Ten Easy Steps to Create A Tea Party

I have had so many Tea Parties, it used to be my business. How fun is that! Now I just share with others how you can have your own Tea Party for your friends. I don’t know what it is about having a Tea Party, but it gets me so excited just thinking about it. Maybe it’s the idea of having friends together, or maybe it’s about the food or the tea, but whatever reason you are having a party, it is sure to be a success.

You don’t even need a reason to throw a Tea Party, you can just plan a date and a theme and make some tea and a few desserts or sandwiches and your done!  Not really there is a little bit more to it, but it is pretty easy. I will show you how to create your Tea Party in ten easy steps.

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  1. Set a Date – Make sure you give it a few weeks so your friends can make it.
  2. Send an invite – You can use paper or use Evites
  3. Get out your china – It doesn’t have to match, I love a mismatched china tea table.  Do you need a place setting chart? See one below.
  4. Get some Herbal Green Tea and a tea pot. If you want to learn how to make a great pot of tea check this out.
  5. Candles. They are always fun at a party, you can even go scentless.
  6. Make some sandwiches like these, and desserts like these.
  7. Put on some nice music.
  8. Get out your favorite hats.
  9. Hopefully you got an RSVP from everyone, they wouldn’t want to miss it and you need to know just how much food to make.
  10. Be a great hostess, tell a cute tea cup story, or the history of tea, and this is the best part, pouring tea for your friends and having great conversation.

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I hope you plan a tea party soon and use these tips to help make it easier. Please pin this to one of your boards so it’s easy to find in the future. You can also follow me on twitter or facebook.  I would love to hear your comments, so leave one below.

 

Shark Week Cupcakes

It’s Shark Week.

Don’t worry, these cupcakes won’t draw blood. But when you bite into them you might get a surprise.  This post started a year ago and somehow I never sent it out. So since Shark Week is almost over and that’s all that’s on our T.V. this week, I thought we would celebrate with some Shark Week Cupcakes.

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Have fun with these cupcakes and surprise your guests.

You can use your favorite boxed recipe or use one from scratch. After their done cooling, fill them with some strawberry or raspberry jelly. Just cut a little cone out of the top, spoon in some jelly and put the cone back on top. Then frost with some blue icing and pick up some fondant, cut out a heart shaped piece with a cookie cutter and cut off about 1/2 off it and you have the shark fin. Use some grey food coloring on the fondant before you cut them out. You can frost these by putting icing in a piping bag and use a wilton star tip. These are super easy and you can even cut them out free hand.

 

I Wanted to leave you with one more picture from a few years ago.

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Do you watch Shark Week? Do you do a shark week post? Leave me the link so I can check it out. You can also share it on my facebook page.

Tax Day 2013 Freebies

It’s tax day 2013. This year for the first time I had to get an extension for our personal taxes. I usually file at the beginning of the year, but my husbands shop became an LLC during the year so we have different returns to file. I am a little nervous because I like things simple and I like to be in control and right now, it’s in the hands of my preparer.

Scary!

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So I decided to find the silver lining in an otherwise red letter day.

I wanted to share some freebies with you to get you  excited about April 15.  I love free stuff, don’t you?

Most of these are nationwide, some might be in specific areas.

In L.A check out –    if you  like Cinnabon make sure you get there in the evening. Two free bites. Yum.

If you like the movies and popcorn check out Momscharlotte.com

I bet your local city has some specials too. Don’t forget to google it.

Happy Tax Day and enjoy something for free. Who says you can’t get something for nothing? Enjoy.

The Best Lemon Bars

If you want to brighten up your day, bake some lemon bars. I have a friend who loves lemon bars and it was recently her birthday. She sent me a text that she would really like some, so I made some for her birthday. Unfortunately for her, we couldn’t get together right away so I took them to a family reunion we had. I promised her some more when we get together.
When we got back a few days later I made them again and we went to a play and she got to eat her lemon bars. Make sure you follow me on Bloglovin.

You can never eat just one and I think by cutting them into little triangles you don’t feel like your eating too much. Until you notice most of them are gone.

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Here is the recipe for The Best Lemon Bars:

 

The Best Lemon Bars

Ingredients

  • For the crust:
  • 2 sticks of room temp butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • For the filling:
  • 6 jumbo eggs room temp
  • 2 TB grated lemon zest
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemons (about 5 lemons)
  • 1 cup flour
  • Powdered sugar for dusting

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

For the crust, cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer with a paddle attachment. Combine the flour and salt and add to butter mixture. Put the dough into a 9 X 13 pan and sprinkle with flour and using a small roller or your hands, roll into the pan building up a 1/2 inch edge on all sides. Put in the freezer for 10 minutes.

Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, until lightly browned. Let cool on a wire rack.

For the filling, whisk together the eggs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and flour. Using real lemons makes all the difference. Pour over crust and bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until filling is set. Let cool to room temperature. Cut into squares or triangles.

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My Top 10 Addictions

Yes, I admit it, I am addicted. I can’t stop. I can’t give them up. Please don’t make me.

I’m just kidding, mostly. I like to have fun, and these 10 items are my favorite things. My addictions.

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  1. Starbucks Iced Tea – Yes, I drink from 1 to 3 Vente’s a day. I am not ashamed.
  2. Milk duds and whoppers – I love milk duds, but they get stuck in my teeth, so I limit my indulging.
  3. The Bible – I read from the One Year Bible each morning at 5:45 am. It starts the day off right along with my affirmations.
  4. The  Iphone – Why did they invent this. It doesn’t leave my side (like men and their remotes), it’s like a money sucking machine. There must be some subliminal messages coming out of it.  – Buy me, play with me, spend time with me,  etc. etc.-
  5. Starbucks Iced Tea – Again with the Starbucks. My kids think they would have more STUFF, if I would stop drinking them. They think it’s all about them.
  6. Big Bang Theory – Bazinga. Need I say more?
  7. My two cats – .  Aren’t they the cutest babies?  My husband says, “who are you talking to, me or the cat?”  Sometimes I lie and say, “You of course!

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8.   Cupcakes – Obviously, hence Candiland Dessert Company  I make cupcakes and hope one day to  have a little tearoom with pastries.

9.    Dell Taco – 1/2 pound  Green Burrito with tomatoes and onions – its my go-to food when I am on the road.

10.  The Internet – I am a surfer. I admit it. I also have adhd and go from page to page. I never know where I will end up. I should leave bread crumbs or Cookies to get back home.

 

Obviously, I am not in therapy for these addictions, but I am not willing to give even one of them up.

Red Velvet July eats

It was almost two weeks ago that we had a Red Velvet day for the 4th of July. Hubby loves to make breakfast and especially pancakes. He loves to try new things and create different flavors. I told him he needed to start writing a cookbook or create some mixes.

Since it was the 4th, I told him he should make some Red Velvet pancakes. I would be making Red Velvet cupcakes for the Barbecue we would be going to so we were prepared with all the ingredients.  We knew this was a hit with the kids when they started taking pictures and posting them.

 

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Red Velvet Pancakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 3 - 4 servings

Serving Size: 3 pancakes

 Red Velvet July eats

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup confectioners sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • GLAZE
  • 1 package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoon milk, or as needed
  • Blueberry's on top

Instructions

Whisk the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the wet ingredients in and stir until clumps disappear.

On a heated griddle ladle your batter and heat on both sides.

Create the glaze by mixing the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk. Drizzle the glaze and place blueberry's on top.

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Later that day we brought some Red Velvet cupcakes to the party. I added some cute cupcake toppers on top that I found here. I added a little blue food coloring to the pastry bag when I topped off the frosting, this way it made a swirl of two colors. Another favorite that I made today for another barbecue I went to were these great brownies.  I am sure there are more great things made with wonderful red velvet ingredients. Let me know what you like to bring to barbecues, and leave me a comment or follow me on bloglovin.