Sunday, June 7, 2009

Please come on over for morning tea.

Kim at The Victorian Parlor has kindly organized a Tea Party and invited everyone along to her beautiful home. Thanks Kim. Go to her blog and have a look at all the other lovely Tea Parties.
I will share my Tea Party with you too.

For a wedding present my husband's parents gave us this Silver tea set. It looks really beautiful but I think that it has only been used twice. I had to give it a clean before I could take photos, as it looks beautiful in the china cabinet.
I prefer a cup of tea made from a china pot, it seems to taste better.

We need some pretty flowers on the table

Then some delicious biscuits to eat. (The recipes are at the end of this post)

Almond biscuits

Rice bubble krispies

Afghan biscuits

I love teapots and these ones I used to use but now they just sit on the hutch dresser. The old blue pot was given to me by my Grandmother, so is very old.
The Villeroy & Boch, looks nice but never really poured very well and that is important when it comes to pouring a cup of tea. The Calico had a small crack, so is only for show now.

These La de da cups would be nice if there were two of us.

What cups shall we choose? the English Country Roses?

or maybe we will have the Magnolia cups and saucers

These are my two everyday teapots - the green one I use for my early morning cup of tea and the yellow pot, we use for herbal teas.

I will add the recipes shortly.

I hope that you are having a fabulous weekend. It was my husbands birthday yesterday and we had a few friends around, so that was really great.
I will now come and visit your blogs and see your Tea parties and what fun things you are up to.



Almond Biscuits

125g butter softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. almond essence
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1 tsp. baking powder
12- 15 blanched almonds

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and almond essence, beating well. Sift in the flour and baking powder. Mix to a firm dough. Roll piece into balls/
Place on a greased oven tray and press lightly with a floured fork. Press half a blanched almond on each, Bake at 180 for 15 minutes or until cooked. Makes 25


200g butter
1/2 cup of sugar
1 1/4 cups of plain flour
1/4 cup cocoa
2 cups cornflakes
Chocolate icing
walnuts ( optional)

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Sift flour and cocoa. Stir into creamed mixture. Fold in cornflakes. Spoon mounds of mixture onto a greased oven tray, gently pressing together. Bake at 180 for 15 minutes or until set. When cold ice with chocolate icing and decorate with a walnut if wished.

Rice Krispie Bars

50g butter or margarine
5 cups rice bubbles
7 cups Marshmallows.

Melt butter or margarine, then marshmallows in a saucepan till smooth and creamy.
Add rice bubbles and stir. Put in a greased shallow pan. Cut into squares.


  1. Hi Carolyn,
    I love your tea pots and china and oh my those goodies look like they could put on a pound or two. I have but one everyday tea pot which seems to be always in use and I drink from a mug because they hold more.
    Have a super great weekend and enjoy your tea. That's what I am having right now.

  2. Dear Carolyn,
    I had a blessed time at your virtual Tea! Nice to meet you.
    Love your Tea Service and all the sweet tea things.
    Your cookies were great.
    Hope you'll drop by and have tea on my porch.


  3. Hi Dolores,

    How lovely of you to call over and I wished we could have a cuppa together.
    Thanks and I hope that you are having a lovely weekend.

    Hi Deanna,

    Thank you so much for visiting and I would love to come over and have tea with you on your porch.
    I will see you soon.


  4. Oh Carolyn that silver tea service is beautiful! I agree with your comment about how the teapot pours-it makes all the difference! All of your goodies look scrumptious and the teacups are lovely! Thanks for co-hostessing the blog tea party with me:).



  5. What a beautiful teaset!!
    Even if you don't use it, it is still so pretty to look at.
    What a lovely wedding present.
    Hope you are having a nice weekend too,

  6. Hi Kim,

    You will need a day off to relax and recover after your busy time entertaining.
    What a lot of delicious food you had served. Thanks for organizing the Tea party - I enjoyed myself.

    Hi Rosemary,

    It is beautiful and loved the wedding present my husband's family gave us.


  7. I loved my cup of tea out of the everyday green tea pot. Did you notice that I ate all of the afghan cookies and none of the others.



  8. p.s. When you notice that you are missing one of the magnolia tea cups and saucer, it is me that has it.


  9. Hi Renee,

    Glad that you enjoyed your cup of tea and the afghan biscuit. They are my husbands favourite too.
    Wished you could be here.


  10. hehe... is that where it went!

    Over the years some of the pieces have got broken, ie. the gravy boat and they do not make it anymore. I often look on Trade me to see if I can find some more of it.


  11. Hi Carolyn,
    I loved your tea party and hearing about all your gorgeous family "pretties". We always call family heirloom pieces in our family our "pretties".
    The yummies eats looked wonderful too. It is just as well that we all weren't there as you would have to bake all over again.
    Christine. xxx

  12. What a beautiful it...I enjoyed reading your blog today.
    I am still finding my way around blogland....
    I always love making new friends..

    I am posting about Disney so hope you will stop by.
    Each comment enters you for the June giveaway.

  13. Hi Christine,

    thank you for visiting and I am sure there would have been enough eats for everyone.

    Thanks Teresa,

    Always nice to have new friends and I would like to go and see your Disneyland trip, thanks.


  14. You have some lovely teacups! Thanks for the almond biscuit! Everything is so delicious, thank you!

    Thanks for the sweet comment on my blog! :)

  15. Your sweets were sweet!!!!! Thank you for the lovely tea....pinkies up!!!!!

  16. Oh decisions decisions! English Roses or Magnolias...Afghans or Krispies? Surprise me as everything looks so beautiful and tasty, you took my breath away. The silver is beautiful...certainly an heirloom!
    Thank you for your hospitality, it is all so fabulous!!!!!
    everything vintage

  17. Great minds think alike! I used the English Country Roses today too. It's just soooooo pretty. I also had some pink gerbera daisies (one of my favorite flowers - aren't they just so happy?). Your afgan cookes look delish. The silver tea set is so elegant. Thanks for having me over!

  18. What a nice tea, it is so nice to visit with you all and thank you carolyn for having us....I love the silver tea set and your teapots are beautiful.... my favorite are the magnolia teacups, very pretty.....Thank you for the recipes they look yummy!!!

  19. Hi TattingChic,

    Thank you for your kind words and for dropping by for tea.

    Thank you Geralyn and it is great to have a new friend.
    Will come over and visit your blog.

    Hi Jodie,

    I just loved visiting you this morning and having a wonderful cuppa at your house, many thanks.
    Loved everything at your house.

    Hi Sharon and how lovely to have some things in common, our tea sets, and pink gerberas. Thank you so much for coming over and I now look forward to going to visit with you.

    Hi Jennifer,

    Always great to hear from you and glad that you had a good visit.


  20. ooh... yum...thanks for tea and goodies.....

  21. Thanks for coming Vee and always great to hear from you.


  22. Hi Carolyn...Thank-you for stopping by and for your kind comments. I love it when you visit. You are a true friend!
    Your silver is just pretty. Love your collection of teapots and china. I have never liked tea...don't know why. I was surrounded by tea drinkers growing up...I do like some of the Christmas teas...might be the spices.

    Have a wonderful week! And Happy Birthday to hubby!!

    Hugs, Nancy

  23. Hi Carolyn, love your china and your baking :) After I posted my tea party post I went and enjoyed my morning coffee, LOL. I usually get around to tea eventually :)

    I wished we lived closer so we could have some laughs in person. Thank you for the virtual tea! Karen

  24. Thank you so much Nancy and you are a great friend too.
    Thank you for birthday wishes for my husband.

    Hi Karen,

    I wished we lived closer too.
    Thank you for inviting me to your home for tea, it was all a lot of fun .


  25. Hi Carolyn,
    Finally making my rounds for tea... I hope you don't mind me popping in. Your sterling set is beautiful, but I too find nothing serves tea like china. Reading your entry I smiled, as I alos have favorite pots and cups for different times of the day, even for different moods... Like when I have had a particularly hard day or week I treat myself to a brewed cup of blended teas in my favorite 100 year old delf blue cup... Makes me feel special.
    So nice to meet you. Please do stop by tea, the side gate is yet open...

  26. Oooooh yummmy... and BEAUTIFUL dishes!!!

  27. Hi Rosalind,

    Thank you for visiting me and yes, it is neat as to what cups you use for whatever mood you are in.
    I will come and visit you now.

    Hi Fifi,

    Thank you so much.



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