The Weather Outside Is Frightful

By Stephanie Hanson Here in Northern Virginia, the snow is coming down like we haven't seen in at least a decade, at least in my uneducated opinion. The snow is well over my knees, and well, we just aren't used to that here. That might be the way things go up north, but here, we …

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Tea Accoutrements

by Stephanie Hanson One of the great pleasures of afternoon tea is surveying a beautifully set tea table. From the beginning, the vessels used in the preparation of tea have played nearly as major a role as the leaf itself. Think of the formal order of the Japanese tea ceremony, for example. The basic preparation …

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