Thursday, August 22, 2019

SUMMERTIME BOUQUETS

It has been so much fun just
reaching in the garden for
flowers for bouquets this summer!


Hope your summer is going great!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

LADIES FOR LUNCHEON TEA


Today I enjoyed having some
ladies for a luncheon tea:


 I choose the word "luncheon tea" because
I didn't make multiples of food items although
I did serve Chicken Salad Croissants and
a nice green salad with pine nuts and
raspberries.  Then I served scones with
cherry filling inside and little cheesecake 
tarts with fruits.  We had iced tea and
since it is very hot - our cups and saucers
stayed empty of hot tea.



inside of them.  When we were in Kansas
City I was able to go to Cost Plus World
Market so we enjoyed some Somerdale
Devon Cream for our scones.



Do you love hospitality?  I really enjoy
making food and serving it.

Monday, August 5, 2019

VICTORIA MAGAZINE'S PLUM TEA LOAF for "Tea In The Garden"

Today I thought I would bake the Vanilla and
 Earl Grey Plum Tea Loaf found in the
 September 2019 issue of Victoria:



I was anxious to enjoy my new book
too from Victoria Magazine:


Please pour yourself a cup of
tea and look at these beautiful
photos of England:


This plum tea loaf has 5 wonderful ripe
plums baked right into it and the icing
features Earl Grey Tea.


This summer hasn't been quite as
hot as other summers in the last
few years.  That's ok with us!




The recipe can be found
 on page 106 
of the September issue.
If you love England (and
I know many of you have
been there) you will love
this book:


Monday, July 29, 2019

END OF JULY IN THE GARDEN


This week I finally remembered to put
 my summer wreath on the front door!






We are very happy to have some days
below 90 degrees.  With the humidity
being so high it really helps!


I have enjoyed the house wren
in the pussy willow tree but
he sure doesn't like me coming around!

It's always fun when there is an
abundance of flowers for bouquets!






The zinnias are starting to arrive:




I hope you have a lovely week!


Monday, July 22, 2019

SUMMERTIME "Tea In The Garden"

If it does what they say, the temperatures 
are dropping this week into the 80's so it
 is a perfect time for another tea in the
 garden.  It has been a while since it was
 cool enough to set up outside.


Please pour yourself some lovely tea.
It is Yorkshire Gold loose so you can
use the strainer to catch the grounds!



My garden is making it's transition into
 full blow summer now.  We had a cooler
than usual June and I have enjoyed my 
"Endless Summer" Hydrangeas.  
When I bought them in 2016 I was told
 by avid Iowa gardener, Beth Jordan that
 they don't do well in our above
 90 degree temperatures which is oven the
 case June through August.
She knew what she was talking about but
it seems if you can get them through the
first few years - they will survive and 
bloom after all.





I have several American Beauty Cups and
Saucers and I sure think they are wonderful.




Right now the coneflowers and monarda are the flowers that sure don't mind the heat. 








 The zinnias are coming along and 
the limelight and strawberry hydrangeas.





I am also sharing this photo of an unusual
 bird at my finch feeder the other evening. 
 I have recently started bringing the feeder in
 at night because I kept finding it empty
 every morning - as well as
 an empty hummingbird
 feeder.  This "bird" arrived early before
 dark so now we know!



Sunday, July 21, 2019

THE JULY GARDEN

We have had some very hot weather
in Missouri - well into the 90's.  
Today we have temps back into
the 80's so I took a few photos of
the garden.  The sun is not
up beyond the north trees so it
is rather dark in the garden.


For days and days the house wren
has sung his heart out for a mate
and now they are nesting in the
little birdhouse out front.


I am so glad the roses bloomed before the
Japanese Beatles arrived this year.  They
are here now and I find them on some
remaining blooming roses, the zinnia
 leaves, flowering cherry tree, etc.  They
 aren't as bad as last year but they 
are very destructive.








I hope you have cooler temps too and
enjoy your summer week!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

MIXED FRUIT PIE - PERFECT FOR SUMMER

This is a great time of the summer
to make a nice Mixed Fruit Pie.
I used 4 peaches cut up, 2 cups of
blueberries and 1 cup of raspberries.


Actually, you could do any combination of
ripe and fresh fruits such as blackberries
or strawberries, peaches, plums or blueberries.




I substituted lard for crisco in my pie crust.



You will need:  4 cups of of fresh, ripe fruit chopped in a large bowl with 1 tsp lemon juice.  Add 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tsp ground cinnamon and 1/4 cup of  flour and 1/4 cup of cornstarch - mix through.  

Pour into a pie shell bottom and add the lattice top.  Brush with egg yolk and bake at 425 for 25-30 minutes

Pie crust recipe:  2 cups sifted flour, cut in 3/4 cup crisco (or lard) using a flour kneader.  Add 5 - 8 Tb ice water to form a nice ball of dough.  Divide dough as 1/2 will be used for the lattice top.  Roll out on floured pastry cloth with a covered and floured rolling pin.  Press into pie shell.  After adding peach mix, cut the lattice strips and weave across the top.  You could use this recipe for other pies.

Monday, July 15, 2019

AFTERNOON TEA WITH SOME CF LADIES

I am pleased to share photos of an
Afternoon Tea I had on Sunday
afternoon.  We were glad to be down
 in the cool tea room and not out in
 the hot, sunny garden.




There were 27 ladies from
  "Christian Fellowship" who came to
relax and enjoy Afternoon Tea.

Gredia (pronounced Sha-re-tah) offered to
sing and we loved her two beautiful songs.


We had mature women and young women
and our new "Tea Baby" Adalea!





We were honored to have 2 women who were
refugees from the Congo and Caritas Habimana
who was a refugee from Rwanda.


I do things different ways for different 
teas and this time I decided to use my
 3 tiered servers at the table rather than a
buffet.  A few ladies enjoyed hot tea but because
of the heat most of the ladies chose iced tea.




Here is what I served:  the scones
were Mixed Berry Cream, the tea
was Decaf and Regular Ginger Peach,  Yorkshire
Gold and Blackberry Sage.  The Savories
were Cheese Asparagus Quiche, Hot
 Pepper Peach Ham Biscuits, and 2 types of Cheddar Cheese crackers.  The sweets were Chocolate Peppermints Brownies, Miniature Lemon Pound Cakes and Lemon Fruit Tarts.

I used the recipe for the lemon pound cake given in the link but poured the batter into mini muffin tins and shortened the baking time......they worked perfectly!



One last idea for you here today:  I baked the
 Cheese Asparagus Onion Quiches in shells.
 Instead of using Crisco - I used lard in the 
dough - yes lard.  I have been wanting to do 
this for a long time and I DO LIKE the crust 
better!  You can buy lard at the market
next to the Crisco. (use the link to the recipe
 above just change the cooked asparagus, etc) 
 Instead of a large quiche - I made mini ones
 in the mini muffin tins)



Out in the garden some hydrangeas are
blooming and others are starting to
bloom.  Monarda and Cone Flowers
are in abundance and then miscellaneous
flowers.  I am so enjoying having a garden.


I baked pretty much all day on Saturday
 and early Sunday morning and love, love
 my new convectional oven. I also did one
thing wrong by putting my crackers too close
together in baking them - so now I learned
that lesson the hard way which seems to be
my best teacher always!

Here is one of 2 cheese cracker recipes I baked.
This one was the White Cheddar Cheese Recipe from the July/August issue of Victoria.  I put
springs of Rosemary on top of mine.