Tea Time

November 6, 2015

If I could. . .

I’d light a crackling fire,


sit you down in a comfy chair with your favorite book and a view of the pond out back.


I’d crack a window to fill your ears with nature sounds–

the meandering leaf-swirling wind,


the Caw of a solitary crow.


I’d serve you a generous piece of warm spicy gingerbread. . .


and a cup of steaming coconut chai tea, with the perfect dash of vanilla rice milk,


and then?

I’d let you sit. . .


and simmer. . .


basking in November’s cozy infusion.


Want to feel happy? Fill your house with the aromatic smell of baking gingerbread.

**Hint: For added happiness, after smelling, eat.

Old-fashioned Gingerbread

  • 1 2/3 cup flour
  •  1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil


Lemon glaze                                                                                                                                                                              

  • 2/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice

Heat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9″ square baking pan. Stir together dry ingredients. Add egg, molasses, and oil. Stir in boiling water until smooth. Bake 35-40 minutes. While still hot, pour the lemon glaze over the top.









Prairie love heading your way. . .

catch it.

Latest Comments

  1. Beautywhizz says:

    Sounds really cosy.


  2. Julie@frogpondfarm says:

    Such a beautiful post and photos ..😄


  3. countrygirllifeonthefarm says:

    Yummy, I can’t wait to make and try the gingerbread and the tea sounds divine!


    • Julie says:

      You won’t be disappointed with the gingerbread. It’s a favorite with everyone here. Look for the tea at World Market. It’s expensive but worth every penny.


  4. Nurse Kelly says:

    Love! Thanks for the recipe! I will make it for sure! I love how you combine such beauty and appreciation for your world with healthy choices as well. We are kindred spirits, Julie! Hope you have a lovely weekend!


  5. Trini Lind says:

    Ooooh, I adore these photos!! 💖💖💖💖


  6. Lynne says:

    Beautiful pictures and words!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. derrickjknight says:

    Superb post, with what Lynne says.


  8. Jane says:

    That is the same coconut chai tea brand I drink! It’s lovely isn’t it? And the old-fashioned gingerbread recipe is very similar to the one my mother-in-law gave to me many years ago. She passed away from cancer so when I bake this cake and the smell fills my home, it’s a reminder for my children of time spent with her. This is a beautiful post. What a wonderfully warm welcome you’ve given us with words and pictures. 🙂


    • Julie says:

      Thank you, Jane, for sharing your story about your mother-in-law. How lucky your children are to have the smell of gingerbread and memories of Grandma all wrapped up together. And what a surprise to learn you are drinking the same tea as me while living in Australia.

      Liked by 1 person

  9. FlowerAlley says:

    You are sooooo good. That is the cutest tea cup in the whole world. Thanks for the recipe.


  10. AmyRose🌹 says:

    Oh, Julie! What a heart moving post. There is so much beauty and Love and gentleness in your posts which I just so appreciate. Bless you for being YOU. And thank you for sharing YOU with us!! Love, Amy ❤


  11. Georges 2679 says:

    Merci pour ce beau reportage et ces superbes photos
    Bonne soirée et belle semaine


    • Julie says:

      Mon fils de huit ans et moi avons un merveilleux temps à traduire la langue française. Merci pour la lecture. Mes bénédictions à vous. 🙂


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