Monday, April 21, 2008

Tea-Blog-a-Thon (2 Weeks)

I hope you all have a cup of your favorite tea to sip on, because I know this is going to take a while! I missed last weeks Blog-a-thon @ Gracious Hospitality, so first I will get caught up!
The theme last week was clothing and accessories for when we go to tea. Now, I go to tea fairly regularly. My mode of dress is usually dress capris or slacks and a (what I call) frilly blouse. I love black and white, so a lot of times those are the colors. However, one item of my grandma's would be perfect for tea!
It is her shawl. I usually have this on display in our guest room, but I think it would be precious at a tea.
Now two things I love in accesories more than others....bracelets and purses. Just ask my husband. He will gladly tell you about my purses! So sometimes I wear these cutsie bracelets to tea.
The chain on the card was purchased at a craft show years ago. It is a pin on "necklace" with cups and teapots. I love this on a sweater, which unfortunately, we don't wear too much of here. The pin was a gift.
This blurry pic of a pin, was one I made...yep, me! I took a class at a scrapbook store and we made these. I do wear this often.
These little bracelets have teapots and cups and spoons. So hard to get pic but I got these at the Dollar Tree, a few years back, before it was called Dollar Tree.
Sometimes, when I go to tea, I feel like a queen. Well, really, I want to be queen every day! Anyways, this necklace and bracelet are a fairly recent find.
Well, finally, on part one, this is me about 4 years ago at a tea room that has since closed.:( No only did they have hats to put on, but gloves and fur stoles at every chair. Oh, it was just toooooo cute! I tried to take pic of a I could do...
Whew, ok, on to this week. We are to post a recipe. Ok, lets first understand each other.
I often have lunches and teas at my home. My recipe for the success of these?
MY HUBBY! He is so good to help me prepare almost everything. And my best idea for a dessert.....A BAKERY!
OK, at this point, Kat at Mimi's Garden is on the floor dear friend and her 20 precious recipes!! However, I did pull out a fav of mine. I give credit to my mom...she passed this to me as a young bride. So here it is
Pistachio Nut Bread
1 Box Yellow Cake Mix
1 Pkg. Pistachio Instant Pudding
1/4 c oil
1/4 c water
1/2 pint sour cream
4 eggs
Mix the above ingrediants in a bowl using a wooden spoon. Then make the following mixture:
1 c Brown sugar
1 t. cinnemon
1/2 c chopped walnuts
Grease 2 loaf pans. Pour 1/2 cake mixture in bottom of pans. Put crumble mixture on top of batter. Repeat batter. Run knife threw all layers a few times.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Do not cut until cool. (Which at my house means hide it!)
OK....I am totally exhausted and am running out to Safeway for a Petit Four....


La Tea Dah said...

CeeKay, what a wonderful post! You was the Safeway run? After double posting, you deserved a treat! I lovvvvvvvvve your grandmother's shawl, and all your beautiful tea-themed jewelry. The 'crown' necklace is adorable. I have the teapot to match for you. Should be get together for tea soon? And your recipe for Pistachio bread is perfect for your locale! I've enjoyed buying pistachios at a grove between Willcox and Benson --- delish! Thanks so much for sharing! So glad you got all caught up with us!


Kathy said...

I love your post, C, and I am so proud of your recipe! Yes, ma'am, I am going to try that Pistachio Bread very soon - sounds wonderful! My man would love it since pistachios are his favorite. I love your tea bracelets - I don't remember them. Have a marvelous week, sweet friend!
Kathy (Mimi)

marye said...

that sounds delicious !

Denise said...

Oh, Ceekay, you are SO funny! i love your idea of dessert! I must say the pistachio bread sounds wonderful and so easy! I'll have to try it and share some with the volunteers at Bethesda North Hospital this Wednesday. Your tea jewelry is delightful!

Have a lovely week! I will post tomorrow for the blog-a-thon.

Scrabblequeen said...

The nice thing about a bakery is that it gives one more time to enjoy, and less stress in preparation. I'm sure your teas are delightful!

ellen b said...

LOVE your post Ceekay! All the jewelery and the photo of you at tea is so fun. Thanks for the wonderful recipe, too. Now you've got me running to the kitchen for a snack!!

Arleen ~ The Tea Room said...

Oh how I love all your jewelry! I must add to my collection. :-D

And thank you for the recipe -- I've not seen one for Pistachio Nut Bread of this one and must try it! Thank you!

cherished*vintage said...

Hi Ceekay! Your tea blog-a-thon looks like so much fun! Your Grandmas shawl is so pretty. I've just been catching up. How wonderful your tip to the Mexican Riviera looked! Love your new tea set from your husband too. Glad you're home safely. I've gotta try this pistachio bread, it sounds really yummy.

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

You look beautiful in your bracelets and hat!

Hide it? LOL! First chuckle of the tour.

Thanks for the recipe. It would be a pistachio lover's dream...I have a few of those in the family.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I enjoyed all of this so much! Love the little shawl, and all the jewelry! I especially enjoyed seeing a picture of you.


Thanks for your concern for my absence. I'm back now and hope to post my recipes soon.

Steph said...

Wow - that soudns like a very novel and delicious tea bread!

Anonymous said...

I just loved your post. Your pistachio bread sounds so good. I just love your jewlry and your grandmothers shawl.

Grace Yaskovic said...

what a great post!! thanks for sharing

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