“Tea is much more than a mere drink in Britain. It is a solace, a mystique, an art, a way of life, almost a religion.”
– Cecil Porter of Gemini News Service
Centuries ago in England, there was a tradition of gathering with colleagues and having a tea party. A British tea party used to be the perfect method of celebrating special occasions like an anniversary, birthday, or even weekends. The tradition of using tea as a luxurious drink is continued to this day.
A British tea party can be organized in any season. In the summertime, the tea party is done mostly outdoors. Due to cold weather, the party is done indoors in the winter. There are a wide variety of different tea to choose from, such as white tea, green tea, black tea, oolong tea, or if you are feeling really adventurous, you can even make kombucha tea.
There are many recipes you can try for a vintage British tea party. Here are some of the most delightful ones:
1. Apple Tart
It is an enticing combination of a shortbread crust, a cream-cheese filling, a scattering of sliced almonds, and a few slices of cinnamon-sugared apples. It is deliciously warm from the oven, where the shortbread is nice and crisp, where the slices of apple are warm and fragrant, and the filling is soft and creamy.
The most important ingredient here is apple. Therefore, you must take care in deciding the brand of apple. You can also try mixing two or three varieties of apples for a more complex flavor. (Click here for the recipe)
2. Vanilla Cupcakes
Vanilla cupcakes are baked in a 12 cup muffin tray and are lined with paper liners. To make this type of cupcake, you need to mix the white cake batter using the “creaming” method. This method includes the mixing of butter, eggs, and milk at room temperature.
Cupcakes are one of the most popular bakery items. They are found almost everywhere, from birthday parties, to weddings. Their decorations range from the very simple, to stunning works of art. (Click here for the recipe)
3. Chocolate Sponge Cake
Chocolate sponge cake is different from other sponge cakes, as it doesn’t contain flour. It also contains beaten egg yolks, sugar, and melted chocolate. It has a lovely spiral design. The light and airy texture makes it look like it will just melt in your mouth.
I love the rich chocolate flavor of this sponge roll. The good part is that it can be stored in the refrigerator for four to five days, although I have never had one last that long. It’s a perfect recipe for an afternoon tea party. (Click here for the recipe)
4. Pumpkin Bread with Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin bread is one of my favorite quick breads, as it is easy to make. This moist quick bread is full of pumpkin and its spices. However, what makes it different from other quick bread is the vein of cream-cheese filling through its center.
5. Cream Scones
Cream scones are a warm and lovely dish, served with clotted cream and jam. They have a light interior and crisp exterior with some flavor of butter. It is best if all the ingredients are cold, to add the liquid to dry all of the ingredients at once, and then to mix all of them together in a quick and light manner.
6. Shortbread Cookies with White Chocolate & Raspberries
One of the easiest cookies to make, shortbread cookies are actually two sweet shortbreads, buttery in taste, that are filled with raspberry jam and white chocolate. They look very festive and make a perfect cookie during the Christmas holidays or for Valentine’s Day.
Their white coating of powdered sugar and the red raspberry jam pokes through the cut out. When making sandwich cookies, you want all the cookies to be of the same size because if the cookies are of different sizes, they don’t fit together particularly well. (Click here for the recipe)
7. White Sandwich Bread
The ingredients of white sandwich bread include bread flour, a small amount of plain flour, SAF Gold instant yeast, dried milk powder, some kosher salt, and a little water.
When the bread first comes out of the oven the crust is slightly crisp. As it cools, the crust becomes softer and the texture becomes flaky. The texture of this bread is soft. It’s so fluffy that you will surely find it more delicious than you think. (Click here for the recipe)
8. Meringue Cookies
They are so light, sweet and crisp that they seem to just melt in your mouth. The outside of the meringue cookies seem nice and crisp, but the inside remains soft and puffy.
They are used as a normal dish, but they can also be used as a dessert item by topping with ice cream, whipped cream, or fresh fruit. These cookies include just two ingredients: stiffly beaten egg whites and superfine sugar. (Click here for the recipe)
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Last Updated on November 18, 2020
50 Habits of Highly Successful People You Should Learn
If you’re like me and really into self-development, you’ve probably read many of the thousands of self-help books out there on the market. But also like me, you probably find all the information a bit overwhelming.
That’s why I wanted to do the self-less task of taking the most important, life-changing lessons I’ve drawn from these books and condensed them into 50 key points.
Here’re 50 habits of successful people you should learn:
1. Believe It to See It
Our minds tend to focus on what’s happening around us and refuse to see what could happen. Only when you trust in what’s possible and dare to dream big, big things can happen for you.
2. See Problems as a Wonderful Gift
While others only see problems and give up, successful people use the problem as a lesson to find improvement in themselves or the task at hand.
3. Keep Looking for Solutions
Even if they’re knee-deep in problems, successful people will still put all of their focus on finding solutions.
4. Remember It’s All About the Journey
Successful people are conscious and methodical in creating their own success. They don’t sit around doing the bare minimum, hoping success finds them.
5. Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway
There’s so much fear on the road to success, but instead of letting that fear control and limit them, successful people do a good job of just forging ahead regardless.
6. Always Ask Productive Questions
It’s all about asking the right questions. Successful people make sure they are questions that will elicit information for a more productive, creative and positive mindset moving forward.
7. Understand the Best Waste of Energy Is Complaining
Successful people know that choosing to see the negative side of things will only create a useless and unproductive state.
8. Don’t Play the Blame Game
Taking responsibility for actions and outcomes is a form of empowerment that you can build your success upon. While the act of blaming others or outside circumstances takes this empowerment away from you.
9. Maximize Your Strengths
Not every successful person is simply more talented than the rest, but they do use what they know they’re good at to achieve more successful results.
10. Be in It to Win It
Successful people are busy, productive and proactive. Instead of sitting around over-thinking and over-planning a great idea, they just take a step towards it no matter how small.
11. Know That Success Attracts Success
People who are successful surround themselves and seek out like-minded people. They understand the importance of being part of a team and forge win-win relationships.
12. Actually Choose to Be Successful
Dreaming big is a massive part of being successful even if your dream seems impossible. Ambition is a mindset that needs to be a daily conscious choice.
13. Visualize, Visualize, Visualize!
You’ve got to see your success in your mind’s eye even before it comes. Successful people clarify and get that certainty about what they want their reality to look like rather than being mere spectators of life.
14. Be a One-Off Original
Successful people look for what’s working and then create a unique spin on it. Imitating only regurgitates other people’s ideas with no originality.
15. The Perfect Time to Act Is Now
Waiting for the right time to act is basically procrastination wrapped up in an excuse. Successful people know there’s never a perfect time so they may as well just do it now.
16. Keep Learning, Keep Growing
Continuous learning is the key to a successful life. Whether it’s academic, being a student of life or actionable learning, it’s all about expanding your knowledge and personal development.
17. Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
Successful people have the knack for finding positive aspects in all people and circumstances no matter what.
18. Having a Bad Day? Do It Anyway!
We all have bad moods but it shouldn’t be an excuse to stop everything. Giving into a bad mood just stop-starts your life, slowing success way down.
19. Sometimes Risky Business Is Needed
Calculated risks are a must for success. It’s about weighing the pros and cons while moving forward with that element of trust.
20. Accept Challenge All the Time
Dealing with problems head-on is a must to be successful. Successful people also face challenges in order to improve themselves.
21. Make Your Own Luck
In the mindset of a successful person, there’s no such thing as ‘luck’ or ‘fate’. They take control to actively and consciously create their own best life.
22. Ignite Your Initiative
While many people are reactive, successful people are proactive – taking action before they have to.
23. Be the Master of Your Emotions
Being effective at managing emotions is key on the road to success. That’s not to say successful people don’t feel like we all do, but they’re just not slaves to their emotions.
24. Champion in Communication
Consciously working on effective communication skills gets anyone closer to success.
25. Plan Your Life Strategically
Successful people’s lives aren’t a clumsy series of unplanned events and outcomes, they methodically work at turning their plans into a reality.
26. Become Exceptional at What You Do
To become exceptional, you typically have to do things that most won’t. To become successful, hard decisions need to be made and acting on them is crucial.
27. Choose to Live Outside of Your Comfort Zone
While many people are pleasure junkies and avoid pain and discomfort at all costs, successful people understand the value and benefits of working through the tough stuff that most would avoid.
28. Live by Core Values
Successful people firstly identify their core values and what’s important to them, then do their best to live a life that reflects these values.
29. Realize Money Isn’t Everything
Money and success are not interchangeable and the most successful people understand this. Putting money on a pedestal and equating it to success is a dangerous mindset to have. Success comes in many forms.
30. Don’t Get Carried Away
Successful people understand the importance of discipline and self-control and as a result they are happy to take the road less travelled.
31. Self-Worth Is Not Tied to Success
Successful people are secure. They do not derive their self-worth from what they own, who they know, where they live or what they look like.
32. Kindness Breeds Kindness (And Success)
Generosity and kindness is a common trait among long-term successful people. It’s important to take pleasure in helping others achieve.
33. More Humility, Less Arrogance
Successful people are humble and happy to admit and apologize for mistakes. This is because they’re confident in their ability. They are happy to learn from others and happy to make others look good rather than seek their own personal glory.
34. Change Opens New Doors
People who are successful are adaptable and embrace change, while the majority are creatures of comfort and habit. They are comfortable with, and embrace, the new and the unfamiliar.
35. Success Requires a Healthy Body
It’s not just how you think, it’s about how you show up for success. Successful people understand the importance of being physically well, not for vain reasons but because being in tiptop condition creates a better personal life for success.
36. Laziness Just Doesn’t Exist
Successful people are never considered lazy. Yes, they can relax when they need to, but working hard is their game.
37. Resilience by the Bucket Load
When difficulty strikes, most would throw in the towel, but successful people are just warming up.
38. Feedback Is Just Another Chance to Improve
How people react to feedback determines their potential for success. Being open to constructive criticism and acting on it to improve is most seen in those who are successful.
39. Your Vibe Attracts Your Tribe
If people are hanging out with toxic and negative people, then they need to take a look at themselves. Successful people hang out with others who are positive and supportive.
40. Can’t Control It? Forget It
Successful people don’t invest time or emotional energy into things which they have no control of.
41. Swim Against the Tide
Successful people are not people-pleasers and they don’t need constant approval from others in order to move ahead.
42. Alone Time Is Valuable Time
More self-worth means being more comfortable with your own company. Successful people are more happy and see the value in spending time alone.
43. Self-Standard Is Higher Than Most
Everyone has a choice to set high standards for themselves. Successful people do this, which in turn produces greater commitment, more momentum, a better work ethic and of course, better results.
44. Failure Isn’t Rationalized
While many use age, health, lack of time, ‘bad luck’, or lack of opportunity to explain away their failure, the key to success is finding a way to succeed despite facing these challenges.
45. Down Time Is an Important Part of a Routine
Having an off switch and taking time to do things that make them happy is a common trait of a successful person. Take a look at here The Importance of Scheduling Downtime.
46. Career Isn’t Who You Are, It’s What You Do
Successful people know their career isn’t their identity. They are multi-dimensional and don’t define themselves by their job.
47. Be Interested in Only the Path of Resistance
While most people look for the easiest way or the shortcut, successful people are more interested in the most effective way. They look for the course of action which will produce the best results over the long term.
48. Follow Through
Many spend their life starting things that they never finish, but successful people get the job done. Even when the excitement and the novelty has worn off they still follow through and finish.
49. Invest in All Your Dimensions
We’re not just physical and psychological beings, but emotional and spiritual creatures as well. Successful people consciously work at being healthy and productive on all levels.
50. Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
To obtain success, it’s important to practice what you preach. Successful people don’t talk about the theory, they live the reality.
So there you have it, a summary of what I’ve learned from self-help books. But of course, you need to start taking actions so you will get closer to success too.
Bonus: 5 Bad Habits To Quit
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