Friday, December 30, 2011

Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations sslindseymorgan is the winner of Savvy Saving Book by Melissa and Shelley the gals.  I am Melissa's mom and I am amazed at the money she has saved by using coupons and stockpiling.  I look forward to hearing from sslindsdymorgan so I can mail your package to you. 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Giveaway — Savvy Saving - Couponing Secrets from the Stockpiling Moms

Our #1 daughter, Melissa, and her business partner and friend, Shelley, who are well-known for their money-saving blog,, have published their first book,
Savvy Saving - Couponing Secrets from the Stockpiling Moms.

I am offering a Giveaway of the book.  Just leave a comment to enter the drawing. 

Be sure to leave an email if you don't have a blog where I can contact you.
Please spell the symbols  @ (at) and . (dot) so you won't receive spam.

I will announce the winner on Friday evening December 30th. 

By the way, if you think you don't need the book, please enter and give it to a young mother or someone who needs to learn to be more aware of couponing and money-saving.  Melissa and Shelley have been able to be stay-at-home moms with their boys and save money for very special vacation trips and more!  Their success has been amazing!
I will provide tea samples as a bonus to this special giveaway!!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas with Family

Merry Christmas from our family.
We have a variety of family activities planned during the children's school break.
As result, I'll be taking a blogging break.. 
Enjoy the holidays with your family and friends!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Chex Mix

I needed a very quick and easy recipe for a snack for AJ to take to his piano Christmas party.
Each student played a Christmas carol throughout the evening while families mingled and enjoyed munchies.
I remembered my friend, Patty, makes this sweet snack during the Christmas holidays.  It was perfect for this event.

Yummy Holiday Chex Mix
3 c. Corn Chex
3 c. Rice Chex
3 c. Cheerios
2 c. Pretzels (Tiny Twists broken into pieces)
2 c. Cocktail Peanuts
12 oz. M & M's (Red and Green for Christmas)
1 lb.  White Candy Coating

1. Mix dry ingredients. 
2. Melt white candy coating and pour over the mix. 
3. Stir until coated.
4. Pour onto wax paper and let dry until cool.
5.  Break into chunks and store in a covered container.

I divided this mix into two containers.  One to take to the party and one for the guys to munch on at home. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Teacup Thursday — Rosina Yuletide

I collected the Queen's Rosina Yuletide, a trio at a time, from eBay a few years ago
to use when serving our family Christmas afternoon tea.   

Here we are in 2009 using our pretty Rosina trios. 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tea Themed Christmas Tree

This year we set-up our tea-themed Christmas tree in the window in our "tea room"
 so that our neighbor across the street could enjoy seeing the lights.

These are a few of my favorite ornaments, purchased while traveling.  

My tea tree has grown from a 3-foot tree  to a 5-foot tree as the ornament collection grew.

Do you have a themed Christmas tree? 
AJ has a soccer tree in his bedroom. 
Our tree at the farm house is decorated with angel ornaments.
Do you have multiple trees in your home?
A few years ago a friend had 18 trees up during the Christmas season.  They were all themed.
There were a few large trees and many small ones.  She had a sewing tree in her sewing room,
a kitchen tree in the kitchen, and more.  Needlsess to say, she no longer has the time or energy to
decorate all those trees.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Tea Room Christmas Village

This is my Christmas Village. 
Notice anything unusual? 
It is all tea rooms and tea shops, a collection I have gathered over several years.  

I added the Joseph Edward Tea Shoppe this year.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Teacup Thursday — A Cup of Christmas Tea

I purchased "A Cup of Christmas Tea" teapots, teacups and accessories one at a time on eBay a few years ago. 

My goal at that time was to set a themed table at the 2009 Berea Health Ministry fund raiser tea.
It took months to collect various co-ordinating pieces. 
I used Aunt Ida's green glass plates to complete the place settings. 
This was one of the most fun tea table themes I have put together. 

Our family will enjoy several cups of Christmas tea this season.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Memories of Family Christmas Traditions

One of our family Christmas traditions is to hang stockings for "Santa" to fill.
We go through our stockings first thing on Christmas morning.
Our stockings are not filled with wrapped gifts, but small unwrapped items, some are special or useful and some are just for fun.
After the stockings, we open our gifts while sitting around the tree sipping on mugs of tea or hot chocolate.

OK, I need to clarify.  This is a tradition I brought to our marriage from my childhood.
When I was a little girl my dad told his memories of finding an orange, nuts, and a toy in his Christmas stocking when he was a child.  He was very strict with my brother and I about keeping the fun tradition of stockings and opening gifts only on Christmas morning.
The hubby's family had very different Christmas traditions.
But, they also had a house full of anxious children.  He had 8 siblings!
They didn't hang stockings.
Santa came early in the evening on Christmas eve while his mom and the kids
 were out driving looking at the Christmas lights around town.  
When they arrived back home, Santa had come. 
Did they ever wonder why his dad didn't go with them? 
Memories of Family Christmas Traditions

I remember when Aunt Mary had become blind with Macular Degeneration and could no longer make her Kentucky Jam Cake and her Fruit Cake Cookies.  She cried because it was her Christmas tradition to make those special treats for family and friends.  I cried with her, and told her we would make new Christmas traditions. 

Oh, how we miss her jam cake and fruit cookies, my mom's cranberry orange bread and thumbprint cookies, and Aunt Ida's coffee can bread, just to name a few.  
I don't even try to duplicate those recipes because they just wouldn't taste the same. 
As my friend Mary says, "you can't compete with a memory." 

We began some new Christmas traditions.
 For dessert we enjoy homemade southern pound cake with peppermint ice cream or southern hummingbird cake.
AJ and KJ decorate the Christmas cookies. 
(We make cookies from a package instead of baking all day, as I did when our girls were little.)  
Country ham and biscuits are a must!
We decorate our Christmas tree while listening to Christmas music. This year, AJ has been playing carols on the piano while we all sing along. 
We have a family afternoon tea during the holidays.
We leave cookies and milk for Santa.
GJ reads the story of the birth of Jesus from the Bible before bedtime on Christmas eve. 
On Christmas morning, we open gifts, one at a time, with the youngest beginning first.
A few years ago, I gave the daughters and sil's their personalized stockings which once hung with ours.  They celebrate with their children on Christmas morning in their own homes. 

These are just a few of our family Christmas traditions. 
We have several more I could share, but I would like to ask you to please leave a  comment and share as few of your family holiday traditions.   


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