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A Quiet Christmas Tea Joined by 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.


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.



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. 


 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.


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.


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



 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.



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.


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.


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.


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


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. 


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


And a couple of surprises!


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,


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Top of the morning to ya!

The week started off right, yup a snowfall that is going to stay with us throughout the winter I’m guessing and I made it to Stratford Centre last night and exercised in the gym and used the track to walk 4 km.

Yes I’m impressed, however after a 4 pound gain over the past ??? weeks it is time to start an exercise regiment.  I’m a lot of talk when it comes to exercise, but the truth is I can find every excuse possible to be doing something else.  Like baking and trying recipes for Grandma’s Tea Room.  Yesterday I went back to my recipe card catalog from McCall’s and dug out recipe 166 Peach Cobbler.  Oh and  I’ve been reading an excellent helpful book these past days called “Stress Reduction For Busy People”  and not only is it helping me with understanding all stress it actually provides an insight into why exercise reduces stress.

I think baking reduces stress…. so it is

time for Afternoon Tea



Please join me in a cup. Today I’ll use this colourful cutting board as my serving tray.



And I’m sharing yummy Peach Cobbler from McCall’s Greatest Recipe Card Collection.  Lisa has done a beautiful job of sharing this vintage card collection of ideas on her blog “eating well in 1974“. 


Peach Cobbler 

Filling                                                             Batter

5 c sliced peeled peaches                               1/2 c sifted flour

1/2 c sugar                                                    1/2 c sugar

2 tablespoons flour                                    1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon lemon juice                                     1/4 teaspoon salt      

1/4 teaspoon almond & vanilla extract                       2 tablespoons butter softened

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon                               1 egg, slightly beaten

1/4 teaspoon salt                                                                  

2 tablespoons butter or margarine                                                                  

1.  Make filling: In medium bowl, combine peaches, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, lemon juice, vanilla and almond extracts, cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 c water ( I use peach juice if canned). Turn into 8 by 8 baking dish. Dot with 2 tablespoons of butter.

2. Preheat oven to 375F.

3. Make  Batter: In medium bowl, combine all batter ingredients; beat with wooden spoon until smooth. Drop in 9 portions over filling, spacing evenly.  (batter will spread during baking.)

4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until peaches are tender and crust is golden. Serve warm, with ice  cream. 

*or use two cans (14-oz size) sliced peaches, drained, reserving 1/4 cup of syrup to use instead of water in step 1.


I like vanilla ice cream with hot peach cobbler.

Would you like a scoop?



I just need to make a little adjustment to my drip catcher, there.


Hang on until I give you a tea strainer to catch the wandering loose tea.

I’m having Orange Spice Tea today, would you like a cup

or if you prefer I also have Peach Apricot?



My tea is Orange Spice and my cup today is gold trimmed and the flower I thought was a Trillium, but after a closer look I’m not sure what the flower is maybe a dogwood do you know? 

With Christmas less than 30 days away I’m going to have to start taking out my Christmas Wee Little Things. Where is that tea cup I made last year?

Christmas cup and saucer


I cut out poinsettia and bells and taped them on this cup last year when I hadn’t unpacked my Christmas China yet.

I noticed a colour pattern happening with yellows and greens.  These colours had true meaning for my daughter Victoria this past Fall when her and Dewar were married, their colours were John Deere colours.



Married in the back field of their farm and everyone parked on the dirt road and a John Deere tractor and wagon ride brought guests to the wedding party.

 Thank you “Lord” for this grey morning and the many birds who visited our feeders this morning. Today I’m blessed and give thanks for such a caring family. I’m thankful for meeting two lovely people who visited the Island yesterday and glad to be part of their holiday. I pray for friends today as they struggle with the loss of a young baby, may they find peace and forgiveness. 

I’m joining up with Sandi as she hosts her Tea Time blog where others have joined together to share and bring harmony to one another. Come and share some tea, but most importantly take time out of your day for a break and rejuvenate if only for a few minutes.

xoxo Cindy

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