Friday, April 30, 2010

Kentucky Derby 2010 — The Mint Julep

The traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby is the Mint Julep.  Here, Judy and Barbara are sharing a mint julep.  Read the recipe and history of the Kentucky Derby Mint Julep at this link.

 Read about Kentucky Cuisine here

Kentucky Derby 2010 — Hats, Horses and Fun!

We had a great day at the Mom's closet Resouce Center fundraiser luncheon at Churchill Downs.
Rhonda and I "won" Beijo Bags at the silent auction.
We thought the red went perfectly with black and white attire. 
Lisa is buying a grab bag for $10.  The items in the grab bags were valued $15 to $100.
We each picked a horse for $5 in the third race "split-the-pot" pool.  A lady at our table won. 
These MCRC volunteers were selling $20 raffle tickets for this beautiful necklace.

Barbara, Lisa, Lisa's friend, Judy, Mary, Rhonda and I had a super time. Of our group, only Ronda came out ahead on the horse races.  (Yes, there were horse races, too.)

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Kentucky Derby 2010 — Churchill Downs

On Wednesday, friends and I attended the 5th Annual Mom's Closet Resource Center "Winning Purse Luncheon" at Churchill Downs in Louisville (Lou-a-vull), home of the Kentucky Derby
It was a beautiful spring day, and the perky lime green and white table decorations in the Trophy Room ,where the luncheon is held, added to the festive atmosphere. 
Rhonda on the rooftop, just outside the 5th floor Trophy Room,  over-looking the famous twin spires of Churchill Downs.  Her beautiful hat was perfect for a day at the races!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Kentucky Derby 2010 — Kentucky Hot Brown

The Kentucky Hot Brown is a legendary dish developed in the 1920's by Chef Fred Schmidt at The Brown Hotel in Louisville, KY.

There are a gazillion versions of the Hot Brown served in Kentucky restaurants, but basically, it is an open-faced turkey sandwich with tomatoes, bacon and Mornay sauce baked in an individual dish. You can find the original recipe on the hotel's web site. I have it linked above.  My favorite version includes a slice of Kentucky country ham in addition to the turkey.

The Kentucky Hot Brown in the above photo is Boone Tavern Hotel's version I had there for lunch recently.

Click on the link to read about Kentucky Derby 2010 and the Kentucky Derby Festival

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Continuing the Count...Teapots in the Living Room

Our living room and dining room are combined into one very large open room the width of the front of our house.  I counted 17 teapots combined in both areas.  I'm not showing photos of the dinining room in this post due to a construction/repair project in that space. 
Just trust my count.  *smile*
And, why am I counting teapots?  I've been asked to loan a "few teapots" to a church mother-daughter tea, therefore, I need to take inventory of the "loanable" ones.  (Is that a word?)
OK, well, er, the ones I'm "willing to loan." 
I can't attend the tea due to a scheduling conflict, so I won't be able to watch over my teapots.  I'm sure they will be well taken care of.

For those of you who are seeing phots of my house for the first time in this series of posts, my furniture/furnishings are an assortment of family heirlooms, including my grandmother's very old sofa.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Monday Tea Time Memories — Family Christmas Tea


PJ's first afternoon tea was during our annual family Christmas tea in 2005.  He was 11 months old. 
As I recall, he ate crackers and drank juice instead of tea and scones, but he was a perfect little gentleman during the afternoon tea experience at Aspen Hall Manor in Historic Harrodsburg, KY.

I hope you have enjoyed this series of "first afternoon tea memories" of the children in our family.
The children have participated inmany fun tea times since their "firsts."   

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Teapots in the Kitchen

Continuing my count... 13 teapots in the kitchen.
I hate to admit it, but 3 of them are in the cabinet.  I need to find a space to display them.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Teapots Where?

These Tea-for-One teapots are in the bath room just off our tea-themed guest bedroom.
And, while I'm counting, I'll add 2 teapots in the bedroom, that  makes 9 more teapots.  

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Teapots in the Sunroom

Yesterday, Stephanie of Steph's Cup of Tea and PeggyR of My Affairs with Art and Daily Life! asked where I store my 100+ teapots.
They are in several rooms of our house. 

These are a few of my teapots displayed in the sunroom.  
About ten years ago, when AJ began walking and getting into things as a toddler, GJ made the two white shelves and hung them in the sunroom so we could put some of my teapots out of reach.   Although AJ is way past the toddler stage, the shelves still work well for keeping some of my teapots stored, but where I can easily find them when I need them. 

Maybe if I count one room at a time, I won't get distracted...I'll give it a try. 
24 teapots in the sunroom. 

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

A Vintage James Kent Teapot

Someone recently asked me how many teapots I have.  I'm not really sure.  Everytime I start counting my 100+ teapots, I become distracted by something such as, "this teapot would look better over there" or "I need to wash this tea set"  or "where in the world did I put that whichever teapot"  and off I go on a tangent  forgetting to finish my count.   

I suppose the real answer to the question of how many teapots I have is... "not enough!"   

This week I've been on on a teapot buying spree.  OK, just three teapots in one week.  That's not too many teapots to purchase in one week is it? 

The teapot in these photos is a  vintage James Kent Old Foley violets pattern teapot and was made in Staffordshire, England of "fine earthenware."  I purchased it for for a bargain price and I am so happy because  English-made teapots are my favorites!  

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

My Favorite Scone Recipe

I promised I would re-post my favorite scone recipe.  See the entire post with "how-to" photos

Southern Cream Cheese Scones

3 cups self-rising flour

1/3 cup sugar

1 stick of butter, cubed

4 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 Tbsp. Heavy Cream (or milk) to brush tops

Mix flour and sugar. Cut in butter and cream cheese until coarse and crumbly. Add vanilla and buttermilk. Stir until well blended. Turn out on a floured surface, knead until easy to handle. Roll or pat to 1 inch thick circle. Cut with a 1 1/2 inch biscuit cutter or to desired shape. Place on a greased cookie sheet. (Instead, I use parchment paper on a cookie sheet.) Brush tops with heavy cream or milk. Bake at 400 degrees 15 minutes until lightly brown on edges.

Serve with Clotted Cream (mock clotted cream in the USA), Strawberry Jam or Lemon Curd and enjoy!

Note: this is a repeat of this recipe from an earlier post as requested by readers.

Thanks Bernideen!

Bernideen at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog has included Friendship Tea on the list of her "Blogger Friendship Award" for friends she has met through blogging. Thank you Bernideen.  I am honored to be included.  One of these days I hope to visit your tea room in Colorado. 

Monday, April 19, 2010

Monday Tea Time Memories — KJ's First Afternoon Tea

Granddaughter KJ experienced her first tea room afternoon tea at A Lil Peace of Heaven Tea Room in Port Royal, SC on July 27, 2004 when she was three years old.  One of our fmaily traditions is to spend a week at Hilton Head Island at Marriott's Grande Ocean Resort.  We usually take one day of that week to visit an area tea room.  This was our first visit to A Lil Peace of Heaven Tea Room.  KJ loved the fancy Victorian decorations and vintage hats for the guests to wear.  I love the expression on her face in the bottom photo as she looks at her first outing with a three tier server!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Vintage Children's Tea Party Book and Recipe

I love to read and collect tea party books for all ages.  I recently found a vintage copy of THE TEA PARTY BOOK on Amazon.  It is a delightful hard cover 39-page children's tea party planner by Lucille Recht Penner with  illustrations by Jody Wheeler. 

In addition to a brief introduction to "Making Tea" and "Fancy Cakes and Little Sandwiches" this book includes step-by-step instructions for nine children's tea party themes, including "A Garden Tea Party" in the photo above and "A Teddy Bear Tea Party" shown in the photo below.  Other tea party themes are "A Valentine Tea", "Tea By The Sea" , "A Japanese Tea Party", "A Royal Tea Party" "A Full-Moon Tea Party",  "Tiny Tea" and "A Rainy-Day Tea Party." 
My copy of this 1993 book came with a little surprise. 
It was inscribed "Happy Birthday Alexandra.  Much Love, Mom & Dad". 
I wonder who Alexandra was?  I hope she enjoyed many fun tea parties over the years!

Cucumber Sandwiches Recipe from "A Royal Tea Party"
You will need:
Vegetable peeler
Whole-wheat bread
Cream cheese, softened
1.  Ask an adult to help you peel the cucumbers and cut them into thin slices.
2.  Cut the crusts off the bread.  Spread cream cheese on each slice of bread.  Arrange a thin layer of cucumbers on one slice.  Top with another slice.  Press gently.  Then cut the sandwich into four triangles.  Arrange the cucumber sandwiches on a platter. 

Friday, April 16, 2010

More Fishing with the Boys

It has been a fun, busy week with the little guy, PJ, visiting with his Mama, our #1 daughter. 
 Oh how he loved fishing with Grandpa and AJ on Monday and Thursday evenings!
We had so many fun family activities this week, but unfortunately I was so busy I forgot to take photos!
I'm so glad we have our memories!


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