Wednesday, December 31, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things

 I know it's  time to put away the Christmas decorations,
but not before one last look around...

It's amazing how much one family can accumulate! 

I read that Elvis, who loved Christmas,
required his Christmas decorations stay up every year
until after his January 8th birthday.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A "New" Christmas Teapot

 I am excited to have received a "new to me" Sadler Christmas teapot. 
The "simple" round shape is my absolute favorite of all teapot shapes. 
 I can see this teapot being used for many years 
in our family to brew our Christmas morning tea. 

Monday, December 29, 2014

Gluten Free Christmas

Our Christmas Eve dinner was gluten free except for the
package of Sister Schubert rolls.
However, I was too busy to think about photos
except for the desserts.
Turkey, Dressing, Gravy
Cranberry Sauce
Homegrown Green Beans
Mashed Potatoes
Corn Pudding
Deviled Eggs

 Easy Crustless Gluten Free Pecan Pie

Gluten Free Banana Cupcakes 
Peanut Butter Fudge, a "must" for the family

In addition, on Christmas morning we enjoyed a traditional 
Kentucky Country Ham Breakfast
Eggs, Grits, and Southern Redeye Gravy 
They guys ate regular biscuits 
I made Gluten Free Biscuits for myself 
using GF Bisquick 

Our favorite family Christmas season
 snack is my Mom's 1960's recipe for Party Mix
(aka Chex Mix)
I made four batches of my Gluten Free Party Mix
adapted from her recipe. 

I remember when my Aunt Mary was very, very upset 
when she could no longer make her 
Kentucky Jam Cake and Christmas Fruit Cookies, 
due to losing her eyesight.
It was her Christmas tradition to make bake those for family and friends. 
I told her we would make new family Christmas traditions,
at that time I had no idea I would eventually 
need to make gluten free Christmas treats for my family. 

Did you know peppermint candy canes have gluten? 
I discovered Bob's brand is gluten free. 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Christmas with Family

 Our family Christmas gift exchange was similar to many
family photos I've seen on blogs and Facebook.
We gathered at # 1 daughter Melissa's home in N. KY
for the first celebration (see happy Peyton above)
 and our annual dinner at Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse in Cincinnati.

 Daughter # 2, Laurel and family came to our home on Christmas Eve
for a traditional turkey dinner and gift exchange.
Happy Kaitlyn, above and below.
 On Christmas morning Austin, Glenn and I
opened our gifts, and stockings filled by Santa,
then enjoyed a traditional Kentucky country ham breakfast.
 All the gifts have been opened...
and it's time to relax with a cup of tea
from daughter #2, and perhaps a nap...

Monday, December 22, 2014

Christmas Tea Table for Four

 The table in my "tea room" is set for four, 
using a variety of my English Christmas trio sets. 
 Royal Standard A Very Merry Xmas
 Royal Albert Christmas Rose
 Royal Albert Poinsettia
Queens Christmas Rose
Merry Christmas

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Tea for Two

The small round table for two is set with my pretty
Rosina Yuletide English Bone China trio sets. 

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Spode Christmas Teapot

 This is a Spode Christmas Tree teapot with a candy stripe handle. 
It looks festive on my table! 

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Quiet Cuppa and Scone

 One day recently, Berea College Farm Store made gluten free raspberry scones.
I purchased a bunch, individually packaged them, and put them in the freezer.
Today was a good time to enjoy a quiet Cuppa and Scone before
the BCHS Christmas break begins.
The pretty teacup trio set is Royal Albert Poinsettia. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Vintage Royal Standard Christmas Trio

I just purchased this fun vintage Royal Standard Teacup Trio 
just in time for Christmas 2014. 
The name of the pretty pattern is "A Merry Xmas"
I love teacup trio sets, and I love CHRISTmas, 
so I'm doing the happy dance right now. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Boone Tavern Hotel Christmas Afternoon Tea

Boone Tavern Hotel and Restaurant of Berea College
Christmas Afternoon Tea
Saturday 12/13/14

The tables were set in the main dining room for 70 guests.
The tea (400 cups) was brewed,
and the food was prepared and plated
(individual plates of savories
and 23 three tiered servers).

Thanks to Kaitlyn, our 13-year-old granddaughter,
for taking photos while I was busy, busy, busy! 

Boone Tavern Hotel Christmas Tea 
Pastry Chef Liz and Executive Chef David
planned a delicious menu.

The first course was a "spoon" of spoonbread
served with butter. 
(no photo)

(served plated)
Christmas Tree Canapes
Lobster Cheesecake Bites
Country Ham and Arugula Quiche
Goat Cheese Tapenade Stacks
Lamb Crostini with Mint Pesto

After the savory plates were cleared, 
the three tiered stands were brought to the tables. 

Cranberry and Orange Scones, 
served on the bottom tier, 
with Boone Tavern Devonshire Cream and Orange Marmalade.

The top two tiers served the 
White Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Cranberry Curd Bites
Meringue Kiss Cookie
Brown Butter Brownie with Peppermint Bark
Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

Elmwood Inn Fine Teas
Christmas in a Cup
Boone Tavern Blend
Decaffeinated English Breakfast
Strawberry Kiwi Herbal 

were served, and Bruce Richardson tea blender, author, and photographer
was our guest speaker. 

The event was festive, delightful, and enjoyed by all the guests. 

Above: My delicious gluten free savories. 
I forgot to take photo of my scones and sweets, 
but Chef Liz promised to send me one she took. 

A few more photos:

The photo below is from my friend Patty.
This was her table of guests. 


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