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"Who finds a faithful friend, finds a treasure."
When I was growing up I was blessed to have the most wonderful aunts in the whole world. Each of them was very special and unique in her own way. Each of them left a lasting impression on me and I loved them all very much. There was Aunt Wanda, Aunt Margaret, Aunt Marie, Aunt Bessy, Aunt Libby, Aunt Jenny, Aunt Rose bud Elizabeth, Aunt Helen, and two cousins we called Aunts out of respect because they were so much older than us, Aunt Jackie, and Aunt Jane......
When I think of my Aunt Helen I recall this wonderfully loving and classy lady. She used to like to serve tea and when we went to her home we were always treated to the whole works no matter what time of night or day we happened to stop by. She always seemed to have pretty tablecloths, place mats, cloth napkins, and fresh flowers on hand. She loved teapots, fancy dishes, and best of all those delicate little sugar cubes and glass dishes filled with yummy candies. To sit at her table was a real treat. She made all of us in the family feel so special! I don't know how she did it but she always had some type of delicate, decadent cake, delicious brownie, or scrumptious cookie to serve to us on a beautiful china plate......
One day, when my husband and I stopped over to visit my Aunt Helen and my dear Uncle Jim, she served us the most delicious lemon custard cake. I asked her about it and she said it was something she had just thrown together......
Aunt Helen's Lemon Pudding Cake
One box of Betty Crocker Cake Mix
One box of Instant lemon Jello
One box of Instant Lemon Pudding Mix
Make the lemon cake according to directions and cool. Dissolve lemon jello in one cup
boiling water and one half cup cold water. Poke holes in cake and drizzle jello over
the top. Refrigerate one hour. Make the instant pudding
using whole milk according to directions. Let sit. Spread
over the top of the cake and refrigerate at least two
hours. When ever I make this cake I always think of my
Aunt Helen ♥
Recently I was flipping through a 'Simply Southern cooking and entertaining' book when I came across the directions to make sugared flowers that can be used to decorate tea tables and dessert plates. I thought it was such a sweet idea! All you have to do is go out to your flower garden and cut some flowers. The article indicated that it was best to choose a thin petaled flower. Then lightly beat an egg white. Apply the egg white to the flowers and pedals using a small paint brush. Sprinkle sugar on top and shake off any excess. Let dry.
I decided to try to make my own sugared flowers and I must admit they turned out rather well. I bet these little sugar flowers would look just lovely on an evening table that was decorated with tea lights. The light of the candle would flicker off the sparkling sugar and look similar to snow or glitter.
I was especially touched and honored to learn I had received this lovely award from my new friend Her Grace, The Duchess of Tea, at http://roseteacottage.blogspot.com/ Thank you so much Your Grace!
The Duchess apparently generously bestows this award on her many followers. This is what she says about it, "Her Grace, The Duchess of Tea, has appointed the following blogs and their charming writers as honorary Nobles of the most excellent Order of the Blog Empire. The insignia is in recognition and appreciation of the bloggers role as followers and daily commentators of Rose Tea Cottage and for having vision, knowledge, charm, and humor on their own blogs."
I am truly touched and very grateful to receive such a beautiful award. The award is not to be passed on or I would surely pass it right back to the Duchess. I hope all of you will stop by and visit with Her Grace. She has the most lovely blog filled with pretty things for all of us to enjoy like flowers, tablescapes, tea tables, dishes, and recipes. She is a very beautiful and special lady, our Duchess of Tea.
Happy Tea and friendship Tuesday everyone!
I hope all of you are blessed with a lovely day ♥
My warmest regards, Carol