Wednesday, August 31, 2011

♥ Hump Day Humor ♥

Haha, oh yeah, my husband would like this one! ;)

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

♥ Tea on Tuesday: Blackberry-Almond Tea Cakes ♥

1/2 cup (1/4 lb.) butter, at room temperature
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 package (7 oz.) almond paste
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
2 large eggs
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups fresh blackberries
Powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a bowl, combine butter, granulated sugar, almond paste, and orange zest. With a mixer on high speed, beat until mixture is blended, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and beat until fluffy, 1 or 2 minutes. Add flour, stir to mix, then increase speed and beat until well blended. Batter will be thick.

2. Fill a pan of 12 buttered or paper-lined muffin cups (1/2-cup capacity) about 2/3 full with batter. With a small flexible spatula, spread batter smooth. Arrange a few blackberries on top of batter in each cup; lightly press berries into batter.

3. Bake until cakes are golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool in pan about 5 minutes. Serve dusted with powdered sugar.

Yield: Makes 12 cakes

~~yummy recipe and photo from: Sunset, JUNE 2006~~

Monday, August 22, 2011

♥ Gather ye rosebuds while ye may ♥

I was going through some pictures I took earlier in the year and came across these beautiful roses! These were taken at the Gatlinburg Inn in Gatlinburg TN. They have the most beautiful roses gardens and the security guard was kind enough to let us take pictures on their premises. The fragrance was intoxicating! I don't know what kind of roses they are, but I really would love to find out. Sometimes roses are pretty but have only a faint fragrance. Not these! Beautiful and heavenly! Hope you have a wonderful week!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

♥ New Earrings in my Etsy Shoppe ♥

I enjoy making jewelry in addition to my teaballs and infusers. :) I think these would be perfect for afternoon tea! Ok, maybe I'm a bit biased. LOL. But these are some of my new "pretties" in my Etsy Shoppe. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

♥ New for my Etsy Shoppe ♥

Guess what? New Tea Infusers in my Etsy shoppe! I just love making these and am so happy that people like them too! I am constantly surprised at the interest in teaballs & infusers. There really are alot of us tea lovers out there! :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

♥ Hump Day Humor ♥

So you ask how hot it's been here??

Monday, August 1, 2011

♥ Adding more to my Etsy Shoppe ♥

I did get some new pieces made for my Etsy Shoppe this weekend. A few pair of earrings, a few necklace & earring sets, and 2 of my new designer lampwork earrings. I had so much fun beading away! :) I hope to get them listed in the next day or so. A few of my goodies.....

Pretty black and cream swirl earrings

I love this turquoise bird's robin egg blue and so cute

Lovely for autumn...lampwork and glass beads

I call these "toffee"...they would be great for autumn too

And drumroll please..........
Introducing my new Lampwork Designer Line.......

Aqua blue cameo roses in sterling silver

Violet and Roses in Antique Brass