Christmas in July Thrift Store Teatime

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!

Black Bean Peppermint Brownies
1 can organic black beans drained and rinsed
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


Preheat oven to 350°
Drain the black beans and put all ingredients into a food processor except the extract and the peppermint oil.  Pour the peppermint oil into the teaspoon and then drop the peppermint oil into the extract before pouring into the food processor.  Process until smooth, scraping the edges to ensure all ingredients are well blended.  Note:  Oops!  I mistakenly put the baking powder in the picture – not for the brownies – I use that in a similar cookie recipe I’ll share soon!

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!

If you’re looking for more great gluten free and good for you tea treats, I collect them on my  PINTEREST boards!  Feel free to pin this recipe – and pass the goodies along!

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” . . .

Coming Next Week – Stay Tuned!

Sharing Christmas in July Thrift Store Teatime this week with:

Sandy’s Tuesday Teatime at Rose Chintz Cottage
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Kathryn’s Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House  

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 and blogs at


  1. How cute is that – it is amazing to see all these Christmas items in July! Love your teapot and the one with the floral!

  2. Does she still have more of the Nutcracker Sweet tea??? I love that flavor! I assumed she didn’t have it anymore since the holidays were over. Gotta get my hands on some of that! YUMMY!!!!!

  3. Hi Kathryn: I think it must have been just as fun to shop for all those goodies as it was to display them. I love the shape of the tea pot as well. Thank you for sharing those wonderful pictures. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

  4. Beautiful pictures today and oh I love all the lovely displays! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. Hi Kathryn. Your post is so lovely and Christmas-y I love it. Thank you for sharing the brownie recipe; it is now printed out and saved in my folder for next time. 🙂

  6. Hello Kathy,
    What fun to see all those displays and I must tell you that I love the teapot! What a pretty thing she is and from England too!! Can’t beat the price either. Your peppermint brownie looks delish. Thank you for sharing and coming to tea, my friend. Have a beautiful day.


  7. Hello Kathyrn,
    What a lovely Christmas post you have shared today! I love every bit of it! That new tea pot is so very wonderful! I do love the shape too, and don’t mind the crackle at all. It makes it even lovelier.
    I would love to try your brownie recipe! I can’t believe it is made with black beans! But they look delicious! I will have to go have a look at your GF board on Pinterest. Thanks!

  8. Oh, that cake looks wonderful! Christmas items in July – she must be clearing out old stock to make room for new. If you think ahead I guess it makes sense to buy it!

  9. Christmas in July … sounds like a perfect pairing.

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