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Friday, January 25, 2013

BJs Tea Cake

BJs Tea Cake


2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon Coconut Truffle tea, dry
2 sticks marjorine
4 teaspoons cocoa
1 cup brewed Coconut Truffle tea
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup chopped walnuts


Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and add
dry Coconut Truffle tea,  Set aside.  In a saucepan, melt
butter.  Add coco and brewed Coconut Truffle tea and bring
to a boil.  Pour over flour mixture.  Quickly add buttermilk,
eggs, vanilla, coconut extract, and walnuts.  Mix well. 
Pour into a greased and floured 9x13 baking pan or dish.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until top springs back
when touched.  Leave cake in pan.


1 stick butter, melted
4 tablespoons cocoa
6 tablespoons buttermilk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon dry Coconut Truffle tea
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 box (3 & 3/4 cups) powdered sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts

In a large saucepan, combine butter, cocoa, and buttermilk.
Bring to a boil.  Stir in vanilla,  dry Coconut Truffle tea, and
coconut extract. Reduce heat.  Add powdered sugar and walnuts.
Mix well.  Pour over cake.  Served when cooled.

Delicious Chocolate Walnut Tea Society Cake!

NOTE:  Coconut Truffle Tea
A blend of black tea with coconut pieces and chocolate bits.
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in stay fresh foil refill bags (R)  $9.00

Betty  xo


Cucumber Tea Sandwiches Recipe

Sweet Remembrances Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches


8 ounces cream cheese
2/3 packet ranch salad-dressing mix
2 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 cucumber, English when available, washed, peeled, and sliced
butter for bread
1 loaf bread, your choice


Blend ranch salad-dressing mix, cream cheese and mayonaise or salad dressing.
Spread trimmed bread with butter on both slices.  Then spread cheese mixture on
bread.  Top with thin cucumber slice.  Ready to serve!


30 minutes to an hour before assembling, spread cucumber slices on a folded paper towel.
Sprinkle with salt.  This allows the water to drain from the slices.

Sounds so good!

Strawberry Tea Sandwiches Recipe

Sweet Remembrances Recipe...

Strawberry Tea Sandwiches


8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup strawberry jam
butter for bread
fresh strawberries, sliced verttically through the top in halves, will look like hearts
sliced white bread or other


Mix cream cheese and jam with mixer.  Spread butter on both sides of
heart shaped bread (made with heart cookie cutter).  Then spread cheese
and jam mixture on bread, top with a slice of fresh strawberry.  Ready to

Great for a Valentine Tea Party!

January National Hot Tea Month

You still have time to have tea with your friend or hubby!

January Tea :  Resolutions Green Tea

January Scone of the month:  Sweet Cream


Sachet Favors

Sachet Favors

     Make this vintage handcrafted party favor for your celebrations.

Use a 6" doily white or vintage ecru filled with your favorite popouri
encased in tulle, tied with a satin ribbon and finished with a satin
ribbon rose.  For the ribon and rose, use the color(s) of your celebration.

Have fun!

Betty  xo

Champagne Popsicle Spoons

Champagne Popsicle Spoons

     This is a good way to use up that littlebit of champagne left over from your last
celebration or wouldn't this be a great idea for a wedding, bridal shower or other formal celebration.

Chanpagne Popsicle Spoons Recipe:

Prep time 10 minutes
Total time 10 minutes
Yield 6 servings


1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup champagne


Place the sugar and water in
a small saucepan over medium heat.

Stir the water until the sugar has completely
dissolved.  Turn off the heat.  Dissolving the
sugar has created a syrup, which will ensure
the popsicles have a smooth texture.

There are lots of ways to personalize a good
recipe with your favorite Fruit(s).

Pour mixture into small freezer safe containers,
incert vintage spoons (or other) into mixture
and freeze, or incert spoons when half frozen.


Betty Ayers
(859) 846-9087

National Scone Day - May 30

National Scone Day - May 30

Betty's Walnut Creme Scones

Use Sweet Creme gourmet scone mix
from Set to a Tea, 11.2 oz. box
Yields 8 scones

You will need:
3/4 to 1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon Roasted Walnut Oil La Tourangelle (got mine at Kroger)
   Optional...use more walnut oil to taste or use walnut extract instead

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
(convection oven to 325 degrees).

Mix well, walnut oil or walnut extract
into heavy whipping cream.

Place all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl
and pour in 3/4 cup of cream, mixing as you pour.

Stir until cream is absorbed in the mix.

Work the dough around the bowl until all the dry ingredients are
incorporated and the dough is slightly sticky to the touch,
adding the remaining cream as needed.

Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and press to 3/4 inch thick,
(rolling is not necessary).  Cut out 8 round or wedge shaped pieces.

Place the shapes on a baking sheet (grease the sheet or use parchment paper)
and sprinkle with granulated sugar or brush with remaining cream.

Bake for 20-24 minutes or until lightly browned ( or test by inserting toothpick
in center of scone - it's done if it comes out clean).
Remove from the oven and cool before serving.

Enjoy with a friend or have a party!

Betty Ayers
(859) 846-9087