Tuesday, November 15, 2011


TODAY the mailman brought a surprise!  I saw a padded envelope laying behind the counter and opened it - surprise.....Angela McRae has written a lovely new tea book "Dainty Dining" which includes recipes, memories and memorabilia from America's department store tea rooms.  I was thrilled to see her research on all these special places from our past. I personally am thrilled to see the old Younkers Tea Room because I went there twice while attending a small Bible College in Des Moines, Iowa in the late 60's-70's.  Senior banquets were often held there. I remember getting off the elevator Angela mentions in her book. At that time I recall feeling like the decor was "old" and charming.

I was deeply touched to read Angela's "Acknowledgments" in the front of this book and see my name listed there among her "blogging" friends.  We have never met, but we have communicated leaving comments on each other's blogs!  I started blogging in June of 2008 and Angela was one of the first to leave me a comment.  (on a former Wordpress blog)  You can visit Angela's Tea With Friends right here!

The photo below is much as I remember the Younkers Tea Room:


Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Bernideen
I expect to get my copy in the mail this week. Angela makes the yummiest sandwiches.
I'm glad your name and blog is mentioned, you're a lovely and knowledgeable tea lady yourself.

HHL said...

Sounds like a wonderful book! and Angela's blog sounds like fun.. I'm off to visit her. Thanks for sharing it.

Swooning over your tea pot!! xo HHL

[email protected] Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Bernideen,
What a lovely book to receive and even more special that your name was acknowledged in the book. Pretty teapot! Thanks for joining me for tea and enjoy your week.


Zaa said...

HI Bernideen .. Sounds like a wonderful book... I'll keep a lookout for it...especially since there are sandwich recipe ..Yummy ... Hugs

Denise :) said...

Oh! Angela always has the most wonderful recipes on her blog. I may need a copy of this book! :)

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

I got my copy, can't wait to read it when I get back from this trip!!!!

Michele's Treasures, Teacups, and Tumbling Rose Cottage said...

Sounds wonderful! Love that teapot too. ; )

Angela McRae said...

Thanks so much for the kind words, Bernideen! I especially love knowing about your connection to the Younkers Tea Room!

cilla said...

Hello Bernideen,
look's like a lovely book.I'm able to back on blogging now.have had some browser problems.hope you are doing well my dear friend.stop by sometime.Cilla

Karen said...

Going to a tea room for lunch made shopping a special occasion. Such a lovely idea for a book.

Lady Linda said...

The tea book is going around on the blogs...must be a great one. Have you had snow yet?
Love, LInda