Luncheon Teatime

Mid-week and a day off!  Perfect for hosting a new friend for a luncheon teatime and conversation!  Nikkole would be here at noon so I had the morning to prepare!

First, I load a selection of classical music CD’s in the player, and fill the house with beautiful soothing instrumentals!

A candle is lit, wafting warm vanilla scents through the rooms.  My table is set!

My menu is simple:  Serendipity Grape Chicken Salad

Serendipity Grape Chicken Salad
2 diced rotisserie chicken breasts
sliced red grapes
shredded carrots
broccoli floretes
raisins
1 heaping tablespoon of mayo
Mix above ingredients together.  I start with the chicken and add the rest according to what looks like an even mix.  Sorry – don’t often measure.  That’s why it’s called SERENDIPITY Grape Chicken Salad.  I also prefer my salads to be not too overpowering with the mayo – keeping it dryer  and just enough to mix it around.

Season to taste – again, not being one to do a lot of measuring in the kitchen, I used Salt, Pepper, Garlic Salt, Italian Seasonings, and Parsley til I got the desired taste.

Sweet Potato Soup

Sweet Potato Soup
2 sweet potatoes cubed
Organic Free Range Chicken Broth
About 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Boil sweet potatoes until tender.  Puree with broth in blender.  Pour into pot and simmer, adding Olive Oil and broth til desired consistency.  Season to taste – I used pinches and dashes of  Salt, Pepper, Dehydrated Onions, Garlic Salt, Pumpkin Pie Spice, Italian Seasonings, and Parsley.

Gluten Free Pumpkin Oat Bread with Amish Pumpkin Butter
Gluten Free Molasses Raisin Cookies


GF Pumpkin Oat Bread
1 1/2 cups GF Oat Flour (Bob’s Red Mill Brand)
1/2 cup Organic Spelt Flour
1/4 cup Organic Bround GOlden Flaxseed
1 1/8 teaspoon baking soda – alumnunim free
1 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 15 oz. can pumpkin
2 eggs
1/4 cup honey
Mix all dry ingredients – put aside.  Beat eggs and honey – add pumpkin – beat well.  Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture and mix well.  Pour into greased loaf pan.  Drizzle honey or Agave nectar over top.  Bake at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Note:  If mixture feels too loose, add small amounts of spelt flour until better consistency.  Raisins can be added to the mixture to add sweetness.  Well diced walnuts or almonds can also be added as desired.  Also, because I am trying to NOT have too much sugar in my diet, I don’t use a lot of sweetener.  You can add more sweetener as your sweet tooth – and digestion – can tolerate – or just spread with pumpkin butter from the grocery store.
GF Molasses Raisin Cookies
3 cups GF Oat Flour (Bob’s Red Mill Brand)
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup molasses

Cream applesauce, extract, honey, and molasses.  Add flour and mix well.  Spoon drops onto baking stone.  Bake 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.  Cool and enjoy!

Herbed Goat Cheese and Rice Crackers

Almond Slivers and Red Grape Cluster Garnish

Carmel Apple Rooibos Tea

The table is set with my Moss Rose Haviland China set from Germany – purchased second hand on their 50% off everything sale day!  I love a bargain!

Everything is set and ready when my guest arrives.  We’re happy to linger over two cups of tea steeped in the pot with our luncheon . . .

And, pleasant conversation, thanking the Lord for such a genteel pleasure.

Presiding over the event is Lady Cordelia – my antique dress form . . .

She’s decked out for October in her vintage design black lace dress, set off to perfection accessorized with pearls and an antique lace cameo neck-piece.

She’s sporting one of my early October finds from a Civil War milliner I met a couple weeks ago.

It’s a lovely reproduction hat in Autumn colors that fit like it was made just for me!  I shall have to make a new skirt to wear with it to our next re-enactment opportunity!

But, for now, dear Cordelia is happy to supervise our excellent luncheon tea and delightful company.

Sharing my Luncheon Teatime this week with:

Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Wanda Lee’s Tea for Two at The Plumed Pen
Wanda Lee’s Tea Pots & Tea Things Tuesday at The Silken Purse
Trisha’s Tea Party Tuesday at Sweetology
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Trish’s LACE Wednesday at Lily Rose Cottage
Miss Spencer’s Teatime 
Thursday Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups

P.S.  I’ve had some requests for my recipes.  Not that I’m any expert in the kitchen – or on gluten free cooking, for that matter – I like to experiment.  I’m pinning my growing collection of gluten free what-nots  to my GLUTEN FREE RECIPES BOARD at my PINTEREST account.  Stop by and re-pin or like as you choose.  Feel free to play around with ingredient exchanges to make your own originals, too!  And – DO FOLLOW ME on PINTEREST!!
 

Comments

  1. Good evening Kathryn,
    Your luncheon tea looks wonderful and you’ve set a pretty table. May I please join you? It looks so good!
    I just love Lady Cordelia! What a lovely dress form and she makes such a lovely statement in your room.
    The pumpkin butter has me dreaming of it slathered on some of that pumpkin bread and your soup and salad looks delish too.
    Hubby and I just got home and I’m sipping on my first ever Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks; so good!
    Thanks for joining me for Tea Time and do enjoy your week, my friend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  2. Ohhh I want to be there for lunch and tea. It looks delightful, I bet you pamper every guest you have. I have a sweet potato waiting to be used for something, I’m going to try your soup tomorrow, looks easy enough and would probably be healthier than making sweet potato fries. Blessings to you. ~ Abby

  3. Your luncheon looks so lovely and you sound like you cook like me. I usually never measure either can’t wait to try your chicken grape mixture it looks so delicious.
    Cordelia is dressed divinely, everything on her is beautiful. you have inspired me to make more of an effort at meal times thank you for your post.
    Nell

  4. Kathryn your table looks so gorgeous, and the recipes so delicious. I would love to join you for this lovely lunch.

    Jocelyn @
    http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

  5. Lovely! I bet you and your new friend had a fabulous time! What a wonderful menu!
    Ruth

  6. Your new friend must have felt very special!

    What a beautiful table-it makes me want to run to the thrift shop and see what pretty lace and china I can find on a dime:)

    Have a blessed week, Kathy!

  7. Hello Kathy,I’m sitting here on my lap top while dinner is cooking and I’m so hungry,so you can guess how much I enjoyed sharing your meal. In my head anyway,it all looks beautiful.
    xo

  8. Those are some delicious-sounding recipes! Thank you so much for sharing them!

    Sarah

  9. It looks just plain wonderful Miss Kathy! I love things like that.

    The recipes look wonderful. I definitely want to try both the pumpkin bread and the serendipity salad. I’m not fond of too much mayo either.

    I was going to send an email about the decoupage plates, but I’ll just mention it here since I am a whirling dervish this week working on a charity thrift sale.

    Just take the plate and cover the back side either with Mod Podge or spray adhesive. Then, place the print against it with the right side facing through the plate. Smooth out any wrinkles, and voila!

  10. The menu looks scrumptious! Wish I cold have joined you!

  11. Spread?! I’ll say! My! The entire post is a spread! Oh! It’s nearly midnight and NOW I’m hungry!

    Marvelous, dahling! Thanks for the invite, Lady Cordelia!

  12. Ooooo!! “gasp” EXQUISITE!! and yum yum yum Too!
    Blessings Love and Hugs, Linnie

  13. Lovely tea! I love chicken salad with grapes – yours looks fantastic. Love all the recipes and especially the lovely ‘lady’ presiding over the tea! spectacular!
    Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    Kathy

  14. Dear Kathryn,

    Oh my this post is fabulous! I especially love the fabulous luncheon table, the food presentaion and that black lace dress!

    Thanks so much for joining in with the fun for TTTT and also for my 108th, Tuesday Tea For Two.

    Hugs, Wanda Lee

  15. Hello Kathryn
    Your luncheon is delectable and I’m sure your friend enjoyed every bit of it.
    I always like shared recipes, they’re great for adding to a collection or improving one of your own.
    Judith

  16. Oooh my! What a delicious luncheon you had! There’s enough for all of us blogging friends! The table looked absolutely gorgeous! It is such a pleasure to see all your lovely things, the vintage attire, and your tablescape! I’m sure your new friend was awed!
    I shall have to learn about “pinterest” too! I wish you blessings this November as we fast approach Thanksgiving! I’ll miss you this weekend at the Antique Show! Love, Linda

  17. WOW, this all looks so gorgeous AND delicious!! You are the hostess with the “mostest.” And I adore your dress form–it is totally dreamy!!
    XO
    Cindy

  18. What a lovely tea party posting. Those recipes look yummy. And we enjoyed Madam Cordelia…

  19. Divine darling, impressed I am as I drull over the sweet potato soup, and the chicken and grape salad…”Oh you have outdone yourself.” So much to be excited about. I love the dress form, she is quite the touch, lovely lace and dress, I recognize the shoe at the bottom as I have one that sits in the tea room. I have really enjoyed my first visit here and felt welcome, you did an amazing job. Thank you for the experience ~Cindy

  20. Oh how lovely…I just wanted to pull up and chair and enjoy! Just beautiful

  21. What a beautiful table, Kathy. Your friend must have been pleasantly surprised. Your recipes sound good, and I’ll have to try some of them.

    Enjoy the day,
    Marianne

  22. Your table looks like it could be found in a lovely English manor somewhere in the countryside outside of London. Just lovely. I want to come over to your house and play!

    Lady Cordelia is very sweet. I also have an antique dress form. Her name is Polly Pinhead (can you tell that my sons had input on that one??!!). Right now she’s relegated to storage, but your post is making me ponder where she might fit in my house. I love the idea of putting *seasonal* outfits on her!

    Another precious time with you, Kathy – I just love how you do tea!

  23. Oooo may I come over?! Everything looks so beautiful. The food looks delicious. I bet you two had a great time. I want to come visit. :o)

  24. Hello Kathryn: That salad looks so good, I am going to try it. Love your Haviland. Everything looks so good. Have a great day. Blessings, Martha

  25. oh my this is amazing..so many great treats offered this week here. I love your Haviland like the others…just beautiful. Have a super week.

  26. Dearest Kathy, My mouth is watering! What a lovely table full of delicious foods. Thank you for sharing the recipes. I LOVE anything and everything pumpkin and sweet potato. Love that beautiful dress, too! You are an exceptional photographer!

    Blessings!!

  27. Kathy, everything looks beautiful and sounds yummy! Makes me wish I was joining you!
    Hugs, Cindy

  28. mmm, pumpkin butter! An Epicurean delight!

  29. How wonderful, the perfect tea to share with a friend. Big Hugs ♥

  30. The table looks lovely and the food delish. Thanks for sharing the recipes. I haven’t been on pintrest this weekend, but will try to find you.

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Leann

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