Monday, August 31, 2020

Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins are on the patio today.  Have you ever had them?  They're so moist and flavorful and full of lots of good things, like carrots, apples, raisins, and nuts. My copycat Mackenzie Childs tea kettle that my son, Mike painted for me, is decorative only, and it's on top of a crocheted sunflower that a friend made.   I'm using my cheery sunflower plates, and my grandmother's goblets are on my pretty coaster, found here.  I wanted to use fresh sunflowers, but these yellow roses for $6 a dozen captured my eye! 

As we ease into Fall, I like to use this Calico teacup,by Crownford China, England,  along with my sunflower accessories. 

Yield: 18
Author: Kitty
Morning Glory Muffins

Morning Glory Muffins

This recipe comes from a church cookbook that my friend, Joy, gave to me. The original recipe made 36, but I've cut the recipe in half.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 and 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons soda
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup coconut
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored, and grated


  1. Into a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, soda, cinnamon, and salt.  Stir in carrots, raisins, pecans, coconut, and apples.
  2. In a bowl, beat the eggs, and then add the oil and vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture into just combined.
  3. Spoon batter into well oiled muffin tins (I used a baking spray that contains flour). Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until the tops of the muffin springs back when touched.  Let cool in pan for 5 minutes, and then turn out on rack to cool completely.


I used my food processor to grate the carrots and the apple.
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Monday, August 24, 2020

Sticky Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches

Welcome to tea in my garden with some yummy hot sticky sandwiches.

I'm using this Arthur Wood teapot.  I thought it looked so pretty with my favorite tablecloth that my friend, Joy, gave me.

Here's some of the pretty detail of the luncheon cloth.

This is a Rosina teacup that I received in a teacup exchange.

This Royal Windsor teacup was given to me by my neighbors, when I lived in Ohio, as a gift for keeping an eye on their home and getting their mail.  It's probably about 40 + years old now. 


Yield: 12
Author: Kitty
Sticky Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches

Sticky Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches

This recipe is adapted from Siri Daly. She used ham and swiss but I changed it up. It's really good either way, and I'm sure roast beef would be good, too. It's great because you can prepare the day before, which is always a help.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick)  butter
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 package small sweet Hawaiian buns
  • enough sliced turkey for 12 small buns
  • enough cheese of your choice for 12 small buns (I used Smoked Gouda)


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring butter, dry mustard, Worcestershire, brown sugar and poppy seeds to a boil in a saucepan. Lower heat and let simmer for a few minutes. Set aside.
  2. Slice buns in half and assemble sandwiches by adding desired amounts of turkey and cheese. Place in a small baking dish (it helps if they fit snugly in there) and pour sauce all over, using a spatula to make sure they are all coated. Cover with foil and let marinate in fridge for at least one hour, or overnight.
  3. When ready to bake, preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  4.  Bake sandwiches for 10 minutes covered and another 10 minutes uncovered. 


When I make these the night before, I bring the sandwiches out on the counter for about 30 minutes to take the chill off.
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Everyone, but my Marine grandson, a daughter-in-law, and a granddaughter was here at my house on the 7th anniversary of Rich's passing.  It meant the world to me, and we had such a wonderful family time.

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Oatmeal Cherry Cookies

Seven years ago, on August 16th, my beloved hubby passed away.  We always used this Williamsburg reproduction teapot, that my late Great Aunt Kitty gave us, which had been hers.    Oatmeal raisin cookies are my all-time favorites, but this is a new twist with dried cherries.  I'm thinking of memories of him today.
My pretty cherry teacup is my choice for today.
We had gone to Williamsburg, VA for our honeymoon, and maybe that's why Aunt Kitty gave us this teapot of hers.
Author: Kitty
Oatmeal Cherry Cookies

Oatmeal Cherry Cookies


  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 t. vanilla
  • 1/2 t. almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 t. salt
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • 2 cups dried cherries


  1. Place the butter, brown sugar & sugar in the bowl of electric mixer, fitted with paddle attachment. Beat on medium speed for about 30 seconds., until the mixture is fluffy. Turn down the speed to low & add the eggs & the extracts. Beat for about 30 seconds longer.
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda ,salt, cinnamon and cardamom. Add to the mixer, while beating on low speed & beat for about 15 seconds, stopping the mixer once to scrape down the sides. Add the oatmeal & cherries & beat for about 15 seconds longe
  3. Using an ice cream scoop, scoop the dough & put onto parchment-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate the cookie balls on the sheets for about an hour. Gently press out the dough with the back of your hand. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. Makes about 30 cookies.
  4. NOTE: Often I will put the shaped cookie balls on the baking sheets & put into the freezer. When the cookie balls are frozen, I transfer them to freezer-proof plastic bags. When I'm ready for a warm cookie, I put the cookie on parchment and bake for a few extra minutes.
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Monday, August 10, 2020

Watermelon Themed Tea Party

My granddaughter Ella and I had a watermelon tea party this past week.
I made two layers of cake ahead of time, and also made a batch of homemade cream cheese frosting for decorating.
We set the table with this pretty tablecloth that my late beloved mom embroidered years and years ago.
Ella chose this teacup that my late Great Aunt Kitty made.
I chose this vintage Johnson Brothers Rolland teacup.
We used my Susan Wingate teapot from years ago, and the Summer blocks were from my sister.
We drank strawberry watermelon sugar free drink mix in our teacups.  Who says that you have to drink tea?!
Ella set the timer for our selfie!

My sweet granddaughter, Cissy, who was always my baking and tea partner turned 13 and my daughter took us to dinner to celebrate,
How can this little darling be 13 already?

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Vacation in Utah

My youngest son and daughter-in-law invited me to join them for their last week of a month long vacation in Utah, and I didn't let Covid-19 steal my joy!!  Actually I felt that airports and airlines were cleaner than ever, and I felt very safe. 
Kristen had to work for most of the week, and couldn't join us, but on this day we went to Wasatch National Forest, and this was at Mirror Lake.

The girls are pretty good little hikers!  The first two and a half weeks they traveled all around Utah, and even stayed in a teepee, went kayaking, and visited National Parks.

I joined the girls inside this little log playhouse.

We also took a train ride and were serenaded by a violin playing lady who took requests for songs. 

The girls took turns sitting with us.

This was a view from our condo, of the alpine slide. 

We took a ski lift up to the top of the mountain.  Yes, we had to wear masks until we got on the lift. 

Hayden and I enjoyed the slide, but Kevin and Harper beat us, of course.  Harper said, "Why'd you go so slow, Nana?"  I told her that it was my first time and the next time, I'd go faster!

The girls and I had a tea party while their parents were packing up the night before we left.  I found some placemats in the cupboard and used a cutting board for our tray.  I had brought a tiny tea set that my sister had given to me.
I also brought cookie cutters to make some open faced tea sandwiches. 

Both girls enjoyed pouring the Bigelow Botanical Cold Water Infused Herbal, Caffeine Free teabags that I brought along.

They had some pictures done while they were there.  Isn't this a nice family picture?

Thank you for visiting our time in Utah!

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