Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Holiday Hours...

Ho Ho Ho! Oh boy, we are busy elves right now! A customer suggested that we tell you that we are going to be closed between Christmas and New Years. I think she was very smart.... Our last day of business this year will be Saturday December 20 and we will reopen on Friday, January 2, 2009. We apologize for any inconvenience, but we are looking forward to spending time with our families and getting a little rest.

See you on January 2!

We hope that you have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Mary Ann

Friday, October 31, 2008

The Menu - Christmas High Tea

Hello! We thought that it might be nice to let you know what is on the menu for our Christmas High Tea. We also want to let you know that we are almost half way full on our reservations for all 4 High Teas. If you are wanting to join us and have just not given us a call, we would highly recommend that you make your reservations as soon as possible. We hope to see you!

Pecan Chicken Salad Teapot Sandwiches
Open Face Cucumber Herb Cream Cheese Tea Sandwiches
Roast Beef on French Onion Biscuits
Crab Spread Delights
Sunday's Teas: Creamy Chicken & Vegetable Soup
Thursday's Teas: Mixed Green Salad with Feta and other goodies
Variety of Fresh Scones
Ginger Bob Chocolate Pants Cookies
Lemon Blueberry Tarts
Chocolate French Macaroons
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Lemon Curd, Strawberry Jam, Whipped Cream
Your Choice of Tea
Don't forget the shopping hour before each tea. Receive a discount when you make a purchase during that hour!
Until then....keep being good so that Santa will be sure to visit you this year!
See you soon...Mary Ann

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Christmas High Teas...



Hello Everybody! Please meet Mr. Ginger-Bob Chocolate Pants!

I can't believe that I'm writing about this already in September, but we want to get the word out as soon as possible about our Christmas High Teas. We have 4 scheduled for this year! Last year we had 2 scheduled and completely booked, however old man winter had other plans and we had to cancel the second date. This year, we are bound and determined to fill up all 4 dates with happy and festive guests!

Please see the green box on the right hand column of this blog for the dates and times. Call as soon as you can to make your reservations as we do fill up quickly. We will send you an information card confirming your reservation date and also to let you know about private shopping time 1 hour prior to each event. We pre-wrap many of our gift items for easy purchasing and gift-giving, but can also wrap any purchase you may make.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Sincerely with our bells beginning to jingle.....Mary Ann

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Our First "Mac Girls"!





We thought it was so fun that these two wonderful ladies, Nell Pierce and Gwen Miller, decided to pay us a visit after reading about us and our French Macaroons here on our blog. They are standing in front of our Baked Goods vintage cart and trying hard not to nibble on the macaroon samples that are out! We thought they were a delight to have come see us and we say thank you! We also hope that they enjoyed the Macaroons!
I know that I caught another customer after Nell and Gwen were gone that looked like Lucy stuffing Bon-Bons. She must have liked the samples too and couldn't get enough! I got really tickled at her and I say thank you for the chuckle!
Stay tuned for a little feature on our 18" doll clothing line that fits American Girl dolls. We have some darling new pieces coming within the next couple of weeks that you will love!
Mary Ann






















Finally....an entry!


I can't believe it's been a month since my last post. We came back from our lovely vacation to a month like we've never seen! We are so thankful, but our little feet are tired! The photos above are from a couple of showers that we held during July. Like always, we had wonderful customers who continue to confirm our initial intent for our business. Of course, our direction has changed somewhat, but serving others and providing a pleasant, peaceful environment is our basis for survival so far. The "Thank You" notes that we receive are so nice and we thank you right back!

Macaroon Update!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh, these delicious, delightful, dandy chocolate treats are to die for! We have quite a few flavors now and so far everyone is loving them. All of the flavors will be available on Saturdays with the exception of the last three. They are more limited editions and will available at different times.

Our list of flavors include the following:

  • Dark Chocolate with Chocolate Ganache
  • Dark Chocolate with Sweet Almond Black Cherry Ganache
  • Dark Chocolate with Peanut Butter Ganache
  • Dark Chocolate with Cinnamon Ganache
  • Lemon Cream
  • Strawberry Cream
  • Orange Cream
In the next entry you will see some new photos of the French Macaroons and our very first "Mac Girls". In the meantime, please stay tuned for more entries. We have a lot to share with you and hope you stick with us! Have a great week and we'll see you soon!

Mary Ann




































Monday, June 23, 2008

Summer Vacation...

We are headed to the beach....
The Ruby Pear Tea Parlor
will be closed July 2-5, 2008.
We apologize for any inconvenience (spelling error!),
but the Sea was calling for us
and we answered yes!
We will reopen on July 9, 2008.

p.s. If you would like to see where we are headed, please go to http://www.sandestin.com/. We will also visit the following towns:

http://www.rosemarybeach.com/ and http://www.seasidefl.com/.

The panhandle of Florida is our own little piece of paradise!


A little Tea...

Hello Everyone!

I've had great intentions to get a feature on Harney Tea uploaded and have not had a chance to do so. I will say that they (Harney & Sons) have a terrific website loaded with great information. We do carry many of their teas, but have not ventured to carry all of them. There are too many! ha

We are headed in a direction to start carrying many more teas and develop a tea tasting schedule for our customers. We may even create some tea tasting classes. Like always, we have many ideas to follow through with, but only so much time to do it in. Fortunately, we are very busy with lunches, tea parties and inventory control for the gift shop.

In the meantime, please go to www.harneytea.com and take a look at their selection. Let us know if there is something you are interested in and we'll see if we have it for you.

We will have a few features coming up regarding Tea Cards, Bella Dio Designer Jewelry and our European Soap Lines. Until then, keep pouring the Earl Gray and sipping the Pekoe!

Mary Ann

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Whew!

Hello! Wow....I have been too busy to write lately....I apologize for the delay in blogging. I'm always amazed at how time gets away from me. The Tea Parlor has had a lovely couple of weeks with very nice customers and lots of interesting stories. We are always so happy to have such wonderful people visit with us. Part of what we love so much is getting to know you! It is a challenge to remember names, but we never forget gratefulness and graciousness. There are many we pray for and celebrate with...too many to count, but you are each remembered in some way or another. It is a tiring business and sometimes we wear out faster than others. Especially during holidays and weekends during the summer months. Please keep smiling at us and we'll do our best to continue wonderful service to you. It seems I'm feeling a bit nostalgic these days. Perhaps it's because we are approaching our 3 year anniversary and it's hard to believe it has been 3 years already! Thank you to those who keep coming back time after time. You will never know how much we appreciate you!

We have some really fun things planned for this fall....so stay tuned for a couple of fun announcements. I'll be giving you a few "save the dates" very soon! Until next time...have a great day and I'll be back in a couple of days with a feature about Harney Tea.

Mary Ann

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Vintage Indie Review



With many thanks in hand, we are honored to have a wonderful review of our scones and cookies by Gabreial Wyatt of Vintage Indie. She has a lovely blog that promotes independent artists, antique and vintage collectors and creators. For those of you who are curious about The Ruby Pear, we invite you to read on here in our blog to learn about us and what we offer. Our website offers more photos for you to view and more information about our services.

Just remember SCONES! The biggest word in our vocabulary is....SCONES! If you are interested in purchasing, please give us a call at 317-770-8322. We promise they will taste just like fresh out of the oven if you follow our heating instructions. You won't be sorry!

Thank you Gabreial for your kind words and we look forward to linking up with you even more!

To see our review, please click the link below:
http://vintageindie.typepad.com/vintage_indie/2008/05/indie-cafe---th.html

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The French Macaroon...


Well, it's time to talk about the new love in our lives. The French Chocolate Macaroon has become a wonderful new treat at The Ruby Pear Tea Parlor.
Saturdays are going to be known as
"French Macaroon Day"
with only a handful of them available for purchase. They are desirable, delicious, delightful and we dare you to eat just one! We have worked on this recipe until we have them just as close to a perfect Parisian Macaroon as possible. The oldest tearoom in Paris, Laduree, is our inspiration and we someday hope to make it there in person to try there own version, but until then, we hope that you will love ours as much as we do. Our French Chocolate Macaroons are $1.75 each and are about 2" in diameter which is twice the size of what we have seen with the imported Macaroons around town. We will make ours fresh each week and have around 25-30 to sell each Saturday.
We'll hopefully see you Saturday!!!!!!!!!
Mary Ann

Monday, May 19, 2008

Mother's Day













Oh what a lovely day we had with our 41 guests! Our tables were dressed in the colors of spring and a menu of delicious food was enjoyed by all. Our menu consisted of the following items:

Fresh Green Salad with Orange Slices, Strawberries and Almonds
Chicken and Vegetable Tea Cup Pies with a Heart of Puff Pastry
Italian Herb Biscuits with Herbed Egg Salad
Pear shaped Tea Sandwiches with Cucumber and Herb Cream Cheese
Vanilla Fat Rascal Cookies made into Mother's Day Hats
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
White Chocolate Cashew Scones, Cinnamon Chip Scones and Dark Chocolate Orange Scones
French Chocolate Macaroons
Lemon Curd, Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream
Choice of Hot or Iced Tea from our Tea Listing

A porcelain flower box was also given to each person as a small token of our appreciation. We had many, many wonderful guests who delighted us with laughter and enjoyment of each other's company. We could not have asked for a better day!

Many thanks to our terrific Ruby Pear team who worked tirelessly to make all of our guests feel special. We could not do it without you and won't ever be able to say thank you enough!

We did lose one team member in the past couple of weeks due to the fact that she and her husband are smack dab in the middle of trying to get their new winery operational. We wish Becky and Brian all the best in their adventure with their Country Moon Winery. Prune Becky, prune! Please stay tuned for the news of their opening date. We will keep you posted!

Please enjoy the photos and we'll post something fun again next week!

Mary Ann

Sunday, May 4, 2008

We have a video!

Please click play! We are so fortunate to have had a video shot by Bill at the Noblesville Daily Times. He was really nice and created a small video for us that is currently featured on www.hamiltoncountytoday.com. My Sister-In-Law Robin, the new internet goddess, has so graciously linked it to our blog and you will see it in the upper right hand corner of our blog page.

I must say that we have been so very very lucky to meet such wonderful people in the media willing to really work with us to create an article, a video, or some format of free press. We could not ask for more. We are so so thankful!

I will be writing more a week from today with photographs also of our Mother's Day High Tea that will be held on Saturday. We have 44 people scheduled...now, that's a full house! So exciting.

For now, have a great week and we'll see you on the other side!

Mary Ann

Thursday, April 17, 2008

History of The Fat Rascals...

When Connie, my mother, was pregnant with me, she was given this recipe at one of her baby showers. As a child, these cookies were made only during special times, especially the holidays. The Vanilla cookie is the original recipe and about 12 years ago we developed the chocolate recipe....which I might add knocked our socks off! It was also at that time that I began a teenie tiny business making scones, cookies and any other treats people asked for. I found that a slang term in England for scones is "Fat Rascal". There in lies the name of my business: Fat Rascal Confections. It was a fun name that people always mixed up, but none the less, they remembered me. I would walk into offices and people would stand up in their cubicles and give a hoot, "Where are those Fat Rascals?!". The cookies became a hit and the name of Fat Rascal just stuck. Who am I to change a good thing! At the tea parlor though, our scones are being eaten as fast as we can make them. We are amazed at how many times a week we are having to make them.


My Mom is the scone making champ! However, I think everything she bakes tastes wonderful! I have such fond memories of she and I making cookies in the kitchen and visiting the local grocery store to get all of the ingredients. My favorite thing to this day is to be in the kitchen or grocery store with her. I suppose she is tired of those things since that is all she has done all her life, but she has the most natural God given gift of making those around her feel good. I hope every day that I have inherited that trait.

You might be wondering if we'll share the recipe, but I'll tell you what I tell everyone else..."Ancient Chinese Secret". Sorry!

Until next time...

Mary Ann

















Wednesday, April 16, 2008

First Blog!




How exciting! It's our first blog entry. The Ruby Pear Tea Parlor is located in Noblesville, Indiana and has been in existence for 2 1/2 years. We are working very hard to provide the highest level of service to all who come to visit. We have wonderful customers who join us for lunch, tea party celebrations or just a simple cup of tea and shopping. We serve and sell Harney teas along with our own line of Fine Loose teas. Many different types of teapots, teacups, some lovely antiques, wonderful vintage and new jewelry, beautifully scented French milled soaps and many other items grace our 7 rooms on the first floor of the stunning Victorian House on Conner Street. Built in 1892, this home could not provide a better setting for us.

My name is Mary Ann and my parents, Connie and Steve are my partners. My Sister-In-Law, Robin, also works with us and I'm sure you will see postings from her on here since she has a tremendous gift of "gab" and a talent for beautiful words. Robin's husband, Steve (my brother), also has provided us with invaluable support with our computer systems and website creation. The youngest of our family, Michael and his wife Michelle, also provide much support with our audio systems and taste-testing our new creations. We have three more "angels" who work very hard right along with us. They are Sandra, Becky and Judy. What a tremendous blessing they are in our lives and certainly make our days full of fun, laughter and appreciation for each other.

Well, I suppose that is enough for now. My goal is to write at least once a week with hopefully something inspiring or interesting to share. Thank you for taking a peek into our world of tea, good food and hospitality. For more information our website is http://www.therubypear.com/.


With much Sincerity,

Mary Ann