Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Scandinavian Treats and a Shimmering Snowflake

I haven't been posting once a week as intended but I have been busy making Christmas cards for two exchange groups. One is the Canadian card and tea exchange I started while the other is a small group from Afternoon Tea Across America. It was nice to see small ATAA groups formed this year and ours is for those who craft their own cards.
I've also been off to a couple of Christmas events, one being the Scandinavian Church bazaar and bake sale that I never miss.
 I always buy a couple of loaves of pulla filled with cardamom and above is a slice of tosca cake (Swedish almond) that I had for afternoon tea one day this week.
As you can see Christmas decor is out now too, done right after Remembrance Day. I don't put our small faux tree up for another week or so but do like the pops of red after having pastel pink, blue and lavender coloured decor throughout spring and summer.
I did a post on aprons a few weeks back and found this pretty one that came home with me. The saleswoman had just put them out and it will be perfect to use throughout winter.
source: Amazon.com

I love Christmas movies and Finding John Christmas is one I'd recommend, I've been watching a different one every night that I record from various channels. It is a big disappointment that we don't get the Hallmark channel our US neighbours have.
One warm and sunny day I took a drive way up north into farm country where I met and participated in a stained glass workshop with a friend. We made similar snowflakes and I love how various colours are captured in the frosted panes of mine which hangs in the front living room window. We were invited by Gayle the instructor to bring our lunch which we had in her huge farmhouse kitchen. 
Today I did some Christmas shopping in a couple of independent stores but I need to get to the mall soon because I despise crowds.
The weather continues to be warm enough to leave a coat in the car when running errands. Could be another green Christmas next month.🎄

35 comments:

  1. Hello Judith!
    There's something really comforting about watching Christmas films in the run up to the Festive Season. Love your snowflake, it's exquisite....and the seasonal china!

    Happy Tuesday!
    Ruby

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  2. It starts to look cheerfully Christmassy in your home, Judith!
    The Tosca cake is one of our favourites too and your new apron is really pretty. The images in it could be also from Finland, from the good old days. :)
    I haven't heard of this film before and must see if I can find it somehow.
    I hope you will soon see snow shimmer through your wonderful snowflake! xx

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  3. My favorite is the cardinal tea cup. I noted the title of the video and will watch it after U.S. Thanksgiving.

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  4. The shock of reading Christmas next month just hit me. So much to do...

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  5. Glad you are having nice warm weather as are we! A green Christmas would be ok with me. I like your apron - lovely pattern and nice to see your beautiful star and tea time table. An early Merry Christmas to you, Judith!
    Hugs, Beth

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  6. Judith, your snowflake is gorgeous! How lovely to hang something you crafted yourself. I can imagine how beautiful it will be when the sun hits it. I love Christmas movies and I have also been watching them. I wish we got the Hallmark channel. Their movies are always touching with an important message in them. The apron is adorable, Judith, and I adore red toile! I will be bringing out my cardinal teacup soon as well. Your table looks very festive. Wishing you a wonderful week with few crowds in the mall. I don't like the crowds either.

    Hugs from PEI,
    Sandi

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  7. A beautiful ornament and yes, the Hallmark channel has some great movies!!...:)JP

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  8. I love seeing and reading about all your Christmas festivities! I especially love the cardinal teacup; but the apron is pretty, too! :)

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  9. It's so wonderful to see you wrapping yourself up in the spirit of Christmas. You give me the warm fuzzies. What other films would you recommend? We have a couple on our list, mostly animated ones that we started when our kidlets were small, but now that they're getting older, it would be nice to have something different.
    Have a wonderful week,
    Andrea

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  10. Seems strange to be talking about Christmas, but it really is just around the corner. Where has the year gone??? Your slice of Swedish cake looks delicious accompanied by a cup of tea in your beautiful cardinal teacup. I like your new winter apron, and your stained, leaded glass snowflake is gorgeous. What an accomplishment. Hugs, Phyllis

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  11. The snowflake is beautiful, a real delight. I loved the cardinal cup/saucer too such a lovely scene. Christmas is certainly fast approaching, a very special season that I love.

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  12. My mother in law does stained glass has done for years and has her own little studio in her basement , I do like that snow flake very pretty . Oh tea and sweets are always a big hit around here YUMMY ! lovey cardinal cup , something I don't see to often anymore is tea cups with pretty birds on . Guess all will be decorating for Christmas soon , I like to decorate closer to Christmas like a week or two before lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  13. I'm intrigued by the Scandinavian treats and admired your stained glass snowflake on FB! Your new red and white apron is lovely and I'm sure will be put to good use with holiday baking.

    I put up my Christmas decor last weekend so now I can just relax and enjoy them for the next several weeks. A few years ago, a Christmas film was shot in town, but I can't recall the title of the film.

    I also like to complete my Christmas shopping this month so that I can avoid the crazy crowds in December.

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  14. Mmmmm I wish I could share a slice of your afternoon tea treat, Judith, along with a cuppa tea. Your new apron is so perfect for Wintertime. I certainly am admiring your stained glass snowflake and wish I could try my hand at that. I'm like you and so enjoy Christmas movies. I watch the Hallmark channel and just love it. It's such a shame that you don't get it!

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  15. Such a lovely table setting with your red teapot and tosca cake! Your new apron is pretty. I enjoyed seeing the details printed on it. Yes, Christmas is coming soon and we are getting older.I have to admit it is getting hard for me to study another language, English! I will look the name of the movie up online! Happy day to you!Judith.

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  16. The Swedish desserts look and sound wonderful! Your snowflake creation is gorgeous, how lovely to spend the afternoon crafting, and making new friends! Hard to believe Christmas is now just around the corner!

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  17. It's always great to see a post from you. Sounds like are really getting into the Christmas spirit. The stained glass star is gorgeous!

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  18. Judith, I love the stained glass snowflake! It's great to have regular traditions for Christmas like the church bazaar. Apron looks good. Sylvia D.

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  19. Good morning, Judith! Ah, the delight of the holidays...I can't believe Christmas is just around the corner! I, too, need to get my shopping done as I like to be finished with it early.

    Your stained glass snowflake is stunning! And that apron is just too sweet for winter.

    Have a blessed day. Hugs!

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  20. Oh I love your snowflake! You made that? Wow. And your Christmas tea is lovely. Here's to many more in the days to come. (I must look for these treats as I have never enjoyed cardamon pulla or tosca.)

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  21. That snowflake is stunning!

    I have the same plates as you do. I haven't used them for a few years, since I got my Friendly Village, and my kids love FV.

    I think I saw that movie a few years ago. I'll have to look it up!

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  22. Judith, what a sweet teatime! Thank you for the movie recommendation. I've been on the lookout for a new holiday one. Gorgeous snowflake!

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  23. The Swedish almond cake sounds and looks delicious - I love anything almond. That movie sounds good too! I haven't started shopping yet, guess I should start making a list. We have a lovely Christmas craft market here the next few days, maybe I'll find some things there tomorrow. Your snowflake is just beautiful, even more so I bet, when the sun hits it.

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  24. You have found your new hidden talent in the making of that snowflake Judith! It's beautiful, and I can imagine it really shimmers from the sunlight. Your treat looks delicious, and I'll bet it went down well ;) I love those scenes on your new apron. I saw some similar fabric in Fabricland recently (also in red), and was tempted to buy some. No Christmas decorations in my house yet, but I'm enjoying seeing my neighbour's lit tree in his window across the road now. Enjoy your movie ... my secret obsession is watching Christmas movies.
    Wendy

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  25. Judith, I look forward to your Christmas cards. Sylvia D.

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  26. Judith, I've never heard of that cake, but I know I would love it with a nice cup of tea! I'm giving a little afternoon tea party today! Will probably blog about it next week.

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  27. Wow the snowflake is amazing and beautiful. I like your hints at Christmas. At least you have already had Thanksgiving but I'm thinking of starting to decorate early this year. I always love your tea photos. Cozy!

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  28. I do like the scenes on the apron, and that glass snowflake is lovely.
    I can't believe how quickly the weeks go, I have started doing some Christmas shopping, I really ought to try and wrap the presents up as I get them ... now that would be organised!

    All the best Jan

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  29. What a pretty and festive apron Judith! I always wear one when I'm in the kitchen. the afternoon tea across America -- does everyone pledge to sit down and have tea at 3 p.m. as you do? Sounds lovely -- is there a way to join?
    The snowflake is stunning! And yes, I dislike the mall and do most of my shopping online.
    Blessings to you, Deborah

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  30. Tis the season and you are busy as ever. We will all slow down our bogging while we concentrate on making the holiday season the best. We will have great stories to share when it is all over. Enjoy the holidays.

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  31. Your stain glass Christmas star came out so beautifully! I don't know where the weeks have flown by to this year as we approach the end of November. I think our unusually warm autumn has kept me busier than ever with out door activities. WE had our first snowfall yesterday so now I feel as if it is really the Christmas season fast approaching. I try to buy online -- easy, no crowds and often less expensive than stores. I am also buying some gifts at local craft fairs to support local.

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  32. Hi Judith,

    What a GORGEOUS stained glass snowflake!!! I love stained glass, and yours looks perfect hanging in your window. Your winter/Christmas dishes are so pretty and festive, and the Swedish cake looks delicious. Unfortunately, I don't like almonds. Can you believe it? I'm the only person I know who doesn't like them.

    Your apron is soo pretty and perfect for winter. I plan on writing a post about my collection of aprons one of these days. ;) I'm glad to hear you're having pleasant weather there and hope it continues for you. Today it was 70 degrees F here at lunchtime, but the temperature dropped about 30 degrees over the afternoon. It's quite cold here now with a north wind blowing in.

    Hope you have a great weekend, Judith, and thanks so much for your visit earlier this week!

    Hugs,

    Denise at Forest Manor

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  33. I love the fabric of your new apron. I wear an apron when I'm in the kitchen...funny because I still have mine on right now. And that's a Christmas movie I've never seen. I'll put it in my wish list. I always get a stack of movies out to start watching in Dec. Enjoy your week, Lavender Sis! Hugs, Diane

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  34. I think people assume that everyone in the States has cable TV, but there are many of us who don't. Most of what I watch is through Netflix or Acorn. I'd like to see that movie. I'm going to try to find it. I'll also find that Swedish almond cake. Almond anything is delicious, in my book. And what a beautiful teapot and the tea cup and plate are charming. I love cardinal anything, but they are especially pretty. Enjoy putting up your tree. I'm hoping to get one on our porch in the next few days. We'll see how that goes.

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