Highs and Lows

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.


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!

19 Comments on Highs and Lows

  1. Ashley @ Good Taste Healthy Me
    October 18, 2011 at 8:49 am (9 years ago)

    I absolutely love tea. I drink it alll Winter. Right now I’m on a mint tea kick. I am not a fan of fruity teas though.

  2. Amy B @ Second City Randomness
    October 18, 2011 at 9:27 am (9 years ago)

    Somehow, unknown to me, I have not lost my wallet yet.

    I promise you it’s only a matter of time…

  3. Cait @ Beyond Bananas
    October 18, 2011 at 9:48 am (9 years ago)

    GAH! I know how hard it is to LOSE one thing.. let alone a whole wallet. I hope you find your passport and can get eerything situation before Thursday!!!

  4. Jennifer
    October 18, 2011 at 10:23 am (9 years ago)

    UGH, I’m sorry about your wallet. I hope it all works out.

    I love iced tea, but I’m not a fan of hot tea. That said, some friends and I did a high tea at the Phoenician Resort in Phoenix one time that was so fun! It was 3 hours of relaxation in the beautiful resort with tea and 3 courses (similar to yours). One of my most favorite things I’ve done with friends. Loved that you guys wore hats – too cute!

  5. Jennifer
    October 18, 2011 at 10:28 am (9 years ago)

    I am a daily coffee and daily tea drinker (I really like my hot beverages, especially in the fall and winter!). I really like Yogi’s herbal teas… the Egyptian licorice mint is one of my favorites!

  6. Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio
    October 18, 2011 at 10:57 am (9 years ago)

    I’m really sorry to hear about your wallet. That really does suck.

    I’m a big tea drinker. My father is British so I LOVE English Tea with milk and sugar. Such a treat!

  7. Roz
    October 18, 2011 at 12:40 pm (9 years ago)

    Hi Beth, big GRRR on the lost wallet. Such an inconvenience. GRRR! However, the tea looks so fun! (love how the soup was served in tea cups!) I’ve been drinking alot of chai tea lately. Very spicy! Have a wonderful Tuesday.

  8. The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh
    October 18, 2011 at 1:08 pm (9 years ago)

    That’s funny, I found a tea house not too far from us and asked the hubby if he’d be willing to go and he agreed. I don’t think I could get him to agree to a fancy hat though. 😉 I drink iced tea every day and the occasion cup of hot tea in the morning.

  9. Sara
    October 18, 2011 at 1:09 pm (9 years ago)

    My family LOVES going to tea and having our own tea parties. (In fact, my mother just threw a big ladies tea party to celebrate both my sister’s and my birthdays this past weekend!)

    I do like tea, but I’m definitely more of a coffee drinker. Still, though – nearly an entire shelf in my pantry is devoted to different teas!

  10. janetha
    October 18, 2011 at 3:07 pm (9 years ago)

    What an awesome tea party!! I love it. Sorry about the wallet =/

  11. Heather
    October 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm (9 years ago)

    Ugh, sorry to hear about your wallet, must be no fun at all to deal with that.

    I love, love, love tea. More than coffee, so I’m usually drinking an iced or hot tea in the mornings. I love all kinds and am constantly on the lookout for new ones!

  12. Rebecca W.
    October 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm (9 years ago)

    Sorry to hear about your wallet! I hope everything gets resolved, and soon.

    I’m a relatively new tea drinker, and only of one kind of tea — lemon tea (it’s black tea with added lemon peel, etc.), plain and simple. And it has to be hot — I’ve discovered that just because I like tea, it doesn’t mean that I like it iced. Blech. Just thinking about it gives me the willies! I have it every night either with an apple or some almonds…yum!

  13. Jen@FoodFamilyFitness
    October 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm (9 years ago)

    So sorry about your ID, any luck yet?
    I’m a huge tea drinker, forget coffee, I have tea every day and love all the varieties 🙂

  14. Hilary @ The Big Weight
    October 18, 2011 at 6:53 pm (9 years ago)

    I LOVE LOVE chai! I also just bought this cinnamon vanilla black tea from trader joes that I am excited to try. Looks like you had fun!

  15. Autumn@Good Eats Girl
    October 18, 2011 at 9:19 pm (9 years ago)

    Sorry about your passport…that stinks, but I hope that the DMV has it for you!

    Your tea party looks like tons of fun! What a great way to spend some time with friends!

  16. Hilary
    October 18, 2011 at 9:26 pm (9 years ago)

    Mmmm…I love high teas, but it has been so long since I’ve been to one. I am a big tea drinker….love lots of different kinds, but if I HAD to pick one, it’d be Earl Grey. I like different teas depending on the season though (like chai and spice ones for fall, fruitier for summer, etc).

  17. Laurel
    October 19, 2011 at 12:57 am (9 years ago)

    Recently, after my doctor told me that I needed to cut back on caffeine, and since I’ve really started watching my calories again, I’ve been trying to bring back a couple servings of herb tea daily. Tazo Passion Tea is my absolute favorite tea of all time! With some stevia or splenda., it’s so sweet and tasty it’s almost like drinking juice. Yum

  18. tanya
    October 24, 2011 at 12:37 pm (9 years ago)

    I would love to take my mother in law to this for her birthday. What is the name of the tea house? we are in Annapolis, and I work in Columbia!

    • Beth
      October 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm (9 years ago)

      Hi Tanya! I’d recommend it – it was so cute!! It’s right on Main Street in Old Ellicott City. Here’s a link: http://www.teaonthetiber.com/


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