Sunday, January 31, 2010

Sunday Celebration

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Genesis 1:27

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Pink Saturday Valentine Buffet

Today is Pink Saturday and boy did this week go fast!  Here are some of my Valentine decor at home and pink and red go quite nicely together!  I invite you to link to another Pink Saturday gal Dixie: at
Beverly plans this day at

Have a great Pink Saturday! Be sure and register for the drawing below!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Bernideen's Valentine Friendship Drawing is Here!

LateNote:  The winner of this event was Marilyn Ewing of Fort Morgan, Colorado!

Time for a drawing for all my blogging friends! Click on comment and leave your full name or your blog name and address. Remember if I have no way to find you - you won't be the winner!

A pure white porcelain teapot (actually a "coffee" used as a teapot) with a cute tea vallet and 2 demitasse cups and saucers.....
then some lovely Harney loose Hot Cinnamon Tea with t-sacs and some notes with vintage plates and lastly a lovely 10 by 12 Valentine Case to store whatever you like!

We all miss our gardens in the winter - days are not quite as
eventful it seems!  Time to have some tea and write a friend
a lovely note! Drawing will be FEBRUARY 9th!!!
This is restricted to the continental USA!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Simone Beck's Madeleines Save the Day!

In the 2001 the 40th Anniversary Edition was printed for Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking".  If my calulations are correct, Julia would have been around 88 years of age when she wrote an introduction for this anniversary edition.  Here Julia reflects and remembers how 40 years earlier she, Paul Child and Simone Beck did a book tour to promote their cookbook. In San Francisco she and Simca were asked to do a demonstration at a department store.  She tells the story of how the store owner's wife had ordered many madeleine tins and Americans really weren't purchasing them.  Simca decided to bake the little shell shaped cookies and the madeleine tins were finally a selling hit!

If you would like to try them - they are easy and I prefer the tiny ones...they are lovely for your Afternoon Tea! Easy to make too!

click here for the recipe:

You can purchase the tins at Williams Sonoma Stores or a kitchen shop.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tea Classes at Bernideen's

You will learn about the three first ladies of tea:  Catherine of Braganza, Anna the Duchess of Bedford and Queen Victoria!

Welcome to Bernideen's Tea Time Blog!

"Recipes and Reasons for Afternoon Tea" is a booklet I have put together for my Tea Classes.  During class on Saturday at Bernideen's you will be inspired to have your own Tea Party!  We talk about all sorts of things to do with tea and you enjoy scones and tea during class.  Stop by the store to pick up a flyer or call to schedule a class! 719-447-8844

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Cookbook Review - Betty Crocker Cookbook - New Edition

Today I want to recommend a great cookbook for brides to be and  anybody who is learning to cook....

When I got married almost 42 years ago my mother-in-law gave me the McCalls Cookbook (which I still use).  It is a good basic cookbook.   I recently purchased this Betty Crocker cookbook and thought it would be perfect for a bride to be. It has a ring binder with tabs covering all manner of information. Unless you grew up with a parent who had unique gourmet chef abilities - this is where you need to start.  In fact, the first chapter is called "Getting Started". 

Monday, January 25, 2010

Cookbook Review - Stonewall Kitchen Harvest

I just read through the pages of this great cookbook, "Stonewall Kitchen Harvest" which came out in 2004.  This week I thought it would be fun to review some cookbooks on my blog.  If you love to cook like I do there is always something new to learn and the more I read - the more I realize how little I know. Time to learn more....

Whenever I open a great cookbook I find myself doing this:

 I write all over the inside
cover as I go along reading and seeing all the great recipes.I knew this cookbook was a winner when I saw individual information on things like, figs, rhubard, mangos, pomegranites, mushrooms, etc.

I love this cookbook.  It has WONDERFUL RECIPES YOU WILL LOVE!  I can't wait to try some of these - actually alot of these!  This book is also very practical - like how to make your own pizza dough and a great recipe for a flourless chocolate cake. I had already sold the cookbook below in my store because we sell some Stonewall jams and jellies, chutneys and such in our Gourmet Pantry.   The cookbook below uses many of the Stonewall products as ingredients in the recipes whereas "Harvest" is basically just a fabulous cookbook that features fresh garden produce, etc.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sunday Celebration

Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who no longer knows how to receive counsel.  Ecclesiastes 4:13

Saturday, January 23, 2010

A New Tea Set For Pink Saturday and Tea Too!

I thought that I must show all my blogging friends this new tea set that arrived this week - after all it is VERY PINK!  It is called Saddlebrooke Roses...

And of course the perfect tea to go with it from the Republic of Tea - an herbal Strawberry Chocolate- brand new too!

I hope that you will visit some other Pink Saturday posts in honor of  Breast Cancer Awareness and enjoy
them.  Today I invite you follow this
link and visit Mary at

And as always....a special thanks to
Beverly who plans this day.....

The teapot pictured is $38.95 and the cup/saucer is $16.95 set at Bernideen's
in Historic Old Colorado City.
1-719-447-8844 Be sure and register
for my Give Away Drawing - you might

Friday, January 22, 2010

Tea Quote

As far back as 500 BC, the Chinese flavored their tea by boiling it with orange peel and spices.

The effect of tea is cooling and as a beverage it is most suitable. It is especially fitting for persons of self-restraint and inner worth.

Quotes from:  365 Things Every             
Tea Lover Should Know

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Legend of the Valentine

The first valentine was sent in the third century by a young Roman named Valentinus. He was imprisoned for aiding Christian martyrs.  The Emperior Claudius II sentenced him to death. According to legend, as he awaited execution, he befriended the jailers daughter who was blind and through his faith and prayer - her sight was restored.  On the night before his execution, he sent her a note and signed it - "From your Valentine" ....

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Valentine Tea Ideas

No one has done a better job at developing recipes for afternoon tea ideas for holidays and special occasions, than Shelley Richardson. In the book "A Tea For All Seasons" an entire menu is laid out for each month of the year moving through the seasons and months.  In her chapter "February Tea for Lovers" you will find all sorts of great recipes.  She has ideas for decorating, music and of course, food. There is a Chocolate Valentine Cake in a perfect 8" - 9" size for a couple. Actually you can take this up a notch because with recipes like Lobster Newburg included in this chapter you can have an authentic high tea in the evening.

This tea book is available at Bernideen's for $19.95.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Thank You Beverly for Pink Saturday in January!

Today I want to take time to say THANK YOU BEVERLY for this idea you had called PINK SATURDAY!  So here is something special just for you Beverly! Two little girls have invited you for tea! They are Little Souls Dolls....

Happy Pink Saturday in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness!!!

Please visit Beverly's list to see others who participate in this day at and also I am especially inviting you to visit Claudia at:

Friday, January 15, 2010

Mastering the Art of Sugar Cookies- This Will Be Easy!

Sugar Cookies are so easy to bake and cost can do this in a heartbeat!  Here is what you will need:

Ingredients: 1 cup of butter softened, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 cups sugar (decrease by 1 1/2 Tb in high alt)3 eggs, 3 1/2 cups sifted flour, 2 tsp cream of tartar, 1 tsp baking soda (decreased by 1/4 tsp in high alt), 1/2 tsp salt

This recipe will make 24 large cookies or lots more smaller ones!
An assortment of cookie cutters of your choice!  Don't crowd them together on the baking sheet! Cream the butter and vanilla in a large bowl and add the sugar gradually till creamy and fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time and beat after each. Sift the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and add to the creamy mix to form dough.  Divide into 2 large balls.  Roll out on a floured cloth and sprinkle dough with colored sugar or sprinkles of your choice. I like to sprinkle more inside the cutter on the dough before I pickup the unbaked cookie and put it on the ungreased baking sheet.    Bake in a preheated oven 375degrees for about 7- 8 minutes. 

These cookies are perfect for tea and I chose Harney's Paris Tea to go with the cookies! Also, a drip catcher was a "must have" on my teapot and the lovely little lemon squeezer was ready to squeeze a slice of lemon. (we sell all manner of drip catchers and the lemon squeezer at my store)

My drawer full of tea gadgets......and fun cookie cutters to collect!