Christmas Tea Extras

Here are quick recipes, photos, and monologues for all the stuff I didn’t take complete pictures of.   Here’s the whipped cream- I was going to make clotted cream, but the thought of leaving a dish of heavy cream in the oven overnight made me nervous. Still tasted good with scones! Speaking of scones, I…

Apple Butter

If you’re looking for something a little different, try having this with scones. It’s much richer than applesauce, but just as simple to make. My sister eats it warm with a spoon- but she’s an electrical engineer, so I don’t know if you should follow her choices. This isn’t limited to scones- try it on…

Cranberry Walnut Scones

You can’t have high tea without scones! To be specific, these cranberry walnut scones. I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to scones- I don’t like matcha, chocolate, or carrots. I’ve seen them all. To me, scones should have some fashion of dried red berries, a few nuts, and should be slathered with…

Shortbread

I went through a shortbread phase when I was 12. Not baking it, but eating it. I was obsessed. I think I got sick of it after a while- and I haven’t thought about shortbread until I was planning the menu. I always feel nostalgic around Christmas, and I thought I’d return to my shortbread…

Truffle Hot Chocolate

Oh, this was good. This was really good. Really, really good. You get my drift. I thought that little cups of hot chocolate would be the perfect way to end Christmas tea- I wanted shot glasses, originally, but none of our shot glasses can have hot liquid in them. Wimps. It still looked cute in…

Orange Marmalade

This is the first time I ever made marmalade, and it was a lot easier than I thought it would be! Zesting the oranges was a little labor intensive, and there may have been some tears when it wouldn’t thicken, but all in all, it turned out pretty good. Try making this at home! It’s…

Christmas Tea

I’ve been wanting to do this since I knew what afternoon tea was. I like Christmas food and flavors. I love afternoon tea. And this year, I finally put two and two together! Got there in the end. I did a full tea- sandwiches, scones, various condiments for the scones, dessert- I had a good…

Baked Eggs

Another guest post by my mama! Baked eggs have been Christmas breakfast in our house for as long as I can remember- usually accompanied by a gingerbread house (storebought- I tried to make one from scratch last year, with disastrous results), and coffee for my sleepy parents. My sister and I have never believed in…

Cake Mix Cake (But Don’t Tell Anyone)

Right. Here’s how it went down. I, the ultimate food snob, made a cake mix cake. It wasn’t on purpose. It was going to go bad! And I wanted cake without putting any real effort into it. Holiday stress is getting to me. Well, my stress isn’t really caused by the holidays, but if I’m…

Lemony Roasted Vegetables

Holiday food is really heavy. It’s all cookies, bread, roast beef- you know, the good things in life. The holidays are also really time consuming. Between family, shopping, and decorating (also the good things in life), you don’t have much to yourself. So, logically, you need to make these lemon roasted vegetables. They’re healthy, easy,…