Monday, July 26, 2021

Sundried Tomato, Spinach and Feta Frittata

I had some leftover frittata that I made for a brunch for my youngest son's birthday.  Frittata is such an easy dish and can be served hot or room temperature.  I'm using one of my net coverings again as protection from those pesky flies.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Lemon Pasta at Our Garden Tea Party

Ella and Cissy had decided that they wanted a lemon themed tea party for our next one.  However, Cissy couldn't come and Avery, Ella's big sister couldn't come either, but Ella wanted to.  Ella likes to coordinate her outfit to our theme, and she found a shirt of her sister's that she could wear and she wore her mom's shoes!  

Monday, July 12, 2021

Strawberry Pie


Please join me for one of my all time favorite pies!  My daisies and my limelight hydrangeas (thanks for the recommendation, Mary !) are from my garden.  

Monday, July 5, 2021

Cheesy Chicken

My good friends brought over a harvest from their garden and I made one of my favorite meals of Cheesy Chicken, with the cherry tomatoes and fresh green beans.

Monday, June 28, 2021

Black Raspberry Whipped Sensation Pie

Is it hot enough for you where you live?  It's toasty in Texas, and I've made us a Blackberry Whipped Sensation Pie.  It's cool enough on my patio to sit and enjoy some.

Monday, June 21, 2021

Sponge Cake

Is anyone in the mood for Strawberry Shortcake?  Although I would never turn down a piece, in all actuality, I prefer a sponge cake or even an angel food cake for my strawberries.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Blueberry Delight


It's Flag Day and I'm having some Blueberry Delight to celebrate.  This dessert would also be wonderful for the 4th of July!

Monday, June 7, 2021

Braided Lemon Bread

Oh my goodness, this braided lemon bread is so tasty, and if you're a lemon lover, you'll love it!

Monday, May 31, 2021

Red White and Blue Strawberries

Today on Memorial Day, we honor those that have died while serving in the military.   I'm snacking on some cream cheese stuffed patriotic strawberries, and remembering those who died for our freedom, and thinking of my grandson, Connor, who is serving in the Marines.

Monday, May 24, 2021

No-Bake Raspberry Cream Pie

We've had so much rain here, that I quickly had to enjoy a tea outside while the rain subsided.  I have plenty of this luscious pie left to share with you.  

Monday, May 17, 2021

Coconut Cream Pie with Coconut Crust

I was lucky to set up a tea before all the rain came down upon us for the next days.  Bigelow's Toasted Coconut tea is perfect with this pie.


Monday, May 10, 2021

Sourdough Cinnamon Crumb Coffee Cake

Let's have some tea on the patio and a piece of Sourdough Coffee Cake.  We can sit and chat and listen to the sound of my waterfall.  

Monday, May 3, 2021

Heavenly Macaroons for Mother's Day

I'm remembering my Mom with one of her favorite treats!  Oh, how she loved macaroons.  I'm also having some Bigelow Toasted Coconut Tea to sip with them.  My mom embroidered this beautiful cloth, and it's a favorite of mine.  I picked some dianthus from my yard, along with some bacopa.  Happy Mother's Day to all women who care for and love others, whether they be people of all ages or pets. 

Monday, April 26, 2021

Blueberry Sourdough Muffins and Friendship

It's a beautiful day here in Texas and I'm serving blueberry muffins that I've made using my sourdough starter that I have kept going for the past 18 years.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Easy Apple Strudel

It turned rather chilly here in Texas, and my tea is inside today.  I've baked us an easy apple strudel, if you liked to try a slice.

I'm using another trio set that my late Great Aunt Kitty painted.  

I found this Susan Paley vase on ebay and her name is Serena.  She was only $3.99, but the shipping was over $10.00.  I went back recently to check on others, and she was $45.00!!  I'm thinking that I got a good deal!!  I did the cross stitch several years ago.

My strudel was placed upon this beautiful serving dish that my youngest son and daughter-in-law gave me for my birthday.  I have two other pieces similar to this that they gave me.  

This company will inscribe a message on the back, which makes it so personal.

The strudel is placed upon this most delicate tablecloth that I believe was my Aunt Kitty's. 

This is the border on the tablecloth.  All the white parts are hand embroidered.  I so wish I could ask where this came from.  My Aunt Kitty and Uncle John didn't have children and they traveled a lot.  Aunt Kitty was like a grandmother to me, since her sister, my grandmother died when I was probably 3-4 years of age.

Yield: 6
Author: Kitty
Easy Apple Strudel

Easy Apple Strudel

This is a great recipe to have on hand when you need something easy but impressive.


  • 1/2 pkg. Frozen Puff Pastry (1 sheet)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 can apple pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or to taste)
  • a few gratings of fresh nutmeg (if desired)


  1. Thaw pastry at room temperature for 3o minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Mix egg and water and set aside.
  4. Unfold pastry on lightly floured surface.  Roll into a 16"x12" rectangle. 
  5. Cut up the apples with kitchen shears to make smaller pieces.  Add the cinnamon and nutmeg.
  6. With short side facing you,  spoon the pie filling on the bottom half of the pastry to within 1" of edges.
  7. Starting at short side, roll up like a jelly roll.  Place seam side down on a parchment lined baking sheet.  Tuck the ends under to seal.  Brush with egg mixture.  Cut several 2" long slits 2" apart on top. 
  8. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden.
  9. Cool on baking sheet on wire rack for 30 minutes.
  10. Slice and serve warm .


I sprinkled the top of the strudel with some sparkling sugar before baking. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

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Monday, April 12, 2021

Spicy Fruity Buns

It's such a pretty day to enjoy a Spicy Bun and a cup of tea.  I was able to share some of these wonderful buns with a friend that had foot surgery, and she loved them, too.

This pretty pansy set was painted by my late Great Aunt Kitty.

This pretty violet set was painted by her, also.  I thought that they were perfect for Spring.

The pretty topper was also my Aunt Kitty's.  Isn't the cut work so beautiful?

Here is how she signed the back of the china pieces.

My friend, Tina, who lives in Australia,  shared this fabulous recipe for her Hot Cross Buns with me. Tina is a wonderful baker and always has something yummy in her kitchen.   Since Easter is over, I left the cross off of them, and just put the shiny glaze on.  I'll be making these again and again.  They are perfect! 

Yield: 12 delicious buns
Author: Kitty, but recipe came from my friend, Tina, who lives in Australia
Hot Cross Buns

Spicy Fruity Buns

Tina willingly shared this recipe with me. It's a very soft dough, and makes the most incredible buns.  It does require three risings, but the last one is only 20 minutes. 



  • 1 and 1/4 cups lukewarm milk
  • 2 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 and 1/2 cups bread flour (I used 3 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour + 1/4 cup Vital Wheat Gluten)
  • 3 teaspoons of spices of choice (I used cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, a touch of cloves)
  • 1 scant teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 cups mixed dried fruit (I used golden raisins, dried cranberries, and dried Montmorency cherries)
  • 4 and 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • Glaze
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons water


  1. Combine lukewarm milk, white sugar and yeast and set aside for about 5 minutes until starting to get frothy.
  2. Combine flour, spices, salt, brown sugar and dried fruit in a large bowl or mixer with a dough hook.  Make a well in the center and pour in the milk mixture, the butter and the beaten egg.
  3. Mix with your dough hook and then knead for about 5 minutes on medium (or 8 minutes by hand on a floured surface.)
  4. Place into a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel.  Stand in a warm place for about 1 hour. 
  5. After this time, knead a few times and then return to the bowl, cover and let rise again for 1 hour until doubled in size.
  6. Preheat oven to 370 degrees.
  7. Take the dough out of the bowl and knead a few times on a floured surface.  Divide the dough into 12 equal portions and roll into balls.
  8. Place the buns into a lined or greased baking tray, a little apart. Cover with a tea towel and place in a warm spot for 20 minutes or until they puff up.
  9. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. To make the glaze:  Mix sugar and water in a small saucepan, bring to a boil and simmer for 1 minute.  Brush glaze over the hot buns. 
  11. Allow buns to cool for about 15 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack.  Enjoy!


I place a pan of boiling water on a low shelf in my oven, and place the bowl of dough on a shelf above this, to let the dough rise. It helps to place the unfilled pan in first,  and then pour the boiling water in.

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Cissy came and spent the night with me!

Avery, Ella, Hayden and Harper were over recently.

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Watergate Salad

Happy Easter Monday!  It's warm enough for tea and treats in the garden today. My lady vase is sporting some pansies from my window box, along with some Dusty Miller.  Being not ready to put my Easter decor away yet, my rattan bunny has joined the table. 

Isn't this tea set with the pansies on it, and the sweet message, perfect for Springtime?  it was sent to me from a dear friend awhile back, and it has another teacup with it.

Yield: 8-10
Author: Kitty, but recipe came from a friend
Watergate Salad

Watergate Salad

This recipe is more like a dessert, and is quite retro. A bit of information was found on on how the recipe was named. It seems that Kraft Foods introduced pistachio pudding in the 1970's and promoted a recipe called Pistachio Pineapple Delight. However, a food editor at a Chicago newspaper reprinted therecipe, but named it "Watergate Salad", and the name stuck!


  • 1-3 oz. pkg. pistachio instant pudding mix
  • 1-20 oz. can crushed pineapple, not drained
  • 1-8 oz. container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 cup mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts


  1. Mix the pudding mix into the pineapple.  Fold in whipped topping, and add the marshmallows and nuts.  Chill.
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Monday, March 29, 2021

Bunny Cakelets

Welcome to my Happy Easter Tea.  Please join me for some chocolate bunny cakelets and some Toasted Coconut Tea!  You probably remember my bunny pillow that's made from an old sweater, on my sofa, that I hot glued buttons on in the shape of a bunny.

Isn't this teapot the cutest, with the bunny head on the lid?

A sweet friend gave me this adorable bunny teacup last year, and I love sipping tea from it in the Springtime.

I have a set of four of these melamine plates, each with a different bunny, that I bought from Tuesday Morning last year.

My late friend, Kathryn, gifted me this adorable planter one year, and I always think of her when I see it.

 Chocolate bunny cakelets are ready for serving!  Cream cheese frosting makes for a yummy tail, with some sprinkles for fun. I "painted" some tinted frosting on their ears.


My late beloved mom gave me this cute bunny. She was always thinking of me.


Riley, on the left, won all three of his wrestling matches that my daughter and I attended.  It was so fun and exciting being with her and cheering Riley on.  He pinned his opponent at his last match!  Connor, my Marine grandson, came home for a visit, before heading back to California to quarantine for 2 weeks, before being deployed.  We all went to watch Cissy in her tennis match, which she won! 

Yield: 6 adorable cakelets
Author: Kitty, but the recipe is adapted from Nordic Ware
Bunny Cakelets

Bunny Cakelets

You can use this recipe to make vanilla or chocolate bunnies. I used a cream cheese frosting for the tails.


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/ 2 cup butter melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 1/ 2 cups flour
  • 1/ 2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/ 4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Prep pan with shortening and flour or use baking spray.
  3. In a large bowl mix sugar and butter at low speed until well blended, then increase to medium speed and beat until light and fluffy.
  4. Add flour, milk, baking powder,  cocoa powder, vanilla, salt and eggs.
  5. Pour evenly into prepared pans.  Tap the pan on the counter to remove air bubbles.
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in the cake's center comes out clean.
  7. Cool cake in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Turn out on rack and cool completely.
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