Saturday, October 1, 2022

CHI ALPHA GALS FOR AFTERNOON TEA

Today I was blessed to give a Fall
Afternoon Tea for a group of Chi
Alpha college gals.  This is a Christian
Sorority funded by the Assemblies of
God and a wonderful program.


I took this photo outside 
at the end of our tea:



It was a beautiful day and we were
all lovely the cooler temperatures.


This was the menu:






Except I substituted buttermilk
instead of heavy whipping cream

Saturday, September 24, 2022

A FALL AFTERNOON TEA

 Today I had an Afternoon Tea for a 
group I started back in March. (for the 
ladies living in my area)
 I was so glad it wasn't as hot as 
some of the
days we have had
this summer.


This was the table earlier as I was setting
up for 5 ladies plus myself.  As always,
some could not come as we all have
a lot going on.




I recently changed things up down in
the tea room by moving the cabinets
with tea wares to a different wall, moving
the mantle and mirror.  This is where
a husband really comes in handy!


I was blessed to be able to share
some "fallish" English cups
and saucers this time and I had
taken time to copy all the
recipes of the items we enjoyed.
I don't always have time for that
but this time it seemed to happen.


This was the menu and 
we had both iced and
later hot tea:








I always seem to miss taking
 photos of all the food
goodies!

Saturday, September 17, 2022

CHECK OUT MY TEA COZIES


 Please check out my tea cozies
made from vintage crochet, lace
and embroidery.

Thursday, September 15, 2022

A BITTERSWEET CELEBRATION for "Tea In The Garden"

 We have had a lovely break in our
temperatures enjoying some weather 
in the 80's and everyone has loved it.
  That's a good reason to do a little tea time
 in the garden along with the fact that
the bittersweet is getting lovely on the
arbor. 


I did a floral with a variety of items
and colors from the garden and
added some pink market roses:


Today I baked a BUTTER PECAN CAKE
but I have to say that I don't know where
this recipe came from.  I copy a lot of
recipes and print some but I usually write
 on the copy information about which book
 or magazine issue the recipe came from.








I will need to skip dinner tonight
 since I had an early
slice of this cake!


I don't give a lot of directions for recipes
since most people know how to mix up
a cake batter so here are the basic
ingredients:

Cake body - 3 layers with 8" pans buttered and floured  350 degrees My oven is convection which took 27 minutes otherwise 30-35 minutes


1 cup chopped pecans, 3/4 cupt butter, 1 1/3 cups of sugar, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, 3 eggs if small or 2 large, 2 cups sifted flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 3/4 cup milk - mix all together well and then stir in the 1 cup of chopped pecans

And now I need to say that I doubled all that to get this tall cake but if you want - just
use this recipe for a smaller one.

Icing:  4 Tb butter, 3 cups confect sugar, 3 Tb light cream and 1 tsp vanilla and 1/3 cup of chopped pecans.  Sprinkle the 1/3 cup of chopped pecans on top after icing the cake.




I hope you have had a nice summer. 
 We had such a need for rain that my
 flower garden had to be watered and
 even that was not making the plants
happy.  



If you want to toast your pecans you just
 chop them up and dot 3 Tb of butter over them in a shallow pan and toast them
 at 350 degrees for 15 minutes (stir occasionally during the baking process)

The first day of autumn
 is September 22!

Sunday, September 11, 2022