This little tea party was actually a little over a year ago, in what has now become "The Secret Garden". When I originally wrote this, the Secret Garden was still a "secret" even to me! Even though I had thought about and had even named it that in my mind, I rarely spent any time there and did not realize just what God was planning to do in the upcoming months to make this place even more special than it already was. Come along back in time with me and let's have a little tea party in the Secret Garden!
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I don't think Diane will mind my sharing this recipe with you...so here goes:
Cream together 3/4 cup sugar with 1/4 cup butter
Mix together one egg, 1/2 cup milk (or buttermilk...which is what I used because I had some left over in my fridge that needed to be used), and 1/2 tsp. almond extract.
Sift together 2 cups flour, 2 tsp. baking powder and 1/2 tsp. salt
Combine all ingredients and stir together. Fold in 2 cups blueberries and sprinkle on the following topping. Bake in a greased 10" springform pan at 375 degrees for 45 minutes. (I didn't have a springform pan, so used an 8x11 pyrex pan.)
1/4 Cup Sugar, 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar, 1/3 Cup Flour, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 Cup Butter. Mix together until crumbly. Sprinkle over the cake batter before baking.
Now, why don't YOU bake this wonderful blueberry cake and have your own tea party in the garden? Or in your dining room...or on the porch...or wherever you can sit down and enjoy a cup of tea with a friend or even by yourself...and just enjoy!
Note 5/4/17: And yes, that little rusty brown chair in the garden above is none other than this one, that I painted with a can of spray paint and repurposed it for God's Glory as it sits at the entrance to the Secret Garden and adds a colorful bit of welcoming beauty...
Kind of like you and me...Amazing what Jesus can do with a tired old rusty person who feels like life is mostly over...and then Jesus comes along and says, "Not so fast! I've still got more work for you to do! So put on a happy face and get ready to greet weary travelers along the way in this journey we call life."
Yes, I will say it again: