Jane Austen Birthday Party: Paper Fan Making

So as I have been saying in every post, I have been planning my Jane Austen 29th birthday party for a few years, and when the lockdowns happened last year I began to grow worried that I wouldn’t be able to have it. But luckily we moved down a tier, I had it, and we all had such a wonderful time.

Party time!

So in my previous posts I went over the invitations, the prizes, and the decorations. The next step in my party planning was activities. I had planned for three games, but I also had four little girls coming and needed something to occupy them; along with those who didn’t like playing games. I had thought about doing a tea blending, but the weather was supposed to be warm with wind. I looked about on Pinterest for ideas, and found fan making on the PennyWise blog.

Hmm…?

I love fans! They are so pretty and useful and I thought it would be perfect for the girls to make with their moms, or for any party guest to make if it grew too hot. With my party being the first of May, weather in California can either be extremely hot, medium hot, cool, or occasionally cold. I figured fan making would be something fun all can do to add to an outfit or a useful tool in the sun.

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So I didn’t follow exactly what they did in the PennyWise blog as I didn’t want to pre-make anything, and I also didn’t want to worry about having to supervise glue gun usage. So I took her idea and made a few changes.

Supplies:

  • Colorful Paper (Scrapbook Paper works best)
  • Stickers
  • Clothespins
  • Colorful Tape/Craft Tape
  • Stapler (Optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)

Directions:

  1. Add stickers to scrapbook of desired.
  2. Fold the paper back and forth, making accordion folds.
  3. Staple the bottom part together and then pin by the clothespins or just pin the ends together with the clothespins.
  4. Cover the clothespin with the Craft tape.
  5. Add ribbon or other notions if desired.

Here is my example:

I then left everything out on a table so people could choose what they want and do it how they like.

This was a lot of fun. Only one child made one, as the rest had my friend make them for her. Then when it grew really warm, a few other of my friends decided to make some as well. My one friend is super artistic and made an extremely beautiful one. I didn’t get a chance to take a picture but she is fantastic at everything she sets her hands to.

This wasn’t too expensive, the thing that cost the most was the Scrapbook paper. I wanted a pack of paper that looked more vintage, to go with the Regency style of everything. They had cheaper ones, but not the style I wanted and I went with the more expensive one at Hobby Lobby (80 sheets for $19.99). The clothespins were $2 a pack. I bought three different types of craft type: two came in a pack of 2 for $1 and the other a pack of 3 tapes for $1. The stickers I already owned.

As only a few made fans I had a lot of paper left over. You know how much I enjoy making my own cards, so I used them to make thank you cards and have lots to choose from for any future ones I design.

I’ve been having so much fun sharing all these things with you, and even though the party has ended I will be continuing to share all my other party plans!

For more of my Jane Austen Birthday plans, go to Jane Austen Birthday: Prize One

For more Jane Austen party ideas, go to Jane Austen Birthday Party: Decorations

For more Jane Austen crafts, go to Jane Austen Birthday Party: Teapot Piñata

For more on Northanger Abbey, go to Northanger Abbey Audiobook Narrated by Anna Massey

The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club: Cinnamon Bun Scones

So every Wednesday, starting last October, I have been a part of a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club on The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. This is different from my book club and the Book Club Picks I was reviewing (and desperately need to catch up on). The first week we had Cederberg Tea Company Rooibos + Ginger Tea, Cranberry-Spice Scones with Maple Cream, Tea Time Magazine’s Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches, Cucumber-Four Peppercorn Goat Cheese Canapés, Fotina & Pork Puffed Pastry, and Mini Apple Pies.

The second week we had Chami Spice Ginger Plum Tea, Dark Chocolate Ginger SconesCurried Egg Salad Triple Stacks SandwichesTurkey-Apple Tea SandwichesFotina Flower Puffed Pastry, and Lemon Gingerbread Cake.

The third week we had Organic India Tulsi Masala Chai Tea, Parmesan and Chive SconesCucumber Aioli CanapésHam, Cheddar, and Apple Tea SandwichesCranberry, Brie, and Rosemary Bites, and Mini Pumpkin Crème Brûlée.

And now to the fourth week. This week we had Tiesta Tea Victorian Earl Grey, Lavender and Earl Grey Scones, Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Tomato Hummus Salad, Cranberry Feta Pinwheels, and Triple Berry Salad.

Week five we had NovelTea Tins The Picture of Earl Grey, Haarlem Tea Room’s Cheddar Scones, Eating Well’s Radish Tea Sandwiches, Tea Time Magazine’s Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Brisket and Slaw Roulades, and Easy Fruit Tarts.

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That brings us to week six, when we had Cinnamon Bun Scones, Curry Egg Salad Triple Stack Sandwiches, Cranberry Cream Cheese Pinwheels, Meat Pies, and Melt-in-Your-Mouth Buttermilk Chocolate Cookies.

As I was unable to share these earlier I’m catching up now and am starting with scones of course!

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This comes from Bake or Break.

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Ingredients Scones:

  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 cups (240g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (99g) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter, cold and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 3/4 cup (177ml) milk
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ingredients Glaze:

  • 3/4 Cup of Confectioners’ Sugar (Powdered Sugar)
  • 3/4 Teaspoons of Milk

Directions for Scones:

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F.
  2. Line baking sheets with silicone liners or parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, combine the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Add the butter and mix with a pastry blender or a fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  6. Combine the milk, egg, and vanilla in a small bowl.
  7. Add to the flour mixture and stir just until combined.
  8. Sprinkle the cinnamon mixture over the dough.
  9. Gently stir until the batter is just swirled with the cinnamon mixture.
  10. Drop the dough by 1/4-cup portions onto prepared pans. Leave about 2 inches between scones.
  11. Bake 11 to 13 minutes, or until golden brown.
  12. Cool the scones on a wire rack for 5 minutes while you make the glaze.

Directions for Glaze:

  1. Combine the confectioners’ sugar with 3 teaspoons milk. Add more milk if needed to achieve pouring consistency.
  2. Add to scones.
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These were extremely delicious and easy to make. We all couldn’t resist them.

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For more from The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club, go to Easy Fruit Tarts

For more recipes, go to Brisket and Slaw Roulades

For more scone recipes, go to Lavender and Earl Grey Scones

For more tea posts, go to Eating Well’s Radish Tea Sandwiches

Jane Austen Birthday Party: Decorations

Party time!

So I have been planning my Jane Austen 29th birthday party for a few years, and when the lockdowns happened last year I began to grow worried that I wouldn’t be able to have it. But we moved down a tier, so I decided to continue and we had such a wonderful time.

So in my previous posts I went over the invitations, the prizes, and now I thought I would discuss the decorations.

You know how I like to party plan!

So the first thing I decided was to reuse the table runners and Jane Austen framed quotes from my bridal shower. Yes, even though the marriage didn’t work out the decorations from the party did.

So besides the floral table runners and framed quotes: I also used three of my teapots as vases and filled them with fake flowers. Each one sat in a wicker tray and of course had books and doilies. The white teapot with the diamonds on it and the Chinese teapot both used to be my grandma’s while the doilies were made by my abuelita. Even though they couldn’t be with me, it was nice having them there in spirit.

On the food table, I used another teapot to hold flowers and placed my Mr. Darcy in a stick from Modesto Jane Con. I had wanted to do that with all my teapots, have different Austen heroes, but I just ran out of time.

I also put flowers on the dessert table, and around the cake although I forgot to take a picture of it. The cake sat where the little cupcakes are featured in this picture.

So far all the decorations were ones that I already owned, which saved me a lot of money. I only had to pay for the tablecloths ($1 each at the Dollar Tree). I also hung up Chinese lanterns in the trees and was able to get a pack of 5 for $9 on Amazon.

For plates I could have just gone to the Dollar tree, but for $18 I found this pretty floral set of 144 Pieces (Serves 24) of Pink Floral Paper Plates, Napkins, Cups and Plastic Cutlery. Since I hadn’t spent that much on decorations, I decided to splurge on it.

In the back of the above photo, you can see how we also put these flowered hoops up in the tree and decorated my parent’s backyard bench with lace and flowers. The tables were borrowed from our church or ones my mom owned. The chairs were a mix of borrowed ones from church and ones we owned.

As I mentioned in a previous post, from the beginning I wanted to have a teacup for everyone and have those be part of their favors. All the cups I purchased were about $2-$4, most being $2.50. I found a few in local thrift, resale, and vintage shops-but I really lucked out when I went to Reno and their Goodwill had sooo many. I laid them out on a table and let everyone pick out the one they wanted to use.

I’ve been having so much fun sharing all these things with you, and even though the party has ended I will be continuing to share all my other party plans!

For more of my Jane Austen Birthday plans, go to Jane Austen Birthday: Prize One

For more Jane Austen party ideas, go to Jane Austen Birthday: Teapot Piñata

For more on Northanger Abbey, go to Northanger Abbey Audiobook Narrated by Anna Massey

The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club: Easy Fruit Tarts

 

So every Wednesday, starting in October, I have been a part of a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club on The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. This is different from my book club and the Book Club Picks I have been reviewing (and desperately need to catch up on). The first week we had NovelTea Tins The Picture of Earl GreyHaarlem Tea Room’s Cheddar Scones, Eating Well’s Radish Tea SandwichesTea Time Magazine’s Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Tea Time Magazine’s Brisket and Slaw Roulades, and Fruit Tarts.

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I couldn’t share the recipes but now I’m trying my best to catch up.

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This comes from Jenny Cookies. 

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Ingredients:

  • Angel Food Cake Cups
  • 2 Cups of Whole Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Teaspoons of Butter
  • 2 Egg Yolks, slightly beaten
  • 1/3 Cup of Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cornstarch
  • Mint Leaves
  • 1/2 Cup of Raspberries
  • 1/4 Cup of Blackberries
  • 1/2 Cup of Blueberries
  • 1/2 Cup of Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup of Corn Syrup

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt. 
  2. Gradually stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. 
  3. Boil and stir 1 minute. 
  4. Gradually stir at least half of the hot mixture into egg yolks, then stir back into hot mixture in saucepan. 
  5. Boil and stir for 1 minute; and remove from heat.
  6. Stir in butter and vanilla.
  7. Store covered in refrigerator. 
  8. While waiting for pudding to cool, rinse fruit and place in a bowl.
  9. Pour corn syrup over fruit and gently stir until coated. 
  10. Pour 1/2 Cup of sugar over fruit until coated in sugar. 
  11. Using a cookie scoop, place pudding in angel food cake cups. 
  12. Use a spatula to smooth out the top of the tarts. 
  13. Finish tarts by adding fruit and mint.
  14. Place larger berries on the tarts first, staying on just one side of the tart and fill in the spaces with the smaller berries.
  15. Store in fridge until ready to serve. 

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These were extremely delicious, and we gobbled them all up. I unfortunately didn’t get a better picture of them then this one of the whole table. 

For more from The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club, go to Brisket and Slaw Roulades

For more recipes, go to Eating Well’s Radish Tea Sandwiches

For more Earl sandwiches, go to Mini Pumpkin Créme Brûlée

For more tea posts, go to Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

Jane Austen Birthday Party: Teapot Piñata

Party time!

So I have been planning my Jane Austen 29th birthday party for a few years, and I did not let the Coronavirus get in the way. We had the party and it was a lot of fun. Even though the party has passed, I am still going to share all the things we did and how I put it together.

So I love piñatas! I mean who doesn’t like hitting paper mache with a bat and getting a reward?

Besides me loving piñatas, I had four little girls planning on coming and wanted to make sure I had some things for them as well. When I was doing my party planning I spotted a homemade teapot piñata on Almost Unschoolers. I thought to myself, I could totally do that-I have made piñatas before, I mean it was a donkey not a teapot, but I’m sure it wouldn’t be too difficult.

And I thought with today being Cinco de Mayo, I thought what better day than today to blend my culture with Jane Austen. So here we go:

Supplies:

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 1/2 tbsp of Salt
  • Newspaper
  • Plastic Bag
  • Balloon
  • Gesso or paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Glue
  • Crepe Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Cup or Bowl for Balloon to rest in
  • Candy or Teabags
  • Fake Flower (optional)
  • Hot Glue Gun

Directions:

  1. Lie a plastic bag on the table.
  2. Blow a balloon up and set on a cup or bowl in order to apply the paper mache.
  3. In a large bowl combine flour, water, and salt-whisking to remove any lumps.
  4. Cut newspaper into strips, about 2 inches wide and 4 inches long.
  5. Dip paper into flour mixture and cover balloon. I recommend doing two layers, letting it dry, and repeating another two layers.
  6. After all is dry, carefully pop the balloon and throw it away.
  7. Paint paper mache with white paint or gesso.
  8. After the paint or gesso has dried, begin covering the piñata in crepe paper strips (I found it easiest to paint the glue on and work bottom to top). Be sure to cut each strip so it has a fringe look.
  9. Fill piñata with candy or teabags (or both).
  10. Using cardstock, create handle, lid, and spout. When making the spout, take the cardstock and create a funnel, cutting the paper down until it is the right size.
  11. Hot glue the pieces on and the fake flower to the lid.

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Here we are after I gessoed it:

Then when I added the crepe paper and cardstock:

Candy and tea bags inside:

And of course the finished product:

At the party!

Now piñatas aren’t hard or expensive to make they just take time. I only spent $7 on this as I already had the water, flour, newspaper, and fake flower. The cardstock was $1, the assorted candy $4, and the Stash teabags $2.

I’ve been having so much fun sharing all these things with you, I can’t wait to continue with all the other party plans!

For more of my Jane Austen Birthday plans, go to Jane Austen Birthday: Prize Three

For more Jane Austen parties, go to Jane Austen Birthday: Prize Two

For more tea postsgo to Brisket and Slaw Roulades

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Jane Austen Birthday Party: Prize Three

Party time!

So I have been planning my Jane Austen 29th birthday party for a few years, and I did not let the Coronavirus get in the way. It was yesterday and so much fun!

So I had planned to do three games at the party. They actually changed from what I originally planned, but I’ll talk more about that later. When you have games then you need prizes! In a previous post I shared one of the prizes being a copy of Persuasion, a tea infuser which I added an anchor charm to, a tin of Harney and Sons tea, and a thimble with the HMS Cutty Sark on it.

The second prize was a copy of Pride and Prejudice, Litographs Pride and Prejudice Tattoos, and a embroidered tea towel.

For the third prize I decided to focus on my favorite novel, Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey is such an amazing novel and has been ignored for far too long. Hopefully the person who wins this will read it and fall in love with Henry Tilney.

For this prize I have a copy of Northanger Abbey, a gothically ghoulish “Squad Ghouls” tote bag from Forever 21 (fits with the type of books Catherine liked to read), a embroidered tea towel, and a tin of Harney and Sons. I love embroidery, don’t you? It is such a beautiful art that doesn’t get as much love as it deserves.

Like I have said before, I just don’t understand why people always seem to hate it, or have their character hate it to show they are “modern” or “intelligent”. Why do we value other artwork but not embroidery? Embroidery is just as artistic as painting, drawing, sewing, etc. I hope people start valuing it and seeing it for the talent it is. Here is everything all together:

This whole bag came out to $7.25: Northanger Abbey book $0.49, Forever 21 “Squad Ghouls” Tote Bage $3, Flour Sack Dishtowel $2.50, and Black & Blue Thread $1.26

I’ve been having so much fun sharing all these things with you, and even though the party has ended I will be continuing to share all my other party plans!

For more of my Jane Austen Birthday plans, go to Jane Austen Birthday: Prize One

For more Jane Austen parties, go to Jane Austen Birthday: Invitations

For more on Northanger Abbey, go to Northanger Abbey Audiobook Narrated by Anna Massey

The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club: Brisket and Slaw Roulades

 

So every Wednesday, starting in October, I have been a part of a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club on The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. This is different from my book club and the Book Club Picks I have been reviewing (and desperately need to catch up on). The first week we had NovelTea Tins The Picture of Earl GreyHaarlem Tea Room’s Cheddar Scones, Eating Well‘s Radish Tea SandwichesTea Time Magazine’s Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Tea Time Magazine‘s Brisket and Slaw Roulades, and Fruit Tarts.

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I couldn’t share the recipes in October as I was in the middle of Horrorfst IX, but I’m trying my best to move along through them all.

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This comes from Tea Time Magazine

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 Cup of Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 Teaspoons of Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Ground Black Pepper
  • 2 Cups of Finely Chopped Purple Cabbage
  • 1/3 Cup of Finely Chopped Carrot
  • 2 Large Multigrain Flatbreads
  • 1/2 Cup of Chopped Brisket

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, stir together mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add carrots and cabbage, stirring until combined.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight. 
  4. Stir slaw again, and drain well. 
  5. Spread an even layer of slaw onto flatbreads. Scatter brisket on top of slaw. 
  6. Starting at one short side, roll up flatbreads firmly and evenly to encase ingredients and form a cylinder. 
  7. Tuck ends under. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4 hours. 
  8. Just before serving, remove plastic wrap.
  9. Using a serrated knife in a gentle sawing motion, trim and discard ends. 
  10. Slice roulade into 12 (1/2 inch) slices. Serve immediately. 

Brisket and Slaw Roulades

 

These were very good, I love purple cabbage.

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For more from The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club, go to Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

For more recipes, go to Tomato Hummus Salad

For more Earl sandwiches, go to Ham, Cheddar, and Apple Tea Sandwiches

For more tea posts, go to I Tried Madsen Creations’ Reusable Cloth Teabags

Jane Austen Birthday Party: Prize Two

Party time!

So I have been planning my Jane Austen 29th birthday party for a few years, and I’m not letting the Coronavirus get in the way. I had always planed a garden party (social distancing check), trying to keep it small (small groups check), and our county has moved a tier down. But even if everything gets on lockdown again and it turns out to be just me, I’m having it!

The party is this Saturday, but I plan to continue sharing everything. I am going to do three games at the part, I’ll share soon: one is to be everyone is given a Jane Austen character and has to guess who, a look at a tea tray or tea/Jane Austen items and they have to try and remember as many as they can, and a Jane Austen Trivia game.

So if we have games then we need prizes! In a previous post I shared one of the prizes being a copy of Persuasion, a tea infuser which I added an anchor charm to, and a thimble with the HMS Cutty Sark on it.

For the next prize I decided to focus on Pride and Prejudice.

After all it is her most known and loved work.

Back in January, I had purchased one of Litographs Pride and Prejudice tattoos when they were on sale. I had originally planned to use them as a giveaway, but then thought they would be perfect as part of a prize for one of the games. I also swapped for a hardcover copy of Pride and Prejudice, and the third thing I decided to add to this was a tea towel I embroidered. As both previous items were purple, I decided to go with the same colors in making this.

This was a lot of work as that gold thread was beautiful but also time consuming as it kept unraveling-but I made it work. I love doing embroidery and I can’t understand why people always seem to hate it, or have their character hate it to show they are “modern” or “intelligent”. Why do we value other artwork but not embroidery? Embroidery is just as artistic as painting, drawing, or sewing. I don’t know, but I hope people start valuing it again. Here is everything all together:

This whole bag came out to $9.88: Pride and Prejudice book $0.49, Pride and Prejudice Tattoo Pack $5, Flour Sack Dishtowel $2.50, and Gold, Green, & Purple Thread $1.89. What do you think, is this a good prize? I still have a day to change it up if not.

I’ve been having so much fun sharing all these things with you, I can’t wait to continue it will all the other party plans!

For more of my Jane Austen Birthday plans, go to Jane Austen Birthday: Prize One

For more Jane Austen parties, go to Jane Austen Birthday: Invitations

For more on Pride and Prejudice, go to Return of the Retellings: Pride and Prejudice, cont.

The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club: Eating Well’s Radish Tea Sandwiches

So every Wednesday, starting in October, I have been a part of a Tea Party/Bible Study/Book Club on The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis. This is different from my book club and the Book Club Picks I have been reviewing (and desperately need to catch up on). The first week we had Cederberg Tea Company Rooibos + Ginger Tea, Cranberry-Spice Scones with Maple Cream, Tea Time Magazine’s Ham and Cheese Tea Sandwiches, Cucumber-Four Peppercorn Goat Cheese Canapés, Fotina & Pork Puffed Pastry, and Mini Apple Pies.

The second week we had Chami Spice Ginger Plum Tea, Dark Chocolate Ginger Scones, Curried Egg Salad Triple Stacks Sandwiches, Turkey-Apple Tea Sandwiches, Fotina Flower Puffed Pastry, and Lemon Gingerbread Cake.

The third week we had Organic India Tulsi Masala Chai Tea, Parmesan and Chive Scones, Cucumber Aioli Canapés, Ham, Cheddar, and Apple Tea Sandwiches, Cranberry, Brie, and Rosemary Bites, and Mini Pumpkin Crème Brûlée.

And now to the fourth week. This week we had Tiesta Tea Victorian Earl Grey, Lavender and Earl Grey Scones, Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Tomato Hummus Salad, Cranberry Feta Pinwheels, and Triple Berry Salad.

Week five we had NovelTea Tins The Picture of Earl GreyHaarlem Tea Room’s Cheddar Scones, Eating Well’s Radish Tea Sandwiches, Tea Time Magazine’s Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Brisket and Slaw Roulades, and Fruit Tarts.

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I couldn’t share the recipes in October as I was in the middle of Horrorfst IX, and as I am using a scone and sandwich recipe from before, I’m skipping right to the sandwiches.

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YUM!

 

This comes from Eating Well although I did make a few substitutions. 

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Ingredients:

  • 4 Ounces of Chive and Onion Cream Cheese
  • Chopped Fresh Dill for Garnish (They were out of dill so I used chives)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 12 Thin Small Slices of Pumpernickel or Rye Bread 
  • 6-8 Medium Radishes

Directions:

  1. Mash cream cheese (or goat cheese) pepper in a small bowl until well combined. 
  2. Spread two teaspoons of the mixture on each piece of bread.
  3. Top each with a few radish slices, a sprig of dill, and a generous grinding of pepper. 

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These were extremely delicious and healthy.

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For more from The Magician’s Nephew Tea Party/Book Club, go to Cranberry Feta Pinwheels

For more recipes, go to Tomato Hummus Salad

For more Earl sandwiches, go to Ham, Cheddar, and Apple Tea Sandwiches

For more tea posts, go to I Tried Madsen Creations’ Reusable Cloth Teabags

Jane Austen Birthday Party: Prize One

Party time!

So I have been planning my Jane Austen 29th birthday party for a few years, and I’m not letting the Coronavirus get in the way. I had always planed a garden party (social distancing check), trying to keep it small (small groups check), and our county is moving a tier down. But even if everything gets on lockdown again and it turns out to be just me, I’m having it!

Party time!

So far I have the tea cups for favors and made and sent out the invitations.

So I am planning to do three games. I want one to be everyone is given a Jane Austen character and have to guess who, a look at a tea tray or tea/Jane Austen items and they have to try and remember as many as they can, and a Jane Austen Trivia game.

So if we have games then we need prizes! I plan for each prize to have a Jane Austen book for each and some other goodies. One I defintely decided on was to be Pride and Prejudice of course, and another to be Northanger Abbey. For the third I hemmed and hawed and finally decided on Persuasion.

It is such a great book that has gotten more interest lately, and I would love someone who has never read it to enjoy it.

So I traded on paperbackswap for a hardcover copy and then settled on what to do next. I had an extra tea infuser, as I bought a set of two and gave one to a friend, and a lot of nautical charms, so I decided to add an anchor and voila!

Then when I was out with my niece at an antique shop she wanted to purchase a thimble to use as a cup for her Barbie dolls. I looked with her and found this beautiful one with the HMS Cutty Sark on it.

In total this came out to this at $6.08: the book $0.49 to “swap”, the tea infuser $2.50, the anchor charm $0.09, and the thimble $3.

So what do you all think. Is that enough or should I add something else to it?

Hmm…?

I can’t wait to share some of my other plans with you all.

For more of my Jane Austen Birthday plans, go to Jane Austen Birthday: Invitations

For more Jane Austen parties, go to Jane Austen Bridal Shower

For more on Persuasion, go to Jane in Love