Let’s get the lows out of the way, shall we?
This weekend, I did one of the most inconvenient things known to man – managed to lose my ENTIRE wallet. My credit/debit cards, my license, Starbucks card (priorities, I know), my Weight Watchers Lifetime card, tons of coupons from conferences, my checkbook… that’s all I can positively identify that was in there. On Friday night, the entire wallet just fell out of my purse on my way home and despite calling the place I was, backtracking on the street, searching my apartment upside down and inside out, it is nowhere to be found.
IT IS SO ANNOYING.
To top it off, I just got my new DC license, and I cannot find my passport that I used for ID to get it ANYWHERE. I am crossing my fingers (and my toes) that I left it at the DMV, but they are closed on Mondays so I have to wait until first thing today to call. The other worst part is that I’m going to Chicago for Leadership training on Thursday, and literally have no ID to get me on the plane!
I’ve already cancelled all my cards and ordered new ones, plus went to the bank to get a temporary card, so at least I have access to my own money now. But still, most annoying and inconvenient thing ever. End rant.
The biggest highlight of this weekend was a birthday celebration for one of my best friends, Rachel. She turned 28 on Saturday, so a few of us go together to go up to Ellicott City where she lives and take her out for high tea. We all got gussied up with fancy hats:
Me, Jess, Rachel, and Katie (Jess’s sister who was visiting)
The way it works is everyone orders a pot of tea, and then they bring out a three tiered dish with different finger foods to eat. The menu is set, so you don’t have to choose what you want to eat which is kind of nice for me since I like to try a little bit of everything.
We all did decide to add on the seasonal soup, which was a cup of butternut squash and apple soup, garnished with sour cream and herbs.
It was delicious, creamy, and tasted just like Fall.
Before too long, the finger foods came out for us to dig into.
So much stuff!
The bottom layer had black currant scones (my favorite thing of the day!), plus fresh fruit and some pieces of havarti cheese.
The middle plate had finger sandwiches – tomato, ham (which I didn’t have) and a cinnamon bread with some sort of pumpkin and carrot filling which was sweet, but delicious. There was also a corn and cucumber salad for everyone which I will be trying to recreate at home – so good!
The top tier had huge pieces of chocolate cake, apple crumb bars, short bread cookies, and chocolate covered strawberries for all. The shortbread cookies were my fav!
And of course, you can’t forget the tea.
I ended up going with the seasonal tea, which was brandied apple and oh so good. There were so many teas on the menu and it took us so long to decide which kinds to get, so it’s a good thing we didn’t have to decide on the food, too!
I’d only ever done a high tea once before in my life and it was for my sister’s bridal shower several years ago. It was so much fun to do it again for Rachel’s birthday!
Are you a tea drinker? What’s your favorite kind?
I do like tea, but I am a daily coffee drinker so I only really have tea on occasion. I love the seasonal kinds like gingerbread and eggnog, but I also love just a plain old cup of green tea sometimes!