Friday, March 01, 2013

Tea and frocks...

 It was a Grammy Day today with the girls spending the day at our house.  After naps we had tea.  The little girls dressed up in their frocks and I baked the Chocolate Chip-Orange Scones and boiled water for our tea.  It really was a nice treat.

 Peach wore a Thumbelina frock.
Toodles wore a Snow White gown.
Thank you, Maggs and Pom Pom for the tea-spiration.  We had a nice afternoon talking about bugs and books while we sipped and snacked.  The scones were a new-to-me recipe and will be made many times again.  Here is my revised version:

Chocolate Chip-Orange Scones
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
7  tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate
11 tablespoons fresh orange juice
Zest of the orange
crystal sugar
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. With a pastry blender or a large fork, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in the chocolate chips. Mix in the orange juice to form a dough.
Turn out the dough on a floured surface. Pat or roll into a 9 inch circle about 1/2 inch thick. Cut scones as you like.  Transfer the scones to the baking sheet.  Brush with milk or cream and sprinkle with crystal sugar.
Bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 12-15 minutes. Move to wire racks to cool.  Eat.


  1. What a great idea. I am going to do that with my nieces.

  2. Too much fun!!!!! The recipe sounds yummy.

  3. Yay for tea parties! Thanks for playing along, Jody!
    The girls look very princess-ish and the scones look delicious!
    Darn! I should have gone to the post office today and mailed off your books. I will soon! Maybe I'll give that errand to Bill!
    Sending love your way!

  4. ...and such lovely frocks! We love scones and look forward to trying this recipe. Our tried and true is a cinnamon sugar scone, but orange and chocolate chips? :)

    Blessings, Debbie

  5. What a beautiful pot, Jody! I'm a sucker for a pretty teapot :) Looks like you had a sweet time with the grands. And every time I see that little lamby in your top photo, it makes me smile.

  6. Well thank you, GL. Not only a tea-party, but the gift of a recipe as well! That tea pot is most sophisticated- just like your guests x

  7. Oh the fun of dressing up - I promise myself if I see something suitable for a tea party in the charity shops it's coming home!

  8. A fun day with Grammy! So sweet!

  9. The girls are precious in their frocks. I love your chintz tea pot. !

  10. Two little girls looking so sweet in their pretty dressing up clothes must be such fun as you share tea and scones together.

  11. Oh my goodness...your grandkids are so lucky to have you. What a precious memory. The girls are just adorable in their little frocks!

  12. Tea at grammy's looks pretty fun and yummy xox Clarice

  13. What snazzy frocks! Your teapot is lovely and it sounds like the company was even lovelier! Thanks for sharing your tea party and your scone recipe! :D

  14. Looks like this could become a tradition in your house :-)

  15. A lovely idea Jody having a tea day with Grammy :)
    What a lovely teapot to pour from. I always think the tea seems to taste better when it is brewed in a pretty china pot.
    I am a bit lazy having special tea at home and generally have it from the kettle straight to a mug. However I insist my mug is fine bone china ;)
    We love to go out to tea in the warmer months to Baddesley Clinton. Soon that time will be upon us! X

  16. Lovely teapot and lovely babies! I'd like to come to tea at your place some day, J. I'll bring flowers if you'll make me those scones!


  17. Oh how fun -- those little frocks look so cute. And what sort of frock did Grammy wear LOL????

  18. Oh funny! We had chocolate orange scones the other day for our Willows party too. Love your grands sweet frocks. I'm afraid my brood just wore their typical Sunday frocks. :o)



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