Saturday, October 30, 2021

A LOVELY FALL DAY for Tea In The Garden


Today I was able to set up a "Tea In The
Garden" which is always fun.  I recently realized something I have been doing wrong in my garden. You would probably not make this mistake.

 Each spring I have been cutting off the dead looking hydrangea stems that are brown.   Yes, I have done this each year and each year I have few of the blue ones bloom.  They do make lots of leaves but not many blooms. 

 I was reading in a gardening Facebook group for Missouri and someone asked about this very thing.  I learned that this was indeed my error as someone said the blooms form on the old wood.  Now, who would have guessed that?

These blue blooms came just recently after our really hot weather cooled down.

  So next spring I am leaving things alone
 and I am hoping to get a bumper crop for
a change.  

Wednesday, October 27, 2021


 This morning I made these muffins to 
take to a seniors church meeting.

You could make them for dinner tonight
or for a tea time.  There are lots of possibilities.  I guarantee they will be eaten!

This is a very simplified version of the
Pumpkin Muffins from the Sept/Oct 2012 issue of TeaTime: makes 12 muffins

Ingredients: 1 cup reg flour, 1/2 cup whole wheat flour, 3/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp bak powder, 1 tsp bak soda, 1 tsp grd cinnamon, 1/2 tsp grd ginger, 1/4 tsp grd cloves, 1/2 tsp salt

**1/2 cup dried cranberries or even raisins, 1 cup canned pumpkin, 2 large eggs 2/3 cup buttermilk and 1/4 cup veg oil  (If I don't have buttermilk I just put a little lemon juice in milk)
Mix all the dried items and add moist items.
Fill the wells of large muffin tin tray 2/3 full and bake 18-20 min or 15 min in a convection oven.  I used some fun fallish muffins papers.

I hope you have been stocking up on some non perishable groceries at home.  Who knows where things are headed with all the decisions they are making.

**I used 1/3 cup craisins, 1/3 cup raisins and 1/2 cup walnuts  The recipe made 12+

Saturday, October 23, 2021


 This is the time of the year those garden
projects seem to be arriving and it's
do it now or do it on a colder day so
today a little progress was made and
I removed the last of the zinnias:

It's 60 degrees out today and you can 
just tell the weather in changing.

I made a pile of blooms on the sidewalk
as I worked.

There seemed to be plenty for a bouquet
and the rose bush that our friends gave
me has been energized by cooler temperatures.

I actually have some blue hydrangeas
around by the pond and I hope they
mature some more before the cold
gets to them.

I took this bouquet to a neighbors
and left it for her as my husband
has allergies.

Friday, October 22, 2021


 This is the time of the year that certain
garden chores must be done.  At least,
if you want to enjoy certain flowers in 
the spring, then they have to be done now.

This is an area near my Beatrix Potter
statuary where I want to have foxgloves.
Each Mother plant that bloomed this 
spring and into summer will now die.  However, often the mother plant and
 stalk produce little baby plants so I 
have to find them near the old plant 
that bloomed this summer.  If you don't
 get them down in some good dirt they
 get less feeding from the dying mother

 Also, they will form two places: at the base
of the plant and on the stalk.  Here are
some I quickly found today:

Walmart and garden centers sell little
jars of root boosting powder which I use by dipping the root end of the plant in water
first and then the root powder element:

These will have time yet to form some roots before it is really cold.  It is cool out and colder at night but that is ok. 

 This photo
below shows you a mother stalk and
 how the babies formed on the stalk. 
 You carefully peal them off.

You really need to get some new fresh
garden soil surrounding these new

Just flipping an existing plant back shows
 you it isn't even secure in the ground
 because it was a new baby plant.  

This one was
pulled out and replanted as there are
two there.  If it is not replanted with some
good dirt it probably will just dry up
and die this winter.

Some are bigger and some
tiny but these are all babies
for next year:

leave a little stalk too:

planted in better soil below:

Many of the ones
I pulled were already
showing signs of
distress from lack
of water from the mother stem.

You may have already been remembering
that other plants do this same type of
reproduction:  such as Lambs Ear

Another example is Sweet William:

You can see these forget me nots are
very dry and these babies weren't
hardly in any dirt and will just die
unless planted and watered:
(I do not use rooting element on either of 
these 2 plants as they will take off with
just the planting and water)

Make sure you put some new fresh
quality topsoil around those
baby foxgloves:

Hopefully - next spring and early
summer you will have lots:

Late note:  someone asked me where I
got this statuary that is similar to Beatrix Potter.  Actually I have 8 pieces like these
 all around the garden.  They are (click) Campania International
 A while back we got a new birdbath
 which was just the same as the old
one.  We ordered it and picked it up at a garden center in St. Louis.  
I will carefully cover this one better
with a heavy black plastic bag in winter!

Wednesday, October 20, 2021


 I was online looking at various fall
soup recipes and today I made one for
our dinner tonight:

Our weather has turned cooler and I
imagine the leaves will begin to turn now.
Each day now, I have to pick up the
 acorns and walnuts in the back yard.
I try to get them before the squirrels
bury them.  That's impossible but I try.

perfect for fall!  I served it with the
$1.00 French Bread loaf from Walmart.
I buy them and immediately divide that
long loaf into several cartons and put
that in the freezer.  That way, it doesn't 
get stale before we eat it.  My husband
actually loves it for toast.

Like you I often put my own spin on a 
recipe and change one or more things.
In this case, I used 1 cup brocolli instead
of kale, I used 1 medium sweet potato and 1 
medium regular potato.  I also added 1 cup
fresh green beans and used red onion instead
of white.  I cooked 2 small chicken breasts
in 6 cups of water.

We loved our soup and you might
like to try it too. 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021


 Today husband and I enjoyed driving down
to Osage Beach to have a nice lunch

This tea room is like others here in Missouri in that it is like a lunch cafe with tea.  We love their "Go Nuts" salad and I always enjoy
a slice of lemon pie.

So if you are going to Springfield or Branson or the lake of the Ozark, this would be a fun stop in a shopping village with cute shops.

This is an area in the antique shop
across the way:

I always notice this cool old house on
the way back - please bare in mind we were 
driving 65 miles per hour.

As we go back to Columbia, we pass
 by our Capitol in Jefferson City,
 Missouri and cross the
 Missouri River:

Sunday, October 17, 2021


 I had mentioned a few weeks ago that I
would be helping with a ladies tea at
church.  I think this was their first tea

 I was a hostess for one table and even had a man at my table because he and his wife led the music and worship time. You can see Blaz was making the best of the situation.

They oversee a local campus
sorority ministry for young women as part of the Assemblies of God called Chi Alpha.  I have enjoyed getting to know some of these girls who attend the University of Missouri, Stephens College and Columbia College - all here in Columbia, Missouri.

 The menu was 2 types of scones: plain with raisin and pumpkin date scones.  Hot black tea was served in teapots by the hostesses.

  The meal began with a nice fall salad with mixed greens and a few of each of these: sliced green grapes, mini English cucumbers, red onion, peas, craisins, mushrooms, shredded cheese, chopped apples and crispy onion rings. 

 The savories were: Finger sandwiches of Smoked Turkey with an orange marmalade and cranberry spread with a little lettuce, Cheese Spinach Mini Quiches and Pimento Cheese Pinwheels.  

The sandwich recipe was from Linda Jennings but suddenly I can no longer find it.  I forgot to tell the kitchen ladies not to pile up the sandwiches because they weren't as neat as they should have been.  That was my fault.
This is how we learn - right? 

 This was
my table for which 
I was the hostess:

The sweets must not be forgotten and they were wonderful: Pumpkin Raisin Cookies
made by Jeni:


Another great baker Connie made the Walnut Zucchini Bars and 
 Mini Cherry Cheesecakes
 were made by Sondra who is a great pastry chef and cook

and I want to try these myself sometime....she did a graham cracker base but you could also do a crushed oreo base.

Here are just a few photos of some of the 64 guests. (Jerry, Jeni and Sondra) My  friend and guest Stacey below: 

Our Pastor's wife Joy who is a "joy"!  Jeni and Laura:

This dear sweet lady Pat recently fell and broke
her hip and elbow but with lots of prayers going up - she's making  great comeback!

Connie to the left is another great baker and cook with Pat.

Linda was the Director who worked very hard to bring this event to fruition: