Happy Thanksgiving!

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow." 
~Melody Beattie



Happy Thanksgiving to all our Tea Friends! At this time of year, we bring out our Johnson Brother china, "His Majesty" to help us celebrate Turkey Day! Surrounded by friends and loved ones, may you cherish this Thanksgiving Day!


"Forever on Thanksgiving Day
The heart will find the pathway home."
~Wilbur D. Nesbit




A Stay in the Garden Room

Today, we thought we'd share with you a glimpse of what it would be like to stay at Miss Spenser's Longview Bed and Breakfast. These are some photos from a recent guest's stay. She was so kind to share these photos with us; we couldn't resist sharing them with you. We thought she captured some charming takes of our cozy Garden Room.
















 
Just think, that could be YOU! 
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Königsberg Meatball Recipe


We had a wonderful time at our European Tea this past weekend! Thank you to everyone who came! We shared fun stories and memorable photos from Mom and I's European trip back in August. Our menu was a mix of English and German foods - since we went to both places! A popular savory from our menu, was these Königsberg Meatballs! So we thought it would be fun to share this recipe with all of you! 

Enjoy! 





Königsberg Meatballs
Adapted from Grandma’s German Cookbook

1 ¼ pound mixed ground meat, such as veal, beef and pork
1 Large Onion, chopped
Bread Crumbs
Salt & Pepper to taste
Pinch of Freshly Ground Nutmeg
3 Large Eggs

Mix the meat, onion, eggs and seasoning in a bowl.  Add enough bread crumbs so the mixture holds together and you can make nice size meatballs.  (About 20 meatballs)

In a large skillet, warm up some shortening; once hot, add the meatballs; cook just until the outside is brown.  The inside will not be fully cooked yet.  Once browned, place on a paper towel. 

Wipe excess grease out of skillet; place meatballs back in and pour about 3 C of water over the meatballs.  Bring it to a simmer, cover and let it simmer gently until the meatballs are cooked through, about 20 minutes or so.   Remove meatballs and measure out 2 C of the meat liquid and set aside.

Sauce:
2 TBSP Unsalted Butter
2 Heaping TBSP Flour
¼ tsp. Fresh Ground Nutmeg
1 C Milk
2 C of Meat Juice/Poaching Liquid

Melt the butter in a pot, stir in the flour and cook for a minute or two.  Gradually add the milk, poaching liquid and nutmeg.  Stir constantly with wire whisk to prevent lumps from forming, stir until thickened.  Turn off the heat; let sauce rest 10 minutes or so, uncovered.  Stir occasionally. 

Next - Stir in:

1 Egg Yolk
½ Jar (3.5 oz jar) of Capers, along with their liquid*
¼ C Heavy Cream
½ tsp Sugar
1 tsp freshly squeezed Lemon Juice

Put the meatballs in the sauce and gently warm sauce and meatballs, but do not bring sauce to a boil.

Serve on top of mashed potatoes and/or noodles.  
*Note: Germans prefer the potato!

An Impromptu Tea Party


Last weekend, my grandparents decided to stop by. They live almost 3 hours away, so we don't get to see them very often; we were excited! 

We quickly threw together an impromptu tea party...guess what? You can too! Just need a few staples in the pantry...one being, great TEA from Miss Spenser's!  ;) 


We enjoyed two pots of Frost on the Pumpkin Tea....yummo! We also had Athens Baklava in the freezer for days like this. We also had some left over tea party cookies as well as pre-packaged English cookies, and some fruit, as grandpa is watching weight.  

Even Grandma brought along some Monster Cookies to enjoy! During teatime, Grayson wanted Grandpa to share funny stories about the past. He is such a good storyteller! 



My Grandpa is a jokester. So it was no surprise that he had to tease my mother about her England treasure, a silver teapot, remarking as he examined the bottom "It's made in China!" A very fun day! 

 Make sure you stock your pantry with some of our delicious teas! Call today to place your order. Orders $35 or more have free shipping! 641-342-1547

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