Snowmen for Tea

Joy to you – tea ladies and tea-lovers all!  Brrrrrr!!  Been a bit chilly this week as we’ve welcomed freezing temperatures and blankets of snow that – though visually beguiling . . .

Invites bundling up . . . and a steaming cuppa tea to warm heart, hands, and bellies.

The kettle is on and I have amassed a grand selection of quality leaf blends – succumbing daily to my very favorite Almond Cookies Green Tea mixed by my English tea shop friend, Karan at Across the Pond.

Checking my wintertime tea cabinet display, I note the whimsical setting of a wintry woods peopled by a couple of snowmen in concert with log cabin and moose!

Not to mention this little encouraging thought:

Yes – God DOES indeed keep His promises!  Spring IS just around the corner with the promise of warmth, color, and new life!  But, our winter is not quite ready to depart – so a cozy with a cuppa is the perfect way for me to spend this snowy day – with snowmen for tea!

But, what to serve???

Well, with my green tea of choice noted above – I’m thinking Almond Cookies – of course!  Experimenting with a flourless cookie recipe, I completely upended it and made it my own – chock full of healthy ingredient substitutions and additions – and all the better for it, in my mind.

The kitchen warmed up swiftly with the oven on as I stirred the batter and spoon-swirled little round balls onto my well seasoned baking stone.

I only have one stone that I use exclusively, so baking cookies ends up taking all morning since I can only bake sixteen of these goodies at a time!

And – not to leave good enough alone – I had to stuff them with more vitamin and fiber rich goodness pressing a dollop of Polander’s All Fruit Blueberry between two cookie rounds creating a tea sandwich treat delicious to eat!

Suddenly, I was thinking “blueberries” and decided to go with this sweet Myott “Forget-Me-Not” blue and white vintage cup, saucer, and dessert plate . . .

The absolute perfect size to display a serving of my cookie sandwiches!  Yet – instead of my green tea, I now decided to go with the Blueberry Rooibos tea to match the blueberry filling.

I really love this little vintage china trio!  Such a find at the Goodwill – with a custard dish besides – and all for $1.50!!

Just look at the embellishment and thumb grip tip of the handle – my favorite part of the cup, with that Art Deco look – though I am not sure of the age on this pattern.

The delicate little robin’s egg blue flowers take me back to the aforementioned promise of God that spring is just around the corner!

My Snowman friends are delighted with my selection today – especially the sweet little thrift shop snowman creamer – decked out with woodland details making him quite at home in a setting with a log cabin teapot –

And, what do you think of this whimsical moose teapot which captured my heart last fall at the aforementioned teashop?  Karan put him aside for me until I saved my pennies for this frivolous find.  I’ve been planning this post since then, you know!!

Now – back to those Almond Blueberry Sandwich Cookies – here’s my recipe:

1 cup fresh ground almond butter (I get mine at the local Amish market)
2/3 cup honey 
1 egg (may use egg beaters substitute)
1 teaspoon organic almond extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 Tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill Organic Golden Flaxseed Meal
2 teaspoons Organic spelt flour
1/2 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Quick Oats

Set oven at 350 degrees.  Mix almond butter, honey, egg, extract well.  Sprinkle and mix in the baking soda.  Add each of the dry ingredients one at a time and mix well – thick and sticky.  On an ungreased baking stone (may use parchment lined cookie sheet) drop a swirled teaspoon round onto the stone about three inches apart.  Bake 10 minutes – cookies should look “set” but they won’t look “done”.  Rest cookies on the stone for about 5-7 minutes before removing carefully to a cooling rack.  Use your favorite jam or fruit filling and make little cookie sandwiches.  This recipe makes about 50-60 single cookies – 25-30 sandwich cookies.

Feel good about yourself eating them – low sugar, good protein, omega 3, good source of fiber (especially with blueberry filling), easily digestible – Yay!!

Wow – typing this out makes me hungry for just one more . . . I’ll close now – we’ve another snowstorm coming in this evening so I best prep the kitchen for another batch – and cuppa!

Happy teatimes this week! 

Sharing Snowmen for Tea with:

Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups
Kathryn’s Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House 
 

Comments

  1. What an absolute delight! I love these posts of yours – they’re just so fun to read and look at. I LOVE that moose teapot! He would fit in with my new mountain home just perfectly. Where on earth did you get that?

    Anyway, a lovely spot of tea I’ve had with you on my rather chilly winter afternoon!

    GOD BLESS!

  2. Hi Kathy! I don’t really miss the snow….I love your winter’s post. So cute! Love your moose. I have never used a baking stone. Interesting! I love your teacup as well. Such a delicate pattern. I am afraid I can’t do rooiboos…allergic to it. Rats! The recipe with your changes looks wonderful and I will be making it. I LOVE Bob’s Red Mill products. We used to live in Oregon and drove the 1 1/2 hours to the mill to buy monthly. I miss that, although most things are available in our local nat’l foods market. Thanks for sharing and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Have a wonderful week!
    Ruth

  3. Your picture looks like you have had some snow in your area. We have had such an odd winter we don’t know what to expect.
    Your cookie recipe looks really interesting! I am going to have to try that one! I am always looking for a more healthy treat alternative.
    Blueberry Roobios sounds delicious too, and your sweet vintage cup with the pretty blue flowers makes for a beautiful tea time.
    Hugs,
    Terri

  4. Beautiful, and YUM. I am giving this recipe to my hub! He is the baker in our family!! I want to have tea with you and the snowmen!

  5. Oooo! Thanks for the recipe!

    I’d love to join you!
    Kelley~

    P.S. Adorable snow gentlemen!

  6. Hello dear Kathy,
    Happy New Year and welcome to my tea! What a busy time we’ve had. You’ve been busy and I’ve been busy, yet I have thought of you often over the past couple of months. So happy you could join me today.
    Your teacup is so pretty and robin egg blue is a favourite colour of mine. Love your snowmen and that little moose! What a darling vignette for tea time! Thanks for joining me this week and I hope all is well in your world.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

  7. ooh, thanks for the recipe! Looks yummy! Wish I could share a cup of tea with you my friend! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  8. What a great cookie recipe. Your Moose Teapot is really fun and would be loved in Colorado!

  9. You make a snow storm inviting!

  10. I enjoyed your snowman tea party! I love the pretty white/blue tea cup and saucer you found and your almond cookies look delicious! I love whimsical things also so I enjoyed your moose teapot! How fun!
    Sandy :)

  11. Oh I love spelt flour….these cookies sound terrific. I just might have to try them out.

    Thanks so much for sharing your precious tea time with me…hopefully winters end will usher in the delightful days of spring soon….

    Ciao Bella

    Carmelina

  12. Hi Kathy…. I like your Snowmen tea today.
    Your cookies look and sound delicious…Love the filling!!!
    Your tea set is beautiful.
    I hope you don’t have too much more snow between now and Spring.
    Keep warm
    God bless
    Barb from Australia

  13. The cookies not only look good, but are healthy. I might make these soon. They appeal to me as a breakfast bar when you’re in a hurry to get going in the morning.

    The moose tea-pot is unlike any teapot I’ve ever seem before. How much tea does he hold?

    A snowy day would be nice here for a little bit. Tea, a good book, sitting in front of the fireplace while seeing the snow outside, but rain is O.K. too. Slushy, but a nice thing to view from inside while sipping tea.

  14. Oh my dear Miss Kathy…What a great blog. I can’t believe all your snow and looking at snowmen seems so foreign to me now out here in Oregon. Spring is trying hard to appear. We usually get a false spring in February. I want some of those goodies! YUM YUM YUM.
    Tea sounds so good. You are quite a creative cook.
    Love ya,
    Linda

    PS…keep warm my dear!

  15. Mmm, the cookies look delicious! Thanks for the recipe. I have to laugh- if you looked out our windows right now you’d see a warm shining sun and palm trees- SO different from your scenic snow covered trees. However, we did get an unusual hail storm yesterday that was so heavy it looked (for all of 15 minutes!) as if it had snowed! I was amazed. Alas, quickly it was gone before I could even take pics of the cars and ground covered in white.
    Hugs
    Shawn

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