Champagne Gummy Hearts

I have fallen in love with a great candy store named Sugarfina.  I visited one of their boutiques when visiting Chicago recently, and love the branding of this upscale candy. They offer a variety of lovely gummy bears in their stores. So for my own wedding anniversary,  I decided to try my hand at making…

Cinnamon Biscotti

While relaxing in front of the fireplace this cold winter, why not try a great homemade cinnamon biscotti cookie?  These cookies are crisp and crunchy and are perfect to dunk in a warm mug of tea or coffee. I have made several other biscotti recipes, but this one is one of my favorites.  The cinnamon…

The Tea Book

One of the most relaxing ways to end a dinner party has to be offering a selection of tea choices to guests. Sipping a cup of tea allows for more time to enjoy the table decor, a small dessert, or even just more time to watch the candle flames flicker.  As a true tea enthusiast,…

Appetizer shells

For years I have used Athens Mini Fillo Shells for many different types of appetizers, both sweet and savory.  Recently, I realized that I could save some money by making my own shells from the company’s phyllo dough which is packaged in sheets. By using this product, I was able to make a very large…

Leaffusion tea infuser

March is here and we still have winter weather in Michigan.  So, I continue drinking tea to stay warm.  I found another cool tea infuser on amazon.com.  This one is styled for a single cup of tea.  They come in a variety of colors too. This week I tried a variety of tea blends with…

Pemberley Lavender Lemon Tea

As a daily tea drinker, I am always on the lookout for a new tea blend.  This one comes from The Tea Can Company, specialty teas–Inspired by Jane. The tea is blended and packed in the USA. Inspired by the manor homes of famous Jane Austen characters, the six-inch tall metal tea tin holds 10…

A new tea product: the smart tea infuser

Since I am a tea lover, I am always on the lookout for new tea products.  I found this smart tea infuser recently, and decided to give it a try.  The size of the infuser is perfect for a 4 cup pot of tea. The small straining holes allow for using some of the finest…

Valentine’s Day Tea

How wonderful that Valentine’s Day fell on a Saturday this year.  It was an all day celebration at my house with my sweetie.  It was a day filled with time spent together, which is better than anything else in this world. And for something totally different, we had an afternoon tea, complete with walnut and…

one pan cake with fruit

I am becoming a fast fan of Martha’s cookbook  One Pot.  I have been trying recipes in every category with outstanding results.  Even in her dessert chapter, all of the selections are made with just one type of pot, pan or skillet.  So, I would call these quick and easy desserts.  Reading through the recipes,…

afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian hotel

afternoon tea often means something different at every hotel. i have sampled tea many times both in Canada and in the United States, and have found the service to vary based on the setting.  a couple of weeks ago, my daughter and I were served afternoon tea at the Grand Floridian Hotel where we were…

tea and entertaining

organization is the key to success.  having organized kitchen drawers makes serving tea and entertaining simple and fun. here is one example of how i have organized one drawer in my kitchen.  all of the tools for tea, along with some entertaining tools can be easily spotted in one glance. by using smaller containers within…

summertime iced tea

my favorite summertime beverage has to be iced tea.  since i am a cold weather hot tea drinker, it would follow that my summertime favorite would be cold tea.  usually i brew my winter favorites with hot water, and use the same tea bags for my summertime drinks. however, there are a few new products…