Mini Victoria Sandwiches

Lately I have been binge watching old BBC murder mystery series, and one of the recurring themes, aside from the copious amounts of tea and beautifully manicured cottage gardens, are the town bake-offs.  I have lost count of the number of people that have keeled over dead after eating a heaping forkful of Victoria Sponge….

Green Tea Face Toner

Last Christmas my sister gifted me with a bunch of essential oils along with a booklet on their various uses, and while I was highly skeptical of the efficacy of a lot of the recipes, the one describing a green tea and essential oil face toner intrigued me.  I decided to give it a try….

Poppy Seed Cake

My Mom’s Poppy Seed Cake is one of the easiest cakes to make, and it was my Mom’s “go to” cake for entertaining, for many years.  She’d whip one of these up when expecting guests for coffee or tea.  It is a great cake for beginners – one of the first cakes I ever baked….

Lapsang Souchong Bread

Lapsang souchong is a black tea with a rich smoky flavor, that I completely adore, but it can be a tough sell for those who favor a more traditional and subtle tea palate.  I decided to experiment with using some of this freshly brewed tea in my bread to give it a small hint of…

Raspberry Iced Tea

Raspberry iced tea has been my summer beverage of choice for several years now.  Unfortunately, I have a slight food sensitivity to blackberries, and I have found that most store bought brands of raspberry iced tea do not always differentiate between raspberries and blackberries in their flavorings.  After a few blackberry related incidences, and a…

Walnut & Blue Cheese Scones

A savoy scone with buttery walnuts and smooth hints of blue cheese.  I have made these before for a Bridal Shower that I catered a few years ago, and they were a hit there, so I figured that they would be a good fit for the bachelorette beach weekend breakfast that I was contributing to….

Strawberry Cream Scones

I spent this past weekend down at the beach celebrating a friend’s bachelorette.  I volunteered to help with Sunday morning breakfast, and decided on pre-making several batches of scones to freeze at home and then bring down to the beach to bake fresh for breakfast.  Our resources down at the beach are somewhat limited.  We…

Blueberry Lemon Scones

I felt the need for a late afternoon spot of tea, and what better thing to pair it with then some freshly baked scones? Blueberries and other fresh berries are making their way back into the markets again – a clear sign that spring is around the corner.  At this time of the year most…