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Homemaking Week in the Life | THE ART OF TEA

Welcome to a new homemaking week in the life. Today we do some gardening, celebrate another birthday, and explore the art of tea.

The Art of Tea... what does it mean to you? Certainly the art lies in the choice of tea and the treats to accompany the beverage of repose. Although for me, the art of tea is more about taking the time to enjoy the meditative qualities of that glorious afternoon ritual.

I'm reading this beautiful hardcover book The Art of Tea by Victoria Magazine in today's video. I have been feasting on this beautiful book, full of gorgeous images and delectable recipes. I adore it. What a treat.

Speaking of treats... I'm making Shelby from The Queen's Cabinet's Caramel Pecan Turtles... a very easy treat to make. You can visit The Queen's Cabinet here.

The beautiful Wedgwood teapot and tea set was a housewarming gift from my mother and father in-law. I was so delighted to receive it!

The Reward
I have some rather mundane tasks,
To complete before my repose:
Dinner to cook, and tidying to do,
And then there’s laundering the clothes,

I can get through elemental chores,
Knowing well what lies before me.
For when all my tasks are checked off my list,
It’s time for a cup of tea.

- Jennifer L. Scott

I was getting tired of making the same birthday cake over and over again. (In a family of 6, we can get tired of birthday cakes easily. Ha!) So I tried out a Texas Sheet Cake this time for our son's 2nd birthday. I can't tell you how delicious this cake is. I replaced the walnuts with pecans and found the cake to be absolutely delectable. The original recipe is from All Recipes. I am also leaving a printable recipe card down below with my adjustments for your convenience.

Texas Sheet Cake with Pecans

Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 20 MinTotal time: 35 Min


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup water
  • 5 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 Tbs milk
  • 5 Tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 4 cups confectioner's sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour a 10 x 15 cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.
  2. Combine the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Beat in the sour cream and eggs. Set aside. Melt the butter on low in a saucepan, add the water and 5 tablespoons cocoa. Bring mixture to a boil then remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly, then stir the chocolate mixture into the flour mixture until incorporated.
  3. Pour batter into the greased and floured pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. For the frosting: In a large saucepan, combine the milk, 5 tablespoons cocoa and 1/2 cup butter. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Stir in the confectioners' sugar and vanilla, then fold in the pecans, mixing until blended. Spread frosting over warm cake. (Please note: nuts may be omitted entirely or walnuts may be substituted.) 
Created using The Recipes Generator

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The Art of Tea
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French apron
Half chambray apron

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Patricia said...

Jennifer, I love your series, "Day in a Life." At first, I didn't think I would "parce que" I've always so enjoyed your video commentary and still do and didn't expect that I would have the same interest in a non-verbal video. Turns out, I love these videos too...so lovely and calming...especially the ones involving cooking and/or baking, and gardening.

Don't ever stop!


Zillah said...

Oh Jennifer! You warm my heart. Could I join you for a cup of tea too? Thank you for such a beautiful blog post. This one was particularly creative, soothing, and uplifting. Thank you.

Jess Van Hyfte said...

Hi Jennifer I am one of your biggest fans! Hello! Just love you. I had to bring it to your attention that halfway through the video,there is a HORRIFIC commercial,you would be horrified too.Thankfully my children weren’t home as I was watching it on our family tv. I know there isn’t much you can do about YouTube ads,but I just had to let you know!

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Patricia- that is wonderful. Thank you so much!

Zillah- Thank you! I wish we could all have a cup of tea together! haha

Jess- I'm sorry that happened. I do not choose the ads on YouTube. The algorithm decides what ad to show based on your history. If you watch on a computer you can always report the ad. Thank you so much for watching.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

With gratitude,