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Welcome to my Tea Party. I hope you have been to Vanessa Valencia’s Mad Tea Party! Without her none of us would be here today.

If you haven’t done so yet please visit her wonderful site.

I am so delighted that you stopped by.

I saved you a seat and some delicious goodies!

It is such a nice sunny morning.

I love to sit and watch my Dogs play in the sun  patches in the yard.  They will be very excited that we have company this morning!

Would you like some of our delicious treats?

My Dogs love to have company. As you can see Ennis is begging for a treat from Mr. Rabbit.

Thirsty? I have just the thing for you. . . Hot tea and cream.  You can not go wrong with this.

You should try the strawberries and homemade dip. It is very delicious.

Clare wants some attention from Mr. Rabbit. Good Luck!

Everything looks so nice and tasty. I hope you are enjoying your stay.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

I hope you have enjoyed your short stay with me. Please feel free to look around. There are lots of things to see here. Leave me a message and let me know what you think.

Have a Blessed Day!

Until Then,

Wende

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So  I told you that I was going to try a new recipe for Petit Fours! Well although they tasted wonderful. . . they didn’t look very good. My icing did not work like I had hoped. I will share this recipe and if you have any ideas about the icing I would love to hear from you! I had hoped to make these for my Girl’s Night Out party on Thursday, but it looks like it is back to the baking board for me!

What you will need:

1 box of Pillsbury White cake mix

Eggs, Oil & Water

For the Icing:

1 Box Powdered Sugar ( 1 LB)

1/2 cup Water

5 tbsp of Meringue Powder

(I am on the look out for a better method for icing)

I might have to do more than one layer!

Prepare cake as directed on the box.

I used a cookie pan. I think it is a 16x12x1.

Spray pan then line it with wax paper.

Make sure that you level the batter as  much as possible.

Bake according to box directions.

Take cake out and let cool for about 5 – 20 minutes.

Then turn it out on a cooling rack to cool completely.

Cut the cake into desired shape.

As you can see mine were not consistent but I did my best!

ICING:

Put sugar &  meringue in the mixer on low and slowly add the water.

You can add color to this if you like. I find that color paste works best.

If you find your icing is too thick you can add a “splash” of water.

Be careful because a drop of water goes a long way. It is easy to make it too thin.

But if this happens just add more sugar!

I then tried to spoon the icing onto the cake. The icing did not cover the cakes like I thought.

I tried dipping the cakes into the icing and the cakes started to fall apart.

I then just finished off by using the spoon again and let the cakes dry.

They look ugly but they taste delightful!!!

I will practice these until I get them right.

Like I said earlier, these are a work in progress but if anyone has a helpful hint I would greatly appreciate it!!!!!

I will have some more things to share with you soon!

Have a great day!

Until Then,

Wende

 

 

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Goodness me it is hot outside!  You would think that after living in the south pretty much all my life, I could deal with the heat.  NOT ME!  The hotter it gets the crankier I get.  But I guess for the moment I can chill out and tell you about the dinner I came up with on the fly last night.  I guess you would call it ???

 Stuffed Jumbo Shell Bake?

Ingredients:

1 Lb. of ground turkey meat

18 jumbo pasta shells

1 1/2 can of tomato sauce

1/4 cup parmesan cheese

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese.

Mrs. Dash garlic & herb season.

Oregano, Basil, garlic powder, salt & pepper.

Put meat into a Ziploc bag with 2 tbsp of Mrs. Dash, a pinch of salt, & pepper.

Mush it up and make sure the seasoning is pretty consistent throughout the meat.

Put it in fridge for 1 hour.

Cook pasta shells by the directions on the box.

Pre heat oven to 400.

Brown meat.

When meat is cooked, DRAIN  it well.

Place meat back on stove and add enough tomato sauce to coat all the meat.

Add your oregano, Basil and garlic powder, & 2 tbsp Parm and let simmer while shells are cooking.

When noodles are done drain and rinse with sold water.

Let cool for a few minutes.

Add a little tomato sauce to the bottom of your baking dish.

This will keep the shells from sticking.

I use a medium scoop from pampered chef to fill my shells.

This way they all have the same amount of sauce in them.

Sprinkle Parm & mozzarella cheese over noodles.

Cover the noodles with tomato sauce.

Then sprinkle a little more mozzarella cheese on top.

Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until bubbling.

Enjoy!

This was really easy and very delicious. It had just enough sauce.  Stephen loved it.  You can make it like I did for 2 people or you could easily make it for a large group. The best part is that this is inexpensive so either way it will not break you!

These days that is very important to a lot of us.

Ok people go forth and cook! And let me know what you think.

Until Then,

Wende

 

 

 

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Hello and how are you? 

 I am doing great! I had my last meeting with my new Employer  and I am really getting excited about starting on the 22.  It is going to take some time to get things organized, but organization is my destination!  I started with my kitchen pantry.

I have my semi organized photo. . .

And then the  Organized photo!

 

It may not look much different to you, but believe me it is a huge difference. I bought a label maker and though you can not see them, they are on all the shelves. Now even my Husband can find the correct place for groceries! =-)

I am so excited about hosting a Girl’s Night Party next week and have some great recipes for appetizers on the way, and with the Mad Tea Party next weekend we will have  much to talk about. Hope you have a great day.

Check back later this evening to see my post on Petit Fours. I am off to the kitchen to try the recipe  I found!

Until Then,

Wende

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Good morning,

I was up a bit late last night so I slept in this morning. It was actually nice.  But I have a lot to do today so I need to get moving.  I am somewhat limited to what I can do because of the weather.  Summer Has Arrived! It is already in the 90’s and it is only 10:00 in the morning.  I have stuck close to home and the AC the past few days. Can you blame me? 

Well I will tell you that I did a trial run of the recipe I have for you today. It turned out fantastic both ways.  One just produced more product. This is good if you are having a big group over or you just want more for yourself.

So . . .

Easy Cream Cheese Danish Recipe!

2 (10 ounce) cans crescent roll dough (I used 1  it made 18 Danish)

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese,

1/2 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon lemon juice

3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 teaspoon sour cream

1 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 tablespoon milk (you can use water instead)

1 tablespoon butter, softened

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Slice (unrolled) crescent roll dough into 1/4 inch slices (as if making slice-and-bake cookie dough).

I found that if you put the crescent roll can in the freezer it makes it easier to slice the dough!

Place slices of dough on cookie sheet and make slight indention in the middle with a spoon or your thumb.

In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, white sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract and sour cream.

Add a tablespoon of filling to each roll.

I had a bunch left over.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes.

Let them cool completely before adding the icing!

In a small bowl, stir together confectioners’ sugar, milk or water and butter.

I had to add a little more milk to thin the icing a bit.

After Danish has cooled, drizzle with icing.

You can add food color paste to the icing if you like.

Enjoy!

This recipe is sooooo good. The Danish tray is almost empty! Because they are small/bite size every time we walk by you can’t help but grab one.

I am having a little girls night get together in a few weeks and I will have to make these. You can make then the day before so you do not have to mess up the kitchen!

Perfect!!

So I am off to fold the mountain of clothes on my guest bed. Not my idea of fun, but it has to be done.

Until Then,

Wende

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 I have tried to find projects that help with the recycling  craze that we should all be  part of.  I have found a few and hope to have one project a week to share with you!

Today I am transforming an empty detergent box into a lint bin.  This craft is really simple, but it will help keep your dryer vent clean which is very important. Did you know that  last year over 17000 house fires were caused by dryer vents being clogged?  Scarry! I always make sure that my dryer is off when I leave the house. I have 3 Fur Babies, 1 Turtle and a fish that are inside so I try to be cautions.

 The items we will use for this project are:

1 empty detergent box

Tissue paper (dark color)

Glue, Water, Scissors and a paint brush

Letter Stickers or Colored Marker and card stock!

So let’s get to it!

To start I lay the tissue paper down and place the box on top.

I keep a water/glue mixture handy for craft projects!  Make sure to stir the mixture because it can get think.

I use Elmer’s glue and add water until it thins out just a bit.

Using your paint brush coat the front and sides of the box with glue mixture.

Fold the paper up and smooth it out as desired.

Remember it is tissue paper and there will be wrinkles. It’s ok.

I cut the paper where it folded on the sides. (Like when you wrap a present)  It makes it more smooth.

Continue these steps until the box is covered. 

I put 2 layers of paper on mine.

When covering the top I had to get a little creative and it looks a bit like patch work.

But again this is a lint bin not a Monet.  Inconsistencies are acceptable!

I cut a space out for the handle and wrapped the ends under the lid.

I used stickers and put the word Lint on the white card stock.

I cut it out and places it on the black card stock.

I cut the black stock so there was a nice border around it.

I then glued it to the box.

Ta Da you have a lint bin! Simple and affective.

I had fun making this project. My dogs were under my feet watching me the entire time.

  Ok it’s time for me to be productive for a while so I must go.

I do  have a great Cream Cheese Danish recipe that I will post later this evening! They are deadly and very simple! Check back later.

Until Then,

Wende

 

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Welcome back!

I tell you, I have been so discombobulated the past week. With all the things that have happened and family in town, I didn’t know if I was coming or going. But I am happy to say that I am slowly but surely getting back to the swing of things. To prove it I have some great news. . .  I got a JOB!  I have been hired as a Real Estate Photographer. I get to work out of my home and some what make my schedule. I couldn’t be more happy. I start in about 2 weeks so I have some time to pick up the camera and re-familiarize myself with what I love to do! Ok enough gushing about me. I do have a recipe that I want to share with you today.

Crock Pot Chicken Spaghetti

1  large can tomato sauce

4 boneless chicken breast, skin removed

1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste (I use 1/2 of this)

1/2 cup of water tablespoons water

3 medium cloves garlic, minced

2 teaspoons dried leaf oregano, crushed

hot cooked spaghetti

4 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese

grated Parmesan cheese

Preparation:

 Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Arrange chicken in slow cooker.

 Combine tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, garlic and oregano; pour over the chicken.

I like my sauce to be thin so I add some water to the sauce mixture so that it cover the chicken!

Cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.

 The chicken is so tender it just falls apart.  

 Stir mozzarella cheese into sauce.

 Cook uncovered, till cheese melts

 Serve  over hot cooked spaghetti.

Top with Parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!

This would have been even better with some homemade bread! Maybe next time.

I am so excited because the Mad Tea Party is just around the corner. It’s going to be so much fun! I still have lots to do to prepare.

More recipes and projects to come.

Until Then,

Wende

P/S

Today is my Niece’s Birthday!

 Happy Birthday Meri Claire. I love you Luv Bug!!!!!!!!!

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