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Sunday, December 19, 2010


Let's take a little time-out for a nice cup
of something hot and relaxing...
An area by a large southern window always makes
a nice
to have a
of tea.....:)
....the WHITE CHOCOLATE APRICOT specialty bread
I buy from our market...
...there's no way on earth I could MAKE a bread as delicious as this.
Tea or Spiced Cider ?
...there's egg nog, too...
Thanks so much for stopping by for a bit of
I am linking with
BLUE MONDAY ( only a tiny bit of BLUE...but I'll do better next time..:)
2ND TIME AROUND (all my Christmas cups and mugs are thrifted...)
My thanks to all the lovely hosts..
I'm not sure all these memes will be going since it's it such a busy week..
I wanted to share what my sweet, sweet friend, GLORIA at HAPPY TO BE
sent me this last week.

I have been teased about being Blogland's
and I love that. :)
Now, this cookbook is all about ALMOST HOMEMADE
and has some delicious sounding recipes in it.
I sure will be sharing with ya'll when I make things from it.
I love you!
I was blessed to win these FABULOUS earrings a few weeks back
from GRACIE.
Aren't they just beautiful...
This photo, with the CHRISTMAS RED background, isn't showing the true colors..
Oh, yes...this is much better.
I just loooove them!!

Gracie has some beautiful jewelry for sale on her site..
you can go to any of the addresses on her card, pictured above.
You might go over and check things out. :)
Would you tell her bj said HEY.


Donnie said...

I loved all your photos and I'm semi homemade or all restaurant made most days. Loved all your gifts they were beautiful. Hope you and yours have a blessed Christmas.

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful photos and the bread looks delicious. The cookbook is a great gift. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Debby said...

Wish we could have tea. WOuld't thast be fun.

ALl your photos are so nice. You have a beautiful home.

Those earrings are gorgeous.

You have a Merry Christmas.

Cottage Rose said...

OH my what a comfy spot to sit an share a cup of Christmas cheer,,,, love the pillow,,, and that cook book how sweet of her to send it to you can't wait to see what you cook up with it.... have a wonderful week.

Merry Christmas

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Oh Beeej,
Your sunny spot for tea is just great! I love all the colors!!!

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What wonderful gifts and that bread sounds and looks awesome. I will take a cup of hot cider, please. It is cold outside here. I see that you are still warm according to your thermometer on your blog. Have a wonderful and blessed Christmas!

Chrissy...The Apothecary Shop said...

B.J. I just wanted to stop by and wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas....your home is so warm and evokes such a loving feeling!! Lots of love,Chrissy

Carol said...

What a nice gift! Very sweet! The photo's are beautiful, the bread looks amazing!
Merry Christmas!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What wonderful gifts. I love the look of this tea and bread...yum. It's the week to really relax and enjoy the season.

Snap said...

It's Christmas tea and hot cider time! Lovely!!!!!!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Your tea table looks very festive and I was thinking of hot chocolate with one of the candy canes in it for me. And, a piece of that scumptious looking bread - yummy! Enjoy your new cookbook.
Have a Merry Christmas.

Vee said...

Hope that we'll have the chance to see you wearing those lovely earrings. Thank you for the delightful Christmas tea. I could use a break by a sunny window.

Mimi said...

Wish I could drop by for tea ~ everything from the bread to the beautiful setting is just perfect! And, from the previous post, I do wish one of those gorgeous kitchens belonged to me!! Merry Christmas to you and Mr. Sweet!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I would love to have tea with you BJ! Your home is the perfect picture of cozy Christmas!

Sue said...

Hot cider and a sweet bread- a match made in heaven. Would truly love to enjoy this w/ya, my friend. But, I'll have to settle with a virtual party with you.... You enjoy a wonderful Christmas, okay? ♥ ♥ Sue

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

I have such a good feeling every time I come and visit you, bj! You are so all of us!

Ann said...

Oh I love your space for some tea time... it has a touch of whimsy and enough cheerfulness:)

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Thoughtfully Blended Hearts said...

Your tea time vignette looks just like what we all need right now...some time to unwind!!! Beautiful photos of all your goodies...Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!

Theresa said...

I love all of the pictures and YES you should publish your own cookbook! I love the earrings, they are gorgeous! Congrats on winning!!!! Have a blessed day dear BJ! HUGS!

Decor To Adore said...

You've inspired me to mosey into the kitchen and make a cup of tea and have a bit of banana bread. :)

Be merry and bright!

Unknown said...

BJ...I LOVE this post! What a lovely tea tray. That red/white check cloth is right up my alley! Enjoy that Gooseberry Patch book. I am so in love with those little cookbooks (be sure to visit me for your chance to with their new Homesytle in a Hurry book).


Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Oh! Oh! Oh! Now THIS has to be your *best-est* blog look for the Season! Santa's and white and gray etching, etc. Oh! Oh! Oh! Please leave this one up. :-)

'Tis Yule Eve, and I wish you joy...

Gentle Yule hugs...

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Oooops! 'Tis a picture, for your Background. But it is quite white and gray and I love it. :-

And.... I'm commenting on Mon. Which is Dec. 20th. And...

'Tis Yule Eve, and I wish you joy...

Gentle Yule hugs...

Beverly said...

Look at all of your pretties. Honestly BJ, you always make everything wonderful.

I'll be right over.♥

Susan @ Blackberry Creek said...

Everything is so beautiful and bright. Thanks for sharing all your loveliness.

Unknown said...

love all our rubies. what a perfect spot for tea, beautiful and welcoming. thanks for sharing.

Liz said...

I would love to have tea with you BJ and have a taste of that yummy-looking apricot bread. :)

Happy Holidays!

My Ruby link

Rita said...

What beautiful pictures you are sharing with us; love that header. This year some of my goodies are home-made and some are made by my son's kitchen; he is chef at a local college and they prepared and sold all kind of food to raise money for local charities. With that I am helping 2 causes; mine and theirs.
Have a nice week.

EG CameraGirl said...

Your cottage looks so wonderfully festive! I'd love a cup of hot chocolate. Thanks!

Merry Christmas!

Ralph said...

The food is wonderful - cocoa in stylish mugs and candy canes seem a holiday treat, a day of conversation within your lovely home. Merry Christmas!

PS: I reconfigured my post, I believe that the photos are now visible :>)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Such beautiful gifts, but your tea is wonderful. I would love to be there to share it with you. Love the mugs and the table and even the chairs are decorated so beautifully. Thanks for joining TTT and I wish you and all your family a very Blessed Christmas. Hugs, Marty

Jeanne said...

Bj, I want some of that bread. Your post is delicious today. I love a good hot cup of tea when it's cold. Bill and i are sitting here watching the Odd Couple. A very funny movie. this is my way to relax.

Merry Christmas My dear friend. Not much longer now. smile. We are leaving for Florida in the morning. Christmas with two of our daughters and four of our grands. Oh joy!!!
Christmas love, Jeanne

On Crooked Creek said...

Save me a seat by the window, dear . I'll try the tea. White chocolate is my favorite and I love apricot jam. . .hm~m~m. .. I can only imagine! Enjoy! Thank you for the reminder to slow down and enjoy Christmas. I'll be doing a post on reflection on Thursday. Stop by soon! Merry Christmas, dear!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely tea. Count me in!
And I am a Gooseberry Patch fan! Beautiful earring bling.

SmilingSally said...

I'm just popping in to wish you a Blessed Christmas, my good blogging friend!

PS I noticed that you SAID you were linking in to Blue Monday... Well, you forgot to link. LOL

Hurry up!

Jeri ~ said...

Gorgeous photos ---there's nothing I like better than a SPOT of tea!
Merry Christmas!

joyh82 said...

Everything looks so pretty and ready for the Holidays! Looks like you already got some nice presents too. Have a Merry Christmas!

Gemma Wiseman said...

The setting is so beautiful and the food looks scrumptious! O what a journey of delight your photos bring!

Maria @ LSS said...

I love the splashes of red. You have a beautiful home.

Happy Ruby!

Maria @ LSS

Cafe au lait said...

Lovely reds!

Marites said...

such nice things you have, I love them all. I would love to sit for a tea.

Joahna Vern said...

Wow!!! Such amazing photos you have here, friend. :) Awesome! I love all your photos.

Merry Christmas to everyone. :)

:I hope you can visit mine, too. :) Thanks.

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

On a cold morning like today...I will take a cup of hot cider and a slice of that yummy bread! Merry Christmas to you and your family.


Kathleen said...

Make mine tea, and some great conversation!

I bet I am the only blogger you know who doesn't have pierced ears! We were never allowed, and I just never bothered when I got older. Saw so many gals with infections in college, I guess it scared me.
Hard to find nice clips though!

See, we can talk about anything! :)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good Morning my Dear friend, Sorry I'm so late girl...Too much going on right now..My Grandson left for Afghanistan yesterday from fort Hood and I spent the whole day trying to comfort my poor daughter..sighs..Please pray Bj for his safe return to his family next Dec...Thank you so much for being my sweet friend and Many Blessings to you and your family on this CHRISTmas...Hugs and love Gl♥ria

Marice said...

love it! thanks for the invites! I have enjoyed it :) Merry Christmas!

u may view mine here

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh I would love to settle down to a cup of tea and a slice of APRICOT WHITE CHOCOLATE BREAD . . . how brilliant is THAT combination?!?

Beautiful post, thanks!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh BJ -- Those earrings are going to look stunning on you! I love your little tea spot -- So many delightful bloggy friends I would just love to sit and sip with -- what wonderful friendships we have been blessed with and the warmth of hospitality all across blogland. Merry Christmas to you!

Lady Katherine said...

BJ, I love this Tea! The bread on the lovely cake plate!!! The cups are so darling! I would love a cup of apple cider! Tea I have daily, but there is something special about having Hot Apple Cider for the Holidays. The tree is so cute! Oh, Yes, I love semi-homemade too! What wonderful book! Wishing you and your a very Merry Christmas! I still have not shopped, and still have kids day and night. So, I have been promised tomorrow to shop! lol Going to rough, in the traffic! Oh, but got do what I can. lol Thank Goodness we only do Breakfast here, and the main meal will be at Daddy's! Thank You for joining me for Tea Time this Christmas!