Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Tea and Macaroons on the Porch (this one's for Ginny)

Come and join me on the porch. I made some coconut macaroons to go with our tea. We'll sit and sip and talk about those who have enjoyed the porch before us. We, as they most probably did, will nod and smile to the young mother pushing her infant in a carriage followed by a toddler trying to master his tricycle. The elderly couple from next door will stop to comment on how nice the lawn looks since we've had plenty of rain. We'll offer the mail carrier a cookie when he deposits the heavy load of catalogs and junk mail in the postal box on the porch. Mostly we'll just enjoy each other's company.

Stay 'til the end of the visit for the recipe please

This year's color scheme includes shades of orange and green.

The sun is overhead right now giving us a cool respite. If you click on the above photo, it won't seem as dark.


This lovely trailing plant is a type of begonia. It has bloomed continuously and drops it's blossoms all over the bannister and porch daily. I just consider them a carpet of beauty.

I was so busy preparing us a pot of tea that I forgot to straighten out the pillows on the settee.

May I pour you a cup?




Coconut Macaroons

1 pkg (7 oz) *Baker's Angel Flake Coconut
1/3 cup sugar
3 tbps flour
1/8 tsp salt
2 egg whites
1/2 tsp almond extract


*Unless you want to crack and flake a coconut, I think Baker's is the best coconut available and I've tried quite a few including some from health food stores.

Mix coconut, sugar, flour and salt in a large bowl. Stir in egg whites (I whisk them a bit with a fork just to start a breakdown of the albumin before adding) and almond extract until well blended.

Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto a greased and floured baking sheet.

Bake about twenty minutes until browned around the edges.

Cool on wire rack.

If you want to dip them in chocolate (who doesn't), melt about five ounces of chocolate and dip the bottoms of the macaroons. I used Callebaut semi-sweet chocolate for a contrast with the sweet cookie.

35 comments:

  1. Thank you so much!! I knew you must have a nice porch, but this is HEAVEN!!! It's like a sunroom/porch. I love the wicker, the flowers, the color scheme, everything!! And the adorable polka dot tea set. I would live in that room, eat there, only leave to go to bed. Sadly, we don't have a porch, just a stoop. When I was growing up, we had a large screened in porch that was lived in a lot with great memories of crickets chirping and watching lightening bugs. Perhaps that's why I was so anxiously waiting for YOUR porch. The macaroons look so good, I only wish I could be there with you having the lovely tea.

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  2. Oh my. Visual delights. Your porch and polka dot tea set are delightful.

    I'll be right over! :)

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  3. Ginny: The house I grew up in had a huge "wrap around" porch on which to play and read. Lovely memories that include those lightening bugs.

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  4. OH that looks very yummy! I love the porch. Thank you for visiting and I will be back.

    Cynthia

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  5. the macaroons look postively delish. Your porch is making me soooo envious. its wonderful and i would love to sit on it with you. your photos are really good and set the story for us perfectly. i can hear the conversations and see that mailman.

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  6. Oh Bonnie.... I love that porch... I'd sit out there all of the time... Do you have a ceiling fan above you --to keep it cooler?????

    Love your flowers ---and the macaroons sound yummy..... The next time you invite Ginny, I wanna come too.... ha

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  7. How beautiful! I wish our "new" home had a front porch that size.
    Thanks for sharing it.

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  8. This post incorporates all my favorite things: porches, tea, flowers, coconut AND chocolate...ahhh! Just wonderful!

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  9. Thanks for the treat! The tea set is way too cute.
    Your porch is lovely also.

    Melinda

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  10. I would love to have a visit with you on your porch. It is just lovely. I can imagine that you spend many mornings and evenings on that porch. Carla

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  11. Oh MY! I could sit there for hours on end!
    Those macaroons look heavenly, and the tea pot is too cute for words.
    Please let me come over!

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  12. Is that truly your house??? I am so jealous.

    Mine is decorated in Fisher Price.

    One of these days.

    thanks for the luscious time. This poor mama needed it.

    Funny, the virtual tea works as well as the real deal...(-:

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  13. Yes, all of my blogging friends are invited to sit on my porch, take tea and chat.

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  14. I'd love to come to tea on your porch. I don't have a big enough one to serve tea, so I'm very envious of the comradery and the treats. I love your photos of the old homes. I live in 2 historic homes. One is in a protected historic neighborhood and one is in a town that is a National historice site. Your photos are charming and homey. Love them! Thanks for commenting and visiting my blog.

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  15. Sigh. I wish I was there having tea with you. I'm feeling pretty under the weather, and I think your company (and those macaroons) might do me some good.

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  16. The photos you took on your tour of your town are wonderful. I was raised in a small town much like this one. I love these houses!

    And your porch is so sweet! I would love to be sitting there with you, enjoying a macaroon and drinking tea, offering the mailman a cookie and passing the time of day with your neighbors.
    My life is sure differnt now!

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  17. Those look so good! Really like your porch.
    Thanks for stopping by. One of the main reasons the light fixture is still hanging, everyone I find that I really like is way out of my price range.

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  18. This looks lovely and would be the perfect end to a hectic day. I would curl up on your porch, especially during a rainfall, and read. You'd need a forklift to pry me away. And if you gave me some of those macaroons and tea...the forklift might not work! Loved the photos, especially the cups and teapot.

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  19. Bonnie, I knew you'd be a porch lover, too. Yours is fabulous! I'd love to be sitting down to tea and macaroons with you!

    Just catching up and LOVE the walk through your neighborhood! Wonderful old homes... my favorites! And, the Carnegie Library, I'd love to spend the day in there. The pulled pork looks good too! All good! LOL!

    Blessings to you!

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  20. Just found your lovely blog! How pretty your porch is, and so very inviting! Wish I could come sit there with you and watch the neighbors go by.
    Brenda

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  21. What a lovely shaded spot to enjoy your macaroons and a cup of tea. Your porch is a visual delight that speaks of home and friendship. I hope the day treats you well. Blessings...Mary

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  22. Love your porch!! I really wished I lived in an older neighborhood like yours, to have a porch would be wonderful!
    Love the polka dot cups :)

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  23. This looks so pleasant and the macaroons look super tasty!!

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  24. BOnjour,
    Your porch looks so inviting. Yes I will have a cup of tea. What a nice way to get to know the neighbors. I am copying your recipe.
    Thank you for coming by and entering the giveaway. Bonne chance!
    Bon week-end,
    Mimi

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  25. What a beautiful porch! I've always wanted a house with a porch. Wish we lived closer, I'd be over for tea and one of those yummy macaroons.

    Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind comments!

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  26. Bonnie...I'd pull up a chair on that very charming and flourished porch any time of day. You made me miss my little porch so much. I'm not complaining...where I live temp. for now is nothing to complain about...yet, it's not a romantic porch.
    Oh...and those treats...you're spoiling us too much ;o)...I love macaroons.

    Have a great weekend and flavourful wishes,
    Claudia

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  27. Yummy! I'm copying the recipe - thank you!!! And thank you for inviting us over - your porch is wonderful!
    Hugs,
    Zuzu

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  28. What a charming porch! I'd love to join you for tea! Thanks for stopping by our birthday party!

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  29. These macaroons look amazing! Plus, that whole tea setting out on the porch looks so lovely and cozy.

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  30. gorgeous macaroons...I love the chocolate too! your pictures are so beautiful, what a great porch!

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  31. If I lived there I would spend every day on the porch. I love the idea of your blossoms dropping - I love when flower petals just scatter all over the yard!

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  32. I adore your porch and all your wicker furniture. I would love to sit with you and sip the tea and nibble on the macaroons! Love this post:)

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  33. That tea towel on your wicker table is SO pretty- I love it!

    Thanks for the tea and macaroons. Yours are much prettier than my poor attempt at them (many years ago) :-)

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