Almond Tea Cakes

financier au creme

Almond Tea Cakes

1 1/4 cup flour
1 1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup ground almond meal
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites
6 ounces unsalted butter
1 teaspoon almond extract

1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).
2. Begin by preparing a muffin or financier pan. If you are using a silicone pan, there is no need to grease. If you are using another sort of material, grease the pan with some soft butter.
3. Measure the flour, powdered sugar, almond meal, and salt into a large mixing bowl and stir together until completely mixed.
4. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and add in the four egg whites. Use a wooden spoon to mix the ingredients into a smooth paste. This takes a little elbow grease.
5. Place the butter in a small, microwave proof bowl and melt in the microwave on high heat. Watch this carefully. Butter melts very quickly in the microwave and you should stop it half way through and give it a stir.
6. Add the butter to the batter along with the almond extract. Carefully stir the batter until all of the butter is incorporated and the batter is smooth.
7. Place several heaping tablespoons of batter into each mold. They should be about 3/4 of the way full if you are using a financier pan, and a little less if you are using a typically sized muffin pan.
8. Place the filled pan in the preheated oven and bake at 400°F (200°C) for 15 minutes. Lower the oven temperature to 350°F (180°C) and bake for five more minutes. Turn the oven off and leave the financiers in the closed oven for two more minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool to warm before releasing from the pan.
*Makes 12 cakes.

Recipe Variations

Fillings: These cakes take especially will to having fillings added. Fill the molds half way, then add a tablespoon of jam, fruit or Nutella, before topping with another spoon full of batter.
Toppings: You can also top these with fruit or sliced almonds.
Chocolate: Personally I think this is going over board, but you can add in a handful of chocolate chips or chopped chocolate – for those who think dessert just isn’t complete without a little cacao.




A Mother’s Thanks >To Her Children on Mother’s Day


Thank you my children for keeping me young.

It’s a simple thing really.  Maybe it’s not so simple this being solely responsible for a child. All the decisions and choices you have to make every day.  The huge learning curve you have to achieve while they are growing and testing their boundaries.

  • Trying to stay one step ahead.
  • Trying to stay on top of growing minds.
  • Trying to stay on top of growing bodies.

A goal that is never achieved as your child will always need you in some way.   Just not in the way they use to.

Through their lives we stay young.  I often think if I did not have children where would I be.  I play on line MMORPG, it’s all my kid’s fault.  I started them with Nintendo.  They just moved me to the next level.  I also want to thank them for keeping me current in my music tastes.  Imagine, I would have been stuck in the ’60’s but then they like Led Zeppelin too.  That’s my fault, I played Led Zeppelin when they were growing up.  They keep me up on trends and that’s why I have the Internet, Pintrest, Facebook and Itunes.  I know how to email, text and use my PVR.

Here I am at 60 years old doing things that I never thought I would be doing at my age. I love it.  My children have kept me young and given me new interests.  They have given back to me and encouraged me to embrace new things.  I am very grateful.

Love you, my children, to the moon and back ~Mom

Mother’s Day / Father’s Day Time Capsule


Time capsule before and after.  Flash drive book including pictures of the Mother and Grandmother through the generations or Father and Grandfather through the generations. Print out some old time recipes and vintage photos of clothing, household items, cars. Current day children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Any Life time momentos, ticket stubs, maps, newspaper clippings and dried flowers. Place all the items in a decorated tin, large glass jar or a pretty box and review yearly. This can then move forward with the family and be added to by each person who has it.  Keep it short and sweet so it doesn’t become a burden.  Do print some of the pictures as technology tends to change over the years.  It’s easier to retrieve older technology than newer technology. This can be duplicated so each mother/daughter/Son/Father can take it with her/him when she/he has her/his own home and can add their own memories and pass on to their family. Keep warm and safe.


Healthy Mother’s Day Recipe Idea


Strawberry Lemon Fruit Dip

Summary: One great taste with only three ingredients can lighten up offerings for either an appetizer or dessert buffet. I made this way before there was flavored cream cheese so I know this recipe is so refreshing you’ll crave it. Must try it if you’ve never had it.


  • 1/2 cup strawberry reduced-fat cream cheese spread, from 8-ounce container, softened
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow creme
  • 1 container (6 ounces) Yoplait Original lemon burst yogurt
  • Assorted fresh fruit pieces like Cantaloupe and Berries


  1. Mix cream cheese and marshmallow creme in medium bowl with wire whisk until smooth. Stir in yogurt. (let your cream cheese set on the counter a bit just to get soft)
  2. Pick your favorite fruit to dunk in this sweet and creamy dip. Whole strawberries, melon cubes, grapes or papaya slices are super summer choices.
  3. Serve dip with fruit.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 20

Here’s how to help keep the marshmallow creme from sticking to the utensils. Rinse the measuring cup and rubber scraper used to measure the marshmallow creme with cold water, but don’t dry them.

For Raspberry-Lemon Fruit Dip, use Raspberry cream cheese spread instead of strawberry.
Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker

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Mother’s Day May 12, 2013

With Mother’s Day fast approaching it’s time to come up with some ideas.  But first I wish to pay a tribute to my own mother who is no longer here.


I know the picture says Nana and that is what she was to my children.  I do miss her every day and lots of ways.  Especially when I have a question about some distant relative or some household tip that I need know but had never thought to ask.  I also miss her on my birthday.  Mom and I were born on the same day.  It’s really is tough on that day for me.  My family have been wonderful at making sure I am kept busy.  Mom you may not be with me but you are always in my heart. Love you Mom.

Here is the link to my Mother’s Day Pintrest Board. 

Lots of ideas, fun stuff, Mom pleasing food recipes and DIY for Mom. Enjoy!