Wednesday, May 30, 2012

TEA IN THE GARDEN







Good morning and Happy Tea In The Garden.....I hope you are having a wonderful day! This is actually my second time to do this post and download all these photos as I accidently put the post on the wrong blog the first time.  When people tell me they can't figure things out to blog I know "one thing is for sure".  IF I CAN DO THIS - anyone can!













You remember I shared these little Japanese dishes a while back that I found on an antiquing venture.  My idea of a wonderful day is getting lost in a large antique mall somewhere!





If you live in a condo or an apartment with a porch or patio - you can create your own little garden there too!  Those wooden barrels can be filled with dirt and you can turn your own little area into a personal paradise!  What a nice place you will have to escape from the pressures of life with a cup of tea and a nice book to read!





















My hubby helped me cut off some of the lower limbs of the Colorado Blue Spruce so that more light can come in now.









I am inviting anyone who blogs about TEA IN THE GARDEN (or porch, sun room, patio or deck) to join in below and link up - but PLEASE have a link back to me as well!




I hope you will join me every Wednesday as we move through the summer with TEA IN THE GARDEN!



Since this will also be the 5th Thursday of the month I am linking to Kathy's Home and Garden Thursday and hope you can visit her as well!



Monday, May 28, 2012

OUT IN THE GARDEN EARLY





Welcome to my garden:



















Don't you love springtime - the air is so
 fresh and exciting days are ahead in the garden!











I am also linking this blog post to Kathy At A Delightsome Life






Saturday, May 26, 2012

37th Territory Days in Old Colorado City




Before Colorado was a state - Old Colorado City was the capitol of the TERRITORY.  Territory Days is a celebration each each year and a time to reflect back to days of the wild adventurous west!  THIS IS A 3 DAY EVENT Saturday through Monday.


Friday, May 25, 2012

APRICOT BLUEBERRY TEA CAKE



I love the scene from "Father of the Bride" where the father (Steve Martin) tries to criticize the wedding planner's cake ingredients in hopes of pressuring him to bring the price down on the wedding cake.  Remember when he says - "how much can eggs, sugar and flour possibly cost?"  Really, he has point!  A cake is basically staples you have on hand plus a few more ingredients. This cake is a tea cake or coffee cake if you like.  I used apricots and blueberries but other fruits would work well too!



This simple tea cake is perfect with a nice hot pot of tea or coffee.  Here is what you will need:

Ingredients: granulated sugar to sprinkle in the bottom of the pan, 1 1/2 cups of flour, 2 tsp baking powder (reduce slightly in high altitude) 1/2 tsp salt,  - 6 Tb melted butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar , 1/2 cup cold milk, 2 large eggs, 6 ripe apricots peeled and sliced and 1 cup of blueberries and lastly for topping 2Tb light brown sugar and 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon  Now also: 2 Tb butter which you will use cut up to dot the top after the crumble!





Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.  Butter a 9-10" spring form pan and dust the bottom with the granulated sugar.  Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Melt the butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, and mix in the milk and eggs.  Add the two together.

Spread the batter into the pan and press in the fruits evenly.  The topping will be the last 2Tb brown sugar and the cinnamon. Mix them together and sprinkle on top of the cake batter - now dot the butter on top.  Bake for 55 minutes - test the cake with a toothpick.  I like using those wooden skewers for testing as I don't drop them as easily.



Interested in my "Friendship Teapot" -go to a former link below!

http://bernideensteatimeblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/my-friendship-teapot.html

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

TEA ON THE BENCH FOR "TEA IN THE GARDEN"



Welcome to Tea in The Garden and welcome to my 
Beatrix Potter Tea Garden:




I have made you nice pot of Earl Grey Tea so plan
to stay and relax at while!













It is so wonderful to experience all the things God created!  I marvel and His creativity!  I love the quote: "Who plants a seed beneath the sod and waits to see - believes in God".











This is my fourth summer to have this garden and perhaps that is why it is finally developing into a special place to "escape" and "enjoy". 











Today is the graduation for the Air Force Academy and just getting to work will be a challenge as the President's motorcade (he is the speaker) will be setting traffic back.  I wish I could linger in the garden all day!



I like unusual photos at odd angles such as this one below:












If you are a blogger yourself - I invite you join me by posting a tea in your garden, porch, sunroom or patio and link below. Please post a link here and I invite you to copy the special thumbnail photo (to the right) on your blog as well!




Monday, May 21, 2012

LEMONADE LAYER CAKE FOR YOUR SUMMERTIME TEA


This weekend I decided to make a lovely cake I had seen on a favorite blog: Tea at Primrose Hill where Sheri shares her favorite recipes.  If you are planning some backyard gatherings this summer - this lovely Lemonade Layer Cake is perfect.  Just don't leave it out in the hot sun.  This is her recipe below and also a view of the robin's nest on the arbor near my front porch:






This cake has a neufchatel icing (like softer cream cheese)  so it needs to be refrigerated.










Lemonade Layer Cake from:  http://cuppatea4sheri.blogspot.com/2011/08/lemonade-layer-cake.html 

Ingredients:  6 tablespoons butter, softened,  1-1/3 cups sugar,  3 tablespoons thawed lemonade concentrate,   2 tablespoons grated lemon peel,  2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 2 eggs, 2 egg whites,   2 cups all-purpose flour,   1 teaspoon baking powder,  1/2 teaspoon baking soda,   1/4 teaspoon salt,   1-1/4 cups buttermilk

FROSTING:  1 package (8 ounces) PHILADELPHIA Neufchatel Cheese
2 tablespoons butter, softened, 2 tablespoons grated lemon peel
2 teaspoons thawed lemonade concentrate,  1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions:
In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add the lemonade concentrate, lemon peel and vanilla; mix well. Add eggs and egg whites, one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.

Coat two 9-in. round baking pans coated with cooking spray and dusted with flour. Pour batter to prepared pans.

Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to a wire rack to cool completely.

For frosting, in a small bowl, combine cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add the lemon peel, lemonade concentrate and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread frosting between layers and over top and sides of cake.

Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Refrigerate leftovers. 







A nice pot of black hot tea is perfect with this 
sweetness of this cake!












My clematis are just beginning to bloom:




I am linking this blog to Kathy at A Delightsome Life and also Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage and you would enjoy visiting them both!


Please come back Wednesday and join me for Tea in the Garden!


I am also sharing this link with Rattlebridge Farm and their Foodie Friday Celebration!