Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Remembering Tasha~Tasha Tudor Day!


Those of us who love Tasha Tudor remember her on her birthday...August 28th and so it has become known as Tasha Tudor Day. Our internet group has enjoyed Tasha's love of herbs and so we have been calling this year " The Year of the Herb". Some of us have been growing herbs and sharing our gardening stories. It's fun to have a theme each year to focus on.

My love for Tasha came through her books which I discovered when my girls were young. I still love her art work and adore her books. I never tire of reading them or just looking at the charming art work. I have collected many but still have some special ones on my wish list!

So the other day I decided I wanted to have an outside tea using my Carlton Ware teapots and  china and try to put together a tea time menu using herbs and vegetables from our garden. It was fun to find some yummy recipes that  were different from my usual tea time treats. This was more of a savory tea than a sweet cream tea.


Of course I invited Jim to join me for tea.....and look who he brought with him!

Tasha Tudor Day Tea Time Menu~

❖ Watermelon, blueberry and feta cheese salad with balsamic vinegar
❖ Tomato, basil and mozzarella cheese salad
❖ Cheese and Italian herb scones
❖ Ham, spinach and garlic mustard sandwich
❖ Avocado, goat cheese, mint and dill sandwich with cucumbers (my favorite)
❖ Blackberry and raspberry cobbler
❖ Red Lavender Tea

I wasn't sure I would like the lavender tea, but it was made with Rooibos tea, which I love, so I gave it a try. It was wonderful! Jim and I both really likes it.

I had a lovely afternoon sitting in my backyard, having tea and sharing Tasha stories with Jimmy. It was a great way to celebrate Tasha's life and to remember her. I have been her fan for many years and have met great friends. I always miss my Tasha friends on days like this.

This was a little treat I found at the  thrift store just in time for Tasha Tudor Day! A great little "Tasha" wooden chair for my dolls....a 99 cent bargain.

Every year I send my Tasha friends a cookie cutter that has something to do with our theme for the year. Here's a peak at my gifts this year. I couldn't find any "herb" cookie cutters, so I sent  bees, bee hives, snails and dragon flies with lavender tea candles and a sprig of lavender from my garden.

So, if you're a Tasha Tudor fan, how did you celebrate today? I know you had fun remembering Tasha!

Happy Birthday Tasha


Jane said...

Thank you so much for the bee hive cookie cutter. I am hosting Bunco next month and it has inspired my theme of Honey and Bees, since September is National Honey Month. Thanks so much for remembering me. I would love to get together with you some time. Let me know.

LaVonne said...

It only makes me miss you more! Can I come to tea? :-)

Marqueta (Mar-keet-a) said...

Dear Linda,

How nice! You both look very happy, and the tea looks scrumptious, too! We celebrated by gardening, a tea party, watching "Take Joy," and reading from her books.

She was such an inspiration!



Linda said...

I'll have to look for that tea. Lovely table you put in a lot of work for that menu. Your hubby is so lucky he gets to enjoy it all. It's nice to have a day to just have fun and think about all that TT has taught us.

Storybook Woods said...

Happy (belated) Tasha Tudor day. Oh it brings tears to my eyes to think of how Tasha has brought such dear friends into my life like you and Jim.

Wow what a yummy tea, would have loved to be there. But know you were with Angie and I yesterday. We chatted about how we miss both of you. Well here is to the Tashettes xoxo Clarice

Christine Crocker said...

Dear Linda,
What a lovely tea and such lovely remembrances of our dear Tasha Tudor.
How I would love to have had tea with you there, it looks so lovely!!
We spent our Tasha day with our grandson and granddaughter, enjoying a walk through the poplar woods looking for owl feathers and collecting interesting leaves, wildflowers, investigating the frogs and bugs and then had lunch on the porch with kittens on our laps and a hummingbird who kept coming to see what we were doing.

I want to thank you so much for your lovely and dear gift of lavender tea candle and fresh lavender flowers and especially the dear little dragonfly cookie cutter! We'll be making cookies with it soon.

sending love and Take Peace, C.

Zaa said...

Greeting Lady Linda...

I just had to come over to read your tasha Tudor blog.. She one of most favourite Authors and Childrens' illustrator....

What a love way to celebrate this grand lady's life... with a sweet tea party and little presents...

I bet your friends were thrilled.. especially that adorable little teddy ( ha Ha)... You just never know who might want to partake in Happy Teatime.

Denise said...

Linda, you have the best posts.I really enjoy reading them.Lovely photo of you :)

wilhelmina said...

Oh Linda this is so lovely esp. the little puppy....Llewellyn and Gwyneth (R's puppy) send their love to him. Adore that Jim is holding him!