Tea Time #2
So here we are, just a couple of days before Christmas and I am holding my second Tea Time Event, slotted in between my fortnightly Eclectic Corner event which is also on a Tuesday.
I am so thrilled after Tea Time #1 event and want to thank everyone who joined me in submitting a post, helping Andy Townsend from Belgrade Streets also to have a fabulous birthday which it turned out was on the same day and also to those of you who passed by reading, commenting and generally having fun, even if you didn’t post.
Here are the last Tea Time party goers who my greatest thanks go out to –
My Private Idaho – who brought a long the most amazing macaroons, she’s only been blogging 4 months and has the most fantastic words and photography that spill from her pages.
Aromas and Flavours – who brought along one of my favourite teas, Green Tea & really partied it up making it the most amazing colours, go pop by and see what can be done with this wonderful tea.
Lucile De Godoy – she went out and specially bought the most delicious looking cakes for this event. I know she is enjoying herself in hot and exotic climes at the moment, enjoy your Christmas Lucile 🙂 Check out her Photo101 Rehab posts, a must look at!
Not a Punk Rocker – Sheena who authors this blog knocked up a cartoon in her lunch time and had me screaming with laughter, she might not have intended that, but that is what happened, I love her dark side, poor ginger, you will know what I mean if you pop by her blog!
Belgian Streets – Andy Townsend, the Birthday Boy, who also writes Belgian Streets kindly turned up for his own Tea Time Birthday Party and brought a selection of alcoholic beverages, by the way this includes stunning photography, please swing by and say hello, you will surely get some visual treats!
Viaja – brought along some fine china to the party, I am a real sucker for any kind of china, my cupboard is full of all kinds of cups and what not, literally spilling out from the shelves as I open the doors I have to make sure I hold my hand up so they don’t fall out.
Gluten Free, Lekker Food – Wow, we had a lovely matcha smoothie brought to the party that I have featured now on an individual post and it has been made time and time again in our house, so thank you very much i look forward to more matcha concoctions. If you are a gluten free devotee, please pop by to see the wonderful recipes this blog holds.
Giraffes can bake – This blog name always makes me giggle. We were presented with bounty chocolate cookies, oooh lala a real treat. This blog holds a mammoth amount of delicious treats, your eyes will pop out of your head if you have time to pop by.
Giraffes cane bake – we got a visit to Georgia here, all I can say is pop by to this post you will be amazed and perhaps envious like I was at what they get to sit by outside on a cold wintery Christmas Eve.
Gray Days and Coffee – brought us stunning photography and a cup of coffee, what more does one want? A lovely friendly blogger, do pop by and say hello, some lovely visual treats and words are waiting for you.
Musings of a frequent flyer – What a lovely blogger who treated us to her birthday cake from before, a wild, rainbow coloured surprise, please pop by to say hello to a blogger who has not been blogging long but who has already made a massive imprint in this wordpress world with her lovely pics and friendship.
Tea Time #2
It will be the same process as in, open for a week and a half before closing to give time to have our cuppas, open presents and enjoy Christmas!
This event is for anything related to the ‘Experience of Tea Time’ with a splash of Christmas Festivities thrown in.
If you need to familiarize yourself with what the Tea Time Event is, please follow the link which goes to the Tea Time Page – Tea Time Page
So seeing as we are a few days before Christmas, this is a Christmas Tea Time, bring with you whatever you might for this kind of event, it doesn’t have to be food, it can be music, a Christmas punch, a picture, a poem, a story, whatever, anything is welcome, the more the merrier to have a lovely Festive Feast before the big day.
A quick summary of the process 😉
- Please grab a badge to display
- Tag your post Tea Time (#1 or #2 etc depending on which week it is)
- When you write your post, please link back to my post that it relates to
- Please then come to my post back here and enter the URL in to the InLinkz which you will find below. This collects all the entries and displays thumbnails on the InLinkz page so everyone can congregate together, find out what everyone is doing and party!
- Even if you are not posting a link, please pop by the InLinkz page to blog hop and enjoy everyone’s Christmas Tea Party.
I found the treats you will see below originally from the fabulous Prudy who writes – Butter, Basil & Breadcrumbs – her recipe is slightly different to mine as I could not get all the same ingredients and hers looks far better than mine lol.
My son saw her page and the chocolate treats that she had made and lots of “oooh” and “ahhhs” came from his mouth as he expressed a delight at what he saw and wished to taste.
So we all had fun together making the below recipe, half of it went to Church, Sunday just gone, it didn’t stay on the plate long as the youngsters tucked in, the rest stayed at home for friends and family to tuck in to, so thank you Prudy.
So I present some treats for the Tea Time #2 Christmas Special –
Chocolate Christmas Sprinkles
Here we are working hard, you will see that the children could not help but dip their fingers in to the sprinkles at the end and polish what was left, a big sugar rush ensued which mummy terribly regretted.
We have the finished article here, I had bought some meringues locally and they seemed to make nice visual treats though they did not stick on well, but that didn’t seem to make much difference as they were eaten before I could worry about it 🙂
I enjoyed mine with a nice cuppa of Earl Grey Tea, the Champagne is chilling in the fridge waiting for you lot to arrive!
Chocolate Christmas Sprinkles
- 1-1/3 cups butter
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2-1/4 cups flour
- 1 cup festive colored sprinkles
- 1- 11oz bag Hershey kisses, unwrapped – or I found small meringues you could try anything really, let your imagination go wild.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. or 170 in a Fan oven.
- Line a couple of baking sheets with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, sift together the baking soda, cocoa powder, and flour. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix until completely blended after each egg.
- Add the vanilla and salt, and mix until blended.
- Add the flour mixture one cup at a time until well blended.
- Roll the dough into walnut size balls.
- Roll the balls in the sprinkles until fully covered, and place on baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.
- Bake for 8-11 minutes, depending on your oven, until the cookie is fully baked.
- Gently push a Hershey kiss into the middle of the cookie immediately after removing from the oven or whatever you have.
- Wait about two minutes then eat.
- Cool completely on a cooling rack.
- Can be stored in a plastic container for up to two weeks.
Now I also thought I would make up a Pinterest board for Christmas. Perhaps some of you are waiting for some inspiration to make something, be it food or craft ideas. The board has wonderful Christmas cocktails, food, cakes, gingerbread houses and generally lovely things to look at, most of which go through to the original websites with instructions on how to make. I hope you enjoy.
If you wish to see Tea Time #1 please pop by here as you can still see the entries and blog hop – Tea Time #1 InLinkz page
So please come and join the Christmas Special Tea Party, click the Tea badge below to go through to the InLinkz page to either post your tea time fun, or blog hop and visit others just to simply say ‘hello’ and see what they have done. Remember to pop back and say ‘hi’ every so often to see what new deliciousness or visual treats might be there, Happy Christmas to you all! Justine xxxx
Have a little click below to enter or just enjoy!