Friday, September 2, 2011

TEA IN THE GARDEN ON SATURDAY



Welcome to Tea in the Garden on Saturday
 and Buttermilk Cake Brownies




This morning I had all but given up on the idea of tea in the garden
because it was cloudy and overcast but the sun began to poke through for a moment or two so I ran out and set up a quick tea!  Last night I made some yummy Buttermilk Cake Brownies and so I am sharing that recipe at the bottom of this post!  I am so anxious to get back to baking but I will tell you - the house got HOT!



Oh, I almost forgot, Mr. Peter Rabbit wanted me to be sure and tell you to notice his cabbage patch!  (Isn't that silly of him!)






My Mother in Law, who is 93 sent me back a crystal basket vase I had given her years ago....so I did a little arrangement in it. 




Help yourself to a brownie and some tea!







As summer winds down there are still some lovely blooms here and there!



Some friends are joining me today for Tea in the Garden on Saturday and their links are below - so please visit them!  If you have a tea in your garden, patio, porch or sun room, please join in and link with us!  (no unrelated posts please)




Buttermilk Cake Brownies:
This is a recipe children could make!

You will need 1 stick butter, 4 Tb Cocoa, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1 cup water, 2 cups sifted flour, 2 cups sugar, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 2 eggs, 1 Tsp Vanilla, 1 Tsp baking soda and 1/2 Tsp salt  I also added 3/4 cups chopped walnuts

Melt the butter and add the cocoa, oil and water.  Boil for several minutes.  Pour this over the flour and sugar and mix.  Add the buttermilk, eggs, vanilla, soda and salt and mix again. Blend in walnuts by hand.   Bake in greased the floured pan 13 x 9 x 2 inches for about 25-35 minutes.  


Icing:  1 stick butter, 4 Tb Cocoa, 6 Tb buttermilk, 1 lb confectioner's sugar, 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, 1 Tsp Vanilla
Melt the butter and mix in cocoa and  buttermilk - add the sugar, nuts and vanilla - mix well and spread over warm brownies!  Enjoy!




8 comments:

Johanna said...

Hello Bernideen,
I am always enthralled about the figurines in your Beatrix Potter garden. Mr. Rabbit is really a adorable guy, so detailed made with such a natural face. I love that you helped him with a private cabbage garden and obviously he is very proud about his cabbages. That looks so nice! What type of garden loves Mrs. Tabitha?
Your tea outside turned out lovely as always. The weather is now a real problem. We have the last warm days for this season and from sunday we get cold weather. I will prepare my glasshouse that I can held some tiny tea times there in the winter.
Your brownies look delicious. Thank you for tea and treats and for hosting this lovely garden tea time.
Best greetings, Johanna

Donna Heber said...

Hi Bernideen,

I just love Peter Rabbit's cabbage patch (hee hee). Perfect for this time of season. Your brownies look delicious and I believe this is a recipe even I can make :-) Thank you for hosting and your tea cart is divine.

Rizzi said...

YOUR TEA PARTY TURNED OUT SO NICE, I LOVE THE GLASS BASKET WITH THE FLOWERS, SO ELEGANT. GOD BLESS YOUR MOTHER-IN-LAW AT 93. YOUR BROWNIES LOOK SO WONDERFUL, MUST TRY THIS RECIPE.
HELLO TO MR. RABBIT AND HIS CABBAGE PATCH, SO ADORABLE. I LOVE ALL YOUR BEATRIX POTTER FIGURES. THANK YOU FOR THE CUP OF TEA AND YOUR DELICIOUS BROWNIE, SO YUMMY. RIZZI

Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Bernideen
I am so glad you were able to set your tea outside as I adore the white tea cart.
I have several small baskets of various materials myself and like yours with the flowers in it.
Anything baked with buttermilk calls to me and I find your brownies very tempting now that the weather is cooler and I can bake again.
Judith

Bella said...

Hi Bernideen,
It is always lovely to visit you for tea! I adore the sweet flowery china tied to the side of your tea cart, just delightful!! Rabbits and cabbages what could be better... adorable!
Thanks so much for being our lovely hostess:-)
Hugs,
Bella

Beth said...

Bernideen, Your tea cart and linens are so pretty. I love the cabbages and the violas in your garden too...looks like the cooler weather has arrived in Colorado.
Hugs, Beth

Karen said...

It's always nice to stop by here on Saturdays, just in time for tea. How sweet that Peter has his own cabbage patch! The brownies look delicious. Our weather cooled off today. Soon it will be time for baking all of those fall goodies.

jeanetteann said...

I love your pretty garden and teatime setting :)