Happy New Year Teatime!
Yes, I missed all the fun in December when everyone was sharing their teatime posts. I was busy cleaning out my daughter’s new house that came with all the former owner’s circa 1950’s-1970’s vintage goodies . . .
See more on this epic tale and some great visuals in my New Year Blessings story.
I hope you’ll forgive me for not posting sooner. Especially when I share with you my favorite find in the house!
It’s a beautiful light pink Universal Pottery Ballerina tiered cookie platter and I was so excited to use it to welcome my blogging friend, Jillian of Bella Rosa Antiques, who came for a Christmas visit. Jill is my my husband’s cousin and was in our area visiting her dad. Her visit gave me a reason to bake another batch of gluten free cookies. This year’s holiday favorite I’m calling Peppermint Dream Cookies! So super easy!!
I chose my nostalgic Christmas tree as the backdrop for our photo this time. It was very appropriate. I decorate it with vintage ornaments from the 1940’s-1960’s and display vintage toys from the same era – including some I received as a child in Christmases past. Jill and I both share a love for vintage and all things antiques and roses.
So, of course, I had to show her all my recent finds while clearing out my daughter’s new home that are now “retro treasure” inventory for my Etsy shop at Cameo Impressions.
Yes – I have tons to sort through, categorize, price and upload in 2014. What an unexpected blessing from the Lord!
Jill visits a couple times a year when she’s in the area and is one of my go-to people for questions related to vintage identification. She recently celebrated her own online antique selling at Bella Rosa Antiques Shop – five years – and has been a great encouragement to me. She also sells at an Etsy Shop. I love old things – they tell such wonderful stories of bygone times and people’s lives. Now, finding myself with such an inventory – well – 2014 will be my year to step into vintage sales – as well as having new vintage stories to tell!
Christmas week also brought another annual tradition for our teatime visit with my Aunt Anne. Such a welcome with candles aglow to greet us!
I’ve featured her teatime here in the past. This season, it was just the four of us enjoying an afternoon repast of Earl Grey and her home-made cookies.
Aunt Anne still bakes with the same wonderful recipes she’s used for years – the same ones my mom (her sister) used. Childhood nostalgia all wrapped up in the transporting taste of an old fashioned chocolate chip cookie, Russian teacake cookie, and my very favorite coconut chocolate.
None of them are a mix and done recipe like my Peppermint Dream Cookie. The coconut chocolate cookie has to be made in three stages and includes some expensive ingredients. It is absolutely delicious and when I eat one I’m a kid again – and mom is just in the kitchen taking another batch out of the oven. The holidays have us all waxing a bit nostalgic with yummies to eat like this ginger swiss cheese spread . . .
Plus, there’s always the vintage settings on a table – love this old pink creamer and sugar Aunt Anne chose for our tea . . .
Truly, Christmas is my favorite time of the year for the warm memories it evokes.
We also made a trip to my favorite tea shop at Across the Pond, for a new year’s supply of my Almond Cookies leaf tea. Karan had me thinking springtime thoughts with all the cheerful pink rose patterns in the tea things available.
With sub-zero weather this week in New Jersey, and almost a foot of snow on the ground – and too much ice on the roads – YES! I’m thinking SPRINGTIME and FLOWERS!
To that end – I treated myself to a special edition magazine from Better Homes and Gardens – COUNTRY GARDENS. It has a feature story on Celia Thaxter’s lighthouse gardens of one hundred plus years ago I look forward to reading.
But, contending for my attention is one of my Christmas gifts from my husband – A Fine Romance by Susan Branch – detailing her thirty year wedding anniversary tour of England.
It’s all hand written and illustrated and covers a two month visit where she spent some dreamy time at Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm in the northern Lake District and at Jane Austen’s home in the south of England. Guess I’m living vicariously through her as I don’t see my own trip to England in the near future.
But, I couldn’t be more thankful for all the blessings I do see ahead! Sipping my reading tea from a white as snow mug with one of my life verses . . .
I am content.
And, Hopeful in the PEACE of the Lord as we step into this new year. Many teatimes and reflective moments ahead – with perhaps another batch of Peppermint Dreams.
Sharing Holiday Tea and Peppermint Dreams this week with:
Kathryn’s Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage Tea Time Tuesday
Kathy at Delightsome Life’s Return to Loveliness
Terri at Artful Affirmations Tea Cup Tuesday
Martha at Martha’s Favorites
Ruth at Antiques and Teacups