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Recently I have been enjoying the timeless tradition and peaceful ritual of Afternoon Tea. I boil the electric jug and pour the hot water over a tea bag in my favorite mug – I swear the tea tastes more satisfying and delicious in it!!

I add the milk, then sit outside in a comfortable chair on the back deck, with a book or the newspaper and a sweet treat on a pretty plate – and revel in the simplicity and solitude.


oatmeal chocolate chip cookie with mug

1 1/4 cups butter, softened

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar

1 egg

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups quick-cooking oats

1 cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

1/2 cup chocolate covered toffee bits

Heat oven to 375F.

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy, gradually add sugars, beating well. Add egg and vanilla, beating until combined.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt, gradually add to butter mixture, beating until blended. Stir in oats, chocolate and white chocolate chips and chocolate covered toffee bits. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.

Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool cookies on baking sheets for 1 minute, remove to wire racks to cool completely.


Recipe adapted from Southern Living