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42nd Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday
A real friend is one who helps us to think
our best thoughts, do our noblest deeds,
and be our finest selves.
“It is who we are in our thoughts, feelings, dispositions, and choices—in the inner life—that counts. Profound transformation there is the only thing that can definitively conquer outward evil.”
-- Dallas Willard, philosopher
Welcome dear friends, new and familiar, to a cozy corner of comfort and conversation with a cup of tea. Did you feel loved this week around the tea table? I did. Thank you to everyone who shared their special post and those who took the time to comment. I visited each and every one. I have discovered that my relationship (connection)? with you through thought-provoking prose, your favorite scripture, innovative projects and creative photography, encourage my personal journey in a positive manner.
Do you have time to linger by the fire? I have soup simmering in the pot and fresh bread baking in the oven. Last month I served Bean and Barley Soup and promised a recipe for McKelvie's Bannack bread or Soda bread. Sorry for the delay but I have included that recipe below, as well a Creamy Broccilli White Bean Soup.
Simplicity was so appealing to me this week.
I used only black and white dishes and plain-jane one's at that!
A combination of five different sets
All thrifted or on sale.
A touch of spring green to accent.
After a busy week of Valentine's events this seemed restful.
By the fireplace
Vintage black necklace and fun feathers
Perfect for the Irish Soda Bread
A place for you
Shell dish is sitting on a teacup for height.
Butter and sharp cheddar cheese will be served.
I had a little extra time during the week and got creative with last week's vignette.
I posted the extra pictures Sunday. See them here
“The most important commandment is this: ‘Listen, O Israel! The LORD our God is the one and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’
Creamy Broccilli White Bean Soup
Steaming broccoli florets helps them maintain their nutrients; adding them to soup with olive oil, pine nuts, and garlic cloves makes a complete hearty meal. Serves 4
1 head broccoli (1 pound), cut into florets, stems thinly sliced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
One 15-ounce can cannellini beans, drained
2 1/2 cups chicken stock
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon pine nuts, toasted
1/2 ounce shaved Parmesan, for serving
1. Steam broccoli florets and stems until tender and bright green, about 3 minutes. Let cool slightly. Reserve 1/2 cup florets for garnish.
2. Heat oil in a medium pot over medium heat. Saute onion and garlic until translucent, about 6 minutes. Add beans and stock and bring mixture to a simmer. Remove from heat and add broccoli; puree in batches in a blender until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Garnish each bowl with broccoli florets, toasted pine nuts, and shaved Parmesan.
From Whole Living, January/February 2011
Scottish or Irish?????
Picture from Little Shamrocks.com
Picture from Little Shamrocks.com
McKelvie's Delishes Fishes Dishes is a wonderful restaurant in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Over 100 years ago, Mckelvie's used to be an old fire hall that was destine for the wrecking crew. After undergoing some serious remodeling, this restaurant is now high-ceilinged and decorated with great marine artifacts. Not to mention a rowboat in the center of the floor. When we lived there 25 years ago it was a favorite of our young family. Every guest is greeted with a basket of their special soda bread and butter. As I looked for a recipe for soda bread, the reference to McKelvie's was common. I am not the only one who wanted to take the recipe home. This recipe is so close to the real McCoy, er McKelvie you would have to go there to get better. (By the by...it is also very tastey with a before dinner glass of wine) source
Oat Bannock, McKelvie’s Style
1 c Whole wheat flour
1/2c All purpose flour
1/2c Rolled oats
2 Tbsp. Sugar, granulated
2 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. Salt
2 Tbs. Butter, melted
1/3c Raisins; optional
3/4c Water; approximately
Stir together flours, oats, sugar, baking powder and salt.
Add melted butter, raisins (if using) and water, adding more water if needed to make sticky dough.
With floured hands, pat into greased pie plate.
Bake in 400F oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until browned and tester comes out clean.
Cut into wedges.
~ I encourage you to stop by and savour another cup of tea while you enjoy her pretty vignettes.
The more the fun!
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These are the links to the other oh-so-delightful tea parties and tabletop parties that I attend.
I invite you to drop in. Many thanks to those who faithfully host each week.
~ Hope to see you there!!
*~The 70th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two'
~ Tuesday Teatime with Lady Katherine
~ Teatime Tuesday with Sandi
~ Teacup Tuesday with Martha
~ Teacup Tuesday with Terri
~ Tabletop Tuesday with Marti
~ A Return to Loveliness with Kathy
*~ The 42, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday', with Wanda Lee and Pam @
Other favorite places I may visit this week:
~Tablescape Thursday with Susan
~ Foodie Friday with Michael
~Show and Tell Fridays with Cindy
~Sunday Favorites with Chari
Cheers and hugs from Pam and Wanda Lee; ( Wanda Lee is the other half of our weekly blog tea party meme; 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'.., @ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com