Monday, January 26, 2009

Tea Accompanied with Ideas from the Food Bloggers

The Food Bloggers are a group of bloggers who enjoy sharing their recipes or write blogs related to recipes, foods, health and nutrition, and cooking. They have some up with some more recipes that you may be able to serve with tea or at tea parties.

Alphabet Cake Pan Personalize your birthday cake with an alphabet cake pan. Make their initials, or their age in cake!
Busy Family Meals Vindaloo sauce can be used to flavor meats, but we like it best as a vegetarian delight!
Chocolate Covered Buttercrunch Bars Chocolate and buttercrunch treats made with a surprise ingredient.
Cooking Gadgets Space saving genius: collapsible colanders!
Horehound Drops A herbal home remedy for a sore throat or cough.
Old Woodenware Stirs Memories Mary Emma, at Country Kitchen, finds that old kitchen woodenware brings back memories of cooking in the farmhouse kitchen of childhood.
Super Bowl Snack: Edamame "Hummus" A delicious thick dip made with edamame, tofu and avocado The Experts' Suggestions to Curb Nighttime Noshing Most of the registered dieticians and diet websites Jean found as she tries to curb her nightly noshing habit have pretty specific suggestions to help.

Have fun as you try these. Let me know if there is something you particularly enjoy with your tea.

Monday, January 19, 2009

A Book Launch Tea Party - What a Grand Idea!

I just visited Tracy DeSabato-Aust's blog and learned of a fascinating idea - A Book Launch Tea Party. Tracy describes this gathering of friends to celebrate the launching of her new book, 50 High-Impact Low-Care Garden Plants.

Don't you simply love this idea? There are so many variations you can develop whether you're launching a fiction, non-fiction, children's or adult's book.

  • Some tea parties might be costume ones.
  • For others you could wear a hat.
  • Foods served could be some mentioned in the book.
  • If you do have a tea party in your book, recreate it at your launch.
  • You also could arrange a virtual online tea party launch.
  • If your book is set in a different country, find teas served there.

If you've ever had a tea party book launch, do share with us.

Do You Find Old Kitchen Woodenware Fascinating?

Although this isn't strictly a Tea Time topic, old kitchen woodenware could come in handy for it's decorative effect at tea parties. You might have some of your own, handed down in the family, like I do. Or perhaps you simply enjoy collecting antiques. Even modern woodenware looks lovely.

I've written a post over at Country Kitchen, about old woodenware evoking memories, that you might enjoy.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

A Tea Party Accompanies a Beauty Break

Tea Parties seem appropriate most everywhere. The other day, as I conducted a skin care and make-up Beauty Break session at a friend's home, she combined this with a tea party for refreshments.

After I analyzed the gals' faces, then showed them how to use the skin care and make-up items, we chatted over cups of tea and dainty cookies. Since it was just after the Christmas holidays, the hostess had some pressed cookies with red and green decorations, as well as sugar-free cookies since her mom, who attended, is diabetic. Pretty napkins and dainty cups completed the arrangement.

Gathering around a cup of tea seems to enhance friendships and create a festive atmosphere.

Monday, January 05, 2009

Tea Party with J K Rowling

A month ago, I wrote about a tea party with Harry Potter author, J K Rowling, some children in England would be attending. This was a highly publicized event celebrating of the release of Rowling's new book, Tales of Beedle the Bard.

I was wondered if anyone attended the tea party who reads any of my blogs. It would be fun if you'd leave a comment and let us know how you enjoyed this special tea party. Was Mom as excited as you?

Were there any other tea parties going on to note this libraries, bookstores, homes, schools? If so, what were they like?

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy New Year's from Tea Time Notes

May 2009 be a wonderful year for you.

It's cold (3 degrees F.) and windy here where I live.

But we're looking forward to a grand 2009.