Wednesday, February 29, 2012

FRIENDS SHARING TEA AND COLLECTING TEAPOTS!



Today is Wednesday which means it's time for "Friends Sharing Tea" and I wanted to share some of my teapots:






I love teapots and the one I use above for my Friends Sharing Tea button is of course, a favorite one!   If you have anything to share about tea today -please link your blog up below.


I find that it is confusing sometimes what exactly is the shape of a teapot or coffee or chocolate pot.  Really, a chocolate pot (in the center below) has a very short - stubby spout at the top by the lid.
A coffee pot's spout (see right below) tends to come more straight up from the bottom and generally (not always) starts out lower than a teapots spout.  The teapot (on left) has a spout that leans slightly outward.






I don't have to tell you that rules are often broken - people use whatever they like for whatever they want!






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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

IT'S TIME FOR IRISH POTATO CHEDDAR SOUP!



If you are planning an Irish Tea Party, this would make a nice addition to your menu! I have been attending the Denver Gift Market this week so I am reposting this recipe.....







YES IT IS TIME FOR LOVELY IRISH POTATO CHEDDAR SOUP!

I love baking and cooking my way through the seasons and celebrating with different special seasonal foods.  Here is a simple crockpot winner:

Here is what you will need: about 6 red potatoes, cut up and yes I left quite a bit of the skin on, 2 carrots peeled and cut up, 1 bunch of green stemmed onions - cut up-chives stems according to desire, 1/2 cup chopped celery, 2 regular cans of chicken broth, salt and pepper, 1 cup of heavy cream, 2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese.  I also added 1 1/2 cups chopped Smithfield Ham I had left in the freezer.

Here is what you do:  place potatoes, carrots, onion, broth and salt in slow cooker on high for 3 1/2 hours until the veggies are tender.  Hopefully your husband won't accidentally unplug it like mine did!
Stir in the heavy cream, pepper and ham after the veggies are tender and turn heat down to warm - now stir in the cheese until melted.  A wonderful soup!

I am participating today in these blog parties:  Tea Time Tuesday and A Delightsome Life

Friday, February 24, 2012

USING UP THE PUMPKIN BUTTER


For Christmas we received a jar of Trader Joe's Pumpkin Butter so I decided to make Pecan Pumpkin Butter Bars:


This was an easy recipe and only look a few minutes!  This would be good for a Fall Afternoon Tea Party:




 Pecan Pumpkin Butter Bars:

2 cups flour, 1 1/2 (1 1/4 high alt) cups sugar, 4 tsp (3 tsp high alt) baking  powder, 1 tsp salt, 1 cup buttermilk,1 ½ tsp vanilla, 2 sticks melted butter
(1 cup), 2 cups chopped pecans, 1 ¼ cup pumpkin butter:
* grease and flour 9 x 13 baking pan
* preheat oven to 350 degrees
*Mix everything but pumpkin butter
*Spread firm batter into pan & spread
pumpkin butter on top &
swirl through with knife ***Bake 35 minutes









Thursday, February 23, 2012

MORE SNOW AND WILD WINDS....

Last night there were 70 mile an hour wind shears.....and more snow and it has been snowing all day.  This is how it looked this morning:










Tuesday, February 21, 2012

THE SOUND OF MUSIC AND LINZERTORTE FOR FRIENDS SHARING TEA


Sing along with me....."The Hills Are Alive....with the Sound of Music" (that was very good by the way!)
 Do you remember the Von Trapp Family? Lately I have been determined to actually make some of the unique and meaningful recipes which have a special story behind them.  This includes the LINZERTORTE Recipe from the Von Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont.

Welcome to Friends Sharing Tea!






This simple Austrian Pastry is delicious and easy to make.  Last year I had gotten permission from Sharon O' Connor (Menus and Music Series) to print this recipe on my blog.  It was presented to her by Marshall Faye, Pastry Chef of the Trapp Family Lodge and is featured in her "Holidays" Edition Cookbook and CD Combination. 

 Last night I made the torte and it was lovely all hot and bubbly coming out of the oven....







I still have my Sound of Music piano book and it brings back many memories of this wonderful movie with Julie Andrews and that incredible voice!











Here is the recipe so that you can make it
 LINZERTORTE


You will need:
 3 sticks of butter at room temperature, 1 1/2 cups of sugar,
1 egg, 1 1/2 cups of ground walnuts, 3 cups all purpose flour, 
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/4 tsp ground cloves, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/3 cup currant jelly and 1/3 cup raspberry jam ( I used 2/3 cup raspberry jam only) 1/4 cup sliced almonds (I had none in the pantry so skipped)  Powder sugar for sprinkling if desired.


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl, blend together the butter and sugar until creamy.  Beat in the egg, walnuts, flour and spices until a stiff dough is formed. Divide dough into 4 equal parts.
Grease and flour two 8" round cake pans. (I used a 9" tart pan with a removable bottom and only made one torte)




Pat 1 portion of the dough into a layer on the bottom of each pan.  On a floured surface, roll the remaining 2 portions of the dough into rectangular sheets about 1/4" thick. Cut the dough into3/4" wide strips.  Line the sides of each pan with 1 layer of the strips, pressing firmly.  





In a small bowl, combine the currant jelly and the raspberry jam, then spread half of this mix evenly onto the bottom of each torte.   Criss-cross the remaining strips of dough on top and sprinkle with sliced almonds. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and the jam bubbles.  Remove and let cool.  Remove from the pans and sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Makes two 8" tortes.










Wednesday is Friends Sharing Tea and I hope you can join me below and sharing something about tea - just link up at the bottom so we can visit your post at your blog...






Monday, February 20, 2012

BRING ON THE TITANIC TEA PARTIES!



I am so thrilled to see an interest everywhere in planning a special tea for the upcoming 100th Year Anniversary of the Sinking of the Titanic- April 14, 1912.  There are so many lessons that can be learned from the Titanic.  Have we learned them?





Today my Tea Time Magazines for March/April arrived and their was an article about the same thing with a listing of some of the places doing special teas.  I was disappointed that the MOLLY BROWN HOUSE IN DENVER wasn't in the list so here it is:
Sunday March 11th there will be 2 seatings for at full tea for $25.00 per person. Go HERE FOR INFORMATION








Be sure and get a copy of the new Tea Time.  Most tea rooms are referencing the book below which came out in 1997. I was hoping they would do a reprint this season and I am awaiting hearing back from the publisher.  Otherwise - this is the best resource for information on the menus of all three classes aboard the Titanic and a great assistance in planning an authentic menu.  There are some tea time recipes and other recipes could be modified into finger type foods.





Today I am linking to Kathy at A Delightsome Life and also Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday




Be sure and visit this former post: http://bernideensteatimeblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/titanic-tea-party.html

Sunday, February 19, 2012

SUNDAY CELEBRATION

John 15:13


Jesus said:  "Greater love hath no man, than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."





Saturday, February 18, 2012

REMEMBERING GREENER TIMES LAST SUMMER


We just can't help it - we are dreaming of our gardens again! I miss  mine and know I can only  just dream on for now....











I can spend hours in my Beatrix Potter Tea Garden.....








Last year was the in between year for my Queen Anne's Lace after it had reseeded- this year should be a bumper crop of my favorite WEED.




Wednesday, February 15, 2012

FRIENDS SHARING TEA


Welcome to Friends Sharing Tea....if you have a love for tea and blogging - please link at the bottom and join in this CELEBRATION of the the LOVE OF TEA!






One of my New's Year's Resolutions was that I would have more time for blogging - ha!  I can't seem to find more hours in the days...does anyone know where they go?










This morning I set up a little tea vignette for today....





The hydrangeas from my Sister-in-law have been a welcome this winter.  I have seen quite a few blogs which feature the "already happening" signs of spring.  Here in Colorado, I know better as we will have substantial snow before that happens.  We actually MUST  have snow as this is how we get our drinking water here.  Also, the skiing industry depends on the snow!



I have enjoyed reading "Scones & Tea" lately and want to remind you there is a chapter on Glutten Free which is very helpful! My grandmother gave me this vase when she was still living.







Winter is the perfect time to dig into your tea books and try new things. The hot oven only makes the house warmer and it is always fun to try something new for a change.  We dream about our gardens but they are sleeping right now.  Time to be "indoors".




















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