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    Editors Note
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    Candlelight Tea for Two

    Tea for two mixes romance, food and two individuals that want to enjoy some togetherness.

    Hosting a tea party is one of many romantic ideas for Valentines Day. Remember that you don't have to have a special occasion to host a romantic meal for that person in your life.

    For you gentleman out there, looking for some romantic ideas, she will love a tea party for just the two of you. A tea party can be as simple or as sophisticated as you want it to be. And it can fit every budget. Read more…here.

    Share your party stories and pictures.


    The Health Benefits of Drinking Stinging Nettle or Nettle Tea

    Stinging nettle tea is one the most popular of the natural healing herbs and herbal tea remedies.

    Stinging nettle tea has been used for centuries to treat pain in muscles and joints, arthritis, gout and anemia.

    The benefits of the plant are due to it containing high levels of minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, silica, iodine, silicon, sodium, and sulfur. Stinging nettles are rich in chlorophyll and tannin. They are also rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, and the B complex vitamins. Stinging nettles also contain high levels of readily absorbable amino acids. It is comprised of ten percent protein content, making this plant higher in content more than any other vegetable. It has a pleasant rich flavor similar to green tea.

    We have found a source of blended teas that contain nettle tea as an ingredient. You will need to type nettle tea into the search box at the top left of the page.You will be redirected to the proper page. You will find more information about stimgimg nettle tea on our website

     


    Chocolate Raspberry Scones For You To Try

    By Shelley Pogue

    A brief history of what we call Scones. They are of a light brown color on top, and they have a light and soft texture inside and they are similar to a biscuit. There are several different variations from Scotland, Germany, and don't forget the Dutch. here is a recipe that I have put together for you to try. They are very nice if you are a chocolate, and raspberry lover like myself.

    Chocolate Raspberry Scones

    2 Cups all purpose flour
    1/3 Cup sugar
    1 Teaspoon of baking powder
    1/2 Teaspoon of baking soda
    1/2 Teaspoon of salt
    3 Ounces of butter, cut into pieces
    1/2 Cup of dark chocolate chips
    1/2 Cup of milk chocolate chips
    1/2 Cup milk
    1 Teaspoon of vanilla bean paste
    1 Large egg, lightly beaten
    1 Cup raspberries
    1 Large egg, lightly beaten
    Egg Wash
    2 Tablespoons of milk
    1 Large egg

    First you will preheat oven to 375F. Then you willt whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Make sure that you do not get the measurements backwards for the baking soda, and the baking powder. Trust me it will be a very bad tasting scone if you do. It will be more like a raspberry chocolate brick.

    You will then start to cut in the butter the into the flour mixture with a pastry blender if you have one, or a food processor with a dough blade will work as well. If you do not have either you can use two knives, or a fork until crumbly. You will then add your chocolate chips into the dough mix and give it a light stir.

    In a small mixing bowl you will then add the milk, vanilla bean paste, and the slightly beaten egg. One you have given the liquid mixture a little stir you will start to add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture and stir just until the dough comes together. Do not over work or over mix you dough it, will not let the scone rise properly during baking if you do. The scone will be very dense if this happens.

    You will take the crumbly dough mixture and knead very gently on a lightly floured surface 3 to 5 times, or until it comes together. You will then pat the dough into a circle that is about 1 inch thick. You will then cut your scones into the desired shape. You can use a round cookie cutter, or any metal ring design, or squares if you prefer.

    You will then place the scones on a lightly greased baking sheet, or one that has been prepared with a nonstick spray. Make the egg wash, and brush the tops with this mixture you will then add some regular sugar on top and bake.

    Bake for about 10 minutes and then turn 180 degrees and then continue for another 10 minutes. The total cooking time should take about 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove scones from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Once they have cooled you can add your raspberries on top for garnish sprinkled with a little sugar. These are delicious.

    Chef Shelley Pogue, a Cum Laude, Le Cordon Blue graduate and Executive Research and Development Chef, for Vertical Sales and Marketing, San Ramon, CA. Shelley is also the desserts editor for BellaOnline.com.Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Shelley_Pogue

     


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