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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A Tea Calendar Makes a Great Gift

I don't know about you, but with the superb array of subject matters, sizes and styles, I happen to think that a calendar is a great little pressie for gift-giving. 

The ultimate, and the Grand Dame of all calendars (I buy one every year), is The Collectible Teapot & Tea Calendar. This beautiful calendar has been published since 1996. The gorgeous teapots featured on its pages are from tea company archives, teapot museums, antiques dealers, cherished private collections, and auction houses. 

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Monday, December 17, 2012

Saturday, December 8, 2012

A Cup of Christmas Tea

(Available for purchase here)

I first read this book many, many years ago and it has become a very special, private ritual to reread it every holiday season. I can't believe that it was written 30 years ago this year.

A Cup of Christmas Tea by Tom Hegg is the story - a poem, in a beautiful cadence - of a young man’s reluctant visit to his elderly aunt at Christmas, and the unexpected joy it brings. It's a touching story that never fails to warm my heart. 

(Available for purchase here)

A Memory of Christmas Tea, a story about how the distractions of a busy holiday season are swept away by the memory of a frail, but strong great aunt and her legacy of love, is the sequel.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

November Tea Poem

November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries
And the first white snows.

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring.

- Clyde Watson

Friday, November 23, 2012

Leftover turkey? Turkey and Stuffing Tea Sandwich recipe

(Available for purchase here)

SpecialTeas by M. Dalton King may be over fifteen years old, but it is a classic. Containing over a dozen themed tea party suggestions, this book emphasizes the food, and recipes are included.

The Thanksgiving Tea contains recipes with ingredients from the main holiday meal. What better way to use leftovers than for a tea party?

Here's one of the recipes. (Are you adventurous enough to serve Turkey and Stuffing Sandwiches at tea?) I think it sounds

Makes 24 pieces

12 thin slices wheat bread
Unsalted butter
6 thin slices turkey breast
6 tablespoons stuffing
6 teaspoons cranberry sauce

Spread each slice of bread with a thin coating of butter.

Lay a slice of turkey on 6 slices of bread. Spread a tablespoon of stuffing on each slice of turkey, then spoon a teaspoon of cranberry sauce over the stuffing. Top the sandwiches with the remaining bread.

Trim the crusts. Cut each sandwich into 4 pieces.

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