Time for a change of pace- Biscotti and tea anyone?

  1. Think I'll take a break and do some holiday baking. Biscotti, brownies and English Toffee.


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  3. by   amoLucia
    I love biscotti and tea! Also coffee with spice cookies to dunk.

    Just received my Jan/Feb issue of TeaTime Magazine. Such a relaxing experience to glance thru that magazine and some tea.

    I actually look forward to receiving that magazine.
  4. by   pixierose
    I'm drinking hot chocolate while watching the snow fall outside. The kids are deciding on what holiday movie to watch, and I have a black lab who thinks she's 40lbs smaller on my lap.

    Life is good.

    Tea is confusing to me. I need to be schooled. I was once at a tea shop in Jackson Hole and just let the waiter order for me when he saw the deer in the headlights look and my "something fruity?" It was good though.
  5. by   AceOfHearts<3
    I was so looking forward to baking for the holidays, but I'm not going to be able to this year and I'm so sad. I have all the time in the world right now, but I'm not up to it physically. It's one of the many things I'm going to miss out on this winter (such as skiing).

    I sat watching the snow fall today too,but couldn't go out in it like I normally would.
  6. by   KatieMI
    First snow day today.

    First weekend for the last three weeks that I am home. I was so much looking for it! So...

    - sourdough rye (4 loaves)
    - sourdough half-rye (1 loaf)
    - challah
    - baguettes (2, one of them is gone already)
    - 25 Chrismas buns (Elisabetan time recipe, with many spices, apples and nuts)
    - 24 Big-O cookies ("everything plus oatmeal" type, original recipe from famous Zingerman's bakery in Ann Arbor) for my co-workers
    - marzipane and flavoring mix for stollens - both have to stay in fridge for a week. (zesting of 5 pounds of citrus fruit was needed)

    Plus, we put up our three and cleaned the house.
    Time to grab some tea and watch "Hamlet" with Sir Christofer Plummer. It is my at least 100th time but it remains one of my favorite interpretations.
    Day well spent.
  7. by   amoLucia
    To AceOfHearts - sorry to hear you're not physically up to baking like you used to. Might you invite some kids to a 'cookie bake' - you supervise but the kids could bake some simple cookies and they get to do the cleanup too.
  8. by   pixierose
    Quote from AceOfHearts<3
    I was so looking forward to baking for the holidays, but I'm not going to be able to this year and I'm so sad. I have all the time in the world right now, but I'm not up to it physically. It's one of the many things I'm going to miss out on this winter (such as skiing).

    I sat watching the snow fall today too,but couldn't go out in it like I normally would.
    (((Gentle Hugs))) AceofHearts ... I'm really sorry you're feeling so sad and that life took such a turn. Amolucia's suggestion is a good one, especially when you're eating the cookies and the kids are on clean up duty.

    It sucks when your mind is on one level, the body on another. So (((hugs))).
  9. by   AceOfHearts<3
    amoLucia and Pixierose-

    I'll just have to do my baking after the holidays this year once I've healed. I was in an accident that was 100% the other driver's fault and I'm just frustrated right now since I'm struggling with even the simplest of tasks while the other guy walked away fine. I know I have so much to be thankful for- that I wasn't hurt worse, that I have the support of my family and friends, etc.- but it's hard at times.
  10. by   dianah
    Moved to the Lounge area.
    Best wishes for rapid healing, Ace
  11. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    I drink iced green tea but cannot abide hot tea. People always say, "Oh, you've got to try THIS one," so I do, and it's 'meh' all over again.
    I'm going to have my hot black coffee with buckwheat honey in it, something with substance!

    And a crusty roll slathered with real butter.

    Heaven!
  12. by   BCgradnurse
    I love to bake and usually do a lot of it around the holidays. However, this year I'm on a strict low carb diet, so I don't want any temptation around me. I feel selfish, but I'm not strong willed enough to bake for others and not eat any.
  13. by   amoLucia
    AceOfHearts - understand well. A GENTLE (hug) for you.

    Mi Hermana - I too love my coffee black (nothing in it). I love my tea too, but I am picky. Just good old fashioned Tetley Tea teabags with a shot of orange juice and sweetened with turbinado sugar or honey or white sugar. I haven't a clue about various loose teas - yet I drool when I read my TeaTime Magazine.
    I actually squeal when I receive that magazine. The magazine is just so elegant with its fancy, schmancy food and fancy china & crystal, table linens and flowers. Sooo relaxing. If I could do any other job, I would love to work in a tea room that does high tea services. I just don't see it as being financially stable.

    Now the crusty roll has to have UNsalted butter. It can be an egg bagel also.

    If I'm watching TV, then a fav movie has to be on. I found "Ghost and Mrs Muir" the other morning. Prob one of my tiptop favs. (That's where the LUCIA in my screen name comes from.) "Jane Eyre" is another one.
  14. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    amoLu, Nope the butter must be salted!
    However, The Ghost and Mrs Muir is one of my top favorites also. There are 3-4 movies that Greer Garson is in that I just love, Goodbye Mr. Chips, and the one whose title escapes me, but it is where her husband gets in an accident and suffers amnesia; she ends up working as his secretary just to be near him, and of course one day he stumbles upon their old cottage and the memories come flooding back, and she just happens to be there to welcome him back when he remembers who she is--grand flowery music swells--The End. A Most Satisfying Movie!

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