I know we're all busy, but a hope of mine is that you can come visit us here, have a cup of tea and enjoy a few moments just for you. I crave a little "down time" and get excited like it's Christmas when I get a new magazine or book in the mail. I think about it until I have the chance to really sit down and enjoy it. I will strive to make this such a place that you will look forward to visiting.
Something new at the Ivy Leaf is my handcrafted jewelry. I am just getting my tea themed jewelry ready for the shop, so I thought I'd show you a sneak peek here. If you like it and you do not live near the Ivy Leaf, it will also be available in the etsy shop. Click on the link there for more information. They are made from non-toxic, lead-free silver and are double encased in glass. On the reverse, the paper used is from a 1904 poetry book. The charm is crystal and pearl. I will be adding several style in the next few weeks.
Here's a wonderful recipe for Mock Clotted Cream:
It makes 1 & 1/2 cups
1 (3 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup confectioner' sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
In a medium mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar, and sour cream. Using an electric mixer at medium speed, beat until smooth. Add cream and vanilla extract; beat until light and fluffy.
I love clotted cream on my scones and have a wonderful vanilla scone recipe I will share with you next time.
There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.~Henry James
Wishing you many quiet moments,
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