On the first of March I received an e-mail from a lady named, Connie, who said she had been following my blog for quite awhile, and always looked forward to my posts [music to a blogger's ears! ;-)]. She was surprised when she read my profile and discovered that we were 'fellow Nazarenes' [members of the same protestant denomination]. Even more amazing was that she and her husband, Clark, are Nazarene missionaries serving on the Asia-Pacific Region [Philippines], and they were flying back to the states for deputation work the end of March. Once stateside, their first scheduled tour was on the Eastern Michigan district [my church's district], and they were scheduled to be at our church on the evening of April 7th.
Connie wondered if there was any way we could get together for tea. I excitedly extended an invitation for her and her hubby to come to our house for high tea - a more substantial meal to please both of our hubbies! ;-) They graciously accepted, and the time was set for 12:00 noon on April 7th.
I decided to use my Bavarian "Daffodil" china, even though the weather Mother Nature sent was anything but spring! Connie jokingly said Michigan greeted them with a spring snowstorm on her first visit to our state! She wasn't complaining though, because right now it's summer in the Philippines with temperatures in the 100's accompanied by high humidity, so our cold temps were most welcome. Guess it's all in one's perspective! ;-)
Since it was a high tea, I opted to serve Dill, Cheddar and Bacon savory scones. I'm all about repurposing, so I used salt cellars as individual butter dishes.
~ Soup was Cream of Broccoli ~
In addition to Connie and Clark, I invited our Missions President, Debbie.
[L-R: Me, Connie, Clark, and Debbie]
The main course was Shepherd's Pie - although technically it's Cottage Pie since I used beef instead of lamb. The tea served throughout the meal was French Caramel Crème Brûlée.
Dessert was a regional treat, a Sander's Hot Fudge Ice Cream Puff. I made my own Cream Puff Pastry [Pâte à choux] from Julia Child's recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking. They were very easy to make. The Sander's Hot Fudge Sauce and Butter Pecan Ice Cream were purchased.
Connie certainly didn't need to, but she came bearing gifts - two teapot and teacup postcards with matching notepad by papermelroti.com...
[L-R: Me and Connie]
A bracelet with real pearls from the South China Sea...
A bag of teas from the Philippines where Milk Tea is very popular...
And a Kit Kat candy bar made with Green Tea! Thank you so much, Connie and Clark!
[Connie and Clark]
Since my kitchen was the background for Connie and me in the photos above, we decided to move into the living room for a more appropriate tea-themed background. It was an absolute delight meeting and spending time with Connie and Clark, and having them in our home for tea - the beverage of hospitality.
Below Clark is speaking at the church service that evening, Their program was titled, Not Your Gramma's Missionaries.
Table set-up with memorabilia from the Philippines. In the lower right corner is a purse made from a real frog's dried skin, which Connie said is quite popular. Really? ;-)
May God bless your ministry in the Philippines, Connie and Clark!
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