Friday, December 19, 2008

White Is The Winter Night

Enya has released a new CD. Here are the lyrics of one of my favorite songs on her new CD. Have a listen if you can. It is a light and peaceful song.

Have you seen the mistletoe, it fills the night with kisses
Have you seen the bright blue star, it fills your heart with wishes
Have you seen the candlelight, it shines from every window
Have you seen the moon above, it lights the sky in silver

Chorus:
Green is in the mistletoe but red is in the holly
Silver in the stars above that shine on everybody
Gold is in the candlelight and crimson in the embers
White is in the winter night that everyone remembers

Have you heard the boys all sigh, when all the girls are skating
Have you heard their sweet hearts cry for all this time they're waiting

Have you seen the children playing, tiny hands are frozen
Have you seen them hurry home, when suddenly it´s snowing

Have you heard that bells are ringing, ringing out their story
Have you heard the choir singing, Glory, Glory Glory

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Apple Butter Scones

Makes 12 scones.

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cups butter
1/2 cups golden raisins
1-1/2 cup apple butter
1 egg; slightly beaten
vegetable cooking spray

Additional apple butter; for accompaniment

Preheat oven to 425°F. In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powderand baking soda. Cut in butter with pastry cutter or forkuntil mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add raisins. In a separate bowl combine apple butter and egg. Add flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened. Spray 2 1/2 inch muffin tins with vegetable cooking spray. Fill almost full with batter. Bake at 425°F for 14 to 16minutes or until lightly browned. Cool slightly. Serve warm with additional apple butter.

Adapted from recipe by: Knouse Foods Website Posted to MC-Recipe Digest V1 #678

Potato Chip Cookies

1/2 c. butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. granulated sugar
1 egg
1/4 c. chopped nuts
1 c. crushed potato chips
1 c. flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda

Beat butter, sugar and egg until well blended. Stir in remainder of ingredients. Shape into 3/4 inch balls and place 2 inches apart on greased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Cool for 1/2 minute on cookie sheet. Then remove to wire rack and cool completely. Store in airtight container.

Variation: add 3 oz. (1/2 c.) chocolate chips

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Angel Flans

Non stick vegetable spray
Salt
3 oz. angel hair pasta
3 lg. eggs1 c. whipping cream
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
Black pepper
1 c. grated imported Parmesan

Set oven at 350 degrees. Spray mini muffin tins with vegetable cooking spray. Cook pasta according to pkg. directions. Drain and pat dry. divide pasta evenly among the mini muffin tins. Set aside. In mixing bowl, place eggs, cream, nutmeg and salt, pepper and 2/3 cup of the Parmesan cheese.

Mix well to blend. Pour the mixture into the molds, dividing it evenly. Sprinkle tops of flans with remaining Parmesan cheese. Place molds in oven. Bake until flams are set, puffed and lightly browned about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes.

* Flans can be prepared ahead of time, thaw in refriderator, bake 15 mins, serve.

Beautiful Tea Tags

Tales from the OC Cottage has made the most darling tea tags. You can see these pink wonders at http://talesfromanoccottage.blogspot.com/2008/12/pink-saturdaytag-your-it.html

Cranberry-Vanilla Cake

I will be making this cake for my holiday tea. Check out this delicious Cranberry-Vanilla Cake recipe at http://smittenkitchen.com/2008/12/cranberry-vanilla-coffee-cake/

Friday, December 12, 2008

Jam Bars and Tea

Susanne at Recipe Corner has posted a fabulous Jam Bar recipe that would be a great addition to a tea table. See Susanne's recipe at http://recipecorner-susanne.blogspot.com/2008/12/in-jam.html.

Tortilla Pinwheels

3 (4 oz.) cans chopped green chile (drained)
3 (8 oz.) pkgs. pineapple cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 tsp. Mexican seasoning
salt
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 sm. onion, finely minced
1 dozen flour tortillas

Combine the first 5 ingredients. Spread over tortillas until 1/8-inch thick. Roll each tortilla and secure with a toothpick; chill. Cut into 1/2-inch widths. One dozen tortillas will make approximately 120 pinwheels.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Blueberry Scones with Lemon Glaze

I wanted to share with you a recipe for one of the most outstanding scones, by Tyler Florence of the Food Network. These scones have always been a hit with my guests and family. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/blueberry-scones-with-lemon-glaze-recipe/index.html

Try them without the lemon glaze or use a simple glaze. They are so good.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Book Resources for Teas

Here are some great book resources for your teas:

- Tea Party: 20 Themed Tea Parties with Recipes for Every Occasion, from Fabulous Showers to Intimate Gatherings by Tracy Stern
- Tea with Friends by Elizabeth Knight
- The London Ritz Book of Afternoon Tea by Helen Simpson
- Country Tea Parties by Maggie Stuckey
- Afternoon Tea by Susannah Blake
- Taking Time for Tea: 15 Seasonal Tea Parties to Soothe the Soul and Celebrate the Spirit by Diana Rosen
All of the above books can be found on Amazon.com. Add them to your Chrsitmas wishlist. Enjoy!