Monday, May 16, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday with Graduation Party Sandwiches

~Happy Tea Time Tuesday Everyone ~

Thank you for all the great comments last week for the Tea Time Giveaway Post.  I used to pick the winner and the lucky person who will receive a one year (6 issues) subscription to Tea Time Magazine is.....

Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage.

Congrats! I know you will LOVE it as much as I do.

It was a busy but fun weekend. I finished and delivered a very special cupcake order for my cousin's baby baptism.  The order was whimsical and so special and her reaction when she saw them was just priceless. 

I wish I could bottle up that feeling forever.  The little cakes will be sure to get their own feature post soon.

This past Friday, I decided to make the Graduation Hat and Diploma Sandwiches that were featured in the May/June 2011 Tea Time Magazine.

To visit their website click HERE.

I am pleased with how delicious they tasted and how easy they were to assemble.  One of the main reasons why I enjoy Tea Time Magazine is because most of the recipes are actually "do-able" by the main stream average person, like me!  I love Fast and Fancy!!

See below for the How-to's.

Here are the Graduation Hats...

And here are the Diplomas...

How about on a plate together?  I think so!

What a great idea for Afternoon Tea with your graduate.

I took the opportunity to treat myself to these savories considering I have graduated from High School, College, obtained my Masters as a Physician Assistant and completed my PhD in Clinical Pharmacology. Wheeew.

The next set of sandwiches need to reflect dollar signs to resemble all of my student loan debt!

Oh Mom always said, "You can never put a price on your education."

How true. 

Oh and by the way Mom and Dad, thanks for footing a bunch of said bill for said umpteen years of education. Not to mention the occasional and mostly frequent rent, car insurance, and groceries.

And we all know how many times I MOVED and the cost associated with those adventures . . . . . . how can I ever repay you two? 

You both are truly the reason I have gotten to where I am in life.

Ok, enough sappy stuff.

Here are the How-to's for the sandwiches ~ besides picking up a copy of Tea Time Magazine for yourself. :)

Diploma Sandwiches: ~ 18 sandwiches
~ adapted from Tea Time May/June 2011

6 oz cream cheese, soft
1/4 cup salted butter, soft
2 T heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup toasted walnuts or pecans or both (I used pecans)
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1/4 tsp salt
18 slices soft white bread, crusts removed
Garnish: fresh chives

In large bowl, combine cream cheese, butter and cream. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add nuts of choice, chopped chives, and salt to butter mixture, stirring to combine.

Using a rolling pin, flatten bread and spread filling evenly over bread slices, careful not to get it too thick.

Starting at long side, roll up to center of bread.  Repeat with opposite side (the two pinwheels should touch).

Tie with chive ~ this was the FUTZY part.

Graduation Hat Sandwiches ~ 12 sandwiches
 ~adapted from Tea Time Magazine May/June 2011

12 slices pumpernickel bread
6 slices Havarti Cheese (I bought actual slices but if you cut your own make them 1/4 inch thick)
12 slices salami
12 slices Roma tomato
1/4 cup Mayo ~ or I substituted herbed butter here as hubby does not like Mayo
2 tsp fresh lemon zest
1 T fresh lemon juice
Garnish: I used a fresh red pepper and chives cut to size or Tea Time suggests use a sliced carrot and roasted red pepper.

Cut 2 1/2 inch square and 2 inch circle from bread
Cut 2 inch circles from cheese slices
Cut 2 inch circle from salami slices
Layer cheese, tomato, and salami rounds on top of each bread round.

In small bowl, whisk together mayo, zest, and juice (I used herbed butter)
Spread on pumpernickel squares. 

Place squares, spread side down on layered rounds.

Garnish as desired.

~ I hope you enjoyed the tea party today...make it a great one!

Linking to:
Tidy Mom ~ I'm Lovin It!
Topsy Turvy Tuesdays!
Hoosier Homemade ~ Cupcake Tuesday!
A Breath of Fresh Air ~ Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday!
Pink Saturdays!
Sassy Sites!
Between Naps on the Porch ~ Tablescape Thursday
Add a Pinch ~ Mingle Monday ~ I Made That!
Linda's Lunacy ~ Making a Home
Sumo's Sweet Stuff
Not Just a House Wife Blog
Fireflies and Jelly Beans Blog ~ Show your Stuff!
My Romantic Home ~ Show and Tell Friday


Barbara F. said...

Trisha these are so cool! It's been many moons since my graduation but I would make these just because they are cute and different! xo,

Unknown said...

Love them! and perfect timing. I volunteered to help with our local High School's Senior Tea. So doing this! Thanks Trish...You are always coming up with the perfect, simple, fun ideas!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Trisha,
I cannot tell you how happy I am to win your Giveaway! Thank you so much!
Your Graduation tea sandwiches are simply adorable! All my boys have graduated however my youngest will likely graduate with his PhD in Math within the year. This is a fun way to celebrate a very special occasion! Thanks for sharing and joining me for Tea Time.


Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, I forgot to mention how pretty your tea cup is...Lovely!

Donna Heber said...


I just adore your graduation sandwiches! Your teacup is exquisite. Congrats on all your accomplishments! Hats off to you.

Beth said...

Trish, Love the graduation themed sandwiches. They are adorable! Love your tea cup too!
Blessings, Beth

Linda @ Linda's Lunacy said...

What a great idea! I'll have to save this for my future graduates.

I'd love it if you stopped by and entered this in my Making a Home linky.

Linda @ Linda's Lunacy

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

When my magazine came I thought the graduation sandwhiches were so cute but I wouldn't have an event to make them for. You have, and you sure have earned them - congratulations! I'd like to see what $ sign treats look like. :-)

♥ Miss Tea said...

awwwwwww love the graduation hats and diploma sandwiches!! you sure are talented in making those adorable and cute food!! i can relate to you abt your parents in your education, sadly i disappointed mine coz i only took as far as the diploma :( ...anyways, loveeeee your teacup and teapot!! they're gorgeous, just right up my street with those florals and pinks!! thanks for sharing the recipe and thanks for becoming a follower in my new shop!! i really appreciate it! enjoy your tea time tuesday!! xx Susan

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Trisha,
oh, what a sweet idea to make this graduation hats and diplomas. They are perfect for such an event and a real highlight. I am so curious what you designed for the baby baptism. Can hardly wait!
Best greetings, Johanna

Anonymous said...

From Your Mom..
Trisha, you forgot one of your most educational and rewarding accomplishments and you didn't have to get a loan for it....your self-taught PHD in baking and Tea Time Tuesdays. I hope you ate a ton of these delectable in dudes. You deserve every little bit. They are priceless and so are you!! Love You!!!

Trisha said...

Your adorable graduation treats are so much fun and look delicious! Thank you so much for your very sweet comment on my blog. You have no idea how much I appreciate it!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

This looks fabulous and so delicious. Love the sandwiches, so pretty I would hate to eat one. Beautiful setting. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Terri said...

Trisha, congratulations on your great success! That must have been a great deal of work. Your graduation food is so fab, thanks so much for sharing your recipes. The tea cup is really pretty. I love that kind of gold filigree design along with the flowers.

Joy @ Joy Of Desserts said...

Trisha, I'm so glad we are meeting thanks to Lark. I just love your blog and I'm following. I see we have a lot in common, and a love for sweet and lovely things. Looking forward to getting to know each other. :-)

This post is beautiful. Thank you for the inspiration, as I'll be hosting a graduation tea soon. There will be diploma sandwiches.

yvette said...

Oh these are just so gorgeous,I've never seen these as an entertaining treat. Such inspirational ideas!

Trisha said...

Hi Trisha,
Stopping by from My Meatless Mondays, you know we have a name in common ... these sandwich ideas are simple delightful. I can't wait to see the rest of your blog!

Unknown said...

What a wonderful post not at all sappy I am sure your parents are proud of you and happy that they could do it for you. lovely tea and sandwiches ;0)

love dawn xx

Maggie said...

Nice to meet you Trisha and see your amusing tea time sandwiches, after all your studying I'm sure you deserve them.
What a loving tribute to your parents, they must be very proud of you.
Maggie @ Normandy Life

Notes from the Homestead said...

Those diplomas and grad hats are just darling!!! I hope I remember those when Andrew graduates in two years. Wow, I need to get me a copy of that magazine! Thanks so much for sharing!! Always love your posts!!!

Olga Poltava said...

Those sandwiches look fantastic. I'm saving the recipes. And your teacup is adorable.

Kathy said...

Hello Trisha,
This is so clever and looks delicious - what a beautiful setting too! Congratulations to Sandi! I know she'll love it!
Thank you for sharing this with A Return to Loveliness - I am glad you've come to love Victoria magazine too :)

Chaya said...

You are talented and clever and I love everything, I find here.

Tea in Texas said...

How kind of you to show your own graduation tea table. I enjoyed the ideas and your beautiful china. Thanks for sharing the recipes for the darling sandwiches.

Unknown said...

Happy to see you here!

Thanks for supporting me as always!

The Tablescaper said...

What a creative and adorable idea!

- The Tablescaper

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