Monday, December 12, 2011

Tea by the Tree

Welcome friends for tea this week.  I've baked an apple pie to have as we sit by the Christmas tree.  When our children were young, we would go to a tree farm and cut down our own; oh how the scent of fresh pine would fill our home.  Later we ended up with two faux trees, one upstairs in the living room and the other in the family room.  Now, as empty nesters who spend Christmas day at their daughter's home, we have a table top tree and it's silver tinsel!  My feeling is if the tree is obviously fake, you may as well have a glitzy one.
Our family tradition is to have a wedge of cheddar cheese with apple pie.  The tea is 'Hot Toboggan', a blend of green tea, apple, cinnamon and almonds served in a teacup with poinsettias. 
Twice a month I join a small Stampin' Up group of women to make cards and on the table is a couple I made at home.  
Here you can see our very minimally decorated silver tinsel tree.  The sequinned balls are aqua and purple and there are birds and butterflies attached.  The metal Victorian icicles I've had for years, and they are perfect for this small tree.
I'm linking with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage, Trisha at Sweetology and Bernideen at her Tea Time Blog.  I hope you'll join my hosts and their guests for tea.


  1. Hi Judith,
    nice to hear your Christmas traditions. As always, your treats look yummy and the decorations are beautiful. I love tha handmae Christmas cards and the sparkling little tinsel tree is a beautiful background for the cozy tea setting. Thank you for sharing.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  2. Hot toboggan tea sounds wonderful with a delicious piece of apple pie. We don't go overboard with decorations either, though I did put the tree up earlier this year (perhaps because I'm retired now).

  3. Good afternoon Judith,
    Apple pie is my hubby's favourite and I love a wedge of cheese with it myself; yum! Your choice of tea sounds delightful!
    I enjoyed hearing about your traditions.
    I have always had a faux tree in my home since getting married. I can leave it up much longer which is why I went that way in the first place.
    We always had a real tree when I was growing up and I really miss the scent of evergreen throughout the house!
    Thanks for joining me for tea today and I wish you a lovely week.

    Christmas blessings,

  4. Judith,
    I saw the pie photo in my blogroll and had to make an immediate visit. It looks wonderful. My mom always made delicious apple pie. I remember, when my brothers and I were young, she would put cinnamon on half and nutmeg on the remainder. Yum!

  5. Everything looks wonderful. That crust looks fantastic.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  6. Oh yum Apple pie. Please with a little cheese and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Your little tree looks so cute in front of the window. V

  7. Oh, how I love your silver tinsel tree! I wish I had one. A slice of cheese with apple pie is a Maritime traditon too. Your cards are sweet. They are so fun to make with all the beautiful stamps and cardstock aren't they? Happy Tea Day!

  8. My 2nd favorite pie in all the world and with CHEESE it takes it OVAH-DE-TOP!

    I love your tinsel tree. SWOON!


  9. Hi Judith, Love the cards you made. The apple pie looks so yummy, but please hold the cheese. Jen

  10. Hi Judith, the apple pie looks divine.

    We had real trees while I was growing up but I developed an allergy years ago and can't tolerate being around one now. I sneeze my head off! ;-)

    Your tree is lovely and so are the cards!

    Merry Christmas greetings and blessings,
    Barb ♥

  11. I love how these colored trees are so popular again--which I remember so well from my childhood. Your pie looks so good. I prefer cheese with my pie to icecream with it, and I always wondered where I picked that idea up. Is it a Canadian thing?

  12. Love your glittery tree - we have a real one for the first time in many, many years! So far they all still come home on Christmas day - the nest is emptying fast here though - lovely tea by the tree - so inviting - I hope you have a blessed week and stop by to enter my giveaway,

  13. Judith, I really like your little silver tree. Very festive. I love apple pie ... my favorite pie. Wonderful cards and a wonderful teacup. Happy Tea Day!

  14. Thanks so much for the tea and pie sweetie although I believe I shocked my tongue! Heeehehehe!

    The only way to eat apple pie is with some great sharp cheddar! 'Just sayin'...

    God bless ya and have a magnificent day sweetie! place...please drop by. I'll leave the door open and toss out a platter of fudge! Heck, I'll even leave the light on for ya! Heehehehehe!!! :o)

  15. Oh, that apple pie looks so, so good! I'd love to have a slice with my tea right now! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Hugs, Cindy @ Art, Books, Tea

  16. Hi Judith, "Hot Toboggan" sounds nutty and refreshing. David's makes the most unique and delicious teas! It looks pretty in your poinsettia cup. I like your glitzy tree and there is nothing wrong with downsizing one's tree! I used to put up two large ones plus a couple of medium sized ones and numerous tiny ones.

  17. The tea sounds wonderful, and your pie looks delicious. I enjoyed your cards and glitzy tree, too. Thanks for hosting.

  18. Everything looks fabulous - from the tree, to the pie, to the cards - just everything!

  19. The tinsel tree is lucky to have a home with you, it is pretty. I can smell the delicious apple pie from here! YUM

  20. Your poinsettia teacup is very pretty, and the apple pie looks so good!


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