Saturday, October 23, 2010

Day 23... Welcome to My Tea Party!!!

OK it's here! I am so so so so excited!!!!!  I waited all month for this!!!   We are having a Tea Party under the Halloween Moon!!!  Me and about 100 other bloggers are having one huge party!  This was all thought up by Anna at Frosted Petunias and her craft studio witch Lucinda!  They have wanted to have a Candle light tea party for a loooooonnnnnnggggg time!!!  Well with the help of a hundred or so others Anna is getting her wish! 

I had this great Tea Party planned and then 2 of my partiers had to go to New Jersey for an Ultimate tournament but that's OK there was still one left besides me and we did party!!!  Now all you 31 dayers may be wondering what the heck a tea party has to do with a stamped project for the 31 days of Halloween.  Well let me tell you.  I stamped the cups we drank out of, the napkins we dabbed the corners of our mouths with and the plates our yummy goodies sat on!!!!!  Yep I did!  Wanna see the cups?  OK here!

Aren't they the cutest!  These are both images from a stamp set called Fae's from Smeared Ink. I totally love this set and thought the whimsicality of it was perfect for a tea party!  I even stamped the goodie boxes and treats that we packed and gave to the neighbor!
So now your probably saying OK what about these goodies and where is the moon!!!  I'm getting there!!

OK our Menu included: Lady Grey Tea, Earl Grey Tea, Black Pearl Tea, Spearmint tea, and Mandarin orange tea, Baked Brie with Garlic Toasts, and Caramel Apple Cupcakes.  Yep I'm drinking tea as we speak,err while I type, you know what I mean!  I always have tea,no  matter what, I think I get a new flavor every time I go to the store!  I guess you could say I love me some tea!!!  OK, so on with the goodies!!!  I had been talking to my friend Terra about these cupcakes all month, cause you know today was not the first day I had them, anyway she kept saying she wanted the recipe so I decided to give it to everyone!!!

Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Ingredients needed:  1 1/4 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 eggs, at room temperature, 1/2 cup packed brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup veggie oil, 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract, 1 lb apples( that's usually 2 nice size apples.  You can use any kind you want, I like to use 1/2 granny smith and 1/2 Macintosh or gala)(peeled and shredded), 1 1/2 cups chewy caramel candies(about 25), and 1 tbsp heavy cream.

What to do:  Preheat oven to 350*, line a cupcake pan with baking liners.  In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.  In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, brown sugar and granulated sugar until smooth.  Whisk in the oil and vanilla.  Stir into the flour mixture until just combined.  This will be kind of thick.  Stir in the apples.  Spoon batter into the prepared pan until almost full.(usually a little over 1/3 of a cup each for me).  Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until done.(it takes 28 min in my gas oven).Let cool slightly in pan then transfer to a rack to cool completely.  It is very important that they be cooled completely!  In a small bowl, microwavable bowl, combine the caramels and cream. Microwave for 1 minute on medium power, then stir; repeat in 30-second intervals until melted and smooth. 
The first time I made these I let the caramel cool then spread it like a frosting on the cupcakes.  This time I poured it onto the cupcakes while it was still hot.... you decide what you want to do!

Baked Brie:  You need one puff pastry sheet, thawed, and one wheel of brie.  Put the thawed puff pastry sheet on a non stick baking sheet.  Place brie in the middle, fold the pastry up over the cheese so it is covered.  Sprinkle with salt and bake at 350* for 25 minutes.  Cool for 10 before serving.  Garlic toasts: baguette bread sliced thin, garlic oil.  I don't know if you can buy garlic oil but I make my own and that's easy too.  Just take a whole head of garlic and chop it really fine( you can use a food processor) put in a air tight container with enough olive oil to cover and let sit on counter.  Depending on how much garlic you use depends on how long it lasts.  I use garlic in everything so it doesn't last long for me but it will stay fresh out on the counter, if sealed properly for 2 months.  Maybe longer.   Anyway, brush the bread with the oil and bake until crispy.  I put it in the oven for the 10 minutes that the brie is cooling. 

So now that you are starving and ready for a snack let me show you some more pictures from the tea party and then you can be off to see the other  wicked bloggers for the 31 days of Halloween and also head on over to Frosted Petunias for the rest of the blog roll!!!

Sorry the pictures of the moon aren't so great!  I don't have a very good camera yet, but there it is out in the open and playing peek-a-boo with my tree in the front yard!!!

I hope you have enjoyed and I will...
C-YA tomorrow!


Lynette said...

I think your tea party and tea set is gorgeous and I bet it was very special under the full moon.

I'm gonna have to try the cupcakes and baked brie, looks so good.

Jaala said...

Wait, you stamped those mugs??? AMAZING! Love it all. I have been wanting to try baked brie and now I have to because it looks sooo good! Also, the caramel apple cupcakes...yum!!! Lovely party.

Please visit me when you get a chance...

Sara said...

Looks like you had a wonderful tea party. Love the stamping (I'm a bit of a stamper myself). Hope you enjoy the rest of the day popping around to all of the tea parties. xx

Danielle said...

WOW! The stamping on the tableware is fabulous! And the receipes sound delicious!! I LOVE the pictures of the moon! Looks like a fab party!

ldfdesign said...

OH WOW!!!! i love the tea party!!! everything looks fabolous!!!! thank you so much for the receipes, they sound so goood!

Wendy said...

Those tea cups and your table are beautiful! I'm also a consummate tea drinker and you definitely need to check out the fantastic teas for sale at Etsy, some very magickal ones. I can't wait to try your recipes, esp. the Baked Brie, yummmmm...Thank you so much for the wonderful party and please come by for some tea and magic on my blog. Blessings,

Jane said...

What a awesome tea set you made
Luv Jane xxx

DonnaMundinger said...

What a lovely party! your tea set is soo fab and the goodies sound scrumptious! xxD

Faerie Sage said...

Can I come over? Really it looks so wonderful, your recipes look so tasty! The tea set is so cute!

Que Bella said...

What a great tea party! I love the idea of stamping a design on china. And I can't wait to try your delicious recipe for the Caramel Apple Cupcakes! Thank you so much for sharing!

Croms' Cubby Hole said...

That Tea Party looks like it was a blast. Ummmm how many calories in that little lot? .. joking!!!! The tea set is gorgeous!!!
Helen xx

Alison said...

I wanna go to your tea party! It looks amazing!!! And yes, now I am quite hungry! Super fab job, my dear friend!

Nook Cranny Gifts said...

I love me some tea, too!! Thanks for the brie, I love it.
Thanks for the tea party.

Scrap Vamp said...

Oh, thank you for the tea and that wonderful recipe for the caramel apple cupcakes! I am trying those for sure! I had a wonderful time, thank you for inviting me! Happy Halloween!


Steph said...

AWESOME! You teacups turned out fab as did your goodie boxes. Love the black and white theme. Oh my gosh your cupcakes look so yummy and that bread made my mouth water. What a tea party!

Stitchinwitch said...

Love the plates, napkins and tea cups you stamped.
I will defintely have to try those cakes yummy :)

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Your menu was AWESOME! Thanks so much for inviting me over. :) I had fun. :)

If you haven't already done so, I'd love for you to join the little owl tea party here:

Enjoy the rest of the parties!

Dogsmom said...

I am glad you carried on! It was a lovely party. Mine will have a part 2 tomorrow. Hope to see you then.

(Perfect music!)

Feathers and Flight said...

OH My! Thank you for Sharing your Wonderful Recipes!I Just Might have to try both!
Thank you for Stopping By!

Kiki said...

Wow..such a gorgeous tea..full of enchantment , beauty and light!
Bright Blessings and Sparkles

Wendy said...

I am still jammin to the Tea Party song, as I write. I loved it. Those are great teacups as well as all the goodies you stamed. I love the table setting.
...Where may I ask did you find those simple white tea cups to work with?
Please stop by for some fun.

Spells and Wishes,
Wendy from wonderland

Sugar said...

that is a great tea party!! I wish I was there :)

rox said...

Kelli Thank You so so much for visiting my blog !
I am now glad to have found Yours ☺
I love that tea pot !
Thanks for writing out the recipe my boys will love this ;-)
You look so happy in the pic .
ok I'm a sucker for the baked brie my dd29 got me hooked last Christmas ☺
Thanks so much for sharing Your tea party & beautiful moon shot too
lov rox

Alex said...

LOVE it Kelli! I would think this is the PERFECT Tea Party. Yummy food, gorgeous decorations! The Alice tea pot is FABULOUS!!! Thank you for the recipes.

Seshat said...

Oh how deliciously wonderful!!! It was a perfect tea party, thank you so much.
Hugs, Seshat

Incipient Wings said...

everything looks so yummy!!!
what a great party..and recipes, your Alice teapot is so cute!
thank you for visiting me.

Pauline said...

Such a wonderful post - that babked brie sounds divine! And that Black Pearl tea has me intrigued... do tell me, is that you sitting betwixt the candles in the blue t-shirt? At first glance, I thought I was looking in a mirror.... except my hair is shorter.... thank you for a wonderful visit!
Do visit me!
hugs and blessings from Australia,

Susan said...

That was lovely! I enjoyed apple caramel recipe. How did you stamp the cups, with just the rubber in your hand, so you could fit the curves? Did you use staz-on ink?

I love it! I bought plain black plates and cups at the dollar store, they would look FAB, i think stamped in white!!
I would love any tips. did you have to bake them afterwards?

Thank you:)


come visit:

LYNDY WARD said...

Enchanting Full Moon Tea Party. Love your beautiful blog, tea set, recipes, music & all your PICs. October 23 is my third Blogoversary, so October is a spooktacular Celebration month.

Please fly by for my giveaways too...
Hauntingly Yours, Lyndy

My Haunted Halloween Party Link:

Anna @ Frosted Petunias said...

Kelli I'm so excited to finally make it over here! Your menu is amazing and I am absolutely hungry after all that flying. I just looove your teacups...I can't believe they're stamped! And your table is wonderful. I hope you and your special guest had a delightful party. Thank you for sharing with us and for joining me for my tea party tonight.


KC said...

this looks like so much fun! thanks for taking pictures!
I'm gonna have to try the cupcakes and baked brie!

Jennifer said...

Everything is gorgeous and I simply love your tea set!! Thank you for flying by my party and partaking in some Mad Hatter fun!!

Witchy Blessings,

Dragonfly said...

Thank you for the invite, your tea party is simply magical and I can't wait to tuck in to that baked brie.

Annabelle said...

Wow, now I know I really should have given more thought to the delectables of the party; I guess I left that up to everyone else to create the goodies.This surely was one tea party to not have missed!The hot Brie and those whimsical tea! Enchanted!

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