Are you ready Prissy? Let's set the timer for 10 minutes. . . Go!
10:00 - She puts the water on and selects the tea. No time for contemplation, she grabs the first one she sees, which is Gina Amaretta. Measure a scoop in a tea bag to save time decanting later.
9:43 - Assemble the other eight items . . .
Bread - necessary for any sandwich. Gosh, she really wants some whole wheat and some white for variety . . . she goes with . . . whole grain white!
What is in the refrigerator?
A cucumber - what is tea without cucumber sandwiches?
And a staple at our house - chive and green onion cream cheese
How about some mayo?
And this little can of deviled ham . . . I remember having this for lunch as a kid!
And now the sweets! Are there any cookies in the cupboard? Bingo!
And those strawberries in the fridge look really good . . .
a few chocolate chips and ta-da . . . chocolate covered strawberries!
8:55 - She starts with the strawberries. Microwave the Hershey chocolate chips for 1 minute at 50% power . . .
Moving right along, she grabs a tray, teacup and tiered server.
8:24 - The water is ready. A two minute steep . . .
Wash and dry the strawberries and the cucumber.
7:55 - Stir the chocolate and melt another minute.
Get out the cutting board, knives and paper towel.
7:37 - Tear off a small piece of wax paper for the strawberries. Cut, peel and slice the cucumbers. Put them on the paper towel to drain.
6:50 - Dip the strawberries and put them in the freezer for a quick set.
6:24 - Tea timer goes off, remove tea bag. Add the pot to the tea tray.
6:13 - Cut the bread (this little cookie cutter is the perfect size for cucumber rounds!), smear on the cream cheese (it is covered by the cucumber anyway!)
5:09 - Mayo and deviled ham on bread . . . get rid of the crusts (the chickens will be so happy!) . . . cut into bite size sandwiches . . . add them to the tiered server.
2:49 - Add the strawberries to the tray.
2:22 - A quick straightening of the kitchen . . .
And Priscilla had 13 seconds left.
Ahhhh. . .
Time for Tea!!!
(Here's another tea time saver - When I make a batch of scones, I often freeze a few prior to baking. I cut the dough, individually wrap in plastic wrap and put them into a ziploc freezer bag. When you need a quick scone, unwrap and pop them directly in the oven.)
Today Miss Priss proved . . . we always have time for tea!
When your day seems topsy turvey
And as stormy as can be
There's nothing quite as tranquil
As a nice hot cup of tea
While you savor this ambrosia
Your problems fade away
Its warmth will bring you comfort
And brighten up your day
So take a private moment
There's a calmness as you'll see
All because you briefly stopped
To sip a cup of tea.
Sips and Smiles,