Vacationing…Part Two…A Downton Abbey Kind of Tea Party


The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end that’s all there is.” -Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 6
Checking out of the Mission Inn & heading to Highclere Castle for tea…😉


Hello, sweet friend…


Eat your heart out Mrs. Patmore. (aka…the cook at Downton Abbey who believes she runs the house)

Today I thought It would be fun to share with you the highlights of a recent Downton Abbey Tea party I attended in California at my California girlfriend’s house with my California girlfriends!

I felt so privileged to be included in this special afternoon…and even more excited that I happened to be in California when it was being hosted.

A divine tablescape…


serving dishes filled with lemon curd and raspberry preserves

Ladies dressed in pearls…

Ladies dressed for tea…
Mandarin orange/almond scone

The first course was a homemade mandarin orange/almond scone.

Butternut soup…


The second course was a delicious creamy butternut squash soup.




The Third course was a delicious bow tie pasta salad was served with sandwiches. The sandwiches were a maple pecan cream cheese on pumpkin bread…egg salad on a 12 grain bread…and a turkey avocado on a soft roll.

Chocolate pudding…with fresh raspberries & cream cheese paired with shortbread cookies


The Fourth course was chocolate pudding with fresh raspberries & ice cream paired with shortbread cookies.perfecto!

My very own beautiful “Bone China” dish to place special jewelry…



Don’t miss Part Three of Vacationing…A Christmas Open House

Marcia
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Vacationing…Part One…The Historic Mission Inn Hotel Riverside, California

Keep Calm and Carry On…

Arrival…

Hello, sweet friends…


I want to thank my husband Joe for encouraging me to take this trip to California. Solo

flying over San Francisco’s Bay…

🍁

(A trip I don’t usually make this time of year) As it turned out…everything has been fabulous and fun! so far…(thanks Joe!)


Come on let me show you around the place!

I thought I would share the trip in three parts…

Take out from the bar only…
Presidential Lounge





A view from my balcony…

beginning with my stay at the Historic Mission Inn Hotel located in Riverside, California.

One of many stained glass windows around the Inn…

Today’s post will show photos of the hotel and surrounding area. I hope you enjoy them!


St. Francis Chapel where Joe and I were married

The Historic Mission Inn occupies an entire city block in the heart of downtown Riverside.


To it’s guests and to the people of Riverside, the Mission Inn has always meant more than simply bed, bath and board.

It is a creative collection of arcades… gardens… flying buttresses…spiraling staircases… catacombs and towers.

It is also fine art and Spanish cannons, stained-glass and ceramic tile saints and dragons, bells and wrought iron.

The pool area…lapping in the life of luxury

No doubt the Mission Inn is seen by many locals as the revitalization of the downtown area.

Balcony view from bedroom…
I spotted a cat stretching on the canvas patio awning…
Preparing for the Celebration of Lights Festival…
Evening…


With it’s illustrious history as a home away from home for world leaders…celebrities…and discerning travelers who seek a luxurious and classically elegant place of refuge & renewal (moi)

To be continued…

Next stop a Downton Abbey Tea…

What I wear for a Downton Abbey Tea…

Marcia
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An Autumn Tea…Part Two

A Teatime Blessing🍂

Lord grant that our time together be steeped in serenity, sweetened by sharing, and surrounded by the warm fragrance of your love.

Amen

Hello, sweet friend…


This week I wanted to share with you the menu from a recent tea I hosted…


(and just incase you missed it click on the link)…http://www.marciascottagebythesea.com/an-autumn-tea-part-one/

Showing off one of my seasonal trees…I love the Fall twinkle lights!

I had originally planned to prepare all the food myself...

Thought about making these too…(you can tell by the photo…it’s getting late)

However…as the week had been a little cray cray…

I opted instead to prepare just a few things…and purchase everything else. (trust me your guests will love anything you give them!)

Menu For an Afternoon Tea


Mini spinach quichefound in the frozen section at grocery store

Pest0 swirls…delicious & easy…

Artichoke & Parmesan swirls…Just warm & serve…

Blueberry scones from the bakery…

Serve with love…

Homemade cucumber cream cheese & egg salad sandwiches
a variety of chocolates and fudge from bakery

Kindness…

special cinnamon holiday loose leaf tea…
Oops…meant to take a before photo…(but I got to chatting away)

and a big smile…

The final tablescape…notice the small white chocolate Fall decor sitting on tea saucer

Devonshire Mock Cream

1 cup heavy cream not pasteurized

One 8 ounce softened cream cheese

2 tablespoons powdered sugar

beat ingredients together in a bowl.

It mixes together quickly.

Serves 12

Sorry for the dark lighting…my neighbor dropped by for a visit…and it was getting late when she left…

Egg Salad Sandwiches

Two-six hard-boiled eggs, chopped fine

1/2 -1 cup mayonnaise (I use vegenaise) salt & pepper to taste

1 teaspoon chives, finally chopped

8 thin slices white or wheat bread butter

Mix mayonnaise with eggs, chives, salt, and pepper. Spread each slice of bread with a thin layer of butter. Divide the egg salad among four slices of bread; top with the rest of the bread. Trim the crusts and cut each sandwich into three parallel sections to make finger slices. Refrigerate or keep it in a cooler until right before serving time.

Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber sandwiches are perhaps most commonly associated with an afternoon tea.

1-2 cucumbers peel cucumbers and slice very thin. Sprinkle slices the salt and drain on paper towels. Spread white bread and unsalted butter layer of cream cheese layer cucumbers no more than 1/4 inch high. Cut into desired shapes.

Chocolate dipped strawberries…

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

12 strawberries

6 ounces semi sweet chocolate discs (or milk or white chocolate)

Melt the chocolate in the microwave in 3 second increments stirring in between ( I actually melted the chocolate over the stove) Dry the strawberries with a paper towel and dip them in the melted chocolate allowing any extra chocolate to drip off before placing the strawberries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let strawberries sit into completely hardened before serving.

All cleaned up…just need to put final trimmings away…

The afternoon was delightful. It was fun for me to invite friends over for an afternoon tea.
And now…

Time to start packing for a vacation…

Up up and away…

A gal’s get away…

To be continued…

Happy November!🍁🍂

Marcia
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An Autumn Tea…Part One


“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are October’s”

Anne of Green Gables

-L.M. Montgomery


Hello, sweet friend…

Fall…
A string of lights just arrived…

Since moving into our new home…


hand embroidered tablecloth given by a friend…

I knew that there would be many gatherings…here

Dahlias & pumpkins…


so not too long ago…

I began planning…

Gifts for my guests…Fall earrings…

playing really

One of the trees Joe brought up from the basement

with the preparations…

For an Autumn Tea

I think the preparations are the most enjoyable part…

of any endeavor we take on in life…

I love my Fall seasonal trees…

Planning the details…
anticipating how things will evolve with time…

I found some raffia & swirled it around the tree…


Meet Oliver…the neighbor’s adorable cat 🍁
Mix & match it all!
Almost ready…but…not quite yet…
A second Fall tree for the living room…

choosing the decor…

Hard boiled eggs for tea sandwiches…(I ate one😉)

deciding on what to serve…
and what to wear…

Sunlight coming through the kitchen…

To be continued…

Marcia
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A Day in The Life…


“Great people do things before they are ready. They do things before they know they can” -Amy Poehler

Hello, sweet friend…

How are things going?

Adding an angel plant to the guest room dresser

Sometimes I marvel how quickly a day passes…

do you?

This day marked 6 weeks in our new home

Discovering a fabulous paper mache pumpkin

I look back on the week…

October morning perfection…

Clippings from the garden….
Special walks…

discovering that many of my daily activities…

Cecil Bruner roses trimmed back…

are geared toward living more creatively…

Strolling the coast

The beginning of another day…

attempts at nurturing a vibrant…

Straightening up the garden shed…

and productive life.

What I wore…
Embracing the splendor of the season with a drive to a charming small town

Colors…

my handsome Joe💕
A glimpse at a cute hair salon

An epicurean experience partnered with eye candy…

One thing that makes Autumn special is the ever present changes occurring…

Freshening up a bouquet…
Taking in life’s sweetness…

making it the perfect moment in time…

Enjoy your weekend…

Marcia
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