Saturday, April 30, 2011

BACK TO COLD WEATHER BUT DREAMING OF SPRING



Springtime in Colorado means it could snow this afternoon.  I looked out into my backyard this morning to see daffodils leaning over and cold.  This is always a tough time of the year when one wants to see lilacs blooming.  My prayers are with those who have suffered so much with these horrible tornadoes. My heart goes out as I watch these scenes on television.  

Friday, April 29, 2011

TEA QUOTE

From 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know:

Afternoon Tea should be provided, fresh supplies, with thin bread-and-butter, fancy pastries, cakes, etc., being brought in as other guests arrive.  

Mrs Beeton, The Book of Household Management





2009 in the garden....

Thursday, April 28, 2011

BUCKINGHAM PALACE SHORTBREAD - Perfect for your Afternoon Tea!





With the Royal Wedding almost here .....I thought I'd repost this recipe for all the Wedding Tea Parties across America.....





Last week the owner of the jewelry store next door told me they are planning an "All Things Royal" jewelry event  April 29th. "All That Glitters" is a lovely fine jewelry shop.  I have been going through all my tea books looking for ideas for them as they serve lovely refreshments at their events. 

 Are you familiar with the boxed set cookbook and CD known as Afternoon Tea Serenade by Sharon O'Connor?  It is truly wonderful and the music is the type you can get lost in!  This is part of what is known as the Menus and Music Series and Sharon has given me permission to feature this recipe on my blog!  It originated with Chef John Higgins who was the former chef for 2 years at Buckingham Palace.







Buckingham Palace Shortbread

You will need 2 cups of unsalted butter (4 sticks) at room temperature, 2/3 cup granulated sugar, 4 cups pastry flour (I used cake flour), 1 1/3 cups cornstarch and some superfine sugar for sprinkling

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy. In a medium bowl, stir the flour and cornstarch together. Gently stir the flour mixture into the butter mixture until it forms a soft dough. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 15 minutes or until firm.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Dust the dough lightly with flour and roll it out to 3/4 "  square or rectangle on a sheet of parchment  paper.  Transfer the parchment paper and dough to a baking sheet.  Bake in the center of the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until lightly golden and firm to the touch.  Remove from the oven and sprinkle the shortbread generously with superfine sugar.  While still warm, use a paring knife to cut the shortbread into 48 pieces. (I precut mine and also in high altitude added 1/4 cup water)



Some Buckingham Palace Garden Party loose black tea seemed most approriate for the shortbread celebration!











 I love the Menus and Music Series and often use the recipes in a number of them!  The music is quite beautiful and sets a lovely background for tea or any occasion....





My Old Country Rose Teaset seemed to go well with the royal recipe!












 to purchase the set or tea:   http://bernideens.blogspot.com/2011/02/afternoon-tea-serenade.html

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

VIOLETS ON THE BUFFET FOR TEA TIME TUESDAY




The violets are coming up and blooming in my yard and in my home!  I absolutely love them......I have been saving an antique silverplate coffee pot for some time.  It had no lid and the spout was broken off.  Yesterday I did an arrangment in it for my buffet.





I glued a mushroom bird on the broken spout.....











Today is Tuesday which means I participate in Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage





Spring is on our calendar....yes we just had snow on Saturday night.....it didn't seem to hurt the few plants I put in the ground....and the older plants are all coming up well.





Late note:  This floral was sold at my shop.


Monday, April 25, 2011

EASTER SUNDAY



We attended Easter Services in Broomfield, Colorado at the Shepherd of Love Church.....a celebration of our Lord's Resurrection!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

WHERE DID SPRINGTIME GO?

Today it is colder and there is possible rain or snow - where did spring go?  Well, it is only April 23 after all!  Here are just a few photos from former summers and days we long for!





Sage is so easy to grow and you can make your own herbal tea!










I love clematis and this year I have trimmed mine way back so I will have to wait and see how they grow!






Usually when my lupines get like this we have a huge hail storm....






I would like to wish you a wonderful Easter weekend...I will be taking a posting break but will be back next week!


Friday, April 22, 2011

TEA QUOTE ON FRIDAY




From 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know
When the tea is brought at five o'clock
And all the neat curtains are drawn with care,
The little black cat with bright green eyes
Is suddenly purring there.
Harold Monroe (1879-1932)
"Milk For The Cat"



Thursday, April 21, 2011

NEEDING SOME FRESH SPRING AFTERNOON TEA IDEAS?

Springtime could mean a Mother - Daughter Tea or a Graduation Tea or a Garden Party Tea.  Perhaps you need ideas for a Mother's Day Tea?  Well, yesterday my May/June TEA TIME MAGAZINE came and here is the answer to your problem! Lots of new ideas are in this issue!  There are also ideas from the Shetland Islands....

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This Peaches and Cream layer cake on the cover of the magazine will have you pulling out those cake pans in a hurry. I love Tea Time Magazine and consider it the very best source for ideas if you engage in hospitality and Afternoon Tea. 

 I am well aware that some folks just want to talk about tea from the Camelia Sinensis bush versus herbal blends, etc.  This magazine will include some of that but is more focused to giving you ideas to serve your own Afternoon Tea Event.



Lastly a list of Tea Events across America is always included in the front of each magazine and my blogging friends, Donna and Spenser Hardin's June 11 & 12 Special Event is listed: "A Wedding Tea - Little Women Style"
If you live in Iowa - this tea is a must attend!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

EASTER WEEK AND TEA TIME TUESDAY



Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday....


I make no secret about my love for decorating with tea things for each season!





I have collected linens, teasets and decorations for years.






I am one who celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and am so thankful that the tomb was empty - just as He said....



I love linens of all sorts and especially OLD linens....







I have been enjoying a new trivet I received in the Brunch - Scones - Tea Spring swap from Rebecca-Lyn..... 









On Tuesdays I join Sandi from Prince Edward Island for Tea Time Tuesday.....visit her to see others who participate!










Monday, April 18, 2011

MONDAY MORNING TEA QUOTE



Traditional English Tea is served between three and six o'clock. When served later in the afternoon, the food offerings are more substantial.

from:   365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know

Saturday, April 16, 2011

THE LOVE OF FORGET ME NOTS

Forget-Ne-Nots are one of those old fashioned flowers a garden calls for! Tiny blue clusters reminiscent of days gone by with the meaning "True Love".  I have been in a "push the garden" mode:  watering earlier, raking earlier and cheering every plant out of the ground.  Our frost date isn't until later in May but "who cares".
Everything is still pretty brown.....




The sun was coming into the camera from the east this morning so these photos aren't  the greatest but you can see the daffodils I planted last fall and the Forget Me Nots and a few columbines.....





So many tea party bloggers love to garden.  Maybe it's all those floral decals on teapots and cups and saucers that point to gardening. After World War II, the United States imported many cups and saucers from Japan.  I still have some from childhood with FORGET ME NOTS on them.... 





My grandmother was the one who got me interested in gardening.
Also, the physical benefits are enormous.  I tried remembering that this week as I struggled to lift a 50 lb bag of garden soil into the back of my Honda.....oh boy....I am so out of shape....too many scones and clotted cream! 




Mr. Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddleduck are so ready for spring! As is Miss Tabitha.....





We have a long way to go to get into the gardening.....





Are you ready?




It is Seasonal Saturday at http://bellavita-bellasblog.blogspot.com/

Friday, April 15, 2011

LET'S BE PICKERS FOR ANTIQUE TEASETS, VINTAGE LINENS AND VICTORIAN TEA ACCOUTERMENTS





During this past winter, my husband and I enjoyed watching Mike and Frankie on "The Picker's".  Several times we stayed up until 11:00 PM and even midnight watching back to back episodes of these Le Claire, Iowa men traveling the back roads of America finding antique treasures to buy. Of course it didn't take me long to see their pursuit of "manly stuff" lacked an interest in womanly things. 




Can you imagine a sequel for the girlie girl seeking out antique tea sets, vintage linens, Victorian Costume Jewelry , old cologne bottles (instead of Frankie's oil cans) or old Silver Tea Accouterments?  Bring it on! This would be my idea of SUCCESS!
Who wants to sign up first? I'm ready- are you?