Monday, May 2, 2011

Royal Wedding Breakfast

Thank you to those who inquired about our safety during last week's severe weather. This has been the most difficult spring I can remember in Alabama for stormy weather, but thankfully we have made it through with no problems. Many of our neighbors are suffering, and people from all over the country have been quick to step in to help.

Despite Wednesday's frightening forecast, we awoke to beautiful blue skies Thursday. And Friday offered a rainbow at the end of a tumultuous week with the much-anticipated royal wedding of William and Kate. I think people worldwide needed the bit of hope this celebration brought.

I remember watching the wedding of Charles and Diana with my late grandmother, so our family decided to watch the wedding of William and Kate together. The ceremony began at 5 a.m. Central time, so I pulled out our wedding china and planned a simple breakfast celebration that would be easy to toss together at 4:30 that morning. Snuggled up with Mary Ashley (the only one who stayed awake through all the wedding festivities), I smiled thinking that perhaps someday many years from now she will remember the wedding of William and Kate as she watches a royal wedding with her own daughter or granddaughter.

English Breakfast Tea
Lemon Slush Punch (recipe here)
Strawberry Sconecake

Strawberry Sconecake
Enjoy this teatime version of strawberry shortcake -- a perfect complement to a royal wedding. 
Lemon poppy seed scone mix
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 carton fresh strawberries
1/3 cup granulated sugar
Slice strawberries into a bowl, and toss with granulated sugar. Refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or until serving time. Prepare scone mix according to package directions. While the scones are baking, whip cream with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add almond extract and confectioners sugar, and whip until stiff. When the scones are golden, remove from oven. Slice scones in half, and layer with strawberries and almond cream. Serve with hot tea.

Please share your royal wedding thoughts below!


Rach said...

I thought the Royal Wedding was beautiful. More than all the fashion hype, the ceremony was very touching and the scriptures and music were so lovely. I watched it twice!

Pat said...

I loved watching the wedding. I thought the ceremony and everything about it was beautiful.. Kate was an elegant bride and you could tell that William adores her.


Paula said...

I loved watching the wedding with my family, though it was on at a much more civilised time for us as we are in England. It was so very dignified and elegant from start to finish. I am always very proud to be British, but it made me even more so to see the interest the world has in our country and traditions (apparently 2 billion people tuned in to the wedding!). I hope our country will always endeavor to deserve the interest other nations have in our history and traditions.

I was my elder daughter's age when I saw Prince Charles and Princess Diana get married, so it was very poignant watching the wedding of their son with my own children. I have a post about how we celebrated the wedding on my blog if you are interested in the details.

Kind regards,

Paula said...

I forgot to mention on my blog that we served Twinings special blend Queen's Golden Jubilee tea (from 2002) for our themed lunch. We are saving the little we have left of this tea for the Queen's diamond Jubilee next year!

Kind regards,

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

I got up at 4:00 (EST) to watch the wedding festivities as well as wake my son up to leave for campus. He's in the middle of finals.

What a beautiful wedding! I was a new wife and mom when Charles and Di were married and I thought it quite the fairy tale affair.

This one was more regal and queenly I thought. It left me smiling for a couple of days, the music and all the beauty filling my heart with joy.

You are so right, the world needed this wedding right now. My daughter in New England doesn't have TV reception but I sent her a link to the official royal YouTube broadcast.

EFT Therapy said...

Strawberries in weddings is just like hearts in Valentines' Day. the Strawberry scone cake is just perfect.

Anxiety Cures said...

The wedding breakfast menu is great. Yummy. And thank you for the recipes, especially for that strawberry scone cake.

LeeAnne said...

I too woke up early to watch! I remember waking up early to see Charles and Diana marry, and I was excited about sharing this with Maggie (I even let her stay home from school since Friday was already scheduled to be a half-day at her school.) She slept through the early parts of the ceremony, despite my rousing her, but she woke just in time to see the newlyweds leaving the church and getting into their carriage. We too made a royal wedding breakfast - scones, tea, and small cookies - I need to blog about it.

I agree wholeheartedly - the wedding gave us Southerners a nice respite from the sadness of recent days. It was beautiful and heartfelt, and I wish joy for William and Kate in their marriate.

Amy said...

I loved the Royal Wedding almost as much as I love your blog.

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