A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Christmas Goodies

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! 

We dodged a storm bullet here in Sequim this last week...everywhere else there was heavy wind and rain, trees down, power outages and flooding. It was quiet, albeit wet. Perspective wise...the West End of the Olympic Peninsula has had 90 inches of rain in so far in the rain year...and we have 15. The Christmas tree is up on top of the Space Needle in Seattle and wasn't damaged by the wind, which is good!

 I want to thank everyone so much for your prayer, emails, comments etc. It has really meant a lot. My Honey is feeling a bit better, but still has little strength or stamina. He had a heart monitor for 10 days which is now being analyzed, and we go back to the cardiologist on Dec. 24th, hopefully for a diagnosis and a solution!

My life has been a bit unorganized the past 2 weeks with his health and packing up orders from the websites, so I was so pleased when I got another package in the mail from a friend with OPEN NOW written on it...and found...

An early Christmas gift of a Royal Albert Old Country Roses Christmas coordinates teacup!

This special friend is one I miss so much! My tea buddy! So sweet of her!  

So we had tea in the sunroom, and I got out the whole wheat Christmas tree cutouts I got at the health food store from a Seattle natural bakery called Bite Me Bakery...and we did!

In the package was a Christmas collection of teas from Stash Teas...Christmas Eve herbal, White Christmas tea and Christmas Morning which is a combination of black and green tea. Also a sample of their Christmas In Paris herbal tea...

I REALLY liked the Christmas is Paris...a bit of chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon...very nice! The Christmas Morning is rather flowery...reminds me of a Murchie's I like. The Christmas Eve has all the Christmas spices in an herbal, and I haven't tried the White Christmas yet....tomorrow....

I have put up my Christmas cross stitches....this one I did years ago, but it just is Christmas in a frame....

I planned to make these scones for today...it's a favorite recipe of ours, but ...well, life kept getting in the way....but here's the recipe....

Cinnamon, Pecan, and Currant Cream Scones

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream plus additional for brushing the scones
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar plus additional for sprinkling the scones
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried currants

In a small bowl whisk together 1/4 cup of the cream, the egg yolk, and the vanilla. Into a bowl sift together the flour, 3 tablespoons of the sugar, the salt, the baking powder, the baking soda, and the cinnamon, add the butter, and blend the mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Stir in the pecans, the currants, add the cream mixture with a fork until the mixture forms a sticky but manageable dough. Knead the dough gently on a lightly floured surface for 30 seconds, pat it into a 3/4-inch-thick round, and cut it into 6 wedges. Transfer the wedges to a lightly greased baking sheet, brush them with the additional cream, and sprinkle them with the additional sugar. Bake the scones in the middle of a preheated 400°F. oven for 15 to 18 minutes, or until they are golden.

I hope you enjoyed your visit...it is lovely to have you join me! I am joining the blog parties below:

Also...here is the Linky for your tea related posts. Remember...it is SSLLOOOOOWWWWW but does come up...you just need to be patient! And thank you again for your prayer and comments ...so encouraging!


  1. Oh, it's been a while since I baked some scones. You've given me the inspiration!

  2. Prayers your way as we are going thru same with my son and DIL's father having just had bypass surgery this week..
    Your gift is a treasure and the teas definitely treats to enjoy! I will look for the Paris selection as it's the new one for me. Thank you for the lovely reminder of teatimes and taking breaks. I miss them!

  3. Hi Ruth, Your cookies are so pretty! What a nice gift. Always nice to have new tea varieties to try too. Hope your hubby is better very soon. Take care and thanks for hosting. Enjoy your Christmas!

  4. What a lovely friend and a lovely gift!!! Hope things continue to get better and better with your husband as time goes on. Still sending lots of prayers your way.

  5. Hello Ruth,
    What a beautiful teacup from your friend! She knows you well! Your scones look wonderful and those teas sound delish! I am happy to hear your hubby is doing a little better and I will continue to pray for you both. I hope your week goes well and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

    Blessings and hugs,

  6. What a special and thoughtful gift from your dear tea buddy, Ruth! The teacup is lovely and all your Stash teas sound perfect for the season. I will continue to pray for your sweetheart and for you.

  7. What a wonderful gift from your friend, just lovely. And so fun to "open now"! Your cross stitch is beautiful, so much work went into that.
    I'll continue to pray for your husband.
    Blessings to you, Deborah

  8. Hi Ruth,
    Oh my, what a beautiful Royal Albert teacup. I have never seen a Christmas coordinate before. It looks like silver rim on the teacup. Your friend is very dear. Your Christmas cross stitch is lovely and looks like so much work. I will continue to pray for Mr. Honey. The scones look delish! Thank you for having Tuesday Cuppa Tea each week and keeping us blogging teacup lover friends together! Happy Christmas! Karen

  9. Hello Ruth
    Your tea friend is a caring one that knew you could use a 'feel good' gift to open before Christmas and the teacup is pretty. The cross stitch is beautiful, a country home design that certainly adds to your decor.
    You'll get the scones made another day, right now take care of your man and I send wishes for good health to him and comfort for you.

  10. I love your teacup. Perfect for Christmas. How nice you could open it before! Thanks for hosting

  11. Thank you for sharing your lovely gifts with us. The best gift all will be your Hubby being well!

  12. Hi Ruth! What a great friend you have to send that teacup and a selection of teas! Royal Albert's Christmas Tree is my Christmas luncheon set, so I'm particularly fond of it :). Those scones look delicious, thanks for sharing the recipe! I'm glad your husband is doing a little better, and I'm wishing good health his way.

  13. Beautiful C'mas teacup and the scones sound awesome! Thank you for the recipe and for the lovely party.
    Have a sweet holiday season.

  14. I love everything Christmas and I love this post...Christine

  15. What a lovely Christmas gift! Such a beautiful teacup! Praying your hubby feels better as days go by. Merry Christmas to you and thank you for hosting!

  16. Thanks for hosting! Have a Merry Christmas!

  17. It is good to know you escaped serious storm damage. We had a lot of downed branches and all our porch furniture was tossed around, power outage, but otherwise all is well. It really is surprising the Space Needle retained her tree !

    That is a very beautiful teacup ! I have not seen another like it. Good friends know us well, and this is a good friend who would know what teas and teacup please you.

    I am sorry to read about your husband and will pray for him. I know this must be a distractingly busy time for you and appreciate you hosting this tea-time knowing there is a lot to be done in your life right now. Blessings ~ and take care of yourself !

  18. Hi Ruth: I will continue to pray for your hubby. I am sure you will get a good report. Love that tea cup. A perfect Christmas gift. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  19. Ruth:
    The trouble with getting things done sooner is I forgot to finish my links! So glad the storm didn't bring too much trouble your way. Praying for your hubby and strength for you.

  20. What a lovely gift from your friend. The teacup is so pretty and I love those Stash teas. Christmas Eve is my favourite. Praying for you and your husband that all will be well soon. Blessings. Pam

  21. What a lovely gift! Praying that in this holiday season of Christmas miracles, the light of the anointed one shines on you and yours and blesses you mightily.


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