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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Antique Christmas Postcard for December 14th

I hope you holidays are proving enjoyable so far...
We are looking forward to having some rain to clear the air starting tonight. It hasn't rained in 2 weeks, which is amazing for the Pacific Northwest!
My antique Christmas postcard for today... 1909

A charming family Christmas...

Have a lovely day and a cup of tea with a friend!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Antique Christmas Postcard For December 13th

Happy December 13th!
Here is today's antique Christmas postcard...

This is from 1907 and is signed by the artist A. Hall

The Christmas cross stitches I have made over the years are out of the closet and appearing in various places around the house...
I find cross stitch very relaxing...

A reminder that my 10% off with coupon JOYFUL sale
ends tonight!

Have a wonderful day...hope it's merry and bright!
And, of course, includes a cup of tea and a Christmas treat!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December 12th Antique Christmas Postcard

Good morning! This morning's Christmas postcard has a cute snowman!

This is a German one from the 1910s...
the poem says:

I find it's very hard to think
Of pretty things to say
So I'll just send a loving wish
For a merry Christmas day

Hope your day is lovely...with tea involved!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, December Musings, Pumpkin Streusel Coffeecake

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. 
December is beginning to look and smell like Christmas around here!

My Welcome sign I painted years ago is up by the door and it is definitely looking like Christmas!

My Christmas postcard for December 11th...

And Christmas proper is certainly waiting in the wings!

And Happy Hanukkah to my Jewish friends, which starts 
Tuesday, Dec. 12th...

So let's have tea!

We had a tea time in the sunroom in a brief flash of sun between fogs...and we had my year round favorite green tea Candy Cane Lane by Celestial Seasonings. I buy a case at this time of year and use it all year. We try to have a cup of green tea a day, and this is delicious!  

Will share more holiday teas next week...

I am having it with the classic and ever popular Christmas Tree pattern teacup from Spode, England....always good sellers this time of year in my webstore Antiques And Teacups.

Christmas Tree was developed by Spode...then Copeland Spode...in 1938, and has been a best seller since then.  

It is still being made, but no longer in England. It is just so homey!

I paired it today with some macarons from our favorite organic bakery, and the folded ribbon pinecone I made years ago that I love.  They are so easy, and so versatile.

As it ihas been a bit of a strange December so far, with my husband not being well...but recuperating now...woohoo! I have had some times needing just a sit and a read and a cup of tea, and the illustrations in the Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady are always so lovely....

Besides her drawings and diary of everyday occurrences she shares poetry, mottoes and some humorous observations as well. 

The Christmas wreath is on the door...December is definitely here!

Pumpkin is still around here...And this week I made a Pumpkin Streusel Coffeecake...

I found the recipe on the King Arthur Flour website...


20 mins. to 30 mins.
40 mins. to 45 mins.
60 mins. to 1 hrs 15 mins.
about 12 servings
Baker's Hotline




  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée (canned pumpkin)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon each ground ginger and nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8" square pan or 9" round pan.
  2. To make the topping: Whisk together the sugar, salt, flour, spice, and nuts. Add the melted butter, stirring just until well combined. Set the topping aside.
  3. To make the filling: Mix together the brown sugar, spice, and cocoa powder. Note that the cocoa powder is used strictly for color, not flavor; leave it out if you like. Set it aside.
  4. To make the cake: Beat together the oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, spices, salt, and baking powder until smooth.
  5. Add the flour, stirring just until smooth.
  6. Pour/spread half the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it all the way to the edges. If you have a scale, half the batter is about 13 1/2 ounces.
  7. Sprinkle the filling evenly atop the batter.
  8. Spread the remaining batter atop the filling. Use a table knife to gently swirl the filling into the batter, as though you were making a marble cake. Don't combine filling and batter thoroughly; just swirl the filling through the batter.
  9. Sprinkle the topping over the batter in the pan.
  10. Bake the cake until it's light brown on top, and a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  11. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for 20 minutes before cutting and serving. Serve the cake right from the pan.

Tips from our bakers

  • For a less sweet streusel, reduce the amount of granulated sugar in the topping to 1/3 cup.

We enjoyed it, and it certainly didn't last long!

Thanks so much for joining me for tea!  I will be joining:

Here is the Tuesday Cuppa Tea linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there!  I am so looking forward to visiting you!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

December 10th Antique Christmas Postcard, Gingerbread Butter Recipe

Good morning! Fogged in again today with an inversion layer from a quirk in the jet stream keeping out the rain here in the Pacific Northwest and sending snow down through the Northern Plains to the south...very unusual!
But...December continues to advance apace...
Antique Christmas postcard for December 10th...

I love any color as long as it's blue...so this is another personal favorite. I love the blue cornflowers and the embossed metallic gold frame around the vignette. This postcard was mailed on Dec. 16th, 1909 from Somersworth to Farmingham, New Hampshire. The card has the simple Christmas Greetings. The vignette is charming.  It was sent by a woman of few words...just the printed greeting...but she obviously had great taste!  

To see this or other antique postcards at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

I came across this recipe for Gingerbread Butter and cut it out...but forgot to record where I got it! It's either Country Living or Sunset magazines. Sheesh! Anyway, a great and easy way to add seasonal taste to your tea time. I tried it...very good! I had some plain scones, so....

Gingerbread Butter
·         1/2 cup pecan halves
·         1 cup butter, softened
·         1/4 cup honey
·         1 to 2 tablespoons molasses
·         1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
·         1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1.     1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spread pecans on a sheet pan, and bake 6 to 7 minutes or until toasted. Cool.
2.     2. Process pecans in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add butter and next 4 ingredients; pulse until blended. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
3. Remove from refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving.

Have a lovely day and a cup of Christmas tea!

Join me tomorrow for Tuesday Cuppa Tea linky party!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

December 9th Antique Christmas Postcard

Today we have for our antique Christmas postcard dor
December 9th...

Musical kittens from 1905...

And another of my musical Christmas angel cat ornaments that I made...
Have a lovely day!
Don't forget to join me Monday for...

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Antique Christmas Postcards for December 7th and 8th

Like happens...and just getting my daily antique postcard posted for Thursday December 7th, so thought I'd do tomorrows as well for December 8th!

For December 7th....
I just love this wonderful art nouveau example...beautiful!

December 8th Christmas postcard....

Have a lovely day! 
A a cup of holiday tea, too!


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