Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Neighboring Friendship Tea. . .

Taking a much needed respite 
from the continuing project line~up On Crooked Creektt,
"Mr. Ed" and I recently hosted a Neighboring Friendship Tea.

Since arriving On Crooked Creektt, 
we have had the most amazing neighbors!!!

not until we all retired have we been able to enjoy each other's company.

What better way to celebrate a growing friendship than with a Friendship Tea???

I knew, 
in my heart, 
that I wanted this Friendship Tea to be the first of many.

Using the very first Coffee Set purchased from our European Tour of Duty
in Baumholder, Germany seemed a perfect choice for our first Friendship Tea.

You see, dear ones,
our neighbors are K~State Fans. . .so, purple was a perfect choice!!!

I adore the timeless classic that black and white brings to any tablescape!
The purple hues from the centerpiece floral accentuates the Bavarian China.

A belated Birthday greeting and a 2015 Victorian Calendar
to help in continuing the celebration, all year through, 
was a sweet surprise for our dear neighbor! 

After tempering the coffee pot,
I filled it with a fragrant blend of Raspberry Tea.

For our refreshment,
I served homemade Apricot Coffee Cake 
using a recipe from my dear blog friend,  Martha @ Lines from Linderhof.
(For your enjoyment, the Apricot Coffee Cake recipe is listed at the end of this post.)

A tried and true recipe
that goes together like a 'dream' and is even better after freezing!

Served with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, of course!

I filled the rose etched water goblets, 
then added the embellishment of a thin lemon slice to each glass.

Delightful conversation, while we lingered over cake and tea,
never ceasing to amaze us as we realize how much our lives are intertwined. 

All, too soon,
it was time to bid farewell.

As part of an On Crooked Creektt tradition, 
the remains of the coffee cake were carefully wrapped for departure 
and sent home with our guests.

Here's an excerpt from our neighbors face book posting, 
accounting her experience On Crooked Creektt:

"Ken and I had such fun Saturday morning at Cantwell Manor (next door). 
Lord and Lady Cantwell invited us to tea. 
It turned out as a lovely surprise with a birthday card 
and Victorian calendar included. 
Patricia Cantwell and I share delightful enthusiasm for Downton Abbey 
so there was hot raspberry tea, a delicious apricot-pecan dessert 
served with beautiful strawberries all topped with a dollop of whipped cream! 
Ken and I walked in the rain with an umbrella 
and it all felt so wonderfully British! 
Thanks Pat!"

the pleasure was all "Mr. Ed's" and mine, dear friends!
We look forward to doing another Neighboring Friendship Tea in the near future.

Until next time. . .

Apricot Coffee Cake from Martha @ Lines from Linderhof

¼ cup softened butter
¾ cup sugar
2 cups all~purpose flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup plain yogurt
½ cup ricotta cheese
½ cup milk
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring
¾ cup chopped dried apricots

½ cup sugar
1/3 cup all~purpose flour
¼ cup butter, melted
½ cup chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 13” X 9” pan.*

In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar using an electric mixer.
In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
In another bowl, combine the yogurt, cheese, milk, eggs and vanilla.

Add the flour mixture alternately with the yogurt mixture
to the butter mixture, beating well after each addition.

Stir in the apricots.

Turn the batter into the prepared pan.

To make the topping:
Combine the sugar, flour and melted butter 
until the mixture resembles coarse meal. 
Stir in the pecans.

Sprinkle the topping over the batter and bake for 45 minutes
or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Cool on wire rack.

Cut into squares and serve warm or at room temperature.

*I made this recipe using two 8 inch cake pans.
One cake, I served the same day, the other cake,  I froze for another time.
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Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Lord and Lady Cantwell- what a lovely tea party you hosted! Love the pretty dishes with the purple flowers! The coffee cake sounds delicious! That was a wonderful FB post your neighbor put up about your evening together! That puts the ice cream on the cake!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a lovely setting, Pat! Such a fun way to spend time with the neighbors. The recipes sound amazing. I am sure a great time was had by all.

Marigene said...

It's always fun to host a neighborly get together. What a lovely table...the china is so pretty with the lavender flowers.
Enjoy the rest of the week...and stay warm! It's cold on this side of the prairie!

podso said...

What a nice thing to do, and such a pretty table. You make it look elegant and easy!

Shelia said...

Hi Pat! Oh, what a wonderful idea and I'm sure your neighbors loved this! Your dishes are just beautiful and the cake sounds so good! I'll bet you are a wonderful neighbor and wish I had one like you! Thanks for popping in to see me and hope your week is blessed.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So very nice of you! Lovely table setting and it all looks yummy!
Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

Lilly's Mom said...

This is such a lovely tea table you set and the cake looks so yummy. I'm sure it was a most enjoyable afternoon with dear friends.