Tuesday, July 20, 2021

OUT IN THE GARDEN AND SOME VIDEOS

   I wanted to share two of the
videos I came across today that are
 absolutely
wonderful!

But first a bouquet
I put on my porch:


And a few photos from the
garden today:


I found some butterflies loving

the butterfly bush and the

monarda:


And one more collage:





Videos you might adore:

A video of Hidcote Manor Garden in the Cotswolds





Thursday, July 15, 2021

ALICE IN WONDERLAND TEA COZY


I just posted these tea cozies 



And the back side:


If you love teatime -
please take a peek:

My cozies are made in my newest design I
call a drop in Snuggie and are available
in 4 distinctly different sizes.

 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

WHO LIKES TO TRY NEW RECIPES?

 Do you like to learn?  One of the things
I have realized in growing older is that
our flesh can really rebel against learning
something new.  

One of the things you can do is READ a recipe and try it - something new.  This helps you keep your brain sharp.  I did a very simple
recipe today.....I apologize for the fact that
I write on my cookbooks but as you can
see I was thinking that next time I make
 these I will substitute those clear wrapped Kraft 
caramels for the sugar:




I took these to a Seniors meeting at
church and they loved them!  I think
they would be lovely on an Afternoon
Tea Tray too.

I did check on the tearoom and sadly
found
it to be closed.

Thursday, July 8, 2021

TEA IN THE GARDEN TIME


  This morning I looked 
out and noticed it was
an overcast day. 
 What a perfect day for taking photos. 
The Meadow Phlox (the tall lilac color flower in the back )is pretty right now
and is a Missouri wildflower. 
 Coneflowers
are so prolific here.


I set a little tea table up in my
front yard.  I had some Lemon
Pound Cake (click for recipe)
for us to enjoy that
I had baked Tuesday night.


I hope your summer is going well.


 For those of you that blog you will understand what I am about to say.  
Blogger has really messed with the
headers and I have not succeeded at
getting mine back up.  I like to change
my header according to the seasons but
it isn't so easy to change the header anymore.



These cups and saucers are English 
Royal Patrician.  They are some I use
down in my tearoom.



This is a late note from me:  I just told my husband I feel like a genius - everyone who know me knows that is an absolute joke!  I was able to finally follow the instructions on the link below and "somewhat" fix my header".  No, it isn't perfect but it is definitely bigger so I will leave this one alone for now!

scroll down and read the "HERE IS HOW I RESOLVED THE PROBLEM"by Cleo Coyle - she is the genius for sure!


Sunday, July 4, 2021

RASPBERRY CHIFFON PIE FOR SUMMER

 You know how certain foods just taste
better at certain times of the year.....


Raspberry Chiffon Pie tastes best when
it is hot outdoors.


Yesterday I doubled this recipe and
made two pies: an extra big one to take
to our church 4th of July
meal and
this smaller one.

This is the cookbook the recipe came from and it is an oldie from 1966.  I was married in 1968 so it was one of my first cookbooks.

I made this dough recipe
 and rolled it thin, so 
it was enough for both pies:

1 cup sifted flour, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/3 plus 1T Crisco and 1-4 T ice water  Roll dough out
thin on a floured cloth.
Bake at 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes. 
 Cool


If you would like to make it, here is
the recipe for one Raspberry Chiffon Pie:


1 10 Oz pkg frozen red raspberries, thawed, 1  3 Oz pkg raspberry flavored jello, 3/4 cup of boiling water, 2 Tb lemon juice, 1/2 cup whipping cream, whipped, 2 egg whites, 1/4 cup of sugar 

Drain raspberries, add water to syrup to make 2/3 cup.  Dissolve jello in boiling water;  add lemon juice and raspberry syrup.  Chill till partially set.    Add sugar gradually to the egg whites and whip.  Add egg whites and whipped cream both into raspberry mix.  Pile into cooled pie shell and chill.  Embellish with more whipped cream.

I read cookbooks like some people
read books and I do have quite a
few that I enjoy!  I picked this one up
this week at an antique mall and plan
to start with the Pimento Cheese sandwich
spread recipe I saw in it.



Saturday, July 3, 2021

SMALL TOWNS WITH OLD HOUSES

Wishing you a 
Happy 4th of July!


 

  I found this fun flag decoration in a
little shop over in Boonville, Missouri. 
We recently took a ride over west
of our town and I always enjoy
seeing the old houses and
the many lovely gardens.


I have taken photos before
 of this little
yellow house:


I can't resist peeking into someone
else's garden and seeing what they
have planted.


It was good to get out of the
house and enjoy a drive.....




and of course,  the beautiful hydrangeas!

And I found this sweet vase
and sheet music in a little 
shop called Buygones:






Tuesday, June 29, 2021

THREE DAYS OF RAIN AND WEEDS AND NO WALKS

My title today says it all.  Honestly,
can it rain anymore?  Yes, rain is
on the way..... again.  I just looked 
out and saw this so I took a photo
through the screen and window so
it isn't great.  But the hollyhocks
are going to seed and look who
is eating the seeds:


It seems like this year the hollyhocks have gone
rather quickly.




I try to walk everyday for an hour.  It
has really helped me physically.  I went
out early today in incredible humidity
knowing that if I didn't do it now it
wasn't going to happen. 


I love being home in retirement.
Everyday there are so many possibilities
of things to do, or make or bake or watch.
I have been sewing some clothing for
myself for the first time in years.



I hope you are having an 
enjoyable summer.

Saturday, June 26, 2021

FRIENDS FOR AFTERNOON TEA

 Today I had a little Afternoon Tea for
some ladies from my church.  They are
wanting to have an Afternoon Tea for
their ladies group this fall so I offered
 to give a tea 
 to help educate them
about Afternoon Tea Time.


I do most of my baking the day before
and bake the scones and final touches
of putting things together the day of
my tea.



If you are having Afternoon Tea 
the two most important things to serve
are SCONES  and even if it is hot - offer
some hot tea.  Most agree that offering
3 small savories and 3 small sweets is
 lovely .  Ladies usually eat about 2 of
each item if they are mini sized.


As you can see I used my mix and match
spring and summer tea wares.  We
started with salads and strawberry scones
and then savories and on to sweets.
Since I had 4 ladies (beside myself)
 I used my Afternoon Tea trio servers
for the savories and then
for the sweets. The number of
people you would be serving
really changes your serving style.



Here is what we had today:
Iced tea and hot tea
A salad with mixed greens, peas,
mushrooms, blueberries and crispy onion
rings with oriental honey dressing
Strawberry Cream Scones with Cream
Our savories were: Corned Beef
finger sandwich on rye, cheese, red pepper
 and asparagus tarts and Chicken Salad
mini Croissants.
Our sweets were: lemon tarts with
mixed fruits, Chocolate Peppermint
Brownies and Raspberry Cheesecake
Bars.


I have shared my downstairs tearoom
before but this room is closeby for
last minute
"preparation".


 It is best not to confuse people 
by calling your luncheon or your
Afternoon Tea by the term "High Tea".
High Tea was an evening meal for
the working class with cold meats, cheese,
bread, pickles and a pot of tea.  Here
in America this term has been engaged
in business to upgrade the event making
it seem more substantial. 


Information for large group teas:

When churches give teas they often
make use of buffet tables because of the
 fact that a large group is being served.
  There are different ways a tea can
work for a large group.  The key is to
make the table interesting and elevate
cake platters and some decorations.
Keep your serving pieces at different heights
by stacking them. Otherwise, everything
 is flat down on the table.  A buffet is so
 much more interesting using vintage
 dishes, clear glass or plain pieces or silverplate.


Generally with a large group, one
lady is asked to be the hostess for a
table of eight ladies.  She sets that
table with her own dishes and decorations
appropriate to the theme for the day.
If there is a buffet table for the 3 small 
savories, it is nice to have a separate
area for the desserts.  (3 mini size desserts)
The scones and tea can be brought to
the table by the hostess.  Obviously,
there are different ways this can work. A 
salad can even be on the table when
the ladies arrive and all begins.
Remember to allow 2-3 pieces of each type
 of finger food for each person.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

HOLLYHOCKS and LEMON COCONUT CAKE for "Tea In The Garden"

 Today I am doing a very
quick "Tea In The Garden" posting
and sharing a cake I baked
this afternoon.  The temperature 
dropped to 90 degrees so I dashed
 out in the backyard to get
 some photos:




The garden is in a holding pattern now
waiting on all the wonderful
 hydrangeas.  The spring flowers
have all faded away and now we 
have some hot summer days.



I was searching the internet for a
Lemon Coconut Cake and had a
funny experience.  I started to
read a recipe and the instructions
weren't at all like the photo and
I got rather suspicious.  After
looking at other recipes I found
the real creator here at this site:
STL Cooks.  The other person
must of copied their recipe and 
even their photo.  That was naughty.


Then reading even further
I see that this site shared that they
 adapted this recipe 
from another site who took it from a 2006 
Southern Living Recipe.......imagine
all that.


Needless to say - this cake is
delicious and like you do, I did
make a couple minor tweaks
myself using lemon extract in the lemon
filling and the main cake  and using
coconut extract in the
cream cheese frosting.