Tea Party Fit For A Queen

Tea Party Menu 1 683x1024 Tea Party Fit For A Queen

Recently, we had a bona fide tea party to honor our pastor’s wife, as a part of their 39th Pastor & Wife Anniversary. We wore spring dresses, hats, and gloves, and ate pretty tea party food.

More than 60 ladies attended, dressed in a great display of southern charm and sophistication, in true tea party fashion.

Related Article: Etiquette and History of Afternoon Tea

The idea for the tea party was my friend’s. ‘Mrs. P’ is a real life Martha Stewart type/renaissance woman. She cooks, decorates, and sews. Pretty much, she can bring home the bacon AND fry it up in a pan.

Although simple, the tables were beautifully decorated with teapots of different shapes, sizes, and colors. They created an ambiance perfect for tea with the queen, our queen that is.

My Favorite Menu Items

Everything was delicious, but I did have a few favorites. What is a good food post without recipes? I bothered ‘Mrs. P’ for her menu, and looked up recipes to match on Pinterest.

As you can see, the sandwiches were a hit with me. This tea party was so well received, everyone wants to make it an annual event. I am looking forward to the next one!

 

 

 

Southern Teacakes and Fond Memories

Teacakes Southern Teacakes and Fond Memories

I have a love affair with food, and I’m not ashamed to admit it!

Good food seems to be front and center for good times and celebrations. Food has given us a reason for large and small family gatherings. For me, those gatherings are priceless.

Particular foods conjure up warm and fuzzy memories, especially those of my grandmothers. Both of them were excellent cooks. My father gave me the BEST complement a few months ago. As he was inhaling my candied yams he said, “Your sister may look like your grandmother, but you cook like her.”

That was the best compliment ever!

We called my dad’s mom My’Dear, and she was an excellent homemaker. She cooked, sewed, crocheted, and gardened among other things. And she was great at them all! One thing in particular that comes to mind when I think of My’Dear is her teacakes. *Insert deep heavy sigh.*

This morning teacakes and My’Dear were heavy on my heart and mind. I was not going to let the sun go down with out making a batch. Armed with Paula Deen’s Southern Teacakes recipe I went to work.

Teacake dough Southern Teacakes and Fond Memories

I took creative license and added 1 tsp of Cream of Tarter to punch it up a bit. Another thing I didn’t do was put the dough in the refrigerator to chill, roll out, cut and then bake. I didn’t have time for all of that.

I used the spoon drop method. Unlike other cookies, teacake dough is stiff, and doesn’t rise and spread. If you’re not going to roll out the dough and cut it with cookie cutters, be sure to flatten your cookies.

Using a plastic cup, I sprayed the bottom with cooking spray and mashed the dough to flatten the cookies.

My teacakes look a little different, and even have a little something extra. But like My’Dear’s, they turned out great!

Happy Baking… Always La Tonya.