Easter Tea

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Easter is a time for renewal. The flowers are blooming, spring is in the air and it’s the perfect time for an Easter tea party. I have a fondness for tea parties and there are only a few things you need for a perfect Easter tea party; wonderful tea, fun guests and delicious tea cakes. Below find  a recipe from food network for some fantastic tea cakes. Send us pictures of your Easter tea parties or any tea parties you have.

Chocolate-Glazed Tea-Cakes

From Food Network Kitchens

6 small cakes


Chocolate Glaze:


Equipment: 6 cup jumbo muffin tin.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line the muffin tin with cupcake liners.

Whisk the flour, baking powder, and salt together in a medium bowl.

In another medium bowl, beat the eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until light and foamy, about 2 minutes. While beating, gradually pour in the butter and then the vanilla.

While mixing slowly, add half the dry ingredients, then add all the milk, and follow with the rest of the dry ingredients. Take care not to over mix the batter. Divide the batter evenly in the prepared tin.

Bake until a tester inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool cupcakes on a rack in the tin for 10 minutes, then remove. Cool on the rack completely.

To assemble the cakes: Slice a small layer off the top of the domed side of each cupcake to make a flat surface. Peel cupcake liners off and place cakes upside down on a rack.

To make the glaze: Put the chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream, water and corn syrup to a simmer. Pour hot cream over the chocolate and shake bowl gently so cream settles around the chocolate. Set mixture aside soft, about 5 minutes. Whisk until smooth, taking care not to incorporate too many air bubbles.

To Decorate: While still warm and loose, pour a thin layer of glaze (about 1/4 to 1/2 cup per cake) over each cake. If desired, set aside for about one hour before serving; if pressed for time, slip the cakes into the freezer to set.

Decorate mini cakes with fresh berries or candies. If using candies to decorate, press into still slightly wet glaze before it sets.

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Sylvia and the spirits/John of God

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A personal journey: A miraculous and enlightening healing experience with John of God, the Medium healer from Abadiania, Brazil.

In the seventies, I went deep sea diving to the Yucatan in Mexico. It opened another world to me. I experienced the amorphous energy of an underwater world with its brilliant color and precious life forms. I dreamed about the myriad live beings that I encountered there which I referenced as an art director for a major fabric house for many years after.

In the eighties I discovered the world of Homoeopathy and commenced my studies, eventually making it my profession. Witnessing first hand the transformation of my patients through this Holistic Science broadened my awareness of the miracles of subtle energy.

In the nineties I studied Buddhism and the Transcendent states of deep meditation, which opened my mind to other levels of consciousness. Meditation heightened my senses and expanded my view of sentient life on this plane.

This past March 2012, I traveled to Brazil to meet the Healer who is lovingly called by his people, John of God. For the past 50 years, he has offered his mind and body as a medium for powerful and evolved spiritual entities who heal through him. Many of these entities were, in their previous incarnations, surgeons and healers. And many were therapists, kings and saints. Saint Ignatius of Loyola is considered the Patron Saint of John of God’s house and is most closely aligned with his healing ability.

My experiences filled me with admiration and wonder and deepened my conviction that all energy is one and that we are witnessing the medicine of the future.

It is happening now.

To learn more about John of God and the organized tour leaders I traveled with: www.Miraclesofjohnofgod.com

Enjoy this healing journey while sipping a cup of calming passion flower tea.