Sunday, October 25, 2009

Monday, October 19, 2009

14 Essential Items in My Tea Kit

There are 14 essential items that I must have in my tea life to prepare my tea. It makes teatime preparation easy any time of the day for myself or if friends should drop by.

My Tea Kit Includes
  • Choice of Your Tea Life Tea
  • My Mickey Mouse Tea Kettle
  • Beautiful Teacup & Saucer
  • Teaspoon
  • Teapot
  • Brown Sugar Cubes
  • Sugar Tongs
  • T~sac
  • Timer
  • Measuring Cup
  • Tea Bag Squeezer
  • Perfect Tea Measuring Spoon
  • Tea Warmer
  • Tea Napkin
Do you have a Tea Kit? What's in yours?

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Caramel Apple White Chocolate Parfait

This is a yummy fall dessert. It takes a little while to make as there are several steps but it is worth it. Serves 2-6. How many servings it makes will depend on what size glass you use. Using small clear glass votives purchased at a craft or dollar store will allow you to make approximately 6 servings. I suggest cutting the apple slices from the pie filling to fit more easily into your small glass container should you decide to use them.

What you will need:

1/4 C firmly packed dark brown sugar
1 C plus 2 T whipping cream, divided
1 T butter
2 egg yolks
1 T vanilla
1 T maple flavoring
1 T sugar
4 oz white chocolate, melted & cooled
1 can Lucky Leaf or Musselman apple pie filling

Combine brown sugar, 2 T of cream and butter in a small pan. Stir over medium heat for 2 minutes until slightly thickened. Cool.

In a double boiler or pan over simmering water, combine egg yolks, flavorings & sugar. Stir constantly for about 5 minutes until mixture thickens. Cool

Beat cream into medium peaks. Fold in white chocolate. The white chocolate may become lumpy but this won't be a problem.

Alternate mixtures with pie filling in layers in parfait glasses. Finish with whipped cream mixture. Garnish with chopped pecans or walnuts and sprig of mint.