Thursday, December 26, 2013

COMING - HOPEFULLY SOON


Santa Claus gave us a new computer after our old one crashed so hopefully I will be back again soon.  I am able to type this on my little laptop but need to have the new computer for my photos!  I hope to be back in the next week.  Hope your holidays are great!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

TAKING A BREAK

I am sharing a picture (not from this year) to Wish You a Very Merry Christmas:



And from this year below:



  I am taking a break from blogging for several reasons.  These are busy days indeed but also - my computer is in a crisis.  I recall that I am not the only one to have this problem - right!  Oh boy!  I was able to post this from my small laptop but the "big guy" is in trouble.  

Merry Christmas!

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:

Friday, December 13, 2013

I HAD A DREAM


Almost every week at least one person, if not multiple, ask me to please open a tea room in my shop.  Usually they point to the gourmet pantry in the back and say "that would be a perfect kitchen there and out here by the fireplace you could have the seating area".  They mean well but don't understand how much of my shop space I would loose for retail or how much I would have to spend on a commercial kitchen or more importantly that I am not 40 anymore! (before I go further let's do pause for a sip of tea)



Last Tuesday night or rather early Wednesday morning,  I had a dream right before I woke up so here I am typing it out so I won't forget it.  I dreamed I was buying a huge old Victorian house to open a tea room.  It was "somewhere" in the south on a wide street going down to the river with great views.  You know, sort of the "historic area" of the city.  The house itself needed a lot of work which was going to be my husband's role.  In the dream there were 2 unknown women who were sitting at a table with me discussing how this was going to work.   The front room was very large and had many wonderful tables which I was glad about.  As I went over things with the women - they became upset with my ideas and said they would want to do things "their way" and they got up, gathered their notebooks and left.  I was a bit relieved really as I could see they would not be taking instructions from me at all.  (Pause here to get one of these teabags for tea)



Last Tuesday night before I went to bed the very last thing I did was look at several blogs (probably yours too) and the last one was Martha's blog,  LINES FROM LINDERHOF and I read her post about her Christmas tree which explains why she was in my dream too.  So back to the dream and Martha's role:  I had mixed emotions of discouragement after the ladies left but looked out the huge Victorian window and a ROLLS ROYCE sort of a mini bus pulled up.  It was brand new white and gold and shiny and beautiful.  I was shocked to see it was Martha Scott who informed me that she "wanted to help" and would be bringing women clear from Kansas in her new mini bus just to come to my tea room.  OH MY!  HELP IS ON THE WAY!  (pause to see another tea cup)



Well, as I was speaking with Martha outside I could see the potential in the front for a beautiful garden and I imagined ladies sitting outside on the large front porch looking out on the street to the lovely Victorian cast iron fence!  Oh my - so much to do here - but this is when I woke up!  (pause for some more of my new Downton Abbey Tea)



Well, I needed to get to my real work  that morning after the dream.  It's Christmas and you know what that means when you have a shop.  Gifts to wrap and still some things to check in, getting more bags out of the back garage, bills to pay, carpet needs to be vacumned before opening.......... again, the food samples set up and our tea samples.  Thank goodness I don't have a tea room or I would already be late and the scones wouldn't even be baked yet or the finger sandwiches made!   So much for dreams.........




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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

CHRISTMAS THYME TEA for "Friends Sharing Tea"



Welcome to my weekly posting for "Friends Sharing Tea" and this special "CHRISTMAS THYME TEA" .  Won't you join me for a time of sharing and reflecting on the joys of this season.  I am so pleased too because I found 3 new "old" cups and saucers over the weekend.  They are all English.  I decided to share those:  






The brands of these cups and saucers are:  Tuscan,  Royal Standard and Roslyn.  Most all are numbered and they are lovely.  I love collecting cups and saucers so come over to my cabinet and let me show you what I collect.





The holiday season came so quickly after our late Thanksgiving and brought with it busy days!  Hours are filled with shopping, crafting, planning, baking and cooking, decorating and of course finding time for the newest Christmas Hallmark movies. As a Christian, I am particularly focused on the celebration of the birth of Jesus.  In 1999 I had the privilege of visiting Israel and Bethlehem and the place which is believed to be built over the original location of the manger.  It was a thrill to see first hand so many places referenced in the Biblical account of Jesus birth.











I am using my Trellis Bird Teapot and Cream and Sugar with the teacups.  Please help yourself to some "White Christmas" tea which is made from white tea, almonds and vanilla!  I love these little tea bag sachets.

Say, do you like cookies?  I didn't want to assume anything here but figured you did!  I have been seeing this recipe on Facebook and wanting to try the newer Sugar Cookie recipe that has sour cream in it as I heard it is nice and moist.  Please help yourself!  I do think they are softer cookies and here in Colorado where things dry out quickly, that's helpful.






Here is the recipe for the The Sour Cream Sugar Cookies that you will definitely want to go copy!!!!  The icing doesn't have egg whites.  I always used Martha Stewart's egg white icing before. This icing does take a little longer to dry.




I hope you can join me to by linking a post to your special posting about tea below at the bottom of this page  I will also be linking this post some special blogging friends I have enjoyed "meeting" through blogging:






And Also:  A Delightsome Life, Tea Cup Tuesday with Terri and With Martha and Tuesday Cuppa Tea With Ruth and Cottage Style Party and Mosiac Monday at Little Red HouseWhat's It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants and Homemaking Party and lastly Creating Sugar and Spice With Jan



I leave you with this one last bit of advice:


Monday, December 9, 2013

CHRISTMAS THYME TEA TOMORROW

Just a reminder - join me tomorrow for A Christmas Thyme Tea for "Friends Sharing Tea"!


If you are a blogger, you are invited to join me tomorrow and link something from your blog to mine about a CHRISTMAS TEA!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

LIGHTING UP CHRISTMAS


This years tree is the tallest one we have ever had. 
What was I thinking?  






A simple change:   I added some burlap strips cut from fabric tied to my Magnolias which already had gold ribbon.  This change gave a little more country feeling to this years tree.






We experienced a beautiful snow all day yesterday so we closed the shop and went home.  I went home and made a Holiday purse from 2 rectangle shaped placemats, other heavy fabric for inner lining strength,  a doily , a Christmas Card,  yarn, an antique button and brass jewelry findings.  I plan to make more - as gifts.




My Snowlady has her place of honor again by the Christmas Tree.
As you can see, she loves her Nutcracker Teapot!





I hope your weekend is restful and full of happy memories! 
 I so hope to get some baking done!

I made these stockings below back in the 1970's.  They are made from an antique crazy quilt and have brass jewelry findings on them.









I hope you will join me next week for a special "2013 CHRISTMAS THYME TEA"  posting for Friends Sharing Tea!  Copy this thumbnail if you like for your blog!  I will try to get this post up on Monday!


 Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage will also be having a tea blog party!   Here is her party logo:




Monday, December 2, 2013

PUTTING OUT CHRISTMAS for "Friends Sharing Tea"











Part of the joy of the Holidays is pulling out the boxes and setting up the decor and I always look forward to decorating my home for all the different seasons and celebrations.  With Thanksgiving last week, it was a very busy week and blogging came to a halt but here are some photos of how things are happening at my house now.





With other activities finally behind us - we will be filling the air with spices and sweets as the Holiday baking begins.  I have been looking around for red berries and their seem to be few in Colorado.  Holly doesn't grow well here.






You remember I found this pretty white "vase" a few weeks back at the flea markets.  Last week I found a darling English Currier and Ives plate that matches so well. It is called "The Snow Storm".  Our snow has melted down now but I am sure there will be more to come.  












There will be more to come on decorating. Time to break for tea!


Please join me for "Friends Sharing Tea" by linking a post from your blog about something related to tea: