Sunday, April 17, 2005

and a lovely time was had by all

The tea party went off without a hitch. The weather was lovely, the food was good and plentiful (they ate all the cucumber sandwiches, which surprised the hell out of me), and everybody came dressed up and looking sharp. Heather and Amber brought me a lovely hostess basket filled with tea and ginger biscuits. Crystal brought me a new Connie Dover CD, The Wishing Well which I had owned years ago but lost custody to my mom when I moved out.

The sponge-cake hearts were FABULOUS. Apparently it did them good to sit in the freezer for two days. I topped them with a little almond whipped-cream and some raspberries and ate about six of them. They're light, like a twinkie but without the sick chemical aftertaste. The cupcakes were good, too, with cream cheese frosting flavored various ways. The Waldorf celery boats were a very nice surprise; I'd highly recommend them--even two days old they're still crisp and tasty. The bacon-wrapped asparagus came out a little limp but tasted good. The stuffed mushrooms were rich and yummy, too. I added a little Bouquet Garni seasoning to the goat cheese, which was a nice touch. Amber snapped up the last two and took them home with her.

I drank way too much tea and got a little buzzed, and I simply spent too much time standing during the day so my knee started to hurt toward evening. But everybody talked and laughed and made noises about how we should do this sort of thing more often.

Scott says he's going to have a "little kegger" next month.


Anonymous said...

That was kind of Crystal, giving you "The Wishing Well."
If your heroes Trace and Boz are setting out across the Dakotas in the early 1880's, they should stock up on canned peaches and canned tomatos for the fluid in them. Dakota water is not known for its potability. You need a file to drink it. Taking a cup of it is tantamount to pounding yourself in the face with a half-pound hammer. It is HARD!!!
Less affluent folk in those times retained their old cap-and- ball pistols. Although ready made paper cartridges were available, many frugal pioneers molded their own bullets. In my limited experience, it was wooden stakes for vampires and silver bullets for werewolves, but if silver zaps vamps, coins could be melted down to make bullets.
How do I know about Dakota water? The fall and early winter of '48, the family was there, staying with my grandmother. The North Pole was five miles south of Egeland, North Dakota.
Are you expected to brew the beer for your husband's kegger?

Anonymous said...

of course you have heard about the Indian who drank ten gallons of tea one evening. The next morning he was found dead in his tepee.