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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Valentine's Day 2019, Sunroom Saved!

And a very Happy Valentine's Day to you all!

My Valentine tea today is a repeat a past post, because of the heavy snow we have dealt with. In the winter, the only room I can photo a tea in is the sunroom, because it is the only one with enough light. But for the last week until last night, there was a fear of a roof collapse with the 3 feet + of snow we had. Because we built on the sunroom by extending and enclosing a covered porch, the roof has less of a pitch and is not as strong as the rest of the house. A couple of sun porches have collapsed here, so we haven't used it for over a week. 

We finally found an available guy to clear the roof last night. It has been a real stressor for my husband who had always done all the maintenace until the Parkinson's Disease has worsened, and we lived in snow country and have seen a lot of roof collapses. So he has been having a difficult time until we found someone to do the job he knew needed to be done but could no longer do himself.

I had hoped to bake, but we have had intermottent power outages... let's hear it for the grocery store bakeries in times like that! Lol!

Valentine's Day is tomorrow, and I came across something I thought was a perfect mix of chocolate and tea that Harney & Sons tea noted. New York Chef Marcus Samuelson has a recipe on his page for Chocolate truffles with a twist...

The secret ingredient in these decadent and gorgeous chocolate truffles is a Harney & Sons variant of Earl Grey developed for Harney & Sons in conjunction with Chef Marcus called Ambessa Earl of Harlem

According to Harney & Sons, the tea has citrusy layers, bergamot and floral aromas with a lasting smoky base notes. Intriguing!   Chef Samuelson also gives a mini course on types of chocolate truffles...who knew??? I didn't. For me the darker chocolate the better, and that's as far as I've journeyed on that road!

Ambessa Earl of Harlem Truffles Recipe

  • 8 oz good quality dark chocolate
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1 tea bag of Ambessa Earl of Harlem
  • zest of half a medium sized orange
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds (or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 1 cup cocoa powder, for coating truffles


1. Heat cream with Earl of Harlem tea bag and zest and until just about to simmer. Remove tea bag and zest and add vanilla.
2. While cream is heating, roughly chop the dark chocolate and place into a heat resistant metal bowl.
3. Pour hot cream over chocolate, and allow it to sit for 1-3 minutes.
4. After 1-3 minutes, stir cream and chocolate until well blended and smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
5. Place cocoa powder into a bowl. Using a teaspoon, make 1-inch scoops of cold chocolate and infused-cream mixture (ganache) and roll into balls. Then roll in cocoa powder, and refrigerate until served.
That is an awesome recipe!   Related websites to visit are:

Earl Of Harlem Tea at Harney & Sons

From a 2014 Valentine's Day post:
The online magazine The Metro in the Uk did a list of the Most Romantic Spots in the UK, as well as the least, and here it is:

Top ten most-romantic destinations in Britain:
1. Lake District
2. Cotswolds
3. London
4. Cornwall
5. Stratford-upon-Avon
6. York
7. Edinburgh
8. Bath
9. Isle of Wight
10. Devon
Top ten least romantic destinations:
1. Slough
2. Birmingham
3. Scunthorpe
4. Hull
5. Bradford
6. Basingstoke
7. London
8. Crewe
9. Stockton on Tees
10. Blackpool

We have been to most on the Most Romantic list, Stratford-upon-Avon being my husband's birthplace.  I think it's funny that London is on both lists...guess it depends what part...here is my most Romantic Place....Washburne Court Hotel (although I think it changed it's name in the last 2 years) in Lower laughter in the Cotswolds...


  1. Those truffles sound wonderful! I'm so glad you found someone to get the snow off your sunroom roof, you certainly don't need it to collapse. Stay warm and safe, Happy Valentine's Day.

    1. Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day. Have a great weekend, and thanks for visiting!

  2. Your Valentine photos are cheery and much needed this time of year! I can't believe the snow fall you received! Yikes! Stay warm, and make another pot of tea.

    1. It was pretty amazing... I know you are more used to it, but we don't want to be!

  3. Happy Valentine's Day,dear Ruth!Your table is gorgeous as ever!Stay warm!Hugs!

    1. Thanks so much for your kind thoughts! It's beginning to melt finally!

  4. Happy Valentine's Day, Ruth. Beautiful and your tea looks yummy. I am giving a Valentine Tea for my 3 daughter's and granddaughter's this Saturday.

    1. I bet your tea was special! I only have 3 grandsons...all in their upper 20s now, so miss that!

  5. Ruth, I'm so glad your sunroom was saved! Your photos are beautiful, and thanks for sharing the Marcus Samuelsson recipe and a Harney tea I didn't know about. I hope you and your husband have a lovely day!

  6. We did indeed! Happy Valentine's Day... a bit belated to you as well.


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