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at the Alexander Mansion of Dallas The th Annual

5 Holiday Home Tour

DECEMBER 6th - 9th, 2012 | 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Gift Boutique & Café

Tour & Boutique $10.00, Children (under 12) $5.00, Cafe $12.00, Raffle Tickets $5.00 All tickets available at dallaswomansforum.org or 214-823-4533

European Tea Room

ONE O’CLOCK PM DECEMBER 12TH - 21ST, 2012 Adults $45 (Tea, champagne, tax & gratuity included), Children (under 12) $15.00, Tours of Mansion(Noon to 1:00 pm) $5 Reservations required at dallaswomansforum.org or 214-823-4533

Alexander Mansion of Dallas

Home of the Woman’s Forum

4607 Ross Avenue Dallas, Texas 75204 www.alexandermansiondallas.org Proceeds benefit Birdie Alexander Elementary School, Landauer Child Care, and The Alexander Mansion

‡ Fireworks display every weekend, New Year’s Eve ‡ Christmas Tour of Homes ‡ Arts & Crafts Festival ‡ Music/Entertainment - Saturdays

For a complete schedule of this year’s holiday events, call 1-800-259-1714, or visit www.natchitoches.net.

Indulge Your Senses

T ea and Choc olate

by Margie’s Tea Service

High Street Antiques and Design Space 052 800 North Central Expressway Plano, Texas 75074

214.808.5250

Dallas - North Texas

The Annual “Christmas in a Small Town” Tour of Homes Marks its Sixteenth Year Thirty-five minutes from Dallas, Terrell is filled with beautiful old homes. Five will be on this year’s 16th Annual “Christmas in a Small Town” holiday home tour, along with a 50s traditional and a newly constructed stunner! The architectural styles run the gamut from a grand painted lady to a stately prairie style to an elegant Creole.

Terrell, Texas

SATURDAY ~ DECEMBER 1 2:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. Ticket Prices: $15 IN ADVANCE / $20 ON TOUR DAY AVAILABLE ON NOVEMBER 1ST

HOME TOUR TICKET LOCATIONS: CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: 1314 W. Moore Avenue TANGER VISITORS CENTER:

301 Tanger Drive

(I20 @ Hwy 34; IN THE CORNER OF THE MALL BY THE CINEMA)

AMERICAN NATIONAL BANK: 102 W. MOORE AVENUE ONLINE: WWW.SSCOFTERRELL.COM

CHRISTMAS SHOPPE: FREE ADMISSION TO SHOPPE / OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

GIFTS, HOLIDAY GOODIES & MORE SHOPPE HOURS: 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. IN THE CHURCH OF CHRIST FELLOWSHIP HALL 407 N. ROCKWALL

FOR MORE INFORMATION: DONNA (972) 989-9415 or NANCY (972) 551-3055 www.SSCofTerrell.com EMAIL: SSCofTerrell@yahoo.com FACEBOOK: Social Science Club of Terrell ALSO: www.terrelltexas.com *EVENTS BENEFIT TERRELL CIVIC & EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS*

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Incorporated in 1874, Terrell has glorious examples of the architectural styles that were popular in this era. Established as a depot town along the Texas and Pacific railroad companies’ line from Longview to California, Terrell became the headquarters of the Texas Midland Railroad, which was one of the nation’s most prosperous short-line railroads. Today, Terrell is a welcoming town with charming downtown shops and dining, and events such as the home tour in December and the Terrell Heritage Jubilee in the Spring. The Christmas in a Small Town Home Tour is a fund-raising event organized by The Social Science Club, established in 1894 to promote “a better acquaintance among those interested in educational attainments and to enlarge opportunities for intellectual development and service.” “The annual Christmas Home Tour and Gala help raise funds for local charities, civic and educational organizations, and scholarships, while creating awareness of the historic city of Terrell,” notes tour chairwoman Donna Broder. The tour hours are 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.. The Christmas Shoppe, open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., will be in the Rockwall and Brin Church of Christ, 407 North Rockwall Street. Local and regional vendors will offer holiday decor, antiques, stocking stuffers and gift items for the whole family along with hot chocolate and warm cider. For information contact Donna at 972-989-9415 or visit sscofterrell.com.

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beautifully presented because, as Linda notes, “we eat with our eyes first.” Customers Annamarie and Eddie Kolodzieg discovered Into My Garden years ago when their daughter attended a tea party here. For the past several years, they have been coming here for lunch once a week. “It’s a nice quiet atmosphere and the food is always good. We get the same thing every time – the sampler,” Annamarie says. “It’s always consistent, and there is a nice variety,” Eddie notes. It’s a special setting where her husband does not feel outof-place and Annamarie can enjoy all the special touches. “I always like looking at the silver and the pretty glassware,” she said. “It’s very pleasant and the staff is so nice.” Shirley Shipman, who recently came in for lunch with 12 members of her church group, the Divas Out and About, from First Baptist in Garland, has been a regular for over a decade (Into My Garden opened in 1999). “I used to come with my mother and my sister, and then I came with my granddaughter,” she said. Her Divas group dines out together once a month and “I knew they would love this. It’s always wonderful!” As Linda says, “It’s a great place for rekindling a friendship and for making memories. Frequently we’ll have grown women come in and say they had their 15th birthday party here. Linda and Jennifer became coowners of Into My Garden in 2011, and they made a conscious decision to keep the tearoom unchanged because they loved the feeling of it. Jennifer, the chef, enjoys trying new recipes, such as the apricot almond chicken salad, and some wonderful desserts. However, the Royal Doulton china, the floral accents, the charming tea pots, the princesses and teddy bears that are used for children’s tea parties, and the fabulous hats on display, have always been a part of Into My Garden’s charm. The tearoom is a fixture in Plano for lunch, bridal showers, women’s group gatherings, afternoon tea, princess tea parties and children’s birthday parties, holiday teas,

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bridal showers and baby showers. The fare is best described as classic tearoom cuisine that sets the bar very high. “The secret to attracting a loyal following is the consistency and quality of our food,” Linda shares. “We are high on product integrity, and people tell us it is always delicious.” The flavorful iced teas are infused with fruit, herbs or flowers. Guests can choose from a mahogany chest with numerous tea bags for hot tea. And for afternoon tea, fine loose teas are served in a teapot. Into My Garden’s Tea Room Sampler is always a showstopper, with an amazing velvety smooth quiche, a seasonal soup, New Orleans pasta salad, and a choice of wild rice salad or chicken salad elegant.

We always think chicken salad is what separates a good tearoom from a great tearoom, and Into My Garden’s Chicken Salad Elegant is one of the best, with cranberries and walnuts creating the perfect combination of flavors. On the dessert list, the Incredibly Delicious Chocolate Cake and buttermilk pie are among the biggest crowd pleasers. “Sometimes we have people come in and order dessert first,” Linda smiles. Jennifer greatly enjoys the creative aspect of owning a tearoom. “I’ve made some of the hats for the tearoom, and I love cooking and coming up with new things for the teas,” she said. Into My Garden is open Monday through Saturday from 11 – 2:30. Afternoon tea is available by reservation, and catering is available for those who want to entertain at home with Into My Garden’s incomparable quiche, salads, soups and desserts. They are located at 1017 E. 15th Street in Plano. Learn more at IntoMyGarden.com or call 469-360-5821.

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Stephanie Miller is a marketing professional and fan of tea who enjoys visiting North Texas tearooms for TEA IN TEXAS. Her interests include needlepoint, antiquing, volunteer work and, most of all, spending time with her family and yellow lab.

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Tea Etiquette

TeaEtiquette By Penny Ward

With the holidays approaching, and the many family meals that entails, any quick tips for proper table manners?

Sharing a meal with family and friends can be very rewarding. During the holidays, it is a special time to gather around the table, to connect and renew bonds. It is a time of strengthening relationships and creating memories. Remember that people are more important than decorations or food. They may not remember what the decorations looked like or what they ate, but they will always remember how you made them feel. One of my favorite quotes by Emily Post says, “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use.� That being said, etiquette is still important so here are a few quick tips for happier, more gracious mealtimes: 1. Turn off cell phones and other electronics. Turn off the television. Try nice music in the background instead. 2. The choicest morsels at the meal are the words that come out of our mouths. Remember that our words are powerful and have the ability to build others up or tear them down. Beginning the meal with humble thanks expresses a thankful attitude. One suggestion for getting the conversation started on the right tone would be to take turns sharing something you are grateful for. Also remember that there are topics that are not proper for table conversation such as politics and medical issues.

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We can help you celebrate a special event Birthdays, Baby Showers, Bridal Showers Call and let us book your tea party in style.

281-528-6550 www.CrossroadsCollection.com 123 Midway, Old Town Spring, TX 77373

We now offer Tea service, cream tea, afternoon tea, and tea classes.

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BritishIslesOnline.com 2366 Rice Blvd. 713.522.6868

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Step into Luxury

Plan Your Social Event in Historic Conroe Southern hospitality is the most essential element a gracious hostess can offer to guarantee a truly exceptional affair. It is the height of good manners to welcome others with hospitality and grace. Since 2000, Gayle Burke proudly offers such courteous entertaining at the Burkeshire Plantation. Along with her attentive wait staff, she manages every detail of this historic property to give visitors a once-in-a-lifetime fairy tale experience. Burkeshire Plantation, located off of North Fraiser Street in quaint Conroe, has a trickling fountain and gentle azaleas to welcome guests. The lushly landscaped, threeacre grounds, filled with 100-year old oaks canopying over the columned gazebo, invite guests to inhale the fresh air and walk the grounds. The white chapel seats 150 and is a perfect venue for a church outing or luncheon. Once inside Burkeshire Plantation, guests are destined to have a memorable experience in this 1935 mansion. Three floors of collectables and fine antiques await history lovers with 6500 square feet of treasures. The main staircase was made in St. Louis and assembled on site; it is surrounded by French Gustav Becker clocks and a functional 1935 telephone. A narrow staircase to the third floor is an impressive site, while the top third floor is a private museum with a wide collection of Americana memorabilia, old toys and war militaria from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. Husband and collector, Jim Burke, personally curates and offers tours to guests during most functions. Serving groups of 30 to 250, Burkeshire Plantation beautifully decorates for the holidays starting on November 30th when Christmas parties and holiday weddings keep Gayle bustling. The home boasts 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 4 fireplaces, an elevator and a basement, which is rare in this region of the country. Providing complete packages for events, Gayle has hosted many extravagant affairs including high tea for a local hospital - seating 225 guests in the outdoor canopy and Christmas parties for small non-profit clubs that celebrate in style. Gayle’s gracious manner and comforting smile make every occasion unforgetable.

Looking for a relaxing place to put you in the holiday spirit? Nestled in the country between the small historic German and Czech communities of Moulton and Shiner, the lovely Country Inn is just the place to relax. Located between Houston and San Antonio, south of Interstate 10, you will arrive to a tranquil environment. This rustic cedar country house sleeps as many as six adults. Canines and equines welcomed. Floral sugar and creamer with 8 3/4� tray in antique silver-plated zinc. $34.95 - Item 44900

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Weather permitting, sit around a campfire, roast hot dogs or grill your favorite meal. Not the outdoors type? Relax in front of a wood burning fireplace, enjoying your favorite beverage. Whatever your pleasure, HCI will put you in the holiday spirit and re-energize you for your holiday shopping. Visit us at henkhauscountryinn.com and tour our beautiful country inn.

Your Home Away From Home

HENKHAUS

The Inn, built as a weekend home, has everything you need to make your stay a memorable one.

Country Inn 713-594-9119

2381 County Road 293, Shiner, Texas 77984 www.henkhauscountryinn.com November - December 2012 | www.teaintexas.com

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