The House of Creativity All Decked Out for Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

Here’s my very own House of Creativity, all decked out for Valentine’s Day!  Wouldn’t it be great if I could make smoke rings in the shape of white hearts come from the chimney? (Someone should invent a Valentine heart chimney insert!). Right now, snow is pouring down outside my window, big heavy flakes, a little bit heart-shaped, filling the sky . . . Of course, there is perfect music for this . . .

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See my windows full of hearts?  Our house is at the end of a long street; people come to a stop sign here and face my house, just like this.  Because of all the one-way streets, pretty soon everyone has to pass this stop sign in order to get where they’re going on this island.  I feel a certain responsibility to provide a some entertainment for people when they get here; it’s perfect for the short attention span!  So I decorated my windows with leftover spray snow from Christmas.  I made heart templates, little and big, from a piece of clear acetate.  I’ve also made templates from cardboard, but they get a little soggy after about the twentieth heart!  You could probably do it all faster with heart doilies!

We got a Valentine from a very special person yesterday!  She knows who she is! (Thank you 1000 times ) Here it is, on our kitchen wall this morning, before the sun came up.  This will be here from now on, every Valentine’s Day, forever! I love it!

What, I asked myself, can I give the girls this snowy Saturday that has it All?  It needs to be sweet and Valentiney, it needs to include chocolate (yes, of course it does), it needs to be delicious enough to give away to someone they love, but simple enough so it’s not a lifetime in the kitchen; it needs to look good on a tea table; it needs to make the kitchen smell good; and it would be very handy if the ingredients were in my cupboard NOW.  I thought about my chewy, bendy chocolaty Brownies (so here’s the recipe for those, particularly appreciated by kids, in case you are so inclined ) but I was looking for the true Valentine coup de grace, I wanted something heart-shaped.  And, so, Voila!


I love the flavor of orange with chocolate . . . this is an easy-to-make heart-shaped tea biscuit with melty chocolate chips, the perfect little thing to put on a saucer next to a cup of tea.

Here’s how it’s done; a concise recipe will be waiting for you at the bottom of this post, (if you make it through this whole thing 🙂 and actually, that’s not all that’s waiting for you at the bottom!)

Preheat the oven to 400°; put softened unsalted butter and cream cheese into a deep bowl . . .

Add grated orange zest (P.S. I hope you have one of these wonderful zesters!  They’re like razor blades you drag lightly across the fruit, easy, painlessly, gathering the zest in the tray; then pop into your recipe! Best new invention since a MacBook Pro!)

Excuse me, time out:  Water came to a boil, need to stop and fill my cup!

OK, toss the orangy goodness into the bowl . . .

Use a hand mixer to beat everything together until smooth . . . mmm, cream cheese, butter and orange . . .

Scrape down the batter in the bowl . . .

Add sour cream for richness and tender crumb.  BTW, Don’t you think that when the world lost Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald that an overall mistake was made? Don’t you want to say, please, put them back?  They left us music divine.

 H E A V E N 

Stir in  two tablespoons of granulated sugar . . .

Gradually beat in a little flour until well blended . . .  Oh-oh, check out the top of the refrigerator, we have company . . .

Speaking of Valentine’s!     

More beating of the flour . . .

Add mini chocolate chips  — if you like walnuts, which I do, you can add them here too . . . which I would if we hadn’t run out!  Almost had all the ingredients; but trust me, with them or without them, the word is  Y U M.

Stir well, my little darlings . . .

Put a heaping tsp. of dough into each cup of an ungreased miniature muffin pan (I took this photo to show you what a heaping tsp. looks like) . . . I used my black-iron heart muffin pan, which I’ve had for a hundred years — I’ve truly gotten my money’s worth out of it!  When it’s not in use, it makes my pantry wall look cute by hanging there.  I know a secret about this muffin pan, I’ll tell you at the end of this post!

You want to fill the cups completely down into the little points, around the curved tops, so you have good shapes, and level the surface of the dough.

And bake 15-17 minutes until light brown . . .

Now look who showed up . . . Girl Kitty!  Speaking of heaven!

We are complete: we have Beauty on the table, Beast is on the fridge, biscuits are in the oven, and all’s right with the world.

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Have a basket ready, line it with a clean tea towel . . . pop the biscuits right out of the pan into the basket, you don’t have to let them cool first.

Beautiful and delicious, they can bake as you put on the tea water, and be done by the time the tea has steeped . . . the orange is what you smell first, the chocolate melts on your tongue, and you are happy. ♥

I’m only tellin’ it how it is.

I tried them with this delicious new honey I put on everything these days (it came from Door County by the way, Pat, and all you others who know about and love that neck of the woods — you have the market cornered when it comes to butter burgers and honey!) — but I have to say, although it was delicious, it was gilding the lily; these tea biscuits are good just as they are, straight from the oven; you don’t need butter, you don’t need jam or syrup; you need nothing more.  If you are looking for additional cuteness, and who isn’t, you can always sift over a little powdered sugar!

Serve one of these tea biscuits next to a cup of breakfast tea; put them in a basket for a tea party; or if you have a fun Valentine’s tin — they are a wonderful surprise, arranged on a lace doily and dropped by a friend’s house.

And, the secret I had about this muffin pan?  Are you ready?  OK, this pan, along with the heart-shaped Emma Bridgewater tin in the picture above — they are my Valentine gift to one of you. We’re having another drawing, and even though every one of you is totally deserving, one lucky girl is going to walk away with these two memories of Valentine’s Day 2012!  Just leave a comment below (click on the tiny gray letters that say “comment” and you’ll be entered!  I figure if I do this often enough and long enough, sooner or later, every one of you will win something with love from the heart of the home and me!   That’s my plan.

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Have you heard Paul McCartney’s new Valentine song?  Go get a tissue, this is wonderful.  I hear love for his new wife in this song, but I think I hear a bit of yearning for Linda too.   Sad. 🙁 But Beautiful.

Bye for now girls . . . have a wonderful weekend!


  • 1/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 – 3oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
  • grated zest of one orange
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 c. self-rising flour
  • 1/3 c. mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 c. chopped walnuts (opt.)
Preheat oven to 400°.  In a deep, medium-sized bowl, using a hand mixer on slow speed, beat together butter, cream cheese, and zest until smooth. Scrape down the bowl, add sour cream and sugar and beat well. Gradually beat in flour until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.  Put a heaping tsp. of dough in each cup of an ungreased miniature muffin tin (heart-shaped if you have it, but just as delicious if it’s round), filling the space completely and leveling the surface of the dough.  Bake 15-17 minutes until light brown.  Pop biscuits out into a basket lined with a tea towel … cover to keep warm.  Can be reheated.  Makes a dozen tea biscuits.  Make these for you and someone you love. 
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1,830 Responses to The House of Creativity All Decked Out for Valentine’s Day ♥ ♥ ♥

  1. Becky says:

    Love the recipe and the pan! We live one hour from Door County, mentioned in your post, and are so lucky!

  2. Colleen Cessna says:

    they look so delicious, can’t wait to make them. your recipes are just so wonderful and delicious. I hope I win, the tin is adorabable and love the heart pan.

  3. Christine from Lafayette, CO says:

    Did you ever find a secret Valentine?? I was so surprised to find a hidden chocolate heart in my pocket from my grand-daughter… unfortunately, it had melted! Nothing sweeter than licking chocolate fingers dipped in so much love!! Your blog was filled with so much inspiration & love! Are we doing anything for St Patty’s Day? xoxox You’re the BEST!!

  4. Susie says:

    I’ve admired your art for years. Invited yesterday, by a dear friend, to peruse your blog. Wow! How Neat! Can’t wait to make these sweet biscuits!! Best regards! Susie

  5. Carol Barker says:

    I haven’t made biscuits in years…but today is the day! Thanks

  6. Regina says:

    Oh, what a wonderful Give-away! Thanks so much for the recipe too!

  7. Carol Vidovich says:

    Your blog always lifts my spirits. Thank you

  8. nanette says:

    I forgot to mention when I posted comments that if the RNG should happen to choose me, would you bypass me and allow it to choose someone else? I have enjoyed the Girlfriend’s postings and so many truly yearn to win the baking pan, it would please me to have someone’s dream come true!

    I do not want to sound as if I don’t admire the darling pan and tin and never would I want to be ungrateful should I be the one to win but it would bring me joy to send it to a yearning heart and know it was being used frequently.

    When I moved seven years ago, I was shocked by the accumulation of “goods” in my home. I have been steadily working to send out things I can’t make consistent use of………… I feel I WIN every time I enjoy one of your blogs and the little books of yours that I enjoy, your stickers in my family’s photo scrapbooks, your calendars that I enjoy every single day and all the girlfriends you bring our way. Love to each of you. You bless my world!

  9. Gini Gould says:

    Dear Susan, You are so generous and kind to offer woman-loving gifts to us! You are an inspiration every day, a homemaker role model, my friend far away, and the list goes on. I am going to make your Valentine Biscuits and send them 2,000 miles to our grandchildren as a “late” Valentine surprise from Grandma. Even your desire to share these adorable baking items is a gift to each of us! Love, Gini Gould

  10. Karen says:

    Yummy looking biscuits! Our former Bichon was named Bisquit.

  11. Mary-Agnes says:

    What a great recipe! I can’t wait to try it! And like you I have a sous-chef kitty who watches every move I make.

  12. Bernie says:

    Boy do these look good! Hope I’m not too late for the give-away….I’ll make ’em in “regular ole” muffin tins if need be.

  13. Cocoa Fornelli says:

    What a sweetheart! Hope your Valentine’s Day was wonderful! What a lovely gift for someone!!!

    xoxo Cocoa (don’you love using x’s and o’s?!)

  14. Liz says:

    I’ve been the lucky reader of your letters (the blog is much more than a …blog) for several years. We don’t have the time for me to list all the reasons why I enjoy it so much but let me just say, It’s almost as if you were right next door! I love orange and chocolate too!

  15. Fran says:

    Thanks for the recipe…the tea biscuits look yummy! Love the heart shaped pan too, perfect for Valentine’s Day or someone you Love. Thanks for the chance to win

  16. Susan says:

    I can almost smell those biscuits coming out of the oven! Can’t wait to try them. The pan makes them perfect little gifts…

  17. kimj says:

    I would love to make the biscuits in this beautiful pan!

  18. Cathy R says:

    I wrote a comment last night during a snowstorm and it looks like it didn’t go through. Susan, your blog is the best ~ such a happy treat! What a delightful life ~ thanks for sharing! Your giveaways are awesome! If I don’t win ~ will purchase that heart muffin pan ~ adorable! Happy Hearts day after! Heavenly blessings! Cathy in Idaho

  19. Cindi says:

    I was out for a walk to deliver gifts to my neighbors (we just got home from Kauai-our favorite island) and came back to read your recipe for orange chocolate chip muffins-I think an afternoon of neighbors and muffins would be perfect-I don’t have a muffin heart tin, so will use my mini muffin and that way we can have “MORE” of the goodness! I love your snow-Minnesota is trying hard to get back to snow, but we are struggling-even had a grass fire last week!!!
    Love your site and visit often, first time to “comment”.
    Looking forward to your birthday fabric-I’m a quilter, and the celebration fabric would be perfect for a special birthday person! Thanks for sharing your New York trip-no wish to go, but I do love Door County and visit there as often as we can-sisters included! Happy February-oh yes, one more thing, my favorite is your postcards-I love sending “old-fashioned mail”.

  20. Pam says:

    I look forward to reading your blog each day. You are an inspiration to the soul! Thanks for sharing the delicious recipe and for parting with your muffin pan 🙂


  21. jo says:

    These look delicious. Are they kind of like scones? And the pans is genius.

    • sbranch says:

      My experience with scones is that they are much dryer — I would say it’s a biscuit more than a scone!

  22. Susan Moore says:

    Love the decorations! Makes me want to have a Valentine’s Day do-over and do my house up like that!

  23. Bobbie says:

    Just was I needed today! I am at work and cutting out 145 little hearts for the kids to make a project to night- Lous and Ella are the perfect accompanimentfor my snipping!

  24. Kathleen Willliams says:

    Thank you for sharing such wonderful recipes and ideas to brighten our day.

  25. April O'Toole says:

    So yummy looking! I made a heart shaped meatloaf with a bacon Kiss (X) on top, and heart shaped chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches for my loved ones yesterday…..I hope my girls will remember those little things…….I gave them each fuzzy heart covered jammies too–it was fun picking them out. So glad I had girls!

    • sbranch says:

      I just love the heart-shaped meatloaf, your girls will probably write novels with you as their inspiration!

  26. Pat Emsley says:

    Very cute. These would be a welcome addition to my kitchen!

  27. Grammie says:

    I have loved your work for years and just found your blog today. Thanks – what a gift it was on a cold, winter’s day here in CA. I would love to be the lucky winner of the giveaway. Thanks so much.

  28. Clairellen says:

    I L-O-V-E yourValentine blog, all your blogs, your kitties, my kitties (4) and doggie too….my kids, grandkids, husband, friends…….almost everything in our beautiful world. Not much chance of winning, but just thought I say it. AND, I was born near to Door County, in Green Bay which is the entrance to Door County. Happy day, Susan!

  29. Jann Tate says:

    Love the muffin recipe that is my goal tomorrow since Im off work! I just love the air on Valentines Day the air is full of love and mostly happy faces! I always give my single daughters and friends a special something so they don’t feel left out by all the LOVE in the air! Susuan thank you for all you do to brighten our days! Smoochies!

  30. Mary Beebe says:

    Have you pulled a name yet? i’m just catching up on the last few blogs so I’m out of the loop as of this reading. Pick me Pick me! 🙂

  31. Crystal says:

    Dear Sue,
    Thanks for all the cute Valentine ideas for us. After seeing your heart shaped biscuits, I made some cranberry scones for my husband and I. I used a heart shaped cookie cutter I had. After I searched for it. I would love to enter your drawing if it isn’t too late. Take care.

  32. Marilyn the nurse says:

    They look so delicious!!! Am going to make them tomorrow. Only wish I had a wonderful heart pan.

  33. Christine says:

    Love the muffin pan!!

  34. Allison Phelps says:

    Hello! This is the first time I have commented but definitely not the first time I have been on your blog! I absolutely love all your books, i have 4 now and my collection is growing! These scones look so good and fluffy and not too sweet, yum! I love your kitties too! They add some sugar and spice!
    Love the heart tin, neat!
    Talk to you again soon!

  35. Nothing says “love” in this house like a meatloaf dinner. With mashed potatoes and gravy and a big salad. And I made your brownies for dessert, with strawberries. Lovely 🙂

  36. Diane Pangburn says:

    Love, Love, Love your site!!

    I am making the scones for a girl’s gathering on Friday. I would love to have the pan to make them in.

    Thank you for all the fun variety you bring us.

  37. Linda Cummings says:

    Love your blog! I have been a fan of your creativity for years….would love to win the heart pan! Thanks for the chance to win! LC

  38. Hi Susan! I have been a fan of yours for about 15 years and this week, while sick on the couch, I found your blog and read the entire thing! What a joy!!! Can’t wait to read it on a regular basis. Would love that pan! 🙂 Thanks for inspiring me and just plain being delightful.


    My first comment and I must begin with “Yumm and Love” as my words for theTea Biscuits. I haven’t stopped to try it yet, but the first three ingredients creamed together would make a quick, easy & delish “spread” anytime. This recipe will be a year round fav around here, not just once a year. Living in the Heart of Texas, the heart muffin pan would be such a pleasure to bake in and share those treats frequently. I just love using heart shapes every chance I get, next to XO XO’s

  40. Becky P says:

    Hope it was a Happy Hearts Day for you & Joe!

  41. Theresa says:

    Hello! Have your calendar and decided to go on your website today.
    Absolutely loved it! I was looking for recipes and loved the pictures of
    your cats. Would love the muffin pan. I received beautiful roses from
    my adult children for Valentine’s Day, made my day. Have a great day!
    Thanks, Theresa

  42. Lorraine says:

    Great biscuits! Wish I had a heart-shaped pan like that! (hint, hint…)

  43. Serah says:

    My mama sent me a link to this-cute & fun-thanks! 😀

  44. Sophie says:

    I printed the recipe so I can bake those delicious cookies! They are too tempting, and I must admit the heart shape really adds to them… if only I had such a pretty muffin pan! 🙂 I can’t believe you are parting from it!

  45. Sharon Madzoeff says:

    Hi Susan,
    I know I’m too late for the pan give away but do you know where I can buy a similar one?

  46. laurie says:

    what a sweet muffin pan , these sound delicous the orange and the chocolate is a wonderful combo, your lovely kitties are a wonderful audience to watch the baking,

  47. Cheryl says:

    One of the things I love about you, Susan, is YOUR love for pretty dishes. I too love dishes (especially Johnson Brothers!)…that for sure makes us girlfriends! I love my set of “English Chippendale” acquired from ebay years ago. And, ta da, I have started a set of “Rose Chintz” for my daughter, the very same I see in all your beautiful photos. 🙂 So far she has the teapot and a few other pieces. Thanks for the chance to add two teacups!

  48. Mary Mowe says:

    Your breakfast looked absolutely wonderful!! So many ideas!!

  49. Jackie Sampson says:

    The rose chintz cups and saucers are to die for. I love the pink and white table setting. Against the white tablecloth it is perfect. I am amazed you write so many blogs and look forward to all of them. The giveaways are awesome and while I know there must be many many to draw from, I can only hope mine might be drawn sometime. This giveaway would be the very best!
    You truly seem like a friend and I hope you never stop blogging!

  50. MaryAnn Jones says:

    I cannot tell you how much I look forward to waiting for your blog. I am now a very loyal fan. Look forward to reading all about your tea parties and what you serve. I saw your beautiful table setting for your anniversary/valentine’s day brunch and I wish my table looked as inviting as yours. You have such a nack.
    Thank you so much for sharing your ideas with all of us.

  51. Kathie Hood says:

    I would love the teacups. I actually have the teapot, creamer and sugar bowl but no teacups. I collect teapots and loved the set. My Mom’s first dishes were Johnson Brothers in 1942 and mine were Johnson Brothers in 1966. I have always loved their dishes. Thank you for all the work you do to make my day special when I receive your messages. I know it is a lot of work for you to handwrite it all and paint the illustrations. Many thanks.

  52. Sonya Hewes says:

    What a beautiful set. Would love to be able to share the love with the love of this set. ♥

  53. M.A. Nichelini says:

    Your Anniversary, Valentine, Spring party sounded absolutely fabulous. I have tea parties with my girlfriends. I would love to sip tea from your cups. Hope I win!
    Mary Ann

  54. Barbara L Seman says:

    Hi Susan,
    Love your breakfast on the Island. You are so very talented! 🙂
    If I win the Johnson Bros. tea cups, please send them along thier way to Long Beach, Ca.

    ♥ Barbara

  55. Karen Legg says:

    Susan, I never believed how much I’d love your website and blog! For years I took delight in finding your books and calendars in stores, and cheer would bloom in my heart; but now there’s bits of SB in my inbox almost daily! There’s never tooo much! Your cheer-filled messages remind me to strive for a bright-yet-civilized life (and fill it with as much fun as I possibly can!)
    Warmly, Karen

  56. Judith Mellenthien says:

    Susan, Thank you so much for the wonderful blogs that you send out almost daily. I am becoming so addicted to them that I cannot wait to get home from work so I can check the computor to see if you have written. What a wonderful anniversary celebration; 25 years and counting! The decorations were beautiful and the food looks absolutely delicious. God Bless You for sharing with us. Judy

  57. Hey Susan…
    Your creativity is so awesome…your table was gorgeous, the flowers stunning, everything so pleasant to the eye 🙂 I love the bird vase…omg, just so lovely, so pretty, makes you smile real big 🙂 , yeah….like that!
    Today, while gathered with my friends at scrapbooking, two of my girlfriends, Marie and Candi, both had printed out for me your lovely bookmark ( great minds think alike, lol ) I loved them; how could anyone go wrong with your art! So I thank them and you for that! A great day shared with girlfriends today and your name and blog always come up in conversation….(thought you would love hearing that!)
    Thanks for sharing your Valentine’s Day with us….everything was wonderful!
    Have a great week….xo Raenell

  58. Donna Ackermann says:

    I check your blog site every morning. What a beautiful way to start my day. I can’t wait to read about whatever it is that inspires you. Thanks for putting a smile on all of our faces Susan.

  59. Marla Williams says:

    Such a wonderful 25th. We just had our 50th and celebrated with our children and grandchildren in a wonderful local restaurant that was once a coach stop in the early 1900’s. Wonderful dinner, sweet times with our family. Nothing better.

  60. Diane West says:

    Hi Susan,
    Enjoyed your kitties, they are so endearing, and garden video, what a lovely sanctuary. I want so much to replicate it here on our farm, complete with the charming picket fence.

    Your choice of Chintz set is so quaint, so English. And, I’ve seen only one other heart-shaped muffin tin, and that was in my hometown Cornucopia shoppe.

    Thanks for sharing your creativity with us, your fans. Your blog is always on top of my reading list. Continue to inspire us!! <3 ~Diane

  61. Verda McComas says:

    Love, love, love your website….it is the one moment in my day where I just sail away and feel totally lost in beauty and time. Thank you!!

  62. Pat says:

    I want to say a heartfelt, “thank you” for sharing your way of life and appreciation of all things beautiful. Health issues have not been going well for me, but I have hopes of better times and good health. When times are dark, I read Willard (I save them all on my computer) and think of good things. I only had two of your books, “Heart of the Home” (which I bought back in 1986!) and “The Summer Book”. Had an attack of a blisful moment and went on and ordered, “Christmas From the Heart of the Home”, “Vineyard Seasons”, “Sweets To The Sweet”, “Love from Heart of the Home” and “Autumn” which just arrived yesterday. Most of the books are used, but in great condition. Besides the great recipes, there are so many beautiful stories and wonderful quotes and thoughts. Everyday I spend some magical time in one of them. Thank you for sharing your insightful perspective on life. I also look up at the sky everynight and look at the stars and moon through our pine and oak trees. Love it even when it’s clouded over. When I look at nature, one of my favorite songs comes to mind, “A Hundred Million Miracles”, from “Flower Drum Song”. They do happen everyday. Thank you for reminding the world.

  63. Patricia Johnston says:

    You have been my inspiration for ever soooo long!!!! I have been reading your books since they were first published. How long ago has that been?? When I want to cheer myself up, I pull out the old Willard letters that use to come by snail mail and read them all again. It was such fun to receive one with all the little treats inside the letter. Oh, I might be going back too far. Anyway thanks for all the wonderful ways you share your life with us. It gives us all a better way to make our days special. Loved your menu!!

  64. Chris says:

    I truly enjoy everyone of your emails and blogs that my dear daughter forwards on to me. They are all beautiful and it warms my heart to know how much you appreciate all the lovely things of life that so many people don’t even know they exist. The stars at night, the moon, the sun, the flowers and all that nature has to offer. I hope to visit my birthplace, Vineyard Haven, one day and would be more than delighted to meet you.

  65. Pat says:

    This is only the second time that I have seen your blog. I’ve read the Willards before but not visited here. You have a wonderful blog, those pink dishes are wonderful. I have been using patriotic stoneware for years, but would love to get new smaller dishes now as we need to watch our waistlines. 🙂 I may just have to be on the lookout for a pretty flowered set now. By the way, I do have your calendar hanging on my bedroom door, it is super, cheers me every time I look at it.
    Well, better get to my sewing room, I have happy birthday pillow cases to make and get mailed this month.
    Thank you for this wonderful blog.

  66. Deb M says:

    all i can say is you fill so many of my days with JOY!
    you are amazing! thank you 🙂

  67. Wendy Voegelin says:

    Have just discovered your blog and it is wonderful. I am sitting in my office in New Zealand reading your latest email about the anticipation of welcoming Spring when we are farewelling a summer that never arrived. I love your pink and red china and am disappointed that I won’t be winning the two cups but would love to know where I can get some. Thank you for brightening a very dull and rainy late summers day in this corner of New Zealand!


  68. Marie Morrison says:

    Sometimes life presents so many challenges, and I feel overwhelmed and tired. Then, your email arrives, and the more I read your thoughts and look at the lovely flowers and dishes, the more energized I feel! I want to re-arrange some furniture and add some flowers and order from my garden catalogue! Thank you for providing an escape into the world of beauty and joy.

  69. Jamie Mattingly says:

    WOW, what a lovely party. I do love those “girly” flower-y dishes.. I believe I would enjoy starting a collection. I love the way you host parties with such ease and beauty. Thanks for all the sweet stories and photos. Please, also enter my name for those adorable cups and saucers. PS. I posted a comment 2 days ago but did not see it, so I am re-doing things…..sorry if it duplicates

    • sbranch says:

      Don’t worry — sometimes the gremlins eat comments, not often, but when they do, they make us all mad! Glad you tried again!

  70. JUDIE says:

    I can’t wait to try the muffin recipe in my new heart pans!!!
    It is a joy to read your blog and to see the all of the pretty photos.
    Thank you!

  71. gail says:

    What a very sweet recipe. These biscuits look so yummy, can’t wait to try them.

    Gail 🙂

  72. mary ann Winkelman says:

    this is the best……….your the best and thanks a million and the remarks left by others are so beautiful………..blessings to you and your family 2013!

  73. Debbie Price says:

    Love those tea biscuits!!!! Im dying for one right now…Love your blog it lifts me up everyday!!! Thank you

  74. Nancy Brodeur says:

    Oh my, those look so yummy. I must try them (although I don’t have the pan). I will try them in my muffin pan. Stay safe with the blizzard coming. I love reading your blog. You help me appreciate the beauty around us. Thank you so much.

  75. Jonnie Nottingham says:

    Would so love to have the heart-shaped pan to add to my collection of heart-shaped pans. Planning to make the biscuits for a party next week…

  76. Colleen says:

    Your blog is the cat’s meow! Warm, inviting and oh, so loved. Joe is a hunk-a-hunk-of-burning-love!

  77. Lucy says:

    The tea biscuits look absolutely fabulous and would probably taste great just watching the snow falling from inside a nice warm home. Hot tea is a must. Stay warm and cozy.


  78. Kathleen Hirst says:

    I love your posts. Happy Anniversay to you and Joe. My husband Michael and I celebrated our 38th anniversay on 12/26/2012. It seems like yesterday that I met the man of my dreams. I especially like Jack. We lost our Frankie, who was 15 yrs last December. We are looking to get another kitty. I hope to find a tuxedo kitty. Take care, and Happy Valentine’s Day. Can’t wait for the book to come out. I have all of your books. Kathleen

  79. Linda... Gardnerville, Nevada says:

    Love the recipe and will have to make them for Valentine’s Day! My husband and I are taking ballroom dancing classes with our daughter and son-in-law to be in preparation for their June wedding! It’s kind of a little Valentine’s Day present in itself. Sweet guys who are stepping put of their box to make their girls happy! ~We are lucky!

  80. Jewel says:

    Enjoyed reading all the replies, and appears I am a year late for the drawing, but not to late to make the wonderful Valentine Biscuts.They will be round but made with love and chocolate chips.

  81. Jewel says:

    Enjoyed reading all the blogs, and appears that I am about a year late for the drawing, but not to late to bake the Valentine’s biscuts. They will be round in shape but made with love and chocolate chips.

  82. teresa hamilton says:

    Being a 1st time empty nester this year, these would surely take some of the loneliness away!

  83. cathy simonetti says:

    I so enjoyed reading every word and everything in your blog is like ‘eye candy’; thanks !

  84. Lisa C. says:

    This recipe looks delicious! Will definitely try it! Would love the heart shaped pan! I’m new to your site and love it. I also love your cat!

  85. Cheryl Smith says:

    Love reading your blog… homey…..and home is a great place to hang out. Love cooking and baking again and would love to have this pan to make up those wonderful looking and sounding biscuits for some very dear friends. Thank you for always sharing such inspiration with us here <3

  86. Mary Hargett says:

    I sure enjoyed reading your recipe, and I think I will try it, but sadly, I do not have a heart shaped baking pan. Lol thanks for the recipe! Love your things!

  87. Michele says:

    I would love to make these for my honey! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  88. Kathy Korb says:

    I am new to your blog and I love everything about it!! Thank you for sharing! I am in Wisconsin and wanted to post on this page from a year ago!! I will post on the present one too!! Kathy Korb

  89. Melynda Rockey says:

    I too would love to win the heart shape tin. I copied the recipe and will try it soon.

  90. melissa quarles says:

    I am in love with this recipe…with the thought of owning that wonderful valentine tin and pan…thank you susan for making our winter days sparkle!!!!

  91. Kay Dunn says:

    I have loved your cookbooks since getting my first one (Vineyard Seasons) over twenty years ago. I keep looking for your new one, as I want to get it as soon as it is available. I love all of your books, but my favorites are Autumn and Christmas from Heart of the Home, as these are my very favorite times of the year.

    I love to bake, and these biscuits are just waiting for me to try them. They look so yummy, and I can almost smell them (and I am at work right now).

    Thank you for the many smiles you have given me throughout the years!

  92. Midge says:

    Your recipe looks great. I will try it! Also looking forward to your book! We enjoy England ( the entire British Isles) very much….

  93. Kay Dunn says:

    I love everything Susan Branch–books, stationery, stickers, website, etc.–I mean EVERYTHING!!! Thank you so much!

  94. Diane says:

    pick me, pick me!

  95. Mary says:

    Susan….This is the first time I have responded to your blog. I have so loved all of your books, with the beautiful quotes, script writing, artwork and recipes…each one “filled to the brim” with love. There are thousands of us out here in this big wide world that have ” kindred hearts”; it makes me feel happy and excited that there are so many that share this special bond! You are our special angel because you give to us what we are all feeling and yearning for! Maybe you have wondered how you have done all of this…..God works in mysterious ways.

    Miles of smiles to you!!!!!

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