Tea with Laura

Hosted by Laura Spencer-Whitacre
Group active since Mon, Feb 13, 2012

Tea with Laura will be a site for all who love to give and go to tea parties. I would love for you to come join me for a cup of tea, chatter and lots of wonderful recipes for your next tea party, and don't forget your Hat. I can't wait, hugs and loves,Laura. See you at tea xoxox

Pat Duran
Dec 15, 2017

Today is tea day

check out this site and see how you rank in the tea drinking world..

Susan Feliciano
Oct 27, 2015

Uses for Used Tea Bags

Are you a tea drinker? If you’re using tea bags, just what do you do with them after you’re done steeping your delicious beverage? More than likely, you end up tossing them in the garbage bin. But that’s about to change - your used tea bags have some surprising applications! Who knew that tea bags were so versatile?
Uses for used tea bags:

 Shoe deodorizer – place dried used teabags in sneakers overnight to absorb odors.
 Minor cuts, bruises, mosquito bites, sunburn – dampen a used tea bag with cool water and apply to the affected area for a few minutes.
 Reduce dark circles, tired puffy eyes – dampen used teabags with ice water and apply under eyes.
 Fridge deodorizer – place used tea bags in a small open container in your fridge. No need for baking soda!
 Dirty dish soaking – place a few used tea bags into a sinkful of dirty dishes for a couple of hours or overnight, and the grease will easily come off.
 Keep bugs and rodents out – mint flavors work best. Mice and bugs hate peppermint. Place dried used teabags into your cabinets to repel pests.

Anyone else have any good uses for used tea bags?

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Pat Duran
Jun 12, 2015

good morning Laura

here is a photo for your group..photo from hello card...

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Susan Feliciano
Mar 30, 2014

What do the English eat for Tea?

Afternoon tea is a light meal typically eaten between 4 pm and 6 pm. Observance of the custom originated amongst the wealthy classes in England in the 1840s. Anna Maria Russell, Duchess of Bedford, is widely credited as transforming afternoon tea in England into a late-afternoon meal whilst visiting Belvoir Castle, though Charles II of England's wife Catherine of Braganza is often credited with introducing tea to the court upon her arrival in 1662. By the end of the nineteenth century, afternoon tea developed to its current form and was observed by both the upper and middle classes: "the table was laid ... there were the best things with a fat pink rose on the side of each cup; hearts of lettuce, thin bread and butter, and the crisp little cakes that had been baked in readiness that morning." [Jane Pettigrew, A Social History of Tea, 2001. London: The National Trust.]

Generally, afternoon tea was accompanied by luxury ingredient sandwiches (customarily cucumber, egg and cress, fish paste, ham, and smoked salmon), scones (with clotted cream and jam) and usually cakes and pastries (such as Battenberg cake, fruit cake or Victoria sponge). In hotels and tea shops the food is often served on a tiered stand; there may be no sandwiches, but bread or scones with butter or margarine and optional jam or other spread, or toast, muffins or crumpets.

High tea (also known as meat tea) is the evening meal or dinner of the working class, typically eaten between 5 pm and 7 pm.

High tea typically consists of a hot dish, followed by cakes and bread, butter and jam. Occasionally there would be cold cuts of meat, such as ham salad. Traditionally, high tea was eaten by middle- to upper-class children (whose parents would have a more formal dinner later) or by workers when they came home from work. The term was first used around 1825, and high is used in the sense of well-advanced (like high noon, for example) to signify that it was taken later in the day.

The term "high tea" was used as a way to distinguish it from afternoon tea, and was used predominantly by the working class and in certain British dialects of the North of England.

Isabella Beeton, whose books on home economics were widely read in the 19th century, describes afternoon teas of various kinds: the old-fashioned tea, the at-home tea, the family tea and the high tea and provides menus.[Mrs. Beeton's Cookery Book, 1901, London: Ward, Lock] Nowadays, a formal afternoon tea is often taken as a treat in a hotel or tea shop.

Stormy Stewart
Mar 12, 2014

Laura are you still tending this group

I haven't heard from you in quite a while

Just joined

What a cute idea for a group!!

Straws Kitchen
Sep 10, 2013

This is from "another" one of my absolute Favorite foodie web sites


(MGCC) Mennonite Girls Can Cook, these gals can really cook/bake up a storm. They also have a few cookbooks.


"Pear Banana Bread" (This is a tried and true quick banana bread recipe with the new addition of pears, Ellen)...

2-1/2 cups flour, sifted
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup soft butter
1 egg
1 small ripe banana, cut up
2 small ripe pears, peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 cup milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1. In medium sized bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
2. Chop walnuts in a blender and add to the dry ingredients.
3. In same blender container add the sugar, butter, egg, banana, chopped ripe pears, and milk.
4. Blend for 12 - 15 seconds, stopping motor to push down banana if necessary.
5. Pour the blended ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix until all ingredients are well moistened.
6. Pour batter into greased 9 x 5 x 3 loaf pan and bake on center rack of preheated oven for 55-60 minutes or until cake tester comes out clean.

Ellen's personal blog site (besides being on MGCC)..