I’ll Take Mushrooms with My Biscotti : Mixed Media Mail Art


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Couch Talk


We got a bit of yard work done this weekend. I was able to plant herbs as well as my sweet potato patch. Thanks to my hubby being the muscle, he lifted over 200 lbs of soil multiple times to fill my raised beds. We have a groundhog problem so I can’t plant vegetables in my garden, only herbs and berries. I bought a small rectangular planter to put on my deck and filled it with romaine so hopefully, we won’t have any visitors snacking on my lettuce. If that is a success, I may add more planters with veggies next year.


Baking Class



Here is another pastry book that I own. Last week we watched an episode of the Great British Bake Off where they made biscotti. So, this weeks bake was the chocolate peanut butter biscotti from the book
Tea With Bea: Recipes from Bea’s of Bloomsbury I have never been to London but my friend visited Bea’s when she was in London.


The biscotti tasted good but my dough was really crumbly. I only ended up with a few good pieces of biscotti while the rest turned out as crumbs. But that is ok because I am going to use the rest of the crumbs for the bottom crust of chocolate peanut butter cheesecake. I plan on giving the biscotti another try at a later date.



I also made a batch of Cinnamon Sourdough Crumb Cake. My family loves this because it can be breakfast or dessert.


Creating the Mail Art




This ensemble was made for PaperArtsy a while ago but I never shared it on my blog. The challenge was mushrooms and I chose to use an unusual stamp set to accomplish the look. The infusions and all the stamps are PaperArtsy.



I used a bit of gold embossing powder in the background along with micro-beads for texture.



I made a coordinating envelope to go along with the postcard.



Tea Day



I am joining the tea ladies over at Elizabeth and Bleubeard’s. My drink today is Numi Organic Tea Silver & Spice. It is white tea with sweet orange and cinnamon. Very yummy! I am not a huge fan of orange in my tea but I love that it is still there without being overpowering.


Happy Tea Day,




15 thoughts on “I’ll Take Mushrooms with My Biscotti : Mixed Media Mail Art”

  • You’ve had productive week Kate. I’ve never tried biscotti, but they are on my list. I think your peanut butter pie will be yummy. How long before your kids finish school for the year? Love the art too. That’s a cool envelope. I hope you have a great T day. Hugs-Erika

  • Hi Kate, you did some wonderful crafting again, love all the textures and colours. And your baking looks good, yummy! I loe the sound of peanut butter pie. I will not make one unless I have lots of visitors, I wouldn’t trust myself with it! Happy T day, stay safe and well and have a wonderfu week, hugs, Valerie

  • Oh wow, Kate. That lotus flower is beautiful and I love ll the layers of that double spread, too. I’m not a baker, but I love biscotti. Yes, yours doesn’t look like any I’ve had, but it is great for a first time making it. The pie will appreciate that the biscotti ended up as its bottom (grin).

    Your tea sounds wonderful. I love how you come up with some of the most unusual mixes of tea. Thanks for sharing your mushroom mail art, your lotus art, your biscotti, and your lovely tea with us for T this Tuesday,

  • Kate your artwork is beautiful as usual and so does the biscotti, I’ve never made it but I also love to watch the Great British Bake off, I think yours is the American version though. A good idea to use the crumbs for a base, I’m sure it will taste delicious
    Have a Happy T Day, I hope you are feeling better!
    Jan x

  • Hi Kate, glad to see you are still baking-great idea to make the biscotti into a crust for your cheesecake. what channel do you watch the British bake off on? I haven’t been able to find that again and I really enjoyed the shows.
    I love white teas as they are very light. Lovely crafting this week too Feel better Happy Tea Hugs Kathy

  • Sounds like you’ve had a busy week! The biscotti looks so delicious and will make a delicious base for that cheesecake – perfect 😁. I’m loving your art too, the designs look amazing! I love orange and cinnamon teas and would love to try this one, I’m going to check it out online. Take care and Happy T Day! Hugs, Jo x

  • Critters take a toll on gardening attempts, don’t they! I’ll look forward to hearing how your new system works for you. Your baked treats sound delicious 🙂 That envelope is fabulous! Happy T Tuesday :

  • I hope your lettuces are a success and that none of the animals like lettuce….
    Your baking is impressive. I don’t exactly know what you call biscotti as your biscotti don’t look anything like mine. But they are really easy to make. They are twice baked. The name is ‘bis’ (twice), ‘cotti’ (italian for cooked). I first cook the long biscuit in the oven, then cut them up in semi lunar shapes and bake them again. Done. They are very nice to dunk in coffee or a hot drink.
    That white tea sounds very nice. I have never tried white tea. (One day….)
    Your artwork is beautiful as always. I like the fact that it is three dimensional.
    Thank you for your comment on my blog post. I linked my old Friday blog post by mistake. So just to let you know that was not the T for Tuesday post. But you might have gathered that by now.
    Happy T-Day,

  • Your biscotti sounds delicious despite getting a bit crumbly. Love peanut butter! And I love mushrooms too- just not with the peanut butter:):) Your art projects are super- especially those mushrooms! Looking forward to seeing next weeks bakes;) Happy T day!

  • Fabulous spread for Stencil Girls, Kate. You grow your own sweet potatoes? I love swweet potatoes. I wonder how difficult they are to grow. I hope you get a bumper crop.

    Unusual stamp set indeed! You really put it to good use.

    Happy T-Day! Eileen xx

  • I love biscotti but have never made my own – I like the sound of what you are going to do with the crumbly pieces too! Fabulous mailer and a very creative way to use that stamp set too! Happy T day! Chrisxx

  • Your artwork looks fantastic. I especially love the added planet. That biscotti looks delicious (and I don’t like biscotti, but yours looks good). Happy belated T-Day!

  • Thank you for the lovely comment you left me Kate.
    I will be in touch when the computer and email issues get sorted.
    I liked the art you shared here and the biscuits do look delicious.
    Stay safe.
    Yvonne xx

  • OOhh Kate, I only can see this biscotti for a long, it looks so yummy. hope you had a great T-day. Your mail art is Amazing, I love the mushrooms postcard with the beautiful enveloppe, great ! The stencil girl pages is simply Gorgeous!!
    I wish you a very nice weekend, stay safe and
    Big hugs,

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