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Saturday Tea March 11, 2013

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Over the weekend I had the immense pleasure of appearing at another Afternoon Tea with the Author event. This time I was delighted to have my friend and fellow author, DiVoran Lites join me. We had a great time of fellowship with a group of Christian women and then shared about our adventures in writing and publishing.

Even though I was one of the guests of honor, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to do some baking. I saw a recipe in my Tea Time magazine last year for mini Boston Cream, Key Lime, or Strawberry trifles, but haven’t had an opportunity to make them. With spring right around the corner, well, technically already here in Florida, I thought the Key Lime trifles would be a good fit. I pulled out the various serving glasses I have collected and got down to business. It was a joy to make the custard and whipped cream from scratch. I used to think cooking from scratch was a lot of work, but I’ve come to appreciate it. I feel a real connection with the foods I’ve made from the ground up, quite literally when using produce from my garden.

It was tricky getting the custard and whipped cream into the miniature glasses, so I thought I would try using a pastry bag. This was only my second attempt at using a pastry bag but it definitely got easier as I went along. By the time I completed 8 of the 16 servings I was feeling pretty confident and was able to pick up the speed. I think they turned out nicely and enjoyed the ohhs and ahhs when they were served to our guests.

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Mini trifles weren’t enough for me though. I wanted something crisp as well and turned to a Lemon-Lavender Shortbread recipe I found on one of my favorite food blogs, Chelsea Bakes. You can find that recipe here.

I loved getting to meet some new friends and reconnecting with others I haven’t seen in years. I have to extend my sincere thanks to our hostess, Pam. She provided a beautiful and warm setting for us to share our experiences and may have even convinced one of the guests to host her own tea. I also have to thank the talented Ginger Morrison for the amazing cake she made.

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Tea, Biscotti, and Me August 1, 2012

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This weekend I had the privilege of appearing at another Afternoon Tea with the Author, this time in Anderson, SC.  The women I met were warm and welcoming.  When we offered gifts to those who asked questions, Lois was quick to jump in, asking when I gave my life to God.  Since I write Christian fiction, I was actually a bit surprised this question hadn’t come up in my previous Tea events.  I was nine when I first prayed for God to come into my heart, and I remember actually thinking a little person was going to come live inside my heart.  I enjoyed talking with these gracious Southern women, sharing about my writing process, and where I get my ideas.

The food was wonderful too.  I love biscotti and was thrilled to see a plate of homemade biscotti sandwiched between fresh scones and a cranberry-coconut bar that was to die for.  Of course I couldn’t leave with out getting the biscotti recipe.  If you give it a try let me know what you think.

Pistachio- Craisin Biscotti

Line a heavy, large baking sheet with parchment paper.

Whisk 2 cups flour with 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder.  Set aside.

Beat 3/4 cup sugar, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1 tsp. grated lemon zest & 1/4 tsp. salt.

Beat in 2 large eggs – one at a time.  Add the flour mixture just ’til blended.

Stir in 3/4 cup chopped pistachios & 2/3 cup craisins.

Form the dough into a 13″ long, 3″ wide log on the parchment sheet.  Bake until lightly golden, (about 40 min.)  Cool 30 min.

Place log on a cutting board.  Using a sharp serrated knife, cut the log on a diagonal into 1/2 to 3/4″ thick slices.

Arrange the biscotti, cut side down, on the baking sheet.  Bake again ’til pale golden. (about 15 min.)

Transfer biscotti to a rack & cool completely.

These may be served plain or dipped in dark or white chocolate & set on rack to set.

 

Afternoon Tea with Author Party March 11, 2012

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Tea with Author

 

Wednesday I had the privilege of participating in an Afternoon Tea with the Author, a series of events for fans to get to know more about my writing and me.  Pam, the hostess is a dear friend, and I am so thankful for her hospitality.  This was Pam’s first tea party so I offered to help with the food, which of course gave me an excuse to bake.   I was so intently focused on the party to come that the I didn’t realize I had forgotten the cranberries in the first batch of cranberry-orange scones until the batter was already mixed, rolled out, cut, and placed on the baking sheet.  I’ve always had trouble following a recipe, my brain seems to skip ahead two or three steps.   Not to worry, a new batch was easily whipped up.

I also decided to try out a couple of new recipes for chocolate cookie dough truffles and quiche.  Both turned out well and I was very happy with how easy there were to make.  The quiche were crustless and cooked nicely in my new silicone baking molds.  By the time our guests arrived the table was laid with a variety of delicious treats and eight different teas.  I have to thank Hans at Our Home Tea for the wonderful selection of tea and the adorable little tea pot with infuser for the loose leaf teas.

 

We had fun tasting four different teas – China Breakfast, Tropical Crimson, Jasmine, and 1,000 Cranes.  I enjoyed them all, but I think my favorite is the Jasmine.  I have always loved the smell of Jasmine and there is something very calming about the tea.  I enjoyed have the chance to talk about how I started writing and giving a teaser for the books slated for publication later this year.  I look forward to many more of these tea parties in the coming months.

 

 

 
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