Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Santa Giveaway

I just love this Jim Shore
"Cup of Christmas Cheer"
Mini Santa.  Don't you?
I have an extra to give away! 
Leave an "enter me" comment here
by Thursday, December 6 at noon. 
Be sure to leave your email address
or blog link so that I can contact the winner. 
Write your email as the example below to prevent spam.
lindaj at gmail dot com 
I will be taking a little time off from blogging during this week,
but I will be checking in and reading your comments every day.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Santas With Teacups and Teapots

 This year our Santa Collection is nestled among
the teacups and teapots on the mantle. 
 It's not an expensive collection,
but are special to us. 
Some were purchased during travels.  
 Some of these Santas have been with us for 30+ years.
Introducing our newest Santa!   
I used to store all the teacups and teapots,
and put greenery and decorations among the Santas.
But, I decided they look very comfortable among the Teacups and Teapots
on the mantle. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Time for Tea

Yes, I took a little time for tea while in
the midst of all the Thanksgiving meal preparation.
(See previous post for our Thanksgiving celebration)

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thanksgiving Favorites

 We celebrated Thanksgiving at the home of Melissa, Tim and Peyton
The dining room table was set when we arrived on Wednesday afternoon. 
Notice the plates and glasses are upside down.  My mother always
did this to keep dust off the dishes when she set her table early.
Melissa purchased an organic fresh turkey
we cooked it in my 22 quart roaster.
It was moist and delicious.

 Our Thanksgiving meal preparation was a family project! 
 We planned the menu to be a gluten free meal for Melissa,
including gluten free dressing and gravy.
We served green beans instead of my broccoli casserole,
and my "famous" mashed potatoes for the boys who don't
eat sweet potatoes. 
Note: the dinner roll on my plate below is not gluten-free. :-)   
I made the SIL's favorite Sweet Potato Casserole
with a gluten-free topping. 
We didnt' tell him until after he tasted it. 
Below, the casserole before the topping and baking.
I made the sweet potato mixture Wednesday night,
refrigerated, then sat out 30 minutes before adding the topping.
 The gluten-free flour in the topping didn't set exactly
like the plain flour topping, but it tasted very good.
My recipe is below:


Sweet Potato Casserole Recipe

3 C sweet potatoes, cooked or canned (I use a 29 oz. Can, drained)
½ C. brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
½ t. salt
½ stick butter or margarine, melted
½ C. evaporated milk
1 ½ t. vanilla
½ C. brown sugar
1/3 C. plain flour
1 C. chopped pecans (I use 1/2 cup)
1/3 stick butter or margarine melted
Mash sweet potatoes.  Add sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla. Mix together.   Put mixture into an lightly greased 8x8 casserole dish.  Mix topping ingredients and spread over sweet potato mixture.  Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. 
I hope everyone had a fun and restful Thanksgiving Day. 
No Black Friday shopping for me this year! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

"Tea Turkey" and More!

 The Lexington Herald-Leader published the winners of their
annual "Dress the Turkey" contest today.  
According to the newspaper,
"Readers could use any idea they wanted for the Thanksgiving bird.
Among the hundreds of entries were Disney characters, sports figures,
TV stars, politicians, University of Kentucky basketball players,
cartoon characters, and more."
The top 20 were published in the paper today with the top 10 winning
$15 gift cards from Kroger.  
Artists were all ages, including several elementary school students.   
I just had to share the "TEA TURKEY", above.
It was submitted by a KY lady. 

This is a fun annual event.  

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmas Tea

 Yesterday while shopping for Thanksgiving groceries
at our local Walmart, most all the necessary ingredients
for Thanksgiving favorites were nicely organized
also on the center aisle. 
I was surprised and pleased  to see Tea in this section.
I did not purchase these, and haven't tasted them,
but would like to hear the opinions
from from readers who have tried these
flavors of Twinings Tea. 
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!! 

Monday, November 19, 2012

Holiday Tea Gift Idea

 Unlike our Daughter #1, Melissa, the money-saving blogger
at Stockpilingmoms.com I do NOT begin buying or even planning
my Christmas shopping until after Thanksgiving. 
(Her shopping and wrapping is done months before the holidays).
However, here we are just a few days BEFORE Thanksgiving,
and reading December issues of some of my favorite women's magazines
inspired me to do a little planning for tea-themed gift-giving to a few friends and neighbors.
I recently received these Blueberry Tea Shortbread Cookies,
by Bis Cot Tea® as part of a gift.
They are very tasty shortbread cookies and come in additional flavors including
Traditional Teatime Shortbread, Chai Tea Shortbread, Rooibos (Red Tea)
Shortbread, Mint Tea Shortbread, and Earl Grey Shortbread
The box I received was purchased at HomeGoods.  
 A small box of cookies and a tin of tea sachets will make
 a great holiday or hostess gift
for several special friends. 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Quiet Saturday Morning Tea Time

 I am enjoying Saturday morning quiet time in my kitchen
today with a cup of Harney and Sons Kenilworth Ceylon. 

What is in your cup today?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Handmade Three Tier Server

 The younger daughter, LS, purchased this
three-tier server at a craft show as an idea/pattern for future projects.
  It is made from three dishes and two clear glass candlesticks. 
I can just see this one on her Christmas table with her
assortment of homebaked cookies and candies.  

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Comfort Food - Homemade Potato Soup

My mother's cure-all comfort food was her homemade potato soup.
As I recall, her "recipe" was just a simple concoction of chopped potatoes, butter,
milk, salt and pepper.
I have tried to duplicate her recipe over the years,
 but I tend to add a little of this or that,
including small amount of chopped carrots and chopped onions
cooked with my potatoes. 
No matter how good my potato soups tastes, it's just not my mothers. 
Barbara, a church friend, gave me the following recipe for Potato Soup.
I made it over the weekend when the family visited.
Potato Soup
10 cups of diced potatoes
1/2 cup minced onion
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper (more or less to taste)
2 - 32 oz. chicken broth
2 - 8 oz. cream cheese
Combine broth, potatoes, onions and pepper and cook until potatoes are tender. 
Remove 2 cups of potatoes and mash (do not drain potatoes)
Return mashed potatoes to pot, add cubed cream cheese,
stirring frequently until cream cheese is melted. 
Serve with shredded cheddar cheese and bacon bits to garnish.
I added salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.    

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Vintage Crown Staffordshire Teacup Trio

Sharfing another vintage Crown Staffordshire Teacup Trio from my collection.
This pretty pattern is Wild Briar Rose. 

Saturday Tea Break

 Granddaughter, KJ, decided Grandma needed a nice cup of tea
on Saturday afternoon after the chaos of AJ, PJ, and a new puppy
running around the house for three days. 
Thanks, KJ! 

Monday, November 12, 2012

Weekend With Family and Friends

 What a busy and fun weekend!   
It was Berea College Homecoming with many scheduled activities.
In addition, the BCMS drama club performed
30 Reasons Not To Be In a Play
Friday morning, Friday night and Saturday afternoon.
PJ and Grandpa in the audience. 
Grandpa and Grandma entertained the kids with their
moms and dads were busy all day Saturday. 
Of course, entertainment included lunch at their favorite pizza place. 
On Sunday, special friends Daniel and his mom celebrating his Baptismal. 
Six families celebrated at lunch.
Below: Me, Cristina and Debra at the Sunday lunch.
 Debra's birthday surprise. 
 These were only a few of the fun activities this weekend!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Short Blog Break

I am feeling a bit overwhelmed this week. 
Family is coming to stay several nights.
AJ and KJ are in a play at school on Friday and Saturday.
Several doctor appointments, and more... 
Nothing big, it's just time for me
 to take a short blog break. 
I'll be back in a few days. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Giveaway Winner and Crazy Weekend

As you can see in the photo above,
AJ has a new cast
and of course it is Kentucky Wildcat Blue. 
He fell on Thursday after school at play practice,
 and broke his left wrist.
Surgery and overnight hospitalization were required. 
Unfortunately he is left-handed. 
He returned to school today.
It will be interesting to see how he can manage school work
and all this activities with his right hand. 
The pin is scheduled to be removed from the wrist in 6 weeks,
just before Christmas.   
The winner of the Mary Englebreit Christmas Giveaway is
Jocelyn, the Happy Cottage Quilter
Congratulations Jocelyn! 
I am sending you a private email to request your USPS mail address. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Fun Christmas Giveaway

Angela at Tea With Friends Blog is the best "tea shopper"
I know.   She recently blogged about Mary Engelbreit
Christmas tea-themed items found in the dollar bins at Michaels. 
Trips to Michaels for me rarely find the fun items Angela finds. 
This time I hit the jackpot, and I want to share with my readers. 
This giveaway includes Mary and Co. "Not A Creature Was Stirring..." items
pictured left to right starting with the back row,
1. Magnetic Listpad
2. Spiral Tablet
3. Pen
4. Journal
5. Emery Boards
6. Baking Cups
7. Notecards
8.  Surprise tea samples
To enter, just leave an "enter me" comment here
by Sunday, November 4th at 8:00 p.m. 
Be sure to leave your email if I don't have it.
Please spell it out so you won't be bombarded with spam.
Teatimegrandma at gmail dot com
I look forward to hearing from you!
I will email the winner and announce the name here.


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