For the last couple of weeks we had our daughter and her family visiting:) We had such a good time! It sure was hard to let them go:( Weeks before they arrived I promised two of the little munchkins(granddaughters) that we would have a tea party. They were very excited, so even though my foot surgery was 3 days before they arrived (due to rescheduling) the tea party went forward as planned. It was a sort of "semi-homemade" affair.
We had homemade banana mini muffins(recipe below), mini heart-shaped and flower shaped cream cheese and (homemade) strawberry jam sandwiches, strawberries with strawberry yogurt for dipping, and donut holes(from the local donut shop). Pink lemonade was also served. Everything was yummy!
As you can see this Princess was very happy to be in attendance at the tea party! She had so much fun dressing up for the occasion! Such a little lady and a little beauty:)
This little Princess had fun too, especially nibbling on the donut holes:) She's such a big girl now and so adorable! My two daughters attended also, but I forgot to take photos of them..oops!
Thanks for coming to the tea party and making it special, big girls and little girls! XOXO
The morning of the tea party(to get in the mood) I made the munchkins (including little brother:)) these special Cinderella waffles.(Hopefully you can see that these waffles feature a princess and prince riding in a carriage.) I found this waffle maker at a discount store(either Ross or TJ Maxx, I can't recall) and knew immediately that I had to buy it! Not only are the waffles big, round and thick, but on the other side, it's just a regular waffle grid(non-stick), so it's versatile. I love it! It sure made them happy:)
Adapted for mini muffins from the Banana Bread recipe in "The King Arthur Flour Baking Companion"
2 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup mashed banana
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup yogurt, buttermilk, or yogurt ( I used sour cream)
1 cup chopped walnuts (I didn't use)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar, and oil. Blend in the mashed banana and vanilla. Whisk together and then sift(it's important that these be thoroughly combined) the baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and flour. Add all at once to the banana mixture. Mix quickly but thoroughly, then stir in the yogurt, mixing until just combined.
Line a mini muffin pan with mini cupcake liners. Use a small scoop(or a spoon) and fill each muffin liner half- full with batter. Bake for about 15 minutes(may take longer), until a toothpick comes out clean. Keep an eye on them. Makes at least two dozen hefty mini muffins.
These are delicious!