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London Broil Tea Sandwiches

London Broil Tea Sandwiches

I love a good nibble with my afternoon tea and these London broil tea sandwiches are no exception! London Broil Tea Sandwiches 1/2 lb London Broil Deli Meat, thinly sliced 4 oz. Herb & Garlic Goat Cheese 1 English Cucumber 6 slices Seedless Rye Sandwich […]

Afternoon Tea Menu Planning Tips

Afternoon Tea Menu Planning Tips

You’ve invited your friends, set your table, and selected your teas, but how do you plan afternoon tea menu? If you’re not in the habit of hosting events, figuring out what to serve and how much can be a little challenging. Catering your event doesn’t […]

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin season is finally here and I’m celebrating with a delicious pumpkin spice cake. And I’m topping it off with a brown sugar cream cheese frosting. Yum! It’s the perfect sweet treat to end a fall time afternoon tea. Pumpkin Spice Cake 2 cups Cake […]

Tea with Sandi Scott

Tea with Sandi Scott

I recently had the pleasure of reading an Advance Reader’s Copy of Sandi Scott’s first book in her new series, Murder in the Art Gallery, A Pet Portraits Cozy Mystery and I enjoyed it so much that I asked Sandi to stop by for an […]

5 Handy Tea Infographics

5 Handy Tea Infographics

Tea can be complicated sometimes with so many varieties, different ways to steep, understanding how to set the table and more. These are some of my favorite tea infographics to help you understand all there is to know. 1. Formal Tea Party Place Setting Setting […]

Ham and Cheese Pastries

Ham and Cheese Pastries

Ham and cheese are the perfect combination for an afternoon tea party. Especially here in Virginia where we serve VA Ham Biscuits at almost every event! Today I’m dressing it up a bit by wrapping these yummies in puff pastry and baking them to a […]

Six Essentials for Afternoon Tea

Six Essentials for Afternoon Tea

What’s not to love about afternoon tea? Whether it’s the beautiful table setting, the delicious finger foods, the flavorful teas, or time well-spent with friends, there’s something magical about a tea party. It doesn’t matter if you dress up and wear your best hat or […]

Historical Research for Novel Writing

Historical Research for Novel Writing

*Today I’m turning the blog over to author Dorothy Spruzen to discuss how she does historical research for her books. Welcome to you all, and thank you for having me. Samantha invited me to write something for her wonderful website, so I thought that I […]

Tea Pairings – How to Pair Tea with Nibbles

Tea Pairings – How to Pair Tea with Nibbles

When planning your Afternoon Tea menu, it’s important to think about your tea pairings. After planning out what your nibbles, what tea will you serve? With so many delicate flavors and aromas, serving the right tea can bring out all the wonderful flavors of the […]

Fruit and Nut Chocolates

Fruit and Nut Chocolates

Chocolate is always a nice addition to any afternoon tea. The fruit and nut chocolates are no exception. They’re not only delicious, they’re simple to make and you can combine different fruits and nuts in any variety you like. In addition to being served at […]