Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tea Time with Jackie

My niece, Jackie, invited me to tea.  It must be said that Jackie has always been a favorite of mine.  She is my sister's daughter and is close in age to my first born, so lots of good times were shared through the years as the children grew.  The day of the party was rainy and cold and Gretchen, Carla and I braved the weather to travel to Jackie's Denham Springs home.  It was worth the trouble of the journey.  Even though Christmas was recent history, Jackie left up her decorations for us to enjoy and these were very impressive.  The tree was trimmed in white and silver in keeping with the theme she also chose for her entire home. 

The table was exquisitely set for us.  We were in for a real treat as we poured coffee and tea for ourselves.  Our place cards were hand written and china, flatware and centerpiece were carefully selected to coordinate.

Then came the food!  Jackie had prepared so many delicious goodies that we couldn't believe our appetites.  Of course each baked treat had to be tasted.  Jackie's attention to detail made for a very pleasant setting. This was going to be a very special occasion that we would all remember.

There were bonbons, cookies dipped in chocolate, cupcakes, brownies. She also served fruit so we wouldn't be so full of sugar! She is quite an accomplished pastry chef.  Not only were the delicacies beautiful to behold, but they tasted delicious.  The peanut butter bon bons were to die for!  The brownies were cut and decorated with a snowflake design.  The chocolate flavor was intense and one bite meant heaven.  The chocolate chip cookies were of two varieties: regular and mint chocolate.  These were dipped in a chocolate ganache (as if they weren't decadent enough!). 

Cupcakes have always been a favorite of mine and we were served chocolate cupcakes decorated with vanilla frosting and yellow cupcakes decorated with chocolate ganache.  At the end of the party each of us received a paper to-go box and we were allowed to select our favorites to eat later at home.  I filled mine as full as I could!

Thank you, Jackie, for a lovely afternoon and for your continued attention and love. 





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