I grew up with a British mother. So, when we are together we drink a lot of tea. And we use china tea cups. No mugs. My mom uses tea cozies and I’ve had my share of them also. We always have a “biscuit” or a cookie, or shortbread to dunk in the tea. It’s just the way things are. There are no exceptions. This has been my life. Tea with mom equals a tea party. Hover over the image below to start shopping for your tea party!
Since I live in Florida, I drink it more when she comes to visit. So, I dust off the electric kettle and bring out her china cup. She won’t let me heat up water in the microwave like I do! That is against the British law of tea-drinking.
Tea is her thing but it became our thing. It’s what brings us together; mother and daughter moments. We Tea Proudly while we sit together and enjoy each other’s company drinking Bigelow. It’s our special thing.
Through the years, every Christmas she bakes Scottish Shortbread. Some of it goes to her boss, some to her friends, and some she sends to us. Unless, of course we visit them for the Holidays. Then she has some out on the counter and she hides some for later. Christmas will be over and just when we think we have eaten it all, more shortbread suddenly reappears around New Years. It’s interesting how that happens…It goes so fast and it’s so delicious!
The recipe is simple and is so much easier than I originally thought. If I knew that, I would have been making it already.
My mother and I made it together last Christmas. We had a ball and everyone ate it up before it even cooled down! All you need is 4 ingredients; sugar, flour, corn starch, and butter. Here’s the full recipe:
- 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup firm butter cut into pieces
- In a mixing bowl, stir together flour, cornstarch, and sugar. Rub in butter with fingertips until mixture is crumbly. With your hands, gather mixture into a bowl. Place into an 8 or 9-inch baking pan with a removable bottom or in a 9-inch spring form pan. Firmly press out dough into an even layer
- Make impressions with the tips of a fork around the edges of the dough. Then prick the surface evenly. Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 40 minutes until pale golden brown.
- Remove from oven while hot and cut into 8-12 wedges with a knife. Sprinkle with sugar and let cool. Let cool completely then take out sides of the pan and lift out wedges.
Unfortunately, this year we are not spending the holidays together. But guess what? Last Christmas I asked my mom to teach me how to make it and took a short video of her making it. At the time, I didn’t realize that we would not be spending this year together. As I watch the video of her hands kneading the dough, I think back to all the thousands of dinners, lunches, deserts, and cups of tea my mother has made me and I’m grateful.
So, this year, when we wake up this Christmas morning, we will Facetime each other after she puts the kettle on and has her tea ready. I will get my tea ready and we will Tea Proudly as we watch the kids open their gifts.
These are memories that I am carrying on for the years ahead. My boys will have the same memories that I had. When they have kids, we will all wake up early and I will put the kettle on for a cup of Bigelow’s Constant Comment as we set up for gifts.
I’m so grateful to be able to connect this way with the whole family. Thank God for Facetime! We still get to celebrate all together, whether it’s in person on through a phone, we Tea Proudly as a family. Next year, I am moving closer to my mom so we can have more of these special moments. I can’t wait to have a cup of Bigelow’s Constant Comment with my mom as we nibble on shortbread.
You can find the Constant Comment flavor that is special to the Bigelow brand in the Tea isle at any Walmart.
As you think about your Holiday Festivities and who it brings together in your family, what does Tea Proudly mean to you?