ENTERTAINING

#52PROJECTS: Project #8

PROJECT 8 of #52PROJECTS
Purchased: 2018
Completed: 2024

Sometimes a wreath makes the entrance.

“You can’t always get what you want” as the song goes. You can create if you take the time.

I needed a spring wreath for the front door of the Manor. I have a fall wreath. Sized appropriately using the fall wreath for scale, I am pleased with the results. My mother would have knocked it out of the park. Getting ready for British Mother’s Day this Sunday, March 10, 2024. Love you, Mom! Miss you!

Happy early Spring!

Ticket sales end tomorrow for the tea on Sunday, March 10th. Here is the link– Book now!

Wonderfully yours,

Alice

Mother’s Day in Great Britain

It’s a tea party! It’s in March this year!

In 2024, Great Britain celebrates Mother’s Day on Sunday, March 10, 2024. We all know mothers should be celebrated all the time. Let us start this March.

Treat your favourite Mum to a lovely tea party. Hats are encouraged, but not required.

Use the button below to make your reservation today! (Note: Reservations close on March 4th)

Wonderfully yours,

Alice

Practicable Etiquette Defined

Is the thought of practicing etiquette, daunting to you? Practicable etiquette is the perfect place to start. Whether learning or polishing, this level is created for you to have a successful journey.

Contact us to arrange a private, small group, or on-site class.

Dictionary
prac·ti·ca·ble
adjective
able to be done or put into practice successfully. “The measures will be put into effect as soon as is reasonably practicable.”

Similar words: realistic feasible possible viable within reason reasonable sensible workable achievable attainable doable

Definitions from Oxford Languages · Learn more

Formal place setting with White Rose Manor logo

Wonderfully yours,

Alice

#52PROJECTS: Project #1

PROJECT 1 of #52PROJECTS
Commencement Year: 2019
Completion Year: 2024

You may agree that projects stack up. At least in this house they do. Living in an old house provides the never-ending opportunity for new projects. It is finishing the ‘other’ projects that seems the most daunting.

My 2024 goal is to complete one project a week. I did say, “Complete.” For me, this means the project originated in a past year. This is not a lofty goal. At least, I hope not. With one project per week, even small ones, it is my goal. Reordering can happen. Not even creating a list is helpful because I am sure I will find forgotten ones along the way.

Project Background

When my mum was alive, we embarked on a silver project that included making brown silvercloth bags for each platter or tureen we had. Mum purchased a bulk roll of the needed cloth and we got started. That project lasted about a week. Other B&B needs kicked it to the curb. Fast forward to 2020 when she passed away, I pulled out the silverware, polished it, then put it back in the drawer intending to line the drawers with the anti-tarnishing cloth.

Over the next year I found some spare silver tray liners at ReStore. I added the liners to the stash of cloth. Reminded about it every day when we use the silverware. Really?!

Project #1 for 2024 was the completion of lining the drawers and anchoring the salvaged dividers. Done! Now off to Project #2.

Wonderfully yours,

Alice

Cheshire Cake– Not Always Wanting Sweet

Quintessentially British, cheese wheel wedding/celebration cakes–usually with white roses involved– are the only cakes we make here at the White Rose Manor and only by special request (I am a baker, but not a talented piping decorator, so I do not claim it). Most often, we serve as the Bed & Breakfast lodging for guests or families and their small events up for up to 20 attendees. If you desire a small event like an intimate wedding, bridal shower, memorial service, etc., the White Rose Manor may be just right for you. If you need a cheese wheel cake, we can do that, too. Come to Lincolnton. You will love it!

Pictured here is one of our Cheshire Cakes. Produced here on a larger scale for approximately 120 people, this cheese wheel cake was featured at our 2023 Christmas High Tea as the table centerpiece and then portioned as gifts to our guests. While we can create several styles of scalable cheese wheel cakes for weddings, charcuteries, etc., many cheeses work well for this lovely, edible addition to your table.

Fun fact: “Cheshire is one of Britain’s oldest and finest cheeses.”

White Rose Manor is something special, just like you.

TRADITIONS: Twelfth Night

TRADITIONS: Twelfth Night

King Pepin 12 Days image from 1780 book Mirth Without MischiefSome traditions are celebrated but the origins are unknown. Twelfth Night is one of them. It arrives on January 5th, twelve days after Christmas. Sound familiar?

Many know the Twelve Days of Christmas song which is believed to have been sung at a ball during King Pepin’s reign (752-768 AD); others give meaning to each line of the song or consider it to be a memory game with each person adding a something new to the song—think of the memory game “I am going on a picnic and I am going to bring ___________” with the next person adding his/her own item and then repeating the preceding ones in reverse order.

Meanings given to the song may include the numbers like in this paired list of biblical references:

  • A partridge in a pear tree: Jesus
  • Two turtle doves: The Old and New Testaments
  • Three French hens: Faith, hope, and love
  • Four calling birds: The Four Gospels
  • Five gold rings: The Torah/Pentateuch, first five books of the Old Testament
  • Six geese a-laying: The six days of Creation
  • Seven swans a-swimming: Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • Eight maids a-milking: Eight Beatitudes
  • Nine ladies dancing: Nine fruits of the Holy Spirit
  • Ten lords a-leaping: The Ten Commandments
  • Eleven pipers piping: The eleven faithful apostles
  • Twelve drummers drumming: Twelve points of the Apostles Creed

While Twelfth Night can be meaningful in many ways, its true meaning is a bit mottled. For my husband and me, it is a chance to quietly spend the last of the holiday season in celebratory fashion with dear friends.

For us, this year’s Twelfth Night will be a private, dinner celebration with close friends. Small gifts, often handmade, will be exchanged between individuals, and in our group they usually are simple and/or functional. For instance, I made leather covers for small composition booklets for each person. My husband forged icicle-shaped ice picks.

Whatever your traditions are, make your season merry and bright! From our home to yours, we send the absolute best wishes for Twelfth Night and the new year.

Wonderfully yours,

Alice

ENTERTAINING: Christmas High Tea

ENTERTAINING: Christmas High Tea

The holidays are a highlight of the year. Spending time with loved ones—both family and friends—is the epitome of mine. Christmas High Tea is a favourite where we don our holiday attire and gather to enjoy the wonder and beauty of the Christmas season. This year, though smaller, was no exception.

I suspect it is all about the food, especially the lamb, our children enjoy when they return home for this annual tradition; we have five children. For me, it is the togetherness/silliness that ensues that I love most. Each child and significant other arrive as their schedules permit. We dance and sing spending the few leading days before the event polishing silver, making all the dishes, and finalizing the décor. Tea day arrives and is abuzz with laying the trays, cutting the greenery, and retiring to our rooms to dress for the evening event which begins promptly at five o’clock. Then, guests begin arriving and have the chance to enjoy a social hour before tea is served at 6:30.

During the social hour, guests circulate amongst each other and I watch with wonder and pride as our grown children interact with poise and grace. Everyone is engaged. New friends meet the children for the first time and get seated at one of their tables. It is important to my husband John and me that each child have their own lives and circle of friends but get the opportunity to meet ours and host a table at Christmastime.

This year, our high tea was a more intimate group. It was a sign of the times. Though the group was smaller, the quantity of food did not waiver! The menu included many favourites and a few new additions—for instance, I like to create a new trifle flavour each year. As the attendees make their way to the tea buffet, they see the various Christmas decorations. The traditional tree is complete with childhood, handmade ornaments, plus many passed down through the years; it holds a commanding position in the Great Room where tea tables of four or six seats are draped and set. The dining room holds the buffet and has a 6-foot tree adorned with demitasse teacups, a dainty reminder of an era passed. This year, a teddy bear tree was added in honour of my mother Lady Anne. It glows with multi-coloured lights in the sitting room corner. Mother always preferred the coloured lights compared to my white ones.

This year is different. Quiet. It is just as special—in its own way.

John and I wish all of you the absolute best of the season and a very bright future. Treasure what you have. Share the love.

Wonderfully yours,

Alice

ENTERTAINING: Charcuterie Board for the Win!

ENTERTAINING: Charcuterie Board for the Win!

Sometimes it is difficult meeting many dietary needs in one seating, in addition to offering a wide selection of foods. One of our solutions is to offer a charcuterie board where guests can assemble their own plates to suit their fancies.

char·cu·te·rie Noun.
Pronunciation – SHärˈko͞odərē
Cold cooked meats, collectively.

–the Oxford Dictionary

At the White Rose Manor, we have found a charcuterie selection, complete with aged cheeses, crackers, fresh fruits, olives, nuts, and more, a beautiful complement to an afternoon gathering. We have one of our guests to thank for the full table charcuterie concept. It was well received.

Dietary preferences and/or restrictions are becoming more common. While in the 1970s Burger King touted, “Have it your way!” and gave consumers an opportunity to customize their hamburgers, it was a new concept. Since then, special requests have become the norm. Often we hear requests for “no onions” or statements like “I do not like . . . ” There is also the serious concern of true allergies where an ingredient can make a person seriously ill or worse. An individual’s allergy to gluten, soy, and/or nuts easily fall into this course. There are many more allergens as well.

Since 2018, some of our own family members have entered into the food allergen arena. We have: one who has a gluten sensitivity; one who has celiac disease (gluten allergy); one who needs to be lactose-free; and one who is allergic to soy AND black pepper (well, all peppers, but black seems to pack the hardest punch). If you are, like I am, living with no food allergies/sensitivities, we are fortunate. Others, not so. My experience with cooking from scratch has helped me easily adapt my recipes to meet these special needs.

My love for hospitality and lifelong investment in being a part of the industry has helped me understand the “wants” and “needs” of our guests. At the White Rose Manor, we do our best to meet both. Appetizers and small plates are available for our guests to add to their overnight reservations. A charcuterie plate is one of the selections. Mind you, the small plate size is not quite as grand as the full charcuterie board pictured, but we hope you get the idea.

Wonderfully yours,

Alice

RECIPE: Family Turkey Tetrazzini

RECIPE: Family Turkey Tetrazzini

Jump to Recipe icon   Left-over Thanksgiving turkey makes the best next day meal while letting you–the cook–enjoy some down time. Cook the pasta and refrigerate in advance. On Thanksgiving day, bone the turkey, stir all ingredients, pour into the baking dish, then cover and refrigerate until ready to heat and eat. Tah dah! You are a genius!

UTENSILS RECOMMENDED
Stove, oven, and potholders
13X9 inch baking dish greased with cooking spray or butter
Stock pot for boiling pasta
Strainer
10-inch non-stick skillet
Large mixing bowl
Measuring spoons
Dry Measuring cups
Can opener

Family Turkey Tetrazzini Recipe

INGREDIENTS
12 oz. Pasta, uncooked (angel hair, spaghetti, or vermicelli)
2 Tbs. Butter, salted
8 oz. Mushrooms, sliced and fresh (about 3 cups)
3 C. Turkey, cooked and chopped
2 Cans Cream of Mushroom Soup (10.5 oz each)
2 C. Sour cream
0.5 (1/2) tsp. freshly ground Pepper
0.33 (1/3) C. Parmesan cheese, grated
Chopped fresh Parsley, if desired

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray.
2. Cook pasta as directed on package using minimum cook time; drain.
3. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Cook mushrooms in butter 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender and browned.
4. In large bowl, mix cooked pasta, mushrooms, chicken, soup, sour cream and pepper. Pour mixture into baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese.
5. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until bubbling on edges and completely heated through. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle with fresh parsley (Oregano or basil works well, too).

Enjoy a family favourite of ours!

Wonderfully yours,

Alice