There is a tea quote I particularly love which goes like this: "Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea." Those of us who enjoy the pleasures of teatime know that is quite true. Over the weekend I set a tea tray just for me, with a simple slice of whole wheat bread with butter and strawberry jam, served with a cup of White Peony Tea. Takes not five minutes to assemble, and yet it feels sort of ... special ... doesn't it?
Years ago I collected old toleware trays like this one. Some in better shape, some not so much, but I loved them all. In fact, before I married I had my kitchen decorated with them. I don't think any of my tole trays cost more than a few dollars, so I continue to be stunned when I see them in antique malls for the going rate of $50 and up, even for some of the spotty looking ones.
My mom (you're not surprised) found this one for me last week. "Do you think that tray was worth 50 cents?" she asked. Yes, yes I sure do!