Bursting With Pride…please allow us to share!!

Many of you tea friends know Chase…our excellent soundman and tea pourer extraordinaire! This past weekend he had an opportunity to audition for Lorie Line, performing pianist and her “Fabulous Five” which tour throughout the Midwest and beyond. We are pleased to share with you that Chase has been selected as Lorie’s guitarist and will be joining her Fabulous Five and touring with her starting May 1st.

Lorie Line is a successful Minnesota artist who has been professionally sharing her passion for the piano with the world for over 22 years. If you have not yet had a chance to see her in concert…we would highly recommend you do…she’s a phenomenal pianist and entertainer, dubbed as “America’s Favorite Pianist”…you won’t be disappointed!!

Chase has always had a song in his heart…when he was little, he used to walk around outside singing a tune…I recall fondly, a neighbor in California commenting about Chase when he was 4 years old, “That boy always has a song…” 

As his parents, we are grateful we were able to recognize his love for music. At the age of 5, Chase studied classical piano under Doris Swanson, Janet Young, and Karen Langstraat. He competed in many Iowa Music Teacher Association piano competitions receiving numerous awards. But it was at the age of 15 that Chase found his true love – the guitar where he has studied under James Bien teacher/owner of Iowa Music Lab and Simpson’s Professor, Seth Headquist. It became, what he calls, an addiction, practicing 3-4 hours a day. In just one year, he became a lead guitarist for a worship team, learning to transcribe music and improvise on the spot. Three years later, he competed and became a finalist for the “King of the Blues” in Des Moines, Iowa. He also plays in a sibling band called 30 Below with his younger brother Zachary and his older sister, Spenser. Grayson (10) is currently under Chase’s tutelage and hopes become the bands next bass guitarist.
Chase is Lorie’s youngest guitar player ever to perform; she told Chase she is excited to work with him and has a lot she can teach him. We are so excited about this opportunity…with his gift from God, hard work and passion, we are excited to see where this next year will lead him!
We will keep you posted on local performances by Lorie Line and her Fabulous Five! Be sure to become a Fan of "Chase Hardin Musician" on Facebook!!! Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to share!!

Recipe: Black Bean Soup

Here is a delicious recipe to try on the next cold wintery day...it's delicious!!

2 C Black Beans - presoaked overnight
8 C Chicken Broth
1 small onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 tsp. garlic in jar)
1 Bay Leaf

Combine the above and simmer covered until beans are thoroughly cooked (about 2 to 2.5 hours)

Once the beans are cooked add:
4 - 6 oz. Summer Sausage, cut into pieces (optional)
1/4 C Cooking Sherry
1/2 to 3/4 tsp. Cumin
1 TBSP Brown Sugar
Handful of fresh cilantro
Salt/Pepper To Taste

Cook 30 minutes more with lid off, or until the broth is reduced and slightly thickened.

During the last 30 minute cooking time - prepare your rice per package. We enjoy Vigo Saffron Yellow Rice.

Serving Suggestions: Place a spoonful of rice in a bowl, top with beans, a teaspoon of sour cream, a splash of fresh lime juice and garnish with fresh cilantro.

There you have it...a delicious dish!!

Teacup Thursday: A Manly Teacup

Manly Teacup on Left (notice the size difference) Regular Teacup on the Right!
A Manly Teacup in honor of my Uncle Chris (Donna's Brother)! Last month he won the Ford Fantasy Shelby GT500 Special Edition Mustang!
My Uncle's new Car!

This weekend Uncle Chris, my grandpa, and my Uncle Jeff are at the Daytona races! These three guys are huge motor heads so as you can imagine they are over the moon right now having the times of their lives!!! If you'll be watching the race, keep an eye out you might see them on TV!!
My Grandpa and Uncles pictured with Trevor Bayne and Ricky Stenhouse!

Every Boy's Dream!
We're tipping our teacups to you today Uncle Chris! Cheers! 

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Recipe: Mardi Gras Cake

Mardi Gras King Cake

1 Stick of Butter, melted
2/3 C Evaporated Milk
¾ C, plus 1 tsp. Sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 Envelopes of Active Dry Yeast, Regular or Rapid Rise
3 Eggs
Grated Zest of 1 Lemon
6 C Flour
4 TBSP Butter, melted
1 Egg White, for glazing

Cinnamon-Sugar Filling:
½ C Sugar
1 tsp. Cinnamon

White Icing:
2 C Powder Sugar
2 TBSP Whole Milk

Colored Sugars – ¼ Cup Each of yellow, green, red and blue

Combine 1 stick of melted butter, evaporated milk, ¾ C Sugar and salt. Stir so that the sugar dissolves, allow to cool. Dissolve the yeast in ¼ C lukewarm water along with the teaspoon of sugar. Cover and allow to stand for up to 10 minutes or until foamy. (If the yeast does not foam up, it is no good, you will have to start over with yeast and sugar…be sure your water temp is lukewarm, not hot.)

Add yeast mixture to the butter/milk mixture. Next add eggs and lemon zest; whisk together vigorously until well blended. Add one cup of flour at a time until you have a thick paste – about 3 C of flour. Then switch to a wooden spoon and continue adding flour, mixing well. Do not add more than 6 C of flour or your cake will be too dense. When you have added all of the flour, turn the dough out onto a lightly floured wooden board and knead with your hands until the dough is smooth and elastic. (About a dozen turns).


Place dough in a large clean boil that has been coated with vegetable oil, turn the dough to coat all sides with the oil; cover bowl with tea towel and allow it to rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down and divide the dough in two pieces. Roll out each half into a 10x15 rectangle. Brush each half with the 4 TBSP of melted butter and sprinkle each half with cinnamon sugar mixture. Roll up along the long end like a jelly roll. Seal the seam, using water if necessary. Braid the two rolls together, making one thick piece, form the dough into a circle, seal ends and place on a greased baking sheet.

Cover again and allow it to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour; it should double in size. Preheat oven to 350 – whisk an egg white with 1 TBSP water, and brush the top of the cake. Bake for 35 minutes or until browned and sounds hollow when tapped.

Icing – combine the sugar and milk in a small dish; if appears too thin, add more sugar…if it is too thick, add a little more milk. Drizzle over top of cooled cake then top with colored sugars. Makes about 24 thin slices…remember, you can’t have a Mardi Gras party without a King Cake!! Enjoy.

**For a more gourmet approach you can add cream cheese and fruit fillings to the cake

Teacup Thursday: Valentine's Teacup

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.
A. A. Milne

True love stories never have endings.
~Richard Bach
Happy Valentine's to all of our Teatime Blog Friends!

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Valentine's Tea

The past Saturday we hosted our
"Love Songs on the Harp" Valentine Tea!
Here are some pictures of the yummy treats we served! Enjoy!


Our Classic Cucumber Sandwich... always a favorite!

Gourmet Grilled Sandwich

Fresh out of the Oven Scones

Heart Shaped Chocolate Cookies

Red Velvet Chocolate Cake

Happy Valentine's Day!

Teacup Thursday: Jubilee Year

Sixty years ago, a young girl named Elizabeth ascended to the throne of England. Today, she remains the 2nd longest reigning monarch of England. In honor of her Jubilee year, we're posting this "Royal Elizabeth Teacup and Plate". Do you have any "Elizabethan Dishware"?

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Queen Jubilee Celebration

Today, February 6th 2012, marks the beginning of the Queen's Jubilee Celebration! In honor of this special day she has given this special message:

Today, as I mark 60 years as your Queen, I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Philip over these years and to tell you how deeply moved we have been to receive so many kind messages about the Diamond Jubilee.

In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign and which my family and I look forward to seeing in many forms as we travel throughout the United Kingdom and the wider Commonwealth.

I hope also that this Jubilee year will be a time to give thanks for the great advances that have been made since 1952 and to look forward to the future with clear head and warm heart as we join together in our celebrations.

I send my sincere good wishes to you all.


Thank you to Smitten by Britian for posted this royal message. If your a Britophile you should check this website out!!

Teacup Thursday: My Love is like a Red, Red Rose

My love is like a red red rose
That’s newly sprung in June;
My love is like the melodie
That’s sweetly play’d in tune.

So fair art thou, my bonnie lass,
So deep in love am I;
And I will love thee still, my dear,
Till a’ the seas gang dry.

Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,
And the rocks melt wi’ the sun:
And I will love thee still, my dear,
While the sands o’ life shall run.

And fare thee weel, my only love
And fare thee weel, a while!
And I will come again, my love,
Tho’ it were ten thousand mile.
~Robert Burns

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This could be You!

Take a look at our first Bed and Breakfast guests…don’t they look refreshed and happy?? This could be you…
Call today to book your room! 641-342-1547

Farmhouse Breakfasts... Yummy!

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