Thursday, February 24, 2011

♥ Quilted Block Placemats ♥

So these are the quilted block placemats I started almost 2 weeks ago and got side-tracked with my beading. And that's the way the story goes with most of my projects. :) I have a pink tea fabric I want to do for the backing. Hopefully I will get them done soon and can share it with you. I love the pink and reminds of the shabby chic style.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

♥ Tea on Tuesday: Caramel Apple Scones ♥

* 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 2 tablespoons brown sugar
* 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 3 tablespoons cold butter
* 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons half-and-half cream
* 1 egg yolk
* 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
* 2/3 cup shredded peeled apple
* 1 tablespoon caramel ice cream topping

* In a small bowl, combine the flours, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, whisk the cream, egg yolk and vanilla; add to dry ingredients just until moistened. Stir in apple. Turn onto a floured surface; knead 10 times.
* Pat into a 5-in. circle. Cut into four wedges. Separate wedges and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 10 minutes. Drizzle with caramel topping.

Yield: 4 servings.

Nutrition Facts: 1 scone equals 278 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 85 mg cholesterol, 393 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 5 g protein.

~~yummy recipe and photo from: Cooking for 2 Fall 2008~~

Saturday, February 19, 2011

♥ Beaded Tea Infusers ♥

I've been beading and making jewelry for some time now, but started "playing" and decided to bead my tea infusers...

Tea pot charm and crystal bead

Sewing charms and more beads!

I had so much fun making them, I decided to add beaded tea infusers to my Etsy store. :)

I enjoy tea so much, I think I should add more tea items to my shop and so I think I will concentrate on adding those type of items in the future. I have ideas for teacup candles, tea towels, pot holders & trivets...all with a tea-theme, of course! Any ideas or suggestions would be most welcome! :)

Hope you're having a tea-riffic weekend!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

♥ Tea on Tuesday:Boston Cream Cupcakes ♥

* 3 tablespoons shortening
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1 egg
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
* 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 3 tablespoons 2% milk
* 2/3 cup prepared vanilla pudding
* 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
* 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

* In a small bowl, cream shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition.
* Filled paper-lined muffin cups half full. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
* Cut a small hole in the corner of a pastry or plastic bag; insert a small tip. Fill with pudding. Push the tip through the top to fill each cupcake.
* Place chocolate chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Cool, stirring occasionally, to room temperature or until ganache thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. Spoon over cupcakes. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Yield: 1/2 dozen.

~~yummy recipe and photo from: Reminisce June/July 2009~~

Wednesday, February 2, 2011