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…

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Just a few miles away from Midland, we were able to experience an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony.  The tea house was constructed in 1985 and is used for a variety of functions. We were served green tea and Japanese sweets in the traditional manner.  The tea house has 8 reed mats and was constructed from…

Traditional Afternoon Tea

So I am one of “those” who enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at a lovely hotel.  We visited The Peninsula when we were in Chicago a few weeks ago and had an amazing relaxing two-hour afternoon filled with a charming tea service and string music.     Yes.  It is “old-fashioned.”  Yes. It is so…

Oatmeal and Tea at Brew

We took a quick trip up North last week to enjoy the cool fresh air and the lake views of Northern Michigan.  The beautiful blue water captivates me every time we drive into Traverse City, and it is nothing less than spectacular. While there, we stopped at Brew, which is a local coffee-house featuring bakery…

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,…

shopping in Holland MI

  As a gardening and cooking enthusiast, I search to find the best stores for cooks and gardeners.  I love to find unusual gourmet foods from other countries, as well as gardening tools and historic seeds.  On my recent trip to western Michigan, I found some great boutique shops in downtown Holland Michigan.  Michigan is…

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…

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…