Saturday, December 31, 2011

Thursday, December 29, 2011

PHOTO REFLECTIONS FROM 2011

January:  Meyer Lemon Marmalade




February:  Heart Shaped Cherry Scones



March:  Blarney Scones




April: French Lemon Tart






May:  Tea in the Garden





June:  Table Setting





July:  New Patio Tea Cart




August:  Tea in the Garden





September:  Fall Tea Sets





October:  Morning Time for Tea





November:  Holiday Scones




December:  Snowlady Tea Party



Tuesday, December 27, 2011

AFTER CHRISTMAS TEA SCENES FOR "FRIENDS SHARING TEA"




I leave all my Christmas Decorations out for several weeks - after all the work, I am in no hurry to put them away!  This Christmas was very busy as it always is since I am in retail.  I wrapped so many packages for customers - you wouldn't believe.


The same goes for my teapots and teasets!  I especially love my Nutcracker Teapot:












We always leave tea out for Santa too! He needed a little caffeine after all that milk!






If you have something to share about tea - please link below!  No non tea related links please!











I am also linking to some other blogging friends at A Delightsome Life and Rose Chintz Cottage!





Monday, December 26, 2011

WHAT DID YOU COOK/BAKE FOR CHRISTMAS?



I was happy to stay home Christmas Day and spend it in my kitchen!  First off, I baked my Lovely Lemon Pound Cake:


I have one of those Emeril Lagasse Enamel Dutch Oven's.  I love it and it works so well for Julia Child's Boeuf Bourguignon from "Mastering The Art of French Cooking":











I also made a Creamy Fruit Salad.  I took it out of the mold too early though and it fell - no photos to show that one!  But did it get eaten?  Of course!  Really, the Congealed Salad should have been made first - not last!  We had sat around in our pajamas and time flies when you do that - right!




Pound cakes are wonderful at satisfying the sweet tooth and get better each day after they are made!

You will need these ingredients which you probably already have on hand:  2 sticks of butter at room temperature, 3 cups of sugar, 5 eggs, 3 cups sifted flour, 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 cup of milk, 3 Tb lemon extract (yes this is correct) 

 For the icing you will need 1 cup powdered sugar, 5 Tb lemon juice and the zest of 2 lemons



Grease with Crisco and flour a bundt cake pan! 
#1 In a large bowl, cream the butter and the sugar with a mixer adding the eggs and continuing to beat and now adding the milk
#2 In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and lemon extract
#3 Combine the second ingredients to the first mixing well
#4 Pour the batters in the prepared bundt pan
#5 put in the middle of a cold oven and bake for 1 1/2 hours at 325 degrees.  Anotherwords -turn the oven on when you put the cake in it!  Last time I baked this cake I preheated - but really - it is better to put it in without doing that!  You will cover the top with loose foil after 1 hour to protect the cake from over browning!

A LOVELY GLAZE:  Combine the powdered sugar and the
lemon juice stirring together and put 1/2 of the zest in the bowl and reserved the rest to sprinkle on top of the cake.  If the mix is too thick - add a little more lemon juice


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

MORE SNOW FOR THE SNOWLADY FOR "FRIENDS SHARING TEA"


 LAST NIGHT it snowed about 4 inches at our house and more is expected tomorrow night. I was really happy as it makes things seem so much more Christmasy and white.  





Needless to say, my Snowlady was so delighted she had a cup of tea to celebrate!  I am hoping now to have some more time this week for "personal baking" and cooking.  There are so many things I want to make......more to come on this!




I already had the teapot and cream and sugar....but when a customer failed to picked up 2 cups and saucers at my store - THEY WERE MINE!  We have been sold out and so is the company so I am delighted to have just two!









I do hope all my tea blogging friends will join me for Friends Sharing Tea by linking below at the bottom of this post.  









This is definitely a case of  "the weather outside was frightful, but the fire is so delightful".......



















I wish you a very Merry Christmas............I am also linking to two blogging friends: Kathy at A Return to Loveliness and Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage  





Wednesday, December 14, 2011

SNOWLADY TEA PARTY FOR "FRIENDS SHARING TEA"




Welcome to Friends Sharing Tea and I do hope you will join me by linking a special TEA POST below!  My Snowlady invites you to join her for her very own teaparty:



I hope you are enjoying getting ready for the holidays, baking, listening to the beautiful Christmas music and wrapping packages!





This Christmas has been a bit of a struggle for our family as my Mother-in-Law passed away last week - that is as a Christian we say she went home to be with the Lord.  My husband has been in Iowa and I have been very shorthanded in my store which of course is much busier this time of year.  Both of the dear ladies helping me have been ill but came to work to help.



I have been running in every direction and making plenty of messes along the way.  My Snowlady says " Slow down and enjoy a cup of tea".  This is good advice for all of us!














Snowlady was so excited when the newest issue of Tea Time arrived and she recommended a Fireside Tea which is in the issue!





If you have something to share about tea - please link below and have a wonderful week!


Monday, December 12, 2011

"FRIENDS SHARING TEA" MOVES TO WEDNESDAYS




I have had requests from so many bloggers saying they don't post on the weekend - I am moving "Friends Sharing Tea" to Wednesdays and hoping that will help!  Hope you have a great week and can join me Wednesday with anything about TEA!

Friday, December 9, 2011

"CHRISTMAS PRESENT" for FRIENDS SHARING CHRISTMAS TEA



What better time of the year for tea than Christmas?



Welcome to my home and the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas filling the air!  Time to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus!







This years tree is a White Fir like the last 2 years - this seems to be our favorite type of tree.











I have invited other "tea blogging friends" to join in the celebration and they will link below!  I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season and take time to relax with tea!


















I love Nicole Sayre and added a new angel to my collection:










We have a wood burning stove insert which can heat our whole house!  We love a nice warm fire!



Thank you for visiting "Friends Sharing Tea"!




Please link below and join me if you have a special post for "Friends Sharing Tea".