Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Gooey Sticky Toffee Pudding and Raspberry Scones...

...sounds YUMMY, right?
this blog post is so much more than just yummy recipes...
it's my ROYAL WEDDING wrap up...
with giveaway winners, and my
 "BEST OF" blog post...the royal version:)
sooooo...here goes (and I'm making you read on for the recipes:)


1.  I already talked about the DRESS in yesterdays post.
click here if you missed it.
not too much left to say about that except I LOVED the way she had her little
bridesmaids and sister in the same color family but with very different dresses.

I'm big on everything matching and looking great in photos so to me, 
that was fabulous. and I felt like an excited little girl when we got our first glimpse
 as she rode in the car with her dad.  
I would have given anything to know what she was truly thinking!

2.  The 2 handsome brothers, dressed in uniform, riding to the church together.
LOVED the uniforms...and I LOVE how close they are.
Diana would be so pleased by that, don't you think?

3.  PRECIOUS how he whispered to her at the altar "You look Beautiful"...
and possibly just as sweet was in the carriage ride to the palace when she said "I'm so happy" to him.

4.  Absolutely LOVED the cake!  Nothing beats creamy colors, simple, elegant designs on a yummy cake.
(actually, I HOPE it was yummy but I'm wondering...)

5.  I got a total kick out of Harry turning around at the altar as Kate walked down the aisle. 
 ...still as mischievous as ever:)
then to find out he whispered to William "wait till you see her"...so cute!

6.  I thought her mother looked SO elegant...and the thoughts running through HER head must have been pretty wild!

7.  I thought the ceremony was classic and tasteful...rare today.
I do believe she has classic tastes so hopefully this will be a new trend as people copy her and her wedding day.

8.  LOVE all the Union Jack flags and banners flying EVERYWHERE!
(actually, this beautiful city has them all over the place even without a wedding and it's so cool)

9. I thought it was so nice that all of Diana's family was welcomed 
and that they even spoke to them in the church.  Had to be a tough moment for them.

10.  Possible one of my favorite moments was seeing this couple who want to be as normal as possible...
under the circumstances,
drive away from the palace in a decorated car.

AWWWWW...how cute was that!

Did I mention that my girls and I stayed up all night?  yes, we had a ROYAL sleepover:)
we decorated with all of my crowns, our London souvenirs, flags, everything royal!
we had a tea party at 3 a.m...the beginning of the broadcast, 
complete with raspberry scones and TEA:)
before that we watched the Kings Speech and other royal themed shows and I gave the girls PJ's...pink teacup jammies:)
yes, even though I paid the price for no sleep, it was a night we will ALWAYS remember!
p.s. for Mother's Day, in addition to all the other wonderful gifts, they got me a copy of the
engagement ring:)
 so lovely:)
I wear it on a chain with my favorite charm.

okay...moving on to my 
(not that I am an expert by any means but we did visit last Fall and loved every second of it.
we also have a number of close British friends down here so that helps:)

1.  who DOESN"T love the accent?????
I mean, if we broke off from them, why did we have to lose the accent?
BUMMER! and some of the words are so fun!

2.  London is a BEAUTIFUL city, the people know and love their history and they are so FRIENDLY...contrary to what we were told to expect. and one more thing...it was so clean for a big city!

3,  The CABBIES!  
This is a well respected profession in London, driving those cute black cabs:)

4.  SHOPPING!  (enough said:)
5.  TEA TIME!!! yep, they really do love their tea.  we did go to Starbucks for coffee once but frankly, the Brits  make better tea:)

6.  despite what we hear sometimes, they seem to still love their royal family.  guess you saw that recently:)
yes...it is definitely a case of "long live the Queen"...her initials and/or crowns are on EVERYTHING.

7.  Cute things, like the red phone booths, red double decker buses...

8.  they have the cutest exported car...and we have one! (actually, Taylor has one...but we all love to drive it!)
 The MINI COOPER...and they are everywhere over there.

9.  my FAVORITE export is a person and her style...
RACHEL ASHWELL and her Shabby Chic lifestyle...because it IS a lifestyle.
SHE should have decorated for the royal reception 
 but that's for another blog post, when I decorate as Rachel would have...
at least I think it's how she would have:)

10.  last but NOT least...our two favorite foods from across the pond...
Gooey Sticky Toffee Pudding...
and Scones...with clotted cream, devonshire cream or vanilla mascarpone.

First the sticky pudding...
this dessert (which contains chopped dates, somethingI thought I would hate but LOVE)
is best served warm...almost hot...and VERY gooey.
It is soooo good.  You'll be hooked!
This is Martha Stewarts recipe so you can trust it:)

 * 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for pan
    * 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for pan
    * 8 ounces pitted dates, finely chopped
    * 2 teaspoons baking powder
    * 1/2 teaspoon salt
    * 1 cup sugar
    * 2 large eggs
    * 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour an 8-inch round cake pan; set aside.
   2. In a small bowl, combine dates and 1/2 cup boiling water; set aside to soften, at least 10 minutes. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt to combine; set aside.
   3. With an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy; add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add date mixture, flour mixture, and vanilla; mix just until moistened.
   4. Spread batter in prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 55 to 65 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare toffee sauce.
   5. Remove cake from oven; cool in pan 5 minutes. To ensure it will come out easily later, carefully invert hot cake then return it, right side up, to pan. Using a toothpick, poke holes all over cake. Pour about 1 cup warm sauce over cake; let absorb at least 20 minutes.
Toffee Sauce
* 16 tablespoons unsalted butter (2 sticks)
    * 1 cup heavy cream
    * 1 cup packed light-brown sugar
    * 1/4 teaspoon salt
 1. In a medium saucepan, combine butter, heavy cream, light-brown sugar, and salt. Heat over low, stirring, until sugar has dissolved, about 2 minutes. Simmer mixture over medium heat until reduced to about 2 1/2 cups, 8 to 12 minutes. If desired, reheat sauce over low before serving.
******Serve with ice cream, vanilla sauce, vanilla mascarpone...all good choices!

Scones, done right, are not these dry rolls...they are warm, soft and delicious!
My favorites are raspberry or strawberry.
Rather than print the whole recipe (one of Martha's again)
click HERE.
or...you can pick up a mix like this one...
White Chocolate Raspberry Scones...
very good also!

Well, guess that's about it.
OH...WAIT...my giveaways!
I had two for sure...
my PRINCESS for a DAY giveaway and the
KEEP CALM and CARRY ON giveaway.
I said I had two for sure because I have a few other 
odds and ends to throw someones way:)

now,are you thinking I forgot the giveaways?
not a chance!!!
TRISHA from Glass Slippers and All That Stuff is my
Princess For a Day winner.
 perfect..."Glass Slippers"...
and Sweet Trisha is a princess...you'll see when you visit her blog:)

winning the Keep Calm and Carry On package is
 Linda is well known around blog land because she is a beautiful lady
who is a friend to everyone she "meets" and lifts me up
more times than I can count.
Congratulations ladies!!!!!

so there you have it mates...
i guess we're done with the royal wedding and all things British.
well...I do still have a shabby chic post complete with shabby flags but maybe another time.
i hope you've enjoyed this.
thank you for humoring me.
i wanted this memory to be included in my next blog book for my girls.




  1. Cute post. My favorite part of the wedding was the ride in the car as well.
    I have a girl in my program at school that is just so giddy over the whole wedding.

  2. I have enjoyed all your fabulous wedding posts! It was great fun to watch and it felt like a fairy tale to me. I think Diana would be so happy as William and Kate seem so much in love. I love the accents and the wonderful cute words and phrases they use also.

    I am so excited that I won the Keep Calm and Carry On giveaway! Such a cute collection! Your sweet words about me made my day!

    I think you have created some amazing memories with your girls that they will never forget!


  3. I too am still so giddy over the Royal Wedding...I am a hopeless romantic and love any kind of wedding. You did such a fantastic job of celebrating this momentous event! I am so excited that I won the Princess for a Day giveaway because I really do think that I am one!!



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