Monday, March 4, 2013

Lunch with a Friend

Welcome friends for tea this week.  I have to admit I've been ill with a sinus cold for 2 weeks and this is  the 3rd time since December.  I never get colds, what is different about this winter?
Anyway, I thought I'd share the lunch I served when I had a friend over for Valentine's Day.
With a red heart doily on the plate, we had a small bowl of borscht soup, chicken salad on a croissant  (which were so large we split one) and cream cheese and cucumber open face sandwiches.
We used Johnson Brothers red and white teacups and had cream earl grey tea.
For dessert we had sugar cookies that I already showed for my Valentine tea post.
My friend brought me this pretty pink kalanchoe as a hostess gift.  The time flew by as we talked about family, our homes and so many other things; you know how it is over a cup of tea...
I'm linking with these lovely ladies for tea:
Sandi for Tea Time Tuesday
Terri for Teacup Tuesday
Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea
I hope you'll join my hosts and their guests.


  1. What a lovely lunch! Great combination of foods, and the setting looks lovely. And what a lovely gift for you! Love the pale pink. Thanks for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  2. Hello there dear Judith,

    Everything is oh-so-pretty with your red heart doily on the plate, along side your Johnson Brothers red and white teacups. Your borscht soup, chicken salad on a croissant and cream cheese and cucumber open face sandwiches sounds yummy. (Makes me hungry)!...

    I also love cream earl grey tea!... Your pretty dainty sugar cookies for dessert were yummy as well as picture perfect.

    What a beautiful pretty pink Kalanchoe your friend brought you as a hostess gift. Yes, time spent with a dear friend you over a cup of tea is indeed delightful.

    Have a marvelous week Judith and thanks for also sharing with all of us.

    Cheers, blessings and hugs from Wanda Lee

    P.S. ~ I thank God that after a very exceedingly long respite due to illness, I finally have the strength to come back and visit my you precious, fellow tea ladies in blogland.

  3. Hope you are feeling better Judith, nothing worse than a cold that keeps coming back.
    Your Valentine lunch looks delicious.

  4. I love your teacup and the spoon is just beautiful. Such a pretty gift of flowers too, love pink.

  5. I have no idea to answer you on the cold but we do have 2 humidifiers going in our house because it is so dry in Colorado and even with had I wake up every day with a stuffy nose.
    I don't know how it is in Canada. Also, would you believe I go to bed at 8:30 every night - maybe 9:00 at the latest. I have to get a lot more sleep now!

    Your lovely tea looks delightful! Such "pretty food"!

  6. So sorry you've been so sick! Hopefully you'll be back to good soon. That croissant and chicken salad looks delicious! Love those sugar cookies, too! Lucky friend!

  7. Hi Judith, Sorry you've been down with all those colds. They sure do make us feel miserable, hope you are on the mend now.
    Your Valentine's Day lunch looks delicious and lovely, almost to pretty to eat! I love the JB teacup and pretty spoon. What a lovely hostess gift for you. I'm sure your friend enjoyed all the special details on your table. Thanks for sharing, take care.

    The French Hutch

  8. Hi Judith,

    What a sweet tea you provided your special friend for St. Valentine's Day! I am sure this friend really felt special - and everything looks so pretty and delish.


  9. Beautiful lunch! I love how you made the open sandwiches.
    Is it something about this winter? I'm normally never sick, but got a flu 6 weeks ago, and I'm still not clear of it, have sinus/ear/throat blockages, causing deafness and tinnitus. So maybe it's something in the air?
    Your teaspoon with flower handle is lovely.

  10. How awful to have had three colds in three months! I'm sure that you're doing everything you know to do. For the rest, email me. Ha!

    A beautiful tea and a delicious looking lunch. I notice that my daughter-in-law goes straight for the Earl Grey where I'm more likely to go for chamomile.

    Lovely plant, too. Brings some spring inside, which we all need.

  11. What a special tea you made for you and your friend. Your food looks delicious, Judith! I've never tried cream Earl Gray tea. I'll have to look for some as it sounds so good.

  12. Thanks for the tea and for visiting Have a beautiful week.

  13. That looks like a lovely lunch Judith. I love chicken salad in a croissant and sugar cookies with tea. I've never seen a kalanchoe with pale pink blooms like that. How pretty!

  14. Wow! What a lovely lunch! I'm on my way!...:)JP

  15. Beautiful tea party! Loved it all :)

  16. What a lovely Valentine's Tea you hosted for your friend, Judith. There's nothing better than spending time with a friend over tea!
    ~ Phyllis

  17. Judith, am sorry you've been ill, and hope this is the end of your colds. I think you've had more than your share! Your lunch is so attractively served - looks delicious as well. I love the heart-shaped sandwiches as well as your Valentine cookies.
    Hugs, Beth

  18. Dear Judith,
    Your valentine tea party is very pretty and looks delicious! Love your J.B. teacup..beautiful! Love your Pretty pink flowers from your friend!

  19. Hi Judith,
    Thanks for stopping by for a visit and for the comment. I appreciate it. Your Valentine luncheon looks wonderful, beautiful presentation of the yummy looking food. Thanks for sharing your day with us. Gina

  20. What a lovely looking lunch - bet it was yummy! I've had a cough since Christmas and a cold that's been hanging on since mid January. Others have experienced the same... Must be something different about this winter...

  21. Hi Judith,
    Tea looks delicious, I still heart those sugar cookies, so sweet!! What a beautiful hostess gift! I hope your felling better, when Mike gets sinus problems they really hold on, lots of humidity helps...

  22. What a lovely tea party! The transferware teacup is really nice and isn't the beautiful teaspoon a Royal Albert one?

  23. Hi Judith,
    poor girl that you have had all those colds. Now I hope spring will appear soon with sunshine and all the sickness will go away. Your tea time with your friend was surely delightful. It looks so lovely with the yummy food. The pretty flower is just what you need now. Thank you for sharing and for your visit with the sweet comment.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  24. Hi Judith,
    Your tea lunch with your friend is lovely. I adore the tea set and beautiful spoon. Your lunch looks so yummy.
    Sure hope you get to feeling better. It has been really bad this year and so many sick.
    Love your hostess gift. I have this plant too and love it.

    Wishing you a happy Tuesday.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  25. Hi Judith,

    I'm sorry you've been sick. I was like that last year. The doctor told me that every few years one might have a year like that and then you build up resistance again. "For what it's worth!" Your lunch looks lovely with so many special touches, and what a pretty hostess gift to bring some spring indoors!

  26. What a lovely tea time! You really did Valentine's Day proud! Your tea setting is lovely, I adore your pink transferware! Your treats also look very good.
    I am sorry you have been under the weather. I never get colds either, and this winter I had one that lasted 3 weeks. So it is different for me too. I am glad you are feeling better.

  27. I hope you feel more like yourself soon, Judith.

    Your special lunch looks wonderful. It was a fortunate friend who got to enjoy it with you!


  28. I love all the pink -- from food to teacups! This looks like a marvelous Valentine lunch. Sure hope you are feeling better soon. Happy Tea Day!

  29. What a delightful way to spend time with a friend. Everything is so lovely.

    Jocelyn @

  30. Hello Judith, I'm sorry you're a bit unwell. Here in Vancouver it hasn't stopped raining for weeks and there are all sorts of annoying little sniffles going around. But all that lovely pinkness does help, doesn't it? I loev transferware but somehow have managed to avoid buying it. (I don't know The red type is so much more beautiful than the other colours, isn't it? Lovely rosy and cheerful post.

  31. Judith, I am so happy you could join us for tea this week and I hope your cold leaves very soon. It has been a strange winter.
    I've been ill with one thing or another since I got home from our trip out west and now of course, I'm down with my back. Better days ahead...

    Your lunch is wonderful and you have served a lovely selection of foods for tea too. Your flowers are beautiful! Have a good week, my friend.


  32. Hi Judith, I am so sorry to hear about your sinus infection! Some years just seem to be bad years for them... I used to get them at least twice a year but since I've been getting flu shots in the fall the sinus infections seem to have disappeared (shhhh)!
    What a lovely tea... I'm coming to your house for tea, lol!
    I forgot to ask you the last time we spoke, you had had some Monk's blend tea and I was just wondering where you purchase it from - sounds like something I would like to try.
    Get better soon my friend!
    Beth P

  33. That looks like a very interesting soup. Your lunch looks very good and is there anything better than receiving flowers? Hope you are better soon. Deb

  34. I am so sorry you have not been well. Please take good care of yourself. Your post today is beautiful as always. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  35. I know what you mean about this winter. I've had the flu (which I NEVER get) and a couple of colds. I'm sooo ready for spring! Your flowers are beautiful ~ what a thoughtful friend. And I just love your tea cup. It's really pretty.

  36. So sorry you've been under the weather, Judith! I was sick for about the whole month of November, and I remember how fatiguing it feels not to be able to shake it quickly enough! Enjoyed seeing your attractive and tempting Valentine's spread--so lovely!

  37. What a lovely luncheon with a dear friend! The flowers are so pretty too....Christine

  38. So sorry you have been ill. I too have been battling sinus problems the last few days. Sometimes I think they are more annoying than a regular cold. Hope you feel better soon.

    Looks like you and your friend had a very lovely luncheon. Good food and great conversation can't be beat! Lovely flowers you have to remember the day by too.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and enjoing my tea.

  39. That looks beautiful and delicious at the same time. I love the heart sandwiches. The cookies look very yummy !!
    I hope you will be feeling better soon. I hope Spring will arrive soon for you ; )

  40. Hi Judith,
    What a lovely tea you gave your friend. Everything looks so pretty. Sorry to hear you have been ill this winter. Since I've been in Florida I've had quite a few days of off and on sinus problems. Seems to affect me with the frequent weather changes here.
    Have a good evening!

  41. Your blog is a feast for the eyes this morning. So pretty. Have a happy day. Anita


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