Earl Grey Tea Cookies

I love Earl Grey tea. My dad always had some in the house and he would waft the smell from the jar of tea leaves and sniff deeply every time he took the jar out of the cabinet. We always had some with us on our camping trips and the memory of sitting at a rough wooden table outside with an enameled mug full of hot Earl Grey is one that I think of often.

Lately, I’ve been wanting some small sweet thing to eat each night after dinner and landed on making these cookies, made with tea leaves. They were very quick and easy to make, with a short ingredient list and I will happily make them again.

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Lord of the Rings Marathon Part 1 – Honey Cakes and Seed Cake

It is no secret to anyone who knows me even a little that I am a huge Tolkien fan. My love started with the animated Rankin-Bass Hobbit and Return of the King when I was very young and with my dad, sitting on the couch with my sister and me on either side as he read The Hobbit aloud to us. I read The Lord of the Rings for the first time when I was 11 (which took me the better part of a year, at that time!) and The Silmarillion at 12 (I didn’t  understand it much then, but I have re-read it a handful of times since, and each time I love it more.)

I’m enough of a nerd (yes *that* kind) that if you get me started, I’ll tell you, in detail, all the things Peter Jackson’s movies did wrong and how he should have corrected them. However, I still enjoy the movies from time to time. Twice I have hosted a party for my friends to come and watch all three extended edition films and provided six Hobbit meals throughout the day. It is a lot of fun – even if it is a lot of work for me! Continue reading “Lord of the Rings Marathon Part 1 – Honey Cakes and Seed Cake”