New Year’s Tea 2016

As promised, the 2nd of two New Year’s posts!  Happy new year!

You are cordially invited to the 4th annual new year’s tea!

NY invitation2016

This napkin fold is called The Crown. It works really well for showing off napkin rings.

This napkin fold is called The Crown. It works really well for showing off napkin rings.

DSC06069 DSC06044Henni’s black bean soup
(original source: Cooking light)

2 14 oz. cans of black beans, drained and rinsed (or 3.5 cups of cooked black beans)
3 carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 onion, chopped1 cup of canned or frozen corn kernels
3.5 cups of your favorite stock (or 2 14 oz. cans of chicken broth)
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
1/4-1/2 tsp. ground chipotle powder (optional)

Sautee the carrots, celery, and onion until onions are translucent.  Add everything to the pot and cook until vegetables are soft.  Puree half of the soup.  Garnish with chopped cilantro, chopped avocado, sour cream, sliced radishes, crushed tortilla chips, and/or cotija cheese.

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Mini quiche Lorraine (heart shaped and round!) by N.


Roasted eggplant sandwiches by S.


Roasted eggplant sandwiches and chicken salad croissant


Fresh fruit with saffron custard by Henni


Cranberry white chocolate scones by Henni


Chocolate chip walnut hazelnut cookies by A.


Tea favors

Last but not least, tea fashion!


Headband with succulents by N.

At the conclusion of every new year’s tea, we share the following highlights in order to learn about ourselves and set intentions for the new year!

What a year it’s been!  Highlights from 2015
Favorite new food: ____________________________________
Favorite activity: ______________________________________
Favorite new place visited: _____________________________
Favorite book: ________________________________________
Favorite movie: _______________________________________
Greatest lesson learned: _______________________________
Hardest thing I had to do: _______________________________
Favorite memory: _____________________________________
What I love most about 2015: _________________________­__

Looking forward to 2016
What I want to learn: __________________________________
What I want to get better at: ____________________________
Biggest goal: ________________________________________

Happy new year!

‘Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us.”
–Hal Borland

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