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. Donna Wheeler says:

    I’d make these biscuits for the neighbors every Feb. 14th. Truly yummy.

  2. Janice N. says:

    Love, love chocolate and orange together. Can’t wait to try these tea biscuits. Thanks once again for sharing little bits of yourself with us on your blog, in your books, and artwork. You have many, many very happy girlfriends!!! Happy Valentine’s Day, Susan!

  3. Keri says:

    Your words and artwork always brighten my day, Susan! Thank you…for being YOU. 🙂

  4. Happy Valentines Day, Susan. Just had a quick moment to stop in before I’m off to my little job in a card store, where I will spend the day helping last minute shoppers find sweets for their sweeties. It’s fun!

  5. Cheryl Jasina says:

    Happy Valentines Day to all of U kindred hearts..and thank U Susan for being our “fearless leader” always speaking to our souls and spirits..cannot tell you how many times I sit and read your blog and wonder how you know me so well..thanks for the blessing U are!!!

  6. Rebekah Lynch says:

    What a perfect Valentine gift. Hope you and Joe and your KittyKids are having a fun day! HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!!

  7. Susan Disher says:

    My sweetheart was asked for a date by me (“forward” behavior for 1969 according to my mother) on Valentine’s Day…simple date to the popular hangout in Lexington NC (BBQ capital of the world) for fries and sweet tea and then back to my house…was a double date and the kiss goodnight was on my forehead…sweet…have celebrated Valentine’s Day more than our wedding anniversary (June 1973)…special special memories…43 years ago…

  8. Christina ♥ says:

    ♥ Oh I want one of those yummy tea biscuits to have with my tea right now.
    Can’t wait to make a batch very soon. Happy Valentine’s Day to you Susie!

  9. Rebecca Mercer-Ward says:

    Your blog is the most fun I have some days! You always make me feel sort of warm and homey. Lol. I would love to have the tin and muffin pan, but mostly I just wanted to tell you that I have been a fan for years and look forward to many more. Take care and bee blessed! R

  10. Lori from Maine says:

    Good morning and Happy Valentine’s Day Susan and all the girlfriends. I’m typing this on a lap top very kindly brought to me by the activities director in the hospital I’m in. I’ve been here for over a week and I’ve missed my girlfriend blog. This was the first place I went, then I checked my e-mail 🙂 Luckily I’ll be home on Thurs. or Fri. – I miss my little house, hubby and doggie. He’s coming in to visit me later, wonder what surprises he’ll bring. He brought a beautiful bouquet of daffodils the other day – a touch of spring!! He surprised me 30 years ago with an engagement ring! Oh how I love that man o’ mine!!!! xoxo from sw hbr (actually Bar Harbor right now)

  11. Laurie says:

    Happy Valentine’s week to you! You give so much love, and I hope you receive so much back in return! Yes, I adore the new Valentine song, too. oxox

  12. Cindy Berry says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to all the sweeties out there! You know who you are!

  13. Jo says:

    This is such a sweet thing to do. Won’t you miss it? :o) Love your blog.

  14. Diane Aakre says:

    Hi Susan……. I wanted to tell you that my day is not complete without checking out your blog. I love everything about it, I feel like you are my friend even though I have not met you!!! I also love,love your shopping on line. I have orderd many things for my very best friend, yes,she loves you just as much as I do……So, happy valentines day from both of us!!!!! I really love the heart shaped cast iron that just happens to be heart shaped,I love anything shaped like a heart!!!!! The biscuits look really good, I’ll have to try them……. I wanted you to know that every time I am at your site I feel so warm and cozy and happy….. I know that you love your wonderful cats and I love the videos of them. I don’t have cats but I do have 5 Sheltie dogs that I absolutely love and adore, you just never what they are going to do next. They are so sweet, but they sure do get in to trouble a lot. But one look at their eyes and I can’t even scold them!!!! Please continue to do everything that you do, my life would not be complete without Susan Branch in it!!!!!!!!!!!! Love, Diane

    • sbranch says:

      I understand, when my cat does anything wrong, I find myself hugging him! Bad teacher! But he’s so little, warm, and squiggly!

  15. Nancy says:

    I am going to try out the recipe in a scone pan. Looks so good! Thank you!

  16. Mama Bear says:

    I was just wondering if you had the pan in your store and then thought, the shipping would be outrageous on an iron pan. I just told hubby that I need to find one and then here it is. Would be wonderful to win it.
    I have all of the ingredients for these, I think. Must check to see if there is still cream cheese in the fridge. I used to make cinnamon sugar biscuits on Valentines Day for the children. I can just roll these out and cut with a heart shaped cookie cutter for now.
    Happy Valentine’s Day
    Mama Bear

  17. melissa says:

    i love reading your blogs at lunchtime everyday it brightens up my day love the valentine blog heart pan is so nice. i love seeing what your cats are up to they are so much fun & how you decorate is wonderful. its nice to see the snow pictures since i live in orlando and don’t get snow here.

  18. Kathy Murphy says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to someone who brings so much love into our lives. Thank you for sharing!!!

  19. Nancy says:

    how sweet – the biscuits will be perfect on a snowy day! thanks for sharing your day with us!

  20. Susan Jones (CLBCQ) says:

    A sweet Valentine Day thought: 8 year old Timothy asked me last night when his grammie is going to be on the Grammy Awards! Love to everyone!

  21. Laura says:

    OMGoodness! Please put my name in the hat! How super-cute! Happy Valentine’s Day

  22. Theresa Isenhower says:

    As I sit here today looking out my studio window I am wishing I had that heart pan. I could make those cute little biscuits for my sweetie. I guess I will have to just make round ones and pretend they are hearts. My sweetie wont mind as long as they were baked from the heart. Happy Valentine’s day to you and Joe.

  23. Val says:

    How sweet, and I love your cats. ♥ Happy Valentine’s Day!

  24. Barbara says:

    February 13th is my 30 wedding anniversary and the next day is Valentine’s Day. I am truly a lucky girl. Married the man of my dreams. Would love to make him and my 2 boys the heart shaped biscuits.

  25. Patricia R. says:

    Thank you for the chance to win the Valentines gifts! Your blog is just lovely–just the right amount of whimsy, charm, and substance!

  26. Have a most wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  27. Lynne says:

    Nothing warms the heart like a nice warm chocolate chip heart shaped biscuit fresh from the oven! Yummo!

  28. Stephanie says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you Susan & Joe & Girl Kitty & Jack.
    I love your blog. You have such a warmth about you, I alway feel as if I have come home for tea!! Of course I would love the heart pan, but even if I don’t win I still have you. I have been a fan since 1987 when I bought your first book. I can’t wait for the next one.

  29. Silvia Niomi says:

    Baked by me, for you, dear Sue…. my silly little jingle 🙂

    Cupid Cupid, O! Dear Cupid
    I’m here to tell you of my plight.
    Quick as wink, with a flick of the wrist
    your arrow does take… its nimble flight.

    Arrow Arrow, O! Dear Arrow
    your path to a lover’s heart is so straight
    whereas with sorrow and sadness I must admit
    the quickest way to my darling’s love
    is through his ho-hum food on his plate.
    But, Wait!

    Biscuit Biscuit O! Dear Biscuit
    with joy and delight I must say
    the heart muffin tin
    that you baked in
    would swiftly make my lover boy’s day!

    btw Kitty Girl and Jackie Boy sure make me smile.

  30. Shana says:

    I’m going to make these today…I don’t have a heart-shaped tray, so I’m going to try it out in a muffin tin. Thanks for sharing this yummy-looking recipe.

  31. Ann Edwards says:

    Everything you do helps make my life more of a celebration! Thank you & happy Valentine’s Day!

  32. Judi says:

    The window hearts look wonderful and the tea biscuits sound yummy. In fact, I’m sitting w/a cuppa rosemary green tea and wishing for those biscuits right now! Hope that you & Joe (& the kitties) have a Lovely Valentine’s Day!

  33. Christina says:

    i receive such inspiration from your blog. i’d be so grateful to win this heart package and begin baking with it for my husband. thank you.

  34. Ana says:

    Leaving a comment for the giveaway! Thanks, Susan!

  35. Pat Holland says:

    Thank you, Susan for sharing the new Paul McCartney song with us. It is beautiful. I listened to it on your blog on Saturday, heard him perform it at the Grammys on Sunday and yesterday, my husband got it for me for an early St. Valentine’s Day present. You really enrich all of our lives in so many ways. I now am looking forward to baking the tea biscuits with Paul’s beautiful My Valentine in the background. Happy St. Valentine’s Day to you and Joe.
    Pat Holland

  36. Sue Sanch says:

    I love that when I’ve had a challenging day I can visit your blog, enjoy the pictures of your cozy home, adorable kitties, yummy recipes, charming artwork, magical Martha’s Vineyard, and then close my eyes, take a breath and remember the simple joys of living! Thank you and Happy Valentine’s Day!

  37. becky allen says:

    Thanks so much Susan for the recipe, for your HEART and for the love you share with all us girlfriends! You gave me the inspiration to do as much as I could for my coworkers at both of my jobs! It made everyone smile when i delivered just a simple valentine! A recommendation, have you ever read Mr Hatchs brownies? A perfect book for your brownie recipe! THANKS SO MUCH!

  38. Nancy says:

    You are awesome. I am in awe of your creativity and look forward to your blogs, books……thanks!

  39. Christy says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day Sweet Sue (…and Joe and Girl and Jack) Thank you for the giveaway…my girls would be thrilled to win (and so would I!)
    Hugs, Christy <3 xo 🙂

  40. claresgabby says:

    Thanks to your inspiration I made an old recipe I hadn’t made in a while for chocolate chip cookie bars. Just in time, too, since I had been eating the chocolate chips right out of the bag ( a “trick” I inherited from my dad), so they were an endangered species! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  41. Debi says:

    The chocolate and the orange are just perfect together. What a wonderful recipe. I’d love to recieve the muffin pan but if not will certainly keep making these great biscuits – the love comes through with or without the pan! So delicious! Happy Valentines Day to you and Joe and thanks for all the love you share all year round 🙂

  42. Addie Lynn Smith says:

    I am going to make the brownies this week! Happy Valentine’s Day Susan!

  43. Oh, the biscuits look soooooo delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

    Jack and Girl Kitty are so sweet….

    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    ♥ Carolee

  44. kathy g says:

    OK, wrote down the tea biscuit recipe, will invite the gals over for afternoon tea and share sewing projects. What would be awesome is to have the heart shaped pan! Wouldn’t that be devine?

  45. kathy says:

    Thank you for this yummy recipe! And happy valenyties day to you and Joe.

  46. Judy says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day,, Susan and Joe,,What a great day to tell all you love them,,so glad I found this site,,,,,Judy

  47. Sandy Thornton says:

    Oh those look so yummy!!! Thanks for the giveaway! Uh oh, oven timer is about to go off! Supper is ready. No time to chat. Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you friends out there and to you, Susan and your family!!!

  48. Susan Stollard says:

    I made these this morning and brought them to work……and NO ONE turned up their little noses! I had mine with chocolate orange tea…..and one for lunch with my Nutella and orange marmalade sandwich! Can you tell I love chocolate and orange?

  49. Shirley says:

    Love the heart biscuits, love the pan too.
    Happy Valentine’s Day to all on this sunshine day in February!!

  50. Gillian Neary says:

    I would love the heart shaped pan. My mother was from England and the whole family loves scones. I will definately have to try the orange and chocolate chip biscuits. Thanks so much for all your recipes. 🙂

  51. Donna Downey says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! I made your delicious muffins and brought them to
    share with my yoga group today. Everyone loved them. I would love to win
    the muffin pan and heart-shaped tin which would be enjoyed all year long.
    Thank you for your wonderful blog. I look forward to each and every one.

  52. Laurie says:

    Put another cuppa on for me and I’ll join you for biscuits and tea! If I don’t win that darling muffin pan, I’ll have to figure out what I’ll make them in (perhaps just dropped on the cookie sheet)


  53. Marva Mills says:

    Susan – I just received my order of 2012 calendar and Willard !!! I’m so excited. I first purchased some Susan Branch scrapbooking stickers a few years ago and since then I buy everything I see that is Susan Branch !!! Your blog is the first thing I read when I turn on my computer. I feel that you are my BFF and I would love to sit down with you and chat over a cup of tea.

  54. Bev Mangan says:

    These look lovely. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  55. Tracy Pagano says:

    I just love your blog. They put me in a good mood and make me happy!

  56. bekki says:

    Your artwork always brightens my day:-)

  57. Sherry says:

    I <3 that little muffin tin! The recipe sounds delicious no matter what shape it's baked in, though it'd be even sweeter when heart shaped. And what a lovely box to put them in! Best of lock to be the random name drawn, who ever it is!

  58. Karen says:

    I love this recipe! I will be trying it this week-end. Just wish we had snow to look at while eating these!

  59. Elaine says:

    Dear Susan, The tea cakes are delicious! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe.
    Happy Valentine Day to you. Thanks for making all of ours special.

  60. chenn says:

    Yummy! Can’t wait to make them this weekend to enjoy with My Valentine! Happy Valentine’s Day.

  61. Louise K says:

    Your house is so pretty and cozy looking, I feel like I’m right there with you!

  62. Sue says:

    Ooh! I have that pan! I love the pictures and the recipe…going to try that tomorrow!
    Thank you!!

  63. Bonnie Hisgen says:

    I can almost smell those biscuits just reading about them. Would love to have the pan to bake them in for real not just in my imagination. Yum Yum

  64. Sue Green says:

    The heart shaped biscuits (scones?) look yummy! I love orange and chocolate, too!
    Thanks for another wonderful recipe!
    Sue Green

  65. Karen D says:

    I can smell those tea biscuits.I have no time to make them today but I am looking forward to trying out the recpe Saturday morning. It will be a great way to start a relxing weekend after a long week.
    Jack and Girl Kitty are adorable.

  66. Glenda says:


    Packing to move, tired, but when I do get break I take a look at your blog. Love it and it always cheers me up. I am a little frustrated though. Is there any chance you could “publish” you blog, there are so many wonderful things and I would love to have them in hard copy form and in one place. Always something more uh? 🙂

  67. Brenda Scinto says:

    Thanks for the scone recipe! Looks yummy…. Happy Valentine’s Day <3

  68. Happy Valentine to all. Best day of the year, everyone thinking about love.

  69. Sheila Arita says:

    hAPPy vALENTines DaY sUsan.Hope it was amazing .Keep Blogging we all love it!!!

  70. Stephanie says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you (or night at this point)! Just now had a chance to check my Google Reader and that means I have to see what Susan has to say! Thanks for the recipe and the beautiful flowers and the bookmark. You are so generous and kind. On top of all that, can’t believe you are giving away the heart pan and tin! Wow, you are good! Hope you’ve had a wonderful day with your sweetheart and with your sweet friends! Thanks for the beauty and fun you share with the world!

  71. Janet G says:

    What a cool cast iron pan. I can’t wait to try the tea biscuits. My valentine is out of town so I can try the recipe as a welcome home treat! Thanks and Happy Valentine’s Day!

  72. Jayne says:

    Just got back from a long week-end with my sweetie, visiting my family and kidlets in Utah. Great time had by all. I collect cast iron mold pans.

  73. Tamara Davis says:

    I was looking forward to your Valentine’s Day post–thanks Susan!

  74. linda says:

    You are such a generous and loving spirit! I love the cast iron heart pan-are they made any longer? Maybe I will be lucky and win.

  75. Judy says:

    I wrote down the yummy tea biscuit recipe and can’t wait to have a tea party with my daughters very soon !! I so totally love watching Jack grow up 🙂 He certainly is such a character ! Thankyou for ALL your wonderful ideas on absolutely everything !!!! Judy

  76. Debb S. says:

    Your blog is ALWAYS uplifting for my soul and my makes my heart very HapPy! Bless you, Susan..
    Debb S.

  77. Matty says:

    How cute the muffin tin is! I adore it and the box! Someone is going to think about you everytime they use it!

    Do you think being 1669 is a lucky number? That is what the next number will be if all those already posted are just One Ahead Of ME!

    Good luck, gals! Sending you all good thoughts and best wishes for a new pretty!

  78. Cheryl says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day! Jack is the most adorable kitten…no wonder it’s hard to get work done…I, too have a sweet “time consumer” that wants attention…thank goodness they sleep for long naps!!! 🙂

  79. soy2please says:

    Can’t wait to try the Tea Biscuits! Always love something new – yum! Love the pot holders and the transferware plate – so pretty – a lovely way to live. I try to just enjoy my things too and not have them stowed away in cupboards!
    Heard the new Sir Paul Valentine song at The Grammys – divine!
    Happy St Valentine Day!

  80. Kristin E. says:

    Happy Valentines Day! Thank you so much for giving the wonderful gift of your blog. I am always thumbing through your books, but checking the blog every few days is one thing I can hardly wait for. Every photo, song, recipe is pure inspiration for a life lived with relish! It is just so special. So thanks forever.

  81. Susan, you are the BEST!
    Hope you are having a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  82. Mary Elaine Haden says:

    I am ending my Valentine’s Day with the treat of reading through your blog without interruption. Your art and messages take me away from the stresses of my day to a world that sparks my imagination. Thank you!

  83. Jane Cummiskey says:

    Made the Orange and Chocolate Chip Tea Biscuits for my Valentine of 44 years and they were a big hit!! Did not have the delicate heart pan but used my mini muffin tins and they worked just fine. I do hope you and Joe have had a wonderful Valentine’s Day. I replayed the video of Jack with the shoe several times while we enjoyed our tea and biscuits. It brought back fond memories of our retriever cat Nutmeg. Thanks for the memories, the recipes, the music and for taking the time to bring so much joy into the lives of so many!!

  84. Laurie Anders says:

    MMMMM, can’t wait to make the biscuits!

  85. Terri says:

    Can hardly wait to try these tea biscuits. Orange and chocolate are so yummy together. Of course, they’d be most wonderful made in the cute pan and eaten while having tea from that darling cup. Thanks for the chance to win!

  86. stephanie says:

    I love all things heart shaped! I have a little heart shaped bread basket and a little heart shaped quiche pan (ceramic) that I make quiche in – and a cherry clafouti desert.

    Hearts are fun. I saved up and got 2 of the little heart shaped Le Crueset heart shaped pans (with lids!) – they were on sale at Sur La Table for $17. I thought – wow! I can finally own a real piece of Le Crueset (my dream!) for only $17.

    Heart shapes are the best – and I love your heart shaped muffin tin!

  87. Linda Gilliam says:

    HappyHappy Valentine’s Day Susan….thank you for all the great posts!

  88. Kathie says:

    Valentine’s Day was great this year. We watched Catherine Cookson’s, “The Wingless Bird” and had our strawberry trifle (sugar free version). Norman and Bodecia (the cats) slept through most of it, except to stretch and yawn at precious intervals. After dinner we made valentines for each other (3 of us, my husband and me and my daughter) from pictures and patterns I bought from Daisy Clip Art. Everyone was very creative….except the cats. Norman is a 12 pound “Black and White” a lot like Girl Kitty. He’s 11 years old this year and we love him. If you pick him up and hold him over your shoulder, he will give you a hug and try to wash your hair. I think he loves hair spray and blush as well as he likes any treat. But his tongue is so rough! Thanks for the lovely additions to our day, Susan.

  89. Judi H says:

    Hope you had a lovely Valentines Day. I just love that heart muffin pan.

  90. Mona says:

    My Valentine’s Day date was 4 hours in the car driving home over the mountains with my hubby. Sunshine, blue sky, and time to talk – pretty nice! I came home to nine cats who missed me and 386 emails I hadn’t missed. But there were two emails that made my day, and yes, they were your blogs!!! Thank you! Hope you and your valentine had a wonderful day. =^..^=

  91. Mary Tullila says:

    Oh my word.. that recipe is calling my name!! So is that cast iron pan..
    Sending many HEARTS along to you Susan!

  92. Pam Dansie says:

    Love chocolate and orange together 🙂

  93. Lisa says:

    Look forward to your blog posts each day, so delightful! Thank you for the scone receipe! Thanks for all the LOVE you share. Would love the iron heart shaped pan to bake some love in and always think of you and your generous spirit. It’s give a Kitty a hug day!! Thanks

  94. Sharan says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day Susan and girl friends! My days are busy but I always take a minute (or two or ten…) to catch up with you. Girl friends forever!

  95. Another Linda says:

    It must feel wonderful to know you’ve touched so many hearts and brought happiness to so many! Your mom and dad must be so proud!

    Thanks for all you do…

  96. Lynn says:

    What?? You’re giving away this beautiful, old, iron, and heart-shaped no-less baking pan? I’m totally in! Love it! Keep those Martha’s Vineyard pics coming, too! Had to move my mom to Ohio, where I now live, from Norwood, MA where I grew up and she lived in the same house for 50+ years (!). We love to see what’s happening with the weather, and just to see the landscape is great. I got into the running on this post late, so hope you had a wondermous V-day!

  97. Penny Hoopes says:

    thanks for the wonderful, deeeelicious tea biscuits. I’ll be passing that recipe on & on. Looking forward to all your new fabric. I’m a quilter & always look for “cute” fabric.

  98. Susie kilgroe says:

    Love your blog, love all your books, I own them all. Love your cats, although achoo! Would love to win anything from you…’s all fun!

  99. Penny Bond says:

    Love your blog and so kind of you to give those great heart shaped gifts. Hope you and Joe had a wonderful Valentine’s Day.

  100. Tracey says:

    I’m going through a rough patch and I can’t thank you enough for providing a happy diversion. You are a blessing to the world. Thank you Susan!

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