Saturday, September 29, 2007
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
is that a flower in your tea?
Monday, September 24, 2007
cucumber tea sandwiches
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup chopped watercress leaves
16 slices white bread
Salt to taste
1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts
In a small bowl, combine butter and watercress; spread on one side of each slice of bread. Lay cucumber slices onto the buttered side of slices of bread. Sprinkle with salt. Cover each with alfalfa sprouts and top with the remaining slices of bread.
Make sure to cut the crusts from each sandwich. Cut the sandwiches in half diagonally and then cut in half again.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
a traditional high tea menu
Devonshire Clotted Cream
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
Egg Salad Sandwiches
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Orange Poppy Seed Bread
Assorted Teas - make sure to have a combination of traditional teas (earl grey, english breakfast) and spice teas (orange, ginger)
Labels: high tea menu
Saturday, September 22, 2007
care for a cup of tea?
Labels: tea party
Friday, September 21, 2007
easy peasy individual apple tarts
1/3 cup butter
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups flour
2 Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced and peeled
4 teaspoons sugar
4 teaspoons melted orange marmalade
In large bowl beat together butter and sugar until light and fluffy; add egg and salt. Gradually stir in flour until soft dough forms. To omit this step substitute sugar cookie dough.
Heat oven to 375 degrees F. On lightly floured surface, roll dough into a 10-inch square; cut into four 5-inch squares.
Place squares on baking sheet; turn up 1/4 inch of edges of all squares to make a thick edge. Arrange apples slices on each square; sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon sugar. Bake 25 minutes. Brush apple slices with marmalade and return to oven for three minutes.
Labels: apple tarts
Thursday, September 20, 2007
progressive dinner parties
Here are some tips for a successful progressive party:
- Keep your numbers manageable so that everyone hosting can accommodate the number on the guest list.
- Keep the guest list manageable. The larger the group the harder it will be to organize.
- Send out information with the times and addresses for each house.
Labels: dinner parties
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
practicing mind control
Place a person on the ground (the subject) - lying down with her eyes closed - in a darkend room. Arrange a group of people around her - with at least one person at each end - and one on either side. Each person places two fingers of both hands under the edge of the person lying on the ground. Keep the subject relaxed and still, rubbing her temples. Ask her the name of the boy she likes and an activity. Keep rubbing her temples as you tell her a story about how she meet the boy of her dreams, but had a fatal accident while doing the activity she named. Try to make the story as detailed as possible and make sure the boy tries to save her in the story. After the subject dies in the story everyone chants "Light as a feather, stiff as a board." As the chanting continues everyone joins in and lifts the subject together, and then raise her back down.
Other sources for learning:
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
7 kooky costume ideas
6. Babysitter -- Strap a doll to your butt and sit on it.
5. Used Car Salesman --Wear a bright plaid polyester suit and slicked-back hair. Hand out business cards and tell everyone you can get them a "great deal!"
4. A blue man -- paint your face and hands blue, wear black.
3. Ghost -- find an old sheet, cut two eye holes and your done.
2. A concept -- don't dress up, just act weird.
1. Hobo -- don't you always feel bad for the kids that go as hobos. They make the ghost look good.
Labels: costume ideas
Monday, September 17, 2007
ghosts in the graveyard
3 1/2 cups milk
2 packages chocolate instant pudding
3 cups whipped cream
1 package Oreos, crushed
Pour cold milk into a large bowl; add pudding mix. Whisk ingredients together for two minutes. Stir in whipped topping and 1/2 of the cookies. Spoon into a 13x9-inch baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cookies. Refrigerate for one hour or until ready to serve.
Decorate with Milanos (tombstones), candy and remaining whipped cream dropped by spoonfuls (ghosts) and add little chocolate candies for ghost eyes. Makes 15 servings.
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Labels: halloween recipes
Sunday, September 16, 2007
Saturday, September 15, 2007
shaken not stirred
2 ounces of gin or vodka
1-6 drops to 2 ounces of of dry Vermouth depending on taste
Olives for garnish
Put ice in the shaker.
Add gin or vodka.
Stir or shake.
Strain the ingredients into a well-chilled martini glass.
Garnish with olives.
Friday, September 14, 2007
it's got a good beat
Thursday, September 13, 2007
cute cocktail party idea
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
our step by step guide to a great bar menu
Vodka, Rum, Gin, Scotch, Bourbon, Blended Whiskey, Tequila
To add a bit of pizzaz make sure you have:
Kahlua, Crème de Menthe, Crème de Cacao, Amaretto, Brandy, Grand Marnier, Drambuie,
You'll also need juices, make them fresh squeeze to really impress your guests:
Orange, Grapefruit, Cranberry, Tomato or V8, Pineapple, Lemon, Lime
And of course carbonated beverages:
Club soda, Tonic water, Cola, 7-Up or Sprite, Ginger ale
And lots and lots and lots of ice.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
get in a good mood - host a cocktail party
Labels: cocktail party
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 9, 2007
the original trader vic's mai tai
1 oz gold rum
1 oz dark rum
1 oz triple sec
1/2 oz lime juice
1/2 oz Orgeat syrup
Shake all the ingredients in a shaker with ice and serve over crushed ice. Garnish with a pineapple slice and if possible a plastic monkey.
Saturday, September 8, 2007
a hawaiian menu
Friday, September 7, 2007
host a luau
Thursday, September 6, 2007
the ultimate chocolate chip cookie recipe
Three things make this the best chocolate chip cookie recipe on the planet:
1. Refrigerate the dough -- this adds a lighter texture to the cookie
2. Milk chocolate chips -- this gives the cookie a really rich chocolate flavor
3. Macadamia nuts -- they're from hawaii, need we say more
Here's the recipe:
2 1/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup macadamia nuts
Preheat oven to 375°.
Combine the flour, baking soda and salt.
In a different bowl, combine butter, both sugars, and vanilla. Beat mixture. Beat in the eggs. Gradually add in the flour mixture, chocolate chips and nuts.
Divide the dough in half and wrap each half in waxed paper. Chill for one hour.
Cut dough into half-inch slices and place onto ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 375° for 8-10 minutes.
Labels: chocolate chip cookie recipe
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
cookie recipes8:41 AM 0 Comments
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Cookies should be homemade
- Everyone should bring the recipe on notecards for sharing
- Ask your guests what cookies they'll be bringing so you don't have too many duplicates
- Have guests provide cute packaging to share for bringing the cookies home
Labels: cookie exchange
Monday, September 3, 2007
wine tasting party
- One bottle of wine can easily be poured in small amounts for 12 to 16 people.
- Have four to six wines for comparison and rating.
- Focus on a specific wine
- Hide wines in bags
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Wine tasting score card: