Goodbye 365; Let’s Have Tea

I’m officially taking a break from Project 365. I’ve done it for several years, and I have enjoyed it. But. I think less is more can also apply to digital noise. And though I sometimes have great stories to tell, I don’t have great stories to tell every day. As you well know. This particularly applies to work days. I *cannot* take pictures at work. And no matter how great a story I have about what happened at work, it has to stay at work. So. Moving on.

I have a Facebook friend who frequently posts pictures of her afternoon tea. I found myself getting envious. I mean, to take time out of the day and prepare delectable edibles, steep an actual pot of tea, and reconnect with family? And serve it on pretty dishes? Who does that??? SHE does that. And I wanted to do it, too. So I did. Here we are having tea. At 6:30 pm. But we had tea yesterday.


And we will have tea again!

“Cass! You know tea is served in the afternoon, not in the evening! What ails you?” Well, it happened like this. Jasmine came out of her room yesterday and said, “Since we are all home can we do a thing?” Now, I had a list of errands to run and really did not feel like dragging the kids with me to do them. But she was right, we are rarely all home for an entire day. I decided to take them on the errands and go get some lunch. One of the errands was to drop off things at the thrift store. And I started thinking. About tea things.

Now, I decided many years ago that I didn’t want anything in our home that I would yell at a kid for accidentally damaging. I don’t mean willful destruction. I mean fair wear and tear, and that includes dropping dishes now and again. Hell, I dropped a plate myself last weekend and broke it into four pieces. Anyway, with the exception of Grandmother’s rocking chair, which I keep in my room, I’ve held to that. I wanted pretty tea things to have elegant tea, but I knew I couldn’t go buy a tea set because I’d be mad if a piece were damaged.

But there we were. At the thrift store. Where they sell things. So, I looked at the children and said, “okay, we’re going in. We are going straight to the back. Don’t get distracted. We’re only going in that one section.” So we did. We decided we weren’t going to go with sets, necessarily. It just had to be pretty, and actual china. That first store had quite a few things. And then we went to a second thrift store where we picked up a few more. And then a third.


Tea was served at 6:30 pm, because we got home at 4:30, and it took me a bit of time to get it all washed, dried, and put away, even with Jasmine helping. We ended up with 20 cups, and I didn’t count the saucers and such. I ended up putting about half of it in the cabinet instead of on the shelf as you see it above. I discovered when I went to get the pieces I wanted to use that it was packed too tightly to be accessible. So now I have pretty tea things, and if a piece gets broken it’s no big deal because it won’t mess up my “set.” I’ll just pull a replacement down from the cabinet. When I run out of replacements, I will just go back to the thrift store.

26. Homemade Pot Pie


Because I could.

This entry was posted on January 26, 2016, in cass cooks.

25. Asshole Alert


Someone thought piling up more snow on top of the preexisting snow behind my van was an ok thing to do. You don’t even know how tempted I was to take a picture of his license plate and post that with this. I’m not the only one with this issue, either. Throughout the complex, folks have dug themselves out leaving snow mountains to block other cars in, often as tall as the hood of the blocked vehicle.

So, don’t be that guy. Nobody likes that guy. Walk the extra five feet to put your snow on the grass. Because when you don’t my 14 yo is moving my snow AND yours. I guess that makes him the better man.

This entry was posted on January 25, 2016, in cass rants.

24. One of Fifteen

I told you people I was going to scrapbook.  Fifteen pages today.


23. Snowpacolypse 2016 Day Two


Saturday 11:55 am.


Also, time to begin working on the scrapbooking.

22. Snowpacolypse 2016 Day One



4:45 Friday

21. Reading Day; Experiment Update


The schools were on a two hour delay, so after delightful morning coffee and connection, I sorted through the stacked up mail, cooked breakfast for the kids, and made another pass through the house. It was a small collection today: a bottle of perfume and a stack of clothes I had pulled out of the closet several days ago. I think I am truly at the read it up, craft it up, see if I wear it up point of the purge. It’s a nice place to be.

I spent the rest of the school day reading this bit of fluff. It was quick and fun, and it counts as a book. I am not ashamed.

Last night’s experiment was overnight oatmeal. Basically you combine equal parts steel-cut or rolled oats and milk, with whatever seasonings you like– mix it, cover it, and put it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, heat it up and viola! Breakfast. I used almond milk, a tbsp of monkfruit in the raw, a shake or two of apple pie spice. This morning, after heating, I added chopped apples and roasted pecans.

I liked it. But. I will increase the liquid just a bit. And I will not use monkfruit. It is nasty and leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. I didn’t like it when I tried it in my coffee six months ago; I don’t like it in my oatmeal; I understand now why it was on clearance is in the trash can. When I want sugar, I will just use sugar. This is going to be a go-to breakfast for me. One cup of raw oatmeal and half an apple held me from 8:30 am until after 2. That’s a winner.

20. Making an Experiment

If it’s good, I’ll tell you about it.  If it’s not good, we just won’t speak of it again.


This entry was posted on January 20, 2016, in cass cooks.