Getting My Act Together

Since I generally only have Saturday’s free and the next couple of weekends include parties and musicales, I started collecting the things I need for our tea parties.

Afton by Heuschenreuther
Afton by Heuschenreuther

First, Charlie hauled his grandmother’s pink-flowered, gold-rimmed china from the attic.

My collection of cookie cutters did not include a heart shape.
My collection of cookie cutters did not include a heart shape.

Then I looked in my stash of cookie cutters for a heart-shaped cutter.  I have a giraffe, an elephant, and even a dachshund — no heart.

I plan to use the heart-shaped cutters for tea sandwiches.
I plan to use the heart-shaped cutters for tea sandwiches.

I stopped by Wegman’s looking for petit fours and rock candy stirs.  Those two items were bust but I found a set of Valentine cutters which included 2 hearts for under $2.

Pitchers and jelly jars.
Pitchers and jelly jars.

While in the attic I found a box of my mother’s pitcher collection.

This pitcher holds about 12 ounces.
This pitcher holds about 12 ounces.

I especially love the blue and gold windmill pitcher.

Not sure about the basket at the tea party but it is sweet.
Not sure about the basket at the tea party but it is sweet.

I also pulled from the kitchen cabinet over the refrigerator our crystal cake plate and Longaberger silverware caddy.

The bakery decorated Super Bowl week's petit fours with footballs -- unsuccessful, I think.
The bakery decorated Super Bowl week’s petit fours with footballs — unsuccessful, I think.

Happily I have found perfectly lovely petit fours for 99 cents at a local grocer.  According to the server behind the counter they always have them.  This week lemon and red velvet were available.  I tried the two-bite lemon which was delicious.

Did you watch the Super Bowl? (I watched Downton Abbey.)

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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