Thursday, April 17, 2008

History of The Fat Rascals...

When Connie, my mother, was pregnant with me, she was given this recipe at one of her baby showers. As a child, these cookies were made only during special times, especially the holidays. The Vanilla cookie is the original recipe and about 12 years ago we developed the chocolate recipe....which I might add knocked our socks off! It was also at that time that I began a teenie tiny business making scones, cookies and any other treats people asked for. I found that a slang term in England for scones is "Fat Rascal". There in lies the name of my business: Fat Rascal Confections. It was a fun name that people always mixed up, but none the less, they remembered me. I would walk into offices and people would stand up in their cubicles and give a hoot, "Where are those Fat Rascals?!". The cookies became a hit and the name of Fat Rascal just stuck. Who am I to change a good thing! At the tea parlor though, our scones are being eaten as fast as we can make them. We are amazed at how many times a week we are having to make them.

My Mom is the scone making champ! However, I think everything she bakes tastes wonderful! I have such fond memories of she and I making cookies in the kitchen and visiting the local grocery store to get all of the ingredients. My favorite thing to this day is to be in the kitchen or grocery store with her. I suppose she is tired of those things since that is all she has done all her life, but she has the most natural God given gift of making those around her feel good. I hope every day that I have inherited that trait.

You might be wondering if we'll share the recipe, but I'll tell you what I tell everyone else..."Ancient Chinese Secret". Sorry!

Until next time...

Mary Ann

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

First Blog!

How exciting! It's our first blog entry. The Ruby Pear Tea Parlor is located in Noblesville, Indiana and has been in existence for 2 1/2 years. We are working very hard to provide the highest level of service to all who come to visit. We have wonderful customers who join us for lunch, tea party celebrations or just a simple cup of tea and shopping. We serve and sell Harney teas along with our own line of Fine Loose teas. Many different types of teapots, teacups, some lovely antiques, wonderful vintage and new jewelry, beautifully scented French milled soaps and many other items grace our 7 rooms on the first floor of the stunning Victorian House on Conner Street. Built in 1892, this home could not provide a better setting for us.

My name is Mary Ann and my parents, Connie and Steve are my partners. My Sister-In-Law, Robin, also works with us and I'm sure you will see postings from her on here since she has a tremendous gift of "gab" and a talent for beautiful words. Robin's husband, Steve (my brother), also has provided us with invaluable support with our computer systems and website creation. The youngest of our family, Michael and his wife Michelle, also provide much support with our audio systems and taste-testing our new creations. We have three more "angels" who work very hard right along with us. They are Sandra, Becky and Judy. What a tremendous blessing they are in our lives and certainly make our days full of fun, laughter and appreciation for each other.

Well, I suppose that is enough for now. My goal is to write at least once a week with hopefully something inspiring or interesting to share. Thank you for taking a peek into our world of tea, good food and hospitality. For more information our website is

With much Sincerity,

Mary Ann