Tea Cakes N' Things

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Hi!  I'm Sandra. Welcome to CR 3405, Rural America outside of Jacksonville, Texas, home of the world's largest salsa. Thank you for tuning in to Tea Cakes N' Things Blog. Tea Cakes N' Things shares wonderful tit-bits of childhood memories... eating delicious teacakes.  Also, be on the watch for helpful tips on gardening, landscaping, baking teacakes, wildlife habitats...a little bit of everything.  Some blog posts will simply show a photo... a moment in time offering you the opportunity to express your thoughts and feelings.    

Thank you for your support and confidence in my blog.

Tit-bit of history: Jacksonville, Texas is the former Tomato Capital of the World. I recall as a elementary school student, this information was shared in our class geography book. I was mightly impressed. :)

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A Time To Plant

Posted by teacakesnthings on April 2, 2013 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello Everyone,

I apologize for missing in action these last few weeks.  I am knee deep in dirt (soil) sort-to-speak in the garden.  My kitchen garden is coming along quiet nicely.   I am very pleased with the results. I decided to forego the raised beds. Perhaps next gardening season I will include the beds. Instead, I am pot planting everything. The garden is a treasure.  

I have planted dill, peppers, orka, cucumbers, tomatoes, and lavender.  By the way, I came up with a workaround for the sunflowers.  I pot planted as many sunflower seeds as possible. I will transplant some in various areas of the property once the seeds are larger. 

I will be talking with you again.  Thanks for tuning in. 



What Now!

Posted by teacakesnthings on March 11, 2013 at 10:40 PM Comments comments (0)

The last few weeks have been quite challenging. I am in a Doctoral Program at Walden University. I completed a class on March 4, in Corporate Finance... it was a killer. Being able to blog helps to retain my sanity and life/work or rather school balance. I spent time today following other blogs, e.g., southernhospitalityblog.com. frenchcountrycottage.com, and thevintagefarm.com. I stubbled upon southernhospitalityblog.com at 4:30 am last Friday morning. I love it! Reading Rhoda's story was so inspiring. I hope within six years my blog will be as successful as Rhoda's...it is a treasure. 

I am working on the kitchen garden at the shop (Tea Cakes N' Things). I have a few weeks to complete the raised beds and plant herbs and vegetables. Hester "the chicken" and her fine feather friends continue to interfere with my progress.  

The Chickens Again

Posted by teacakesnthings on February 18, 2013 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone,

You may recall that I said I was going to plant sunflower seeds again on Saturday (February 16, 2013). Well, the chickens are smarter than I suspected. This time  they were ready for me. Everywhere I attempted to plant seeds, the chickens followed. I tossed seeds to them, hiping I could distract their intrusion on my planting... no such luck. I hope they missed eating some of the seeds.             

Two hens stayed on my trail. One in particular was quite persistent. As much as I hate to admit it, I hold admiration for her determination…she’s sorta-kinda like me. Her intrusion lasted most of the day. I have decided to give her a name. I call her Esther. Perhaps she will learn to respect my “me time” and realize that planting is one of those times. What do you think? :>

Here chick, chick, chick...



Southern Tea Cakes by Paula Deen

Posted by teacakesnthings on February 14, 2013 at 2:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Southern Tea Cakes


4 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 pound (2 vanilla sticks) butter, softened

1 teaspoon of vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a large bowl sift flour, baking soda, and baking powder together. Add remaining ingredients and blend well. Dough should be soft. Roll dough out onto a floured surface until approximately 1/4 - inch thick. Cut dough into desired shapes and bake on a slightly greased sheet for 10 to 12 minutes.


 Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/southern-tea-cakes-recipe2/index.html?oc=linkback

At the River

Posted by teacakesnthings on February 14, 2013 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hi everyone,

The following photo is truly a wildlife habitat. The photo is a portion of the nature and willdlife habitat of the San Jacinto River.  I took this picture on a Sunday afternoon prior to a baptism.  

Best regards,


Gummy-Gummy Desserts

Posted by teacakesnthings on February 14, 2013 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

If you have checked out the website, you know that Big Momma taught me to bake teacakes when I was nine years old.  I love baking teacakes because she taught me the art and craft of this delightful cookie-cake.  She also taught me how to bake a poor-man's pudding cake.  In addition, I bake Italian Cream Cakes, fried pies, and syrup puddings.  My mother taught me to bake the fried pies and syrup pudding.  I learned to bake Italian Cream Cakes while enrolled in a high school Home Economics food class. At Tea Cakes N' Things we offer all of these desserts  from time to time.  However, we always have Tea Cakes. 

Tea Cakes N' Things Desserts

  • Tea Cakes
  • Italian Cream Cakes
  • Poor-man Pudding
  • Syrup Pudding
  • Fried Pies

As always thank you for your support,


A Garden Room

Posted by teacakesnthings on February 14, 2013 at 2:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Most Likely for the Wildlife: A Habitat

Posted by teacakesnthings on February 14, 2013 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Hardscaping the Garden

Posted by teacakesnthings on February 14, 2013 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I find that landscaping and hardscaping overlap.  Many of the photos seen for Landscaping on the Cheap show many hardscape items.  I have discovered many garden hardscape items from others' discards - such as old benches, pots, chairs, tables, fences, lamps, toys, etc. Most reuseable items can be staged in a garden. 

Gardening makes my heart sing, my soul rejoice, and my mind transcend from the worries and cares of this world .


I Choose You Again

Posted by teacakesnthings on February 14, 2013 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)


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