Thursday, January 12, 2012

January Tea Party

Monroeville Garden Club members donned their hats and attended a tea party at the home of Bev Colquett on January 12, 2012.
     Dana Shinholster presented an informative program on skin care and gave everyone a sample of  handcrafted "Working Hands" soap made by The Roots Soap Company.  This is an exfoliating yet gentle soap that is perfect for gardeners.
     Following the program members were served coconut cake, calla lily finger sandwiches, cream cheese mints, Russian Tea and Tea Punch.
     Those attending included Evelyn Bond, Lucy Calloway, Dotsy Compton, Dorothy Crawford, Margaret Groves, Pat Hornady, Dora Pelham, Dana Shinholster, Ree Smith, Gail Touchton, Nancy Ziebach and guest, Louise Barnes.

Hot Russian Tea
(Recipe from
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
30 whole cloves
1 cup orange juice
1 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 quart strong, sweetened tea

Bring water, sugar and cloves to a full boil for about 3-5 minutes.  Remove cloves.  Add juices and tea.
Reduce heat to low.  Makes approximately 1/2 gallon.

Tea Punch
(Recipe from
1 cup white sugar
1 cup strong brewed black tea
4 cups orange juice
4 cups pineapple juice
4 cups prepared lemonade
1 (2 liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled

In a pitcher, combine sugar and tea.  Stir until sugar is dissolved.  Stir in orange juice, pineapple juice and lemonade.  Chill in refrigerator for 4 hours.  Just before serving, pour chilled juice mixture into punch bowl and stir in ginger ale.  (24 servings)

Calla Lily Sandwiches
(Recipe from Easy Parties and Wedding Celebrations by Patty Roper)
1 (2 ounce) package slivered almonds
3 drops yellow food coloring
54 slices white sandwich bread
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 tablespoon orange marmalade

Combine almonds and food coloring in a jar with lid; shake until almonds are yellow and set aside.  Roll each slice of bread 1/8 inch thick and cut in circle with 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter. Combine cream cheese
and marmalade.  Spread 1 teaspoon cream cheese mixture on each bread round.  Pinch lower edge of circle together to form the base of lily and press a yellow almond into the pinched portion as the stamen.
(Yield: 54 sandwiches)

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