Dinner over, dishes done, backpacks packed and awaiting the mad exodus out the door in the morning. The girls would go up and take showers (no time for morning showers at our house).
I would turn on the oven and the teakettle. Get out a package of Pillsbury Pie Crust (back when they were folded in quarters, not rolled). I would make a feeble attempt to open up the package, before looking for the scissor to open properly what was left of the air tight wrapping. (Ah, life’s little challenges.) I would lay the crust out on my favorite round cookie sheet, spread with real butter (Paula Dean and I believe in using real butter) then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Next, I would take my pizza cutter and cut the crust in strips, first one way and then the other. Pop the pan in the oven and bake as directed. Volia!! You have diamond shaped Pie Cookies!!! I love this recipe.
Pie cookies cooking.
Time to set the table for an evening Tea Party. Items need: table cloths, napkins, sugar bowl with sugar cubes and tongs, tea spout drip catcher (really, they are so cute and useful) and, tea cups with white paper doilies. Each girl had her own special teacup with matching saucer. They selected their own tea cups on one of our weekend outings to an antique store. Now mind you I had (still have) a complete set of china for 12 including 12 teacups with matching saucers (Noritake Buckingham – Priscilla Presley had the exact same pattern as I noted on a trip to Graceland). Where is my complete12 piece china set now? Down in the basement along with all the other boxes full of items that I â€˜thought I could not live with out’ when we moved.
Pie Cookies ready.
Tea was cool enough to drink.
One lump or two?
What fun we had in those â€˜moments’. We would just sit and chat, or read a chapter out of a favorite story like Roald Dahl’s “Matilda”; Remember the part when she put superglue on her dad’s hat? (Oh, was I not supposed to laugh at that?), or giggle as we took turns reading silly poems like the ones in Shel Silverstein’s, “Where the Sidewalk Ends?
Evening ends. Sweet dreams. Memories made.
Note: Toast and milk served on paper plates works too. Its not about the food and china, its about the time spent together.