Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Happy 12th Birthday

Celebrating AJ's 12th birthday with bowling,

at the Japanese hibachi restaurant, 

at home for swimming, playing electronic games,
 and birthday chocolate and vanilla ice cream cake! 

Happy Birthday AJ

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Tea Decor at the Farm House

If you have been reading my blog Kentucky Hospitali-tea, you know we purchased a 150 acre farm in December.
The hubby, GJ, was raised on a farm and has always wanted one. 
The house was in bad need of repair. 
We have made the necessary repairs, completely gutted and remodeled the kitchen and bathrooms, installed a wood floor on the main floor, new carpet upstairs and in the basement, and much more!
replaced windows and much more!
The farm, yet to be named, will be a weekend retreat. 

Finally we started moving in furniture and decorating.
And yes, that includes a little TEA Decor!

We aren't finished yet, but this is a little peek of how it looks today.
By the way, that is a pot of Harney and Sons Mango Black tea brewing for my afternoon iced tea.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Johnson Brothers Summer Chintz

I purchased this postcard in England several years ago.
I love the photo of an English Cream Tea. 
I keep it on my refrigerator as a reminder of our special English cream tea memories.

The same dishes, Johnson Brothers Summer Chintz, are in one of  my new cherry corner cabinets.

How did that come about? 
I purchased a few cups and saucer trios of this English-made dinnerware 
in an antique shop in Durango, CO several years ago. 
When I arrived home I realized they were the same dishes as are pictured on the postcard,
I set out to collect more!

The remainder of this set of dishes have been collected at China outlets during various travels.
Most of these dishes were made in England, including the teapots.
The newer pieces were made "off-shore."

Now I have enough of these pretty Johnson Brothers Summer Chintz dishes to set a pretty tea table.
As I did in the photo below at the 2009 Berea Health Ministry Tea.
The theme of my table was "A Teddy Bear Tea." 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Madison County Homemakers Luncheon

Wanda (below) and I attended the annual Madison County Homemakers meeting and luncheon recently. 

We enjoyed the catered lunch of chicken salad, oriental salad, pimento cheese sandwich, biscuits with country ham, fresh fruit and a tossed green salad.  The cupcakes were made by a 14 year old 4-H member, well-known for her cake decorating skills.  We enjoyed a nice day out with our Homemakers Club.  

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Olive Nut Cream Cheese Spread Recipe

Olive Nut Cream Cheese Spread on finger sandwiches is a favorite in our area. They are often served at ladies gatherings, bridge parties and of course, afternoon tea. 

I made them today on Oatnut bread, and served at our DAR chapter meeting. 

OK, my question is... do you cut the crusts off the bread before spreading with the filling as above
Do you spread the filling on the sandwich, put the sandwich together then cut the crusts off?

AJ observed the process as I made them late this morning and suggested I cut these sandwiches into four squares
rather than three fingers as did for the recent baby shower I co-hosted.

As you can see, I cut the sandwiches into squares, put them into an air tight container between layers of wax paper.
The ladies enjoyed them this afternoon and asked for the recipe I used.  Here it is:

Olive Nut  Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches
12 oz. whipped cream cheese
2 Tbsp. mayonnaise

1 cup chopped salad olives (the sliced green olives with pimientos)
1 cup chopped pecans
2 Tbsp. olive juice

Mix together all ingredients. Generously spread on bread slices with crust removed. Cut each sandwich into four squares or triangles.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Royal Worcester Francesca China

I purchased the first pieces of my Royal Worcester China in the Francesca pattern on a trip to England in 1998.
I debated for a long time in the shop at the factory in Worcester while GJ, the hubby, stood patiently waiting.
Since that purchase, I admit I've questioned myself many times as to why I chose this pattern with the Gothic-style teapot instead of the traditional English round teapot.  I think back on my choices and recall that I chose this particular pattern because of the blue and gold trim thinking it would go with various holiday decor, including Christmas as opposed to a pastel floral or the other options at the time. 
The pattern is discontinued, but fortunately, I have been able to add to the set over the years. 

I used this china in 2008 and 2010 at Tea Time with Berea Health Ministry. 
My table theme in 2010 was Tea By The Sea

For my 2008 table theme, the Royal Worcester china determined my theme.
I knew I wanted the theme to be "royal something" and went with the Queen's Golden Jubilee Tea.

I have finally become comfortable with the Royal Worcester Francesca pattern as it is adaptable to various table decor. 

Too bad Royal Worcester no longer makes china in England...

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Afternoon Tea Mugs

While shopping at TJ Maxx, I found four of these cute Bone China "afternoon tea" mugs.
They also had "morning coffee" mugs. 
But, since I'm an "all day" tea drinker, I left the coffee mugs from someone else.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

DAR Afternoon Tea

Patty, Wanda, Melissa and I attended a fund raiser afternoon tea
hosted by the Cox's Station DAR Chapter on Saturday, May 14. 

The tea was held at the beautiful, historic farm of an extremely successful movie and TV producer,
 and his Kentucky-native wife. She is a writer, producer, and preservation activist.  

She provided the catered tea, the farm and the staff for this event.
And, she made a genterous donation to the Cox's Station Chapter, of which she is a member.

 Photography was not allowed at the farm,
but we took the above photos at the Ole Bloomfield Meeting Hall in town.

According to my notes, the delicious menu included:

Heart-Shaped Sweet Potato Biscuits with Shaved Ham
Herb Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
Cranberry Chicken Salad Cups (phyllo shells)
Vegetable Spread Canapes
Savory Cheddar Scones
Southern Scones with Mock Clotted Cream, Jams and Honey Butter
Welsh Miner Cakes
Pecan Dainties
Chocolate Mint Cookies
Chocolate Croissants
Caramel Pecan Tarts
Lemon Blueberry Bites

Orange-Spice Tea
Nettie Jarvis Elixir (a custom black tea blend by Elmwood Inn)

We were invited to tour the first floor of the main house, one of several log cabin
guest houses and other reconstructed historic buildings on the grounds.
It was a lovely event dampened slightly by afternoon showers.
The staff was very gracious and accomodating.

Watch movie theaters this week for the release of the 4th in the series of of my familiy's favorite movies. 

By the way, the star of this movie is originally from Kentucky, too.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Melissa is in ALL YOU (again!)

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Friday, May 13, 2011

The Boys at the Farm

AJ (11) and PJ (6) are having a blast this weekend!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

My Mother's China

This is my mother's china.  She was very proud of this set. 
They are Noritake Floral Rose Ridgewood # 5201 made in Japan, 1951 - 1961.
My mother collected these dishes one at a time at a local grocery store

She used them for special holiday family dinners.

Several pieces have been chipped and cracked over the years and can no longer be used, 
but I still have a complete service for eight.   

Every time I walk by my new Campbellsville Handmade Cherry corner hutch,
I think of my mother and her pride of her Campbellsville cherry dining room furniture and this pretty china. 
She would have been very pleased to see them displayed in my dining room.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Busy Day!

The 6th grade band at the Spring Concert.

Hosting the Japanese Sister City Delegation for dinner.

Another busy day for our family!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Mother's Day 2011

Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny day here in Kentucky.
We enjoyed lunch at Historic Boone Tavern Hotel.
After the Berea College graduation,
 we went to the farm to take care of a few chores. 

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