A loving welcome to all of you. I am eagerly waiting to see what you have to surprise us with this week.
I knew I wanted to have a Valentine's theme for this week's tea. (I am sure you will see a few) I just didn't know I would have a week full of interruptions and delays. Amongest snow storms, a 24 hour shift with babies (I am a doula) and simply having a good portion of my home packed for staging and selling our home, I have had to rethink my tablescape. This is not what I had envisioned, but the water must boil and the tea must steep and gather togeher we will at the tea table.
If time allows I will try to follow through with my plans and post later.
While I finish preparing, I hope you enjoy
these favorite quotes about love.
There is only one happiness in life -- to love and to be loved.
What I needed most was to love and to be loved, eager to be caught. Happily I wrapped those painful bonds around me; and sure enough, I would be lashed with the red-hot pokers or jealousy, by suspicions and fear, by burst of anger and quarrels.
"When you are in Love you can't fall asleep because reality is better than your dreams."
Women wish to be loved not because they are pretty, or good, or well bred, or graceful, or intelligent, but because they are themselves.
--Henri Frederic Amiel
The best thing about me is you.
If you love me, let me know. If not, please gently let me go.
You come to love not by finding the perfect person, but by seeing an imperfect person perfectly.
To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.
The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.
“Love will always be a part of our lives.
It is the emotion that God has given us to use for him and to other people.”
This looks too plain!
What will I do?
I wonder where that box is?
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
If you are feeling creative, like I was, have a look below.
If you try these suggestions please let us know how they worked out.
If you try these suggestions please let us know how they worked out.
Are you feeling soft-hearted this Valentine's Day? Reach for some marshmallows and transform them into confections of affection.
Start by greasing a heart-shaped petit four cutter or aspic cutter with vegetable oil or cooking spray.
Cut several marshmallows in half horizontally, and then press the cutter into the center of each one. Float the marshmallows and the cutouts on hot chocolate.
Read more at Marthastewart.com: Hot Chocolate with Marshmallow Hearts - Martha Stewart Recipes
by CasaSugar @ http://www.yumsugar.com/
Make Your Own Marshmallow here
The method is surprisingly easy, but you do need an electric mixer. They're basically a combination of sugar, corn syrup, and gelatin. This mixture is whipped until tripled in volume, resulting in a light fluffy mess of marshmallow cream. It's so pillowy and delicious, it's hard not to lick the bowl.
Start a day ahead: the finished marshmallows need a night to set. To get the tried and trusted recipe I used:
From Alton Brown
3 packages unflavored gelatin
1 cup ice cold water, divided
12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup cornstarch
1.Place the gelatin into the bowl of a stand mixer along with 1/2 cup of the water. Have the whisk attachment standing by.
2.In a small saucepan combine the remaining 1/2 cup water, granulated sugar, corn syrup and salt. Place over medium high heat, cover and allow to cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Uncover, clip a candy thermometer onto the side of the pan and continue to cook until the mixture reaches 240 degrees F, approximately 7 to 8 minutes. Once the mixture reaches this temperature, immediately remove from the heat.
3.Turn the mixer on low speed and, while running, slowly pour the sugar syrup down the side of the bowl into the gelatin mixture.
4.Once you have added all of the syrup, increase the speed to high. Continue to whip until the mixture becomes very thick and is lukewarm, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Add the vanilla during the last minute of whipping. While the mixture is whipping prepare the pans as follows.
5.Combine the confectioners' sugar and cornstarch in a small bowl.
6.Lightly spray a 13 by 9-inch metal baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add the sugar and cornstarch mixture and move around to completely coat the bottom and sides of the pan. Return the remaining mixture to the bowl for later use.
7.When ready, pour the mixture into the prepared pan, using a lightly oiled spatula for spreading evenly into the pan. Dust the top with enough of the remaining sugar and cornstarch mixture to lightly cover. Reserve the rest for later. Allow the marshmallows to sit uncovered for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.
8.Turn the marshmallows out onto a cutting board and cut into 1-inch squares using a pizza wheel dusted with the confectioners' sugar mixture or using a sharp knife that you'll dip in the mug to keep the blade warm.
Once cut, lightly dust all sides of each marshmallow with the remaining mixture, using additional if necessary. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
Makes about 9 dozen.
~ I encourage you to stop by and savour another cup of tea while you enjoy her pretty vignettes.
We don't want to miss a single teacup or teapot!
The more the fun!
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with our Tuesday meme.
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Welcome to, Tuesday Tea Time In Blogland!
These are the links to the other oh-so-delightful tea parties and tabletop parties that I attend.
I invite you to drop in. ~ Many thanks to those who faithfully host each week.
~ Hope to see you there!!
( Our own memes are marked with an asterisk * ):
*~The 69th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two'
~ Tuesday Teatime with Lady Katherine
~ Teatime Tuesday with Sandi
~ Teacup Tuesday with Martha
~ Teacup Tuesday with Terri
~ Tabletop Tuesday with Marti
~ A Return to Loveliness with Kathy
*~ The 41st, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday', with Wanda Lee and Pam @
Other favorite places I may visit this week:
~Tablescape Thursday with Susan
~ Foodie Friday with Michael
~Show and Tell Friday with Cindy
~Sunday Favorites with Chari
~We are most delighted to announce that Wanda Lee and I are going to have an Easter, teapot swap!
.., of either:
#1~ A small teapot or,
#2 ~ A small, 'Tea For One' teapot with stacking teacup or ,
#3 ~A teeny, tiny miniature teapot PLUS some pretty,*tea things/in other words; the * teatime accoutrements of your choice; (that's really what we mean when we refer to, 'tea things')..,
..,All just for the fun, celebration and the love of teapots!
* PLEASE NOTE: We have chosen to suggest swapping only mini or small teapots so that the selection that you may choose to swap, including the shipping cost of these treasures to be swapped; ( this will keep the cost lower than a larger, full sized teapot).
~ When the time comes, we hope you will join in with the fun of our Easter, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday', teapot swap!..,
..,We are greatly looking forward to this and will happily announce the exact date and details later!
~For suggestions, questions and/or comments simply post a comment below): ~ (Please bear in mind however, we have as mentioned, not finalized the date and details as of yet):
Cheers and hugs from Pam and Wanda Lee; ( Wanda Lee is the other half of our weekly blog tea party meme; 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'.., @ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com