For those who may not know, I tend to drink a lot of tea... coffee too (and although neither is allowed now on my IC diet, I do still cheat now and then)... but both stain my china cups. Recently I got to the point where the tea and coffee stains were embarrassing when serving.
So I *googled* how to get tea and coffee stains off your china. Many of you may already know this, but it's pretty simple. Just make a paste of baking soda and water and rub vigorously... a voila! no stains! They do say that if you have a stubborn stain, to add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to the paste. Mine worked without doing that.
Now that Easter is over, I'm guessing the next actual holiday is the 4th of July (not counting my daughter's birthday in May). And since we don't really do much on the 4th (our neighborhood has a 4th of July parade and occasionally our son has a bar-b-cue), but we (DH and I) don't plan anything (we do set out our flag!). So unless I've forgotten something, we should have a few months of relative quiet. We like quiet.
Actually Easter itself was quiet. Kids went off to the Hill country to celebrate with my daughter and her family there. I made some stuffed artichokes here at home and served them with our dinner of NY strip steaks, a cauliflower and broccoli casserole, and home-made cheese biscuits. Their Easter Brunch menu (of which we got pictures) was much more elaborate, but our meal here was good. We may all try to go down to the Hill country next year... but it's hard when there's no one left around to care for the cats.
|stuffed artichoke ready to steam...|
On the pottery front: our hand-built kilns are drying... and will need a lot more time to dry before firing. But we've started on the next project - which is hand-built decorative urns. I have already finished the main body of the hand-built one and am working on the lid and decorative part now. Hoping (if there's time) to also throw one on the wheel... but we'll see. Going in this afternoon to the studio. May take some pics to post later.
The weather has gotten quite warm quickly. We haven't turned on the air-conditioner yet - like to get through May without it. Open windows (when we're home) have worked so far.