Hi. Hello. Happy almost spring! Some of you know that I am a big fan of afternoon tea. While I am not inherently a fussy or even a sweet girl, I do love the pomp, tradition and prettiness of afternoon tea. To that end, a few years back I put together an afternoon spring tea perfect for any of the upcoming spring holidays like Easter, May Day or Mother’s Day or just because spring is a pretty time to sip from a dainty cup and nibble a scrumptious sandwich.
It’s sweet alright but wouldn’t it look so pretty on a table in the garden? Maybe we can wear hats, celebrate and giggle softly while our champagne bubbles and our tea cools.
This is a post from St. Patrick’s celebration time in 2010.
The boys are so into St. Patrick’s Day this year. Everyday this month they have come home with new stories of Leprechauns, rainbows, and four leaf clovers and green, green, green. A leprechaun even visited their classrooms. Apparently he was a very mischievous little guy–he trashed the place; threw all the erasers on the ground; broke the chalk; turned the pictures upside down; changed the desks around. Pretty crazy sounding stuff.
So to honor all the fun this weekend for the boys (and me too), I am making Rice Krispy Treats with both Rice Krispies and Lucky Charms…because they are magically delicious and it is a St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend.
St. Patrick’s Day Rice Krispy & Lucky Charm Treat Recipe
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 package (10 oz., about 40) regular marshmallows
– OR –
4 cups miniature marshmallows
3 cups Rice Krispies
3 cups Lucky Charms
In large saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat. Add both cereals. Stir until well coated. Using buttered spatula or wax paper evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into 2-inch squares.
For best results, use fresh marshmallows.
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème can be substituted for marshmallows.
Diet, reduced calorie or tub margarine is not recommended.
Store no more than two days at room temperature in airtight container. To freeze, place in layers separated by wax paper in airtight container. Freeze for up to 6 weeks. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.
Next time you plan to celebrate or host a party please feel free to use this recipe or change it up with Trix or Froot loops, Sugar Corn Pops–any cereal that might match the celebration or party theme. I can’t wait to serve the boys their dessert on one of RoyalTart’s pretty green plates as seen in last Thursdays Throwback post.
Maybe for Easter I will make the treats egg-shaped or use Trix or Froot Loops…so many holidays to celebrate, party favors to make and parties to host…so little time.
This post is a throwback to a blog post form Valentine’s week 2009. It’s a great party idea but also a bit nostalgic for the 2009s (in case you are feeling nostalgic). I hope you enjoy the dark humor of this celebration.
This is a fabulous, really fun party for the foodies in your life or for the singles or the long married because it is all about strong full flavored foods. Think garlic, onions, peppers, coffee, red wine, booze, and all those other ingredients you can’t enjoy if you have to worry about your breath.
Invitations: Send a dark red rose invitation. Nothing says special like an invitation received in the mail (if this is a last minute feast you may call or send an electronic invitation). On the invitation ask your guests to dress in attire befitting a sophisticated dinner party-for some that may be black tie, for others cocktail dresses and if your crowd is a jeans crowd then ask them to wear some red and black with their jeans (I am thinking red heels).
Set the Scene/Tablescape: When designing this Celebration Royal Tart was inspired by the fabulous dinner party scenes a la Lipstick Jungle or Sex in the City. This Celebration is wonderful as a sophisticated gathering of dark smoky colors and pretty china. You can use your existing dishes or purchase a pretty set from Royal Tart. We chose black and parchment dishes in different patterns mixed with a beautiful dinner plate rimmed in red with delicate black roses. Set the table with red cloth napkins, a red table runner, lush, open red roses and candles and you have the makings for a stylish, sophisticated Valentine’s Feast without placing a single heart anywhere. Of course you should light the fire, turn down the lights, chill a bottle of bubbly and turn on some crooners like Nat King Cole or Harry Connick. For a more rock-n-roll vibe put on a little Bruce Springsteen-he sings about a pink Cadillac and a tunnel of love-now that’s hot; again while setting the scene keep in mind sophisticated beautiful people.
Dirty Vodka Martini
Garlic Cheddar Cheese Bread
Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms
Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons
Oven Finished Filet
Fettuccine Alfredo with Garlic 2 Ways
Mocha Chocolate Fondue
Biscotti or other Italian Cookies
Hot Passion Coffee Drink
Party Favors: Give your guests a Valentine of mints-Altoids would be appropriate for a strong flavored meal. Plus the tins are red and white—again Valentine’s like without the heart.
Have a great Valentines Party!