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This Year’s Gingerbread House…..

With all the snow we have been getting, it sure does look like Christmas.  The house is decorated, gifts are bought, now it is time to start baking.

So with our blizzard like weather last week I decided to make this year’s gingerbread house.  I looked around online and decided that I didn’t want to try to make something elaborate I wanted to make something simple.  Something that wouldn’t take two weeks to complete!  I found a template on Martha Stewart’s website and also a recipe for making the house from a chocolate cookie dough.  I thought that would be easier, why not try it?

Well, that didn’t work out so good.  That cookie recipe just didn’t work for me.  I made them and they just cracked when I took them off the cookie sheet. :-(   So gingerbread it was.

It took me a couple days to get it done….thanks to the weather and my running out of eggs!  Nevertheless, it is done and here is 2010′s Christmas Gingerbread House!gingerbread_front

gingerbread_angle

gingerbread_side

I used egg whites instead of meringue powder to make my icing and it has a hint of yellow to it.  Oh well, live and learn!

Next,  it’s time to make  Christmas Cookies and I am going to try my hand at making some candy!?

Mmmmm…..Tiramisu

For the Fourth of July I made Tiramisu for our dessert.  I have been wanting tiramisu for months.  I am, however, trying to lose some weight so it just didn’t seem to be part of my plan.  Well, Dane started asking when we could go and have tiramisu……so I figured I would make a low fat, low calorie version.

I searched on the internet for a recipe that would be like what I wanted.  What I wanted was the tiramisu from Tony’s Town Square Restaurant at the Magic Kingdom.  Their version is so light and fluffy and yummy but I can’t just jump on a plane and go eat at Tony’s though, darn it.

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This recipe came very close.  It was light and fluffy like Tony’s and I cut down some of the fat even more by using fat free cream cheese.  Here is a picture of the results…..

Cooking Light's Tiramisu Recipe

Cooking Light's Tiramisu Recipe

If you want the recipe or you are looking for any recipe for tiramisu click this link for  Heavenly Tiramisu where you can find this recipe for Cooking Light’s Recipe.

Welcome to My Mad Tea Party!

I am so happy you came!  I’ve been expecting you!

“Who are you?”

Who Are You?

Who Are You?

Who Are You?

Who Are You?

Don’t mind Caterpillar……

I am so excited!  This day has finally come and there is quite a buzz around the Tea Parties.  I have been busily preparing a fanciful Mad Tea and expect to have a great day of party hopping with everyone……

So come on in….. Hurry it’s time…Don’t be late…..

Party Time!

Party Time!

Grab a refreshment and a bite to eat…..IMG_6763

Take your pick…….A cupcake and a cup of tea?

Tea and a Cupcake

Tea and a Cupcake

Those are  Strawberry and Mascarpone Filled Cupcakes!  My Favorite!!!!  Look at the filling…..mmmmmmm  If you want the recipe just click the below picture!  Trust me they are delicious.

Strawberry & Mascarpone Filled Cupcake

Strawberry & Mascarpone Filled Cupcake

You better get a cupcake now, I see Rabbit showed up and he’ll be making short work of them!

Rabbit and Cupcake

Rabbit and Cupcake

Maybe you would like a Buttermilk Blueberry Scone too.

Tea and a Blueberry Buttermilk Scone?

Tea and a Buttermilk Blueberry Scone?

Blueberry Buttermilk Scone

Buttermilk Blueberry Scone

The scones are yummy too and if you want the recipe click the above picture.

Lets grab a tea….so many choices maybe some iced tea, green tea, black tea, or herbal tea….

Take some tea!

Take some tea!

Iced Tea

Iced Tea

Lets have some iced tea on this beautiful hot summer day and let’s mingle.

I would like to introduce you to some of our other guests……

There is Shadow……our Halloween kitty who is now as big as a whale!

Shadow

Shadow

There is Leo…..our gentle soul……

Leo

Leo

He is not impressed with his tea….

Leo Doesn't Like Tea

Leo Doesn't Like Tea

And Molly our sassy girl…….

Sassy Molly

Sassy Molly

She’s just joining in all the fun!

There with Molly is the Garden Gnome and Ibex having some tea..

Gnome and Ibex

Gnome and Ibex

There’s the gnome again by the pond….

Gnome by the pond

Gnome by the pond

Over there at that table is a silly lot……

The Mad Hatter and Rabbit

The Mad Hatter and Rabbit

There coming through the foliage is Brandon’s  creation, the Mountain Climber Nutcracker.  He climbed up here to have a quick tea before he makes his journey home next week!  He is finally going home!

Mountain Climber Nutcracker

Mountain Climber Nutcracker

Over here are some of Brandon’s other creations…..

Greyhound, Skull, Bear and The Mad Hatter

Greyhound, Skull, Bear and The Mad Hatter

Well, I think the guests are getting restless.

Bear Eating Teacup

Bear Eating Teacup

Thanks for stopping by!  I am so delighted you came by.  Leave me a quick comment and you will be entered to win either this Teacup with Watermelon Mint Iced Tea and a hand painted tag….

Tea Cup Giveaway

Tea Cup Giveaway

Or this Basket with Berry Basket Iced Tea and a small canvas I painted with hydrangeas….

Tea Basket

Tea Basket Give Away

So don’t forget to leave a comment and I will randomly draw two names Tuesday night.

I hope you enjoyed our party and have a great day!!!  I also want to thank Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist for organizing such a extravagant Mad Tea Party!  She is so creative and her blog is just beautiful and amazing!

Have fun attending all the Tea Parties!

Mad

New Christmas Cookie Recipe

Brandon’s work had a Cookie Recipe Exchange and I decided to make a new recipe I found.  I really like the idea of the Recipe Exchange because I can make some cookies, try one and send the rest out of the house.  Less chance that I eat all of them.

The recipe I made was Banana Foster Bars.  We used to go to a restaurant that had Banana Foster Cake and it was a favorite.  The restaurant closed and we haven’t had it since.  I saw the recipe for these bars and hoped they would be as good as the cake.

Mine turned out to be more brownie like than like a bar cookie because the recipe called for a 9 x 9 inch pan and I used what I have an 8 x 8 inch so mine are thicker.   This was yummy but I still miss that darn cake.  Here is a picture of my piece I kept….

Banana Foster Bar

Banana Foster Bar

This weekend I think I am going to make ” The 3rd Annual Gingerbread House”.  I am not sure what I am going to make but I need to figure it out quick because I want to do it Sunday!