October 5, 2010

October's Rainy Day Tea Time!

The October air is blustery today. Rain is predicted for the afternoon and the sky is dark and gloomy. The Maine House thinks this is a perfect day to welcome the little ones home with  Warm Tea Muffins and Fruited Spiced Tea!

Estelle's Light and Airy Tea Muffins
1/3 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cup cake flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup melter butter

Cream shortening, sugar and egg. Combine dry ingredients and add to creamed mixture, alternating with milk. Fill greased muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until golden. Cool for five minutes. In a small bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon for topping. Roll warm muffins in melted butter and then cinnamon mixture. Serve warm and enjoy those smiling little faces.

Estelle's Hot Fruited Tea
4 (3-inch) cinnamon  sticks, halved
1 teaspoon whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
1 quart hot tea
1/2 cup sugar
3 cups orange juice
3 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
orange wedges

Combine first three ingredients in a tea ball or cheese cloth bag and set aside. Combine hot tea and sugar in a large dutch oven and stir in fruit juices. Add spice mixture and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat. Simmer for 30 minutes and remove spice mixture. Garnish each serving with an orange wedge. Serve hot!

"When your life overflows with God's joy, you fill the hearts of others with blessing." Bonnie Rickner Jensen

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