We had a great Welcome to my Kitchen fellowship time last week. A couple of ladies shared the responsibility where one hosted and the other provided snacks. We had home made cinnamon buns, pistachio cool salad, a variety of cheeses and great crackers.
The tea was hot and plentiful. We made at least 3 pots for 13 ladies in attendance. We had a few coffee drinkers as well.
We had a wonderful time as we always to getting caught up and sharing about getting through tough times.
One of the things that came to my house is my updated plate rack. I had a near disaster with this wire rack about 2 months ago. I really enjoyed having the plates vertical instead of horizontal so asked my handy brother in law if you could stabilize it with wood supports on either end. He applied tung oil to the surface before he assembled it was it was all done when I got it back. It looks fabulous and as you can tell it does the job wonderfully. Thanks Brian! I owe him lunch next time I see him.
I placed it on the freezer between the 2 cupboards so it breaks up the white surface without limiting the air circulation.
The kitchen is really coming together and with a new dishwasher it is staying tidy!!
I made variations on the tea biscuit recipe in the Puritan Cookbook. The first was Buttermilk Biscuits, then Savory Cheese Biscuits (my favorite) and then a try at Cinnamon Pinwheels. I baked them in silicone cups in the muffin tin. The dough was not what I thought it should be but with no experience they look like they turned out okay.
The biscuits were cut with a nice recent addition to the kitchen of a 2 inch scallop cookie cutter. In my opinion it makes them the perfect size and pretty too.
I love that it has a handle and it was exactly what I had in mind when looking for a cookie cutter for my kitchen. Maybe sugar cookies will be next.
So I took time to have tea. I made Oprah Chai Tea in my Maxwell & Williams Fusion Yellow tea pot with the built in infuser. It is a nice deep pink color to go with pomegranate seeds on my plate. A mandarin orange for vitamin C and a bit of old white cheddar cheese for a bit of protein.
I have recently added these beautiful blue and white oriental napkin holders to my blue and white dinnerware collection.
It was nice to sit down for a bit before I start on the next project tonight.
I bought this pomegranate to share with my niece during her visit last Saturday. It was a quick visit and it did not make it to the table.
I am reminded though how we found a quick way to get the seeds out the shell. You can check this post out for all the details.
I have read a couple of great books in the last month. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane was excellent. I had to wait to get it from the library but it was worth it. I heard of the book through this book club hosted by Angela. I hope I remember enough to offer a few comments on the book.
I was not sure I would like this book but it was still on the table when the ladies left on November 16th so I thought why not!
It was a good ready with good history of Paris and when so and so lived, etc. It is set just after the end of the Second World War. A young lady takes her life in her own hands and decides to pursue an art career in Paris. How bad can that be and of course as you can see from the cover this was a handsome man thrown into the mix for good measure.
I am sharing with the following:
Share Your Cup #273 hosted by Jann at Daily Cup with Mrs. Olson
Bernideen's Friends Sharing Tea
Anything Goes Pink Saturday hosted by Beverly
Tuesday Cuppa Tea hosted by Ruth