A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea December Angel Joys

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa tea...on a cold winter's night. Not the Bleak Midwinter of the Christmas Carol, but the low 30s anyway...we have had a dusting of snow, and are expecting a bit overnight.

And looking ahead for the week, Happy Birthday to Jane Austen, born December 16th 1755...

I do love all her books, and the movies made of them...definitely one of my favorite authors.

My husband is finally doing a bit better...he is beginning to tolerate the 1/4 dose of the new medication, so we have upped it today to 1/2 a dose. That is doing well also so far. So there is a bit of relief and rejoicing here...but he broke a tooth and that has to come out on Wednesday...not too easy with Parkinson's Disease. But is attitude is good, and he is trusting in the Lord for comfort and strength.  

I have put up the wooden Welcome sign by the front door I painted a number of years ago...just isn't Christmas without it there to greet visitors...and we had a teatime in the sunroom as usual...

I made this Christmas tablecloth several years ago...it's like woven Christmas ribbons....and of course, my favorite Spode Christmas tree teacup...this one is made in England, although the pattern is now made in Indonesia...

I have gotten out the Harney & Sons Holiday black tea with spices I ordered last month...love the taste...

And a sort of Christmas gift to myself... a 2 cup Emma Bridgewater Holly teapot...I just couldn't resist....

I got out one of the Christmas cross stitches I have done over the years...this is an angel form the 1980s...

And, on the Royal Doulton Rosebud china that is a staple around here at Christmas, I made some Whole Wheat Oatmeal Cranberry cookies from the Bob's Red Mill organic oatmeal bag...I needed some comfort food, and these were soft enough for my Honey to have with his broken tooth...recipe follows...not very Christmassy, but delicious!

Whole Wheat Oat Cranberry cookies

1 cup butter, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tsp sea salt
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1 1/2 quick cooking rolled oats
1 cup dried cranberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 2 baking sheets or line with parchment. Cream butter, sugars and salt until combined. Add eggs and vanilla and mix. 

Sift together flour, baking powder and spices. Ass to butter mixture and mix slightly. Add oats and cranberies and continue to mix until thoroughly combined.

Scoop cookies onto prepared baking sheets...about 2 tbs per cookie... and bake for 15-17 minutes until the edges are lightly brown.

Let cool slightly on baking sheets the transfer to wire racks to cool completely. Makes 28-32 cookies.

This week is going to be filled with doctor visitis again and on oral surgeon for a tooth extraction, and me getting my retina checked again and then an eye exam for new glasses with the new permanent change...but it's Christmas and my favorite time of year. But...if I don't get a chance to visit you...I do apologize. I think the following week it'll be normal again...I hope! Lol! 

Thanks for joining me for tea, and have a lovely week rejoicing in the season! I am joining...Lord willing...

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  1. How wonderful to hear that your husband is doing better! Your Christmas Blessing has already arrived!
    I always love seeing your pretty tea things. And thank you for the recipe!

  2. Dear Ruth,
    I'm so happy to hear your hubby is doing better and I pray he gets along well with his dental appointment. My weeks have been filled with appointments as well and this time of year can be fairly chaotic but we'll get through it. Your teapot is a gem and I do love the Spode teacup. Take care and have a lovely day.

    Christmas blessings,

  3. Oh Ruth, your poor hubby with his tooth! At least his meds seem to be working for him, which is a blessing.
    I love your painted "Welcome" sign, and your new teapot is darling, and a nice treat for yourself. Your cookies look so yummy, and I would love one with a cuppa tea. Thanks for hosting, and have a wonderful week.

  4. Dear Ruth:
    My prayers are with you for all these challenges your husband is facing. I am glad the medication is working. Your tea table looks so pretty and that Holly teapot is amazing! What a treasure!

  5. Also, thank you for linking and sharing!

  6. Happy to hear that your husband's showing some improvement. The Spode Christmas tree design is one of my favourite holiday patterns. I've always dreamed of owning an Emma Bridgewater teapot so I'm loving your holly teapot. Thank you for hosting!

  7. Ruth, I am glad your husband is doing better. It can take several weeks to adjust meds. Hoping it will continue to go smoothly. I love your Emma Bridgewater teapot. I just got my first mugs for a gift this year and can't wait to take photos of them! Have a wonderful Holiday!

  8. Your tea table is very festive, especially the new EB teapot.


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