Tea Time #2

I love to have friends over for tea!  Really, I do.  It’s so much fun to decorate a table, pull out my best china, and talk around the table about, well, just about everything.  I’m sure you can imagine the things I’ve heard over tea.  (I do have a rule about this type of talking, and I make sure all at the table know it,  if it’s said here, it stays here.)

Tablescapes for tea can be as simple or elaborate as you want.  Check out a few on my Pinterest board. (Click on Tablescapes to see ideas or Pinterest to see my whole page.)  There are some great recipes and teacups there, too.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It’s rare for my guests not to have anything to talk about, but just in case I have a few Conversation Cards at hand.  Here are a few you can make for yourself and your guests.

One of the best things at any tea party is the cute little sandwiches.  Don’t you agree?  There’s nothing like cucumbers and cream cheese, or thinly sliced salmon and radishes, or how about Kentucky Benedictine.  The first time I had a Kentucky Benedictine Roll-up I thought I had finally made it to the great Heavenly Banquet.  Seriously that filling tops the list in delicious ‘sandwich’ spreads.

When all is said and done there is nothing like good friends, good food, and good conversation.

Blessings to you and yours!


Tea Time #1

There is nothing like a really good cup of tea.  It can be hot or cold.  It can be with someone or all alone.  I can drink it in a car. I can drink it on a plane.  (My apologies to Dr. Seuss)  I like it straight or sweetened with honey.   I like leaves and herbal. loose leaf and bagged.  It doesn’t matter whether I use a cute tea cup from my collection or a mug.  My favorites are Queen Anne from Harney & Sons, Winter Spice from Twinings, Ginger Peach from Republic of Tea, and… and…  and…  and…

I really, like scones and tea sandwiches.  But, I don’t eat wheat so I’ve had to find and create recipes that really work for me.  Here’s one for Banana Nut Scones that uses a mix of rice and almond flour.  Yummy in my tummy. (Sorry Shrek!)   Instead of bread on my tea ‘sandwiches’ I use lettuce or cucumber slices or corn tortillas.  Delicious!!  Of course, fresh fruit and veggies are always on the table.

Best Ever Banana Nut Scones

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup brown rice flour  (1 cup of oatmeal will work, too.)
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Lightly spray (I use coconut oil.)  a round cake-pan (Use ceramic or glass – like a pie pan.)  Blend until smooth.  Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.  Cool completely!  Cut into traditional pie pieces.  Spread with maple butter, or cream cheese, or clotted cream, if you have it.

Blessings to you and yours!