Once in a while, maybe not often enough, I give myself some time off. It often happens because some newcomers who bought a house with my help keeps telling me about the neat things they've done or discovered - things they found from brochures in my relo packet that I haven't enjoyed recently myself.
This was one of those weekends, and it was full and delightful - Quilt Trail, Women's Expo, and tea at Miss Melanie's Tea Room.
Melanie Salyer invited some friends to tea to celebrate the publication of her new mystery, "The Traveling Tea Ladies - Death in Dallas," first of a planned series. It's hard to tell where the family and the tea room stop and the fiction begins, because her family and some friends are recognizable. Some of us thought we knew who various characters were patterned on, or at least we knew people whom the characters reminded us of. We also are pretty sure we know what town and what tea room inspired the book. The lady I sat next to, an old friend, will be pleaedto hear that Melanie is probably using her in the next book.
A review decribes the book as a fun non-stop read where "Charlie's Angels Meet Steel Magnolias." When someone in the book mentioned deviled eggs on her grandmother's antique egg plate, I had to laugh. When we moved from Maryland, a friend gave me "How to Recognize a Southern Belle." (I knew that already - I'm from Nacogdoches, Texas.) Anyway, what triggered my giggles this morning was remembering the description of proper southern deviled eggs as having to be made with Hellman's Mayonnaise. To the first office picnic after I moved here, I took deviled eggs in Gramdma's antique egg plate. They all disappeared and several asked for my recipe. Then someone said, "But you didn't use Hellmans." I've since reformed.
Miss Melanie's Tea Room is a favorite gathering place for ladies who love elegant and delicious delicacies and wonderful tea, in the setting of a Victorian home furnished appropriately. Melanie is cook, hostess, author, wife and mother, church-goer, presenter of Tea Academy seminars, and co-owner of Smoky Mountain Coffee, Herb and Tea Company with her husband, Keith.
If you buy a home with me, maybe we'll have lunch, with peach tea to drink and peanut butter pie or key lime pie for dessert. See www.MissMelaniesTeaRoom.com .