Tea at the Empress

One of the experiences that we had planned for vacation was tea at the Empress. It was pricey but did not disappoint.

pinky out

Evie loved the scone with cream the best.

the princess tea


Bakewell Hearts & Happy Valentine’s Day


We don’t generally do much for Valentine’s Day, but for Evie it is a full out reason to make everything in the shape of hearts!  I found this recipe which is a shortbread cookie take on the traditional British bakewell tart. I thought it sounded interesting and unique and we decided to give it a try.  I did everything exactly as it is indicated in the recipe in the above link and they worked out perfectly, great with a cup of tea on a freezing cold weekend. Yesterday it felt like -42 °C, today it is a few degrees warmer.

I will definitely make these again with one minor change, next time I will chop the cherries a little smaller.


The dough smelled amazing  with a cherry and almond scent, Evie said it even smelled like Valentine’s Day.

We cut out a few other shapes as well just to have a little variety.

Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥