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Eighteen Days ‘Til Christmas

With the cold weather we’ve been having the last few days, a cup of hot tea will give you a warm glow and lighten your spirits!

Here are some delightful heartwarming tea recipes you might want to try:

Hot Spiced Tea
6 cups water
1 tsp. whole cloves
1 piece cinnamon stick
6 tea bags of your choice
3/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 Tbs. lemon juice

Bring water to boil; add cloves, cinnamon stick. Simmer a few minutes. Remove from heat and add tea bags; steep until desired strength (min. five minutes). Remove spices and tea bags. Set aside.

In a small saucepan stir in orange juice, sugar, pineapple juice, and lemon juice; bring to a boil. Stir juice until all of the sugar dissolves completely. Pour juice mixture into the spiced tea. Serve hot. (adapted from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/hot-spiced-tea-for-the-holidays/ )


Hot Toddy French Vanilla

6 Bigelow French Vanilla Tea Bags
2 cups heavy cream
2 cups whole milk
¼ tsp salt
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon rum extract

Place tea bags, heavy cream, whole milk in a microwave safe bowl and place in the microwave. Heat the tea bags, cream and milk on high for 4 minutes, stirring at 1 minute intervals. Carefully remove from the microwave and allow the tea bags to steep for 10 minutes. Remove the tea bags and press with the back of a spoon to release all flavors -discard used tea bags. Add remaining ingredients and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into 4 heat proof cups/mugs, top with whipped cream and cinnamon. Enjoy! http://m.bigelowtea.com/recipe.aspx?rid=2647rid=2647

PS  When I went to make this recipe I couldn’t find Bigelow ‘s French Vanilla, so I bought their Vanilla Chai instead.  And since we use nonfat milk I substituted that for the whole milk.  I must say, it was fantastic!!  Sort of like a spicy spiked eggnog.  I halved the recipe since there’s just my husband and me – but I could have drank the whole thing it was so good! 


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Hot Holiday Tea

1 1/2 cups water
8 Bigelow® Apple Cider Herbal Tea Bags
1 1/2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup burgundy wine
Cinnamon sticks as a garnish

In a medium saucepan, bring water to boil, add tea, cover and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove teabags.
Stir in cranberry juice and wine. Return to medium heat. Heat thoroughly.
Serve in a large pottery mug. Garnish each cup with a cinnamon stick. http://m.bigelowtea.com/recipe.aspx?rid=2134


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Tea Time – how would you like your tea?

And a good time was had by all! Today my P.E.O.  group, Chapter EX,  gave a benefit Christmas tea party.  P.E.O.  (Philanthropic Educational Organization) is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.

We had vintage teapots, modern teapots, as well as whimsical Christmas teapots.   The menu included scones, banana bread, finger sandwiches, an assortment of cool and refreshing fruit cups, and deserts to die for – creme puffs, lime curd in phyllo shells, checkered cake and glazed cookies.   Each table was hosted by a member, who brought the food to the table, poured tea and made their guests feel welcome.  We also had a hat contest – and some of the hats were a riot!  The winner of the contest had a beautiful 1949 red print felt cloche hat that belonged to her mother.

Here are a mosaic of photos  taken right after everyone set up their table.  I am sharing these with Blue Monday and Mosaic Monday.











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This is a practice set-up for a high tea my ladie’s group is putting on in December.  I’m working on creating a harmonious arrangement of mixed pieces of china, cups and saucers.


Sunny can look comfy cozy just about anywhere she sprawls.


Halloween is almost here! Twenty-five years ago I dressed like Dolly Parton (with the help of some large orange balloons stuck in strategic places). It was so much fun dressing up for Halloween where I worked – and then on to Halloween parties afterward.

Linking with Ashley Sisk at Scavenger Hunt Sunday.

Function – haiku

Believe it or not here are all the definitions of function:
1. the actions and activities assigned to or required or expected of a person or group
2. what something is used for
3. a formal or official social gathering or ceremony
4. a relation such that one thing is dependent on another
5. a mathematical relation such that each element of one set is associated with at least one element of another set
6. a vaguely specified social event\
7. perform as expected when applied
8. perform duties attached to a particular office or place or function

dainty teacups served
scent of scones wafting in air
merry mirth abounds


little nose sniffs air
tiny eyes dart to and fro
egads, a shadow!

                               Punkatawney Phil

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