This beautiful little tea set cost A LOT more than $15, but it's so charming I just had to buy it. A friend and I were having lunch one day, and after lunch we wandered into a little store that looks like an old general store. I loved that these cups were larger than most teacups. It has a separate strainer so you can use loose tea. It's very fun - and oh so feminine. It wasn't a player in today's brunch, but when Mark started shooting pictures for me, this one begged to be taken, I guess!! I have it sitting on a very old hammered-silver tray that my mom gave me.
This lovely pure maple syrup was featured at brunch - on wonderful yeasted waffles - yum! The syrup is made at the Arboretum - they tap their maple trees, make the syrup, have a big pancake breakfast, and then sell these cute bottles in their gift shop. It is simply the best maple syrup I have ever tasted.
This was the table before food - it looked much yummier after the food arrived, trust me! We had an egg & sausage casserole, warm baked Virginia ham slices that I did with fresh pineapple slices and brown sugar, yeasted waffles and warm maple syrup, fresh cantaloupe and strawberries, and roasted potatoes with parmesan cheese. And lovely, tasty mimosas. For dessert, my sister brought two very decadent pies that were too yummy. (Lucky me, she left me slices to enjoy tomorrow too!)
Best part of the day, of course, was the company of people we love - Mary, Jim, and Cody. Mark had to leave for California mid-afternoon - bummer. But still a lovely day.