Come in! Our summer travels are over, my oldest is safely ensconced in college, and I’m ready to celebrate this slower season with an Indian Summer Tea. Please, help yourself and tell me what you think of the berry trifle flavor. Do you like Spode’s Blue Chintz pattern? Unfortunately, it’s no longer in production. To find old discontinued china patterns, check out Replacements Limited at http://www.replacements.com . I especially enjoy perusing their Vintage Finds pages.
My summer seems a blur and I cannot believe October is in full swing. One of our sons graduated from high school, and from that point on, I cannot remember much! Oh, the trip to the Midwest when we caravanned in three cars — that I recall. If you’ve read my bio, you know I enjoy a good road trip.
Keeping everyone together over hundreds of miles proved no easy task. We had one speedster (my-soon-to-be college freshman), a moderate driver (my husband), and a slow moving lover of Route 66 (my brother). The Mother Road fan took us on a detour through an ugly, industrial section of Flagstaff, Arizona. Yes, Flagstaff has at least one unappealing area. We were hungry and short tempered, but everything turned out all right in the end.
Speaking of hunger, please sample the fresh herb tea sandwiches, strawberry rhubarb pie and chocolate dipped strawberries. I grow my own herbs in pots just outside my kitchen, so these were a breeze to put together. Have a seat and enjoy!
We stayed a few days at the Grand Canyon. Miraculously, a cabin at the Bright Angel Lodge became available. I’ve visited the Canyon many times and it’s always spectacular. Both my boys hiked down to Indian Gardens with my brother while my husband and I played on the rim. Did you do anything special this summer?
My tea stash has grown to epic proportions. Part of the reason is that kind people keep giving me tea! Not a bad problem to have, right? I’ve discovered many ways to store these gifts. Aside from stacking boxes in my pantry, I often utilize pretty ceramics — as long as they have an airtight rubber ring attached to the lid, like the ginger jars featured here. These work well for loose leaf teas.
If you’ve got a cool dry spot, a pretty glass chest like the one I found at World Market makes a lovely display case. By the way, these items sold out quickly from my local store!
Of course, the wooden chest (a present from a sweet friend) is still a wonderful solution for sealed bags such as these and also provides a smart way to offer your guests their choice of brew. Pretty airtight tins also make a colorful storage option for your stash. What do you think of this unique cabinet I spotted on the Facebook page of Tea with Charlotte & Lucy? Is it a doll house or a place to keep tea accoutrement? Either way, it’s adorable!
Herb Tea Sandwiches
Several slices of bread, frozen
1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
1 Tablespoon heavy cream
2 Tablespoons Fresh Herb of choice (I chose basil), chopped. Watercress is also a great option.
Cut frozen bread into desired shapes with sharp knife or cookie cutter. Set aside & allow to defrost in Ziploc bag. Beat together cheese and cream. Gently stir in herbs. Spread on one side of bread shape. Form sandwiches. Serve. Makes 12 tea sandwiches. NOTE: bread shapes can be prepared in advance as can herb spread, if refrigerated. Assemble before your guests arrive.
Thank you for joining me. May your transition from summer to fall be peaceful and glorious!
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