Calling Downton Abbey Fans

Keep Downton Abbey Alive!

We will all miss the weekly drama that has been part of our homes on Sunday evenings.
It’s hard to imagine that six years of being part of the Crawley family is coming to an end.
BUT…you can keep it alive!

My new book, The Art of Afternoon Tea: From the Era of Downton Abbey and the Titanic will fill in the gaps! Almost a hundred gourmet recipes to inspire your own Afternoon Tea or Downton Abbey event with the blending of another Edwardian event…a peek at history from First Class to Steerage on the Titanic. Personalized and autographed copies ($16.95) available at my web site:

Join us for a Downton Abbey Tea in April!

April 7th @ 1:30 pm
Thompson House Inn
537 Terry St, Longmont, CO 80502
Phone 303-651-1121 for reservations
$20 per person
Door prizes!

Share a Downton Abbey Tea with your friends to commemorate the popular series.
Enjoy the wonderful Victorian Inn and the delightful innkeeper for teal
Dress in your period-themed finery and hats.
I will be sharing from my new book and having a book signing.
See you for tea!

Cranberry Scones with Buttermilk Glaze

Enjoy this wonderful recipe from my new book. My dear friend, Terri shared this with me.
I know you will find them delightful with a cup of tea!

3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ cup butter
1 cup buttermilk
¼ cup dried cranberries

1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 Tablespoons sugar

Preheat oven to 425º F
Do not grease cookie sheet

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl.
Use a whisk or fork to mix well.
Cut the butter into the flour mixture using a pastry blender until the mixture looks like coarse breadcrumbs.
Add the buttermilk and dried cranberries, mix until the dry ingredients are mixed.
Shape the dough into a ball and press it together until it holds together.
Place the ball onto a lightly floured surface and knead about 10 to 12 times, then pat into a circle about ½ inch thick.
Mis the glaze ingredients together and blend.
Brush the glaze mixture on top of the dough.
Cut the dough circle into 16 to 18 pie-shaped pieces, or scones.
Bake for 12 to 14 minutes until the tops are browned.
Serve with jam and clotted cream.

Tea Tips

Tea Storage

1. Keep tea away from light, which will decompose the tea; moisture, which will make the tea moldy; and extreme cold or heat, which will make the leaves brittle. Keep your tea in a tight-fitting tin or glass container away from light and heat. Tea will keep for up to two years (or even more if stored properly.)
2. Never use milk and lemon together. The milk will curdle from the citric acid in the lemon.

Tea for your Health

Drinking two cups of tea per day can cut your risk of a heart attack by nearly half. In a *5-year study with 1063 women, participants with a high flavonoid intake were at lower risk of mortality from Cardiovascular disease and cancer, than those with a low flavonoid intake. Tea is a major source of flavonoids. Britain’s favorite beverage is good for our health and wellbeing, as well as keeping our hydration levels up.
*Flavonoid Intake and All-Cause Mortality (American Journal of Nutrition 2015)

News on the new Titanic II

A spokesman for Australian billionaire Clive Palmer said his project to build a virtually identical Titanic has been delayed. The new ship will be launched in 2018, two years later than originally planned. The ship will be a little wider in order to meet modern maritime safety regulations. Other additions will be digital navigation, radar systems and of course modern evacuation procedures…more lifeboats. It will accommodate 2,400 passengers and 900 crew members. It’s maiden voyage will be from China to Dubai, not from Southampton to New York, as the original Titanic. Many people have inquired as to the cost, but no ticket prices have been released yet. I am hoping that I can be aboard to serve afternoon tea! More information on this endeavor can be found at :

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