Celebrating the Royal Wedding

Like most of the world today... we woke up early this morning to 'attend' the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton!  What a fun time we had celebrating this morning, even the boys got up early to watch this historic event!!

Lady Donna crafted this chocolate/biscuit cake which is Prince William's favorite! It is very good... and very rich!! Planning on doing some more celebrating later today and will enjoy a piece of it along with our Royal Tea Blend!!  Guests attending tomorrow's Afterglow Tea party will get a sample of this unique cake!

Prince William and Kate TeaMug

This teacup Thursday I'd like to share with you a teacup I do not actually have in my 'possession'... yet! A few weeks ago I got a call from a Tea Friend/Customer who was vacationing in Florida. She saw some Prince William and Kate TeaMugs and wanted to know if I'd like her to pick me up one... "Of COURSE!" You could say, I'm "Royally Obsessed" with this grand affair!

After hearing her describe to me what the mug looked like... I'm guessing this is what the TeaMug will look like.

Inscription reads: "To Celebrate the Wedding of Prince William & Catherine Middleton 29th , April 2011"

Our friend is on her way back from Florida so hopefully I'll have this momentous teamug in my hands soon!! It will be fun to see if I guessed correctly!! 

Meet you all at the 'Telly" tomorrow early in the morning!!

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Royal Wedding Talk... The Wedding Cake

We have enjoyed following all of the information on the Royal Wedding, what will we do after it’s all over?! (smiles) As someone who loves the “food” part, of course, I found myself interested in what the wedding cakes will be served for the Royal Wedding.

From my reading I learned that one of Queen Elizabeth’s favorite cakes is Chocolate Biscuit Cake, however, she is not the only one who loves this cake! It is reported that this was always on the menu when Prince William would be attending afternoon tea with the Queen. Prince William has ordered this as one of the wedding cakes to be served on the 29th.

In keeping with tradition, however, English wedding cakes are generally fruit cakes that contain nuts, dried fruit and brandy. We have a delicious fruitcake recipe that we had thought about serving at our Royal Tea party, unfortunately though, time got away from us, so we were not able to make it as the cake needs to be made at least 8 weeks in advance and doused with Brandy every week.

In an attempt to honor Princess Diana’s memory, we opted to make her fruitcake instead. (Click here for Recipe) For Diana’s wedding in 1981, her cake was made by baker, David Avery. Princess Diana was just 19 years old when she met David Avery, Baker from the Royal Navy Cookery School. The school had been asked to prepare the cake because of Prince Charle’s Navy experience.

The official royal wedding cake was a rich 5 tier fruitcake, that stood 5 foot and 4 inches tall and was 3 feet at its widest point on the bottom layer. It took 14 weeks to design. Just in case of an accident an identical wedding cake was created! The cake was iced with royal icing…naturally!

Confectioner David Avery treasures a photograph of himself and his proudest achievement – the five-tier official royal wedding cake which Charles and Diana cut together on their wedding day in 1981. Avery says he was touched to see how excited and nervous the young bride-to-be was on their first meeting, stating he was every bit as excited and nervous as she was! David went on to transform the second tier of the wedding cake into Prince William's christening cake, and then to concoct the young prince's first birthday cake too.
 

Princess Diana's Wedding Cake Recipe


Princess Diana’s Wedding Cake Recipe



3 eggs, beaten with mixer

1 3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 1/4 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

8 ounces crushed pineapple, with juice

1 1/2 cup chopped bananas

1 cup chopped apples

3/4 cup coconut

3/4 cup chopped nuts



Frosting
8 ounces cream cheese

1 Stick of Butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups powdered sugar


PREPARATION:
Grease and flour the bottom of a 9 x 13-inch pan. 

Mix together the oil, eggs, sugar and vanilla extract. Sift the dry ingredients; add to mixture. Add remaining ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees for 48 minutes. 




Frosting: 

Mix butter and vanilla extract into cream cheese. Add powdered sugar. Mix well.
1 1/4 cup oil


Excitments in the Royal Kitchen


You could say that we are Royally Obsessed with the upcoming Royal Wedding this week!! Once again, fascinated by the cookery of the event…I enjoyed learning about the people behind the scenes…the Kitchen Staff.


Mark Flanagan of Buckingham Palace and his staff of 21 will be treating 600 guests to the canapĂ©s made from the best of British produce. Unfortunately for me…he is keeping quiet about the full menu until April 29, but the selection could include smoked salmon, beetroot blini, confit duck-leg terrine with smoked duck and pear chutney, quail eggs with celery salt, goat cheese and caramelized walnuts and parmesan crisp…why I feel exhausted already!! (smiles). Flanagan states that, “At any large event, we are always conscious of trying to make sure we uphold people’s expectations when they come to Buckingham Palace…for a lot of people, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” It’s their goal that they leave thinking everything was spectacular, especially the food!

Here at Miss Spenser’s we know what they are talking about…we not only want our guests to enjoy the environment, the programs, but also the foods…we are quite picky about the recipes we choose and the ingredients we use. Although, you will not be leaving Buckingham Palace, it too is our desire, that you leave thinking that everything was spectacular!

We understand the tensions they mention as the special event nears…many canapĂ© type foods (or for us, tea foods), cannot be completed until the last minute. There are a lot of things you’d like to do ahead of time, but in all reality, it cannot be done until we see the guests arriving. Royal pastry Chef, Kathryn Boyden, has a bit more prep time when preparing the sweets, however, her team of 3 will not be able to take in the festivities of the wedding celebration because they will be working while every one else in the country is watching it. A total of 60 people from chefs to those opening car doors and pouring champagne will be working at the palace on the big day.

The palace has confirmed the rooms that will be used for the Queen’s reception, The White Drawing Room, Music Room, Blue Drawing Room, State Dining Room and the Picture Gallery, where the wedding cake will be displayed…What an exciting time this will be!!

Tune into DATELINE NBC Wednesday, April 27th at 8/7c there will be airing "Inside the Royal Wedding"

Happy Easter


But the Angel said, "Don't be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He isn't here! He is risen from the dead! Look, this is where they laid his body."
Mark 16:6

 
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead ... 1 Peter 1:3


Wishing all of our Tea Friends a Blessed Easter!

~ The Hardin Family


Teacup Thursday: A YEAR of Teacups

Can you believe it! It’s been a year of Teacup Thursdays!!




This is the first teacup we shared. We originally started Teacup Thursday to showcase teacups from our collection and to use that selected teacup for the day. I can hardly believe it’s been a year of teacups! What fun it’s been to have so many of you join us!!

We thought we’d expand on our fun and include teapots, tea parties, and other tea trinkets to the day. We invite you to join us!!


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Recipe ~ Chipped Beef Dip

Chipped Beef Dip
 Makes a great Appetizer for Easter
This recipe is from Miss Spenser's Vol 1 Cookbook


1 1/3 C Mayonnaise
1 1/3 C Sour Cream
2 TBSP Onion, minced
2 TBSP Parsley
2 tsp. Dillweed
2 tsp. Bon Apetit Seasoning (Or Beau Monde)
1 pkg. (3 oz.) Dried Chip Beef


Mix the first 7 items together; spread on toast points or fill hollowed round bread loaf.

Teacup Thursday: Chintz Teacup by Windsor


Last Christmas I gave this little teacup to Mom. It's a pretty Rose Chintz made by Windsor.









"He who must have beautiful roses in his garden, must have beautiful roses in his heart." ~ S. Reynolds Hole










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Faith Hope & Cherrytea
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Lady Linda Teacup

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 email me here with your blog address.
I'll post a link to your blog and you can link us to yours! Thank you!


This past Teatime Thursday we hosted a special sweet sixteen birthday tea party. Enjoy the pictures...   















Call to book your next
special occasion here!
641-342-1547

Teacup Thursday: Violet Teacup

With the awakening of Spring, one cannot help but feel refreshed and excited by new life! Violets are one of the first little flowers to peep out of their winter beds, and say "Hello, World!!" 

With that in mind I thought it would be nice to share with you this little Violet Teacup. 

"Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violets
shed on the heels that has crushed it"
~ Mark Twain 




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Teacup Thursday!
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Lady Linda Teacup

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 email me here with your blog address.
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Teatime Thursdays

A new feature we have added to the tearoom this year, is Teatime Thursdays. We're now open by reservations on Thursdays. Come enjoy a 3 or 4 course tea in a English Cottage Style. Teatime starts at 11 p.m. Call today to make your Reservation ~ 641-342-1547.


These little young ladies joined us for Teatime Thursdays a couple weeks ago. It's was little Annie's 8 year old Birthday. They attended tea with the company of their mothers and practiced their teatime manners. They were both delightful! Hope you had a lovely Birthday Annie!

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