Mission: Educate adults and children in basic social skills, history of étiquette, formal introductions and invitations, entertaining and dining out guidelines, Continental and American style principles, dining with difficult foods, choosing appropriate attire, communication skills, thank-you notes, other useful étiquette techniques, and Victorian Afternoon Tea.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Northwest Tea Festival

I taught a Tea Étiquette Class at the Northwest Tea Festival here in Seattle this weekend.  
It was fabulous!
My dear friends Kathy and John Paul from California attended my class.  

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Healthy Banana Bread

I made this tonight!  So healthy and delicious too.

Healthy Banana Bread


l/2 cup sugar
l/4 cup + 2 tablespoons olive oil
2 eggs

l l/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (3 to 4 medium)
l/2 cup buttermilk + 5 teaspoons
l teaspoon vanilla

2 l/2 cups whole wheat flour
l teaspoon baking soda
l teaspoon salt

l cup chopped nuts (walnuts or pecans)
3/4 cup currants


Place oven rack in middle of oven.  
Heat oven to 350 degrees.  
Grease 2 loaf pans with olive oil.  

Mix sugar and olive oil in mixer.  
Add eggs until blended.
Add bananas, buttermilk and vanilla until blended.

Beat until smooth.

Stir in flour, baking soda and salt.
Stir in nuts and currants just until moistened.

Bake for one hour

Saturday, September 14, 2019

English Home Magazine - Country Edition - The Art of Rural Life

This article sums up my life here on beautiful Whidbey Island!  It is so nice to read how an etiquette columnist writes about her life in the country.

Mrs. Minerva Writes:

Whilst I rather love a trip to London for a spot of shopping, a lovely supper and the chance to see something wonderful at the theatre, I cannot imagine living anywhere other than the country.  It is where I am most at home.  To be able to get up in the morning and enjoy a beautiful view, the sound of birdsong and the scent of wild flowers in the air is a joy I would not change.

Rather like marriage or a new haircut, it does, however, take some getting used to.  There were many things I found perplexing when we first arrived.  It was in the depths of winter and - initially at least - there seemed not an awful lot to do.  In London, if Iwere feeling bored or lonely, I could pop to the V&A or ring up any number of friends and invite them for supper.

In the country, being social means making more of an effort, but the rewards are greater.  The height of the social calendar is the local anateur dramatic society's annual production in the village hall.

However, the true joy from such an endeavor stems from feeling part of a community.  If I have learned one thing, it is the value of friends.

The article continued.....

ENGLISH HOME - October edition 2019

Bernadette M. Petrotta
Founder & Director
Polite Society School of Étiquette

Website: PoliteSocietySchool.com
Email: PoliteSocietySchool@Whidbey.com