December tea

December 21, 2014

My husband's birthday was last week, and I surprised him with this beautiful teacup. I found it last summer when we were vacationing up north. 

A teacup probably wasn't on the top of his wish list, but he was gracious about it, and even said he liked it. (I did get him another present, too.) 

My mom always paints birthday cards for us, and she painted this card for my husband. On the back it says, "Hope yew have a Happy Birthday." Get it?

Because my husband prefers pie, we had homemade apple pie instead of birthday cake.

So, of course, I've already borrowed his teacup for tea. These salted caramels are amazing.

My nephews in Colorado (aged 8, 11, and 13) participate in a young entrepreneurs' marketplace every year where they sell products they have made. This year, they sold gluten-free baking mixes and granola, so they sent us a box for Christmas.

We are not gluten free, but half the ladies in my book club are, so these will be great to make up for book club nights at my house.

They also sent scone mix, waffle mix, granola, and granola bars.

Wyatt, of "Wyatt's Wonderful Waffles" is eight years old.

All our children are home, and I am one happy mama. Not much to do now except cooking and enjoying their company.

 Thank you all for being such dear and encouraging friends this year. I have so appreciated reading your comments and getting to know you. I'll be around this week, but mostly I'm going to concentrate on family and celebrating Jesus' birth. Blessings to you and yours, xo Deborah.

(Linking with the tea party over at Rose Chintz Cottage.)


  1. Hi Deborah, So glad your children are home. Being with family helps make Christmas special. Love your husband's teacup! The card and bear are cute too. It is special that your mother paints birthday cards. The pie looks great too - there's nothing like homemade pie! :)

  2. What a lovely tea cup for a December birthday and the card your Mom painted for your husband is beautiful. Wishing you and yours a blessed Christmas. It is a blessing to visit with you through blogging.

  3. How wonderful your children are home my friend. Your hubby's teacup is lovely, and funny, but my hubs also prefers pies opposed to b'day cakes, lol! You have a talented mom too and I love it that you have a book club.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  4. What a lovely post, Deborah. I like your husband was sweet about getting a tea cup. My dentist's wife collects them - and he knows I do/have/will.....and he in the sweetest way asked me once a while ago "Um, you know I love drinking tea out of a china cup, I just wish they all didn't have flowers on them!"

    So, of course I set out to find a "manly" one (after suggesting he settles for a mug and he hated the idea, shocking I know............) So I found a gorgeous all black with gilding Royal Albert one and made him up a manly plaid teacup basket with goodies and you'd think he won the lottery he was so happy.

    My point is, manly men CAN and often DO enjoy tea in nice teacups! : - )

    I have been so busy hosting and enjoying other's social gatherings I am super behind in reading and posting, so hopefully I can work on tomorrow a bit more with catching up!

  5. Dearest Deborah,
    Enjoy your family and I bet you are a happy Mama!
    Love the teacup and funny, your husband sounds almost 'Dutch' with his preference for a pie. That's the tradition I'm brought up with; apricot-, cherry-, apple- or crumble pie and for special versions; topped with whipped cream!
    Enjoy a most blessed Merry Christmas as a family together; cozy in your home with goodies you bake and cook. Happy New Year to all in good health.

  6. What a lovely tea cup and saucer and post.

    Enjoy having all of your kids home and may your Christmas be filled with much love, peace & joy ~ FlowerLady

  7. Beautiful, eye-catching teacup and YES! I get the card - adorable, esp. for the gardener geek that I am! Enjoy your time with your family and Merry Christmas, Deborah!

  8. Happy Birthday to your hubby, Deborah! His teacup is so lovely and perfect for you to borrow!! Enjoy your family while they're all home for the holidays. Merry Christmas blessings to you, my friend.

  9. The tea cup is beautiful. We have lots of Dec birthdays, too. Enjoy your week with family! Merry Christmas my friend! Holiday hugs, Diane

  10. The December birthday tea cup is so pretty! At least your husband does drink tea, so that makes a good excuse to buy the cup right there. My husband is not a fan of any hot drink ... I have a cupboard full of pottery mugs and tea cups regardless. It's such a wonderful feeling to have your family all back together again at Christmas time. My daughter has come home now too, and it's so nice to have my family complete! The gifts from your nephews look delicious, and I'll bet they had fun getting that package ready for their auntie ;) Have a very Merry Christmas and all the best to you in the New Year Deborah!! Wendy xox

  11. The apple pie looks delicious and the teacup is beautiful! A belated happy birthday to your husband!

  12. Oh the joy of having all the kiddos home for Christmas! Merry On!

  13. Love all your pretties at Christmas time!
    Wishing you a wonderful time with family and friends.
    Mary Alice

  14. Hello Deborah, that's a lovely teacup for a December birthday. There are many more gluten free people in our circle as well - baking becomes a challenge. The gluten free mixes are a great gift idea.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  15. Hi Deborah, so happy for you to have your children home and enjoying them for Christmas and the new year. Happy Birthday to your hubby. Love your gorgeous December tea cup. I am gluten free too and these treats look wonderful.
    So glad I met you this year and became friends. Wishing you a special Christmas with family and friends and many blessings in the new year.
    Love to you and hugs sent your way!

  16. Being with family for Christmas is a gift of its own - enjoy yours!
    Salted caramels, chocolate anything go well with tea don't they? You chose a pretty teacup for your hubby.

  17. How lovely to have your family home for Christmas! Family is such a blessing! I love your hubby's teacup but then, I have the same one. Happy Birthday to him! My hubby prefers pie to cake too for his birthday and his favourite is apple. Your three nephews sound like they have a good little business going there. Good for them! Deborah, I want to thank you for joining me for tea during this very busy season and I wish you and your loved ones a Very Happy Christmas! So happy to have gotten to know this past year through blogging.

    Christmas blessings,

  18. Hello dear Deborah! The tea cup you gave your husband is lovely {Happy belated Birthday to him}.

    I hope you and your sweet loved ones have a very Merry Christmas! You are truly a joy and blessing and it's an honor to know you. Hugs!

  19. I bought Royal Albert's December teacup for my friend for her birthday. You can google The Legend of the Christmas Rose and read the story about the beautiful rose.
    Merry Christmas!.

  20. Please wish your hubby a happy birthday for me. I hope that this Christmas week will bring nothing but blessings this Christmas Season. Sending hugs, Martha

  21. Hi Deborah,
    My hubby's Birthday is the same month as Mr. Beautiful's. What a gorgeous December teacup. Your poinsettia is so festive! It has been so nice getting to know you Deborah! See you next week! Christmas Blessings Dear Friend! Karen

  22. Sounds like the "men" in your family are as much fun as the ladies. Merry Christmas!

  23. How wonderful that your mom paints those cards ...just lovely! And your nephews...I am impressed! :)

    Merry Christmas to you and yours :)

  24. I make cards, so I loved your mom's card for your hubby. Very lovely and something special to keep. Lots of yummy holiday gifts too! I think they are always the best. I haven't had Sanders candy, but they look yummy. I do LOVE their ice-cream syrups. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the best in 2015.

  25. it's going to be a beautiful christmas with family around:)
    The Beautiful Eagle

  26. What a lovely post! The Royal Albert teacup is one of the ones I love best...and so do a lot of others. Love the cards and goodies, and such lovely photos! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  27. SO wonderful that all your kiddos are home with you! Nothing better than that, as hectic as it can get. Thank you so much for your visits and kind comments! Have a wonderful CHristmas with your family!

  28. I love the card your Mom painted for your husband and his tea cup is just perfect! Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Hsppy New Year!
    Hugs, Julie

  29. What a beautiful post, Deborah! And that teacup ... I'm swooning! It's so pretty.

    I've stopped by to wish you a very Happy Christmas. May there be much joy wrapped in the tissue paper.


  30. Merry Christmas, dear friend. Beautiful cup and beautiful light as always here.

  31. I'm doing my usual "catch-up" reading :) Pretty photos. Glad your kids are home. Isn't that comforting? That apple pie is amazing -- your husband is NOT alone! I vastly prefer pies of all kinds to cake. Yummy!


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