Christmas Tea: A Vegan Delight

December means a pantry full of baked goodies and a fridge bursting at the seams with the fixings for holiday dinner parties and Christmas teatime celebrations.

Christimas 2017 in our cozy cottage has been the setting for a number of joyful gatherings over shared meals and sweet treats consumed once a year to toast the season. Family dinners, church group pot-lucks, and the annual Christmas tea I enjoy with my homeschool student, Haley Richardson, punctuated my calendar throughout December.

Haley is a rising Irish fiddle star, keeping a very busy schedule throughout the year with performances and festivals. When she’s home during the week, she’s schooling. I’ve worked with her for a number of years as a language arts mentor, and our Christmas tea at the end of first semester is a happy tradition.

While most of these events have featured an abundance of gluten and sugary delights, my teatime with Haley this year boasted a largely vegan repast. 

Usually, Haley and I celebrate our Christmas teatime around the third week of December. This year, we met after Christmas as Haley was booked to perform for two weeks in A Christmas Celtic Sojourn show in Boston. 

When she returned, Santa gifted her with a fancy new camera to better keep a record of her many journeys as a young Irish musician. So, of course, our tea party was a perfect subject for her growing photo skills!

Setting out the Lennox Holiday pattern china and prepping the teapot with our favorite Almond Cookies brew–available online from the fabulous Tea Embassy–Haley and I split the food preparation. I supplied the fruit, caprese salad stuffed tomatoes, the very decadent and addictive Hello Dolly layer cookies, Turkish Delight candies, and vegan cashew crackers with goat cheese and fig spread. 

Yum! But, that was certainly enough sugar!

Haley supplied vegan gingerbread chocolate chip cookies, chocolate date truffles, and a vegan banana oat bread. 

Every bite of our healthy choice semi-vegan teatime delighted! With the scaling back of sugar and gluten we enjoyed a healthier teatime, affording us energy the rest of the morning. In the past, we ate ourselves into a sweet lethargy due to our menu choices, but his year, we didn’t eat and drink ourselves into a nap!

Even our little vintage elf buddies, Desmond and Sebastian, remained alert with more healthful eats. 


After tea, Haley put the finishing touches on her alterted teacup project celebrating Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, as part of our literary study of the classics.

My altered teacup theme revolved around reading, writing, and books!

For more details on this altered teacup project with tips on how you can create a teacup tableau of your own, check out my blog to the purpose at Pageant Wagon Publishing on the Family Literacy Lifestyles Blog HERE.

We’ll be back to our routine studies in the classics, working on Haley’s novel and composition skills, and will be employing her growing skills with her new camera in a new, original photo-journal book project for a Holiday 2018 publication. More to come on this exciting venture later this month!

May you cherish joyful memories of Christmas 2017,

and hopeful anticipation for God’s richest blessings in 2018.

TWEET THIS:  My altered #teacup theme revolved around reading, #writing, and books! @misskathypwp

TWEET THIS: Every bite of our healthy choice #vegan #teatime delighted! @misskathypwp

P.S. Want to see more photos from Haley in performance plus videos? Check out her Facebook page at Haley Richardson Music!

Sharing Christmas Teatime: A Vegan Delight this week with:

Antiques and Teacups Teatime Tuesday

Homemaking Party

Mama’s Vintage Cottage

Pink Saturday

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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. So lovely to hear from you and catch up with you! Haley is growing into such a lovely young lady…and I am so glad she has such a wonderful mentor in her life. Your tea is perfect! So much healthier. May your New Year be blessed with His continued fellowship and inspiration. Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea.

  2. What a delightful post!Your teapot is wonderful…Congratulations for Haley.Happy New Year!

  3. Kathryn, what a lovely spread! I always skip the sweet treats at afternoon tea. In fact, I often ask in advance if they can skip them altogether and maybe throw in a couple of extra savories. A scone or two provides all the sweetness I need.

    • Agreed, Jean. Though I do love the sweets going in–the aftermath in my belly often backfires. I’m working on de-sugaring from the holidays this month. Not easy at all!! Joy!

  4. What a lovely tea party! I’d love to see some of those recipes here on your blog. Happy New Year to you and Haley.

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