Monday, November 30, 2009


Historic Boone Tavern Hotel in our small town of Berea Kentucky, has long been famous for spoonbread. It is so well-known and enjoyed here that we have a Spoonbread Festival each year.
So what is spoonbread, you non-southern folks might ask? It is most easily described as a "cornbread souffle" made from cornmeal, eggs, butter and milk. It is served with a spoon and eaten with a fork. By the way, it is best served hot with lots of butter, as PJ and AJ are enjoying it above.... Yummmmm!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Kentucky vs Tennessee — Football

The family is ready for the battle between the blue and the orange. GJ and AJ have on their Kentucky Blue, the daughter is in neutral white and the SIL has toned down his Tennessee Orange a bit to go tailgating with his extended family of Kentucky Wildcat fans. I'm sure he will be fully decked out in orange before the 7 pm game. It is a perfect day for football.

Four year old PJ and I are staying home for a fun evening of pizza, baking cookies, playing games and watching movies.

Update: TN 30 KY24 (in overtime)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Are You Shopping On Black Friday?

Have you seen these cute tea things at Hobby Lobby?
I opted to stay home today with the grandchildren while the parents went bargain hunting!

Monday, November 23, 2009

November Tea in Calabash, NC

No trip for me could be complete without visiting a tea room for afternoon tea. My friends graciously agreed to go to the tea room of my choice, so we drove north from Myrtle Beach to Calabash, NC. Our destination was the Calabash Garden Tea Room where we enjoyed their "Ultimate Tea."
Each of us chose a different pot of tea. I had the Queen Catherine blend, Patty had the Hot Cinnamon Sunset, Ticky chose the Ragamuffin blend and Barb chose a coconut flavored Rooibos. Our "Ultimate Tea" service began with a tomato bisque soup. And, was followed by the Spring Mix Tea Garden Salad with Secret Dressing.

The three tier server arrived with Egg Salad on swirled rye/pumpernickel triangles, Waldorf Salad in phyllo shells, Pimiento Cheese on open faced pumpernickel rounds garnished with an olive slice, Cucumber Dill on white bread rounds, Cinnamon Raisin Bread with maple cream cheese spread, and a Ribbon Sandwich on white bread squares with a cheese filling. The Chocolate Chip Scones were served with Mock Devonshire Cream with a touch of almond flavoring. The desserts were a Fruit Kabob of a red grape, blackberry and a green grape drizzled with white chocolate, a chocolate dipped strawberry garnished with grated coconut, Almond Crumb Cake (a gooey concoction) and a very tasty Pumpkin Pie Square garnished with whipped cream.

Here we are, the "girls in the pearls." We all purchased long strands of pearls on one of our many shopping trips and decided afternoon tea was the place to wear them.

After tea time, we shopped at the quaint shops surrounding the tea room, then more shopping in Myrtle Beach. Our week in Myrtle Beach was definitely a "shop til you drop" experience.

Friday, November 20, 2009

A Day at Brookgreen Gardens

My family and I visited the Myrtle Beach area many times during the 1980's, often twice a year. The daughters were young and spending time on the beach was a priority. During all those visits, we passed by the entrance to Brookgreen Gardens many times, but I had never visited until this trip. Founded in 1931, it is a beautifully landscaped area featuring sculptures by American and international artists. The "old" girlfriends are standing amid a display of scarecrows from a recent decorating contest. We enjoyed our visit and tour on a glorious sunny day.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Old Girlfriends to Myrtle Beach

There are seven of the"old" girlfriends who have been making a point to get together on a regular basis since our 50th birthday year (a few years ago). To celebrate this year's birthdays and the retirement of two of the school teachers, four of us traveled to Myrtle Beach for a week of fun, laughter, shopping, eating out, watching chick flicks every night, and did I mention shopping!?!

Thanks Barb for hosting us at your condo. The week was like a slumber party from years ago.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Cheerios and Free "Tea For Ruby" Book

Have you seen the packages of Cheerios with a free book inside?

According to the information on the back of the box, "for the past 8 years, Cheerios has given away more than 40 million books in boxes and donated more than $3.2 million to First Book to help provide new books to kids who don't have books of their own."

There are five different books inside boxes of Cheerios this year. I purchased the box of Cheerios with TEA FOR RUBY by Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. I already have this book, but couldn't resist this small paperback to add to my collection of children's tea books.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations Patsy of The Smith's Bennie and Patsy

10 year old AJ pulled your name out of the tea caddy as the winner of my giveaway. As promised, there will be a few additional surprises in the package coming your way! Get ready to make Cinnamon Scones from the recipes included. They are melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

It's Time for a Giveaway!

It is time for a Giveaway! The items included in this Giveaway are: the recipe booklet of the recipes used at Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry, a generous sample of Harney's Queen Catherine Tea I served at the event, a teapot shaped measuring tape, the favor we gave each of the guests, a small teacup design 2010 magnetic calendar, a 4 oz. jar of Vanilla Bean & Lavender Sugar, a Kentucky product from Shell-Bee's Gourmet Sea Salts & Spices, I purchased at a local craft fair yesterday and a few surprises.

Please leave a comment on this post to be included in the drawing for this Giveaway. If you are an anonymous visitor to this blog, you must leave an email for me to be able to contact you for a snail mail address. Comments may be left here until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 17. At that time 10 year old AJ will draw the winner.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — 102 Years of Progress Club

102 Years of Progress Club, depicts the history of the Berea Progress Club, Berea's oldest civic club. This table was decorated and hosted by Dinah T. and Violet F. Each place setting is different, therefore representing different eras over the past 100 years for women in style, entertainment and attitude. It begins with the time women had no vote to the present time of disposable dishes (paper plate place setting). The guests at this table are members of the Progress Club and are dressed to reflect an era from 1907 to 2009.
102 Years of Progress Club won for Best Theme.

This concludes my postings of the 23 host-decorated tables at Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry. I hope you enjoyed viewing the various table decorations, and perhaps gained a few ideas for table themes you might use in the future. The judges had a very difficult time picking winners in the various categories.
I am so pleased the event was a very successful fundraiser for the Berea Health Ministry. Through the efforts of the volunteers, we raised over $20,000.
Patty, Melissa and I have already been discussing ways to improve next year's afternoon tea. Your suggestions are welcome!

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — Simply Christmas

Karen L. hosted and decorated Simply Christmas using dishes that belonged to her mother. She decorated "simply" with red, white, and gold. Karen, is the Vice President of the Berea Health Ministry board of directors and served as our emcee and a very valuable member of the tea committee.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Support The Berea Health Ministry. It Depends on You!

Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, Support the Health Ministry, It Depends on You! table was hosted and decorated by multi-talented, tea committee member, Valette J. She is a hobby water color artist and presented each of her guests with a floral painting at each place (see photos).
Valette's theme centered around her Wawel china, China Rose pattern, demitasse set received as a wedding gift 50 years ago. She has collected various pieces of matching china since her wedding. She also used her sterling silver flatware International pattern Prelude received as wedding gifts.
This table won for Most Elegant Table.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Remembering our Veterans

Today we remember our Veterans. My father-in-law (above) and my dad (below). Both were World War II veterans who served their country 1941 - 1944.

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — Autumn Harvest

Autumn Harvest was hosted and decorated by Joyce M., a valuable member of our tea committee. She also made sandwiches and provided several other items for the tea.

Joyce used her Lenox "Autumn" china and a fall center piece. The china was a gift from her husband and the crocheted table topper was handmade by her husband's grandmother 52 years ago.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — A Teddy Bear Tea

I decorated A Teddy Bear Tea for some of our volunteers to be able to sit at and enjoy tea after hours of food preparation and serving. I used various tea-themed Teddy Bears from my collection and a pink boa gathered as the centerpiece. The china is actually Johnson Brothers everyday dishes made in England. I picked up the vintage pink napkins at an antique shop in Cookeville, TN several years ago. The chairs are draped with pink and white boas. I wanted to show our hostesses and guests a whimsical and practical theme they could share with children.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Tea Time With Berea Health Ministry — Welcome to the Fall & Join Me for Tea

Dr. Cora Fletcher, founder and president of the Berea Health Ministry, hosted and decorated two tables, Welcome to the Fall, above, and Join Me for Tea, below. Fall is Cora's favorite season of the year. The Blue Danube China was a wedding gift.

The beaufiful blue & yellow patterned china was purchased by Cora after she had seen it used in a tea room in London. She used a cream pitcher and sugar bowl that were gifts to her grandmother from her mother.

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