Tuesday, December 17, 2013

IT'S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR for "Friends Sharing Tea"




Welcome to "Friends Sharing Tea" and the delights of the season. This is the time of the year when everything sparkles.  I love singing the Christmas carols along with Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban and Il Divo as I go to and from work.   These are busy days with a growing list of things to do.  No matter how busy, are always those moments for tea.






I shared this Sadler Teapot a while back and at least one blogger said she had the same one (Angela at Tea With Friends).  The cup and saucer to the left is a Regency I haven't shared before.  The one on the right is a Shelley and Karen at Karen's Cottage and Castle has the same one.








Just like so many of you, I have been baking.  I have an old stained recipe card from many years past for Gingerbread Cookies.  The kitchen seems to always smell wonderful when you bake cookies. Last year I organized my cookie cutters by putting the different seasons and occasions in ziplock bags so it was easier to find the ones I was looking for.  Then they all just go in a big box.





Here is the recipe for Gingerbread Cookies.  First preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

You will need:  1 cup shortening, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 egg, 1 cup molasses, 2 Tb vinegar,  5 cups sifted flour, 1 1/2 Tsp baking soda, 1 Tb ginger, 1 tsp Cinnamon, 1 tsp ground cloves  (I also  added 1/2 cup sour cream for a softer cookie

Thoroughly cream shortening, sugar, salt.  Stir in eggs, molasses, vinegar.  Beat.  Sift dry ingredients, stir into molasses mix and add 1/2 cup sour cream mixing everything well.  Now chill for an hour.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 1/8" and cut with cookie cutters.  Place 1" apart on greased cookie sheet.  Use red hots for faces and buttons.  Bake 375 degrees for 6 minutes.  When I went to get confectioners sugar for my icing- the carton was empty so these are not iced.  

I also recently found this topper which was only $3.00 and the leaves were embroidered with gold thread and also with cross stitched roses.  I thought it was lovely with my Old Country Rose China.









I will be sharing my post with these blogging friends:


I hope you can join me today by linking something about tea!  If you have a blog, please link here at the bottom for Friends Sharing Tea:

19 comments:

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Bernideen, I'm so glad I could catch up with you still today. It's evening here in E and it's getting late. Love that you posted your recipe for gingerbread. One of my friends makes a similar gingerbread with sour cream. Her's turn out beautifully too. Love the little rosy cups and tea pot. Hoping your next few days of frantic Christmas preparation go smoothly and gently. Much love. :)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Bernideen,
That is such a sweet teapot and the teacups look lovely with it. I made gingerbread boys every year when my boys were growing up. Haven't made them since though. Gingerbread cookies yes, but not the boys. Your tea is always a treat to visit. Thank you for hosting and have a joyous week, my friend.

Christmas blessings,
Sandi

Elizabeth said...

Hi, Bernideen. I'm visiting from a link-up I followed from A Delightsome Life. I think stained recipe cards make the very best recipes! Your china is beautiful. And I really like the pictures of your wooden nativity in your yard. Beautiful! Elizabeth from www.beautyobserved.com

Cindy said...

Hi Bernideen, Wonderful beautiful post. I think the best recipes are the cards that are used the most, or look like they have had food dropped on them. I have a Sadler but it is cream coloured with gold trim, yours is lovely. Someone went toa lot of hand work making that topper. I also noticed your little doily under the cup. I'm hoping to get out and replace my nativity tomorrow, I only found one wise man this year. Merry Christmas.

Terri said...

Hello Bernideen,
I love your pink rosebud china! It all works perfectly together. I have the same rosebud tea cup...the Regency...only mine is pale blue on the outside.
I am listening to A.B. holiday album right now : ) I love it too!
Hugs,
Terri

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Hello Bernideen. Your post is truly a delight. I have been baking up a storm too. Getting the house ready for the holidays and family. It is a hectic time of year but certainly happy and fun. I love that gorgeous tea pot. So delicate and dainty.

Merry Christmas.

Janet

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I think gingerbread cutouts are one of the most fragrant cookies to bake and have such a yummy smell throughout the house. The teapot and and teacups with roses are perfect for a couple of friends to get together over tea.
I had to laugh when you described how you organize your cookie cutters. Mine are in separate plastic tote boxes and labelled with the seasons. Martha Stewart would be proud of us! LOL
Another gorgeous topper for your tea table, very pretty.
Merry Christmas.
Judith

Marilyn said...

Oh I have a tea to share this week, hooray!
I love your idea for organizing cookie cutters.
I need to do that. Always love the little pink
flowers on the tea pot and cups.

Bookie said...

Love the delicate tiny flowers on your pots and cups...also like the way you have used dollies on the cake plate, etc. I will remember you example!

Karen said...

Hi Bernideen,
I do love that pink rosebud teapot. I have the same shelley teacup with the mint green trim. I am sorry that I am late to link up again. Today I went out for the first time in a week to see my 93 year old mother who is in a home. My daughter drove me and now I am tired and relaxing a little. Thank you for hosting Friends Sharing Tea. Hope you aren't working too hard at your shop this week. Someday I hope to visit your store. Take care.
Karen

Angela McRae said...

Yes, I do love that teapot like mine. I think that those small pink roses just never, ever go out of style!

Doni said...

Hi Bernideen!
Thank you so much for your sweet coment on my blog, and I am so excited to hop over to see you here and all your pretty tea things. I hope you have a lovely holiday..
Blessings,
Doni

kitty said...

I always enjoy coming to tea at your house, dear Bernideen. Your service is so pretty and I love the manger scene and the beautiful angels. Your topper is wonderful and looks great with the teacups. Thanks for the cookie recipe. I can practically smell them baking! Merry Christmas blessings. xo

Ruth Weston said...

Lovely Bernideen. I love the Sadler and of COURSE I love the Shelley! The cookis sound wonderful. Such apretty setting. Thanks for hosting and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. A bit late, in Seattle for Oliver! last night. Merry Christmas!
Ruth

Jann Olson said...

Everything looks so pretty Bernideen. Sip that tea and stay warm!
hugs,
Jann

Tea in Texas said...

The tea table is so lovely with the addition of the Nativity! Your Sadler teapot is sweet with the tiny roses. The gingerbread cookies are delicious for a Christmas treat. I also love Shelley and yours is very pretty. Have a very Merry Christmas and hope you and your husband enjoy a wonderful New year!

Pam

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Merry Christmas dear sweet friend. So sorry to learn of your computer woes, that's never fun.
Hope you get it all squared away soon and come back, we shall miss you terribly.

Hugs.

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Bernideen, so delighted to join you this week - I do appreciate you hosting and sharing,
Kathy

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Dear Bernideen,
the days are so busy that I almost forgot to link in your party - so sorry. And now I read, you have trouble with your computer. I know exactly how this is. I wish you relaxed holidays in Christmas and a googd start in a wonderful New Year. Thank you for sharing this sweet table and for hosting this event.
Best greetings, Johanna