Saturday, June 28

Ahhh, at last, our preparations have borne fruit! Let us sit back and finally enjoy these fruits of this repast…

Speaking of which, The Mad Hatter’s Maddeningly Missing Cake Cake is also called a Queen of Chocolate and Hearts Cake. Hmmm, what an appropriate name for the cake Mr. Hatter, but do tell, what about the Missing Cake part of the title?

What’s that? We discover such as we slice the cake?

I shall delightedly apply myself to such a task…

Why, part of the Cake is missing. And there is a yummy strawberry filling in place of the missing cake.

It appears we don’t quite know which part we shall slice – the part with the cake or the part missing the cake and filled with this wondrous fruity filling…

Hare had mentioned he might be bringing some of his friends (we are quite frankly astounded by the number of attendants to today’s Tea – but we were prepared for a large turnout). For his funny bunny bunch of friends we have made some tantalizing feastibles…Simply Simple Carrots, Whole Wheat Carrot Muffins, and Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Creamy Cream Cheese Frosting. By the way Mr. Rabbit we have spied you there amidst those carrots – save some for us please!

There are lots of sandwiches to fill your plates. Load up those plates, don’t skimp, there is plenty to go round! Take some biscuits, slather them with some Basiled Butter and don’t nibble, bite into them…Doormouse loves this as you get a burst of Sharp Cheddar Cheese-y goodness.

Dear Alice, we only had enough mushrooms for one Mushed Mushroom Tarte as you ran off with them! But, this one is for you, as we know this is your favorite dish.

Everyone drink up! We have several selections of tantalizing Teas…

A hearty, bracing Earl Grey Tea, a delicate Green Tea with a touch of Lemon Balm, and Chamomile Tea. I am partial to herb teas so I shall sample those.

As we sip and nibble, we check out the Mad Hat Mr. Hatter has been working on. Seems others, also, have been industrious; Doormouse and Hare had a late night making streamers and streamed them all over our dining area – what a wondrously wonderful effect.

What a delightful and Fes-TEA-val fun time we have had, and we do thank Vanessa Valencia for this funtastic idea and all the work she put into hosting this Blog Party! Thank you any visitors for stopping by.

Stay tuned I shall be putting some Flicker photos up and I shall do a Tutorial on crepe paper streamers. Next week, we have a Fourth Of July Feast...

Today's Tea...

Our Mad Tea Party shall commence this afternoon...

Please do stop by as we are sure you shall be parched and weary by then and shall need a pick-me-up.

Mad Hatter requests you save room for his Mad Cake!

Thursday, June 26

Good Day Friends of Blogland –

We, of Queen’s Chocolate, are busily preparing for the upcoming ‘Fest-TEA-vities’, The Mad Tea Party hosted by the fabulous Vanessa Valencia!

Some of us happily toil in the kitchen whilst others are busy elsewhere…

The Mad Hatter has made yet another trip to obtain another flourish for his Mad Hat. He has been working on that hat all day! But perhaps tis best he is occupied with such a project. He has promised later to make his special cake.

Alice is off on some adventure and took off with some of the mushrooms for the Mushed Mushroom Tarte. Not to worry, there is still plenty left for the dish.

Hare has gone to meet up with the Green Grocer to sample some simple carrots. I do trust his ability to find the freshest and tastiest fare.

Doormouse has scampered off to procure some sharp cheddar cheese. Hmmm, we shall see how well that jaunt goes…Dear Doormouse, please let’s not be ‘gnaw-ty’ or ‘gnaw-tea’!

I have been out in the kitchen garden to search for the freshest offerings of the Lemon Balm, Basil and Chives. The robust Rosemary will make a wonderfully fragrant garnish. These herbs shall be picked the morning of The Tea to assure absolute freshness!

And I am working hastily with the rolling pin and dough. I won’t be ‘kneading’ any help with this task as I love to bake all sorts of delectables.

REAL guests have sent non-requested RSVP’s desirous of sampling the Tea Menu…

Hence, by astounding request we shall post our menu…Doormouse and Hare were handwriting the menu when they had the misfortune of spilling tea all over the page. Seeking my counsel I conveyed that perhaps merely trimming out the written words would suffice. They then, of their own accord, added some embellishments…

Wednesday, June 25

A Beautiful Mermaid

Pam Warden, a talented artist and my swap partner painted this.

Isn't she beautiful? The blue hues in this painting are spectacular - I have really loved having this in our outdoor grilling area - you feel breezier and cooler just gazing at all this wondrous blue!

Mermaid Swap

The wonderful Enchanted Bella hosted a Mermaid Swap. I sent my swap partner, Pam Warden, this:

A repurposed box covered with some Luna Girl pics, paint and shells.
I loved being able to purchase and download the needed pics in seconds.

I printed up the Mermaid Luna Girl sheet to send to Pam and also sent her some goldfish, a bag of gold bubble gum, Little Mermaid pencils, some shells and last but not least some chocolate.