Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Brownies and Tea

I was hoping you'd stop by today because I wanted to share an idea with you.  Come on in the kitchen.  I have just started to  make  something yummy to have with tea.  Please say you have time to stay for a cup of tea....

I am making my Mom's recipe for butterscotch brownies.  Here is my old well used recipe card.
My recipes all live in this little house my talented sister painted many years ago.

Isn't it cute?
A few of the things I need.
The ingredients go in my KitchenAid mixer. Did I ever tell you that I got it at a yard sale a long time ago for only $15? That was a deal!
Mix them all up.
Put them in a greased pan and pop it in the oven for 25 minutes.

They come out looking golden and just a little bit brown around the edges.
While we are waiting for them to cool a little bit I'll get out the tray for tea.  I thought we'd use mugs today and the blue willow teapot and creamer I got at a consignment shop that Fifi told me about when I was  in Florida this past year.

I have this little plate with our initial on it, which I think is probably restaurant or hotel ware.  I'll put the brownies on it.
Let's sit at the table by the window in my studio.  I'm still very happy that I painted it white.

Everything is ready!
I'll pour you a cup.
Oh I should have asked you if you take milk!  I just automatically put the milk in first just like my English aunt taught me :)
Please take a brownie while they are still warm.  They are so good.  I used to make these all the time and forgot how good they are and how easy to whip up in a hurry.

Now here is what I wanted to talk to you about.  You know how much I like to drink tea and serve tea whenever you come to visit.  Well I am going to have a tea party every Tuesday and I want you to be the first one to know about it. You are my special honored guest

Every Tuesday I will have tea ready, and you are invited.  Also I'd love it some of  you would have tea parties too and link up with mine.  Please spread the word.
I've made this button for you to copy and use and I'll put it on my sidebar.

Thanks for stopping by. You brought some sunshine into a very dreary day here in North Carolina.   I wish you really were here  to eat some of these brownies.  I'm eating too many of them!!

Rhondi xo

PS For those of you who prefer coffee, I'll make sure I also have coffee for you next Tuesday!!


  1. Oh Rhondi, what a beautiful tea party. You know how much I love having tea with a friend. And your tea looks so lovely. I am so looking forward to Tea Party Tuesday. I will have to shine up my serving pieces, and warm up my tea pot. Thanks so much for the beautiful invitation.


  2. I love tea parties! Thank you so much for the kind invitation. As always, your photos and settings are very lovely. The brownies look so yummy. No milk in my tea please, but I do enjoy lemon. Thank You!

    Susan and Bentley

  3. Hi Rhondi,
    You know I don't have a blog, but so enjoy everything you do. I'll be standing on the outside looking in for you Tea Party each Tuesday. Thanks for the invite. BTW, I happen to be a Southern gal who loves tea, but I'll pass on the milk.

  4. Please excuse the drool within this comment, but those brownies sent me over the edge! Love old recipes with lots of spots and a loved-one's handwriting. Oh, and this Ohio/NC gal takes her tea with one Truvia please. :)

  5. I love your tea party tuesday idea! I will be sure to join you whenever I can.

  6. It is a dreary, damp day here, isn't it?
    However, after my visit in your cozy kitchen coupled with the warm tea and delicious brownie, I am feeling my spirits lift. Thank you for that.
    Your sister did a great job on the recipe box. Talent must run in your family.
    I'll be looking forward to your tea parties and may even get my act together and participate one day.

  7. my oh my...i have so throughly enjoyed myself!

    the delights of my day are getting better and better :)

    love your old recipe card :)

  8. Dear Rhondi I sure needed that on this snowy day in Canada. Some of my recipe cards look just like yours. Mostly dessert ones though.
    I hope you don't mind, but I brought my coffee with me this time. I'm not a tea drinker unless it's herbal, for some reason tea leave my mouth feeling a little weird..sorry friend, it's just one of those things. I adore your tea pot and I would love nothing more than to sit with you and have a chat. You sound like my cup of tea : )
    Does it have to be tea? lol
    Love Claudie

  9. I'd love a brownie and some hot tea. Your tea party idea is fun. :)

  10. I love tea parties and I'm so glad you invited me today! The brownies are scrumptious and the tea is delightful! Most of all I just love sitting at your table for a good visit! Everything is so beautiful - you are a great hostess!

  11. Everything is so lovely. Thank you for the tea and brownies. I love that cute little recipe house.


  12. Your brownies look delicious!! And I'd love a bit of lemon in my tea! I think your party sounds wonderful. I don't have a lot of tea things but I'd love to participate when I can. The parties are going to be a great success!


  13. Love the house recipe box. I have a thing for houses! Eat a brownie for me.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  14. I will definately be there! Your brownies look delicious!

  15. Hi Rhondi:

    Love the blue willow and the brownies look absolutely wonderful. You're right, your sister is very talented. Do you have anything else that she painted?

    Looking forward to Tuesday Tea. I have a LOT of tea things, but just need the time to pull some out!!!

    - The Tablescaper

  16. Oh, such a lovely tea tray and the brownies sound just yummy. I will take my tea plain please. I will have to see if I can make a tray and join you sometime. Thanks for the invite. I am also hosting Table Top Tuesdays and I hope you will join us from time to time too. Hugs, Marty

  17. ooooh tea parties on Tuesday, now that sounds like a plan. I love tea parties, but I have never had butterscotch brownies. I love your blue and white cat, sitting there amongst your tea set. I have that same cat and she has followed me from Northern Jersey, to Princeton. From Hong Kong to Toronto. And now safe in Massachusetts she has weathered many moves without a single chip.

  18. Hi Rhondi...I took your tea button. I would love to join in on the fun!

  19. May i link here for my Thankful Thursday post?
    It will be at www.myladydujour .com

  20. Thank you for a beautiful afternoon escape!

  21. Great photos of your tea pouring! :-) Like the tea party idea!

  22. Great idea and this post really made me hungry. I love the way your receipe card looks like some of mine. lol
    I am having a giveaway so be sure and enter
    Take care

  23. Oh Rhondi...I love your Blue Willow tea's beautiful.
    I have many of those special "old" recipes on well used (loved) recipe cards such as yours..when I pull them out to use I can always remember way back to when I wrote it up.
    mmm...the Butterscotch Brownies look delightfully yummy...but for now...I feel like having a cup of tea.
    Lovely post as always.
    Cheers :)

  24. Wonderful that you'll be hosting Tea Party Tuesdays! I love tea parties! I'll take my tea with two lumps and lemon!


  25. I love a tea party! I'll be there! Those brownies look so good:>)

  26. I join a tea party every tuesday night with my sewing group. This last tuesday it was my turn and I made blondies that look like your brownies. I have an old mixer I got 32 years ago and I don't think it has too much longer in it. I've been looking at the kitchen aid and it's around &800 here. I can get it for $632. When did they get to that price?

  27. HI Rhondi,

    What a beautiful post! Its been a while since I stopped in to comment, but I come by a lot :) Thanks so much for the coffee and brownies :) I loved your table setting as usual, you always so such a beautiful job of making me feel at home! Hope the winter has been good to you!

    Much love, Cynthia

  28. Love your blog--it is so restful! The colors and the words--soothing to the soul. Sorry to have missed the tea party...:0) Maybe I can catch it next week!

  29. Rhondi, your tea tray is so inviting. I like the blue willow on the red textile against the white wicker. It all creates such a pretty sight. The brownies look delicious. I could eat one right now.
    Love the idea of a weekly tea party. I don't know that I'll get to join in each week, but will certainly work toward the goal of participating. Thanks for hosting.

  30. I love tea parties! I'll be here i=next week to join in the fun.

    My tea set is not as beautiful as yours, but everyone will be welcome to a cup.

  31. That looks delicious. I'd love to try the recipe since I used to love brownies but don't eat chocolate anymore. I'm trying to figure it out from your mom's recipe card, but it doesn't say what to use for the butterscotch or how much. Are you willing to part with the secret?

  32. Rhondi darling your blog is bursting at the seams with creativity, colour and beauty. I enjoyed taking tea with you this afternoon. So glad I stumbled upon your blog, now I have a lovely place to visit daily.

    Love & Hugs

  33. Michele from OhioApril 28, 2010 at 7:55 AM

    I couldnt sleep lqast night and found your link from Tablescape Thursday, which brought me to your Tea Time Tuesday - what a charming thing!

    I really feel as though I sat with you and really and truly had tea time.

    Thank you so much, what a refreshingly wonderful feeling you have left us with...........sharing your recipes and beautiful tea scapes.

    Bless you!

    I don't have a blog so cannot share in this, but if I could I certainly would!

  34. Hi Rhondi,
    Thanks for the cuppa and the recipe - must go and try it with pecans as the nuts. Do come and visit me at "The Vintage Rose"


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