Monday, November 14, 2011

Afternoon Tea And My Mom's Sugar Cookie Recipe:

Afternoon Tea And My Mom's Sugar Cookie Recipe

I collect Old Country Roses China and tea ware..,

 I am joining Wanda Lee and Pam this week for, Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday @

Mom made these cookies every Christmas for as long as I can remember. To be honest, they weren't my favorite, because they were very hard. However, since they were the only sugar cookies I had ever eaten, I asked Mom for the recipe.

The first year of my marriage, I made the cookies, but instead of using margarine, as Mom always did, I used butter. The difference it made in the recipe was phenomenal! In fact they were so good, I was grateful that I lived 4000 miles away from Mom. I didn't want her to taste my version, because she took such pride in her own recipe, and frankly, mine were SO much better, that I didn't want hers to be overshadowed.

Every year I would make them I would say to her, "Well, Mom, I made the sugar cookies, but they just don't taste like yours." I never told her that I used butter, and she would quiz me as to what I might have done wrong. I'd tell her that there was no way that I would be able to bake them like she did. I think she took some pride in being the "Sugar Cookie Queen".

Having said that, I have to admit that my Mom's potato salad was absolutely THE BEST! I couldn't come close to reproducing or improving it. She just had the touch, and she certainly didn't pass that one on to me, or any of my sisters. Mom passed away 7 and 1/2 years ago. I really miss her, and would give anything to sink my teeth into her sugar cookies one more time., even if they were a little firm.

These cookies are absolutely delicious, very moist and flavorful, and they are especially good after a week or two, once the flavor of the nutmeg really becomes pronounced. This makes about 5 dozen cookies, or about 2 1/2 dozen double cookies. I make double cookies which are a round cookie on the bottom, and a cookie of the same circumference but with a small hole in the centre, into which I put a dab of raspberry jam. To give you a word to the wise, these bake up quite large, and need to be watched so that they are baked sufficiently , but are not over-done.

Anyway, here is the recipe so that you can also make them in all their glory; ( below the picture of freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam; another of my specialties, hence the moniker ~ Scone Queen), but take my advice and use butter!

Please enjoy our little Tuesday, Afternoon Tea respite my friends. ~ Do make this special Sugar cookie recipe soon and curl up with a freshly brewed cup of tea and a good book, enjoying the sweet, slightly crunchy, somewhat soft, buttery delights with just hint of Nutmeg flavor.., Yum!

Compliments of moi, A.K.A./The Scone Queen

Mom's Sugar Cookies

Cream together: 2 cups sugar
1 pound of butter
4 eggs (room temperature)

Combine and then add to the above mixture: 5 cups white flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
4 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon nutmeg

Roll into a large ball. Cover with saran wrap and refrigerate until firm to make rolling easier. Roll out 1/4 inch and cut into designs. Bake 350 degrees F. six to seven minutes.

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Warmest regards, Rose, A.K.A./The Scone Queen

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Cake decorating course on making roses:

Hello there,

I'm going to happily join you for tea today, with just a little post.

Still struggling with leg and foot problems, but I did want to share some more pictures of my cake decorating journey.  This is the picture of cupcakes that I decorated one day after learning to do the icing roses, and you can see that with just a little extra practice, technique gets better.  Practice makes 'perfect-er', if not yet perfect!

Happy Tuesday tea day my friends!

Getting to know each other. A list of ten fun facts concerning myself:  MMMMMmmmmm..... let me see..... what can I say?

1.  I am an avid collector of many beautiful things like  teacups, bears of every persuasion, (except live ones!) blue and white china, teapots, children's books, and anything else that takes my fancy.
2. I met the man of my dreams when I was a mere 17 years old and married  him 29 years later, a first marriage for both of us.
3.  I am allergic to lobster.
4.  I am the middle child of seven.
5.  It is a desire of mine to own 25 pairs of lovely, wearable shoes, no small feat (feet!?!) considering I have a size 11 quadruple E foot and have to have my shoes custom made.
6.  I will eat almost any food at least once to see if I like it, except for bugs or tripe, the sight of which makes my skin crawl, and I can't imagine putting it in my mouth. 
7. Amethyst is both my birthstone and my favorite gem. followed closely by diamonds, and pearls. 
8.  I enjoy quilling, which is a craft comprised of hand-curled strips of paper glued together to form a design that looks very much like wrought-iron work.
9.  I am a strawberry blonde who, at 53, does not have to dye her hair.
10 I adore bright red lipstick, even though I can't wear it myself.

THAT WAS ARDUOUSLY DIFFICULT.  If there was a number 11, it would be that I love using big, bold and unusual words. Phew, that is all I have in me today!  Until next time, dear bloggerites!

What about you?

Perhaps some tea trivia;

What teas and foods do you like?

P. S. ~ I'm so sorry my dear blog friends, yet due to my health issues at times, and also my work schedule, I'm not always able to visit you , yet I thank you very much for visiting me!

Warmest regards,
Rose, a.k.a./ Scone Queen

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pumpkin Scones & Afternoon Tea:

Welcome to another delightful, 'Tuesday  Teatime In blogland'!

This week I am joining in with these tea parties;

'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday' @ and also @

.., And also @  for  'Tuesday Tea For Two'.

And also for  Teatime Tuesday ,  at dear Lady Katherine's which is held weekly  @

If the fact that I adore Tea time is not evident by the existence of
this blog, one need look no further than my repeated afternoon tea parties!
In my life there is always room for tea!     
I also very much enjoy collecting lovely antique teacups and teapots!

Isn't this the lovliest cozy Inn? ~ What a lovely place to enjoy afternoon tea!..,

Another delightful recipe for you to enjoy my friends:

Pumpkin Scones

Pumpkin gives a truly delightful taste to Scones. The Pumpkin adds a richness and moistness which is just delicious. Of course they are also that very pretty pale orange Pumpkin colour.


Two cups self raising flour
1/2 cup cooked, mashed Pumpkin
1/3 cup Sugar
2 Tblspns Butter
I Egg
1/4 tspn Salt
1/3 Cup Milk


Preheat your oven to a hot 200 degrees c
Cream the Butter and Sugar. Add the Egg, beating well. Add the mashed Pumpkin.

Sift the Flour and Salt twice and then add alternatively to the Scone mix with the Milk. You may or may not use all of the Milk. It will depend on the moistness of the Pumpkin. You should end up with a moist dough.

Knead slightly on a floured surface and then roll out to a one inch thickness. Cut out and place on your greased and floured baking tray. Brush the tops with a little Milk. Bake in the hot oven until just browned. Wrap in a tea towel after removing the Scones from the oven.

You may serve warm with *Maple and Cinnamon Butter or *Orange Marmalade Butter.

*(To make flavoured butters simply add the above ingredients according to taste to softened Butter)..,


Warmest regards from Rose ~ a.k.a./Scone Queen

~ I always so enjoy your comments , so please kindly leave me a comment and I shall visit you in return just as soon as I'm able..,   ~ Thanks so much for all of your lovely comments the week before last week!