Wednesday, August 12, 2015

August Tea News

Tea Time In August..

Some people would say it is too hot to enjoy an afternoon tea in the summer time.
I say " Nonsense!
It is the perfect time to enjoy your tea in the garden, amongst the flowers or under that shady weeping willow tree.
Put on your lightest summer sun dress and straw hat and "Invite a friend for afternoon tea".

Summer Tea Sandwiches Recipe

These dainty finger sandwiches are perfect for casual picnics or luncheons.
Tarragon-seasoned chicken complements cucumber and cantaloupe slices. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen


  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped red onion
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 24 slices soft multigrain bread, crusts removed
  • 1 medium cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 medium cantaloupe, cut into 12 thin slices

Nutritional Facts

2 sandwich halves equals 212 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 450 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 13 g protein.


  1. Combine the tarragon, 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper; rub over chicken. Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  2. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a thermometer reads 170°. Cool to room temperature; thinly slice.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, onion, dill, lemon juice and remaining salt; spread over 12 bread slices. Top with cucumber, chicken, cantaloupe and remaining bread. Cut sandwiches in half diagonally. Serve immediately. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Summer Tea Sandwiches in Light & Tasty June/July 2005, p7

I do hope that you ladies, that are enjoying summer weather, are keeping cool and protecting yourself from the heat of the season.
Lady Estelle Tea Corner

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

July News Letter-Charming Tea Rooms To Visit.

Charming Little Tea Rooms
At the turn-of-the-century, beginning with the popularity of the automobile, roadside charming little tea rooms popped up around the countryside serving tea and snacks to those that drove by. These tea rooms remain popular today.
Many creative people have turned their homes and cottages into very cozy Tea Rooms to entertain and comfort the weary traveler.
I have found some lovely places that you might like to visit in your travels. Enjoy!

 Abigail’s Victorian Tea Room- 
  is a beautiful three story Victorian Manor House built in 1883 and on the Berks County Historic Register. 

 Menu. Lady Tiffany's Soup du jour, Salad of the Day, Assorted Tea Sandwiches, Fresh Baked Scone of the Day. 
Toms River's No.1 Bed & Breakfast and Victorian Tea Room 

 The Luxury of Today, the Coziness of Yesterday 
The Victorian Tea Room is located in Falcon Rest's Visitor Center, next to the Victorian Gift Shop. Delightful outing for two or more;
 Afternoon tea can and does include everything I love:
Food, especially baked goods; the comfort of sipping tea; relaxation; nurturing friendships; beautiful setting (flowers, pretty plates, etc); and the feeling of being pampered.

"Victoria Tea Party Recipes" 

4 0z cream cheese softened
1/2 cup celery finely chopped
1/2 cup walnuts diced and toasted
To toast walnuts, spread them on a baking stone and bake 5 to 10 minutes @373, till lightly brown
*In small bowl, beat cream cheese til smooth,
Mix in celery and walnuts.
Spread on bread

8 oz cream cheese softened
1/2 envelope (2 teaspoon.) dry Italian salad dressing mix
2 tablespoon Mayonnaise
30  slicers of party size  rye bread
fresh dill sprigs
*In a bowl, combine cream cheese, Italian mix and mayo. Allow to stand 30 minutes
Spread on rye bread
Top with cucumber slices and sprigs of dill
Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve,


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