How I have missed our fellowship since the holidays swooped upon us! May this new year find me balancing my busy days better so blogging is not set on the back burner! I know many of you are taking a new year's break - but today I'm starting my new year off by spending some time in Blogland! I have much to catch up with and I suppose I should start with posting a new year's teatime.
Actually - it's a Christmas teatime.
All our entertaining for the season is done and today I'm putting my Christmas china and all holiday themed table settings away for another year. However, I did record one of my intimate teatimes to share with you!
Tea is a soothing and comforting pastime - especially when shared with another who may be treading through a rough patch. I have a friend in just such a season and prepared an afternoon teatime for her just before Christmas.
I don't have a complete set of anything Christmas - just the this and that's I've picked up thrifting. So, that is exactly how I set things out . . .
Layering second hand plates in traditional red and green . . .
Home-made napkin rings . . .
My Lennox holiday teapot steeping comforting camomile tea and flanked by my mis-matched thrift store finds - Irish Belleek creamer and sugar . . .
And, my holly patterened, scalloped edged Lefton teacups and saucers . . .
I had just begun my holiday baking and served up a melt in your mouth pumpkin bread pudding - gluten free - of course. In addition, my flaxseed and oat fruit cake muffins chock full of cranberries and raisins!
You betcha - gluten free again!! And, so elegant spread with imported lemon curd!
If you click my Pinterest link on the left side-bar and visit my Gluten Free Recipes page, you'll find the recipes there in some fashion. I rarely make things the same way twice. The pumpkin bread pudding is the banana bread pudding recipe made with 1.5 cups of pumpkin instead of bananas! Red grapes round out the simple repast . . .
Presents - of course . . .
Candles lit and Christmas chamber music softly playing in the background. SANCTUARY!!
Welcoming my friend and making a place for the Lord at our table to minister to a hurting heart - is there truly any better way to spend a winter afternoon in Advent? Good tea, good friends, a good Word from a Good Book - and then some . . .
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil;
my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
I bet you never thought that it was TEA running over in that cup, did you . . .
Blessings to you all and sundry this new year! As I've finally had a chance to get back to visiting everyone I'm finding many are taking a new year break - and this my first chance to post in so long! I am desperately trying to get some balance into my work week so I have the time to intelligently and entertainingly post and visit in Blogland without four weeks off here and there. You can never know how refreshing to my soul this fellowship and inspiration is to me! Forgive me if there are weeks of absence - my heart is all the more fonder towards you!
Sharing this First Teatime of the Year this week with Ruth at Teacups and Tea Things!