Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Fairy Festival Anticipation! and a look back!

The 24th annual Fairy Festival is just around the corner! Scheduled to be held on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th, advance preparations are in full swing for another special event! Here's a look back at the fairy festival over the years.

Fairy Rose Fairy has been a part of our Fairy festival for over 20 years! She delights young and old with her sweet songs and intimate tea parties. Parades of children follow behind as they discover different herbs in the garden and peek under leaves to perhaps find a hidden fairy.
Posie Fairy joined in on the fun for many years, and while she isn't a performer any more she is still an active part of The Rosemary House Fairy Festival. You will find her at the festival alongside Kit Kat Sparkles as face painters.

In the early years a group of Girl Scouts performed as the Fairies. 
Sweet Pea Fairy (in pink) had a direct Hot Line to the Fairies.

Susanna in her fairy finery. Be sure to check out the website to see what special activities are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday. There will be pony rides and even Cinderella carriage rides. Music and entertainment, puppets and balloon twisters, fairies, food and fun! See you in September!

Rosemary House Fairy Festival - special events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, along with a list of vendors, are listed on the website.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Royal Tea Club - Afternoon Tea - Hollabaugh Bros. Fruit Farm

Susanna and I headed south to the Gettysburg area recently to attend a Royal Tea Club event. It was a combination afternoon tea and craft scheduled at Hollabaugh Bros. Fruit Farm and Market in Biglersville, PA. The event was held in their all-purpose room where colorful yellow tablecloths and beautiful bouquets of fresh field flowers set the scene for a bright and cheerful gathering.

A fresh peach harvested from the surrounding fields graced our plate. Pots of hot water were on the table and a variety of Harney & Sons tea bags were offered .

The pretty pink menus listed the several courses we would enjoy. A bowl of Fresh Spiced Peaches was the first course. Perfect for an August afternoon tea!

The second course featured petite Herb Cream Cheese Appetizer Cups. A savory dollop of herbed cream cheese was topped with small piece of cucumber and radish and garnished with a generous piece of fresh dill all nicely tucked in mini phyllo cups. Very crunchy, very tasty, very fresh, and very pretty.

Tiered trays laden with Ham and Cheese Sandwiches on Multigrain bread and Egg Salad Sandwiches on Pumpernickel held the next tasty course. The sandwiches were generous in portion and quantity.

 A beautiful pedestal plate held the Freshly Baked Scones. They were served with a selection of marmalades and jams that included Peach Jam, Ginger & Orange Marmalade, or Peach Jalapeno Jam. The scones were large, so a sampling of each jam and marmalade was easily accomplished!

Dessert included Chocolate Dipped Coconut Macaroons
                                                          or Mini Lemon Cupcakes.
Several Ladies Teas are hosted throughout the year at Hollabaough Bros. Fruit Farm. They have an Autumn scheduled for Saturday, September 16th, 2017 and a Winter tea scheduled for Saturday, December 9th. Both teas are served at 1:00 and are for ages 13 and up.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Let Them Eat Cake!

The birthday celebration has come and gone - but what a grand celebration it has been! Thank you for all the birthday wishes, cards, and FB greetings. Just by looking at the cake you can see it was a perfect party!  A young friend of Angelica was commissioned to create this tasty centerpiece and she did a fantastic job!
The cake was three layers of chocolate cake with a chocolate ganache and raspberry filling. Yum!

I simply adore the  delicate handle on the teacup! Thank you, Angelica and Susanna for coordinating the cake with Riley. She did a great job!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Nancy's Day

August 9th is Nancy's Birthday. Nancy takes some grief for wanting to visit too many tea rooms while we are on vacation. (She claims there is no such thing as too many tea parties.)  After tea, she's on board for any other activity we come up with.

Nancy is the one who makes sure we all get fed.  She knows everyone's favorite foods and has the after school snacks ready and the vast majority of our family evening meals.  When the family comes home for a visit or the holidays - she gets all the meals organized and pulled together as well as coordinates the activities planned. She is the go-to girl if you want to check the calendar. She knows who is coming and going on any particular day or week and she keeps us all on track and does it with a wicked sense of humor. 

 She is sentimental about our family traditions and memories of loved ones but that doesn't mean she isn't tough. She is often our backbone of strength in difficult moments.

Nancy makes the birthday cake for everyone else in the family and many try to propose a challenge for her: a tank, no problem, a castle, no sweat, a unicorn,  ha! What's that expression? "Piece of cake!"
Happy Birthday, Nancy!!!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Baccarat, NYC

Our final destination for the progressive NYC tea tour culminated with the ultimate experience of Afternoon Tea at the Baccarat in Midtown at 28 West 53rd Street. Sheer crystal elegance, infamous perfectly spherical fresh rose orbs, and a destination dripping in beauty.
 We were escorted to the Veranda where our group enjoyed a leisurely tea while the hustle and bustle of the City hummed in the background. Modern, black and white, crisp, and clean. This was the first time the Baccarat has served tea on the Veranda. The menu on the table announced the pleasures that were to follow.

Crystallized Sugar Stirrers

Mariage Freres Tea were the featured teas, and there was a selection of four hot teas, and one iced tea to choose. Assam, Earl Grey, Baccarat Blend, Interdit (green oolong blend), or Yuzu Temple (Iced, a citrus green tea).

The gourmet savories included Honey Crisp Apple Tartelette with Jambon and Fromage Blanc, Foie Gras Mousseline with Blackberry and Pistachio Financier, Filet Mignon with Horseradish Creme and Onion Fennel Roll, Maine Lobster Salad with Parsnip on Black Sesame Pizelle, and Savory Pain Perdu with Spinach, Mushroom and Mimolette.
The vegetarian savories were equally as impressive and included:
Pistacio Financier, Cashew Mousse, Blackberries
Eggplant Ravioli Smoked tofu, Basil
Pan Perdu, Espelette Custard, Mushrooms
WontonCrisp, Honeycrisp Apple, Beets
Mille-Feuille of Hummus, Avocado, Truffle

 Scones and Sweets were served together. The Warm Homemade Scones were coconut flavored and served with a very generous portion of Devonshire Cream and Seasonal Gelee.

The sweets included:
Black Orchid Mousse au Chocolate
Tartlette aux Fruits
Jasmine Pistachio Genoise
Charlotte Framboise
With edible gold leaf garnish

Afternoon Tea at the Baccarat was the perfect culmination to a day of tea filled adventure in The City.

Kudos to Susanna for navigating the ins and outs of NYC traffic! She got us safely to our destination and back home again.