Fri Mar 21, 2014

We have been busy Roosters here at the Farm,

Last week we were able to gather eggs at Shopper’s Drug Mart for $1.99 a doz,

this week we have been roasting coffee in the small batch roaster.

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It roasts up a fine flavour bag of coffee, these are our first home roasts

 

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That Dark Harbour on the left is my fav, then a medium roast is beside it.

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here we are weighing it out

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Labels put on and they are ready for sale

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This week I also painted the front sun porch and gave it a sort of rustic country look

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What do you think? Rustic or what? Love the curtain roads and saved a bundle on them. The material was on clearance at Wal-mart in Maine for $4.97 a yard so I couldn’t resist that deal. I have a few Rooster memorabilia to hang around to complete the room and voila – this is our coffee roasting room.

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Oh, I almost forgot, you know I’ve been enticing fairies around here and getting the gardens ready for Spring and well I decided to have a Fairy Fun Friday Party, just me and the girls. 

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There has been so much coffee around here I have something else to share – a recipe for

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Upside Down Cranberry Coffee Cake
2/3 c packed b sugar
1/3 c butter or margarine
1 1/4 c cranberries
1/2 c chopped pecans

1/2 c butter, room temperature
3/4 c white sugar
2 eggs
1/8 c strong coffee
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 c sour cream
1 1/2 c flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt

Directions

Oven to 350 F
Wrap a spring form pan with aluminum foil. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt then set aside.
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar and 1/3 cup butter. Bring to a boil, then pour into bottom of spring form pan. Sprinkle with cranberries and pecans.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 3/4 c sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and coffee. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the sour cream. Pour batter into prepared pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto serving platter and carefully remove from spring form pan.

Enjoy,

Cindy

 

 

 


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  1. Janus says:

    MMM-delicious. Love the rustic curtain “rods” too. Cute picture of the fairy party. Looks like all had fun.

  2. I imagine your home smells so good with all that coffee roasting going on, Cindy. I love the gingham curtains and the branches for rods. Really cute! What a fun time your grands must have had. They are so sweet in their party attire. Enjoy the weekend.

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Tue Jan 7, 2014

Road Coffee

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The RV is loaded and we made our morning road coffee.  

We are headed South to get out of the cold. I will be reading all your lovelies while on the road. I’ll only be blogging at  http://hats-n-hospitalitea-cindy.blogspot.ca/

this site is on a  Blog Vacation

See you in April!

Cindy

 

 

 

 

 


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  1. See you on the other blog, Cindy. Happy and safe travels to you!

  2. Sandi says:

    Safe travels, Cindy. How lovely to be heading down where it is warm! What a winter we are having! Nice that you will miss it. Thank you for stopping by for tea.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  3. Janet Murphy says:

    enjoy your trip…safe travels and happy memories

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Tue Dec 31, 2013

Welcome friends, join me while I sit by the fire

with a relaxing cup of tea and reminisce 

Today I’m reminiscing  all the snow we have had fall in the past little while.  As well the blessings and joy my family and friends bring to me.  I’m sitting rocking back and forth listening to the kettle whistling gazing out onto all the snow and looking back over the last year as it is about to come to an end. 

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I’d like to share some tea and memories.

Valentine’s Day Tea

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A Special Day to share love and tea is on Valentine’s Day

 

Easter Tea

SeaGlass Rose

 

Another special moment to reminisce was having  an Easter Tea with Anna-Grace my grand-daughter who I will be visiting very soon.  I miss all my NC’ babies. 

 

Mother’s Day Tea

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Matthew made this a special day as we celebrated Mother’s Day after my recovery. 

 

A Surprise Birthday Tea

Sydney's tea party

Yes, my PEI grand-baby girls had a surprise Birthday Tea Party for me to remember.

 

July reminisces the Royal Tea Party

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In July Grandma’s Tea Room  marks this special day with all the tables being set in red, white and blue to mark the special day of the Royal Visit to PEI

 

Grandparents Day, My Favourite Tea Time 

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 The first Sunday after Labour day is National Grandparents Day.

Although it is celebrated in the US I find time to make this day a special one in with all the girls I have in North Carolina.

 

Fall is an exciting time to offer tea a

Halloween Tea

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Halloween is a great time for Tea  and I enjoy having spice teas like orange spice or apple pie tea (I accidentally chipped my teacup and it will be transformed into a bird feeder this Spring)

 

Another special time of the year to spend with friends and family is in November during a 

Thanksgiving Day Tea

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That brings us to December and all the specials times this during a

Christmas Tea Party

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Cranberry and Almond Scones are one of my other favourites.

 

Tea with Chatelaine today

Today I’m having tea with Chatelaine, won’t you join me in celebrating a year in the tea room and the joy and excitement as we are squealing over being named one of the top 7 tea rooms in Canada.

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Wishing you my friends blessings, and happiness as we approach the coming of a new year.

I’m joining the following tea parties ~

Tea Cup Tuesday~ http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/

Tea Cup Tuesday ~ http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ 

Tea Time Tuesday ~ http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.ca/

Tuesday Cuppa Tea~ http://www.antiquesandteacups.info/ 

Happy New Year!

love Grandma ~oo~ 


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  1. Sandi says:

    Congratulations on your being in the top 7 tea rooms in Canada, Cindy! That is quite an honour! I love the teapot in your Easter tea. Happy New Year, my friend, and may it bring you lots of joy.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  2. Janus says:

    This year has certainly been a roller coaster ride for you. It’s great that you’re ending the year on a real upswing. May the new year continue the good news for you and your family.

  3. Ruth W. says:

    Lovely to remember such a full year of treasures! Wishing you a wonderful 2014, and thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

  4. Hi Cindy: I want to wish you a wonderful 2014! Praying God’s best for you. Blessings, Martha

  5. Hello my fellow Canadian blogger and tea friend and a very happy New Year to you. I loved seeing your special tea moments. I revisited mine too just recently. It’s really lovely how the tagging thing works on blogs, isn’t it? Much love for 2014 from me to you Cindy. :)

  6. Terri says:

    Happy New Year! May you find many more lovely tea rooms to visit : )
    Your post today is a lovely look back.
    Many blessings to you in the New Year!
    Hugs,
    Terri

  7. Cindy, I enjoyed seeing all your tea posts today (a bit late!). They all look lovely and special. I love tea and dessert any time of day. Enjoy! Pam

  8. BetteJo says:

    Lovely post with lovely remembrances! Especially the teas with grandbabies!

  9. Lavender Cottage says:

    You’ve hosted some exquisite teas over the year Cindy, and it is indeed an honour to see your tea room listed with Chatelaine.
    Judith

  10. Kathryn Ross says:

    Blessings, Cindy! Joy to you this Christmas and New Year belatedly. I’m just getting back in blogging gear. I’ve quite the epic story about what’s kept me so busy on Pink Saturday and I hope to catch up with you more on this week’s tea posts. All your seasons of teatimes in 2013 look phenomenal! Looking forward to more in 2014!
    Joy!
    Kathy

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Fri Dec 27, 2013

 

Recently announced!

Grandma’s Tea Room

of Charlotetown, Prince Edward Island

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was listed in Canada’s Top 7 tea rooms by Chatelaine.

 

1. The Shangri-La’s Nutcracker High Tea is served daily from 2-5pm, until January 2nd. Their regular tea service runs throughout the year.

2. Empress Hotel, Victoria. One of the oldest and dearest options in the country; this afternoon tradition started in 1908. I love their signature Empress tea blend, and the fine china is as dainty as it comes.

3. Windsor Arms, Toronto. Another oldie but a goody, since 1927 they’ve been serving elegant, champagne-tinged Afternoon Tea. Their lemon scones are to die for.

4. Zoe’s Lounge in Chateau Laurier, Ottawa. The storied Fairmont hotels sure know how to do tea! I took my niece Julia here when she was five. She had the kid’s menu and chose the bubblegum tea. “I like the tea,” she said. “It has lots of fruit taste in it and you get a gum-ball on the side.” In fact, Julia enjoyed the entire high tea experience: “I think it’s a very nice place to be.”

5. Wedgewood Hotel, Vancouver. I’m a sucker for plush seating, candlelight, live piano music and primo people watching, and the Wedgewood’s afternoon tea in Bacchus restaurant and lounge has it all — including mini bakewell tarts!

6. The Doves Nest, Calgary. Homemade, traditional charm, complete with thick pink frosting and dense brownies, sandwiches and over 100 teas from which to choose.

7. Grandma’s Tea Room, Charlottetown. Housed in a PEI B&B, you just know it’s going to be good — and it is. Tea scones, clotted cream, garden fresh strawberry jam, Island butter and crustless sandwiches are all made for sharing. Tea parties are also available for extra fun.

written by: Amy Rosen 

 

We are excited about the news and it comes at a great time of year.  We have been working hard getting our publications ready for next year and we are just about to take a little break and visit our daughter Jennifer in North Carolina.  Thank you to the many friends and family who have supported us through company and great wishes all year long.

Happy New Year, Everyone!

 

Grandma ~00~

 

 

 

 


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  1. Janus says:

    I don’t know all the places listed but I do know the Empress Hotel and to be on the same list as them speaks highly of the quality of your tea room.

  2. I agree with what your first commenter said. You are among very good company on this list!! Congratulations to you! I really need to get to PEI and visit your tea room one day.

  3. Lavender Cottage says:

    Congratulations Cindy! I just saw the article in my magazine and this is quite an accomplishment.
    Judith

  4. Jerralea says:

    Congratulations on being in the top 7 Cindy! I would love to come sample the tea, clotted cream and scones … Maybe someday!

  5. BetteJo says:

    Oh that must make you feel so good – and what wonderful advertising too!

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Tue Dec 17, 2013

A Quiet Christmas Tea Joined by One Wise Men

one_wise_men

 

Balthasa is the only one of our nativity set we have found this year.  I truly love having a nativity set in the home so I can teach the grandchildren and show them Bible stories at this time of year.

Welcome!

I’m glad you made it, I’m also glad I took out the shovels and did the walkway or you might not have been able to tackle the snow drifts.

I hear there is more snow on the way, Boston is having a hard time as we speak.

Stamp the snow off your boots and come in from the cold.

I have the tea on and a place set just for you.

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My mother in-law hand embroidered this checkered table cloth and it just matches with everything on my table today.

The tea isn’t ready yet so lets have a peek at this weeks surprises. 

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 I just love the glow of this warm candle, don’t you.  I received this from a dear friend this past week a lovely drop in gift.

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This is an old crystal snowflake candle holder gifted to me from another tea lover, most days it sits on the window ledge of the tea room but today I put a candle in it just for you.

 It sure is chilly in here, I’ll put another stick on the fire.

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There that stick will catch soon and the fire will be burning and warm.

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 You noticed, I have another new tea cup! This is a Christmas cup with candles lit on the side.  At this time of year I seem to be burning a lot of candles, I just love the way candles warms a room.

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I love these stacking santas, they are hand painted and were a gift from an Aunt in 1979 when I had my first Christmas away from home. The grandchildren play with them every time they visit.  They went through my 3 children, my 2 nephews and what 6 grand-babies now.

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Would you prefer my tea cup?

Debbie stopped in and dropped this lovely gift bag full of goodies on her way to the airport today. She is catching a flight to England and I sure hope she has a wonderful time away visiting her daughter, what fun.

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Debbie also had a few other treats in the Christmas bag that I got to open early and one was this mug, isn’t the deer cute looking behind and on the other side it has the words NOEL. Underneath is a Christmas decorative drip cloth to put beside my sink.  Oh and a lovely apple scented candle.  Where is that candle hiding.

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There it is  tucked in behind the candy cane dish.

I hear the kettle boiling.  We are having loose leaf tea today, apple spice.

Very nice tea to have on a chilly day like today.

I have one little bit of old Christmas I’d like to share

tin_plates

When the children were young I didn’t like them walking to the table with snacks on my Christmas china so I often had tin plates for them to have their snacks on.  Just for the memory I’ll serve you a few shortbread that Victoria baked this week and dropped off.  She got to use her new cookie press and I took out my hand held silver tin one and showed her a manual cookie press from days gone by… she said she made about 180 shortbread in no time with her press. 

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Have a scotch shortbread or two. I plan to share the recipe with you during Home this week.  It is one out of the old five rose cook book mom used to use all the time.

 I’m going to have a cup of coffee in my new mug.

Happy Noel

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And a couple of surprises!

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I’m excited that you stopped by to share in my quiet Christmas Tea today.

Today I’m heading over to visit Sandi as she hosts a Sugar Plum Fairy Tea.

Time sure if flying,

December is almost gone and next week already it will be Christmas

Wrapping paper and ribbon… got to get to town tomorrow before the crowd.

 Christmas Eve our family gets together for a tradition, meat pie….I can hardly wait. 

 

Enjoy your week,

Cindy


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  1. Janet Murphy says:

    Makes me think I am sitting there with you Cindy

  2. What a sweet post Cindy. I love your new mug with the deer on it and your teacup is very pretty. Our kids had little trays to have their snacks on when they were little too. They were plastic with a place to sit a cup and a big place for the snack. They also had lap trays – rectangular metal trays with fold down legs. I’ve never used a cookie press but making that many cookies would be so easy with one. I should look into them. Have a great night in the storm. Lucky you have a wood stove!

  3. Hi Cindy, my fellow Canadian blogger, how lovely to meet you. Your Christmas tea cup is beautiful and I was just telling Terri (artful affirmations) that I don’t really have a Christmas patterned cup at all. I have one which has a winter scene on it but it got left in Vancouver, so won’t be used over this holiday. Your shortbread cookies look amazing too. Here shortbread and such is so easy and cheap to buy I get lazy, but, of course it’s always nicer homemade. :)

  4. Sandi says:

    Good morning to you Cindy, on this snowy day. We are having an early winter this year it seems and oh, so cold too. I am glad for the fire these days.
    Your post is very charming with lots to enjoy. I love your new Christmas teacup with the candles. I haven’t seen that one before. Your mug is adorable and the little deer reminds me of Bambi. The cookies are pretty and shortbread is always a favourite this time of year. I haven’t made my pate {meat pies} yet and I’m thinking I might make it for New Years instead. My back decided to give me a little grief so I’ve had to back off the baking and cooking preparations for the time being. It’s a real pain and no pun intended. Thanks so much for stopping by for tea with me. Perhaps someday we can do the real thing. Have a joyous week.

    Christmas blessings,
    Sandi

  5. Janus says:

    It’s fun to share your tea and memories. Your posts have a very homey feel to them and it feels like being there with you. The cookies look like the ones I used to make with my manual cookie shooter. I haven’t done them in a couple of years but Samantha emailed me for the recipe so she can try them on her new boyfriend.

  6. Lavender Cottage says:

    Hi Cindy
    Your Christmas tea is delightful with the candlelight. The new mug is sweet and I’m drooling over the 3 footed teacups. The Christmas cup with the candles is very nice, don’t know why I can’t find any Christmas ones when I’m out looking.
    I think I used some tin trays way back when too, but mostly the girls had to sit at the kitchen table for snacks.
    Nothing like a cozy fire while we share tea.
    Judith

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Mon Dec 16, 2013

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if each and every day we exchanged peace?

If no one was every lonely,

If growing older others knew how to forgive as well as they forget,

If the feeling of Christmas would last all year long,

I’d have just one wish.

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Today I’d like to share some joy that I get from a dear friend in blog land.  Her name is Pam, she blogs “Playing with my Camera” and she always has the most beautiful pictures that brings a smile to my face each time I see them.  This is one of her pictures above and I thought it a perfect fit with my blog post on “A Christmas Wish” 

I’m feeling that blogging is a lot like Christmas and it is a lot of sharing and caring

I would like to share

not cookies, not recipes, or tea cups, just a wish.

 After all we blog with a purpose.  A voice to be heard, sung like a bird.

  Bulbs and blogs are a lot alike, don’t you think?

 

I got a bulb (blog)

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and it started to grow (wrote posts)

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I watered that bulb (posted to my blog)

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So I could watch it grow (build an audience)

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it started to bud (blogging more often)

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being kept in the dark (no one finds your posts)

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why bother to show (stop blogging)

 

I want to thank the few people who continue to come and visit me regularly. I read and comment on about 37 other posts per week hoping to increase the traffic to my little bulb (blog).   I have joined in many parties, and feel like someone could greatly host my post.  

 

I’m usually in the crafting spirit, but these days I’m in the spirit of Christmas.  Or I should say in the spirit of snow as we look around us.  Today I’d like to have you join me over at Sandi’s blog post HOME where we share Home for the Holidays.

Have a very Merry Christmas  and I hope all your Wishes come true. 

 

Cindy

 

 


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  1. Cindy, thank you so much for sharing my blog on yours today. I appreciate it. Keep trying with the posting and commenting. It will slowly happen. Hugs, Pamela

  2. Good things come to those who wait. Great things come to those who take action. You’ve done that so keep on persevering. Your amaryllis will bloom soon.

    Guy

  3. Sandi says:

    Dear Cindy,
    It took me a while to get going too when I first starting blogging. For a while I felt like I didn’t have much to offer folks but then one day I just started sharing what I love and it all began to come together. I also had my son enlarge my pictures for me and that helped too. Don’t ask me how he did it because I haven’t a clue. But all these things helped. There are many days that I can hardly believe I have the following I do. Thank you for sharing your little ‘bulb’ at my HOME for the Holidays. Be encouraged, my friend! I wish you and your loved ones a joyous holiday.

    Christmas blessings and hugs,
    Sandi

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Thu Dec 12, 2013

It is time, the time of season we venture out into the cold, busy ourselves with this and that, while we join with friends, sing songs or listen to them while shopping for our Christmas meal.  Looking back over the past few years I’m wondering where the time has gone. Each year seems to come faster and leave just as fast or every bit quicker.  This week I took things slow, ok I know it is only Thurday but I slowed down to write a short message into each Christmas Card I mailed. Do you still had write your Christmas Cards?  

 

It was a Kazoozle of baking, treats, cookies and sweets, and you missed it.

Here is a glimpse of  our Wednesday night Cookie Exchange.

My treats were Snowmen cookies dipped in white chocolate, with a snowman wooden tag.

 cindy

The French Gardener provided Candy Can / Almond Bark using salted almonds.

 guy

Victoria brought her famous shortbread cookies. Used her new toy cookie shooter she got as a wedding gift.

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Margie made some Reindeer Poop and treats to go along with  it, smells of decadent,

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Janet made Oreo truffles with some dipped in chocolate while others rolled in sugar,

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Anneke baked and brought along double chocolate cookies

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Mary Lou gifted her famous fudge, double layer,

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Aubrey Lee made these decedent peanut butter morels

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Lori, brought us some surprises

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We each made a dozen of our favourites and then traded them up for one dozen of each kind. It was a fun evening and we had a chance to sample a few other surprises as well.

“Lord” we set this day aside to gather with friends, we talked about traditions and days gone past, reminisced about families and how the youngest was the one chosen to put baby Jesus in the manger. We are all thankful to have each other and to be together.

 

I put on tea and coffee however I forgot to turn it on, so this week I’m not having tea with all these cookies but I’m sure you can grab a cookie here and visit with Sandi over at her blog where many will be having tea, coffee, or hot chocolate.  These are all very lovely treats and the ladies worked hard to include the recipe with each.   I’m sharing my lovely treats and wee little things with Sandi as she blogs about HOME and what it is for each of us. 

take care and enjoy your week,

Cindy


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  1. Janet Murphy says:

    It was such a great evening and Corra still goes into the fridge having a hard time deciding which she will have.

  2. What wonderful looking treats, Cindy. Your cookie exchange was a great success I think. I did send a lot of Christmas cards this year but we’ll see about next year with the postage going up to $1.00 a letter! Enjoy the weekend and stay cozy during the storm. Hugs, Pam

  3. MaryLou says:

    I love gatherings that not only share food but memories, traditions and laughter. It was great to get together … and meet some new people. Thanks again for opening your home to everyone!

  4. Sandi says:

    Cindy, your cookie exchange sounds like it was a lot of fun and a big success. I still send out Christmas cards but the list is much shorter than it used to be. So many relatives have passed away and many of our friends don’t send cards any more. Next year, there may be less cards going through the system with the price of stamps jumping so high. Thank you for coming by and sharing at my HOME. I hope the new week will be lovely for you.

    Christmas blessings,
    Sandi

  5. BetteJo says:

    My favorite all time Christmas cookie – okay – anytime cookie – iced sugar cookies! But I would try every single one pictured above and I’m sure would love them all!

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