Friday, December 31, 2010

DO YOU LOVE ENGLISH STYLE TEA? TEA & CRUMPETS TEA BOOK IS THE BEST!



Right before Christmas I purchased a few new tea books and I have decided this is my favorite!  Why?  Because I love 
the English style of serving and enjoying Afternoon Tea.  I had written a post on Alice's Teacup tea book which is all about whimsical style and there are many of you who love Asian style as well - but I love the English! (I got this book at Barnes & Noble)






What makes this book great is the fact that Margaret has researched history - yes - the history of each and every recipe and food item and it's beginnings!  We have been selling boxes of tarts for years in our gourmet pantry and Margaret Johnson has now given me the history of bakewell tarts!




This book is full of great historic recipes.....


I am particularily charmed by all the trivia surrounding the recipes in this book which makes Afternoon Tea so enjoyable.  I highly recommend it as an educational tool to learn more!

Margaret M. Johnson's book was  published in 2009....it covers England, Ireland, Wales, Paris, Scotland and Switzerland.

See my store blog if you are interested in purchasing the fun "chocolate pot".....

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A SNOWLADY TEAPARTY



Welcome to A SNOWLADY TEA PARTY!

Welcome to Bernideen's Tea Time Blog: 




I decided to set up a little tea party for my snowlady....



I love decorating for Christmas.....








I also don't love the job of taking it all down....
but I wouldn't let that stop me from putting it up!





Thursday, December 23, 2010

I WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS


I WILL BE TAKING A BLOGGING BREAK FOR A FEW DAYS BUT WANTED TO WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!








For a CHRISTMAS EVE MICE idea you will want to save- please visit this blog: http://cuppatea4sheri.blogspot.com/


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

READING "ALICE'S TEA CUP" COOKBOOK




Last night I sat at the kitchen table and read through this wonderful tea book.  I loved the creativity and "common sense approach" to everything!  This is the story of a family unit who have succeeded in business in New York City. That is a big accomplishment! I especially like all the trivia personal information that proceeds the recipes!  Personality!












I had seen a discussion on Afternoon Tea Across American back in the fall regarding how much ginger and cinnamon were in their Pumpkin Scones so I will be making these myself to form my own opinion.  I really enjoyed reading their recipes and their philosophy about tea and their tea room.  Their style is whimsical and fun.  I DO HAPPEN TO LOVE VICTORIAN but hey- I like a blend too! 

Late note:  An email from Julie and Becky says:

I just bought this cookbook for my Kindle, and I noticed in the reviews sections that there are some mistakes in the Pumpkin Scone recipe and the Chicken Salad. Instead of 1/4 cup!!!! of the cinnamon and ginger, 1 teaspoon each of the cinnamon and the ginger. The curried chicken sandwiches should have chopped red apple in the recipe.

The three tearooms  aren't just about tea by the way - but a place where activities abound and a lovely luncheon with creative salads and sandwiches are served to those who aren't into Afternoon Tea.

As we near Christmas this week - my store is a little crazy - so I may not be posting every day!  Today I am linking to Sandi on Prince Edward Island at Rose Chintz Cottage & Inspirations for Tea Time Tuesday!

Monday, December 20, 2010

ALICE'S TEA CUP COOKBOOK - OH WHAT FUN!



Last night I purchased a couple new tea party cookbooks - that is - one's I don't sell at my store...




This fall there was a lot of talk on the yahoo group - Afternoon Tea Across America about this one and in particular the Pumpkin Scone Recipe at the front of the book!



I am in the process of reading it and it looks VERY FUN!




Of course, I am in the process of reading a whole pile of cookbooks right now but I am glad to add this one to the pile!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Thursday, December 16, 2010

CRANAPPLE CRISP MADE WITH ASPEN MULLING SPICES



Here is something totally wonderful....using Aspen Mulling Spices you can make the most delightful crisp with apples and cranberries!  You will love it.  I found an apple crisp recipe and revamped it a little to create this one which contains a carton of the mulling spices:







Bernideen’s Aspen Mulling Spice Apple Cranberry Crisp

For the Filling you will need:
1 Carton Original Aspen Mulling Spices, 5 Large Granny Smith Apples or other baking apples, peeled, cored and sliced, 1 cup chopped cranberries, 2 Tb Light Brown sugar, 2 Tb melted butter


For the Topping you will need:
1 ¼ cups all purpose flour, 1 cup rolled oats, ½ cup granulated sugar, ½ cup packed light brown sugar, 1 ½ sticks of cold unsalted butter, cut into bits.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Make the filling by combining ingredients in bowl and put into 9 x 12 Rect ovenproof dish which has been buttered.
To make the topping: Combine all ingredients until crumbly and sprinkle over first mixture. I like pushing some of it down into the filling too! Bake 35- 40 minutes – watch for browning Let cool – it will thicken as it cools!


















If you aren't familiar with Aspen Mulling Spices....click on my store to the right where you will find them!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

DECORATING FOR CHRISTMAS #3



Welcome to Christmas!  Don't you just love the sparkles of the season, the smells, the sounds.....






This year I added some ornamental balls around the room....














I wish there was snow outside...maybe tomorrow
 night we may get some!










This is a white fir - I highly recommend this
tree as it stays very green and fresh!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

DECORATING FOR CHRISTMAS #2 and TEA TIME TUESDAY


The tree is finally decorated so I have set up a little tea celebration on the coffee table....





These are just fun, ceramic teapots I have collected....
























                This is such a busy day so I must be on my way!  






Please visit others who participate in Tea Time Tuesday with Sandy at:  Rose Chintz Cottage & Inspirations and A Delightsome Life


.....more pictures later! 

I also want to invite you to see a WONDERFUL "Take Joy".....an Old Fashioned Tasha Tudor Tea with Marilyn at Delights of the Heart