Thursday, September 29, 2022

Teatime with TT & Heather

Welcome to teatime with TT... Tressie Teegarden.  Today, great-granddaughter, Heather, shares the memories that stand out the most in her mind.  Her top three are as follows:

The box of chocolates on top of the fridge... 

This is a popular memory!  Karri recalled the chocolate box as holding some shells that were used to serve appetizers.

Heather remembers that before these boxes were "repurposed" they were on top of their refrigerator.  It was an older (and shorter) fridge, and she was able to reach up and get the box to choose the chocolate of her choice as a near teen. 

The orange tree in the backyard...
The oranges were plentiful when we would visit in March during spring breaks!  They were easily reachable by the girls, and it was hard to deny them a snack when they requested a healthy snack such as this. 


TT loved teatime, especially on her patio.  If there were ripe oranges on the tree, they would pick one and enjoy... To be honest though, I'm not sure that she loved the tea more than the "excuse" to have a sweet treat or snack.  I have mentioned before that she had a sweet tooth!  Thus, the box of chocolates that was always on top of the fridge.  And Grandpa was just as bad as Grandma with the sweet tooth. 

Grandma would sometimes enjoy teatime with a few of her china painting friends.  And if they brought a yummy treat to share she would ask for the recipe.  Here's one that she passed on to me, knowing that we had a garden and an abundance of zucchini.

Tressie's handwriting was sometimes hard to read... To save you the time of deciphering exactly what the recipe calls for.

Zucchini Bread ~ Chocolate
makes 2 loaves

3 eggs
1 cup oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sugar (can cut to 1-1/2 cup)

Beat these ingredients together.

Add 2 squares (baking) chocolate (melted) or 6 tablespoons cocoa
2 cups grated zucchini
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup chopped nuts

Bake at 350° for 1 hour.
Store in refrigerator 

You may recall the mention of TT and her wanderlust as well as her interest in the Royal Family.  With the recent passing of the Queen, I saw an ad for a collectible doll in the likeness of and in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.  My girls and I laughed as we recalled Grandma T's large doll collection (that they helped pack in the big move from Tucson to Colorado) and all three of us feel confident that she would have certainly brought this doll home with her.

Speaking of home... have you started your Noon & Night (log cabin) blocks?  Because of the many moves that Forrest & Tressie had during their life, I thought that a row of little houses was needed.

This BONUS block makes a 3-1/2" block, and you will need 16 to complete the row.

Grab the free pattern and get sewing!  You will find these blocks are beginner friendly, easy to make and come together quickly.

And when you are done with these head over to the Noon & Night story and share a link to your photo of your finished blocks!  Oh, and then celebrate by taking advantage of the 15% discount at Cornerstone Tea Company by using HOME as the code at checkout. (Discount code valid thru October 12)

Keep Piecing,


Linking with:

Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
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Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts


  1. Oh, now I want to put a box of chocolates on the top of my fridge for my grandkids!

  2. Such lovely memories, Melva and thank you so much for the block. Hearing the stories and memories make the block mean so much more. Have a great weekend.

  3. My Mom and Granny both had repurposed chocolate boxes! When we lived west of Houston, our neighbors had an orange tree that hung over the fence, and they encouraged us to pick as many as we liked. Also they had lots of seeds, those were the juiciest and tastiest oranges I ever had. Thank you for the recipe, I've never had chocolate zucchini bread. It sounds delicious!

  4. awe I love this post. I repurposed those boxes too, so sturdy and smelled of chocolate. LeeAnna

  5. Super cute house blocks!!
    What fun memories to have of TT and her teas and... well! Chocolate!! they best part!!

  6. Those Whitman chocolates are my fave too! I finished those wedding rings and noon and night on Saturday. It was a marathon, but they are done, and all but noon and night are in rows too. What a relief!!!!!!😆