As a young girl I just loved tea parties. The quaint and daintiness of it just screamed elegance to me. I loved the beauty of the English lifestyle along with the elegant beauty of the women who took part. It was so intriguing to me that women would dress in their best and get together for a simple cup of tea and dainty desserts.
One year, my friends threw me a surprise party with the theme of a Victorian tea party. These girls got me! And at that age, what girl wasn’t enchanted by tea parties and fancy, beautiful things.
That party has been etched into my memory all these years later. Every girl was dressed up in a fancy, Victorian dress and acted like a true lady while we enjoyed the treats. We all pretended and played our roles throughout the day.
While my style may have been changed over the years, I am still in love with tea and the beauty surrounding tea parties. I still desire to slow down, enjoy life, enjoying spending time with friends and family and enjoy those special treats.
But as I’ve gotten older, I have learned that importance of the inward beauty and how that far outweighs the outward beauty. You see we don’t know anything about these ideal, picturesque women we see in tea party pictures. We know nothing about their lives. We just see these pictures and movies and imagine how beautiful their lives must be. Surely they are truly elegant women if they attend tea parties.
Like us girls at the tea party, women can dress their best and cover the ugliness inside themselves. Women can so easily pretend to be who they are not. Women can become so infatuated with their outside beauty that they loose sight of the inward beauty all together.
In the Proverbs 31 Woman passage, we are told that our outward beauty will eventually fade. At some point our inward beauty will reveal itself. Like tea inside the tea bag, it takes times to seep out. But it will eventually.
We need to focus not so much about our appearance, the appearance of our homes or the appearance of our family but on our inward beauty. Cultivating true beauty within ourselves. Because that, my friends, is what is most important.
Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. Proverbs 31:30
I want to encourage you to cultivate true beauty in your lives; not just outward beauty for the approval of others.
Today, I want to share with you the perfect treat for a tea party. Or for breakfast, snack time or dessert! These scones are so good they can be eaten at any time of the day.
They’re the moistest and most decedent scones I have ever eaten in my life. The hazelnut flavoring is so faint yet is the perfect complement to the chocolate. You will love them! And if you’re not a hazelnut fan or have allergies there is a substitution listed.
Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Scones
*adapted from Taste of Home
4tsp baking powder
1/2tsp cream of tartar
3/4C cold butter
1 egg, separated
1 1/2C refrigerated hazelnut nondairy creamer (don’t like hazelnut? substitute half and half)
1 1/4C semisweet chocolate chips
In a large bowl, combine the first five ingredients
Cut in butter until crumbly.
In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolk and creamer. Then add to dry ingredients; just until moistened.
Fold in chocolate chips. Divide in half.
Place inside of a greased, spring form pan.
Beat egg white; brush over dough. Sprinkle with additional sugar if you so desire.
Bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Now you can cut out your individual triangles before baking if you so desire. This will take more time initially and you’ll want to bake on a cookie sheet. I find that it’s easier to cook in a spring form pan and cut into slices when we want to eat them. It’s fast and you get the same effect. I’m a busy Mama so this works well for us!
Enjoy!! With a cup a tea if you so desire.
Your turn! Do you love tea parties and the beauty that surrounds them? What type of scone is your favorite?
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