Spring Tea Scones & Tea Cookies

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Its spring time, the flowers are blooming and it is the most wonderful time to be outside and entertaining. A tea party is low maintenance a but classy ways to gather for friendship, baby and wedding showers and even little girl birthday parties.

High tea is most common in the UK and is offered in very famous hotels with show stopping decor and over the top pastries, cookies and finger food. It might seem overwhelming to plan, but hosting a tea party can be as simple or detailed as you would like. Tables are covered in linens, your favorite china and topped with tiered stands filled with everything from scones and tea cookies to savory fair; tea sandwiches, dainty salads and quiche. Everything is finger food and the perfect bite to show off your inner lady.

Once you have picked out the decor and style of your party, start planning your menu. Strawberry lemon scones are one of my favorite items to put on the menu. These tender pastries adorned with fresh strawberries and a tangy lemon glaze are perfect to enjoy on its own, topped with a smear of butter and jelly or filled with fresh whipped cream and strawberries for a satisfying strawberry shortcake. Next on my menu is always a classic tea cookie. Petite, buttery and not to sweet, tea cookies will pair perfectly next to your tea cup and saucer. Changing the flavor of these is super simple and will add a special touch to your event.

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Strawberry Lemon Scone
Yields 8
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Ingredients
  1. 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  2. 1/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  3. 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  4. 1/2 tsp Salt
  5. 1 Tbsp Lemon Zest
  6. 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter, Cubed
  7. 1 Egg
  8. 1/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  9. 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
  10. 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  11. 1 Cup Fresh Strawberries, Chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, granulated sugar, baking powder, salt and lemon zest
  3. With the paddle attachment, mix to combine
  4. Slowly add in the cold cubed butter and mix until a small crumb texture forms
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together one egg, heavy cream, sour cream and lemon juice
  6. Add the liquid ingredients to the flour mixture
  7. Before it is fulling combined slowly mix in the chopped strawberries and mix until fully combined (do not over mix)
  8. Roll out the dough onto a floured surface (about 1” thick) and cut into 3” rounds
  9. Place scones on a parchment lined baking sheet and brush heavy cream on the top of each scone
  10. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the edges are lightly golden
  11. Once the scones are removed from the oven and have slightly cooled, drizzle *lemon glaze on each one
  12. Serve immediately or store in air tight container
  13. (Scones can be frozen to enjoy later)
Lemon Glaze
  1. 1 Cup Powdered Sugar
  2. 2-3 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  3. 1 tsp Lemon Zest garnish
  4. In a small bowl whisk together the lemon juice and powdered sugar until smooth
  5. Drizzle over scones and sprinkle lemon zest for garnish
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Honey Lavender Tea Cookie
Yields 18
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup Unsalted Butter
  2. 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  3. 3 Tbsp Honey
  4. 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  5. 2 Tsp Dried Lavender
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and honey
  3. Slowly add the flour and dried lavender to the butter mixture
  4. Slowly mix until combined
  5. Wrap the dough and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  6. Roll out the dough onto a floured surface to approximately 1/2’” and cut into 2” squares
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until edges are a light golden brown
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Out with the old…In with the Yellow

unnamedIf you are like me, you have been in clean out mode for the New Year and it is the best feeling!  I get this amazing energy when I start cleaning out the closets, drawers and cabinets, but after my clean out, my next favorite thing to do is to refresh some of my must haves.  This year, I am excited to vamp up my kitchen with some fresh yellow items that will inspire me to cook and spend more time in the kitchen.

My Favorite Yellows…
1. Colander-because everyone needs one….so you might as well make it a cute one!
2. Bubble Water Bottle-you can never drink enough
3.Storage Containers-leftovers always taste better in fun and fresh containers!
4. Simplified Recipe Binder-gets those recipes organized and start your ovens
5.Yellow Mug-who doesn’t love a perfect cup of coffee or tea on a cold morning
6.Egg Crate-just because it is so cute!  ink-foods_signature  

Life of Pie…Baking Essentials

 
Life of Pie

What would life be without pie? …I can’t even think about it.  Now that we are deep into fall and pumpkin, apples and all the spices are in the air, it is time to start thinking about holiday baking and all the essentials you will need!  These items are my favorite pie baking tools that allow me to make the perfect pie + a special taste tester (my husbands favorite part).  Start your shopping now and keep your holidays calm and your kitchen smelling like fall.  These are also great gift items for your favorite baker in the family!

pie plate west elm, sifter sur la table, pastry brush sur la table, pastry blender target, pastry cutter William Sonoma,

melamine bowls William Sonoma, marble slab crate&barrel, tart pans William Sonoma, rolling pin anthropologie

 

Just Say Cheese…

 
If  I could plan any party or sit at a restaurant and just eat cheese and drink wine, I would!  The simplicity of cheese is truly an amazing thing and for me it could be an entire meal or the base of a fantastic party.  Why not get a group of people together and let everyone bring their favorite cheese and bottle of wine and I bet you will see everyones personality through the cheese they bring.  All you will need are some great platters, cool spreaders, cheese label, these really creative cheese coasters and your favorite local cheese shop.  Pour yourself a big glass of wine and get started!    
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cheese photo jws-interiors.com cheese markers nordstrom.com, wood spreaders anthropologie.com, rate your cheese coasters etsy.com, serving pieces jaysonhome.com, cheese obsession anthropologie.com, cheese paper & stickers crateandbarrel.com, cheese knife set crateandbarrel.com

Some of my favorite cheese shops in dallas…

Scardello Cheese
 scardellocheese.com

Molto Formaggio
moltoformaggio.com

Mozzarella Company
 mozzco.com

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