Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tea Party Week

Hi Everybody~

If you've come over from Wild Olive, welcome!! I'm so glad to have you here.

If you haven't seen all the cuteness happening over at Mollie's blog, Wild Olive, I encourage you to pop over and have a look! Her place is brimming with tea-riffic things this week, and if you like tea parties, boy oh boy, are you in for a treat!

I'm jumping into the tea party action too, because you know I love a tea party! Today I'm going to share a couple of things, one of my favorite tea sandwich recipes, and some Tealightful Treasures tea, that's right it's a giveaway!! 

This recipe is my go-to, never-fail, everyone-loves-it tea sandwich. It's versatile and can be modified to your personal tastes. I've made this with canned chicken, baked chicken, rotisserie chicken (from the grocery store) and even a roasted turkey breast.

Since I made this recipe up, I don't have any measurements, it all depends on how much you need, ie. a sammie for yourself, or a platter for a crowd.   

Here's what you'll need:
  • Chicken (fresh or canned - if using canned, get the kind packed in WATER)
  • Celery
  • Green onion (any other onion is too strong and will overwhelm the fruit, if you can't get green onions, skip them)
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Dried Apricot
  • Roasted Almond Slivers
  • Mayo (the good stuff! diet won't work here.)
  • Celery Salt
  • Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
  • Loaf of soft white bread
  • Loaf of soft wheat bread
Everything should be chopped small (approx 1/4").  Except the almond slivers, just put some of those in a baggie and smash them on the counter. Mix everything together and cover with plastic or in an air tight container until assembly. It's best to make these the night before you need them so that the flavors have time to blend. Right before I make the sandwiches, I add a bit more mayo to moisten up the mix, then I trim the crusts off the bread and assemble the sammies, easy peasy! I like to use a light & dark bread for each sammie, but that's not necessary.  Stack them on a pretty platter, sneak one for yourself, and viola! Tea sandwiches!

Oh, yum. Now I want to make these...

Back to Wild Olive!
Here's another little goodie from Mollie's Tea Party Week, an adorable little embroidery pattern that she made to share with all of us.

You can download the PDF file that Mollie made here.

Ok, giveaway time!
To play along I'd love to share some tea with you, my friends. I wish it could be in person, but since you bloggy pals are all over the world, it'll have to be a virtual tea party. 

I am going to give away a 2oz. bag of loose, Tealightful Treasures tea, and a few stitchy goodies to one person that I'll choose randomly, the evening of Monday May 30th.
**Please make sure that you leave me your email address in the comment if you're a "No-Reply" blogger so that I can get a hold of you if you win... not sure? Click here for details**

 Entering couldn't be easier, just leave me a comment here on this post, and tell me what kind of tea is your favorite, green, black, rooibos, or fruit & herb. This way I can make sure to choose a tea you'll enjoy. I have a wide variety of teas, because I'm a consultant for Tealightful Treasures, betcha didn't know that, aye? 

Can't wait to hear from you!

p.s. If you're new round these parts, thanks for popping in and I hope you'll come back again soon!


SewAmy said...

I hoped over to Wild Olive, so cute. I have no idea what my favorite tea is, I am more of a coffee drinker. but I do love tea. I love your blog also.

Judy said...

I love your blog! This is my first time visiting it but I will surely be back on a regular basis. I too am a Tealightful Treasures Consultant and I love all the tea.

Judy Ramirez

Mary said...

Hi Lisa, love the sandwiches, I have had the pleasure of attending your tea parties and all your food is always wonderful.
Mary Rathe

Mary said...

Love those sandwiches and I love coming to your parties also. See you soon,
Mary Rathe

Jill said...

Okay everybody, Lisa made that sandwich for me last weekend and omg it was awesome!! I could eat one right now, no joke. (And it's breakfast time!) Lisa, you are the hostess with the mostest!


Jill said...

ps: lisa, please don't put my name in the hat for the giveaway- I want one of your other fans to win! I just wanted to comment so I could testify of your awesomeness!

Lisa Leggett said...

Aww, thanks Jill & Mary!! You girls are sweet!

kittykill said...

Those sandwiches look so yummy! I'm going to have to make some. My favorite tea is a chocolate kiss that came out for Valentines. I really love a nice black tea for the morning pick me up.

Mimi said...

Sandwiches look delish! My favorite tea is Earl Grey or English Breakfast.

Janee Lookerse said...

Hi! I'm here visiting from Wild Olive. I love that embroidery you have at the top of the post! So lovely :)


Melissa Fried said...

I love me some roobios tea, usually of the caramel or cappuccino variety! Mmmmm....


Ren said...

Hello! I'm visiting from Wild Olive! My favorite tea is a tie between green and black. It's really just whatever I'm in the mood for! Awesome post!

Binks said...

Umm... I want to be a tea consultant! So cool.
I like trying all sorts of different teas and it all really depends on my mood. I am a sucker for fruit/herbal teas because they don't contain caffeine and I'm real big on night drinking. But my favorite tea is Jasmine or Jasmine Green tea. I can never say no.

lifemyway said...

I lo0ve tea parties! How wonderful! The free pattern is adorable and I must simply hop over to Mollie's blog for a peek. My favorite tea is black tea.

Bex said...

Oh my god can I come over for tea?! YUM!


keNi said...

oh lisa! what a great giveaway! picking a fav tea is tough! i usually lean towards a chai though, with a pinch of sugar and some of our homemade soymilk, yum! we recently picked up a mint chocolate rooibos-yeah-ridiculously good! i'm not really a fan of green teas though, it never sits right on my tongue. thanks for the cahnce to try some tasty tea!
-keni (snifferooski)

keNi said...

oh i forgot my email on my last post!


Perla said...

Hi Lisa!

Great giveaway! I enjoy fruit and herb tea. :D I hope I win.


sweetcakes said...

Hi Lisa,

Your tea sandwich looks delicious. I just had my annual tea party a couple weeks ago and made my favorite chicken salad sandwich too!

Thanks for also introducing me to Wild Olive!

My favorite teas are black fruit teas.

parTea lady said...

Your chicken salad tea sandwiches look delicious. I like to add cranberries, but have never tried dried apricots.

That teapot and cup embroidery pattern is really cute.

I've always been a black tea drinker (English style with a splash of milk), although I do enjoy many other kinds of tea. Thanks for the giveaway.

Terri said...

Hello Lisa,
You have such a lovely blog! Your sandwiches look delicious. I am gluten free, but think I can still do this on my bread. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.