A Christmas tea must be served in a Christmas pot. In searching for these I've realized that I do not have a Christmas tea set! Something to wish for from Santa! I love the little children's set. Enjoy!
I nearly forgot I started Tea on Tuesday posts! Now that things have slowed down a bit, I have a little more time to dedicate to blogging.
It's time for an Autumn Tea Party and a recipe. I love this sandwich I came upon it about a year and a half ago and I've been inspired to create similar sandwiches. The recipe for it is here.
Pear, Blue Cheese, Caramelized Onion, & Arugula Panini
Adapted from Clean Eating
Makes 1 sandwich
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium-large yellow or red onion, thinly sliced
Salt & Pepper
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (optional)
1/2 ripe pear, cored and thinly sliced
2 slices whole grain bread
2 teaspoons honey Dijon mustard
1/2 oz blue cheese, sliced thinly
Handful of baby arugula
Heat oil in a medium to large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, stir to coat with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Let cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and caramelized, about 25-30 minutes. I like to add a splash of balsamic vinegar in the last few minutes of cooking to deglaze the pan and add some flavour to the onions, but this step is optional.
Remove onions from pan, and add sliced pear. Cook over medium heat for around 3 minutes, until softened and slightly golden coloured. Remove from heat.
Spread mustard on one slice of bread, top with arugula, onions, pears, and blue cheese, and the other piece of bread. Heat in a panini press, or if you don’t have one, heat the sandwich on a griddle pan (or skillet) with a heavy pot on top of the sandwich to press it into the skillet (I put a can inside the pot to weigh it down), then flip and repeat on the other side. Serve warm.
It's been Autumn for awhile now but, for me it officially starts after Halloween. Halloween is its own season all together. Also, in Southern Nevada it doesn't really feel like autumn until November. In October we are still in the high 70's and 80's. On Tuesday the temps will drop down to the mid 60's and the leaves on the trees are just starting to change color.
I hope you all had a lovely Halloween. Of course, I didn't get to do even a smidgen of things on my list and my 100 days of Halloween blog posts are practically non-existent due to my work schedule. One day though I promise to get better at it.
It's time to go inside. Not indoors, but inside ourselves and reflect on the year that's been and dream of things to come.
It's time to go for walks on windy days and let the gusts tousle my hair.
It's time to listen to leaves crunching under my feet and watch them scurry across the sidewalks.
It's time to drink hot tea and eat apple pie and cuddle on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn and watch movies and read books.
It's time to knit and crochet with warm, woolly yarns.
Well, look at me waxing poetic! Anyhoo, here are some pics of pretty places!
I've been a bad Halloween blogger. This is the busy season at work and I just haven't had time to post like I want to. I did have the opportunity to go to Disneyland a few weeks ago and I got some great pictures of the park all decked out in its Halloween gear. Until I can download those images, here are some cute vintage Halloween images. I hope you all are enjoying the season.
Nettle Pepperglow She plays tricks on small children and old folk. She lives in brambles and blackberry bushes. She can only be seen in the light of a full moon. She wears purple and green like berries and leaves and has autumnal brown wings, like a butterfly. Get your own fairy name from the fairy name generator!