Sunday, December 17, 2017


Many years ago my Mother
 In Law (who now lives
in Heaven) gave us her wonderful
 nativity given to her by her
 parents (she was adopted). 
 They were of German decent:

For us, Christmas is 
totally a celebration
about the birth of Jesus Christ.

Matthew 1:18 says: "Now the 
birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise:
When as his mother Mary was espoused to
Joseph, before they came together, she was
found with child of the Holy Ghost.

vs 20  ....."The angel of the Lord appeared unto him (Joseph) in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife:  for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost."

Luke 2:8  "And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And, lo, the angel of the Lords came upon the, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them;  and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto the, Fear not:  for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."

And about the wise men:
Matthew 2:11  "And when they 
were come into the house, they saw the young child  with Mary
his mother, and fell
 down, and worshiped him:  and
 when they opened their treasures, 
they presented unto him gifts; 
gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

FRIENDLY VILLAGE for "Friends Sharing Tea"

These are busy times for all of
us with the wrapping, baking, 
decorating and not to mention....
drinking of tea!

A few years back I started a collection
of the English pieces of Johnson
Brother's Friendly Village.

I recently added a teapot:

I am remembering that I found
most of my pieces of Friendly Village
in Denver Colorado:

My tree has gone vintage now:

I am taking a pause for tea as
I price some items
for my booth at Midway:

My husband and I have been attending
auctions and having way to much fun.
Of course the down side is he has
lots of projects to do now......

I know many of you have the
 Friendly Village pattern and
 this is the perfect 
time of the year to use.

If you would like to share a post
from your blog that is tea themed -
link here at the bottom.

I will be joining these parties:

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A SNOWLADY TEA for "Friends Sharing Tea"

This time of year I always enjoy 
seeing the Snow Lady have 
a special tea time:

I have to say, as we move closer
to Christmas, that I do
 miss the
snow of Colorado!

Downstairs in front of the
sliding glass I set up her
table with some Sugar
Cookies that she loves!
She has invited Mrs. Foxie too.

What would Christmastime
be without Sugar Cookies?
I made these last night using
smaller cookie cutters.

Here is the simple recipe which most
of you no doubt already use: (I wanted
small cookies with definition to them
so I left out the tartar and soda
so they would be flatter.)

RECIPE: 1 cup butter, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 1/2 cups
sugar, 3 eggs, 3 1/2 cups sifted
flour, ***2 tsp cream of tartar and 
***1 tsp baking soda and 1/2 tsp salt

Cream the butter and vanilla, add sugar gradually till
fluffy.  Add eggs one at a time and beat after each.  Sift
dry ingredients together.  Add this to the creamy mix.  Chill 3-4 hours.   Roll on floured surface and cut out with cookie
cutters  Bake on ungreased sheet 375 degrees for about 8 minutes.

When cool decorate with icing:  mix 1 cup of confectioners
sugar with 1 egg white and several drops of desired food coloring.  You can make up several colors in containers for variety.  Spread
over cookie and add sprinkles of choice.

You don't have to buy expensive colored sugar - just put some sugar in a carton
add food color of choice and shake.  I keep it in recycled plastic pieces with the little holes
in the top for shaking out. 

If you are interested in a Sugar Cookie
that is moist, here is another recipe: 
 Click here! I have made these
before to and they are very moist.

I will be sharing this post here:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Home Sweet Home

If you are a tea time blogger
 I would love it if you can join 
my party 
today by linking at the bottom.

Monday, December 4, 2017


Before we go down to the tea room
let me greet you with this
outdoor "Noel"!

And share some toile pillows I sewed
last Saturday from an old raspberry
 colored toile tablecloth.

And now we go downstairs:

Miss Snow Lady is patiently
waiting for me to set up a
special table for her!

I try to be serious but whimsy
always seems to win out!

Right now there are a few projects
taking place in the tea room....

Sunday, December 3, 2017


Yesterday was a lovely day to take a
Christmas Home Tour in Boonville - 
not far away! My friend Gina had
invited me to go with her and we
had a lovely day:

I may be in big trouble for this photo
above which shows Gina in front
of a darling garden house we saw.

So here are some of the homes:

The little yellow cottage above was
 not on
the tour but I adore it!

The house below had 100 Christmas
trees in it - amazing!

We would have loved to do Afternoon
 Tea at the High Street Victorian Bed
and Breakfast but we did not have
a reservation and they were full:

The ladies at First Presbyterian did
serve a lovely soup and sandwich
luncheon and we admired their
stained glass windows:

 After lunch we went on to more homes:

At the DAR home we voted on our favorite
Christmas tree and this was my choice: 

 This darling shop is
always a favorite stop
and the owner is Glenna
with her daughter Kate: