Monday, May 14, 2018

The Enchanting Rose's 12th Teacup Exchange

 Stephanie, from The Enchanting Rose, is having her 12th reveal party on May 17th.  I received this beautiful Royal Cuthbertson fine bone china teacup from Jo, who blogs at Miss Jo's Shabby Life.  Isn't the teacup so pretty with the scattering of roses, carnations, pansies and violas?  She sent the sweet spoon, too.


 My package arrived on my doorstep, all wrapped so neatly, and I was excited to open the box!


 Look at all these gifts I received!!  Jo sure did spoil me with so many thoughtful gifts.  The Farm Fresh tray will come in handy, and Jo included a canister of English Tea Shoppe Tropical green tea.


 Aren't these tea towels pretty?  The notepad will come in handy, and the Colorado key chain is a nice keepsake from Jo's home state.


 This darling bird was included,which has found a place in my home decor.


A thoughtful card was included and the coaster, too.  I loved all my gifts, and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your lovely gifts.  Thank you, also, to our hostess, Stephanie, who selflessly organizes this exchange for women not only here, and in Canada, but throughout the world!  


My recipient was Mary, who doesn't have a blog, but whom I've become friends with from the exchange.  I sent these gifts to her...The Twelve Teas of Friendship book, a pretty Gracie teacup, some chocolate caramel filled Stroopwafels, a bag of assorted teas, a chocolate scone mix (Mary loves chocolate!), and some garden gloves, because she loves gardening.  


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Monday, May 7, 2018

Cinnamon and Sugar Roll-Ups

 I'm preparing a virtual Mother's Day Tea for me and my Mom, and using two of the sets that my late Great Aunt Kitty painted.  My Mom was named Kathryn (Kitty) after our aunt, who was the sister of my Mom's mother,  and I was named Catherine (spelled differently by my Dad), and then called Kitty, too.  We're having some cinnamon and sugar roll-ups that Cissy and I made the other day.

 This tablecloth was embroidered by Mom so very long ago.  Isn't it beautiful? 

 Here is one of the trio sets that our Aunt Kitty painted.

This teapot was found by my Mom when she loved to go to thrift stores.  She gave it to me several years ago. 

 I thought that I'd put a picture of me and my Mom, along with the sweet vase baby bootie that was a gift after I was born.  The Goebel Madonna was a gift from my Dad gave me after I became a much nostalgia.  The zinnias came from my garden.  Aren't zinnias the most cheerful flowers?  I planted a row of them along my driveway in the back, for a happy nod when I come home. 

Cissy worked hard on these roll-ups, which are heavenly little treats,  filled with cream cheese.  She used a serrated knife and cut all the crusts by herself, while I rolled out the bread with a rolling pin.  We always have fun chatting away while working together on our baking project. 

Yield: About 20Pin it

Sugar and Cinnamon Roll-ups

I remembered eating these at a shower and put together a recipe of my own. Cissy thought that they tasted like Monkey Bread, and after she took them home, her Mom (my daughter) baked them the next morning.  


1 loaf of white bread
1 cup sugar (divided)
1 8-ounce pkg of cream cheese, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted and placed in a shallow bowl


Cut the crusts from the bread slices, and then using a rolling pin, roll each piece of bread very flat, and set aside.
With a mixer, cream together the cream cheese, 1/3 cup of sugar, and the vanilla until it is smooth. 
Mix together the remaining sugar ( 2/3 cup ) and the cinnamon in a shallow bowl.
Using about 1 tablespoon of  the cream cheese mixture, spread it on the flattened bread and roll up.  Dip each roll-up in the melted butter and then into the sugar/cinnamon mixture. 
Place the roll-ups on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. 


You can make these ahead and freeze the roll-ups by placing on parchment lined baking sheets, and when frozen, take them out and put in a freeze proof container or plastic food bag.  You can bake them from the frozen state, but allow a few extra minutes in the oven.
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Happy Mother's day to ALL WOMEN who love and care for others, whether they be people, or pets!

Thank you for your visit!  xo 

Monday, April 30, 2018

Brownie Monster Cookies's a beautiful day here in Texas, and Cissy and I made Brownie Monster Cookies.  Would you care to join us?

When I was at a local antique mall with some friends, I saw a version of this arrangement that I copied,  only it was done in a sherbet/champagne  glass.  I thought this old, silver piece that once belonged to my late Great Aunt Kitty would be perfect for it. 

My late dad used to buy Royal Doulton figurines for my mom, and she gifted this one to me several years ago.

I was the lucky recipient, several times ago, of both of these pretty teacups from Stephanie's teacup exchange, from The Enchanting Rose.  I love using teacups seasonally, and I thought that both of these vintage ones were pretty for Spring. The one in the front is a Royal Stuart, and the back one is a Rosina. 

I love birdhouses, and have had this old, chippy one for years now.  I stuck it in a Kimberley Fern, which take more sun than Boston ferns.

This adorable birdhouse was a recent purchase from Ross. 

 When I picked Cissy up from school this week, it had been raining.  She was ready for her favorite cup of Vanilla Chai tea, which she likes to top with whipped cream.  She picked out this pretty rose teacup that some dear friends gave me several years ago.  


Here's the little baker with her batch of cookies. 

Look at my youngest grands!  Aren't they sweet in their matching outfits?  Before long they'll be joining me in the kitchen.

Yield: Recipe states 16; we got 2 dozen

Brownie Monster Cookies

This was an easy recipe for an after school treat for Cissy to take home to her family!


1 box (1 lb 2.3 oz) fudge brownie mix
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon water 
1 egg
3/4 cup M&M's
1/2  cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.   Line cookie sheets with cooking parchment paper.
  • In large bowl, stir together brownie mix and oats. Add melted butter, water and egg; stir until well blended. Stir in candies and chips.
  • Shape dough into 2-inch balls. Place on cookie sheet 3 inches apart. Press each ball slightly to flatten.
  • Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until tops of cookies are no longer wet looking. Cool 5 minutes; remove from cookie sheets to cooking racks.
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