The Glories of an Autumn Tea

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Fall greetings!  Do come in and warm up with some tea.  Recognize the music?  It’s mountain dulcimer to go with our rustic cabin theme.  I’ve already poured your cup, so please settle in, get cozy, and enjoy yourself.

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One of my grandmother’s entertaining mottos was, Use your best china, even if you only have bread and butter to serve your guest.  I’ve taken that to heart and brought out my Bernardaud Limoges pattern known as Louvre.  Based upon designs found on ancient tiles displayed in the famous museum, the dishes prove elegant in any setting.  Oversized latte cups are perfect for steaming hot India Spice Chai.

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Unavailable for many years, Celestial Seasonings has recently reissued this tea. I’ve stocked up on what was one of my mother’s favorite blends.  I will no longer need to ration the box I’ve kept in the pantry for almost a decade!  Yippee!  As a bonus, it’s a fabulous treat during these cooler months.  Even my kids love the taste.  It’s not found in a froo-froo catalogue or shop, but on your grocer’s shelf.

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Fall is my favorite season and I embrace its every aspect.  I appreciate the beauty, shift in temperatures, and the lack of activity that will soon be required for the upcoming holidays.  I welcome its peace, but also find the scent of chimney smoke, vibrant colors trembling in autumn breezes, sweaters, scarves, boots, and college football exhilarating.  There’s a remarkable dichotomy going on this time of year.  What do you enjoy most?

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Sing To Me, Autumn

Sing to me, Autumn, with the rustle of your leaves.
Breathe on me your spicy scents that flow within your breeze.

Dance with me, Autumn, your waltz that bends the boughs of trees.
Now tell me all the secrets you’ve whispered to the seas.

Sleep with me, Autumn, beneath your starlit skies.
Let your yellow harvest moon shimmer in our eyes.

Kiss me, Autumn, with your enchanting spellbound ways
That changes all you touch into crimson golden days.

Love me, Autumn, and behold this love so true
That I’ll be waiting faithfully each year to be with you.

© Patricia L. Cisco via  https://www.familyfriendpoems.com/poem/sing-to-me-autumn

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I throw a few fall decorations out each year.  Here’s photos of my kitchen dressed for Autumn.  Look closely and you’ll see Old Faithful, my copper kettle, in the background.  A wired leafy garland wraps perfectly around a two-tiered serving stand.

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I’ve gone to a little more effort than bread and butter for you today.  Check out my acorn and oak leaf-shaped tea sandwiches.  They are easy to make and fun to serve.  Guests appreciate the extra effort, and they taste wonderful, too.  I’ve also made sirloin roulades with rosemary spears—yummy.

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In accordance with our theme, I’m serving sweet potato pie for the dessert course.  Made from a Krusteaz mix, it incorporates marshmallow crème and a cookie crust.  Delicious!

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For an extra touch, I’ve incorporated honey spoons. Have you ever seen these?  They are available in various catalogues, but I discovered these in a specialty store.  The stirrers tend to be extra sweet, so warn your guests that they might not need the entire spoon to dissolve before their tea is perfect.  Also, have plenty of lemon at the ready.

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Recipes:

Acorn Tea Sandwiches

1 slice of bread per sandwich
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/4 cup pecans halves, toasted and chopped
1/2 teaspoon sundried tomato pesto

Freeze as many bread slices as needed.  Cut with cookie cutters to desired shapes.  Thaw.  Mix other ingredients together, withholding 1 tablespoon of chopped nuts for garnish.  Spread mixture on one piece of cut out bread and top with matching shape.  Spread a small amount of filling on top of “acorn” – just enough to hold small nut segments.  Add segments as decoration from set aside pecans.  Serve.  Note:  Amounts shown for filling ingredients are for 4-6 sandwiches.  Adjust as necessary when making larger batches.

Oak Leaf Tea Sandwiches

1 slice of bread per sandwich
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 teaspoon sundried tomato pesto
1/4 teaspoon chopped, fresh basil leaves
Basil leaves for garnish

Freeze as many bread slices as needed.  Cut with cookie cutters to desired shapes.  Thaw. Mix next three ingredient together and use as filling for sandwiches.  Cut 1 long strip for each sandwich from remaining basil leaves to create “veins” for leaves.  Top each sandwich with basil strip.  Serve.  Note:  Amounts shown for filling ingredients are for 4-6 sandwiches.  Adjust as necessary when making larger batches.

Sirloin Roulades

6 thinly-sliced pieces of sirloin, cooked medium rare
1/4 cup goat cheese
2 Tablespoons heavy cream
1/8 teaspoon finely chopped parsley
1 teaspoon well-drained crushed pineapple
6 pieces of sour dough mini toast (I used Boudines, but you can make your own)
Fresh rosemary spears

Mix cheese and cream together until homogenous.  Add parsley and pineapple.  Spread mixture on steak slices.  Roll and pierce with rosemary spears.  Serve on mini toasts.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed our autumn tea as much as I.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and do pop by again soon!

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COPYRIGHT 2017. VICTORIA BENCHLEY ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

10 thoughts on “The Glories of an Autumn Tea

  1. I was happy to read this again and soak in the sweet, poignant taste of the words and let my mind inhale the lovely fragrance of the pictures. You are indeed remarkably talented in writing, cooking, entertaining, and all aspects of life. Since I hate cold weather, I hate fall. But this blog made me welcome fall and let it wrap its colors and magic around me.

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    • Thank you for your kind words, Stephanie. Not to rub it in, but it’s going to reach 90 degrees plus here today. We did get a couple of weeks of cool weather prior to this, and I am very thankful for that!

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  2. I’ve always loved the packaging of any Celestial Seasonings tea. Glad that you found your favorite and hope that you stocked up!
    Wonderful china, so simple and elegant–those tea sandwiches have the perfect background!
    You decorated your kitchen so beautifully. How lucky you are to have such a gorgeous kitchen.

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  3. My favorite thing about Fall is that it ushers in cooler temperatures. My husband and I toured the Celestial Seasonings factory in September. It was fascinating and we were allowed to taste any tea they make. Of course, we went to their store and bought quite a few boxes.

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