Valentine’s Day Tea Party

Try these Strawberry Chocolate Heart Muffins at your next tea party!

You might have noticed that we love any excuse for a tea party, and with Valentine’s Day upon us, we thought we should make a few goodies and steep some tea! Before we get to our suggestions for a sweetheart-themed tea party, have you seen our Tea Party Checklist? We compiled some of our best ideas for throwing a tea party that fits your style, and offer them free to you, our sweet readers, when you subscribe to our newsletter! You can subscribe in our sidebar, or just click here! Okay, back to the party! Hosting a Tea Party When [...] Read more »

Coloring Eggs With Natural Dyes – Brown Eggs vs White Eggs {an experiment}

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We love family traditions. Everyone looks forward to our traditional Easter breakfast! Each year we serve homemade Crumb Cake (Grandma Brown’s recipe) and colored hard-boiled eggs. Some years we keep it simple and just buy food dye from the store to color our eggs. The table is lined with little cardboard boxes with holes, and cups with bright vinegary liquid. But other years we make the dyes ourselves. This year we decided to make our own dyes again. We thought we’d try a little experiment while we were at it, and dye both brown and white eggs.  Some people dye [...] Read more »

Good Friday – A Day to Reflect

Today is Good Friday for Western Christians (non-Orthodox). It’s a day in our house when we read the story of Jesus’ crucifixion and death.* On this day we stop reading when the tomb is still full. And we ponder what it would have been like to be there, to have not known what was coming. On this day we each choose a spiritual discipline to help us focus. We don’t lay down rules about it. We keep it personal, meaningful. We will not be posting any new projects today, but we did want to share these with you. Here are [...] Read more »

Irish Soda Bread

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Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day… and what could be a simpler bread recipe than Irish Soda Bread?  This recipe has only 5 ingredients and no rising time. From start to a lovely loaf takes only one hour! Ingredients 4 cups flour 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda 1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 cups milk 2 tablespoons lemon juice Directions Preheat oven to 375°. Pour lemon juice into milk and stir. Whisk flour, baking soda and salt together in a large bowl. Make a well in the flour mixture and stir in the milk/lemon juice. Dump the dough out [...] Read more »

Strawberry Chocolate Heart Muffins

Try these Strawberry Heart Chocolate Muffins at your next tea party!

Abbie says: “These are simple to make and extreeeemely delicious. They didn’t turn into hearts very well, but other than that everything seemed to go pretty smoothly.” Mrs. Brown says: “When Abbie saw a picture of someone using a marble to make heart shaped cupcakes she knew we had to try it. So we took a strawberry muffin recipe, adapted it a bit, and popped marbles in the muffin tin. As you can see, the muffins rose a bit over and around the marbles, so that the dimple at the top of the heart is not as noticeable. Next time [...] Read more »