It’s 95 degrees in the shade – but no matter – Zena and Phyllis are keeping cool by celebrating Christmas in July with a teatime romp, thrift store strolling downtown today!
First – their favorite tea stop on High Street in Millville, New Jersey – ACROSS THE POND TEA SHOP – where all things Merry Christmas are on sale at 50% off!
Zena is particularly thrilled to see those darling snowman candles – a festive oxymoron to either chill the heat or heat the chill of the season.
You see – she had purchased one of these little bits of festive lights a couple years ago to compliment her seasonal snowman display. But, when it was time to deck the halls this past Christmas – the candle was no where to be found! High and low she searched – every bin and basket – not a hint of it! So, with such a great Christmas in July sale, she took another one home at a bargain price!
However, now she would need the just right candleholder. Enter . . . The Goodwill Thrift Store!
Yep – another Christmas in July find with a luminous fine art Santa making the perfect foundation for a snowman candle – a steal at 50% off, too – only 99cents!
Phyllis, however, was a bit wanton for tea – brewed, of course, in a thrift store teapot in vintage Christmas attire. With a hop, skip, and a jump down the street to the next thrift shop, she squealed with delight to find the perfect pot!
A lovely Price Kensington – made in England . . .
Deliciously crackled with age and boasting a glamorous red rose with gold trim!
The shape of the pot was particularly inviting – but the price sealed the deal at $7.99!
Cuppa – a cuppa! Where to find a cuppa??
Not too far at the next shop – a more contemporary Pier 1 Imports pattern that decidedly needed a home. The gold and red in the tree design tied into the red and gold of the pot and candleholder.
Now! There would need to be the right blend of Christmas tea . . .
A lovely gift from this Christmas past would fill the bill!
But – tea treat? Chocolate and peppermint, I think – whipped up from one of Miss Kathy’s customized, healthified recipes! Voila!
2 free range eggs
2 – 3 Tbs of unsalted raw almond butter
4 Tbs organic virgin coconut oil
4 Tbs organic carob powder
1 tsp organic almond extract
3 drops Young Living Essential Oils Peppermint HERE
3/4 cup organic Sucanut evaporated cane juice
Pour mixture into a greased 8 x 8 glass pan. Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and enjoy your guilt free moist tea treat with a cool peppermint Christmas twist that actually has nutritional value!
Oh! Perfection at teatime with thrifty finds on a hot summer day dreaming about how cool it is when things begin to look – and taste – a lot like Christmas!
Zena and Phyllis had a lovely time – especially at the tea shop – and will be back NEXT WEEK for a very special teatime sponsored by tea hostess, Karan Buck and the historic Levoy Theatre . . .
At the Royal Baby Shower Afternoon Tea for Princess Kate – on her due date – celebrated by a modest gathering of Anglophiles – here – “across the pond” . . .
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