Tea Time in Fredericksburg

Jun. 19th 2013

Today, I took a break from the tolls of working on my website (sorry Adam) to have an Afternoon Tea with a dear friend at Pinkadilly Tea House in Fredericksburg. I have been there before and written a blog about it, but the first time we only did lunch. Today it was the whole enchilada… okay the whole pot of tea!



I just love that when you come to the Tea House, your tea cup is always different.

That is one thing I will be doing at our house for our teas!



We filled our tea cups today with Earl Grey Tea, one of my favorites!

Our first course was soup and Quiche.


Crab Soup (which is to die for!) and Ham, Asparagus, White Cheddar and Provolone Cheese Quiche!


Our second course  arrived stacked beautifully before us!


Our Scones with Lemon Curd and Devonshire Cream were:


Cinnamon Raisin


Our Tea Sandwiches were:

Feta and Almond Spread on a Toasted Baguette

Spinach and Feta Puff Pastry

Chicken Salad

Cucumber Salad


Our Desserts were:

Chocolate Truffles

Pindadilly Pieshots

Orange Brownies

Blueberry Cheesecake Cups

Each Course was Heavenly!

If you are ever in Fredericksburg, you must call and get a reservation at this wonderful Tea House!


Also be on the look out for a special announcement coming soon!

If you love Afternoon Tea and you are 8 year old or older

You don’t want to miss this announcement!

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If you are hungry… don’t read this post!

Sep. 9th 2012

You have been warned!

If you are hungry stop reading now!

We have two new Scone recipes we will be adding to our menu at

Belle Grove Plantation!

Blueberry and Oatmeal Scones with a Lemon Glaze

Peach and Brandy Scones with a Brandy Glaze

I told you to stop reading!

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Shopping In Williamsburg

May. 12th 2012

When we started planning for our bed and breakfast, we decided that one of the events we would like to offer is Afternoon Tea Parties for ladies groups or young girls. For the ladies groups we will offer a four course tea with an assortment of teas to choose from. One of the courses will be Scones with homemade jams, curds and cream.

Maple and Oatmeal Scones

Cheddar and Thyme Scones

As we prepare for opening, I am always looking for items that we will need. Today, I was in Williamsburg and stopped by the Williamsburg Antique Mall. It is a warehouse of booths with so many antiques that it would take a day just to see it all. In my search today, I came across three cups that I am adding to our serve for our Afternoon Teas.

Yellow, white and gold tea cup

Blue and white with roses inside the cup and on the center of the plate.

Blue and white English tea cup

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