Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tea For Two

I have such a passion for tea! I do not discriminate, any tea will do. Of course like most, I have my favorites. I usually choose a herbal mix with a fruity taste.. At nighttime, I love a green tea or a chamomile Will do just fine. There is a large misconception among tea drinkers. They think tea is loaded with caffeine. It is just the opposite!! Take a look:

 Nothing could be finer than actually “experiencing a tea”. I am very blessed to be part of a monthly go group at my church called “Tea for Two, Jesus and You”.  Tea for Two was formed about 3 years ago. The third Saturday of every month, we either meet at a tea room or one of us ladies host the tea at our home. We enjoy each other's company, our tea time and then end in a devotion and lovely conversation. Here are some of us at a local tea  room in Mt Dora, The Garden Gate:

Our monthly teas do not have to be anything spectacular. It could be as simple as cookies and tea. My daughter, Abi, and I hosted for the month of March. We had a record 26 ladies in attendance. I don’t do anything simple. Especially when it comes to tea. I cook for 2-3 days leading up to the tea. Hostessing is an extreme passion of mine. I want it to be memorable. I have had the honor of hostessing teas from 8 to 120. Here is a collage of pictures from some of my past teas:

How about a recipe today? This recipe is my poppy seed dressing. I make it the pampered chef measure, mix and pour. Since it will separate in the fridge, this is the neatest gadget to keep it mixed up. This dressing is oh so good on a roman salad with your choice of fruits (I usually use strawberries, mandarin oranges, pineapple, and blueberries) a thinly sliced red onion, some pecans and optional is chicken. Use the reserved juices from your pineapple or mandarin orange can and bake chicken breasts at 350* for about 20 minutes (until done through). Let them cool, chop breast up

Diane’s Poppy Seed Dressing
1 cup vinegar
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
if you do not have a mix and pour, pulse all the ingredients except the poppy seeds in a food processor, then stir in the poppy seeds.. When it sits, it separates, so be sure to whisk it up before serving. It lasts in the fridge for weeks. 

Printable Recipe: Diane's Poppy Seed Dressing

Won’t you join Jesus for tea, either alone or invite some friends to sit in with you. You never know where God will lead you…..

Peace, Love and EnJoy

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