Friday, June 3, 2016

Miss USA 2016 Predictions

Hey y'all!  I haven't blogged for awhile, buy y'all know I have to stop in to give my pageant picks!  Miss USA 2016 will be crowned this Sunday evening and I can't wait to watch the girls compete!  The beautiful Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015 and 2nd runner up to Miss Universe 2015 will crown her successor at the show live from Las Vegas.  The pageant will be shown at 7pm ET on Fox.

Who will replace this beautiful blonde?

Olivia Jordan, Miss USA 2015

Olivia's evening gown will always be one of my favorites!

Miss Alabama USA, Peyton Brown is a former Miss Alabama Teen USA.

Miss Arkansas USA, Abby Floyd competed at Miss Teen USA in 2013.

Miss California USA, Nadia Mejia...her mother was Miss Virginia USA 1989.  California always does well at Miss USA and this girl is an early fave!

Miss Georgia USA, Emanii Davis hopes to be the first Miss Georgia USA to win Miss USA!

Miss Hawaii USA, Chelsea Hardin is stunning!

Miss Montana USA, Sibahn Doxey is a former Miss Montana Teen USA.

Miss South Carolina USA, Leah Lawson.  This girl is not only beautiful, but she has talent !

Miss Texas USA, Daniella Rodriguez is a former Miss Texas Teen USA and Texas has the most wins at Miss USA!

Miss Virginia USA, Desiree Williams is a former Miss Virginia and competed at the Miss America pageant in 2014.

And...last but not least is the girl that won an entry into the pageant with fan votes--Miss 52 USA.  Alexandra Miller was 1st runner up to Miss Oklahoma USA in 2015 (to Olivia Jordan who went on to win Miss USA).
Miss 52 USA, Alexandra Miller

Get your popcorn and tune in this Sunday evening!

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Tea With Miss Janice, Post #14

I'm reposting this today to celebrate National Hot Tea Month and the 80th anniversary of Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind.
I invited a few of my Southern friends for a Southern Lady Afternoon Tea. The invitations set the tone for the event, with a Southern magnolia motif on the front and a mint tea sample teabag inserted into the slot of the teacup design.

This tablescape was perfect for Afternoon Tea. The china pattern has a Southern magnolia motif and all the proper tea accoutrements were displayed. The tiered tea tray made an elegant centerpiece and was surrounded by the very proper young ladies head vases, holding beautiful fresh rose arrangements--very Southern. The soundtrack from Gone with the Wind played softly in the background and added to the ambiance of the event.

All of my very favorite Southern friends were invited and as the hostess, I took the worst seat--the one closest to the kitchen.

Miss Scarlett was my Guest of Honor and was seated in the best seat, just to my right.

Miss Melanie...bless her heart, she's so sweet...was seated to my left, because she was the second-most important guest at the tea. Y'all know Miss Scarlett simply had to be the most important person there or she would have pitched a hissy fit! Miss Melanie was ever-so gracious.

Aunt Pittypat was seated across from me--she would have been miffed if I hadn't invited her and was just ecstatic to be there! Mammy prepared the most delicious afternoon tea foods for us to enjoy.


Aunt Pittypat's SavoriesMiss Scarlett's SconesMiss Melanie's SweetsGeorgia Peach Iced TeaPlantation Mint Hot Tea

I greeted my guests at the door, at which time they all removed their gloves. After everyone was present, I invited them into the dining room for tea.

Place cards with a pretty magnolia motif were placed at each setting, directing the ladies to their places--of course they would never dream of switching the cards!

The ladies placed their hands on the back of the chairs (adorned with magnolia blooms and celadon tulle) until everyone was at the table. I took my seat first and then each guest properly entered their chair from the right-hand side of the chair.

Let's take a look at the place setting.

Before anything was touched, Aunt Pittypat said Grace and then I placed my serviette onto my lap, signaling to the guests that they should place their serviette onto their lap and the tea began.

I was "Mother" and poured the Plantation Mint hot tea, because Mammy was so busy in the kitchen. The teapot was resting on top of a teapot warmer. Loose tea was steeped, so the tea strainers were placed at each setting. The sugar cubes, tongs, honey, lemon slices, and milk were also nearby. I poured the tea for each guest and handed the cup and saucer directly to them--I did not pass it around the table.

Mammy poured the Georgia Peach iced tea into the goblets at each place setting. The guests used their iced teaspoons ever-so properly, just like any Southern lady would.

Each guest served themselves the dainty tea foods from the tiered tray, starting at the bottom--eating the savories first, then the scones, and finally the desserts.

Oh, what a wonderful time we had, eating the delicious tea foods, sipping the hot tea and iced tea, and making pleasant conversation and telling bits of gossip! I graciously asked each guest if they would "like tea," not "more tea?"

I almost forgot to tell you about something every gracious Southern hostess does--I gave each guest a party favor--to thank them for coming! Inside each petite gift bag was a magnolia-motif teabag holder, a packet of teapot drip catchers, and a silver teapot motif teaspoon.

After a Very Southern...Very Memorable time, I placed my serviette back on the table to the left of my plate, signaling that the tea was over. All the guests exited their chairs from the right-hand side and said their thank yous. I accompanied them to the front door and said goodbye.

Now, being the proper Southern ladies that they are, their thank-you notes were probably addressed to me before the tea--and definitely in the mail to me the next morning!

What makes a 'Girl Raised in the South' so very extraordinary? Why it's the very essence of who we are--our style, our heritage, and our upbringing.
~Deborah Ford, author "Girls Raised in the South Guide to Life"

Are you a Southern Lady? Take Miss Janice's test here.

Thank you visiting with me today. I hope that you had an enjoyable visit. National Hot Tea month is drawing to a close. My next and final post of the month will feature: tea-related websites, books and magazines about tea, and information regarding programs available for those who might be interested in teaching tea and etiquette.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Hello Y'all!

I'll be posting over at Instagram for now.  You can follow me here.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Pink Picnic for Breast Cancer Awareness

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the 20th Annual Pink Picnic--Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon at the Museum of Aviation on the Warner Robins Air Force Base.

The crowd was a sea of pink ladies!  Chic-Fil-A catered the picnic foods (salads) and I discovered a new salad dressing that I had not tried before then...the Zesty Apple Cider Vinaigrette.  Love it!

Ben Jones, the Chief Meteorologist from Channel 13-WMAZ in Macon gave the introduction and welcome.  He was quite the personality--loving being "surrounded by airplanes and women!"  

Breast Cancer survivors modeled fashions from Belk Department Store and were escorted by members of the Warner Robins Fire Department.  

Anita Renfroe was the guest speaker and she kept the crowd laughing out loud from start to finish.  If you ever have the chance to see her, GO!  
 "HERE'S WHAT I WORE"  The comfy dress is by Mudpie and the navy blue Revas are Tory Burch.

Thanks to the Houston Healthcare Auxiliary for the opportunity and thanks to Chic-Fil-A for the yummy lunch!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Autumn Around the House

Today, My Lady Caroline, who is one of my Twitter friends tweeted that she wished I was as chatty as I used to be on my blog.  Oops, I admit that I haven't been blogging a lot lately--no excuses.  I do spend a lot of time on Instagram's so quick and easy.  Just post the photos and go!  So for those who don't follow me on Instagram, here's a peek at what's been going on at The Roost this fall.

We bought a small house to be near my Mama so that I can scoot back and forth whenever I'm needed to help with her caregiving.  I actually love this little house.  As I am aging, I find that it's important to me to be able to take care of what I have.  The smaller the size, the easier it is!

I'm still using the same Halloween wreath from last year.

I don't decorate with a ton of Halloween stuff like I used to...I just added a lot of orange this year.
Sprayed all my pumpkins gold.

Mary Elizabeth also received the gold spray paint treatment and is decked out with an orange bow--and pearls, of course!
I have cut back on the roosters everywhere, but I still keep a few on the front porch to greet our guests at the front door.  Don't know how long the mums will last.  The pumpkin...well it's kind of a posh pumpkin.  I bought it at James Farmer, Inc. in Perry...
Cocktail hour...more orange.
Tea Time...I love Trader Joe's Pumpkin Spice Rooibus tea with Pumpkin Spice English Muffins and apple butter.
More orange on the tabletop...
I carried breakfast to a meeting and used the darling Target "Cheeky" plates and to-go cups...
The Halloween tree is up on the porch, decorated witchy-style!
These are my treats this year for the special little trick-or-treaters...

I served Pimiento Cheese Balls at Happy Hour on Gameday last Saturday.  Yes, that's the day the Florida State Seminoles got beat by Georgia Tech.  Of course, I'll never serve these things again!  Bad luck.  I'm VERY superstitious!  But, moving on to the Syracuse game this week.  Go Noles!
Just in case you want to prepare them...I added cream cheese, some chopped cooked bacon, chopped jalapenos, and chopped pecans to Palmetto Cheese and then topped them off with pretzel sticks.

Hope everyone is enjoying Autumn.  Today it was 57 degrees, dark, and misting rain.  I was hoping for crisp, sunny days and cool nights.  I think it's time to get out the boots!  

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Autumn Soup Tablescape

This past Sunday was the first chilly day we have had this fall season so I knew I wanted to enjoy a bowl of hot soup with the Sunday football.  I'm still on the blue and white dinnerware kick and set the table with that dinnerware and burlap linens.

Candles should not be burned during the daylight hours unless it's a very overcast day or the blinds are drawn.  Okay, so I drew the blinds.

Monogram everything, especially the napkins rings!

I used my Wedgwood "Woodland" soup plates and Johnson Brothers "Blue Willow" dinner plates as underplates.

Social Graces 101 tip:  
There is of course proper etiquette to be followed when eating soup:

At an informal meal you may serve soup in a soup plate on top of an underplate and provide an oval soup spoon.  You will spoon the soup away from you and place the soup spoon on the underplate between sips or when finished.

This is the resting and finished position of the spoon on the underplate at an informal meal.

At a formal dinner, soup must be served in a soup bowl with an underplate and a round/cream soup spoon provided.  Again place the soup spoon on the underplate between sips or when finished.

This is the resting and finished position of the spoon on the underplate at a formal meal.

Mama usually uses seasonal dinnerware for her meals.  On Sunday I changed things up a bit for her and used cute blue and white paper products from Target.

So, remember to practice proper soup etiquette:

Hold the spoon just like a pencil between your index and middle fingers with the thumb up.  Spoon the soup away from you toward the center of the bowl.  Don't fill the soup spoon completely full.  Place the soup spoon on the plate in the 10:20 "I am finished" position in between sips and when you have finished.  Never leave a soup spoon in a soup bowl.  Also, do not blow on your soup to cool it down and do not slurp your soup.

Enjoy the soup season!