Monday, April 23, 2018

Can't Leave 'Em Alone Bars


 Come and enjoy a Can't Leave 'Em Alone Bar while we enjoy the sound of my repaired waterfall/mini pond, which needed a new liner.  It's so good to have it back in working order, because it's a little oasis that is so enjoyable.

My sweet neighbor, who lives across the street, gifted me this stacked teapot/teacup, awhile back.  It's so sweet, isn't it?  How about some Tazo Dessert Delights Vanilla Bean Macaron Tea?

Cissy baked these yummy bars to take home to her family.  We also did a sewing project that we will share later because it's a Mother's Day gift for her Mom.   The recipe for the bars comes from my friend, Debbie at Mountain Breaths.  Debbie and I are sweet tooth soul sisters, and have been blogging friends for years now.  I've made these bars before but never shared the recipe.  Debbie so kindly allowed me to share it with you. 


Yield: It depends on the size of the bars, but we got around 24 large size barsPin it

Can't Leave 'Em Alone Bars

Cissy enjoyed making these easy bars all by herself, and then taking them home to her family to enjoy!  Don't you know, the siblings love to see what she brings?!

ingredients:

1  pkg. white cake mix (the original recipe called for an 18-ounce box, but we used a 15.25-ounce     
box, and it worked out fine)
2 eggs
1/3 C. vegetable oil
1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 C. butter cubed


instructions:

In bowl, combine the dry cake mix, eggs and oil.  We used an electric mixer.

With floured hands press 2/3 of the mixture into a greased 9x13 baking pan. Set remaining cake mixture aside.

In a microwave safe bowl combine the milk, chocolate chips and butter. Microwave uncovered on high 45 seconds; stir. Microwave 45-60 seconds longer or until chips and butter are melted; stir until smooth. Pour over crust.

Drop teaspoonfuls of remaining cake mixture over top. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool before cutting.
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Monday, April 16, 2018

Colorful Springtime Cupcakes

 Cissy and I made these cupcakes earlier last week, before we had ANOTHER hailstorm and temperatures that dipped down in the 30's again!


 Isn't this teapot the cutest?  My sister sent this to me for my February birthday.  I'm serving some Darjeeling today.  Would you like a cup?

 This Royal Albert teacup that my mom gave me from her stash, looks like a Springtime bouquet, doesn't it?  Some of the gold gilding has worn off, but  that just means how much it has been used and loved.

 My youngest son gave me this darling basket as an Easter gift.  I'm actually using it on my kozy kitchen table.

 Cissy and I had disposable decorating bags that we filled with white cake batter that we colored in Spring colors.  We took turns in adding squirts of batter to our cupcake liners.

 Just look at these happy cupcakes!

 Here's the happy girl with one of her cupcakes that she took home to her family.


Aren't the cupcakes beautiful inside with all those pretty, marbled colors?  Cissy used a toothpick on some of them, to swirl the batter; others, she just left to see how they turned out.  We frosted them with a green buttercream. 

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Monday, April 9, 2018

A Mickey Mouse Tea Party

 A sweet lady from my church invited Cissy and me to the La Tea Da tea party at a local church.  We were invited last year, also, and this tea has been in the making since then.  Oh, the detail that went into this special table.  All the tables are decorated with a theme, and then they are voted on.  One lady, Ely, decorated three of the tables, and one of her tables won the grand prize.  I really thought that the table that we sat at would win, but I'm glad that one of Ely's tables won.

 Everything, and I mean everything, was Mickey Mouse related!!  We had Mickey Mouse plates, flatware, tablecloth, nameplates, goblets, etc., etc.

 Just look at this darling teapot!  The spout was cut off in the picture,  but it's also a teapot.  

Isn't this teacup the cutest??  Even the spoon was adorned with jewels in in the shape of Mickey!  In the background, on the right, you can see our take-home gift of Mickey Mouse soaps!!  Ely,  the lady who devised the theme, gave Cissy a special Mickey Mouse purse, with little gifts included. I'm telling you, this was a day of special memories.


Ely even made the sugar cubes from a Mickey Mouse mold!  Believe me, Cissy enjoyed munching on them, besides putting them in her tea.

Here's our delightful menu!  We were so grateful to be invited to this special, yearly event! 


 Cissy and I wanted a picture with Julia, who was the "Mum" of our table, and who kindly invited us to the tea.  Julia is also a widow, and Cissy and I sit with her at church, whenever Cissy spends the night with me.   Julia helped with the decorating. The men of the church are the servers, and the menu was wonderful.

 

 Cissy and I loved checking out all the themed tables at the tea party, and of course we voted for our Mickey Mouse table to win! Thank you so much, for coming along with Cissy and I to our tea party.

 Here's one of my grandsons, and Cissy's brother, who won at his tennis match this past week!  Way to go Caiden!!

Here is another grandson, and another brother of Cissy's, who does such an awesome job at shot put!  Way to go Riley!!!

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Monday, April 2, 2018

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Skillet Cake



 I hope you all had a wonderful Easter!  Let's share a slice of pineapple upside down cake on this pretty day. The blooming pitcher has some Charmelia flowers, which I found at Wal Mart, after reading about them on Mary's blog, Home Is Where The Boat Is.  These flowers last a good three weeks, which is a real bargain.

I'm using my reproduction Royal Albert Spring Meadow teacup,  which was one of five in a teacup gift from my youngest son and daughter-in-law. 



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Pineapple Upside Down Skillet Cake

My cast iron skillet is smaller than a 12" skillet. I ended up using two mini bundt pans for the extra batter.

ingredients:

12 pineapple slices in juice (from a 20 ounce can, or 3 8-ounce cans)
16 maraschino cherries
3 tablespoons butter, melted 
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 box  yellow cake mix
1 cup pineapple juice (from can of pineapple)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs 

instructions:

  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.   Add melted butter to 12-inch cast iron or ovenproof skillet. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over butter. Arrange 8 pineapple slices in bottom of skillet. Cut remaining slices in half; arrange around inside edge of skillet. Place 1 cherry in center of each whole and half pineapple slice.
  • In large bowl, beat cake mix, pineapple juice, oil and eggs with electric mixer on low speed until moistened; beat 2 minutes on high speed. Pour into skillet over fruit.
  • Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until cake is golden brown and springs back when touched lightly in center.
  • Cool cake in skillet 5 to 10 minutes. Run knife around edge of cake to loosen. Place heatproof plate upside down over skillet; turn plate and skillet over. Remove skillet. Serve cake warm.
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Look how little Hayden has grown!  She is the sweetest baby...always smiling, so content, and is the happiest baby. 

For Harper's Easter bonnet parade at her school, her Mommy made this adorable unicorn hat!  Doesn't she look so proud and happy?

My son, Tim,  dropped his girls off for a few hours to spend some time with me.  We managed to make some Bunny Bark, which they were able to package and take home.  It was so nice being with these sweet girls.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Chocolate Peanut Butter Nests


 Yea, here we are outside on the patio for a Springtime tea.    Cissy and I made darling nests for a treat.  Would you like one?  The polka dot bunny tealight holder is filled with a painted rock that my son, Mike, did to resemble an Easter egg.


 This is my granddaughter, Cissy's, favorite cup.  I received this from one  of Stephanie's teacup exchanges from  The Enchanting Rose. 

 Whenever I get out this cute bunny planter, I think of my dear friend, Kathryn, who passed away several years ago.  She gifted it to me, and it's a gentle reminder of her.  I filled the cavity with my Shamrock plant, before I plant it outside. 


 Doesn't Cissy look so happy with her creations?  I had always made the nests with chocolate and butterscotch chips, and chow mein noodles.  I saw a picture on Susan's lovely blog, Savoring Time In The Kitchen, and tried her version, and it's with pretzels.  Cissy was sampling as we made them, and she REALLY liked the mixture!


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Chocolate Peanut Butter Nest

Cissy and I doubled the recipe and we ended up with 15. Using either butterscotch or peanut butter chips with the chocolate chips, makes for a good combo.

ingredients:

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 cups peanut butter chips
2 cups crushed/broken thin pretzel sticks
Easter Peeps
Candy that resemble eggs (we used malted milk ones, but you can use  peanut M&M's)

instructions:

Melt the chocolate and peanut butter chips in the microwave, and stir.
Add the crushed/broken thin pretzels sticks.
Add spoonfuls of the mixture to a muffin tin that has been sprayed with cooking spray.
Add the Peeps and candy eggs, while the mixture is still warm, for them to adhere. 
Refrigerate the nests. 
When they are cold, take a knife and run it down the side  of each muffin cup, and the nest easily comes out.
Package the nests for gift giving!
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Here are the nests all packaged and ready for gifts!


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Monday, March 19, 2018

Toffee Bits Shortbread Cookies

 Let's join my Mr. and Mrs. Bunny,  that I made years ago,  for a tea with some shortbread cookies.  I always love getting out my cabbage teapot with the bunny top.  My Mom gave me the pretty plate. 


 I thought my Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz teacup looked so pretty with Mrs. Bunny's dress.


I have kept this basket on my coffee table for so long.  I love changing out the plants for some seasonal decor.  Right now it is filled with pink kalanchoe, variegated ivy, and a new-to-me plant, called Selaginella Kraussiana , which looks like a little arborvitae to me.  I'm going to try taking cuttings from it and see what happens.


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Toffee Bits Shortbread Cookies

These are perfect little cookies to serve with tea or coffee. I sliced one log and froze the second to use for later.

ingredients:

1 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups flour
1/4 t. baking powder
1.8 teaspoon salt
1 cup toffee bits (Bits O' Brickle)

instructions:

Beat butter at medium speed until creamy.
Gradually add powdered sugar, beating well.  Add vanilla and mix. 
Combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Add to butter mixture, beating on low speed.  Stir in toffee bits.
Divide dough in half and shape into 10" logs.  Wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 8 hours.
Cut each log into 1/3" slices, and place on parchment paper or silpats. 
Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. 
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Monday, March 12, 2018

Irish Soda Bread Muffins


 Let's have some Irish Soda Muffins with some Irish Breakfast tea today!


 This pretty lady head planter that's sprouting shamrock plant hair was a recent purchase from a local nursery that I bought with a 30% birthday coupon.  The table covering is actually an apron that my dear friend, Barbara, sent me, and it's reversible!  The milk glass shamrock candle holder belonged to my maternal grandmother, and I just love it.


 I so enjoy using this Johnson Brothers Rolland teacup that looks like it has Celtic knots all around.  It goes with so many of my things. 

 My mom gifted me with this leprechaun couple years ago, and I perched them on top of my Irish Breakfast tea tin, that I saved from my late hubby's and my vacation in Ireland.  




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Irish Soda Bread Muffins

These muffins are the perfect St. Patrick's Day treat, and are great spread with some Kerrygold Irish butter.

ingredients:

  • 2 and 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups currants (first choice) or raisins (I used these, because that's what I had)
  • 1/2 to 2 teaspoons caraway seeds, to taste (I omitted)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk, yogurt, or sour cream
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted; or 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • sparkling white sugar, for topping

instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a standard muffin pan; or line with papers, and grease the papers.
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, currants or raisins, and caraway seeds (if using).
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg, buttermilk (or equivalent) and melted butter (or equivalent).
  4. Quickly and gently combine the dry and wet ingredients; honestly, this won't take more than a few stirs with a bowl scraper or large spoon. As soon as everything is evenly moistened, quit; further stirring will cause the muffins to be tough.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, filling the cups about 3/4 full; the stiff batter will look mounded in the cups. Top with sparkling white sugar, if desired.
  6. Bake the muffins for 20 minutes, until a cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove them from the oven. Tip the muffins in the pan, so their bottoms don't get soggy. Wait 5 minutes, then transfer the muffins to a rack to cool. Serve them plain, or with butter and/or jam.
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 My darling daughter, named Molly Colleen, came over for lunch.   Can you see my Dollar Tree shamrock lights around my flowers?

We started with some Irish cheddar cheese and crackers, her favorite egg salad, and popovers, another of her favorites, along with some haricots verts.  I whipped some butter with homemade jam for us to spread on our popovers.  Of course, we had a pot of  Irish tea,  and just enjoyed being together. The recipe for the popovers can be found here.  Years ago, Molly won a $1000.00 gift card to Neiman-Marcus, and although she bought some things for her home with the money, a great deal of it was spent on us going there for lunch.  That's where we discovered the best popovers ever!

 

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