Saturday, September 28, 2013

tea time (Book)

 "tea time" by New Holland Publishers
is a 2013 published recipe book with beautiful color photos.
It is divided into the following chapters:
Tea, Sandwiches, Cupcakes, Cakes, Slices. Scones and Muffins,
Shortbread, Cheesecakes, and Tarts.

This is a nice addition to my tea book library. 

Friday, September 20, 2013

Blogging Break

Taking an unexpected blogging break
due to computer problems.
Will return soon!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Whole Foods Gluten Free Scones

I was very pleased to find gluten free Cranberry Orange Scones
at Whole Foods. These are very good when served warm! 

Monday, September 16, 2013

Royal Malvern Trio

I have a "new" vintage Royal Malvern English bone china teacup trio.
I love the delicate blue floral design, and
I "need" to add blue patterns to my collection of trios.
But, most of all, I just couldn't pass up a Royal Malvern trio
because one of the absolute favorite places to visit and walk in England for my guys is
the Malvern Hills.
It's easy to see why my guys love this area of England.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Traveling Teapot Memories

 A year ago, the ATAA (online tea discussion group)
 Traveling Teapot visited me in Kentucky 
during the month of September, 2012.
The first pot of tea I made it was Elmwood Inn Fine Teas Kentucky Blend (above) 
 The Traveling Teapot was presented with the key to the city. 
for a country breakfast and an introduction to a few of my Kentucky Wildcat fans. 
 Then on to the Kentucky Artisan Center for a visit. 
Come for a visit! 
 The teapot traveled with me to daughter Melissa's home
for a few days and to the conference. 
We traveled to Corbin, Kentucky to visit Colonel Sanders
at the Original Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. 
And, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame at Renfro Valley, KY
where the Traveling Teapot sat on Rosemary Clooney's piano. 
The teapot visited our farm for a quiet weekend. 
And, then an overnight trip to Nashville, TN
to see Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl at the historic Ryman Auditorium. 
Did you know Corvettes are only made in Bowling Green, KY?  
A stop at the museum was a must on the return trip from Nashville. 
We said goodbye to the Traveling Teapot and sent her on to France
for a fun October visit. 
What fun to remember some of the adventures
during Traveling Teapot's September, 2012 Kentucky visit!

By the way, the Traveling Teapot had it's own blog at this link.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Afternoon Tea Collection Book

After a recent discussion about tea books, 
 I decided to highlight some of the tea books in my collection

This pretty book is The Afternoon Tea Collection
by Sterling Publishing

 It is a tea time recipe book with beautiful photos.
 I appreciate being able to see photos of the "finished" recipe.
From the cover, 
"Afternoon tea brings to mind a refined, elegant era when
people took the time to stop for an hour or so to make a proper
cup of tea, bring out the best china and serve dainty sandwiches, little
tarts and slices of cake to their friends..."

Monday, September 9, 2013

Book - ROYAL TEAS with Grace and Style

 ROYAL TEAS with Grace and Style 
by Eileen Shafer
is an 8.5 by 11-inch hardcover
guide book on how to host and plan gracious tea parties.  
 Included are Tidbits of Tea History, Tea Varieties, 
Preparing Tea, Lists and Details, Invitations, Planning a Tea Menu,
Creating an Inviting Atmosphere, Setting a Beautiful Tea Table,
Manners Matter, recipes and much more!  

This book is published by Dorrance Publishing Company.
I purchased my copy from 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Making Tea

"Tea-making is a ritual that, like the drink itself,
warms the heart somehow."
~James Norwood Pratt
From the Book TEA WISDOM
Inspirational Quotes and Quips About the World's
Most Celebrated Beverage
by Aaron Fisher

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Three-Tiered Server

 The Three-Tiered Server is also known as a Curate,
a Tea Butler, a Tiered Cake Stand, or a Three-Tiered Plate Stand.
This style server is traditional at tea time for serving sandwiches, scones and pastries.
I was taught to serve sandwiches and savories on the bottom,
scones and fruit bread on the middle tier,
and miniature desserts and pastries on the top tier. 
I encourage my guests to eat them in this order. 
If scones are brought to the table warm as the second course,
I place small dishes of clotted cream, strawberry jam
and/or lemon curd with a fresh fruit garnish on the middle tier. 
~  A description of these servers from the book, Taking Tea,
 by Andrea Israel with original recipes by Pamela Mitchell ~
"They are a tidy way of presenting a lot of choices without
cluttering the table."
Some sources recommend the scones to be served on the bottom tier first,
the sandwiches on the second tier and the desserts on the top tier. 
I cringe in tea rooms and grand hotels when anything other
than the last course of desserts is served on the top tier.

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