Sunday, August 20, 2017

The GGS Hat & Gloves Tea Room, Mohnton, PA

Vacation Time is Tea Time! And having recently enjoyed a summer vacation, we of course enjoyed tea time. Our adventures took us out West this year to enjoy the amazing beauty of our country at several National Parks. But first,  tea time!

We began our adventure with a stop at the GGS Hat & Gloves Tea Room in Mohnton, PA, just a short hop off the PA turnpike near Reading to enjoy the Queen's Tea. Once we arrived, we were greeted by our hostess Geri (the first G in GGS) who encouraged us to select hats and gloves before we sat down for tea.

This intimate tea room is by reservation only. Our family was seated around the dining room table that was laden with assorted tea time necessities. Fresh flowers, pretty tea cups, cream and sugar bowls, homemade jams and jellies, and personalized name tags, lace doilies, obviously every detail mattered.

Geri serves decaffeinated Buckingham Palace Garden Party Tea which is a flavored black tea with delicate hints of lemon, ginger, jasmine and floral notes traditionally served at the Queen's garden parties. Once our tea cups were filled, the first course, a rich vegetable soup was served.

A variety of scones and jelly was served next. Geri would bring each course to the table, and we would pass it around, making our selections. The jellies and cream included homemade lemon curd and homemade spiced peach jam made by Whimsey Doodles.

               As an interlude, we enjoyed a lovely peach applesauce that tasted just like summer!
A tiered tray laden with buttery croissants filled with chicken salad (or plain for Cedar) was the next course served.
And desserts, also served on a tiered tray included yummy miniature cupcakes decorated to look like flowers, a sweet little decorated hat shaped cookie to match the hat Geri was wearing, and a chocolate chip cookie. What a fun tea. Since it was just our family, we felt extra special. Thank you, Geri! This was a great way to begin our vacation travels.

We're linking to Bernideen's Tea Time blog in celebration of National Afternoon Tea Week.

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!!!