Monday, December 15, 2014

Ho Ho Ho! Santa Mug Seasons Greetings and Celestial Seasonings Teas

Hello and welcome to a Tuesday Cuppa Tea which I am joining with Antiques And Teacups.


The top of the china cabinet is decorated with a swag I did a few years ago and is adorned with a German Dresden paper star angel announcing the birth of Jesus.

 But Santa, or Father Christmas is coming soon. I pulled out another of our Dunoon mugs from the Season's Greetings series by Richard Partis that features the jolly old elf himself! This isn't a teacup, but when it's cold my Honey likes a mug and not a teacup...and of course that's fine with me!

http://pages.timewasantiques.net/8824/PictPage/3923191059.html

http://pages.timewasantiques.net/8824/PictPage/3923191059.html

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Pretty cute, isn't it? And isn't he jolly! What a long list! For more info on the mug at Time Was Antiques, click on the photos. 

The perfect mug for a cup of seasonal teas. Here are 2 of our favorite Celestial Seasons this year. I favor the Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride and my Honey likes the  Gingerbread Spice best!






 I can sit with a cup of tea while going through some of my seasonal books. One of my favorites is The Ritz Book Of Christmas which I picked up at the Ritz Hotel when we were there one year during the Christmas season and stopped for afternoon tea in the Palm Court. The book has Christmas lore and traditions, history of the Ritz and it's tea tradition and some marvelous recipes. I am sharing a simple one I like for Fruit And Nut Clusters.







 Fruit And Nut Clusters

"Red and green are the classic Christmas colours and the decoration od red and green glace cherries on these delicious little chocolates carries on the theme. They look enchanting in individual gold or silver sweet cases, if you can get hold of them, but failing that, pack them into a gold or silver box tied up with red and green ribbon."

The recipe has both metric and cup measures, but I give only the cup measures here.

4 squares semi sweet chocolate, broken into small pieces
1 tbs light honey
3/4 cup mixed dried fruit
1/2 cup chopped nuts like almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts
red and green glace cherries for decoration

Place the chocolate and the honey in a bowl, then either stand this over a pan of hot water until the chocolate has melted, or put into a microwave on low power for 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the fruit and nuts until they are well coated with chocolate. Drop teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto waxed paper or parchment. Press a small piece of glace cherry into the top of each piece and leave in a cool place until set. 


For a fun tour of Christmas at Windsor Castle, here is a link from The Royal Collection Trust about the festivities there with a video at the bottom of the page:   HERE

 
Lastly, most of you will have already seen this, but here is the latest picture of little Prince George, son of William and Catherine, Duke & Duchess of Cambridge.

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I am joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for her Christmas Tea and Ruth at Antiques And Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea.   Have a wonderful day visiting the other blog parties. And have a cuppa tea with a friend!

3 comments:

Beth L. said...

This is definitely a tea I must try!! Although I am pretty much an Earl Gray fan most of the year... and a Constant Comment tea fan as well, at the holidays it is fun to try some of the special flavors.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Ruth,
Your Santa mug is wonderful. I have one Dunoon mug but it is not a Christmas mug. I will have to share it sometime. I really like the shape of these mugs and the handle. They're very comfortable in the hand. Little Prince is adorable! Merry Christmas, my friend, and enjoy the week.

Blessings,
Sandi

Carrie said...

Your mug is terrific! I see you and your husband are both cookie tea fans :) I love the celestial seasonings illustrations, sometimes even more than the tea! Have a great week!

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