Friday, March 27, 2015

Thursday Teas at Two

Yesterday I returned to Troy Historic Village for March's Thursday Teas at Two.  I could definitely relate to this month's topic - 1950's Nostalgia.  The flier saying we'd "skip through the halls of 1950's memories with storyteller Lois Sprengnether Keel" sounded like a fun way to spend the afternoon.

As I was walking to the entrance of the historic village a license plate in the parking lot caught my attention.  How cute is that!

The church [below] where the teas are held.  As the sky indicates, it was a dreary, overcast day, but it was very cheerful inside.

The tea table.  I finally remembered to take my own teacup [as many attendees do] instead of using a Styrofoam cup.

Lois Sprengnether Keel [pictured below] was the presenter. She's a former children's librarian, and as you can see, she came dressed in a pink felt poodle skirt and sweater, and wore penny loafers and bobby socks.

She was very interesting and entertaining, and the hour flew by as she talked about toys of the day, school, playgrounds, television, and so much more.  

I well remember the reading books with Dick, Jane, Sally, Spot and Puff.  Lois reminded us that polio vaccine came out in 1955, which immediately mentally transported me to my elementary school's clinic where the health department gave us polio shots.  As a kid I had a HUGE fear of shots, and thought my mom was so cruel for subjecting me to such torture!

Lois talked about playground games - Red-rover, Red-Light/Green Light, Mother May I, Dodge Ball, Jump Rope, Hop-Scotch and others.

And toys... remember roller skates that attached to shoes? ...Pick-up Sticks, Hula-Hoops, YoYo's, Old Maid cards, Paper Dolls, and the list goes on.

The sale of televisions began in the late 40's and peaked in the 50's, so she talked about 50's TV programs such as Mickey Mouse Club, the Western/Cowboy shows, and Howdy-Doody. Many others came to mind as she talked.  Jukeboxes and 45 rpm records were big forms of entertainment in 50's, as were drive-in theaters, and "picture shows" [now called movies or cinemas], and transistor radios.

I was writing fast and furious as she spoke, but I won't take the time to share everything she talked about in this post.  Suffice it to say, it was a fun and nostalgic program, and I enjoyed it very much.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Food, Tea, and Music

A friend recently posted a photo of Taco soup on Facebook, and it looked so good I went online to find a recipe.  Taste of Home and Food Network both had recipes, so I took bits from each to create one recipe.  It was our dinner Tuesday night.  

We loved it, and I'll definitely make it again.  

Elmwood Inn's Abigail's Blend accompanied the soup.  I'm loving this tea and will soon need to order more.

After dinner we headed over to granddaughter Brooke's middle school for her band concert. In the photo below Brooke is walking on stage with the band to take her position.

~ Papa and Nana with Brooke ~

On Wednesday night we returned for her vocal music concert.  Both concerts were great.   Proud of you, Brooke!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A New Book for Tea Time

I recently received an e-mail from Hoffman Media telling me about their new book that will be released on April 10th.  It's called Tiny Book of Tea & Treats.

It's priced at $14.95, and if you pre-order now the shipping is free.  It's a 136 page, hardcover book, with a collection of 50 recipes for tiny bites and delectable treats.  Even if you don't like to cook or bake, the pictures will be worth the price of the book.

I've ordered my copy, and can hardly wait for it to arrive.  If you like Tea Time Magazine, and Hoffman Media's other tea time books, you'll probably want to add this book to your collection too. I have no affiliation with Hoffman Media.  I just love their magazines and books, and wanted to tell you about this newest book.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A Victorian Tea in Northville

Last Saturday I returned to Northville to attend a tea hosted by the Northville Historical Society.  It was a sell-out event.

The tea was held at Cady Inn at Mill Race Village, and the teapot sign out front let us know we were at the right place.

The interior of Cady Inn was cheerfully decorated for spring.

~ The tables were set with eclectic china, and below was my place setting ~

~ Attendees arriving ~

~ I loved how they covered the sandwiches with a damp lace doily to prevent dryness ~

~ Yummy Scones ~

Sandwiches with Raspberry Black Tea. My favorite was the Walnut Date with Honeyed Cream Cheese, but they were all good.

~ Desserts ~

When we finished eating we walked over to the nearby village church where the program was held.

"Lady Carol" presented an entertaining program about gloves, parasols, tussie-mussies [and the the flowers inside], fans and hankies in Victorian times.

What an enjoyable way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

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Today I'm joining Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Antiques and Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Martha's Favorites for Teacup Tuesday
Bernideen's Tea Time Blog for Friends Sharing Tea

Monday, March 23, 2015

Northville, MI Women's Club

Ten months ago I was contacted by the Northville Women's Club to give my J.L. Hudson's presentation at their March 20th meeting.  It seemed like such a long way off, but the date came quickly.

The Women's Club is the oldest organization in Northville, as well as the oldest women's club in Michigan.  It was established in 1892 and they will celebrate their 123rd Anniversary this November.  They have a membership of approximately 175 [active and associate] and I spoke to a sell-out crowd of 100 last Friday.  

In doing a little research about the club I read a few interesting statistics to share:
  • 1917-1918 - The club contributed $2 to the Women's Council on National Defense; $44 to the War Victory Commission, and $7.75 to the local Red Cross.
  • 1919-1920 - The club sent telegrams to Michigan senators and representatives in Washington, D.C. asking them to support the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution [establishing prohibition] and the Volstead Act.                                                 I can tell you for certain, J.L. Hudson would have been proud of them for that because it was a cause that was dear to his heart too!
  • 1943-44 - The club helped collect 10 tons of tin for the war effort.
They've been meeting at the historic First Presbyterian Church on Main Street since 1964.

The tea luncheon started at 12:30 p.m., so I arrived at 11:30 a.m. to get my things set up before the ladies arrived.  

As many times as I've done this presentation, I always feel I have to change it somewhat for each group, and usually there's something new I've discovered that can be added.

As you can see, the room was filled to capacity with 13 large round tables.

As is usually the case, Hudson's famed Maurice Salad was on the menu.

I enjoyed my time with this lovely group of ladies, and I think they enjoyed their walk down memory lane as they attentively listened to details about J.L. Hudson and his magnificent department store!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Sunday Reflection...

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Sweet hour of prayer!  Sweet hour of prayer!
Thy wings shall my petition bear
To Him whose truth and faithfulness
Engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since He bids me seek His face,
Believe His Word and trust His grace,
I'll cast on Him my every care,
And wait for Thee, sweet hour of prayer.

~ William B. Bradbury

May God bless your week!

Friday, March 20, 2015

First Day of Spring!

Happy first day of Spring everyone!  Of course, living in Michigan we could [and probably will] have more snow before winter finally says goodbye, regardless of what the calendar says!  But we've definitely had spring-like temperatures last week and this week, so it does feel like spring is on the way.

With that in mind, I got out some dishes and accessories to welcome spring today.

I couldn't resist buying the bunny/carrot teapot, butter dish, and candy dish when I saw them in the store several years ago. The two carrots in the back are candle holders.

I think it would be fun to prepare a meal using carrots as the main ingredient, such as curried carrot soup with carrot muffins, and using carrot dishes to carry out the theme.

I love the Carrot Crescents I saw on Pinterest using dough to form the shape of a carrot  then filling it with egg salad, chicken salad, or ham salad after it's baked.  So creative and much cuter than ordinary sandwich bread.

Soon it will be time to do some gardening. 

Hope you have a wonderful day!  I'll be speaking for the Northville Women's Club this afternoon at 12:30 p.m. on the subject of J.L. Hudson's Department Store.  I'll tell you all about it on Monday!