Small Pleasures in Small Treasures

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According to the “language of flowers”, the lily of the valley signifies the return of happiness. Springtime in May brings forth the awakening of a bounty of floral beauty. 

Small Pleasures in Small Treasures

Small pleasures whether represented in a cup of tea served in a glistening china teacup, an intimate bouquet, decorated tea sandwiches, petit fours, tea sweets or a delicious fruit cup are a delightful way to reinvent the use of tiny objects into small treasures.

Small Pleasures in Small Treasures

Pastel Pansy Petit Fours in Silver Cigarette Tray

Small Pleasures in Small Treasures

Floral Sugar Cubes in a tiny bowl and a lidded box.

Pink Tea Roses in a sugar bowl.

Small Pleasures in Small Treasures

Teacup filled with Dragon Fruit and Honeydew Balls, Red Grapes, Gooseberries, Candied Orange Rind, ground Crystallized Sugar flowers with fresh squeezed Lemon Juice and Cookie Cutter -Melon Petit Fours of Honeydew, Pink and Yellow Watermelon.

Reva Paul’s Very Southern Pimento Cheese

Small Pleasures in Small Treasures

12 oz. Cheddar Cheese, grated. (I use extra sharp)

¼ tsp. Dry Mustard; 1 tsp. granulated sugar; 1 tsp. White Vinegar

1 cup Mayonnaise (Hellman’s or Best)

1/2 cup of jarred Pimentos, diced

Place the grated cheese in a large bowl and set aside. In a mixer or food processor blend together the mayonnaise, mustard and sugar.

Small Pleasures in Small Treasures

Over a medium heat bring the mixture to a boil.  Remove from the heat. Pour mixture over the grated cheese.  Add the vinegar. Stir together until the cheese melts. Add the diced pimentos. Season the mixture with a dash of salt, to taste.  Optional: add a dash of hot sauce or pickle relish. 

Place into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for a minimum of two hours.  When ready to use serve over toasted white bread or in the cavity of a halved, hard-boiled egg. Garnish with thinly sliced pickles and or tomato, edible flower.

Photos and Text ©Ellen Easton


  • Ellen Easton, author of Afternoon Tea~Tips, Terms and Traditions(RED WAGON PRESS), an afternoon tea authority, lifestyle and etiquette industry leader, keynote speaker and product spokesperson, is a hospitality, design, and retail consultant whose clients have included the Waldorf=Astoria, the Plaza and Bergdorf Goodman. Easton’s family traces their tea roots to the early 1800s, when ancestors first introduced tea plants from India and China to the Colony of Ceylon, thus building one of the largest and best cultivated teas estates on the island.

5 Responses

  1. Marilynn S. Zeljeznjak says:

    Interesting way to make pimento cheese! I’ll have to give it a try.

  2. Barbara Lichtman says:

    Magnificent presentation! ?

  3. Fabulous presentation ! Simply outstanding presentation!

  4. polly says:

    I will have to try the cheese! A nasturtium would compliment fabulously! Lovely to see the beauty of small treasures, so many of us don’t make the time for these pleasures. These articles inspire it! Thank you!

  5. Ellen Easton says:

    Appreciate all of your kind comments. Thanks, Ellen

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