Monday, March 30, 2015

Impossible Quiche

I want to share a quiche I made in which I used my darling quiche pan that my youngest son and DIL gave me for Christmas.   The raggedy bunny was a gift from my daughter, years ago, as were the bunny and cabbage salt & pepper shakers.  My light up bunny bulb was sent from my sister.  Won't you stay awhile for a slice of quiche and a cup of tea?

Isn't this quiche dish the cutest? It's from Anthropologie and it also came with the cute server that matches.

 We will use some teacups that coordinate with the colors in the quiche pan.

When I made an impossible pumpkin pie last Fall, Judith from Lavendar Cottage, asked if I ever made an impossible quiche.  I asked for her recipe and she sent this delicious version to me.  Thank you so much, Judith!  It is soooo good and reheats very nicely.  It's great for brunch, lunch, or dinner!  I'm thinking that asparagus and ham with Swiss cheese would be wonderful, too.

Impossible Quiche

2 c chopped broccoli or cauliflower
1 medium onion chopped or several green onions
1 small red or green pepper, chopped
1 c shredded cheddar cheese
3/4 c Bisquick (I used my homemade baking mix found here )
1 1/2 c milk or buttermilk
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 eggs
1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut broccoli up & microwave for 5 minutes.
Grease large pie plate & put broccoli, onion, pepper & cheese in it.  (I also added some cut up ham.)
Stir remaining ingredients together & pour into pie plate.  (I put all of the remaining ingredients in the blender.)
Bake uncovered 35-40 min until knife test
- can substitute frozen spinach thawed & squeezed out & Swiss cheese

My sweet Harper was with me when I prepared the quiche.  She loves being at Nana's!  

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Tea Cup Exchange

 My friend Stephanie, from The Enchanting Rose held another teacup exchange.  It is such a fun exchange because it's a delight to pick out gifts for your recipient and mine was Tilda from Huckleberry Stitches.  It's such a surprise to receive a box back.  I  received this gorgeous teacup from Wanda, from Got a Minute or Two?.  Don't you just love the pretty floral design and the surprise of flowers inside the cup?

 No only did Wanda send me the lovely teacup, but all these goodies! Look at the cute card in the back.   The muffin holders are so cute, and the soap and candle are special for bath time.  I so love trying new teas and I have so many to choose from.  

 Look at the pretty rose on the handle!  I'm sipping some Darjeeling tea at the moment.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to finish my tea and read the sweet book that Wanda included, and then blot my lips with the pretty, pink napkin, that she so thoughtfully included.

Thank you so much,  Wanda, for the beautiful teacup and gifts.  I am totally thrilled with everything!  Thank you, also,  to our lovely hostess, Stephanie, for being so thoughtful in planning and preparing for this favorite exchange.  If you'd like to join in next time, Stephanie will have one again in the Fall. 

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Cross Stitch, Button Bunny Pillow, and Dessert

 For today's tea, I have some things I'd like to share with you.  Let's sit and have a slice of Pistachio Layered Dessert that I have leftover from St. Patrick's Day and a cup of tea.  The gorgeous pink roses were found at a local grocery store, as a rainy day special, for $2.00!!!

This Spring Cross Stitch is a Lizzie Kate design that I recently finished.   I did it on linen and changed some of the colors up a bit to suit my tastes.  I'm doing all four seasons and will just change them out in the same frame.

My Petit Point teacup is by Royal Albert, and found on Ebay.  When I opened up the box, one of my granddaughters was here and she said, "Oh Nana. it looks like cross stitch!" 

I turned over my sweater pillow that I had made for Valentine's Day, and used buttons to make a bunny.  My inspiration was from a catalog from Pier 1, which I've shown below.  I just laid my buttons around until I liked the shape and then I hot glued them on.  You can see my heart button pillow here

Here's my inspiration for my bunny pillow.

Recently my friend Sandi, from Rose Chintz Cottage, made a pistachio dessert and I was inspired to make one again for St. Patrick's Day.  You can find my recipe that I shared last Spring, which can be found here.  This time, instead of using Oreos in the crust, I used a sleeve of Lorna Doone cookies, along with the melted butter.  They're both good!  You can also check out Sandi's  Pistachio Delight dessert here

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Green Velvet Cupcakes and Irish Tea

 Kathleen from Cuisine Kathleen is having her annual St. Patrick's Day Blog Crawl, and Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage is having her St. Patrick's Day and Spring Party.   I'm sharing my Irish Tea, and I'd love for you to join me.  I have extra cupcakes that I can bring to the table.

 This adorable teapot is one that I found for $1.50.  It's old, has crazing, and the spout is chipped,  but I just love her!  The bottom says Carrigaline Pottery Co., Cork Ireland. I like to think that someone so lovingly carried it over from Ireland, and now I have the privilege of using it. The lace doily is from a blogging friend.  Isn't it gorgeous?

 This cup was an Ebay purchase and the lady said that the china had belonged to her husband's family.  It looks very old and says Rolland, Johnson Brothers on the underside.  I have to say that I adore this pattern!

 The pattern looks like Celtic hearts and  I just fell in love with it.  Inside the cup, at the bottom, is a repeat of the same design as in the middle of the saucer. 

 Maybe you'd like to read my Irish Blessings Journal from our dream vacation that my late beloved hubby and I took back in 2009? 

 Now, let's enjoy a Green Velvet Cupcake with our tea, shall we? My adapted  recipe comes from Kraft and it turned out so pretty! Instead of using semi-sweet chocolate, I used white chocolate with the food coloring because I wanted a deep green for the cupcakes.   The frosting is so light and creamy.  I hope you can try these for a St. Paddy's Day treat!  My Mom gave me the pretty plate,  which has no marking, but isn't it sweet?

1 pkg.   (2-layer size) white cake mix

oz.  white chocolate, melted (Kraft kitchens actually used semi-sweet chocolate)

Tbsp.  green food coloring (I used a few drops of gel colors of blue and yellow to get the bright green)

oz.  (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) Cream Cheese, softened

jar  (7 oz.) Marshmallow Creme

tsp.  vanilla

1 (8 oz.) container of frozen whipped topping, thawed

  HEAT oven to 350 degrees.

PREPARE and bake cake batter as directed on package for 24 cupcakes, blending melted chocolate and food coloring into batter before spooning into prepared muffin cups. Cool completely.
BEAT cream cheese, marshmallow creme and vanilla in large bowl with mixer until blended. Add the thawed frozen whipped topping; beat just until blended.
SPOON frosting mixture into resealable plastic bag. Cut corner off one bottom corner of bag; use to pipe COOL WHIP mixture onto tops of cupcakes.

These were my happy helpers and taste testers!

Here's my counted cross stitch that I did back in 1997 and recently turned  into an envelope style pillow.  Slainte'!


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Monday, March 9, 2015

Shamrock Pretzel Kiss Treats

 Tea Time today was with my four-year-old granddaughter.  We set up the kids' table and placed a pretty cloth on top and invited Mr. Bear and some beanie bears to join us.  Ella had her own little friend join in with her.  Can you see her green nail polish?  She's into the St. Patrick's Day spirit!

 Ella chose these pretty mugs for our tea. 

We made some special treats that are soooo tasty and easy for little ones to help.  Kids love lining up the pretzels and unwrapping the Hershey kisses and placing them on top.

Shamrock Pretzel Kiss Treats

mini pretzels
Hershey Kisses (or Rolos are good, too)
green M & M's 
green icing (I used a Wilton Icing Writer)

Place as many mini pretzels as you'd like onto parchment lined baking sheets.  Place the unwrapped Hershey Kiss on top of the pretzel.  Place into a preheated 200 degree oven for 7 minutes, or you can go up to a 350 degree oven for just 2 minutes.  It's your preference.  You just want the Hershey Kiss to get soft.  Take the pretzels out of the oven and place three green M &M's on top.  At this point you can refrigerate them to firm them up so that you can easily move them off of the parchment paper.  Add a bit of green icing for a stem and there you have a tasty, little treat!

I asked Ella how she liked her treats and she gave them two thumbs up!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Angel Biscuits


 Won't you join me for either some angel biscuits or date and nut bread today for tea time?  I have to admit that date and nut bread is probably my all-time favorite quick bread, and I've been making the same recipe since I was in high school.  You can find that recipe here.

This darling coaster came from my friend Stephanie at  Enchanting Rose.  Isn't it the cutest thing?  Stephanie is so talented and she recently shared the tutorial on her blog on how to make them.  


This darling teapot was sent to me from my sister.  Don't you love the detail on this strawberry design?  The sweet angel was given to me from my daughter for my birthday.  Isn't she perfect for residing over the angel biscuits?

 The teacup is Strawberry Fair from Johnson Brothers.  I do love red transferware!

OH MY WORD! These biscuits are certainly angelic and live up to their name. Another name for them is Bride's Biscuits, supposedly because they're easy enough for a new bride to make. They have a slight yeasty  taste and are a perfect combination of a roll and a biscuit.  My favorite part of all is that you can freeze the unbaked biscuits, pop them in the oven and you have fresh, hot biscuits when needed.  Please give this King Arthur Flour recipe a try.  I don't think you'll be disappointed

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cut into pats
  • 1 cup room-temperature milk (I took the chill off by placing in the microwave for about  30 seconds)
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, for brushing on top


1) Whisk together the flour, yeast, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
2) Add the shortening, mixing till evenly crumbly.
3) Add the butter, mixing till roughly combined. Pea-sized bits of butter can remain.
4) Add the milk, mixing till just combined. The dough will be quite wet.
5) Transfer the dough to a well-floured work surface, and quickly and gently pat it into a 7" diameter, 1"-thick circle.
6) Use a 2" round biscuit cutter to cut 16 biscuits. (My cutter is bigger, therefore, I didn't get as many biscuits). Place them close together on a lightly floured or parchment-lined tray or baking sheet. Cover with lightly greased plastic wrap or the cover of your choice, and allow the biscuits to rest at room temperature for 1 hour.
7) After an hour, cover the biscuits with plastic wrap, and place the pan in the freezer for at least 1 hour. Overnight is fine. Alternatively, biscuits can be frozen up to 2 months.
8) When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 400°F.
9) Remove the biscuits form the freezer, remove the plastic, and space them on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet.
10) Bake the biscuits for 16 to 18 minutes, till they're golden brown.
11) Remove from the oven, and brush with melted butter, if desired.
Yield: 16 biscuits.

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