Monday, February 24, 2014

A Laura Childs kind of Lunch

Welcome friends for tea this week.  We went out for lunch one day and with the food I ordered, I felt we could have been sitting in the Indigo Tea Shop, owned by one Theodosia Browning.  If the name is familiar, she's the main character in the Tea Shop Mysteries written by Laura Childs.
It was the she crab soup that got me to thinking this way.  In the books the soup served in the shop sounds tantalizing and I must say this bowl of it was very tasty.
There was no revenge involved with my chilled glass of sweet tea, only refills upon request.
Mmm...homemade key lime pie that was absolutely decadent and the best I've eaten in Florida so far.
Have you read the Tea Shop Mysteries?  They're fun, and of course involve various blends of tea and typical tea shop fare.   There's always an engaging mystery too.
The only thing missing from my meal was a light and fluffy scone, which unfortunately isn't served in a seafood restaurant.
If you are a fan of the Tea Shop Mysteries, 'Steeped in Evil' will be released on March 4.
Besides being taken to high tea for my birthday, I received some teas, a necklace from hubby and flowers from the family in the far north.  What a nice surprise to have flowers delivered to the door when you least expect it.
I played with the photo of the bouquet in Waterlogue, the new app on my iPad...  
and came up with this nice effect to make them look like a watercolour painting.
Sunday was the last of Downton Abbey for this season and Macy's has a large display of Downton Abbey jewelry for sale. 
I will be linking with:

43 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday! Your flowers are lovely (I note the lavender color) and your watercolor. I enjoy the teashop mysteries and will pre-order the new one. Thanks for the heads-up! Happy Tea Day!

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  2. Happy Birthday Judith! Your making me so hungry with the clam chowder. It is almost time for lunch. I have to get that app on my phone. The picture of your flowers looks so pretty.
    ~Clara

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  3. Isn't it nice when the birthday keeps on giving? I love your app...the bouquet is beautiful! Love the Tea Shop Mysteries...will look for the new one. The scones are wonderful! Have a great week, and thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  4. Your flowers are gorgeous and in Waterlogue they would make something one could frame and hang on the wall. Really lovely! Looks like some good food there; glad you are having a good time. Hope spring greets you back up north when the time comes to head home. :)
    Hugs, Beth

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  5. Those flowers are beautiful in "watercolor!" I agree, you could frame this. I love the tea shop series, and I'm so glad you reminded me about them. I haven't read any for a couple years. Our book club is into some heavy reading right now, so a book by Laura Childs sounds like a great idea.

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  6. Your bouquet is really lovely, Judith! The she crab chowder looks delicious and yes, would remind me of the Tea Shop Mysteries too. I am at the moment reading one of her mysteries for the third time. I'm still waiting for her last mystery to come out in soft cover and look forward to reading her newest book. I do love her stories!
    I hope you had a wonderful birthday yesterday and enjoying your days in the sun. I am looking forward to Spring teas too. Thanks for joining me for tea.

    Hugs n blessings,
    Sandi

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  7. Your family has lovely taste, the flowers are gorgeous and love the app effect. Jen

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  8. Sounds like you had a delightful birthday! Wonderful!

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  9. Happy Birthday wishes, Judith! I love these books and am glad you told us about the new release.

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  10. Thanks for the heads up about the Downton jewelry!
    I love how you made the photo a watercolor. I like it even better that way. So very neat and just your colors!
    Have a happy week, Ruthie

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  11. I love the Laura Childs tea shop mysteries as well as her New Orleans scrapbook mysteries. This new one will go on my wish list! The key lime pie and scones have made me HUNGRY!!!

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  12. I'm glad to hear you are celebrating your birthday so well on the road. Love the Laura Childs inspired post. I can't wait to read her new book! And I LOVE that watercolor looking photo from your new app -- so fun. By the way, I did buy myself the blue shoes! (Just $12.99, so it wasn't a huge splurge!)

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  13. I'm reading one of the tea shop mysteries right now, it was one that somehow got missed as I wired my way down the list. It's good to know there is a new one coming out soon.

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  14. What lovely birthday gifts, Judith, and your lunchin the tearoom sounded perfect. I really must read some of the Laura Child's books. I forget if I need to read them in a certain order, or just pick one?
    I'm so glad you had a wonderful birthday. xo

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  15. Happy Birthday . What a lovely birthday meal and treats . I have read a few of her books they are good . I will have to look for this one coming . I saw this season that just finished already months ago of Downton and am waiting for season 5 . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  16. What lovely gifts! Your bouquet is truly beautiful and I love the DA jewelry...did you get one of each?

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  17. Belated happy birthday! The key lime pie looks so yummy. I'm still working my way through the tea shop mysteries books.

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  18. Happy Birthday sweet friend! Looks like you enjoyed celebrating in Florida! Fresh key lime pie is our favorite and hubby would love your soup! I haven't seen the new line of jewelry...how pretty! Enjoy your week and HAVE FUN!!!

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  19. The bouquet of flowers you received are gorgeous, and your family knows the colors that will please you most! Your meal at the seafood restaurant made my mouth water! I'll have to make a quick stop at Macy's tomorrow to take a peek at their Downton Abbey jewelry sale, since I'll be right near the store for a Dr's appointment. I received Laura Child's latest book to review, but I haven't read it yet. It's laying on the table next to my bed just waiting to be picked up. Enjoy the remaining days of your vacation in Florida. ~ Phyllis

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  20. Oh, I have mine on pre order! I have all of them and have even reread them! Love your lunch -- looks yummy. I didn't see the Downton Abbey jewelry at Macy's! Should have looked I guess!

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  21. No matter where you are you manage to have your tea even if it's cold. :)
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  22. Happy Birthday,Judith. Sounds like you had a good one. I love Key Lime Pie, the soup looks really good although I don't eat crab.

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  23. Well, happy birthday. The flowers are beautiful. You must be having a wonderful time in Florida. I have not used my ipad to edit photos. Do you have a specific app to do so?

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  24. Judith:
    I received an unproofed copy from Laura several weeks back and hope to get to it here soon. I always enjoy them though. So much to read and so little time. I think your soup looks splendid and I love that she puts recipes in her books.

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  25. I love those Tea Shop books, have them all and can't wait for the new one! I always wish it existed, and so want to visit it after I read it. The characters feel like friends after all this time and the loveable Earl Grey! That soup looks delish! I can't believe that app, that looks so beautiful! So like watercolors!

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  26. Happy Birthday, Judith!
    This is a lovely post! LOVE what you did with the photo of flowers!!!
    xo

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  27. Happy Birthday, Judith. This is really a nice post. That soup looks delish, and the Key Lime Pie does too! I really like what you did with the "Waterlogue" App. It made a wonderful water color out of your beautiful roses.

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  28. Your lunch sounds delicious and the flowers are beautiful, Judith. It's nice when a birthday can extend a little before or after the day itself.

    I've read a few of the Laura Child books and will look into getting another on my next library visit.

    Karen

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  29. the Childs books are cute and I do enjoy them. that key lime pie looks delicious!

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  30. Judith, That food looks delicious! I love the jewelry too. That is also a great name for a book!
    Sherry

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  31. I'm so sorry it's been so long since My last visit.I sure hope Your post's start showing up on My blog roll now that I'm here with You.I loved Your luncheon,the flowers and all the pics.I didn't know about Macy's collection of D. Abbey.I'll have to get right over there.Yes and I read Laura Childs books and enjoy them-Blessings to You

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  32. the food looks delicious!! I make a mean homemade key lime pie! love to make them. Your purple flowers are gorgeous!! Happy Birthday!

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  33. I mentioned this post on my blog this morning! Hope you're having a good day! Looks like rain for us today but we need it so I won't complain. Hugs!

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  34. Happy birthday you warm, sun tanned girl! Your roses look fantastic and what a treat to get them delivered. My sweet sister in law sent me yellow roses for the first day I moved into this house 2.5 years ago and also white lilies for my birthday which just happened to coincide, so I can feel your excitement. :) It's also lovely to have a high tea or even a cream tea out. I try to do that in England each year. Kind of like a when in England...thing. I know everyone complains about the snow out east but guess what? We have snow here in Vancouver at the moment too, so enjoy every minute of your Florida sunshine. :)

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  35. Hi Judith,
    oh my, your tea post make my mouth watering. All looks so fabulous. Must have been a wonderful day for you. The bouquet is so lovely and it is in lavender color, just as you love it. Thank you for sharing your special day.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  36. Hi Judith: Wishing you the best birthday ever. Everything looks so good. Looks like you had a wonderful day. Sending birthday hugs your way, Martha

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  37. A belated happy birthday! Your flowers look great in real life and water color!

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  38. I didn't know about the Downton Abbey jewelry - thanks for sharing. I don't get out to shop much. Love the watercolor app on your iPad. Love to play with photographs. Your blog looks so springy with the lavender - wonderful!

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  39. This is an absolutely marvelous post - I loved it!- I am delighted to share that you will be featured in this week's A Return to Loveliness! I hope you stop by - I have a special Edition post today - review, interview and giveaway of a Tea Shop Mystery book by Laura Childs!
    Kathy

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  40. I need an IPad! That is a beautiful watercolour effect.

    Judith, could I ask you to try to make a comment on my blog - I've had awful spam and had to change the settings but I need to see it allows other comments than BlogSpot. (Which I think yours is.)

    If you can't post, can you add a comment here, and I'll check back.

    Thanks so much!

    Diane

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  41. YUM! And I like the watercolor effect on that photo! I got the app a couple of weeks ago but haven't played it too much yet. It has a lot of potential!

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  42. Happy Belated Birthday, Judith! Been enjoying my grand-girl with family and am checking back with you at teatime today and so glad I did! What a fab app Waterlogue is! Too bad there is no windows equivalent or android. Boo.

    Always enjoy your posts - lovely! Glad your trip was delightful!
    Joy!
    Kathy

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