Friday, November 2, 2012

An Easy Fall Appetizer or Teatime Garnish

This eye catching, easy fall appetizer adds a fun touch to your menu. A few of these leaves cut from cheese make an excellent garnish for your tea tray as well. Cut thin slices of cheese using a cheese slicer or mandoline.  With a leaf cookie cutter,  I  cut leaves from Colby, Mediterranean Herbed Cheddar and Extra Sharp Cheddar from the cheese slices.  You can use any combination of cheese you prefer.  A mix of cheeses with different colors works best.    An autumn colored dish in the center is filled with dipping mustard garnished with a sprig of parsley.   A selection of crackers is a nice addition when serving this. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

A February Friendship Dessert Tea

Empty teacups wait to be chosen and filled with delicious hot tea

To celebrate friendship and brighten the often dreary days of February,  friends were invited to a February Dessert Tea.  Tempting fragrant Blood Orange loose tea was served along with several mouth watering teatime treats.

Desserts included decadent Mini Black Forest Brownies with Mascarpone Frosting, fabulous Chocolate Dipped Tarts filled with Amaretto Mousse garnished with shaved chocolate and delightful Sweet Potato Banana Bread with Praline Icing.

 Tantalizing mini tea themed chocolates were offered for a sweet finish.

After enjoying all these wonderful treats a short program was planned.  Everyone was to bring a toy from their childhood  and share its' story.  It was such great fun seeing all the toys and hearing about them. Many toys were showcased.  Among them were

a cherished child's tea set from occupied Japan

a well loved Mickey Mouse from Disney World

a favorite set of Jacks from Disneyland

an adorable sewing machine made in Berlin, Germany, US zone

Everyone so enjoyed talking about their toys.  It was a great way to get to know each other better.  
We all decided sometime in the future we would do a Tea Time Toy Story II.

What is one of your favorite childhood toys?

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

The Magic Of Love

Love is like magic
And it always will be.
For love still remains
Life's sweet mystery!!
Love works in ways
That are wondrous and strange
And there's nothing in life
That love cannot change!!
Love can transform
The most commonplace
Into beauty and splendor
And sweetness and grace.
Love is unselfish,
Understanding and kind,
For it sees with its heart
And not with its mind!!
Love is the answer
That everyone seeks...
Love is the language,
That every heart speaks.
Love can't be bought,
It is priceless and free,
Love, like pure magic,
Is life's sweet mystery!!

- Helen Steiner Rice -

                                       Wishing you all a "tealightful" filled Valentine's Day!