Friday, February 13, 2009

Planning a Valentine Tea

I am planning a Valentine Tea for my Beloved. He's pretty much a coffee drinker to the core. Hot chocolate every now and then and, just recently, I've been able to introduce tea. The Chocolate Raspberry Bliss shown is going to feature prominently at my tea party. You can find the mousse recipe I'd like to try at Celestial Seasonings. I've been wandering through Blogdom looking for something to complete the menu...perhaps some tea sandwiches such as my own Garden Patch Sandwiches (in the recipe section of my sidebar) and something more for dessert. Alice at Tea in My Cup (even if she is on an extended break from blogging) is my first stop. Also there are some delicious sounding coffee drinks posted at Kettle and Cup.

I did bake some cookies last evening...not a hit with the man...oh dear. Maybe that frosting will spiff them up. It occurs to me that the most romantic thing about these cookies is not that they are in the shapes of hearts and strawberries, but that they were baked on a silpat "made in France."














Today, I am busily working on Valentines...most especially the one for my grandmother as she is the one who adores this holiday. I'll be selecting one from Quill Cottage because Miss Sandy always provides great tutorials.

Have a wonderful Friday...gotta skate!

30 comments:

  1. Vee,
    I might very well be the only one in blogdom to remember this but did I not get a hint of the romance in bloom when a certain tea party was presented during La Tea Dah's blog-a-thon and a certain carpenter was the honored guest? Did it not take place on your beautiful deck? I love that you are recreating that lovely memory moment for your beloved. Oh my, I am making myself weepy over your little gestures of love!

    I can't wait to see which one you picked to make and thanks for the link back, that is very sweet of you. Happy crafting!

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  2. Happy Valentines Day Vee...I don't like tea but that one sounds yummy!

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  3. My sweet one is on a diet! He is so dedicated that he cannot go off for even a holiday. It annoys me to no end. However, I am proud of him, too!

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  4. Tea for two...you and the carpenter...how special is that? I remember well the tea party you hosted for your carpenter last year...out on your deck. At the time, I was thinking...if you treated him too well he may never complete the job you had for him. And so it was! You now have a resident carpenter...and he can have tea parties with you anytime. Happy Valentine's Day...to both of you!

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  5. Oh how sweet!

    Mmmmm, I agree with your Beloved, on the coffee preference though. Well, decaf in my case, now. -sigh- Have never been able to 'get into' tea. -sigh- But Chocolate Raspberry Bliss Tea has to be nice. Yummm sounding...

    Alice {Tea In My Cup} is still on a break, hu? Wonder if she's writing a book? :-)

    Oh yes, I understand how the biggest pull of your cookies would be that they are baked on a silpat {???} "made in France." Oh my yes!!! How wonderful does that sound, to we females, hu? But it doesn't impress the males, I guess. ,-)

    Enjoy your preparations for, and your day of Valentine's Day!!!

    Aunt Amelia
    "Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale." ~Anon.

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  6. That is so romantic and I bet he will love them with icing...... Blessing
    HUgs
    Linda

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  7. -tee hee hee- I agree with 'Miss Sandy.' She is not the only one in blogdom, to not get a hint of the romance in bloom, when you had a tea party for a certain carpenter, in the past.

    You are such a tease! You kept us in the dark! -gigggles-

    Aunt Amelia
    "Once in awhile, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale." ~Anon.

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  8. Sounds like a lovely Valentines! The tea sounds yummy. (i am a coffee drinker myself)

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  9. Your tea idea sounds great for Valentine's Day!
    It seems no matter how many different cookies I bake, everyone always likes my chocolate ones best.

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  10. Good afternoon Vee, What fun! A valentine tea. I also go to Alice for my tea recipes. I wish she would come back soon. I hope you have a wonderful Saint Valentines Day. Your cookies look delicious!

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  11. You could make some miniature cream puffs and fill some with seafood salad or chicken salad and fill the others with pudding or whipped cream...

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  12. A Valentine's tea sounds so lovely and romantic, Vee! I'm sure those cookies will be delicious and your man will gobble them up because *you* made them! Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

    xo,
    Lynda

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  13. How sweet! What a lovely holiday you have planned!

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  14. Hi Vee

    Wow what a nice new header! I felt like I was welcomed to take a seat in your living room :)

    We drink herb tea after dinner --and Celestial Seasonings brand are our favorites, but a tea party would be lost on Vinny -- he's more of a pasta/steak kind of guy.
    We went out tonight to celebrate -- tomorrow the restaurants will be packed!

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  15. I do hope you and your sweeties enjoy the treats and the day!

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  16. How wonderful to spend time with dear ones over tea. My daughter and I will sometimes have tea together, and I especially like to have apples scones when we do. We are all hearty coffee drinkers and both my son and hubby will eat anything dubbed 'cookie' or 'sweet'.
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
    --Liane

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  17. A Valentimes tea sounds wonderful :). I do hope you share your homemade Valentines!

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  18. Happy Valentine's Day! I'm baking a heart shaped brownie later one. I figure who doesn't like brownies!

    Manuela

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  19. Thank you for replying to my {Fri.} question of, "Can you see my photos?" :-)

    Aunt Amelia
    "Till I loved I never lived—enough."
    - Emily Dickenson

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  20. Sounds like a great Valentine's Day. Hope you have fun. I lovvvvvee tea and that one sounds great.

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  21. You are cordially invited to visit Quill Cottage today where a sweet surprise awaits you!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

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  22. Happy "Valentime's" Day to you, too Vee! My kids said that also. Come to think of it, so did I. Also, the tea sounds delicious.

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  23. Oh I so love the little hearts falling. I wish you a great valentine's...m.

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  24. Happy Valentines Vee and BB John! Yes, I've been away, but I'm back...and glad to be here to visit you...
    hugs
    Sandi

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  25. Looks like you had a nice Valentine's day.

    I see you have been doing some blog house keeping again. Like your header pic.

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  26. Oh, I love that tea! It's a favorite of mine --- how did your dear one like it? And how was the tea party? I'm abit behind --- but want to get all caught up!!!!

    Happy Valentine's Day!
    Love
    LaTeaDah

    PS: Oh my, is there something I didn't know about? I just read Miss Sandy's post. Please, do share about the hint of romance tea party that happened during our blog-a-thon last year. This news just makes my day!!!!!

    HUGS!

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  27. Chocolate raspberry bliss?? Sounds wonderful. Hope you had a Happy Valentine's Day!

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  28. Have to say how much I appreciated your post today - Sunday! We not only need Him - He is our very life and breath - and even knows our thoughts before they touch our lips in prayer! He is not egotistical in that He needs our words to affirm Him, but we have the supreme privilege of gratefully acknowledging Him and even blessing Him - our Creator! Amazing! Thanks again Vee!

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  29. My stars! I had to go back all this ways, to leave a comment! -giggles-

    Anyway, I just got a comment and went to thank the nice person who wrote it and........ I had to think of you! Her blog background is soft yellow and has softer yellow pok-a-dots too. It fairly shouted; "Tell Veeeeeeee!" So, I'm doing so! {When a blog shouts out at me, I listen! ,-) }

    And I have a feeling you will like her blog, for more than just the yellow background.

    This post is back so far, I may re-post this comment in your Mon. entry, actually. :-) Will see...

    Gentle hugs,
    Aunt Amelia
    "I stood and watched the evening star
    As long as it watched me."
    ~ Sara Teasdale

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  30. Hi Aunt Amelia...I found you!

    Now, Miss Sandy, Judy, and Aunt Amelia, John and I have been laughing ourselves silly over your memory of that May 6 post.

    As I recall, I was quite annoyed that John was coming over to fix the deck spindles on THAT day. I had planned that my mother and grandmother would join me. As it turned out, my mother did attend that tea party. John was annoyed with me because I put him to work hauling deck stuff out of the garage for my staged event. He didn't quite know how to tell me that he had other things on his plate that day besides cake and teacups. ROFL! It wasn't until the beginning of June that things began to warm up and they never would've without that little nudge in my spirit..."Why not this man?" After that we married quite quickly...a six-week engagment.

    But who knows what other folks perceive that we just don't ever see...

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