Embrace winter with a cozy tea setting for two by a Winter Nesting Tree. You’ll find snowmen, cardinals, a favorite winter tea blend and recipe for sweet snowball cookies.
Welcome to the January edition of Tea on Tuesdays,
a celebration of tea on the third Tuesday of every month!
Pam and I are excited to have Sarah at Hyacinths for Soul,
joining us as a special guest for tea today!
We’re glad you’re here, pour yourself a cuppa and join us . . .
January weather calls for pulling out the snowman teapot and mugs!
A brilliant red cardinal sits perched on top of the snowman,
among the holly leaves, berries and pinecones.
The Cardinal is the official state bird of North Carolina and frequent visitor at our feeders.
Snow is a somewhat rare occurrence in the Southern Piedmont of North Carolina,
but we had 7 inches of snow several years ago when I spied this Cardinal
basking in the sun, perched on the snow-covered branches.
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We’re sipping Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice Tea
today, a new favorite tea for the winter months!
It’s described as “an assertive blend of black teas, three types of cinnamon,
orange peel, and sweet cloves. No sugar added.”
Harney & Sons’ website says it’s also known as Hot Cinnamon Sunset Tea;
the same tea with the name varying in certain packaging.
I highly recommend this tea if you’re a fan of orange, cinnamon and spice flavor!
It’s slightly sweet, eliminating the need for sugar or sweeteners in your tea.
If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I’m a bird and Cardinal lover!
My Cardinal Blizzard Centerpiece from Lynch Creek Farm got a makeover for winter.
The red ornaments were removed, along with Cardinal lantern;
replaced with a snowman cookie jar and large sparkly snowflakes.
The large pinecones were also removed to make way for
two Cardinal ornaments to nest among the greenery.
I debated about replacing the ribbon, but in the end decided
it would mimic the scarf tied around the snowman’s neck.
I tucked in a few magnolia leaves and added some rock salt
in the greenery for some frosty winter details.
Cardinals and snowmen have gathered at the table by our Winter Nesting Tree.
Our Winter Nesting Tree provides some welcome sparkle and twinkle, as well as an
antidote for the winter blues after the Christmas tree comes down.
It’s decorated for the month of January and February with sparkling snowflakes,
icy branches, pinecones, nesting birds and glittery nests.
A winter white, cranberry and gray plaid throw, provides a warm and cozy foundation for the table.
Twig flatware is reminiscent of snowman twig arms. . .
And a snowy white cable knit salad plate provides some warm and cozy texture,
with a sparkling snowflake napkin ring adding a nod to winter.
Help yourself to a sweet Snowball Cookie. . .
Melt-in-your-mouth tender and crumbly, filled with finely chopped pecans
and covered with a blizzard of confectioners’ sugar!
Find the recipe, HERE.
Snowman mugs, teapot, cookie jar, Ridgefield Home / HomeGoods, several years ago
Cardinal plate, plaid throw / HomeGoods
Snowflake napkin rings & napkins / Pottery Barn, several years ago
Cable knit salad plate / Michaels, several years ago
Twig flatware / Pier 1, several years ago
Join Pam and Sarah for more winter tea inspiration:
Pam at Everyday Living
Sarah at Hyacinths for the Soul
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Always full of lovely decorating and recipe ideas. Thank you!
Thank you Kyle, Happy January❣️
I have the same affection affection for cardinals. For some reason they just bring a smile to my face. All birds are my favorites but the Cardinal is special. You have such great pieces, just wonderful.
Thanks much for your visit and comment Pamela❣️
Good morning, Mary. The snowman teapot and mugs are whimsical and perfect for teatime in January. Our garden has been teeming with daily visits from cardinals. Their beautiful color stands out against the stark and gray colors of winter. Your makeover of the LCF centerpiece is ideal for your lovely table. The hot cinnamon spice tea sounds delicious on a cold and rainy day like today. The winter white, cranberry, and gray plaid throw is lovely, and I don’t remember seeing it before. The table beside the gorgeous winter nesting tree is cozy, warm, and inviting. It would be a pleasure to join you for tea and snowball cookies. Wishing you a delightful Tuesday♥️
Thanks so much Pam, enjoy sharing teatime with you❣️🫖
Absolutely stunning!! Love the tea set!! Thanks so much for sharing!!
Thank you so much Debbie. Happy January❣️☃️
I enjoyed my visit!
Thank you Jane❣️
Mary….Your snowmen table brought a smile to my heart. I adore snow in pictures, on dishes, anywhere but outside! Had enough during my childhood in PA. The Cardinals are so beautiful and your creations are amazing. I so enjoy watching the birds in my yard. The tea sounds delicious! As I head to Chicago this week to visit the grands I will be enjoying many tea parties with two adorable little girls ( ages 7 & 5)… life is good! Peace.
Thanks so much Cindi. Enjoy your visit and tea parties with your grand girls, safe travels❣️🫖
I so look forward to seeing your posts. They fill me with inspiration and bring happiness to me. Thanks so much for sharing your talents. My granddaughter is 28 and we have enjoyed tea parties since she was 4 years old. Your posts give me the boost I need to try new . Smiles, Cherryl
Thanks so much for your visit and sweet comment Cherryl. Happy January❣️
Oh my, I love these snowmen! And of course the cardinals too. Thank you for all your creative inspirations. I look forward ( as many of your followers) to what you can surprise us with each month. It is always a treat.
Thank your visit and sweet comment Beth, happy January❣️☃️
The winer snowmen are so precious! ❤️
I just ordered the tea…..it sounds delish!!
Thank you Kathi! I hope you enjoy the tea as much as I do❣️🫖☃️
Mary, Your post is lovely. I have missed reading blogs for a while now. Hoping to slowly rejoin.
Your snowman teapot and mugs are adorable. I adore your pic of the Cardinal on the snow laden bush. I am not sure why but I haven’t had any cardinals and I miss their beauty.
I’m wishing I had a cookie and tea from your table this morning. And I enjoyed all your creativity!
Thank you Bonnie! I hope you had a Merry December and visit with your family. Looking forward to hopping with you next week❣️
Your home “must smell DIVINE!!!” franki
Thank you Franki, the tea is aromatherapy in a cup! 🫖❤️
Your snowman cookie jar and mugs instantly make me smile Mary, so so cute! I love the way you transformed from Christmas to winter by cleverly changing a few details, your table is beautiful. Such a cozy spot to curl up with a cuppa. The tea blend sounds delightful and please pass the Snowball Cookies! I always feel that seeing a cardinal brings good luck so I feel very lucky after visiting you today! Thank you for the lovely tea party~
Thanks so much for your visits and sweet comments Jenna❣️🫖☃️
Your posts are always so beautiful. I had to skip over to Amazon and buy the cinnamon tea. I love Paris and drink it every day. Thanks so much for sharing
Beautiful and classy !!
Love all your posts. They are so inspiring!!! I love cardinals, too!! I live in central Florida and have them visit us every once in a while. Right now their are 2 blue jays at my backyard feeders.
Thank you Phyllis, watching the birds at the feeders is a fun winter pastime. Happy January to you❣️
Mary, a friend gifted me a tin of the Harney and Sun Sunset tea last winter, and I find I drink it year round. I’m hooked on the spicy flavor and touch of sweetness. I’ve placed multiple orders for these tins since, keeping my pantry stocked as well as a nice shelf for gifting. I want to spread this tasty joy!
Your snow people are adorable. I’m truly smitten with snow people. They bring smiles on cold winter days, and once I discovered my birthdate is also World Snowman Day, it almost makes it mandatory! Right? I once read that the 18th was chosen because the numeral 8 depicts a snowman form and the numeral 1 is representative of the broom a snowman often holds. I’m happy to share January 18th with snowmen of the world.
Your tea table details and the yummy snowball cookies have me scrolling up and down again and again. I like the way your transition things from Christmas to winter. I’m trying to do more of that myself. My tree is still up and decorated for Christmas, but hope to get the decorations packed away this evening. I may leave my bare tree with twinkling lights up a bit longer. It’s a restful view from my wingback.
Thank you for inviting me to join in as a guest today. It’s always an honor and a pleasure. You and Pam are such an inspiration in my life. I appreciate your friendship!
So interesting about the significance of 18 for World Snowman Day Sarah! ☃️ Pam and I were so happy to have you join us for tea today. Wishing you a wonderful and Happy Birthday week❣️🫖☃️🎂🎉❄️
So beautiful and I love the tea set! Snowmen and cardinals… can’t get any better then that!
Thank you so much for taking the time visit and your kind comments Nancy❣️
Mary, I love the way you changed up your LCF centerpiece. They really are very versatile and long lasting. I’m still enjoying mine. Your snowman with cardinals teapot is so cute. The tableware is beautiful. Those are such nice plates with the cable knit design. I love the look of everything, as usual! I’m headed to kitchen for a cookie like those. I cheated though and bought mine at Costco as opposed to making them this time. LOL Happy Tuesday! Clara❤️
Thank Clara, so glad you are still enjoying your LCF centerpiece! Those snowball /wedding cookies are good no matter who makes them, even those Keebler elves. :) ❄️☃️❤️
Where did you buy your white plates.
Hi Jan, the cable knit salad plates came from Michaels several years ago.
Such a happy faced teapot and mugs❣ I loved the picture with the tea pouring! My favorite cookie was served with tea today…such fun at your teaparty today, thank you Mary❣
Thank you for your visit and sweet comment Sue❣️☃️❄️
Your table is full of wintry fun, Mary. I am crazy about your snowman mug and teapot. Isn’t it the cutest?? I’d love some spicy tea and a snowball cookie, please. Thank you for sharing a lovely table and treats for us.
Thank you Kitty, wishing you a happy week❣️
Always enjoy my time with you, leave lifted and satiated, 🙏🙏🙏
Thanks much Jain! Home Mother Nature cuts you a break soon. ♥
Your tea time would be such a good time to sit and talk, and enjoy it all. The tea sounds wonderful (and Sarah’s pick too!), and all the winter elements are very thoughtfully curated in such a gorgeous way.
That’s so much Rita, it’s the same tea with a different label/name and so good! 🫖 Looking forward to hopping with next week❣️🍽️
I absolutely love this, Mary! Cardinals are my favorite birds, and we have two pairs in our backyard. I also like the snowmen, too. Everything looks perfect for a winter tea. :D
Always enjoy your ingenious and helpful presentations. You’ve vacuumed me into another Harney flavor to sample… order is in. Those snowballs are another “must try”
item. Had a lovely tea-time today with a friend and it is such a lovely ritual in which to
sip the cares of the day away, don’t you think? Blessings~
Cozy winter table with a great tea and cookies, yum! Cardinals are so beautiful against the white snow! Cardinals and chickadees are my favorite! This tea is delicious I have it in my cupboard and love it! I just received for my birthday the Harney and Sons “Gingerbread Festival” and am enjoying that also. I’m loving no snow on the ground which is rare for Michigan! We are having very unseasonable weather and I’m really ok with it, haha, but your table is lovely!
Thank You for the invitation to your Tea party. Especially love the Cardinals We haven’t seen a Cardinal in a long time.
Marilyn,Joan and Marion
I am so loving this series of the beautiful tea parties. Adoring the snowman teapot and mugs. The LCF centerpiece is perfect for the table that can only make you smile! What a great capture of the Cardinal. Thanks for giving us much joy !!