Monday, November 17, 2014

The Lenox Village Tea Room Tea Pot

Safely tucked in the curio cabinet amongst a varied assortment of tea related collectibles is this pretty porcelain Lenox Village Tea Room Tea Pot. Offered in 1991 along with the Lenox Spice Village Collection in the Victorian home design and retired in 1994, it was from my mother's collection.

The beautiful tea pot in soft shades of pink and blue with four dormers replicating old Victorian homes matches the smaller spice jars which I also have, but they are not on display. Alas, there just isn't enough room in the cabinet!

Special thanks to Ray and Eileen, volunteer gardeners and longtime friends of the family for finding the matching creamery and confectionary (milk and sugar) containers. Eileen spotted them at a yard sale and remembered that I had the tea pot in the cabinet. She gifted them to me at our end-of-the-season gardening night. What a surprise!

The matched set is now on display along with a wide assortment of tea time collectibles!
In this month of Thanksgiving, today I give thanks for thoughtful friends!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Happy Birthday, David!

Birthdays are good for you.
Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.
~Larry Lorenzoni
Wishing you the very happiest of birthdays!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Downton Abbey Inspired Tea - Winterthur, DE

We recently journeyed to Winterthur, DE to experience the Downton Abbey tea they are presenting in conjunction with the Costumes of Downton Abbey exhibit. We visited the costuming exhibit earlier this year with a Rosemary House traveling herb seminar, but on a crisp Fall Sunday, we returned with family to enjoy the afternoon tea.

Each guest had their own individual 'Tea for One' pot. There was a wide assortment of tea bags on the table, and once seated, the wait staff filled your tea pot with hot water. A petite cup of warm Cream of Cauliflower and Stilton Soup was served as the first course. You were invited to serve yourself at the buffet table when you were ready
  Service was quite efficient with two buffet tables. The menu was quite extensive with a nice variety of sandwiches. The sandwiches included Crème Fraiche Egg Salad on Poppy Seed Brioche with Sweet Pea Sprouts, Smoked Gouda & Pimento Cheese Roll Ups with Arugula, Buttermilk Semolina Tea Sandwich with Goat Cheese, Walnut & Roasted Pepper.

Spinach & Hazelnut Stuffed Mushrooms, Crumbled Sausage & Roasted Vegetable Tartlettes with Fontina, and Mushroom & Brie Strudel with Sun Dried Tomato Aioli.
 Lemon Cucumber Shrimp Sandwich with Chive Cream Cheese, Brandied Crab Salad on a Rice Cracker with Scallion and Charred Corn, and a Skewer of Mozzarella and Cherry Tomatoes with Basil Pesto. Oh my!

And here it is... on the plate. What a variety of sizes, shapes, flavors, colors, textures and more!

The scone course featured Raspberry & White Chocolate Scones and Buttermilk Raisin Scones to be topped with Whipped Butter, Lemon Curd, Orange Marmalade and English Country Cream.

Teapots were refilled as needed, and the opportunity to revisit the buffet was ever present. But with a host of desserts as lavish as the sandwiches, it was time to sample dessert!
Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Du Pont Chocolate Mousse Tartlets, Chocolate Dipped Macaroons, Petit Fours, Berry Mousse Sugared Pastry Horns, the wonders never ceased!

Oh my! So happy to have spent this Sunday afternoon indulging in such a wonderful array of culinary delights!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Happy Veteran's Day!

You're the emblem of
The land I love.
The home of the free and the brave.
~George M. Cohan

A special thank you to all our Veteran's for your service to our country.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Fall Color in the Herb Garden

This is Leucantha Sage, also often called Mexican Sage. It is an annual for those of us in the North but it grows large during the growing season and provides a wonderful captivating splash of purple color. 
I especially love it with the contrasting colors of the silver wormwood (forefront) and the golden yellow leaves of the witch hazel tree (background). 
 Another salvia -- this one the fragrant Pineapple Sage, provides both a delicious pineapple scent and a splash of bright red color in the fall herb garden. While there are still a few flowers hanging on here or there, a white feverfew or golden calendula, or pink rose these two salvias make quite the statement in the fall and for quite a number of weeks.  
We've been enjoying the cool crisp days and brilliant colors of the garden before the winter snows arrive and blanket the gardens in fluffy white.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Miniature Pumpkin Cheesecake - the flavors of Fall

Pumpkin Cheesecake
1 c. crushed gingersnap cookies (approx. 20)
3 Tbsp. butter, melted
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 c. pure pumpkin
1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 32 miniature muffin cups with paper cups.
Combine cookie crumbs and butter in small bowl. Press small amount onto bottom of each paper cup. Bake 3 minutes.
Beat cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, spice, and vanilla in mixing bowl until blended. Add eggs; beat well. Carefully spoon into paper cups. Bake 20 minutes until set. Cool on wire rack. Remove tarts from pan; refrigerate.
If desired, garnish with a small dollop of whipped cream and a dusting of zested chocolate or finely chopped pecans.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Halloween Tea

Many of our guests at our recent series of Halloween Teas arrived dressed in the playful spirit of the season. It's always fun to see how creative they are.

Once everyone is seated, the Afternoon Tea begins. A Witches Brew of Butternut Squash and Apple soup accompanied by a Witchy Breadstick was the first course. Dried rosemary leaves are used to create the hairy knuckles and a sliced almond becomes the fingernail.

The sandwiches included French Style Cheese Spread Eyeballs (using edible wafer paper), RIP Cheddar Pimiento Coffins, Waldorf Chicken Salad on Pumpkin Bread, Cyclops Eye (olive spirals), Roasted Red Pepper Deviled Eggs, and 'Take a Bite of the Apple' Brie Sandwich (served warm).
The Scone course included Traditional English Cream Scones in the shape of ghosts and Pumpkin Pecan Scones served with Green Grape Worms. The 'eyes' for the ghost were currant pieces while the eyes for the worms were mini chocolate chips held in place with a touch of icing. This plate captured everyone's attention when it was served!


And for dessert, there were Gingerbread Cupcake Brains, Candy Corn Cookies, and Lemon Tartlet Ghosts.

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If I Only Had a Brain....

Three hauntingly delightful Halloween Teas have taken place at Sweet Remembrances this year. Shown here is one of the desserts that featured tasty gingerbread cupcakes decorated as brains.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ladies and Their Hats Tea Party

The Ladies and Their Hats event held last month included Afternoon Tea which began with Keep it Under Your Hat Rosemary Corn Soup.
With A Tip of the Hat to the Sandwiches, we served: Chicken and Pineapple Triangles, The Queen's Crown Jewels an orange date sandwich accented with golden raisins and currant jewels, Spinach Cheese Tarts, Fruit Sandwich Cornucopia on Raisin Bread, Princess Hat Egg Salad, and a Pimiento Cheese Pumpernickel Top Hat.
And Hats Off to the Scones! We served Traditional English Cream Scones and Lemon Poppyseed Scones accompanied by Sweet Cream, Lemon Curd, Raspberry Jelly, and a Hat Pin Fruit Skewer. We also had sweet little hat favors prepared by Candy by Kelly that had two colorful hats and tiny candy pieces.

Wear Many Hats desserts featured a Floral Sun Bonnet Cookie and Jackie O's Chocolaty Pill Box.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ladies and Their Hats

We recently welcomed Marcella Farina, The Tea and Hat Lady to Sweet Remembrances for a special program.  We are so fortunate to have Marcella, a Certified Tea Specialist and a genuine Tea Enthusiast as part of our local tea community!

Rarely seen without a hat, Marcella presented a charming talk on Hats and the Woman who wear them.  It included well known hat wearers: Audrey Hepburn, Queen Elizabeth and lesser known yet still influential women in hats. brought some of her favorite hats along to share with us and we learned a bit of hat trivia. 
A Sun hat is meant to cover your head and your shoulders. Most reproduction hat pins are strong enough to fit through a well made hat. Hat pins fit through the hat, under your hair and through the other side of the hat to hold it in place in case there is a sudden gust of wind. In addition to being used for this purpose, they are within easy reach to be used as a weapon in case of an attack!
Tea and Hat Lady Marcella Farina
"Hats are the difference between being dressed and being dressed up"

Of course, we totally love how our guests will "play along" and wear all of their favorite hats. 
                                                  It makes the event even more special!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Tea Decor

This clever idea to display tea cups and saucers using old wooden staircase spindles was also part of the décor in Tea by Two. So fun, and such a clever way to display teacups and saucers while repurposing the spindles.