Sunday, March 20, 2016

Come Into My Parlour








Francie Vanderhoosen blogs for

The Domestic Diva Mysteries

by Krista Davis







Hi, I'm Sophie Winston's next door neighbor. I was asked to blog today, which I find pretty exciting. Sophie said to share the local gossip so here goes.

I've lived in Old Town for a long time and didn't think it could get any better but it has. We have a tea room now! It's called The Parlour. Very appropriate because it's set up like little parlours. Instead of formal tables, there are private furniture arrangements with sofas and cushy chairs and a coffee table for serving the tea and goodies. So it's almost like curling up at home with a friend, except someone brings the tea and scones and you don't have any dishes to wash.

My friend Velma Klontz and I go there every day. You might call it our hangout. The Parlour has huge windows that front on King Street so we can watch what's going on in town. And right across the street is the brand new antiques store called Robert Johnson Antiques.

As luck would have it, the store belongs to Velma's widowed brother-in-law. Can you imagine—an older widowed man in Old Town? And good-looking, too. You should see the women who parade by his shop. He's very proper and elegant. Alas, too young for me, but that doesn't stop me from enjoying the notion of being a cougar!

But I'm a little bit concerned because Martha Carter, the owner of The Parlour, asked Natasha to help her with a literacy fund-raising tea. I can't wait to see the mess Natasha manages to put together. That girl puts on a good TV show about cooking and such if you like that kind of thing, but she's no event planner.

So come on by The Parlour. I'll be there, eating a Bacon Cheddar Scone. What's your favorite kind of scone?


19 comments:

  1. Can't wait. Excited for Sophie and Velma escapade.

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    1. Velma is a hoot. I hope you'll like her as much as I do.

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  2. What a great place to have tea. I'm on my way.

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    1. We're holding a seat for you, Willow!

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  3. Hi Francie! I can't wait to visit The Parlour and the new antique store, and am interested to find out what kind of twist Natasha puts on the literary fundraising tea - lol! My absolute favorite scones are fruity (orange, raspberry, etc...), but I really enjoy savory scones as well - the bacon cheddar version sounds lovely for this fine Sunday morning. Enjoy! Nicole :-)

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    1. Oh yum! Fruity scones—I hope The Parlour will serve some!

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  4. Love this!
    I am re-reading Chocolate Kiss in anticipation of the next Sophie adventure. :)

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    1. I rater enjoyed that caper myself. All those delicious chocolates!

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  5. I enjoyed Francie's description of The Parlour -- if there was one nearby, I would want to go there every day too. I share her concern about Natasha doing the fund raising tea! My favorite scones are cinnamon scones or basically any scones that I could get with clotted cream!

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    1. I haven't tried cinnamon scones. Oh dear. Maybe I can suggest them to Martha!

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  6. Oh Francie save me a spot and order extra bacon cheddar scones because they are my favorite too. I can't wait to read about your adventures with Sophie, maybe when I join you at The Parlour you can tell me what happened.

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    1. We'll put you right next to Willow, Brittany! And we'll definitely need more of the bacon cheddar scones.

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  7. Francie, I am partial to savory scones, so your bacon cheddar sound wonderful. One of the favorites around here...maple bacon with cheddar and chives.

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  8. Does there have to be a favorite? I love berry, citrus, plain, and even a savory basil (oddly delicious). Scones are delicious, and the perfect accompaniment with a cup of bold tea.

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  9. Lemon poppy seed. I just had a half of one. But your bacon cheddar sounds very good! Maybe I can be converted.

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  10. The Bacon Cheddar Scone sounds amazing. Currently, I am reading Chocolate Kiss (so much lovely chocolate). I am looking forward to reading The Diva Serves High Tea. I can't wait to see how Natasha handles an event.

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  11. Mmm. Do you have any gluten free scones. I have never (honestly) had a bacon cheddar scone and it sounds delicious!

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