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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Dessert for Wedding Anniversary Dinner

Raspberry-Peach Trifle

I would like to give credit to 'Womens Day' August 2011 page 139 for this recipe.  I purchased the magazine to read the article about Cindy @ My Romantic Home.  She had her Sea Shell Wreath Tutorial published in the August 2011 issue.  Go Cindy!!
I wanted to have a cool dessert for our
51st Wedding Anniversary Dinner

and was a make-ahead icebox dessert

Peaches are in season now and they make a beautiful dessert.  

Cream cheese, granulated sugar and confectioner's sugar are a perfect combination to a colorful dessert

Fresh Raspberries are just perfect too.

Raspberries and Peaches and layered on Angel Food Cake and Cream Cheese mixture

I love my Trifle Bowl
This Trifle would be a wonderful dessert for a Tea Party

Raspberry-Peach Trifle
active: 25 MIN

6 ripe peaches, each cut into 8 wedges
3 Tbsp granulated sugar
12 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
3/4 cup confectionsers' sugar
3/4 tsp pure almond extract
21/2 cups heavy cream
12 oz raspberries
1 10-oz angel food cake
11/4 cups sliced almonds, toasted

1. In a large bowl, toss the peaches and granulated sugar. Let sit, tossing occasionally, for 15 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and almond extract in a large bowl until smooth.  Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the cream, beating until combined. Increase  the speed to high and beat until soft peaks form (do not over-beat; mixture should have the consistency of a soft mousse).

3. Add the raspberries to the peaches and toss to combine.  Cut the cake into 1/2-in,-thick slices.  Arrange
1/3 of the slices in the bottom of an 8-in. trifle bowl.  Spoon 1/3 of the fruit mixture and some of the juices on top.  Top with 1/3 of the cram cheese mixture (2 cup).  Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cup almonds. Repeat layers two more times, ending with cram cheese mixture.  Cover and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.  Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup almonds before serving. Per serving: 236 cal


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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Tablescape #30

Hello Everyone,
Welcome to my Silver and Gold Tablescape.
My Sweetheart and I celebrated our 51st Wedding Anniversary on July 17, 2011.
We stayed at home and enjoyed a wonderful dinner for two.
This is our traditional dinner 
Ceasar Salad
Raspberry-Peach Trifle

Recipe for the dessert will be published on Friday

Candlelight and Music

Daylilies and Cannas from the garden
The Orange Daylily is a very old breed and the Yellow Canna is an old favorite.

The dinnerware 'Ralph Lauren' Claridge gold  a 50th Wedding Anniversary gift.
Silverware is 'First Love'  and napkins were handmade for Tablescape #22 (Here)
Napkin Rings are a thrift store find last year.

The Salt Cellars are a gift from our Eldest son. 
 He purchased this pair of gold and crystal Salt Cellars while traveling in France.

The Silver-Plated Tea Pot is part of my Tea Service I bought at the thrift store this year.
I love the way the flowers look so stately arranged in the Silver Tea Pot.

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Traveling to the Island of Iona in Scotland

Hello Everyone,
Are you ready to see more of Scotland with me?

The coach started on the journey from Glasgow to Oban at nine in the morning of June 13th. We arrived in Oban at noon.  Oban is a town in Argyll county and is famous for Oban Single malt scotch whisky.

Some folks went to the Distillery

And some went to have 'White Coffee' and the most delicious 'Cream Scone' That would be me.
Just the most fabulous scone I have ever eaten.  

I love Scones!!! a red letter day

This is the coast line leaving Oban.

After lunch we boarded the ferry at Oban and sailed to the Isle of Mull and landed in the harbor of Craignure. Then a scenic coach tour through the Isle of Mull to Fionnphort where we boarded a ferry for Iona.

My first sight was the sandy beach and the lawn in front of the Argyll Hotel where some stayed the night.
Iona is 3.5 miles long and 1.5 miles across.

Later in the afternoon Three Ladies Go Traveling sat on that green lawn and had tea! WOW~

 We had all our meals at this Hotel.  Wonderful food and service.

We have three cups of tea.  Would you like to join us?  I will call for another cup for you.
The Scottish west coast can have bad weather. But we were so blessed.  Two beautiful days on the Island of Iona. 

We watched our ferry make the 10 minute trip back to the town of Fionnphort, on the Isle of Mull.

The Island of Iona has 70 permanent residents.  But 500,000 visitors visit Iona each year. 

The monastic community on Iona was founded in 563 AD by (St Columba) from Ireland, who was driven out of his homeland, Ireland, in the 6th c. and settled on the Isle of Iona, with his monks; the nearest point to Ireland from which he could not see his homeland.

This was the home of Celtic Christianity for six hundred years until King David suppressed Celtic Christianity in the the twelfth century.  Iona remained a major pilgrimage site until the reformation when the island was sacked and the community scattered.  In the early twentieth century, the abbey was rebuilt and a new monastic community has begun here, providing much of the visitors to the island. 

Celtic Cross on the Isle of Iona

A Celtic Cross 

'Argyll Sheep'

Walking from the settlement up to the Abbey I watched the sheep in the pasture and looked out to the sea and realized what a wonderful, peaceful place I'm visiting for just a few days.

A pristine quality of light and a thoughtful peace pervade the tiny community. 
Iona is a perfect place for meditation. 
The Island was so important that it was the legendary burial place for ancient Scottish Kings.

Well I'm off to write another post about the next stop. Edinburgh and back to England.
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Monday, July 25, 2011

'Lemon Drop' Summer Giveaway!

Hello Everyone!

I love cupcakes and frosting too...

I found a blog with the most beautiful cupcake banner.

As you maybe read on Cupcake Sunday I'm taking a cake decorating class in September.  Yesterday I bought my 'Wilton'
Student Kit course #1 
Decorating Basics
I'm ready to decorate my cupcakes.

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

10th Cupcake Sunday

Hello Everyone,

It's Party Time with Cupcake Sunday

At My Cozy Corner

The cousins are coming and it's going to be a party.  I baked 24 cupcakes today, but I froze 17 cupcakes to have when the granddaughters arrive from Southern California.  A camping trip to the lake is planned and G-PA and I will go out in the afternoon and swim and stay for dinner. I'll be bring the rest of the cupcakes out to lake for dessert.

While the girls and I were at VBS last week.  We had this delicious snack.  Party Rainbow Chip cupcakes and
Funfetti Vanilla frosting...YUM!!!

Cake mixes are so easy.  Cake mix, water and eggs and BAKE.  Easy is great in the summer when the temp outside is over 100 degrees.  I just don't enjoy spending a lot of time in the kitchen when its hot.

'Funfetti'  I love this word. 

It just amazes me what the camera will see that I don't see.  The Pillsbury dough boy in imprinted on top of the frosting can. I spotted him when I was cropping the photo. LOL

The cupcakes are delicious. 

I wanted to make the frosting look more professional  on the cupcakes today.  But I just don't know how.  While at Michael's Craft Store today I signed up for a cake decorating class and hopefully my decorating skills will improve.  I'm busy in August with company and my new job that I decided to start in September when the weather is cooler and it will be more fun to work in the kitchen.

The 'Rudbeckia' is blooming profusely in the garden right now.  I love the black-eyed Susan flowers.  They  are great for cutting and brighten the summer and autumn borders.

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