Monday, February 21, 2011

Tea in Vermont

Tea in Vermont...
...with a decadent piece of
Chocolate Mocha Cake

After a day of exploring
Vermont's winter wonderland...
a steamy cup of tea and a slice of cake
is the perfect ending to a delightful trip!

roadside beauty...

Vermont farmland...
a quaint Vermont town...
the Green Mountains...
country barns...
This rich, moist cake was homemade
by the champion pie maker's mama!
Baking is an art in Vermont...
Mocha Frosting
1/2 c sugar
2 t vanilla
1 T instant coffee
1-1/2 c whipping cream
1/4 c unsweet cocoa powder
Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and
beat with an electric mixer until the frosting is
thick and forms peaks when you take out the beater.
Makes enough to spread generously on top, sides,
and between two layers of 8 inch round cake.
I am linking to my favorite tea parties:
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tea Time Tuesday
Tea Time Tuesday
Teapot & Tea Things Tuesdays
and my favorite foodie sites...
Tuesdays At The Table

It's a Keeper


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Valentine's Giveaway Winner!!!

The winner of my
Valentine's Giveaway is...
Ronna Stanley!!!
You are going to love shopping at the CNS Stores!
I will contact you with all the details!
Thank you all for the lovely comments
left on my blog-of-life ~
I love hearing from you!

Vermont Love

Come take a walk with my favorite place...
~*~ VeRmOnT ~*~

A picture is worth a thousand words...
for words can never describe the beauty
and majesty of this beautiful place that I love.
We are leaving for vacation tonight - back to Vermont!
I wanted to share with you tidbits from our vacation in
October - when we enjoyed the marvelous fall foliage
and all the magnificent things that autumn offers.

Autumn has always been my favorite season
and there is no better place on the earth
to celebrate then in Vermont.
~*~ truly takes my breath away!
Vermont has captured my heart...

But, it is the people who have my heart...
our covenant - lifelong - beloved friends!

A favorite pastime in Vermont ~ Apple Picking!
The gorgeous orchards overflowing with a
variety of sumptuous apples are everywhere!

Brittany ~ Arianah ~ Hannah
Apple Decorations!
Handmade by me and Hannah!

The beautiful Hannah!
My darling partner in all things hospitable!
She is my true best friend.
Shhhhh....don't tell her mother!
Hannah made the most delectable apple pie!
It was truly a mouthwatering masterpiece!
Earlier in the day I had made some homemade
Pumpkin Pancakes with a decadent
Maple Browned Butter Sauce - so yum!
The pie was topped with this maple
goodness and just put it over the top!
Hannah's Apple Pie
2 9-inch pastry crusts
1/4 c Light Brown Sugar
1/2 c White Sugar
1/4 c Flour
1/2 t Nutmeg
1/2 t Cinnamon
Dash of Salt
6 cups Tart Apples (slice thin)
2 -1/2 T Butter

Heat oven to 425F.
Prepare pastry.
Mix sugar, flour,nutmeg,cinnamon, and salt.
Stir in apples. Turn into pastry-lined pie plate.
Dot with butter. Cover with top crust.
Cut slits in the top to allow steam to escape.
Seal and flute the pie crust edges.
Cover edge with 3-inch strip of foil during the last
15 minutes of baking to prevent over browning.
Bake until crust is brown and juice begins
to bubble through slits in crust.
40 to 50 minutes.
6 servings per 9-inch pies
This scrumptious pie even earned Hannah the
1st Place Top Honor Winner at a pie baking contest!
The perfect slice with a
steamy cup of tea.
Maple Brown Butter
1/2 c butter, cubed
1/4 c maple syrup
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t nutmeg
1/2 c toasted pecans, chopped
In a small heavy saucepan, cook butter
over medium heat for 8-10 minutes.
Stir occasionally.
Add maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Remove from heat and stir in pecans.
I am linking to my favorite tea parties:
and my favorite foodie sites...


It's a Keeper


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Chicken Noodle Love Soup

A special recipe for a big,
simmering bowl of love!
This is my children's favorite soup -
they request it all of the time -
and I always accomodate!


Chicken Noodle Love Soup
2-3 c prepared chicken
8-10 c chicken stock
(see link to recipe below)
2 chicken bouillon cubes
3 carrots (diced or shredded)
3 celery stalks (diced)
1 onion (diced)
1 t each: basil -oregano - marjoram
1 bay leaf
salt & pepper to taste
1 pkg. wide egg noodles
fresh parsley
Prepare Chicken
You can do this a variety of ways - I like to roast my chicken first
and then shred meat in chunky pieces. I place my chicken (6-8 pieces)
on a baking sheet - drizzle with olive oil and season with kosher salt
and cracked black pepper - roast @ 350 degrees for about 40 minutes.
You may also poach your chicken in simmering stock or even use
a rotisserie chicken for this delectable soup.
In a large dutch oven saute onions, carrots and celery in butter
until tender. Add chicken stock, bouillon cubes, spices and seasonings -
bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Stir in chicken and simmer for
30-45 minutes allowing all of the flavors to blend. Bring soup up to a boil
again and add the egg noodles - cook until al dente and remove from heat.
Serve garnished with fresh parsley.
for my delicious go-to recipe!

Come join Soup-a-Palooza
sponsored by Bush’s Beans, Hip Hostess,

Tidy Mom

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~ a $25.00 gift certificate to CNS Stores!
Leave a lovely comment to be entered
to win until Thursday - 2/17/11.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Valentine's Day Giveaway!

Valentine's Day is here!
I am extending my
Valentine Giveaway
a few more days!
The generous CSN Stores has increased
your prize to $25.00 -
so I am giving you a few more days to leave
comments and increase your chances to win!!!
I am excited to offer all of my bloggy friends an opportunity
to win a free qive away from the fabulous CSN Stores!
CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you
can find anything you need whether it be
swingsets, fitness equipment or cute cookware!
Your prize is a $25.00 gift certificate
to shop at any of the incredible CSN Stores!
Gabriella is waiting for the mail truck
to deliver something wonderful!
You can have the chance of something
wonderful delivered to your home courtesy of
CSN Stores & Concetta's Cafe!

All you have to do is come back to my blog
and leave a lovely comment!
~*~I will be drawing the winning name on
Thursday - 2/17/11!
You can comment as many times as you like
on any post from now until Thursday - 2/17/11.
Every comment = a chance to win!


The Kitchenettes ~ A Hospitality Club

Romans 12:13
Pursue the practice of hospitality.

The Kitchenettes is all about teaching and mentoring young girls in the art of hospitality. It is so much more than cooking or doing domestic tasks ~ hospitality is the very heart of God ~ a demonstration of pouring His love onto others. This group of young girls are learning the very nature and character of God as they serve people and sharpen their skills in homemaking.



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