Tea Party Menu- April 2010

Published April 18th, 2011

For my friend, Lauriann, who I promised I would share these recipes with.  SORRY that it took a whole year to get around to it… ;o)

This is the planning page from that day.  Tea Parties are a LOT OF FUN, but also take a LOT of time and preparation!  My friend Teresa helped me host my first one a few years ago.  This Tea Party was for a “Consistency Club” party that I planned for my team members in my direct selling business.  One note about the Deviled eggs… I have NEVER found a recipe I’ve liked better than the classic Betty Crocker Deviled Eggs, so I didn’t bother including the actual recipe.  I also ran out of time that weekend to make the “Triple Berry Tarts,” nor could I find the recipe today.  So I’ve basically just included the two “Keeper” recipes in this post.

Tea Party Menu & Table Settings – Saturday, April 17, 2010

Dishes, silverware, cups, napkins; Place-cards & Holders; Centerpiece- Bowl with marbles & floating roses- set table Sunday night; cut roses Monday; wrap gift bags for star consultants


  • Bacon-Vinegar Deviled Eggs (45 minutes)
    • 12 eggs
    • 4 slices bacon
    • ½ c mayo
    • ¼ c minced red onion
    • 2 tsp sugar
    • ½ tsp balsamic vinegar
    • ¼ tsp celery salt
    • ¼ tsp black pepper
    • ¼ c chopped fresh parsley
  • Stuffed Mushrooms (45 minutes)
    • 50 medium mushrooms
    • ½ lb sausage
    • 8 oz cream cheese
    • Parsley
  • Classic Strawberry Soup (FRIDAY)
    • ½ tsp. Tapioca
    • 1 c. Orange juice
    • 2 pints strawberries
    • 1 Tbsp. Lemon juice
    • Cinnamon
    • Allspice
    • ½ c. Sugar
    • 1 tsp. Lemon zest
    • 1 c. Buttermilk
    • Lime & extra strawberries for garnish


  • Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Buttermilk Ranch on mini crescent rolls- chicken on Friday; put together Saturday
    • 1.5 lbs Skinless Chicken Breasts
    • 1 t Salt
    • 1 Packet (.4 oz.) Ranch Salad Dressing Mix-Buttermilk Recipe
    • 1 cups Buttermilk
    • 1 cups Mayonnaise
    • ½ Tub (16 oz.) Sour Cream
    • 3 Stalks Celery, chopped
    • ½ lb Green Grapes, cut in half
    • ½ lb Red Grapes, cut in half
    • 1 ½ cans (15 oz.) Mandarin Oranges
    • ½ Package (10 oz.) Slivered Almonds
    • 1 Packages (5 oz.) Chinese Noodles
    • Croissants, sliced and cut in half

Drinks: (10 min)

  • Assortment of Hot Teas
  • Ice Water

Desserts: (FRIDAY)

  • Triple Berry Tarts
    • 1 ¾ c flour
    • 1/3 c sugar
    • 1 Tbsp lemon peel
    • ¾ c chilled butter
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1/3 c red currant jelly
    • ¼ c seedless raspberry jam
    • 2 Tbsp orange juice
    • 1 half pint of raspberries or blackberries
    • 1 pint strawberries
    • ½ c fresh blueberries

TIME: 2 hours of set up, 30 minutes to get me ready, 30 extra; start at 8 a.m.

Best Recipes EVER.

Published April 18th, 2011

Today is the first official day of spring break.  It is a gorgeous rainy day!  (Just searched for a good “rainy day” picture and found a fun article with gorgeous wedding pics HERE.)

I have been procrastinating normal cleaning (there’ll be time for that later today), but have taken advantage of my “free” time by doing 2 things that I have been putting off for EVER: weeding a couple of my flower beds,

(no, my bed’s don’t look like that… just in my dreams.  And maybe someday in reality!)

and posting many of my tried and true FAVORITE RECIPES in list format to this blog!

I added a “page” above called “Recipes.”  I have made it a simple index of recipes in ABC order.  I will add more as the weeks go by, and post here so that you know when there is a new one.

Hope YOU are having a great spring day, too!


Singing Time Helps

Published April 17th, 2011

Today I was released as our Stake Primary Music Leader, and called as the Stake Primary 1st Counselor!  Since posting these singing time documents has been on my to-do list since the BEGINNING of my music calling 3 years ago, I thought I had better get them posted at least before a new Music Leader gets called to replace me. ;o)

First, a spreadsheet of the songs from the Children’s Songbook, as well as past program songs since 2005. Next to each song that the children have learned is the year in which they learned it for a program.

primarysonglist 2011 04- Excel

primarysonglist 2011 04- PDF

This is a 2 page “quick-list” of every song in the Children’s Songbook, in ABC order.  I like to print it on cardstock and slide it into a page protector inside of my binder.  Then when a child chooses a song as their “favorite,” you can find it at a glance instead of flipping through the back of your book.

CHymns Handout- Word

CHymns Handout- PDF

This is a word document you can use for a “Lesson Plan” page as you prepare to teach a new song.  It is the information you find in the back of the Children’s Songbook, but typed in a way that you can easily print one for each new song and write notes under each question.

How to Teach a Song to Children- Word

How to Teach a Song to Children- PDF

Here is a list of songs that are great to teach the Nursery-age children.

Suggested Nursery Songs- Excel

Suggested Nursery Songs- PDF

When I was a Ward Primary Music Leader, I just rotated through all 5 birthday songs, one per week. I made & used these visual aides to help the children (and adults!) with the words.

Birthday songs- PDF

And for “Feliz Cumpleanos,” since it’s a little tricky, it has it’s own visual aides: Feliz Cumpleanos- PDF

One of the easiest “games” to play is “Sing Like a…”  Here are some pictures you can use the help with that game.

Part 1: singlikea- PDF

Part 2: Sing Like a- 2- Word

If there is anything you were hoping to find here that I am missing, email me and I will get that posted here as well.  And thank you for serving your Father in Heaven AND the children in your primary!