“The very act of preparing and serving tea encourages conversation. The little spaces in time created by teatime rituals call out to be filled with conversation. Even the tea itself–warm and comforting-inspires a feeling of relaxation and trust that fosters shared confidences.”
My very favorite rose plates ...I just love them
Dark Chocolate Chunk Coconut Key Lime Pound Cake
Makes 1 loaf
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour + 2 tablespoons; divided
1/2 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup plain whole-milk Greek yogurt, I use
1 cup sugar
4 large eggs + 1 egg yolk
2 teaspoons grated lime or key lime zest (about 3 large lime or 4 small ones)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup coconut oil, at room temperature (it should be liquified)
1 cup dark chocolate chunks
Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F).180 degrees (c). Gas mark 4 Grease a large loaf pan, and line with parchment paper.
Stir together the 1 2/3 cups plain (all purpose ) flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium-sized mixing bowl.
In a small bowl toss together chocolate chunks and remaining flour; set aside.
In another bowl, whisk together the yogurt, 1 cup sugar, eggs, egg yolk, lime zest, and vanilla.
Slowly whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. With a rubber spatula, fold the coconut oil into the batter, folding from the bottom and up, making sure it’s all incorporated. Fold in the flour coated chocolate chunks.
Pour the batter into prepared pan and bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a cake tester or bamboo cocktail stick or knife placed in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes, then carefully transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.
The Tea Party
I had a little tea party
This afternoon at three.
'Twas very small-
Three guest in all-
Just I, myself and me.
Myself ate all the sandwiches,
While I drank up the tea;
'Twas also I who ate the pie
And passed the cake to me.
When the world is all at odds
And the mind is all at sea
Then cease the useless tedium
And brew a cup of tea.
There is magic in its fragrance,
There is solace in its taste;
And the laden moments vanish
Somehow into space.
The world becomes a lovely thing!
There’s beauty as you’ll see;
All because you briefly stopped
To brew a cup of tea
I'm sending you love and tea,
To warm your cool Spring day.
Think of me as you pour your cup
And all the good things we would say.
If we could be together now
Instead of miles apart,
We'd sip our teas and memories,
The sweet warmth fills the heart.
I Love my Colclough Fine China Teaset ..my Grandmother gave me for my engagement in 1973
I wish we could sit down together,
And have a cup of tea,
But since we can't
When you have this one,
I hope you'll think of me.
If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
if you are depressed, it will cheer you;
if you are exhausted, it will calm you.
Wishing you a happy day
One that brings you many smiles
All along the way
Your dropping by
And joining Maisonvogue for tea
Has meant so much to me
So don't forget to stop just for a while
Brew a cup of tea and eat a treat
It is sure to make you smile
See you later