Friday, December 15, 2017

An Christmas Afternoon Tea Part 2


OK- as promised, here is Part 2 of one of the very nicest
 Christmas teas I have ever been blessed to attend.

This time I am sharing later in the evening.
 I mentioned in the previous post, our teas are marathons.

Auntie Pam changed out the china
 and then hosted a hearty delicious dinner for us as well.

(I will forever be in awe of this amazing woman!)







She placed a beautiful candle at every setting. 
It was so pretty once the lights were dimmed a bit.








The yummy menu was buffet style,
 and everything was made from scratch.

Deep Dish Chicken Pot Pie
Spinach Salad w/ homemade strawberry dressing
Sticky Toffee Pudding
~and assorted sweets left from tea earlier~












This was the very first time I've ever tasted Sticky Toffee Pudding.

It is beyond description. 

It is rich and decadent and truly beyond compare.







IF YOU MISSED THE PICS OF HER BEAUTIFUL
AFTERNOON CHRISTMAS TEA CLICK HERE.







Next time I visit Auntie Pam's
 gorgeous new custom-built home
 I hope to just showcase it for you.
 It's so awesome.

It's the perfect size and so sparkly new, oh it's pretty!

However this post is all about Christmas and the tea,
 dinner and her over-the-top beautiful decor......
I will just let the pictures do the talking.







Some whimsy in her kitchen:








I'm disappointed in my pics - I didn't seem to capture much,
 as EVERY square inch  of her home from porch to bathrooms
 and every room in between was so tastefully  decorated.

 I can't even imagine how she does it!!!!

(Or where she keeps it all stored!)



















And she had all sorts of bling!





The candle light, the shimmers and sparkles
 created such a gorgeous mood
as the evening wore on.






















And, of course, she had THE brightest bling in all the universe
 displayed in fine and full Glory: Baby Jesus





I hope you've enjoyed Pam's parties
 and home as much as I have sharing it with you.


As always, thanks for your visit.

Hugs and prayers to each of you!


~Michele










Wednesday, December 13, 2017

A Christmas Afternoon Tea Part 1


Oh, the joy of spending time with my tea society sisters!

I had the delight of being invited for a lovely out of town 
tea-time weekend with my dearest friends this past weekend.

Our amazing hostess, whom we lovingly call Auntie Pam showed us
her gorgeous newly built home for the first time,
 and also hosted for us the most exquisite afternoon tea!

We truly felt as if we were royalty this special day.

I cannot thank dear Pam enough for such a special tea!







She started the party out offering us delicious
 appetizers and champagne with raspberries.

This is a clever way to serve shrimp cocktail;
in individual glass cups on ice with demitasse forks.

Her homemade cocktail sauce was incredible.












She provided a large assortment of sweets

for us to nosh on as we cajoled.






Our teas together are true marathons.

I am glad she kept fuel so close at hand!







This was the most decadent, light, rich and moist cream-filled "coffee" cake
I have ever had in my life. It was very sweet and buttery and nutty - no cinnamon or coffee
crumbs - it was heavenly, and I'd give anything for another piece of it right now!






Her tablescape could win an award, I kid you not.

She has mad decorating skills.

My quick pointing and clicking pics
didn't do any justice to all the beauty around me.

All was completely over-the-top gorgeous.

I just couldn't quite capture the beauty, and truly failed
to capture the MOOD her decorating invoked!







She gave us TWO different gifts!
One was at our table, wrapped so beautifully!

Inside the pretty boxes were two little white
glittery ceramic birdie figurines.


I already have them in use, and have plans to show you soon,
if when I post my Christmas home tour.








Auntie Pam travels the world and has been to England 
several times on extensive tours.

She shared with us 4 different kinds of tea.






My very favorite was her Sally Lunn, which she purchased
in Bath, England while taking tea at the famous tea house.

Here is a bit of history I found online. 

Pam collects interesting tea tins from her travels as well.



Our main course was a super fluffy quiche,
served with mixed fruit.

I wish I had a picture of my mile-high quiche -
it was huge, and so so delicious!!!

She had scones for us too!









This is getting way too long, so part 2 will be the DINNER
she prepared for us as well.

And yes, she changed tablescapes.

We also had a wonderful gift exhange.

And yes, we were there for hours and hours and hours.

I will be sharing her amazing Christmas decor, too.





L to R:  Dawn, Pam D., Mary D., Karen, Marina and Auntie Pam


These are very beautiful, special and dear tea sister-friends.

I am truly blessed to have them to hug and love.

I am so happy to be able to share this fun day
with YOU, my very special blogging friends, too.


PART 2 here:  Afternoon tea turns into dinner and decor.



More coming soon, as time allows during this holiday season!

GOD BLESS YOU AND BRING YOU PEACE.

Hugs and prayers.

~Michele


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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Sweet Baby Playing in Leaves


Before our autumn season has faded from our memories,
and All Things Advent has filled our lives and hearts....


I had to share some wonderful pictures 
from my youngest daughter of HER adorable daughter
playing in the leaves recently.







I really can't believe how fast she's growing.








She was buried pretty deep in those leaves!

There are a lot of really old mature trees on their street.








We had such sunny and mild autumn weather!

It doesn't feel at all like Ohio-just-before-December!








I love all these shots that her momma and daddy took.

I saved my favorite till last.

This shot captures (in what looks to me)
as though she knows a secret
 and isn't going to tell anytime soon....

One eye brow up, pursed lips not quite smiling,
one eye opened more -
oh boy, does she ever remind me of her momma!

Be still, my heart, for it seems like yesterday!








This little lady has stolen my heart.

Perhaps THAT is the secret she knows.

Because she KNOWS she has us wrapped around
her cute adorable tiny chubby little finger.







As always, thank you for visiting!


~Michele








Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!



From our home to yours.....

Happy Thanksgiving!




Most of All

~by Joanna Fuchs~


Thanksgiving Day brings to mind
the blessings in our lives
that usually go unnoticed:
a home that surrounds us
with comfort and protection;
delicious food, for pleasure
in both eating and sharing;
clothes to snuggle up in,
books and good entertainment
to expand our minds;
and freedom to worship our God.

Most of all we are thankful
for our family and friends;
those treasured people
who make our lives extra special.

You are part of that cherished group.
On Thanksgiving - and every day-
I appreciate you.


As always, thanks for your visit.

I am truly thankful for you!
God bless you always!


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Today is comment-free
 so that you have more time
to be with family!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thankful for Friends Tea Party


It's funny, but I am just noticing how many tea parties
 and extra special occasions
 that I haven't ever shared on my blog.

 One of them includes a 
Thankful for Friends Tea
 I hosted for my very bestie best tea-sister friends last year.

So, yes, it's an old party but it's never been shared on my blog!

(Glad I noticed it.)

I do wish I had noticed earlier in the season. Oh well.
Better late than never, I suppose!








I hand-made my napkin holders from thrift-store
 wooden napkin rings wrapped in burlap
 and hot-glue gunned silk flowers I already had in my stash
from a practically free end of season sale earlier.













The menu graphics matched the name label graphics.

I used my little clay pumpkin card holders too.









The table runner I used, and my teapot cozy match.

I didn't have a pick of the teapot from the party
so I am sharing where I have it stashed this year.

Top shelf to the right is where you will find it.








Add cheese and a sprinkle of pepper or paprika or curry
on your soups for a nice look and extra bit of flavor!



I think this is gruyere I used here.









What autumn salad is complete
without some seasonal apples and pears?









Nature provided the simple centerpiece, 
keeping it low so everyone could see one another well
from across the table.










Everything for this tea was easy
 so dishes could go in the dishwasher after.


When hosting a slumber party weekend
the teas have to be low-maintenance clean up!

At least on weekends when my wonderful hubs
isn't around to help.

Because he is a God-send most tea parties -
invaluable help for me to be able to put them on in style.

I remember last year he had plans, so that's why I used
stoneware and glass dishes!

Most of you know I'd always prefer to use
 my pretty china for tea parties. ♥










I *adore* decorated sugar cubes.

The source I used stopped making them.

I think it's time I learned how to make my own now -
 I spent a small fortune on them for years!








I found a pic of the favors I gave away, but I can't really 
remember what I filled inside of them anymore.

I know there was a cute decoupaged birdie ornament
and some Thanksgiving napkins, and knowing me probably
a Yankee candle and perhaps a sachet.....

These favor gift baskets were so much prettier in person!

Yep, not the best lighting for these last minute pics.
No time, fuss, tripod or special tricks - just fast shots.


Good friends, good food, good fellowship...
(and a calm and happy hostess)
 make for the successful and memorable party!

That, for sure, is what we had that day.










As always, thank you for your visit!

Hugs and prayers!


~Michele


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