Saturday, October 29, 2011

AND THE WINNER IS.....drumroll please!

Deanna from Home Haven Ministry at: http://homehavenministry.blogspot.com/
She is the winner of my Give Away Drawing!  Congrats to you Deanna!


Friday, October 28, 2011

WALNUT CAKE WITH CREAM CHEESE ICING for Friends Sharing Tea










Your family and friends will love this cake - just make sure not to serve it to 
anyone with "nut" allergies.......I cut this recipe out of a Southern Living Magazine back in the 1970's. Over the years I have baked it many times and so can you! Great for fall!




Ingredients: 1/2 cup softened butter, 1/2 cup shortening, 2 cups sugar, 5 eggs separated, 1 cup buttermilk, 1 tsp baking soda, 2 cups all purpose flour, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cups chopped black walnuts, 2/3 cup coconut, 1/2 tsp cream of tartar.






Cream butter and shortening: gradually add the sugar, beat til fluffy, add egg yolks beating well. Combine buttermilk and soda - stir together. Add flour to creamed mix alternately with buttermilk mix. Stir in vanilla and add walnuts and coconut stirring well. Beat the egg whites with clean beater blades and cream of tartar until stiff. Fold egg whites into batter.

Pour batter into 3 cake pans which you have greased and floured. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes....watch....maybe 25 minutes. Cool completely before icing.

Now for that icing: 3/4 cup softened butter, 1 8 oz and 1 4oz softened cream cheese, 4 cups sifted confectioners sugar and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla. Blend all till smooth and ice the cake between every layer and on the outside. Sprinkle with more walnuts.





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Thursday, October 27, 2011

FIRESIDE COMFORT FOOD ON A SNOWY NIGHT: Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes




Yesterday it snowed all day - we got about 8 inches at my house!







Blue Jays and Rocky Mountain Bluebirds come to my back door to squabble over the nuts....


and inside I decided to make some true comfort food - Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes. Nearby the woodstove was fired up and cozy!







This recipe is so yummy and easy.  That's important - yummy and easy!  Here is what you will need for your meatloaf:


1.25  lb lean ground beef and 1 lb of ground turkey, 1 cup of chopped mushrooms, 2 large eggs, 1/2 cup quick cooking oats, 3/4 cup of dried chopped parsley, 1 medium onion, chopped well, 1/2 tsp dried sage,1/2 tsp dried thyme, 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper






Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  I purchased a meat loaf pan which is basically 2 pans with the top one having holes in it for the juices to drip into the bottom pan. I like this pan.  They have them at the grocery store or any discount market.


In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until well blended.  Place this thick mixture into your butter loaf pan. Bake until loaf is firm and browned - about 1 hour 15minutes.


Remove from oven and let sit 10-15 minutes. You will be serving this with mashed potatoes and gravy.  I sliced mine and froze 1/2 right away for later use!




Now that I have made this gravy, I recommend doubling the recipe as we like a lot of gravy and could have used more!


Recipe for gravy:  3 Tb butter, 1 small onion chopped, 1 cup chopped mushrooms, 3 Tb flour, 1 can of beef stock - 1 1/2 cups, salt and pepper






This gravy is wonderful and so easy - you will use it often!  In your saucepan, melt the butter and saute  onions and mushrooms in it.  After the onions begin to brown, add the beef stock and stir in the flour and whisk it nicely to combine and reduce lumps.  Keep stirring into a gentle boil and reduce heat as it will thicken nicely.
Salt and pepper to taste and after you make this you will never need to buy any of those little brown gravy packets again.









Wednesday, October 26, 2011

MY FALL GIVEAWAY DRAWING THIS SATURDAY!



It's time for my Fall Giveaway Drawing:  Please leave your name and make sure I will know who you are on a comment on this post!
This Giveaway is a $200.00 value from my store!  The drawing will be October 29th!  We will ship this to anyone in the continental USA!  Not pictured are 2 packages of stickers and 2 packages of Kimberly Shaw's Tea Pins.







For starters, you know how I love - love Kathy Thiessen's Book "Somewhere in Thyme".  She shows you how to make a table top fountain out of a teapot. Her decorating ideas at her Bed and Breakfast are fabulous!  Vintage everything....





I also have a bone china tea for one, some teas, a heart shaped teacup infuser for loose tea, 5 new past issues of Victoria, an easel, and 2 lovely linens: a 36 x 36 topper and also a 16 x 72 inch runner with hand pearl bead work.




You can make yourself a cup of hot Market Spice Cinnamon Orange Tea.













See the pearl details on the runner below:

Monday, October 24, 2011

THE MOM'S APPLE PIE TO END ALL MOM'S APPLE PIES



During the last few weeks I have been trying some different apple pie recipes - you know, ones you have never tried before but have had the recipes for a long time...



I must give this one an A+ because it is delicious!  An apple pie is especially cheap to make when someone shares some apples!


This one must be from an old magazine because it looked like I had kept it a long time.


You will be preheating the oven to 400 degrees and baking this for 30 minutes:
Ingredients:  1/3 cup granulated sugar, 1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar, 3 Tb flour, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 6 large tart apples, sliced, your own unbaked pie shell ready to fill, 2 Tb butter


The topping will be: 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup light brown sugar, 1 Tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 cup(1 stick) butter


Combine sugar, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl, add apples and toss well.  Fill the pie shell with this mix. Dot with the 2 Tb butter


For the topping, combine all and scatter over apple filling


Bake 400 degrees 30 minutes until nicely browned.  Cool before cutting. Enjoy!


Today I am linking to Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage and Kathy at A Delightsome Life

Friday, October 21, 2011

FRIENDS SHARING TEA AND TEA TIME WITH CHOCOLATE PIE - WHY NOT?




Welcome to Friends Sharing Tea:  


If you have something to share about tea - please link up and join in at the bottom of this page!   Maybe you have a great recipe you just tried or some photos to share about your recent teatime.  









Teapot is on, the cups are waiting
Favorite chairs anticipating
No matter what I have to do,
My friend, there's always time for you.
Author Unknown





Last night the fire was crackling and we were rewatching "Julie and Julia". The scene where Julie is coming home from work and decides to make a chocolate pie sent me to the refrigerator and pantry.  Yes, I had the necessary ingredients.....what is it about a pot of hot tea together with dessert that is so lovely?  Relaxation - that's it.










See my post from 5/1/2009 for this recipe for chocolate pie! 






Tuesday, October 18, 2011

WHY NOT AN OLDE ENGLISH CHRISTMAS AT YOUR HOUSE?




Every year English Home Magazine puts out a special supplement in the holiday edition.  Last year I became aware of this when mine arrived and I recommended it to my readers.  Now, the 2011 supplement is out and you will find it delightful!



You can make yourself a nice cup of tea and relax flipping the pages.  This publication will educate you on the birth and meaning and all our favorite traditions!










I look forward to my regular copy of English Home but this additional insert is a great reference copy for learning more about history and the origins of our holiday customs.  




We all loved them movie, "The King's Speech" - but what about the Queen's Speech?


Today I a linking with two other bloggers and their special weekly events:  Kathy at A Delightsome Life and also Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage












Have a wonderful week!