Teatime at Twilight, Too!

STORM UPDATE:  It’s Tuesday morning and we never lost power – all is fine!  We were inland about 45 minutes from where the storm made landfall and I’m sorry to say our Jersey shore points are devastated.  Thank you to all who prayed – our neighbors by the seaside will continue to need such support.  Now – may I pour you out a cuppa? 

Or, perhaps I should title this:  Teatime at Twilight with a Hurricane, Too!

We’re on the downside of Hurricane Sandy, and though all things have moved along rather cozy in our home today with soup and baking and crafting and blogging since we never lost power and have remained airtight in the face of record rainfall and wind gusts – we still have the aftermath to contend with – especially our South Jersey seaside resorts.  Our Seashore spots like Ocean City, Atlantic City, and Sea Isle City are under water.

Lost a good deal of the Atlantic City boardwalk, too.

Photo by Dann Cuellar, Action News

So very sad – beaches out to sea and all the quaint downtown shops and beautiful beach houses are flooded – and a seasideWAWA convenience store where everyone goes for their morning coffee.  We have them on every corner throughout South Jersey.

Quite a clean-up to come.

Locally, we’ve had some flooding, like our church lawn turned into a lake . . .

Only emergency personnel allowed out on the streets.  Wind and rain expected to continue into Tuesday.  Everything is closed so it’s like a mini-vacation but you can’t go anywhere.  So, projects get accomplished and to-do lists get caught up.  But – oh!  Our poor beach towns – and only 45 minutes from us like this downtown river in Atlantic City – this is what it looked like Monday morning – hours before the full force hit us at 6:00pm.

And, this is what the news tells us to look forward to over the next 24 hours throughout Tuesday . . .

Well . . . I still have power and will get my Tuesday Teatime blog post up – in case I don’t have power by morning.  To that end – though the moon is full tonight – thought impossible to see for the cloud cover – I am sharing the twilight moon of a couple weeks ago.

A lovely time for hubby and I to take tea and some of my Pumpkin Dollop Cookies in a Harvest setting by the tea cabinet.

Last week I teased you with a preview of this luscious trio with a walnut and grape cluster motif.

I actually found them on two separate thrift outings and couldn’t have been more pleased!  The window lights from my Department 56 Harvest House cast a warm glow over the splendid green hue on the cup and set off the gold trim to perfection.

It’s made in England by HAMMERSLEY & CO. – a delightful find for under $5.00!

Looking on are an elegant Indian Chief and his Lady Squaw.  There serene expression has always been a welcome part of my tea cabinet harvest display.

They are joined by comrade Pilgrims with arms weighed down with bounty from the Harvest – eager to share the good and plenty.

A sparkling white pumpkin fills a giant teacup that is supposed to be a repository for “chocolate” – and fulfills its mission accordingly with a stash of pumpkin shaped York Peppermint Patties in dark chocolate – a favorite treat after meals.

Behind our Lord and Lady Pilgrim is another teacup and saucer – also found under $5.00 thrifting – and so positively beautiful I fairly gasped when I stumbled upon it, scooping it up and looking about to be sure there were no other contenders to own it in the vicinity.

It’s a COALPORT china piece – made in England – and called “Sonnet” . . .

 The gold and silver leaf embellishments are perfection on this rather thin china white.

It has a retro feel and look to it.  Positively delicious to hold in my fingers.

And, speaking of delicious – back to my Pumpkin Dollop Cookies!

They’re gluten free, too, and hubby absolutely loves them!  They sort of have the consistency of pumpkin custard, but the flour in them allows some solidness for holding.  I make a huge batch and spoon them into mini muffin tins so I can bake a slew of bite-sized “dollop” like cookies that freeze very well.

GF Pumpkin Dollop Cookies

1 can pumpkin (1 lb. 13 oz.)
3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 cups gluten free oat flour
1 1/2 cup organic almond milk
1 1/4 cup honey
3 Tbsp. applesauce
1 1/2 tsp. almond extract
1 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray mini-muffin tins.  I have the large tins that make 24 each so I can fill them all and bake the whole batch at once.  This recipe makes about 75 dollop cookies.  

Mix flour, raisins, and spice in large bowl – set aside.  Mix milk, applesauce, honey, extract and pumpkin together.  Add the wet mixture to the flour and stir well until blended.  Spoon “dollops” into the mini-muffin tins.  Bake for 13 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in the pan for about 10 minutes before cooling on a rack.  Store in plastic bags in fridge.  May be frozen.

Mmmm . . . just the thing for a teatime at twilight – or morning – or afternoon . . .

P.S.:  Thank you to all my Blogland sisters lifting those of us in the storm’s path up in prayer.  Some are fairing worse than others.  I am blessed to be in a flood-free zone and on high inland ground.  We’ve been fine, but my heart is with so many who have lost homes, jobs, businesses, and more.  May the Lord restore their fortunes and be glorified in the aftermath – be the Dawn after the dark . . .

Sharing this week’s Teatime at Twilight 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
Trish’s Heart & Home at Lily Rose Cottage
Kathryn’s Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House 
Bernideen’s Teatime

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. Hi Kathryn: I am so sorry about what is going on in your state. Take care of yourself. Your cups are beautiful as usually. I always love to stop by and learn from you. Lots of blessings, Martha

  2. I saw your comment on Jocelyn’s blog (Happy Cottage Quilter) and jumped over. Your blog is beautiful. Your posts over the past few days — especially regarding Sandy and storms and faith — are very touching. I’m a new follower! 🙂

  3. Prayers and love… Prayers and love… More prayers and more love…


  4. Mmmm, Pumpkin cookies! Yum!
    Your post is sweet as always : )
    Both of the tea cups are lovely. The Coalport is amazing vintage! And the Hammersley is stunning! I always love the grape scenes!
    I am glad you are tucked up warm there. I hope the damage isn’t too bad when all is done.

  5. Kathryn, hurricanes are such violent storms. Each one different. It takes time (I know), things will come back and everyone will find out how important neighbors are! Best wishes to you and your state. I love your new teacups (especially the one with the walnuts — so perfect for Fall) — each one a wonderful find! Happy Tea Day!

  6. Good morning my friend,
    I hope this finds you still safe and away from all the damage. Do take care.
    I love your pretty green teacup and your pumpkin cookies sound delish! A lovely post and an interesting read as always. Wishing you a lovely and safe day!


  7. Glad you didn’t loose power. So many did. So far reaching.
    I love that little house lit and peaking out. Fun.
    Ruthie from: http://www.ladybstimefortea.blogspot.com

  8. So glad to hear that all is well in your area. Love your beautiful teacups. So perfect for this time of year.

    Jocelyn @

  9. Your home sounds & looks snug and cozy, and I am so glad you’re faring well. Pumpkin cookies and tea, time to blog and craft, my idea of a perfect day.The teacups are lovely! The shade of green on the grape adorned teacup is my favorite.

    Thank-you for posting pictures and details of the storm. I hope and pray there will be no more harm done and for quick recovery.

  10. Happy you weren’t badly damaged by the storm.

  11. Hello Katherine
    Glad to hear you are safe and sound. I can’t believe the boardwalk area of Atlantic City, I spent a wonderful day there years ago with fellow workers.
    To see the water level up so high on buildings is depressing as one can only imagine the interior damage.
    Stay safe with the rain yet to come.
    I like your group gathered for Thanksgiving, nice to see native Americans and settlers at peace. 🙂

  12. Love your cup and saucer, and your cookies look great!

  13. Your state has been so badly hit. I am so sorry. Glad you were able to ride it out relatively OK.
    Your green nut and grape teacup is so lovely. So perfect for this time of year. And your dollop coolies sure look delicious.

  14. Happy to hear all is fine with you. I love your first teacup! Those grapes look so real in the bottom of the cup I had to go back for a second look. It is so much fun collecting teacups when whe find such good bargins! Darling Indians and pilgrims for your autumn setting. Thank you for sharing your pumpkin treat recipe with us and have a good evening.

  15. Oh, Miss Kathy, I’m so thankful you were snug in your home. My heart is sick over the devastation all around you. I’m praying for all of you.

  16. Praying for you and your neck of the woods there! Bless your heart! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  17. I am so glad you are away from the Ocean – so is Rizzi who has Gifts from the Sea Blog. Maybe she lives near you?

    This is a lovely Cup and Saucer – very pretty!

  18. Hey Ms. Kathy,
    Just checking in with you tonight to make sure you are okay. I am so glad that you are and hope that you keep power! Praying for you–take care.

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