The snow may be gone this week – but last week, snow and frigid temperatures brought an icy teatime to The Writer’s Reverie.
With plenty to do indoors and out of the cold and snow at the time, I’d been sorting through some vintage finds for my Etsy shop and was delighted to come across this cheery fellow!
Our Frosty Friend here once possibly graced a Winter Tea Table with his bag of icicle picks loaded on his back. Guests to circa 1950’s -1960’s tea parties in Winter might spear fruit or cheese laid out on a teatime platter to go with their scones and cookies.
Perhaps – a lovely Anise & Almond Tea Cookie laid out on a snowy bed under a cupcake size cloche!
Yes – Frosty approves!
It’s another variation on my Peppermint Dreams Cookie you read about HERE. Super-duper easy – and even more enthusiastically received by my husband than the peppermint version! They come out like a softer biscotti and you will have to exercise tremendous self control to not eat the whole batch in one sitting!
Anise & Almond Tea Cookies
1 box Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Mix (Betty Crocker)
1 Large Egg
1/2 cup Unrefined Organic Coconut Oil (solid/soft)
1 Tablespoon water
1 Teaspoon Anise Extract
1 Teaspoon Almond Extract
1/3 cup Crumbled Slivered Almonds
Set oven at 350 degrees. Grease two 24 mini muffin tins. Stir the egg into the cookie mix. Cut in coconut oil with a pastry cutter till crumb texture. Add water and mix into a smooth, thick cookie dough. Add extracts – mix well. Add slivered almond – mix well. Drop spoonfuls into mini muffin tins – about 3 dozen. Bake for 10-13 minutes til just done and very lightly browned bottom. Cool and enjoy with your favorite tea.
Frosty, his icicles, and these delicious cookies kept me company – and warm – when our temperatures outside were hovering around 3 degrees. Gah!
But, not to worry when we’re taking tea with Anise and Almond Cookies in this lovely Coalport cup and saucer called “Sonnet” – with retro vintage charm just like Frosty and his icicle picks!
The silver and gold leafy flourishes against the stark white of the china give a wintery feel to the cup.
And, I love the name of this pattern – SONNET. So beautiful – and appropriate for this particular teatime, since I added another lovely to the mix.
It is hard to fully appreciate Winter when he can be so very fierce. But, I am comforted with some conciliatory thoughts on the Old Man, taking the time to sip my tea, eat my cookies, and read through some seasonal SONNETS.
Tea and reverie delighting me in this gorgeous antique edition of classical poetic works.
Antique poetry books are some of my favorite books to collect and I have quite expanded my cache of them this year. Do stay tuned come spring when I shall take them all our for Show and Tell with Poetry on Parade.
For now, though, here are the words of William Cowper as he ruminates on Winter:
The Domestic Winter Evening
by William Cowper
O Winter, ruler of the inverted year,
Thy scatter’d hair with sleet like ashes fill’d
Thy breath congeal’d upon thy lips, thy cheeks
Fring’d with a beard made white with other snows
Than those of age, thy forehead wrapp’d in clouds,
A leafless branch thy sceptre, and thy throne . . .
I love thee, all unlovely as thou seem’st
And dreaded as thou art!
. . . I crown thee kind of intimate delights,
Fireside enjoyments, home born happiness,
And all the comforts that the lowly roof
Of undisturb’d retirement, and the hours
Of long uninterrupted ev’ning, know.
Um . . . yes.
Sitting here mid-day with tea, treats and poetry, my friend Frosty – icicles notwithstanding – brings quiet and solitude with the cold white landscape surrounding my cozy warm home. Nothing but Grace and Gratitude here for such a day. Thankful I have such a place to retire to in the throes of Winter’s chills – so many do not.
Just my tea and poetry; and, a kitschy snowman for company.
Sharing Snowman for Tea this week with:
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