Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Fresh Flowers for Your Tea Table

It's so wonderful that spring is here and with it the arrival of many beautiful spring flowers.  Though there are many lovely artificial flowers there is nothing like fresh flowers for your tea table.  It can be a simple bloom in a decorative vase or a more elaborate bouquet.  It is a good idea to keep the flowers low and unobtrusive.  They should complement the table.  If a tall centerpiece is used,  place it to the side of your table so that your guests will be able to see each other.  I adore Lilacs which are so prevalent right now.  They are an extremely fragrant flower so if you decide to use them,  you should know that your guests enjoy them too.

What flowers do you like to use for your teatime celebrations?  Sipping Union Blue Lady...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

"Hello Dolly!" Bars

"Hello Dolly!" Bars are an easy and delicious teatime treat.  You may want to line your baking dish with parchment paper as they can be a little tricky to remove from the pan.

1/4 C melted butter
1 C graham cracker crumbs
1 C coconut
1 C semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 C chopped walnuts
1 (14oz) can of sweetened condensed milk

Place melted butter in  9" X 9"  baking pan.  Sprinkle graham crumbs over  the butter, add coconut, then chocolate chips, and walnuts.  Pour milk over the layers.  Do not mix.  Bake at 325 for 25-30 minutes.Cool and put in fridge to chill completely.  Cut into small squares.  These are very fudge-like.   Have napkins handy.  Enjoy!