with that comment...honey and Joyce Meyer.

    Thanks for the magazine recommendation.

    Blessings, Amy

  3. I always prefer honey in my tea too ~ it's the best! And, like you, I'm also such a sucker for packaging! I often find myself buying things just because they look cute in their presentation! lol
    Also, that looks like an awesome magazine! I'm definitely going to check it out! Thanks for the recommendation!

  4. That's so lovely! I'm a sucker for packaging too! Do you mind me asking what your dinnerware is or where it's from? I'm registering for my wedding and have been looking for something similar. It looks a lot like the Queen Anne pattern from Williams Sonoma or the French Country from Bed Bath and Beyond.
    Thanks! : )


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