Tuesday, October 2, 2012

This is what I was busy dong....

The Afternoon tea for Habitat for Humanity in my garden was a huge success thanks to your participation!   Thanks so much for attending and for your donations.   $325.00 was the final tally raised.  You will be receiving your receipts in the mail.

The little habitat origami houses filled with a chocolate date truffle were most popular so here is the recipe for those interested, along with the scone recipe.  

Chocolate Date Truffles                                   Scones
¾ cup sultanas                                                                        2 cups self raising flour
1 cup pitted dates                                                                  80g butter
3Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder                          ¾ cup non fat greek yoghurt
1 Tablespoon boiling water                                                   2 Tablespoons lemonade (diet is fine)
½ cup skim milk powder                                                        
  ¼ cup ground almonds                                                         Rub butter into sifted flour until the mixture resembles fine                              
                                                                                                crumbs.   Mix in yoghurt and lemonade and pat out on a floured
Place all ingredients into food processor and                    board.  Cut into circles and place quite close together on a
pulse until finely chopped.  Add more water                      baking sheet.  Brush with beaten egg and bake at 200*C for
if necessary. Roll teaspoonfuls of the mixture                 10 minutes.  Serve with jam and cream, in the garden J
and drop into a bowl of chocolate sprinkles,
roll around to coat and then insert into little
paper cups.  Refrigerate – can be stored for
 up to two weeks in the fridge.

As a little gift for you I am enclosing a bag of rosella seeds so you can grow your own rosella tea!

I am so glad to have had the pleasure of your company for afternoon tea in my little garden


Here is a close up of my little origami boxes - this is a great place to find origami instructions.....http://en.origami-club.com/nature/house1-3d/index.html  

 My teabag cookies were made with crushed rosebuds (rose is the flavour of turkish delight) I found the recipe here: tea-bag-cookies. I didn't dip mine in chocolate - there was already too much sugar on the table!

I love having a pretty garden to entertain in - do you entertain in your garden?


  1. Everything looks so pretty and tasty.
    Thanks for posting the recipes.
    It's been many years since I have tried any origami projects, so I will make a note of that website for future reference...thanks.

    1. Virginia,
      oh it was! now this week it is back on track for me! I find origami very relaxing and enjoyable.

  2. What a fantastic spread for a great cause. Pat yourself on the back.

  3. Everything looks so pretty and those little houses are so appropriate for Habitat for Humanity. Glad you had a good time.

    1. Roz,
      It was fun planning it all, and I always love to share time in the garden with friends.

  4. What beautiful things to have on your table . I have always wanted to have a garden party in our garden one day.

    1. Kim,
      Oh you must do it! I believe beautiful things should be used, not tucked away in the cupboard!

  5. Replies
    1. It was really fun, and something I will do more often, just for fun.

  6. Oh very inspiring. I like the origami and teabag cookies idea:). So cool!

  7. So you could have dipped them in Sugar-free chocolate!
    Mom says you should have had cream in the scones, not fat free yoghurt. Fat is good for you, we need to grease our joints somehow!

  8. Hi Dave,
    Mmm I could have.... Oh I get plenty of fat from elsewhere - yoghurt is good for you too! the yoghurt seemed to make the scones lovely and light. we had jam and cream on top of the scones!


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