loose leaf tea

This Quiz Will Tell You How Much You Love Tea Sometimes you like something without loving it, and sometimes you’re so totally infatuated that you can’t see straight. This quiz will show you where you land on the tea love spectrum—so you can decide whether this is a casual fling, or whether it’s time to…

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parsnip flan

The sweet-flavored parsnip has at various times been added to sweet dishes, especially in the Tudor period when sugar was expensive.  This dish has a creamy taste and the consistency of lemon curd.  In springtime, it was traditionally decorated with sugared primroses. Ingredients: 8 oz. short crust pastry 1 ½ lbs. parsnips, peeled and chopped.…

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saint brigid

February 1st is Saint Brigid Day, the only female patron saint of Ireland. Everyone is familiar with St. Patrick’s Day but how many of you know about St. Brigid’s Day?  St Brigid’s Day or Lá Fhéile Bríde as it is known in Gaelic, which lands on 1 February each year, also marks the first day…

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celtic tea

Raise a glass on National Irish Coffee Tea Day! National Irish Coffee Day is celebrated on January 25, and we think that it’s the perfect occasion to warm yourself up with a tasty, boozy treat. Irish coffee traditionally consists of black coffee, whiskey, sugar, and whipped cream.   However, for those of you who prefer tea,…

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potato candy

Potato Candy is thought to have come to the US in the early 1900’s from Germany.  It became extremely popular during the Great Depression; making this tasty treat was a great way to create a delicious confection out of the little ingredients that were available during those trying times. The cold mashed potatoes, as the…

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I cut this recipe out of a Woman’s Day magazine about forty years ago and it has been a family favorite ever since.

betty browns

BETTY BROWNS Ingredients: ½ cup melted unsalted butter 1 cup granulated white sugar 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 egg 1 teaspoon cinnamon ½ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 2 large apples, peeled and finely chopped ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional) Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8x8x2 inch pan. Put…

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Apple Brownies

apple brownies

Ingredients ½ cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla extract 1 egg 1½ cup flour ½ tsp. baking soda ½ tsp. baking powder ½ tsp. nutmeg 1 cup apples, cored, peeled and chopped ½ cup chopped nuts, optional Directions Beat the butter and sugar until fluffy; stir in vanilla and egg. Add flour,…

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October Newsletter

brown leaf

Dear Friends:  We are now six months into our altered reality.  Even though I try to keep positive there are times when I am anxious and stressed.  I worry about the political unrest all over the world; the economic upheaval caused by the pandemic; when I will be able to see my sister and family …

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October 1st is National Pumpkin Spice Day.

Pumpkin Spice Tea Latte

Pumpkin Spice Tea Latte is the perfect way to celebrate the crisp days of autumn.  The aromatic baking spices of cinnamon, ginger, and maple will make you feel warm and cozy. Ingredients 2 cups water 6 heaped teaspoons Pumpkin Spice tea 2 Tbsp brown sugar* (we used our Belgian Sugar Rocks) 1 cup milk Whipped…

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Tea Started the Women’s Suffrage Movement

women’s suffrage centennial

August 26, 2020 is the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and American women’s constitutional right to vote. Did you know that the Women’s Suffrage Movement Started Over a Cup of Tea? On July 9, 1848 five women met for afternoon tea in Waterloo, NY at the home of Jane Hunt.  Her guests were Elizabeth…

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