Snowman for Tea

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.

No complaints.

Just my tea and poetry; and, a kitschy snowman for company.

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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

Bernideens Teatime Blog

Ruth at Antiques and Teacups

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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. Hi Kathryn: Love the Snowman! I am so happy for you. Starting up a shop is a lot of work but well worth it. Good luck, let me know if I can do anything at all. Hugs, Martha

  2. Hi Kathy. Your little snowman is so cute! The teacup is lovely…I always love Coalport. And the cookies sound like an intriguing flavor combination! I’ll have to try them! I know what you mean about all the social media…a trial. I guess it’s what growing in Grace means…whether we want to or not! I have already followed your Etsy! Have a great week and thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  3. Lavender Cottage says:

    Kathryn, your snowman is adorable and the cookies look yummy to have with tea. Good luck with your Etsy shop.

  4. That snowman sure is cute and what a nice recipe. The cookies look delicious. Thanks for sharing at Friends Sharing Tea!

  5. What a cute snowman and I love that he holds the icicle picks. Your Sonnet teacup is lovely and oh my, your cookies look wonderful! Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea. Have a splendid week, Kathy.


  6. Your cup and saucer caught my eye! So beautiful. I love your snowman too! He is such a cutey! Have a blessed day my friend. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  7. Hello Kathryn, your post is lovely again today. Love the vintage theme. The tea cup “Sonnet” is truly a vintage beauty. The name alone is wonderful! lol! The design is simple yet elegant in a way only Coalport can do. I love Coalport. One of their cups always feels good in the hands. The cookies too are fab! I do want to give them a try : ) Yum!

  8. Poetry on Parade? I’m all IN on that one. I blogged about poetry being among my very favorite simple pleasures. Honestly, if I HAD to choose (and please… don’t make me) I would choose poetry over prose any day.

    I love the teacup, and that recipe must be pinned! When I was a little girl, my grandmother always had annisette (sp?) toast at her house. I have a feeling that this will taste like it. I need to make this and share with the family who remembers Grama.

    (I actually got with the groove and came via facebook this time. I’m getting more proficient every day! Whoopie!)

  9. Such a sweet table. And your tea cup is beautiful!! Stay warm!

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