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.
- 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
- Vinegar of your choice (balsamic, apple cider, red wine, champagne, etc.)