After a lovely Christmas visit to my parents in Illinois (two whole weeks!), I return to my regular life renewed and refreshed. The combination of a lovely tea at the Drake Hotel and the receipt of a gorgeous electric teakettle to replace my 8-year-old plastic model has forged a clear path to my New Years Resolution – daily afternoon tea!
Although the teakettle is still being shipped back from my folks’ house (along with a gorgeous inlaid tray from my mom and yarn swift from my loving husband), I’m taking steps to get started right away. For it to be a proper tea, I feel that some manner of snack is required, so I put together a baking schedule for this week so that we’ll have homemade fare with our tea every afternoon.
Saturday: Honey Oat Scones
Monday: Smitten Kitchen’s Poppy Seed Lemon Cake
Thursday: Joy the Baker’s Brown Rice Pudding
I’m off to the farmers’ market and the grocery store to start me back on the path to post-holiday normalcy. Wish me luck!