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Your Cup of Tea Notes, Issue #13
November 22, 2008


1. A Happy Thanksgiving Wish

2. How to Turn Thanksgiving Dinner Into a Holiday Tea Party and Why You Should Do That

3. Check Out what's New at Your-cup-of-tea


A Happy Thanksgiving Wish

My wish for all of you is a peaceful Happy Thanksgiving spent with people you care about and love.


How to Turn Thanksgiving Dinner Into a Holiday Tea Party and Why You Should Do That

A holiday tea party is a yearly tradition in many households. This year most of us are concerned about saving money, yet the urge to recognize the specialty of the season is strong.

Many grocery stores offer free turkeys if you have spent a certain amount of money in the store over a period of time. (free turkey= savings) If you have to add a little money go for a large bird. Iíll bet most Thanksgiving dinners youíve been to (or at least Iíve been to) there is an unbelievable amount of food. A large amount of this food is wasted by sitting in the refrigerator too long and spoiling.

Hereís an example of a dinner menu at a typical Thanksgiving meal at my sisterís house

  • Turkey
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Sweet potatoes casserole
  • Stuffing
  • Cranberry sauce (two kinds jellied and fresh home made)
  • Not one but two or three vegetables
  • Coleslaw
  • Home made chunky apple sauce
  • Jello salad
  • Relish tray
  • Several and I mean several pies (Pumpkin, apple, coconut cream etc.,etc.)
  • Pumpkin roll
  • Ice cream
  • Our mothers very best fudge

Here are some ways to turn those Thanksgiving leftovers into a holiday tea party

Use the leftover:

  • Turkey to make turkey salad tea sandwiches
  • Mashed potatoes: Add and egg, a small amount of milk and some grated onion to leftover mashed potatoes. Drop by teaspoon into a pan and cook till golden brown on both sides.
  • Sweet potatoes follow the recipe below to make a great moist cake
  • Cranberries can be used in the turkey salad, be added to batter for cranberry scones or mixed with softened cream cheese to spread on scones (you will have to make the scones)
  • Applesauce can be served in small portion cups
  • Coleslaw can be served in small portion cups
  • Jello may be cut into small squares
  • Much of the relish tray can be reserved in small portion cups
  • Pies can be cut into small wedges or squares
  • Pumpkin roll cut into small slices
  • Fudge cut into small squares

These ideas can be used if you have your holiday party soon after Thanksgiving.

If you want to wait a while:

  • Freeze your left over turkey and prepare turkey salad just before your holiday party
  • Prepare your potato cakes and freeze them, reheat the day of the party
  • Freeze you leftover sweet potatoes and make the cake later or make the cake and freeze it
  • Apple sauce can be frozen
  • Some pies can be frozen (pumpkin pie is not one of them- You and your family will just have to grin and bear eating them right away)
  • Pumpkin roll can be frozen
  • Fudge can be frozen
  • Jello- sorry guys, you have to eat that all week too

In keeping with the state of the economy call a few friends and invite them for tea (donít spend money on sending invitations)

Tell your friends you are hosting a small leftover holiday tea party (If they ask what that is, keep them guessing or enjoy a laugh over it

If the party is close on the heels of Thanksgiving revamp your table centerpiece if you had one. Remove autumn leaves or gourds and replace with pine branches or holly and berries from your own or a friends yard. If you wait a while use the bounty of your own yard or a willing friendís yard (pines, pine cones, or holly). These resting on a plate with a candle in the center and a bow on the side will make a free to very inexpensive decoration.

If you think you guests will long for lavish holiday decorations invite them to bring pictures of their homes decorated in years past.

Pay particular attention to the loose leaf tea you serve. Darjeeling, Assam, and Ceylon are always good afternoon teas. Earl Grey tea offers a flavor of oil of bergamot which is a favorite of many. Donít forget the winter spice types of tea such as Harvest Blend. It is not necessary to serve all these teas but you will want to have two on hand.

Play holiday music softly in the back ground (donít let the music make conversation difficult)

Take time to talk about something positive and happy

Ask each guest to mention something they are thankful for

Talk about how you can be helpful to each other during this season of giving

Now for the promised recipe found at

Moist Sweet Potato Cake

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees F and grease and flour a 9x13 inch baking dish


  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup beer

DIRECTIONS Mix together the sugar and vegetable oil in your mixing, bowl beat until smooth. Add the eggs one at a time, pour in the vanilla and add the sweet potatoes. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl; add to the batter 1 cup at a time, alternating with the beer just until mixed together. Spread the batter evenly in 9 x 13 pan. Bake for 35 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. The cake may be served as is, sprinkled with powdered sugar or frosting. Cool completely before serving.

You now have ideas for lifting the spirits of yourself and your friends and thoughts on spending less this season yet appreciating the holidays more. Other holiday tea party ideas can be found on our site at Leaf tea and Christmas tea party ideas.


Check Out what's New at Your-cup-of-tea

Visit your cup of tea blog and click on "Loose Leaf Green Tea Reviews" to find out what our Tea Explorer thinks of two green teas from PUT Adiago tea LINK HERE


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