Welcome to Friendship Tea, a blog about the daily happenings in the life of Linda, a tea enthusiast, who enjoys travel and trip planning, and is passionate about family, friends, life in Kentucky, and all things TEA.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
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!
"Friendship Tea Recipe" ~~ 1/2 cup instant tea, 1 cup sweetened lemonade mix, 1 cup Tang, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. ground cloves, Combine all ingredients and mix well. Store in a an airtight container. To serve, put 2 to 3 tsp. mix in a mug and stir in 1 cup of boiling water. Adjust amount of mix to taste. Enjoy!
A Cup of Tea
When the world is all at odds And the mind is all at sea Then cease the useless tedium And brew a cup of tea. There is magic in its' fragrance, There is solace in its' taste; And then laden moments vanish Somehow into space. And the world becomes a lovely thing! There's beauty as you'll see; All because you briefly stopped To brew a cup of tea. ~ Source unknown