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Monday, November 25, 2013

a wee Christmas tea break

I haven't joined Sandi for "Tea Time Tuesday" in a long while so after baking cookies this morning I thought I'd take a wee Christmas tea break and join the party.

I bought this Lennox Holiday mug at a box store in Bangor when we were there in September.  I've seen them before and always liked them so I bought just one to be my special Christmas mug.
I love the the embossed holly design as well as the green and red of the holly leaves and berries.  

My tea today is Twinings Christmas Tea which is a black tea with cinnamon and cloves.  Perfect for the holidays.

The cookies I made this morning are Soft Molasses Cookies.

Here is the recipe:

1 cup of packed brown sugar
3/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 1/4 cups white all purpose flour
2 teaspoons of baking soda
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon of ginger
1/4 teaspoon of salt
sugar or coloured sprinkles

Cream the sugar, shortening, molasses and egg in a large bowl.
Mix the dry ingredients in a smaller bowl then add to the larger mixture and blend well.
Take a teaspoon size ball of dough and roll it between your palms then lightly flatten it.  
Pour some of the sugar or sugar sprinkles into a shallow bowl or dish and press the ball of dough into it.  Place on a greased cookie sheet or one lined with parchment (which I use).  
Bake at 350 degrees for 8 - 9 minutes.
Yield 4 dozen.

These are really delicious and can be frozen too, so you can save them for Christmas and your guests!!

The plate is Cream Lace by Skye McGhie and it goes quite well with my Lennox mug I think.

I've got all my decorating done and our tree is up and decorated too.  On Sunday afternoon Murray helped me assemble it and put on the lights then I decorated it.  It took four hours to do it!
Here's a sneak peek.  {I'll share more with you soon}

I hope you will join us for Tea Time Tuesday
at Sandi's beautiful blog, Rose Chintz Cottage.

Have a great day!




  1. Your Lennox Holiday mug is so pretty! Perfect for Christmas. I took a screenshot of your Molasses Cookie recipe, and I'm going to try it out soon!

  2. So pretty husband LOVES molasses cookies. I'm pinning this for sure. Wish I had more decorating finished...I really need to get to work!

  3. What a beautiful mug? It goes so well with those yummy cookies!...Christine

  4. That is a beautiful holiday mug! and your cookies sound so healthful. = D It's the molasses!

    My hubby begged off dragging out the tree today, but I am hoping that tomorrow, he'll help. I won't decorate, but we'll have a Thanksgiving tree. I hope that you'll show your tree soon. That glimpse is not quite enough.

  5. Tea time looks wonderful at your lovely home! Lennox is so beautiful and I know tea is tastier in a china cup or mug. Yummy cookies too!
    Mary Alice

  6. The cookies look Mom used to make those, but left them plain. I have some of those Lenox mugs and they are so festive.

  7. what a fun tea party. thank you for sharing. i would so enjoy a sip or two & some of those cookies too, please. i enjoyed the visual fun in this post. i really love that mug. perfect for this season. glad you shared the recipe. i will try for sure. ( :

  8. Your mug is perfect! Very festive....
    We got {I should say} my son got our light display done yesterday...and it looks great!
    I did get the front planter daughter brought me some fabulous greenery...a lot of different stuff...
    Tree comes in this weekend!
    Enjoy your week, Pam♥
    Stay safe from the storm...


  9. Hi Pam...Love your holly mug and your cookies look wonderful. So festive!

  10. Oh Pamela, I must admit to being downright envious of the fact that you are all done decorating and now enjoying a pretty and relaxing tea. I haven't done a single thing in preparation for Christmas yet. Yikes!
    Your cookies sound delicious and look so festive with the sprinkles of red and green. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  11. Your new mug is so pretty. I love the holly berries and leaves! I put up my tree a couple of days ago but don't have it decorated yet. I have several trees and I put up the littlest one so I won't have so much to decorate.
    I'm going to bake molasses cookies tomorrow and my recipe looks almost identical to yours.

  12. Girl, you are way ahead of me. I am having all of the kids for Thanksgiving so I am holding off. I did start doing a little in the living room and outside. I figured as long as the family room and kitchen were still decorated for Thanksgiving I'd be o.k. I love your pretty teacup and the berries in the white pitcher really make a statement! I hope you will link your Christmas décor to our upcoming Creating Christmas party.

  13. Those cookies look yum! What a pretty setting.

  14. Pamela: Your mugs are stunning. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hugs, Martha

  15. Your mug and your plate are so pretty! Your tea sounds lovely too. Looking forward to seeing all of your tree, the little peek is beautiful. It does not seem to be the done thing over here to put up the tree or decorate until very close to Christmas, but I might have to get hubby to get the Christmas china out of the loft!! xx

  16. Pamela, what a charming post! Love that lace style plate and your teacup! Your cookies with the red and green sprinkles are very cute and Christmas-y, perfect for the season! Looking forward to seeing your trimmed tree!


  17. Pam, I love molasses cookies so, I am jotting this one down to try...thanks...:)JP

  18. I'm pinning this recipe, my grandmother used to make molasses cookies all the time, I always loved them but I don't think I've ever made them, I would compare mine to hers and they would never be the same so maybe I should try another recipe..

  19. A pretty red and white tea vignette Pam. I like Lennox china and your mug is festive, the cookies look yummy. My decorating is done and I do miss having a big tree but can enjoy yours and the others in blogland.

  20. I LOVE that pretty holiday mug Pamela - I must start digging through the green boxes and find my Chrismassy versions.
    No decorated tree here yet BUT did put up the faux tree in the gazebo yesterday and will decorate after T-giving on a warm day!

    Stay cozy - Mary X

  21. I love molasses cookies -- thank you for the recipe. Your Lennox mug is wonderful ... the holly and ivy pattern is one of my favorites. Happy Tea Day!

  22. Good morning Pamela,
    I love your holly mug with its pretty embossed pattern! Cream Lace goes beautifully with it. Your molasses cookies look wonderful with the sprinkles; so festive! I must look for that tea. Can't wait to see your Christmas tree! Thanks for coming to Tea Time, my friend, and enjoy your day. We're getting soft swirly snow at the moment. How about you?


  23. Your photos are lovely, if I lived close I would pop over to have tea with you today! The recipe sounds delicious! I love molasses cookies.
    Hugs, Cindy

  24. Your Christmas mug is so pretty. What a great idea to have one special one for the season. The cookies sound delectable, and look great.

  25. Wish I could join you for tea. Christmas mug...Christmas tea...Christmas cookies. Oh...and Cream Lace! We could share dishes if we lived closer. Mine all come from Creekside in Chilliwack. Do you have a 'Creekside' in your neighbourhood as well? :)

  26. My sweet tooth thanks you for sharing this recipe.

  27. Mmm...those molasses cookies look amazing! I like special mugs for the seasons too :)

  28. Hi Pamela! You little special mug is so pretty and the tea sounds delicious! Now those cookies - yummy! Just the perfect bit with a cuppa! :) Thank you for the Thanksgiving wishes.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  29. What a lovely tea time! That Lenox pattern is a beautiful classic. You deserve the treat!

  30. HI Pamela, I am so envious of your beautiful Lenox tea mug....seems too pretty to call a mug. We love molasses cookies. Both...Jim's mother and mine...made wonderful molasses cookies. I love the old fashioned recipes. Tea and molasses cookies sound like a great treat!


  31. You and my better half would get along just fine. She loves decorating for the various holidays! And baking. :-)

  32. Yummy!! pass the cookies please! They look so pretty on that doily like plate. Pretty Christmas mug too.

  33. I love your pretty tea's the perfect size! I need to dig through the cabinets and find some festive mugs for the holidays, too. Enjoy your week my friend!

  34. Lovely Lenox teacup and that Twinings tea sounds delish and with some of those pretty cookies! Wish I went to have tea with you sweet Pam. I love all your photos, they're lovely, you are so talented! Hope you and your dear ones have a wonderful Tksgiving. Thank you for your visit, you made my day!

  35. Hi Pamela,
    Oh lucky you all decorated, now you can sit back and drink tea and drink in all the sparkly beauty! and a first snow too, perfect to get the holidays kicked into full gear!!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  36. Hi Pamela. I just can tell how pretty your tree will be and that is a beautiful tea cup. I don't have any holiday tea cups just a couple of coffee mugs. I hope I have time this year to put up a small tree, I'm going to try after Thanksgiving, but it won't get to stay up too long. which is regretful. Oh well..Happy Thanksgiving..Judy

  37. I miss doing tea with the ladies too! Tea with anbybody! Haha! But you have been a busy little bee! Putting up a tree can be work! I like getting it up early this year so we can just glide in to the season. Thank you for the Thanksgiving wishes!

  38. Nothing like a "tea". I like to pull out my mother's tea cups once in awhile and take a little break. Such a nice thing to do.

  39. What a pretty Christmas vignette, Pamela. I love tea and cookies. I am going to decorate our tree this weekend.

  40. Your Christmas mug is lovely, Pamela. Your cookies look great too.

  41. Hi Pamela,
    I love your new Lenox perfect for your tea. I must find the Twinings Christmas tea as I know I would love the taste by your description The molasses cookies look so festive and perfect with your tea. Thank you for sharing the recipe. xo

  42. You are way ahead of me in the decorating department. Your cookies look wonderful, I'm thinking of baking today. I'm enjoying the fresh new snow fall, isn't it beautiful, I hear you got snow also. I had Guy pick me up some coloured sugar from Bulk Barn.

  43. What pretty tea cups and plates. I hope to get my decorating done and tree up this weekend.
    It's beginning to look like Christmas


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