tea time

God has blessed me beyond measure. He saved me, He forgave me, He leads me.

Another way God has blessed me is by giving me a great group of girlfriends that have been in my life since Jr.High. They are all so important to me and I can’t imagine going through the hard times and good times without them there.

An interesting fact about us is that we LOVE tea. Hot tea, iced tea, tea lattes, tea inspired desserts, tea pots, tea cups, tea accessories, and especially tea parties! Every year around Christmas time we all get together for a tea party with our moms and its such a wonderful tradition. However, this past year has been a busy one for all of us and we haven’t been able to see each other quite as much as we would like to. We had to remedy that! Thankfully, we got together last Saturday, even though it wasn’t Christmas time, and did a tea party! Also, it was an extra special treat to have our friend Katie come who is visiting from Ireland!

What happens at our tea parties, you ask? Lots of tea drinking, eating, and talking! There is always so much to catch up on, laugh about, and pray for. We shared three pots of tea: thai chai, rose chai, and a black peach tea, YUM! We also had lots to eat: tea sandwiches, salad, mini panini’s, scones, cookies, fruit, chocolate covered strawberries! We probably all gained 5 pounds that day, but boy was it worth it! I highly recommend having a tea party of your own and just have fun with it. If you are not convinced here are some of our pictures:

Because we all pitch in on bringing food to share I was in charge of making a salad and bringing cookies. I decided it would be the perfect time to introduce my friends to my “Theis Family Salad” and see what they thought. This salad recipe is sure to satisfy! I would say it is most reminiscent of an italian chopped salad.

I am proud of this salad for a couple of reasons:
1. I threw it together last minute with what little I had in my fridge and pantry, but it was an instant hit.
2. The first time I made it brought it over to a potluck with a couple of picky salad eaters, they raved about it and actually went back for a second helping!
I hope you enjoy this delicious salad. But like most recipes, I recommend making it your own and using what you have! Chicken would be excellent in this!
RECIPE: Theis Family Salad
  • Romaine Lettuce and/or Fresh Spinach (generous amounts)
  • 1 can of Black or Green Pitted Olives, chopped
  • 1 can of Artichoke Hearts, sliced
  • 1/4 Head of Red Cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Asiago Cheese
  • Red Pepper Flakes
  • EVOO
  • Vinegar of your choice (balsamic, apple cider, red wine, champagne, etc.)
(NOTE: When I bring home fresh lettuce and spinach from the market I always chop, wash, and throw it in large ziplock bags before putting in into the fridge. Then when I want a salad its all ready to go!)
1. Toss your romaine and spinach into a large bowl.
2. Individually drain the olives and artichokes in small strainers. Then chop into bite-size pieces.
3. Run your knife through the red cabbage and red onion in thin slices.
4. Chop the bell pepper.
5. Toss all the ingredients together with dressing of choice. I usually just pour a little balsamic vinegar, EVOO, and S&P.
6. Grate the swiss and asiago over the top then sprinkle some red pepper flakes. ENJOY!
I also brought some cookies that I had never baked before, but thought that they would be a great addition. Elana’s Pantry Lemon Lavender Cookies. They were such a great mix of tart lemon and refreshing lavender. I would definitely make them again!
xo sarah

3 thoughts on “tea time

  1. Now that sounds like a fun day !! Everything from the teas to the food sounded delicious ! I am so happy you and your pals had a great day and it’s so refreshing to see with the busy life’s we lead now days you all still cherish that time together and still make time to still carry on the tradition. I really enjoyed your blog.

    Xoxoxo mom.

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