Cheryl brought words of welcome and read a basket poem:
"Early this morning an angel gave me
a basket filled with joy, peace, faith,
love, strength, and grace for all human needs.
He said to use them and pass to those I care about,
and so, I'm passing this basket to you."
We all shared a highlight from the trip last May, or an activity that has transpired since then.
After the blessing we were served Pomegranate Oolong Tea by Harney & Sons to go with our Sweet Potato Scone with Maple Cream and Cinnamon Nuts.
Then we went to another room where a fabulous tea buffet awaited us. Every food item had a name card, and Teresa made keepsake menu booklets for everyone including recipes for the foods served.
The savories were at one end and the desserts at the other.
~ Gruyere Cheese Puffs with Toasted Pecan and Bacon Filling ~
~ Tuscan Olive on Dill Bread ~
~ Chicken Mandarin Orange Spread on Raisin Bread ~
Fresh Tomato Pie Slices and Cucumber Sandwiches on Teacup-shaped Bread
Tomato Aspic on Tomato Basil Bread
~ Calla Lilies ~
~ Pumpkin-shaped Ginger Snap Cookies with Pumpkin Dip ~
~ Chocolate and Vanilla Tea Cookies garnished with a Raspberry ~
Mini Lemon Cheesecakes garnished with Blueberries, and Cranberry Macadamia Nut Bars
~ Apple Pie Bars ~
~ And last but definitely not least, Chocolate Coconut Mini Tarts ~
Halfway through our meal we switched to Charleston Tea Plantation First Flush Black Tea that Judy purchased when we visited the plantation in May. It added such a nice touch to our gathering.
That's my very full plate, but believe it or not I didn't sample everything!
This is the kitchen where Judy prepared the food. It was an addition to the grain bin house.
~ L-R: Cheryl K., Me, and Lori ~
The powder room was also an addition to the grain bin house. Judy turned a dresser into a sink vanity!
After we ate we went on a tour of Judy's 1907 historic farm house. If you're a fan of Mac Kenzie-Childs, you'll love the interior of Judy's beautiful home - next post.