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Tea For Three January 11, 2019

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Less IS More, Life Balance.

On New Year’s Eve, we invited a friend over for “Afternoon Tea” (a euphemism for over-indulging on baked goods and sweet treats).

I managed to put together an assortment of pastries from a number of high caloric offerings that had infiltrated our kitchen over the holidays ~> Cherry Squares, Stollen, Brownies, Grandma’s Coffee Cake, Macademia Nut Toffee.

Not wanting anyone to O.D. on sugar, I also put out some raw veggies with garlic herb dip, chips, fresh tomato salsa, and black olives. ย (Not exactly a balanced meal, but not quite so lopsided as it looked at first blush.)

The good news: ย we managed to make it through the holidays without succumbing to a sugar coma . . . or turning into roly-poly snowmen!

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. colonialist - January 11, 2019

Definitely yum!

nrhatch - January 11, 2019

There’s a reason “yummy” rhymes with “tummy.”

2. Jill Weatherholt - January 11, 2019

Looks like a nice spread! Is that your house, Nancy? That stone work is beautiful.

nrhatch - January 11, 2019

That stone wall and snowman is in Hogsmeade ~ part of the wizarding world of Harry Potter. I love the stone work too.

Jill Weatherholt - January 11, 2019

I didn’t think that looked like a typical Floridian home. ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - January 11, 2019

It reminds me of the 100+ year old stone farmhouses in Bucks County PA . . .

And speaking of Pennsylvania ~> Go Eagles! ๐Ÿ˜€

3. joyroses13 - January 11, 2019

Yummy and Oh is that Odessa I see by the snowman! ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - January 11, 2019

It could be Odessa! Just resting/roosting after delivering an uber important message to Dumbledore.

joyroses13 - January 11, 2019

๐Ÿ™‚ You can depend on Odessa to deliver important messages, well unless she is in a sassy mood. LOL!

nrhatch - January 11, 2019

Are you familiar with Archimedes? The owl in Disney’s The Sword in the Stone? He was Merlin’s right-hand “man” in getting King Arthur ready for the thrown.

Oh, my point? Archimedes had sass to spare when he deigned to speak.

4. roughwighting - January 11, 2019

My guess is that after the tea, there were some veggies left over, but no cookies. ๐Ÿ™‚ Great idea, but then, I’ve never turned down an Afternoon Tea invitation. One of the best things the Brits invented. xo

nrhatch - January 11, 2019

Actually, just the opposite. We polished off the veggies and only made a slight dent in the sweets ~ which meant that BFF got to eat them later. He didn’t mind. ๐Ÿ˜€

Afternoon Tea is a stellar invention.

roughwighting - January 11, 2019

That’s a surprise – you know now how it would go in my family. ;-0

nrhatch - January 11, 2019

We might have reached a different result if the tea had been BEFORE Christmas, rather than AFTER ~ as TG noted below, he’s getting sick of sweets.

I also expect that the ratio would have shifted if we had invited a few tiny tots and munchkins OR hungry teens! ๐Ÿ˜›

5. anotherday2paradise - January 11, 2019

Gorgeous snowman and I love the owl. Iโ€™ll go for the non sweet delicacies. ๐Ÿ˜†

nrhatch - January 11, 2019

We saw the snowman and owl on our most recent visit to Universal. The witch’s hat seemed a good fit for him.

I did the same, Sylvia. I put them out at the last moment, but they were a hit with Betty and me . . . which left more sweets for BFF.

6. Kate Crimmins - January 11, 2019

If that your snowman? I’d be happy with your spread!

nrhatch - January 11, 2019

In Maryland, we invited neighbors to Afternoon Tea on New Year’s Day . . . with fresh out of the oven scones as the counterpoint! It’s a very relaxing way to entertain.

That dapper snowman is in Hogsmeade in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Kate Crimmins - January 12, 2019

That was very sensible. I used to invited people in for a pork and sauerkraut dinner (good luck in the Germanic tribes) which was a whole lotta work. Scones and (could I have coffee instead of tea?) would be wonderful.

nrhatch - January 12, 2019

I always offered Coffee & Tea . . . and even had some spirits on the table for people to add if so inclined.

7. Tippy Gnu - January 11, 2019

Looks good, but I’m getting sick of sweets. It’s one more reason why I’m glad the holidays are over.

nrhatch - January 11, 2019

I feel the same, TG. Too much, even of a “good thing” is not good ~ it’s the law of diminishing marginal utility. We keep most baked goods in the freezer so that we can enjoy them “over time” and “one at a time” instead of “all at once.”

8. William D'Andrea - January 11, 2019

For the very first time, that you and I have been on-line friends, I truly wish that we were within less than an hour’s driving time of each other. I truly would have enjoyed those snacks. That is if you’d have invited me.

nrhatch - January 11, 2019

Your invitation must have gotten lost in the mail . . . along with L. Marie’s! Glad the spread appealed.

Hope you have lots of “good eats” in 2019!

9. L. Marie - January 11, 2019

My invitation must have gotten lost in the mail. Surely with those baked goods I was invited! ๐Ÿ˜

nrhatch - January 11, 2019

Absolutely! It either got lost in the mail OR . . . Hello Kitty hid it behind that enormous cupcake she’s carrying around.

10. Debra - January 12, 2019

Good for you, Nancy! You took steps to eliminate the damage, and although I succumbed to quite a few temptations, I made what I call the “better of bad choices” and then put a stop to it all as soon as the holidays were over. I do really well with the sweets, but it’s the homemade Chex Mix that I can eat like a vacuum cleaner. ๐Ÿ™‚

nrhatch - January 13, 2019

Yes . . . Chex Mix is addictive!

Instead of making the “real deal,” I sprinkle 1/2 c. Chex (Rice or Corn) into a small bowl and sprinkle some salted peanuts, cashews, on almonds on top. It’s a more “measured” serving with less oil, less salt, and less temptation to inhale an entire batch.

Debra - January 14, 2019

This sounds like a great alternative! Thanks!

nrhatch - January 15, 2019

Less butter, less salt, less fuss, less muss. I might not serve it at a party, but it’s great to munch on while watching a movie.

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