It’s Emilie Loring Tea Day–Join Us!

Emilie Loring’s tea service

Good morning!

Our Emilie Loring inspired tea is today, 4:00 p.m., your local time

(or whenever you are ready–I’ll update all afternoon and into tomorrow)

Enjoy your tea however you like. You will earn extra mention for an Emilie Loring connection, but enjoying tea is truly enough.

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Remember: If there is an Emilie Loring book you especially want to find, let me know when you send in your photo. I’ll see what I can do!

What next? she asked herself

My inspiration for the day is Give Me One Summer. After three years of caring for her Aunt Hetty, Lissa Barclay’s choices are her own.

What next? she asked herself.

… She drew the clear air deep into her lungs. She must make the most of it.

Give Me One Summer

Perhaps we all feel the need to wrench free from restrictions of the past year. It’s time to go forward into–what?

“My imagination’s my fortune, kind sir,” she chanted in a low sweet voice and laughed. “I’d better use it on my plans for the future.”

Give Me One Summer

I’m a believer in the importance of ceremony when a change is in order. I’ll use “the cup that cheers” to signal an optimistic re-start.

“All my yesterdays have dropped overboard.”

Give Me One Summer

Grandma’s tea preparation

My grandmother purchased her china in the 1930s, about the same time as Emilie Loring wrote Give Me One Summer. An enthusiastic hostess, she saved ideas for tea sandwiches on a single card. I can imagine her, wearing a flowered apron, bending over the card with her spectacles on (Emilie wore them, too), choosing today’s combinations.

Some combinations seem rather, uh, unique, but you never know until you try!

Spread thick cream on bread, plain, sliced bananas on it, sprinkle with sugar, chopped nuts

Cheese & stuffed olives & pecan nuts

Mix peanut butter & chopped dill pickles, equal parts

Chopped almonds & chopped cucumbers with steamed brown bread

Equal parts of grated cheese & walnuts, sprinkle with salt & cayenne pepper, moisten with cream or margarine

Equal parts of walnuts & dill pickles, mix with mayonnaise, spread between very thin buttered Boston bread

Cream cheese, orange marmalade and pecans on wheat or graham bread

Cucumbers sliced & dipped in French dressing, white bread buttered, chopped fresh mint.

Add equal amounts of hard boiled egg & ham

To give your combinations an Emilie Loring bent, remember the three ingredients she kept on hand for just such an occasion: anchovy paste, caviar, and Major Grey’s Chutney!

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.”

Have fun with your preparations and tea, and I’ll meet you back here soon!

4 thoughts on “It’s Emilie Loring Tea Day–Join Us!

  1. Clearly I am late! (Or early, as it’s 7AM here)… I am exploring your site; it’s wonderful. I read Emilie Loring books as a girl and plan to reread as many as I can find. I haven’t read for pleasure in quite some time due to the “busyness of life” and I can’t think of a better place to start again than with her novels. I’ve been looking for info and reasons for the later ghost-written books, but haven’t found much yet. Was it just “capitalism”? Hard to imagine why anyone would mess with such a legacy.

    The handwriting sample reminds me of my own grandmother’s! Thanks for a lovely memory.

    “Thank you” seems inadequate for the wealth of information I have found here, but I do sincerely thank you.


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