Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Christmas Tea

Hello everyone!
   We are having a wet and very windy day here as a northeaster is stalled over us for a few days. If the temp was a little colder , we would be loaded with snow but alas not a flake of the white stuff! Well, as we always say here at least we don't have to shovel it !

Since it is a wild and wooly day her I enjoyed spending some time in the kitchen ,making a pot of carrot soup and scones-comfort food. I also made these apple cranberry strudel muffins to enjoy with a good cup of tea.

This is one of my favorite teacups- a gift from my sweet husband.
The teapot is an old one that I bought in an antique shop in Maine on one of our little trips across the border.

Go ahead pour yourself a nice cup of tea and grab a muffin or two as well.

The snowy picture below came from Helene Flont today in my emails.  It put a smile on my face as it may be the only snow I will see this Christmas although some flurries are predicted for Christmas Eve so I am hopeful still. Thank you Helene, I love that you took the time to send this to me! Helene is a lovely artist and you can see her beautiful blogs here.

 Well, I hope you enjoyed a little break in your busy day. I still have a few presents to buy so I better hit the mall tomorrow. I know you probably have yours all wrapped and ready to go but I can be a procrastinator sometimes- I hope you haven't noticed that!!!
  With all this wind I wouldn't be surprised if we lost power for awhile- a tree came down in our garden just missing our power line- phew!

Thank you so joining me for a little Christmas tea today.

I am joining Sandi again for Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage where she hosts a lovely tea.



Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

So beautiful, such a peaceful place to drop by!


Raffaella said...

Yes... I enjoy your tea time... or better I would like enjoy it if I could come there.....
I seem to smell the scent of your muffins...

Tina said...

olá Carolyn!!

O chá está divino!
Amo seu blog...todas as postagens são lindas, até hoje não teve uma que eu pudesse dizer que não gostei...adoro!!!
Um Natal muito feliz para voce e seus familiares...não esqueça do aniversariante...

Tina said...

olá Carolyn!!

O chá está divino!
Amo seu blog...todas as postagens são lindas, até hoje não teve uma que eu pudesse dizer que não gostei...adoro!!!
Um Natal muito feliz para voce e seus familiares...não esqueça do aniversariante...

Pamela Gordon said...

Carolyn, it is a wild and wooly day in the Maritimes. Thankfully we aren't getting much rain. Your tea and muffins look wonderful. I hope you get your shopping done! I will finish mine Thursday as I too, am a procrastinator :-)
Blessings, and Merry Christmas!

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

Stopping by to wish you a Joyeous Christmas & Happy New Year!

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Carolyn, Beautiful!! Cold here too, but like you not a flake in sight, I too love baking when it's cold :-)
I LOVE your master bath decked out for Christmas, You have such a beautiful and peaceful style:-)
Stay warm!

My Cottage Diary said...

Your new banner is gorgeous and those muffins look so yummy! As usual, love your red and white dishes. Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas! Bess

It's me said...

Look at that.....!!! yammie yammie.....lovely christmas time sweetie....love Ria....xxxxx

Princesa Nadie said...

I love your Christmas Tea
Merry Christmas!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Carolyn
Your Christmas tea is inviting, especially with the goodies offered.
I know you're wanting snow for Christmas, but you know the old saying.....'be careful what you wish for'. :-) The in-laws have said winter can be wicked on the island and without power for days at a time.
Stay warm and enjoy your cozy home.
Merry Christmas

Mari said...



Victorian1885 said...

Beautiful..thanks for the tea & muffin ..delicious! Hope you got your shopping done!


Deanna said...

Lovely tea!!!
Thank you for the delicious muffins.

Merry merry Christmas,

Dining Delight said...

It would be lovely to take a break from the pre-Christmas to-do list and have a cup of tea with you! The muffins look delicious and the setting you have created looks so peaceful! Merry Christmas to you!


The Tablescaper said...


With your home always looking so magical and today even fresh baked goods, it's hard to imagine you're a procrastinator.

Merry Christmas!

- The Tablescaper

MariaPar said...

Marry Christmas ! Greetings from Poland

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Carolyn,

You must LOVE tea, but there's nothing wrong with it as we have it every afternoon as well. Starting with coffee in the morning and then winding down.
Enjoy your quiet winter season with your treasured cups & saucers and all their fond memories!

Have a Merry Christmas too.

Mariette's Back to Basics

Alex aus dem Gwundergarten said...

Wow, the muffins look very delicious.
Dear Caroline, I wish you a Merry Christmas!
Take care

lilybets said...

....Merry Christmas !.Thanks for this cup of tea,i love it!.I like very much tea with apple and cinammon's fragrance that i have bought in Italy,it's delicious!.Your cups are beautiful !!!.Bye.

Catherine said...

lovely Christmas tea.

i WISH YOU A merry christmas!


Beverly said...

Thank you for sharing your Christmas tree and the warmth of your heart and home with us.

Wishes for a Merry Christmas for you and your family, Carolyn.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Your tea looks lovely! A very cozy vignette on a cold winter day! Merry Christmas Carolyn! ~Hugs, Patti

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Your tea looks so inviting, Carolyn! I love your toile teacup; it's beautiful! Red is always so pretty especially this time of year. Thank you for joining me once again for Tea Time. Wishing you and your loved ones a lovely and joyous holiday season. Enjoy the Sticky Date Pudding Christmas Day; I know I'm going to!

Christmas blessings,

Denise said...

Carolyn, you really MUST publish a book! I want the first 5 copies! Your blog and pictures are ALWAYS such a pleasure to peruse ~ thank you! Merry Christmas!
(By the way ~ I am serious about the book and wanting the first five copies)!

Susan said...

Everything looks delectable, Carolyn. Have a wonderful, warm, and cozy day. Susan


Dear Carolyn,
as usual I am in front of the video, looking at your pics and dreaming!
I wish you a Christmas full of peace and lots of family joy!

Catalina Alvarez said...

I love to see your pictures. Although not leave comments here in the last months I wanted to tell you that your photos inspires me a lot and I appreciate that you share with us your amazing good taste for decoration.
Best wishes for the holiday season and for all good things in 2011.
REgards from tuscany

Carol said...

Dear Carolyn, You have no idea how much joy you give me, as I scroll through your charming, delightful and inspiring posts. I want to come and live with you or have you come to live with me, to help me learn to make magic as you do. There is a nourishing and alluring spirit within every photograph of your world. I too would love more snow but as you say not having to shovel is a good thing too. Many Blessings over the Christmas Season!

Hélène Flont , french illustrator said...

The pleasure is all mine Carolyn!! All year long, your blog is a feast for the eyes.
And ..I'm glad I could make the snow fall a little !! ;)

Merry Christmas & Joyeux Noël
✿◕ ‿ ◕✿

Anonymous said...

Hi Carolyn,Your christmas tea looks wonderful! We didn't have any snow here in new jersey, but sunday we are suppose to have some.I wish you, and all your family a very happy holiday.I hope you have a white christmas.


Tina said...

Querida Carolyn
O Natal pode e deve ser comemorado com alegria. Mas com alegria na presença do Senhor, Infelismente em muitas das alegrianatalinas, Jesus é o grande ausente.Espero que Jesus esteja presente na festa de Natal de sus vida e de sua familia.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Christmas Blessings to you and your family, From my mountain to yours Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Cobalt Violet said...

your blog is lovely! Love all the warm cozy holiday images! Merry Christmas to you.

Bohemian said...

The photographs always make me feel as though I'm actually there! What a cozy inviting scene it is for the Holidays... thanks for the e-invite.

Christmas Blessings... Dawn... The Bohemian

Anonymous said...

Thank you dear Carolyn to show us all around the year such beautiful pics and to share with us your gorgeous garden and home.

I wish you all the best.



♥ Hélène Glehen ♥

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

beautiful photos....lovely home....tea with you would be delightful..thank you.....have a Merry Christmas

Sheila said...

I really enjoyed my visit to your sweet blog and I will be back in 2011 .Merry Christmas to you from Nova Scotia !


What a lovely Christmas tea. Wishing you a Merry Christmas! Your blog is so beautiful
~ Julie

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I would love to have Christmas tea with you! How beautiful! I love the warm glow in your home. Wishing you a little dusting of snow for Christmas ;) Beautiful snowy photo!

Merry Christmas, Carolyn!

June said...

A perfect Christmas tea. I want to thank you Carolyn for all the beauty you create and share here. I don't miss my old Victoria mags as much as I did since discovering your beautiful place.

I also want to wish you a Merry Christmas!