We had the "3 days of Christmas": 23 gathered at my brother Tom's on the Sunday before Christmas; 13 gathered at my sister Terri's on Christmas Eve; and 10 of us gathered on Christmas Day. I don't need to eat again for 2 weeks!
Mindy & I had a delightful time with the Traveling Teapot. She baked cookies & cupcakes, and we had a "dessert tea" for the great-nephews [Mason, in first grade; Austin, aged 3; and baby Wyatt]. We also had a "cream tea" for the sisters [me; Terri, Mindy's mother; Jackie], before going to a Gladys Knight concert [tickets were their Christmas present to me].
Mindy's Christmas gift to me was a white teapot, with a knitted tea cosy, so the Traveling Teapot had company on the drive home [Florida is a BIG state -- it is 600 miles from Pensacola to Palm Beach Gardens].
The weather was delightful, and so we walked everyday; when dining out, always sat outside; and did a strolling "homes tour" in the Old Northwood historic district of West Palm Beach -- toured 12 homes from the 1920s, mostly of the craftsman style.
The teapot and I drove home on Sunday, and it is now winging its way to Colleen in California. I hope she has as much fun with it as I did!
It is almost kumquat season here in the Florida panhandle, so I want to share a very easy recipe:
KUMQUAT REFRIGERATOR PIE
1 graham cracker crust
1 8-oz cool whip
2/3 cup pureed kumquats
1 can [14 oz] condensed milk
1/2 cup lemon juice
- Combine condensed milk & cool whip. Beat.
- Add lemon juice. Beat until thickened.
- Add pureed kumquats & stir.
- Pour into pie shell.
- Garnish with fresh kumquat slices or mint