Welcome to the 17th Tea Time Tuesday
June is National Iced Tea Month
Roosters Table Setting
And few Chicks Too!
Upon my side board sits, a red basket of egg gourds, a Rooster  Chef to count how many fresh eggs laid daily, a sign I painted many years ago, behind it sits of my new lanterns. A black and white metal Rooster, Sunflowers, and Rooster soup bowl  stacked on wheat saucers. 

Good Morning!
Welcome To A Rooster  Breakfast!

Close up View of Side board, Sunflowers White bowls and another metal Rooster

Close up of my black and white metal Rooster.
  My dish cover made from screen, with  yellow flowers and bees.

View of  Rooster Table setting facing side board, I made from the wood from our walls.
Notice the end place setting I used a different charger and added a bowl for my husband’s Grits.

View of table set with my Rooster Toile Tablecloth and Rooster dishes faces the small sun porch. 
 Stay tuned for there is a surprise behind the bench, My grandchildren want you to see!

View of Buffet, I made using two drawers from the old kitchen island.
A red and white hen on top, A rooster with a sunflower on his back,
 with a tin punch lamp shade which holds a candle.
Blue and white hen casserole dish

This hen heart says Home Sweet Home, and her necklace,
 I made from blocks and eggs, says EGGS
View of the Hutch I traded the bottom part for a wool felted hat I made, plus a little money.
I made the shelf above from wood of the old dining room walls,
 which hold my white Great Gathering Dishes.
 This shelf was stained and did hang above my stove.
Story goes hubby threw it out, after a few months in the rain, with me looking everywhere for it. 
Hubby told me it was in the junk pile, he helped  nail it back together. 
I did a brown and white crackled finish on this now hutch, which I use to serve Beverages. 

Close up: Notice the star on my Early American Precut Crystal Pitcher.
 Some call this pattern the Star of David.
 I this pitcher use to serve orange juice or iced tea. 

This garage sale find, iron and wicker shelf bought for $1.00.
  Holds a metal rooster filled with  soft peppermint, and my wheat creamer and sugar bowl, 
bought at the Valentine’s Auction with a set of dishes. 
The coffee pot was bought with the wheat dishes all for $20.00.
This is one of my favorite Roosters. It is wooden and I bought it on my last trip home from working and traveling with an aviation company.  Three years ago, from Cracker Barrel for $6.00. 
  A small basket of faux sunflowers and wooden corn.
My white teapot from Jerome Tanks,
 in Philadelpia, Mississippi bought for $4.00

 Close up view of the hutch top/ Beverage Center top

Notice the Rooster Apron on back of the door, My friend Kathy lives an hour away, 
she comes to visit me every few weeks, and brings me what I call happys to brighten up my day.
Kathy, Thanks for making me this Wonderful Rooster Apron!

I have to interrupt this Rooster Party,
 for I have little chicks hatching out of the blue and green eggs.
Notice the egg close to the front, it is hatching at this moment.

Table setting for my little chicks, I mean my Grandchildren!
I used plastic rooster plates with  Cambridge Demitasse flatware,
 and Demitasse cups and saucers. 
Early American Prescut Crystal Juice Glasses.
Rooster Teapot sits on top of A wooden sunflower.
I used an black and white gingham valance for the table cloth.

View of Grandchildren’s table with little Chairs that were in the old church by our home. 
Large Tea Towels for their napkins placed on back of the chairs.
Yes, they need big napkins! lol  Did you say why is there table behind the bench?  My grandchildren love it there. I have tried to move it and they say Please Granna! 
What can I say? lol

Metal 1950’s Party Table,
bought at a garage sale hold extra blue plates,
An Early American Prescut Crystal Syrup Pitcher, which was my Mothers.
 Rooster, Hen and Chicks on top.

Toile Tray behind was my 90 year old neighbors, an egg basket, 
lined with a cloth dinner napkin for biscuits. 
Yes, it is the name of this basket, for I have made many. 
A Rooster Tapestry on top, and a blue and white butter dish.

Close up of Mother’s Early American Prescut Crystal Syrup Pitcher

Rooster Table Setting

I have used Many different Rooster chargers, dinner plates, and salad plate used for pancakes.
The coffee/ tea cup and saucer is of my wheat patten.
Round black woven placemats, from Ross

For the place card holder, I used a sunflower and a corn cob.

Close up of Early American Prescut Crystal Juice and Water Glass.

On the pew, my husband cut down. 
I am letting you have a peek on what going on in my dining room. 
 My  Farmland blue toile fabric,  which will cover the bench seat, my chairs seat, 
and I am making curtains to match. 

Yes, MaryAnn from Sweet Water, Alabama,
 I shall keep the lace sheers You love so much! 
 On the back of the bench is a Rooster feed sack cloth.

View of the back side of the Rooster table.

For my Centerpiece:
My large Rooster, I bought years ago from Landrum’s, just outside of Laurel, Mississippi.
Where I use to demonstrate weaving on my loom, and spinning on my spinning wheel.
 The day after Thanksgiving every year.

My daughter bought the egg holder from a garage sale, I think it use to be a spice rack. 
A little sign I painted years ago.
Two smaller roosters one each side, and the white Roosters are salt and pepper shakers.

Can you tell which eggs are real or faux?
The two real eggs are by each corner of the sign I painted years ago.

Collage of place settings, chargers and plates used.
I have shown many close ups of my Early American Prescut Crystal for I have a huge collection. Which I have collected all over the South.
 and I have had many  asking to see close up of my collection.
This Ends this Rooster Iced Tea Party!  
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Lady Katherine

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How To Make Peppermint Brownies and Peppermint Tea

Welcome to the 16th Tea Time Tuesday
Peppermint Topping for Brownies and a simple Peppermint Tea
These brownies are great for Christmas, Valentine, or July 4th you could add blue icing and a flag. 
I think they are perfect for anytime!
Would like to learn how to make these wonderful Peppermint Brownies?
Here is How!
I will take you step by step in making these easy
Peppermint  Topping for Brownies!

one box of Duncan Hines Chocolate Lovers Walnut Brownie Mix
Branches’ Star Brites hard peppermint candy
(This peppermint candy melts easier)
Betty Crocker Butter Cream Icing,
(one can will do three sets of brownies)

I used about a twelve by nine inches cookie sheet
add Parchment Paper on cookie sheet
Unwrap the peppermint candy

Line the candy in rows of six across and eight down the length of the cookie sheet. Spacing the peppermint candy evenly as you can in each row.
Preheat your oven I use 300 degrees,
but my stove is older and your may need to be a little hotter.

Place in a preheated Oven, and be careful not to tip or your rows will not melt evenly. You can move each peppermint back in place if you hurry for it will start being sticky just seconds after placing in the oven.

I baked my peppermint candy for six minutes. You need to stay at your oven and check on the peppermint as it melts. When you see it melting, and spreading. I take my melted peppermint out when I see a couple of bubbles only!
Not a pan full of bubbles! Watch it close!
For you do not want it to turn pink or tan or yellow.

You will want work QUICKLY AS YOU SCORE the melted peppermint.
Score the melted peppermint just after taking it from the oven on the parchment paper lined pan, it was baked on.
I keep a pizza stone warm and ready, for as I start to score the melted peppermint, it may try to melt back together. I then place it on the warm pizza stone and finish scoring, until I am sure it is not sticking together. Taking it on and off the stone as I need to.
I use a pizza cutter and keep a small knife close to score the edge on each side of the pan. ( Where the pizza cutter does not get close to) You may have to score several times. Should the melted peppermint start to stick back together keep scoring. Making the size blocks you want.

This is what you want your Melted Peppermint to look like.

See how I made the ends too large, now you can make you measured out temlate from parchment paper.
I just eye ball it and you will get better at it the more you make.
The Melted Peppermint will be very sticky.

This is the colors you do not want your Peppermint candy to look like as you bake it. Then too it is too thin for I used less candy. To have your topping of melted peppermint THICK ENOUGH use as many as I showed above.
The melted peppermint can look pink on top, but the bottom will be a light tan.
Something you do not want. None of the are good!

I scored my peppermint 3 to four times and sometimes it hard to keep the scoring in the same place. You will have little pieces left from the edges. Some will break so make at least two cookie sheets of candy for one box of brownie mix.
As you score you can feel the candy getting harder, this is when you want to go to the warm pizza stone if you do not have all the pieces cut loose Yet or need to do a little trimming up on the edges.
Do not let it slide off to the floor you will have a sticky mess. After I made my topping and/or brownies I cover both in aluminium foil should I want to finish up putting them together later.
Make sure they are cool!

As you can see here some of the pieces have broken.
Another tip I would like to mention is I have another cookie sheet with parchment paper (cool) to lay the scored peppermint tops on make sure you lay flat and work fast for they will bend or curl on you.

I save the pieces and use them in my tea, Yes, I sometimes add Peppermint Schnapps too, but just 1/2 teaspoon or less per cup of tea. I sit and drink this as my brownies and peppermint tops cool.

I make the Brownies using the cake brownie recipe on back of Duncan Hines box.
Using a eight by eight glass baking pan.
I just like baking brownies in a glass pan.
After the brownies are done,
I press down the top so it will be flat and not a peaked top.

I place the pan on a wire rack to cool. Within less than five minutes I turn the pan over onto the wire cooling rack. After the Brownies have cooled. I then place them back into the same pan (washed and dried).
I usually trim off the outer edge of the brownie with a knife.

Below is Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate Brownies Mix I added walnuts to.
For I forgot to take pictures of how to put the brownies together Christmas.
My larger pan has gotten broken, now the new brownie pan might not work with this unless the cutting divider will cut through the Melted Peppermint Candy.
Should you try it let me know, I might go buy one. lol
I used Betty Crocker Butter Cream Cupcake Icing
In a can. Homemade would be great. But then so would Brownies made from scratch. This is all about Semi-Homemade.
When placing the Melted Peppermint Topping and Brownies together,
Make sure both are totally cooled.

I added the icing around and around on top of the baked brownies,
which are in the clean dry pan they were baked in.
This helps keep the size of the peppermint topping in portion.
I start placing the blocks on top, you may have to rearrange them to fit.
All the toppings are on top of the brownie
I now cut the brownies to the size of the Melted Peppermint Topping.
Cutting around each side of the Peppermint Topping.

Place cut Brownies on your favorite dish and enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I made my Peppermint Brownies.
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Welcome to 14th Tea Time Tuesday
Mississippi Magnolia Southern Belle’s Tea Luncheon

The Belle’s are pictured left to right
Lady Katherine, Donna, Christine, Vicki
Belle’s Blog Website’s
Vicki at Paint Or Dig

Christine was our hostess for the Mississippi Magnolia Southern Belles Tea Luncheon
 at her home, Saturday. She welcome us with  a lovely Tablecloth on her kitchen island filled with a wonderful Buffet of Asian Food, she had prepared. In front of each dish Christine used erasable ceramic place cards which held the name of each Asian Dish she had prepared.
Notice: Christine’s wonderful Brick Floor
Christine has lovely serving pieces she served the delicious Asian food upon.
I do not remember all the names of the Asian food, the chicken was stuffed with Crawfish, My husband loved this dish, for he has a crawfish pond. 
Beautiful flatware and blue tranferware plates on the buffet 
Notice the lids of the serving dishes, just lovely! 
The pool and flowers outdoors is more beautiful than the pictures you see on Christine’s Website.
As it had rained all morning, we ate Lunch in Christine’s Dining Room. So sorry I did not get a photo of the dining room! Christine gave a a tour of each room of her home. So lovely Christine!
In a lovely crystal punch bowl, 7up vanilla ice cream
 Christine had a Tea Table set up.
The lovely Teapots and warmers held 
Pear Guava Tea, and Mango Passion Fruit Tea
Both Teas were delightful! I adored the Mango Passion Fruit Tea,
 the Pear Guava Tea was a wonderful Tea for everyday. 
The table linens are so lovely.
The centerpiece was a lovely Conservatory 
Blue and white teacups set on a tray
The cloche is filled with delicious chocolate chip cookies.
Melons in a lovely blue bowl
Now I loved the desert in the long pan, I forgot the name, Oh, but it was wonderful! 
Visit Christine’s lovely blog,
 to find all the names of the delicious foods she has served.  
After lunch we sat around the Breakfast table, as we opened gifts. 
Bobby, Vicki’s husband is taking a photo of Donna as she shows the lovely blue bowl she won, which Christine gave as a door prize. I always loved Christine’s wooden Lazy Susan in the middle of the Breakfast table. Christine’s home is lovely and has many wonderful pieces. 
I love her napkin ring cabinet, just to the left of the French Doors. 
Notice the wood ceiling and beams in the kitchen. 
John, Christine’s husband and my husband, 
Terry were sitting behind us in Christine’s Family room.
Vicki, brought a door prize she had painted, her original painting of Magnolias and Teapot
I am happy to say, I won this lovely painting! 
 So fitting for a 
 Mississippi Magnolia Southern Belle, don’t you think?
Christine gave each of her guest a set of four Royal Albert blue rose napkin rings. 
We all shall have a table setting with these lovely napkin rings soon.

Mississippi Magnolia Southern Belles in Christine’s lovely Garden 
All the Belles which couldn’t come to this lovely Tea Luncheon, you were missed. 

After touring Christine lovely garden, John drove in the car ahead and gave us a drive by tour of many lovely homes, an old cemetery, and downtown Natchez to visit the wonderful antique shops. John also took us all to tour a lovely home, then he went back home where he hosted our husbands for the afternoon. Thank You John for a wonderful tour of Natchez!
 Oh, a wedding was being held at the home we planned to tour, Christine took us to tour Rosalie Mansion a beautiful home by the Mississippi River, I loved this home for the original owners furnishings are still in the home.  This home also had a
 Gentleman’s Parlor and a Ladies Parlor. 
Christine took photos of these lovely rooms. 
This Fall The Natchez Pilgrimage will be held October 1-15.

Rosalie Mansion

Mississippi Magnolia Southern Belles on the porch of Rosalie Mansion

I want to Thank John and Christine for being our Host and Hostess for this year’s,

Mississippi Magnolia Southern Belles Tea Luncheon. We all had such a lovely time!

Lady Katherine on the second floor Veranda of Rosalie Mansion view the Mississippi River

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Lady Katherine