Monday, February 12, 2018

Valentine's Treats from Cissy and Nana's Bakery

 Please join Cissy and I for a Valentine Day tea, won't you?  


 Just look at these beautiful cupcakes that my darling granddaughter made!!!  Aren't you impressed??  She used our Russian piping tips, and she did a great job, don't you think?  She had lots of pretty cupcakes to take home to her family, but I saved a few, because I can't resist desserts!


 This beautiful tea cozy comes from my friend, Bernideen's Etsy Shop.  You can find information on them at Bernideen's blog.  She has so many pretty styles to choose from.  Bernideen's Etsy Shop is on her sidebar. 

 I thought my Johnson Brother's Rose Chintz or my Royal Albert Petit Point teacups would be perfect for our tea.

 

 Here's another close-up of these gorgeous cupcakes!  My son who lives here with me, said, "they're too pretty to eat!"  However, that didn't stop us from eating one!


Yield: Enough to frost 24 cupcakes

American Buttercream

When using the Russian piping tips, the buttercream must be very stiff in order for the flowers to come out perfectly.  Frost the top of the cupcakes first so that there is a base for the flowers to adhere to.  There are lots of tutorials on the internet to show you how to do it. 

ingredients:

1 cup (2 sticks) room temperature butter
4 cups powdered sugar
1-2 tablespoons milk, or cream
2 teaspoons vanilla

instructions:

Beat the butter with an electric mixer until creamy.
Add the powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time. 
Add the milk  or cream, and vanilla and beat until incorporated.
Divide the buttercream into bowls, if using food coloring.  Leave the buttercream a little streaky to make the flowers more interesting. 
Created using The Recipes Generator

 


 The week before, Cissy made some Valentine Bark, inspired from Mary at Home Is Where The Boat Is.  You can find Mary's directions for this here.   Last year, we made her Bunny Bark, and we just loved it!  This bark is so tasty because it has a base of graham crackers, which gives the bark a nice crunch.  I'll never make the all chocolate bark again after trying this version.

I also made this book for my  sister when I was in Ohio with my mom.  I was inspired by Lauren at Wonderfully Made.  This was a fun project.  You can check out Lauren's directions for the folded book art, by going here.  She also has a double folded heart, too.



Last, but not least, I'm sharing a picture of my late beloved and I when we were high school sweethearts!  I miss my Valentine!

Thank you for your visit!  xo

I am sharing this with these lovely parties:

35 comments:

  1. Yes she did a great job, honestly I thought they were bought! They do look too good to eat.

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  2. Hi Kitty, Cissy's cupcakes are blooming with such perfect roses…she's so accomplished in the kitchen! I was looking at my Russian piping tips yesterday and thinking they would make a delicious bouquet for Valentine's Day. Her bark turned out so cute too (I love seeing her smiling face :) Your teacups are so pretty, JB Rose Chintz is a favorite pattern. I love the photo of you and your sweetheart. Thinking of you this Valentine's Day ♥

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  3. Such a beautiful post, Kitty. I love the photo of you and your beloved in high school. How beautiful that you fell in love way back in school...so very touching. My, those delicious looking treats whipped up in Cissy and Nana's baleru look amazing. The tea cozy from Bernideen's shop is so pretty and those tea cups, just so pretty. Fabulous book, too. Sending hugs to you this Valentine's Day. Xx

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  4. Kitty, it's so nice to see a post from you! It looks like you and Cissy have been having fun. You know what else I see? She's growing up!! ♥

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  5. Those cupcakes are too pretty to eat! I have seen those tips and have wondered if they are easy to use, wow, Cissy did such a professional job! It is so wonderful that you have these frequent baking sessions with her, she is learning to be a fine cook and hostess with your tea parties! Wow, high school sweethearts, so amazing, I know this holiday is bittersweet...
    Jenna

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  6. Dear Kitty:
    I love your new bakery name! Cissy and Nana's Bakery is on the move! I love seeing Cissy's photos beaming with finished goodies. I see that tea cozy too! Your Valentine's tea time looks lovely! The photo was a lovely memory of you and your Hubby and so sweet. The "heart" book is very clever too!

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  7. Oh wow! How special! And how talented! I always think the special decorated cakes are works of art! Well done! Your teacups are two of my favorite patterns. And Bernideen's cozies are beautiful! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day...full of love, family... and a bit of tea and pretty cupcakes too!Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  8. Oh my, Kitty, what gorgeous cupcakes your Cissy made! She's going to be quite the baker some day. Just like her Nana! Love the tea cozy Bernideen made. It suits you well. I also have those two beautiful teacups. Your photo of Rich and you is so sweet and I have to admit I felt a little sad looking at it. God bless you, Kitty! We all love you! Sending you Big Hugs...Sandi

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  9. Cissy is doing a fantastic job and ya'll are creating such sweet memories. I remember making Christmas carolers with folded book pages back in the 60's.

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  10. Hi Kitty, oh I just love those pretty cupcakes that you and Cissy made. I love the folded heart pages you and your mom made too. How wonderful that you and your husband were high school sweethearts!!!
    Thanks for sharing this at our Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Happy Valentines Day.
    Julie xo

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  11. What a darling and sweet post!How delightful!Cissy is very talented,love those desserts and love your beautiful teacups too!So cute angels and photo.Hugs,Maristella.

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  12. I adore everything about this post from Bernideen's lovely tea cozy to the pretty cupcakes to your sweet throwback photo with your hubby. Happy Valentine's Day, Kitty!

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  13. I love that smiling face with Cissy showing her perfectly decorated cupcakes and bark. She is quite the little cook. Such pretty teacups Kitty and of course I love the sweet photo of you and your late husband. Bless you sweet friend and Happy Valentien's Day!

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  14. Awww, Kitty, what a wonderful post! Cissy is becoming a master at baking and decorating, and it's a real joy to watch her. I noticed the tea cozy in the first picture, right off the bat. I'll check out Bernideen's shop. And that photo of you and your sweetheart. {sigh} XO Wishing you lots of love, this week and always.

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  15. Kitty how awesome these cupcakes are that Cissy made. She is a natural. I can only imagine in a few years, she would be A Champion of decorating. The tea cozy is adorable. Loved seeing you and your beloved as high school sweethearts. I know you miss him dearly. Keep smiling and enjoy your family. Lots of love ❤️ to you.

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  16. Those cupcakes are beautiful! I agree with your son they are too pretty to eat! And the Valentine bark turned out nicely. Cissy is adorable and so smart!
    I love your Valentine picture of you and your husband. So sweet! I know you miss him.
    Hugs to you! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  17. Oh, Kitty! The photo of you and your beloved made me sad. I know you must miss him terribly, especially when you look back at pictures of such happy days gone by. God bless you and comfort your dear heart. I agree with your son...those cupcakes are just too pretty to eat! Tell Cissy I thought they were so pretty that I pinned the photo! I also wanted to keep a reference to your amazing recipe, too, of course. :) Praying for you every day. May God bless you!

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  18. Pretty pretty cupcakes. You and Cissy did a great job. Would love to join you for tea! I loved seeing the photo of you and your beloved. How you must miss him. Hugs to you and love across the miles for Valentine's Day.

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  19. Isn’t it nice to have such a cute little helper... OMG, Cissy’s cupcakes really look delicious, but they should be in a magazine ( ha ha)... She looks pretty proud of them ... I love all your memorabilia and the your tea cosy ... I was just visiting Bernideen’s etsy. Teatime is such a happy time in your kitchen... Hugs

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  20. These are just stunning!!!! What a talented little baker Cissy is (gee . . . I wonder where she got that from???). The bark looks wonderful too. I've not seen a recipe with graham crackers on the bottom but it sure sounds like a good combination. Glad you made the book heart . . . I've made a triple heart since then and that's where I stopped haha! I'm going to be looking for some for Easter to try next. I have to say that the picture of you and your dear husband brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful picture of the two of you. I can't imagine how you must miss him and my thoughts and prayers are with you, especially at this time of year.

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  21. Yummy cupcakes! And I love the heart plate they’re in....Christine

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  22. I have loved playing with my Russian tips too. These turned out just beautifully! I love the idea of graham cracker under the bark - it would cut the sweetness too. How fun to have these budding chefs to share Valentine's love with!

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  23. Your granddaughter is a very talented decorator! The cupcakes are so beautiful. Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day with your family and the photo of you and your husband is so sweet!
    Happy Valentines,
    Pam

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  24. Dear Kitty, those cupcakes look amazing! Your granddaughter made such delicate flowers on them. I agree... almost too pretty to eat! That photograph of your valentine is so sweet. {{HUGS}} to you sweet friend. xo

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  25. Dear Kitty:
    Your Granddaughter may just end up opening a bakery one day! Those cupcakes look so professional. I am amazed at all you are teaching her. I made cupcakes with my granddaughter and it was a hot day. She took them home to a hot house and the icing - yes you can guess! Thanks for showing the cozy and for sharing as you are so faithful to do!

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  26. Happy Valentine's Day, sweet friend! Oh my, what a sweet tea party! Cissy did wonderful job on those beautiful cupcakes...what precious memories are being made that will last a lifetime! Blessings on your day!♥

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  27. Happy Valentine's Day sweet Kitty. Oh I adore the picture of you and your Valentine. I know you miss him terribly. YES, Cissy outdone herself! WOW! Yes, too pretty to eat for sure. But I am afraid I would EAT them anyways! LOL! Y'all have so much fun. Hoping your day is sweet to you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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  28. Kitty, you and Cissy prepared a delightful Valentine's tea time. How special!
    Happy Valentine's Day, sweet friend!

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  29. Happy Valentine's Day Kitty!! What a darling post sharing the beautiful cupcakes that sweet Cissy made. They are so pretty and I agree with your son that they are too pretty to eat but I would have to indulge!! Love the rose heart platter they are served on too. Your two prepared a lovely tea for Valentines. Thank you for sharing the recipe. The Valentine Bark looks so delicious too!
    Love the precious photo of you and your Valentine. I know you miss him so much.
    Sending big hugs your way. xoxo

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  30. The cupcakes turned out amazing!!! I love the little roses, might have to look into that piping tip:@) Hope you had a great Valentine's Day Kitty!

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  31. Such a sweet picture of you and your beloved. Those cupcakes really do look so professional, almost too pretty to eat. Almost, haha! You two must have some delightful times together. I think often about what wonderful memories Cissy will have. xo Deborah

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  32. Kitty, you brought tears to my eyes with the sweet photo of you and your beloved in high school. Sweet! Cissy gets "Star Baker" this week with those lovely cupcakes!

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  33. Oh, Kitty, what a sweet photo! I can't imagine how much you must miss your dear beloved. He would be so proud of little Cissy and her excellent baking skills! The cupcakes are so pretty! Love your pretty tea table, too. Thanks for sharing the recipes and links. Sending hugs xo Karen

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  34. What an adorable baker's apprentice, Kitty! The cupcakes are so pretty...I've been tempted to buy the Russian tips but didn't know if they would work well. I guess I have my answer :) Such a sweet photo of you and your late hubby ♥

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  35. The cupcakes are beautiful but your grandgirl is stunning. The cupcakes sure sound good..and yes, I miss my Valentine, too. xoxo

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