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Valentine’s Day Tea Party XOXO

Welcome to our Valentine's Day Tea Party!  Would you care for a cup of violet tea and a mace shortbread cookie?
“Welcome to our Valentine’s Day Tea Party! I’ve poured you a cup of violet tea.  I hope you like  mace shortbread cookies.”
We baked the cookies yesterday.
“Yesterday we baked cookies all day long.”
These are my very favorite cookies!
“These are my very favorite cookies! They smell so good.  Would you write the recipe down for me?”
Ruthie, do you have time for another cup of tea before you have to return to Brooklyn?
“Ruthie, do you have time for another cup of tea before you have to return to Brooklyn?”
If I hurry!
“If I hurry!”
"Let's pose for a family portrait while we are all together, so that we'll always be able to remember how much we enjoyed having tea and spending time together today!"
“Let’s pose for a family portrait while we are all together, so that we’ll always be able to remember  today!”
"One more!  Everybody smile and say TEA!"
“One more! Everyone smile and say TEA!”… Three little sisters join their elders in wishing you a very happy Valentine’s Day.
"Now that we've eaten and taken photos, let's make make Valentine presents."
“Now that we’ve eaten and taken photos, let’s make make Valentine presents.”
"My heart is in your hand."
“My heart is in your hand.”
"I'll keep it on my desk so that I can see it every day and think of you."
“I’ll keep it on my desk so that I can see it every day and think of you.”
"One more cup of tea?"
“One last cup of tea?”

Thank you for coming!  We hope you had fun.

– Newly made Izannah Walker reproduction dolls may be custom ordered, please see my website Paula Walton’s A Sweet Remembrance for details.

The recipe for Mace Shortbread cookies is available by clicking here.

Violet tea may be purchased from Simpson and Vail.

– Directions for the two love tokens shown, plus one more are posted on my Izannah Walker Class Member Site.  If you would like to buy or read more about the class click here.

– True Blue is busy making a Valentine for Kathy.

– Savannah is slaving away on a very special heartfelt letter to Charlotte.

– Ruthie is on her way back home to Brooklyn after visiting for a “spa day” to have the damage caused by the post office  repaired.  She says that she is ever so much better now and that she feels beautiful again.  Plus she loves her new warm flannel petticoat and can’t wait to show it off to Paula C.!

– I’m getting ready to go on a double date with my husband and our very dearest friends Joy and John…

Thank you for stopping by Valentine!

XOXO Hugs and Kisses,

Paula

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Sweets for the Sweet, Baking for Valentine’s Day

Bating Shortbread cookies izannahwalker.com

Today is baking day.  The air is filled with the scents of mace and nutmeg.  My kitchen is humming with activity as we prepare for our Valentine’s Day tea party!

Mace Shortbread Cookies izannahwalker.com

Mace Shortbread

3 cups flour

1-1/2 cups powdered sugar

1-1/2 cups butter

1/2 tsp. yeast

1/4 cup warm water

1 tsp. mace

1/2 tsp. nutmeg

*Proof yeast in warm water for 5 minutes.  Measure flour, powdered sugar, mace and nutmeg into a large mixing bowl.  Add slightly softened butter and mix until all of the butter is worked into the dry ingredients.  Pour proofed yeast/water into bowl and beat until thoroughly incorporated.  Cover bowl with a clean dry cloth and set in a warm place for 1 hour, then chill for 30 minutes.

embossing shortbread with izannah walker doll stamp izannahwalker.comRoll dough out on a well floured surface to a scant 1/4 inch thickness and cut out with heart shaped cookie cutters.  Emboss the cookies by stamping them with new, washed rubber stamps that have been dusted with flour.Izannah stamped cookie izannahwalker.com  If desired, lightly brush ground nutmeg into the stamped designs before baking.  Bake at 350 degrees for 8 – 10 minutes, until just starting to very lightly brown at the edges.  Cool completely before removing from cookie sheets.

Little Izzys add an extra helping of sweetness to these Valentine cookies.
Little Izzys add an extra helping of sweetness to these Valentine cookies.

* 18th century shortbread receipts call for the addition of barm (yeast).  I followed this tradition when I developed this recipe.  I love mace and decided to add it, along with nutmeg to the cookies (both spices are part of the seeds of the nutmeg tree).

Izannah Heart Shortbread cookies izannahwalker.com

Baking Valentine Cookies izanahwalker.com

You are cordially invited to join us tomorrow for tea.  We hope that you can come!

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