Thursday, September 17, 2009

Thursday Breakfast Tea~

Dear Friends,

Thanks to our sweet friend Emily at A Beautiful Life for sponsoring another Thursday Tea Time! We certainly would not have taken the time and effort to get out our best china and eat in the parlor, if not for you, dear!

This morning we had some lovely zucchini pancakes with our tea, with homemade hawthorn berry syrup and banana/lavender custard for dessert.

The tea was a blend of lavender blossoms and goldenrod from our garden,

and all was sweetened with a product called "More Fiber Stevia Baking Blend", which we used because it is diabetic friendly, and won't raise AnnaMarie's blood sugar. Normally we use regular powdered stevia, but its green color is not quite so appealing on the tea table!

Audrey brought along her "Princess Guide" book, to make sure everything was done properly.

What's this? Was Tasha caught in a tea-time transgression?

We had a very special guest with us in the parlor today: a little caterpillar who turned into a jewel last night while we were sleeping~

We hope that he or she has time to turn into a butterfly before the weather is too cold to fly south. This was the first Monarch caterpillar we'd found all summer, so we were very excited about it.

Thank you for joining us today for our Breakfast Tea; may you enjoy the simple pleasures that the day holds for you.




A Day Of Tea

I like a nice cup of tea in the morning,
For the start of the day you see,
And at half past eleven,
For my idea of heaven,
Is a nice cup of tea.

I like a nice cup of tea with my dinner,
And a nice cup of tea with my tea.

And when it's time for bed,
There's a lot to be said,
For a nice cup of tea!



  1. A Beautiful Tea today! And a yummy breakfast too! Your china is so pretty and I love how happy your girls look! They look they are enjoying themselves immensely! And how neat to be able to watch a caterpillar turn into a butterfly! We did that last year and my girls enjoyed it so. It was wonderful to visit your "cottage" today! :) Have a glorious day!

  2. You must have a wonderful garden~with zorching, goldenrod... My friend made zucchini muffins~she had so much growing in her garden~she brought them to our tea party and I took a picture of them. You daughters are so cute! Your china is so pretty. It's a special treat for our girls to take it out and have tea time! Come and visit my Tea Time when time allows. God bless,Rose

  3. what a lovely tea time!

    oh, and how exciting about your monach crysalis!!! I love the little gems on its cocoon.

    blessings, Deanna

  4. Querida amiga,

    Que lindo se ve todo! Yo tambien he hecho los muffins de zuchini pero no he hecho los pancakes.

    Dejame saber donde tu comprastes la azucar...muchas gracias!

    ps: mandamelo por email ~ he extraviado tu direccion y tengo algo que mandarte...escribemela de nuevo.

    con mucho carino,

    lady m

  5. What a lovely tea. Do you mind sharing more about you banana/lavender custard !!!! Clarice

  6. Simply lovely....
    What gorgeous tea cups and
    what beautiful young ladies!

    Love & Blessings~ Miss Jen

  7. What a wonderful tea everything looks so fabulous how wonderful to enjoy what you harvest. The children all look like they are doing well and enjoying tea what a blessing! ~Mr catterpillar what a surprise can't wait to see his new outfit! ~Blessings Heather :D

  8. Dear Marqueta,
    Your breakfast and tea sounds absolutely lovely! Such homemade goodness all around! I love the sepia tone photo of your sweet little one sipping tea : ) These are the memories to cherish! (We too enjoyed a lovely tea outside today!)

  9. Dear Marqueta,

    I loved the photos of your Breakfast Tea. Your girls are so sweet and beautiful! Your teapots, teacups, and tablecloth are all so pretty. Your menu sounds so yummy! How wonderful to have tea from herbs in your own garden and homemade Hawthorn berry sauce, yum! I take Hawthorn everyday... and dandelion root, too. I think I will plant dandelion next spring so that I can enjoy the greens fresh.

    It was lovely to visit your charming cottage and have tea with you and your dear ones. It would be so exciting to see a Monarch emerge from its cocoon. Thank you for sharing!

    Love and blessings sweet friend,

  10. Everything looks so lovely! And what wonderful young ladies you have!


  11. Dear Mama,
    The tea party was really fun!!!:)
    Thank-you for the princess book! I really like it! The chrysalis is really pretty!
    I love you and I like you!!!!!

  12. Dear Marqueta,

    I have visited this entry more than once and I'm just now having time to comment properly. Forgive me! :)

    I just love these pictures. Your girls are so sweet. Of course, Frankie is too, but I doubt he aspires to be a princess.

    Love the caterpillar as your guest. That's exactly the kind of guest we love here too.


  13. Oh my goodness...what a beautiful tea time! Delish!

  14. Hello sweetie!
    I love a tea party, one of my all time favorite things in the whole world! I enjoyed your photos so, so much!! I love the way you caught the expressions on the girls! I also loved the way you made some of them sepia toned!
    It all looked yummy and healthy. What a great memory for you and the girls!
    WIth Much Love, a fellow tea lover :) ~ Madai
    and ps ~ thank you for always leaving such sweet comments for me :)


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