Monday, July 6, 2020

Our Blue Themed Tea in the Garden

Ella decided that she wanted a Blue Themed Tea Party in the Garden.  Why, you wonder??  She had a pretty blue dress that she wanted to wear!  She chose the blue runner and matching napkins that I had made while ago, as our table covering, but she thought it needed something underneath.  I just let her go for it!  She used the yellow roses that her dad, my son, Tim, had surprised with me with on what would've been my 50th wedding anniversary.

Ella loves hummus, so we put some in a pretty blue teacup, along with some carrot sticks, cucumbers, and blue corn tortilla chips, in a side dish for us to share.

We put together a Cobb Salad with a spicy ranch dressing.  Ella is like eating with a girlfriend, because she loves to eat, and likes most everything.  Do you notice our blue iced tea?  My friend, Pat, gave me some Adagio Blue Mango Tea that you make with cold water and leave it in the fridge overnight.  It actually turned that bright blue color.  I used my maternal grandmother's stemware.

Ella arranged the Feta cheese, tomatoes, egg slices, turkey, avocado and bacon on top of the chopped lettuce.

When we decided our theme, Ella thought that blueberry muffins would be good, and she ate two!  I'm again using my beautiful cake dome that I won from Linda, at Life and Linda.  It's the perfect size for tea party treats!  Thank you, again, Linda!

We were ready for our dessert and I surprised her with Mochi Ice Cream balls.  Have you ever tried them?  They're only about 100 calories, and they are the perfect little treat.  Yes, I got a chance to dress up, too, which is always nice because I never go any where to do that!

This yummy blueberry center was inside the Mochi treat. 

Ella chose this teacup, which is by Grace's, that my sister had given to  me.  We had blueberry tea, but Ella wanted ice in hers.

I chose this Nasco teacup, called Lakeview, that I received in a teacup exchange, but I had mine hot. 
I hope you enjoyed our tea in the garden.  Even though the temperatures were in the 90's, we didn't mind eating outside on my shady patio. 

I recently won this wonderful book from Cheryl's giveaway at Homespun Devotions.
Thank you, Cheryl, for this lovely giveaway!! 
If you've ever visited Marilyn at Mountaintop Spice,you would realize what a beautiful God-given gift that she has, through her photography.   I always thought that she should have a book, because her photos are so amazingly wonderful, and now she does!   To get your own copy of this fabulous book, you can visit Marilyn.

Thank you for your visit!  xo

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Honoring Our Anniversary

 I was fortunate to be married to the love of my life for 43 years before he passed away to his heavenly home.  Our 50th anniversary would've been this past Saturday,  June 27, 2020.  As a way to celebrate the day and to honor our life together, I brought out our wedding album and some other mementos. 

Ahhh...young love!

 Yes, I still have leftover napkins from our reception.  

 This plate was a gift from my late Great Aunt Kitty, whose china painting teacher made this pretty plate.

 Our wedding cake topper still looks pretty good after 50 years, but just a little yellowed.

 I had some English breakfast tea in this pretty cup, which was again painted by Aunt Kitty's teacher, but Aunt Kitty painted the matching plate.  How do I know?  They signed their names on the back.

 I was thrilled to be one of four lucky recipients to win this adorable cake stands from the sweet Linda at Life and Linda. It arrived on my doorstep this past week.  I can see using this for so many things and for many tea parties.  Thank you, Linda!!  My friend Debbie at Mountain Breaths was also a winner, and she suggested that I make some little heart cookies for my anniversary. I thought that was a great idea.

 My friend Lynn at Happier Than A Pig In Mud had made some cute tie-dyed spritz cookies recently, and I had been wanting to try them.  Lynn showed how to form the balls of dough and place them in the cylinder of the cookie press. I colored mine to match my dishes. On my third round of filing my cylinder, my cookie press broke, and I had to slide the rest of the dough out and did slice and bake.  They still turned out really pretty.

Yield: 5-6 dozen
Quick Mix Spritz

Quick Mix Spritz

To make the tie-dye look, divide your dough to the colors that you want to use. I like Lynn, used gel colors, and I think they turned out pretty.


  • 2 and 1/4 cups sifted flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 cup shortening (I used butter flavored)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract (my addition, but optional)


  1. Sift flour, sugar, salt and baking powder together in a bowl. (I use a whisk to do this , instead of sifting.)
  2. With a pastry blender or two knives, cut the shortening into the dry ingredients until the mixture is full of very fine lumps.
  3. Measure the egg into a measuring cup.  A large egg will measure 1/4 cup.  If it does not,add water to the 1/4 cup line.
  4. Add the egg, vanilla and almond extract, if using, and beat the mixture very well.
  5. Fill press.  Form cookies on very cold, ungreased cookie sheet. (See Note)
  6. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes.
  7. Remove at once to cooling racks. 


Put your cookie sheets in the freezer before making spritz cookies. They seem to adhere better, and never press the cookies onto warm or hot cookie sheets.
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Monday, June 22, 2020

Bee Tea Party

Ella and I chose a Bee Theme for this week's garden tea party.

 Here's Ella in her pretty tea party dress.  She choose the table covering to complement our dishes, teacups, teapot, and napkins.  Of course, she had her toenails and fingernails painted, and her hair beachwaved again. 

 Isn't this the cutest beehive teapot?  It came from HomeGoods before the Covid.  Ella decided that she wanted iced tea in it, and still use our pretty teacups, which was perfect for our Texas heat!  Ella chose Ahmad's Lemon Lime Twist tea, and she declared it as "interesting".  Let's just say that it wasn't our cup of tea!!!

 These are our pretty napkins that we used.

Ella set the table, and she chose a bee teacup that my daughter had given me, and I chose a Mary Engelbreit one that a friend had given me.  We used my plaid plates.  We had some homemade pimento cheese and some Boursin cheese and crackers, along with our salads.

 Ella sliced the strawberries with my egg slicer and arranged them on our lettuce, along with some roasted pecans, feta cheese, and chopped chicken.

 We enjoyed our time together and played Old Maids and Uno afterwards.

Yield: 6 cakelets + 1 mini loaf


I tried the cornbread recipe that came with my beehive cakelet pan, but it was very dry. I decided to use my old, tried and true recipe that I've been making for 40+years.  Ella poured on a simple glaze of powdered sugar and lemon juice, and attached the bees, from Wilton. 


  • 1 c. flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. salt
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. cornmeal
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1 T. vegetable oil


  1. Spray the beehive cakelet pan with baking spray that contains flour.  You also can use a cast iron skillet or a 8" baking dish, or a  muffin pan.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Add the milk to the beaten egg & add the oil. Stir this into the dry ingredients.
  4. Pour into prepared pan.  Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15-18 minutes for the cakelets, and 20 minutes if using a cast iron skillet or baking dish. 
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 Ella's sister, Avery, wanted to go to a cupcake place, and that sounded great to me!  However, the place closed at 6 pm, and we sadly had to change plans and get some gelato. 

 My grandsons, Riley and Caiden wanted to go get wings after their football camp, and I was happy to take them.  The restaurant took our temperature before we were seated, and we were spread far apart inside from other tables.  


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