Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Secret Pal Tea

Late last fall a group of ladies at our church exchanged names & became Secret Pals. It was fun to try & find something little & simple to brighten a day or bring a smile to someone's face. To finish off our adventure, Diane & Vikki - remember them - (http://ablipontheradar.blogspot.com/2007/02/earth-angels.html ) planned and executed the best, most fun ladies tea I've ever been to - well, okay, so it was the only ladies tea I've been to since I was in high school - but it was REALLY GOOD! -

Here's how we spent our luncheon -

The tables were set with divine china cups & saucers. There were plates of little tea sandwiches - aren't they CUTE! And they were very tasty, too!

But they didn't hold a candle to the cake that Vikki made -

The "picket fence" is made of the best sugar cookies & the little flowers - were almost too cute to eat

I'm sure it took her hours to decorate this cake - it was carrot cake with lots of raisins and a custard filling to die for.

Everyone brought a salad to share - I made an old Pampered Chef recipe - It is unlikely that you will have the PC Dill seasoning - regular dill from the store (get it in the bulk food aisle - much cheaper) & 1/4 - 1/2 tsp of onion flakes will do to substitute.


1 lemon
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup sour cream
1 Tbsp. All Purpose Dill Seasoning
¼ tsp salt
Pepper to taste (lemon pepper would be good here)

8 oz. uncooked medium shell pasta
1 cup cucumber, scored & sliced
½ cup red bell pepper, chopped
½ cup carrot, coarsely chopped
¼ cup green onions w/tops, thinly sliced
½ lb. (8 oz) cooked med. shrimp
(shelled & deveined)

For Dressing: Zest whole lemon using Lemon Zester/Scorer. Juice lemon to measure 1 Tbsp. juice. Combine Zest, juice, mayo, sour cream and Dill Mix in 1-Qt. Batter Bowl.

For Salad: Cook Pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse with cold water. Using Lemon Zester/Scorer, score down the length of the cucumber in evenly spaced rows around the entire cucumber. Slice. Chop bell pepper and carrot using Food Chopper. Slice Green onions.

Place salad ingredients into a 12 cup bowl. Pour dressing over salad; toss lightly, cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or over night.

Yield: 6 servings
copyright Pampered Chef Corp.

We ate lunch, and opened presents

It almost seemed a crime to cut into that beautiful cake - notice is said ALMOST...

Thanks to everyone who was involved - we had a great time and decided to do it again next year!


Leigh said...

What a lovely tea party! I know the trend is to use paper plates and plastic forks, so "real" settings make something extra special. The salad recipe sounds yummy and the cake is very clever. A keeper of an idea.

Kathy L. said...

It sounds like you've fallen in with some good company there, Tina! What a nice idea - I'm sure each of you brought a smile or a "warm, fuzzy" feeling to someone's face and soul, making each day more enjoyable.
Wouldn't it be nice if each and every person had a Secret Pal?
Thanks so very much for sharing!

Lavendersheep said...

Looks like a pretty awesome event. You know a great place for spices is penzy's. They are online I think too as well as being in Portland. My mom got me started going there and they have freshly ground spices that are even cheaper than the grocery store.

Karen Jo said...

What a great tea party! And what a great idea! I'm sure all of you had a great time.

Suzanne said...

oooh, secret pals are the best! what a fun, kind and generous thing to do.

tea parties should be more of regular indulgence in our lives...even if just once or twice a year. (that delicate balance between frequent and infrequent...)

--suz (and toni)