Friday, December 31, 2010

Tea Cozy and Crackers

The dawn of the last day of the year. The soft glow was wonderful for moments, when the earth was hanging on to the last little bit of night, then bursting into dazzling sunshine. We woke to shivery chrystals of ice and sun. We haven't seen much sun for the last few weeks. What a welcome sight!
One of the projects I was working on for gifts was another tea cozy. With space for handle and spout, tea can be poured without removing the cozy. Made of washed recycled wool, hand appliqued, cotton batting to hold warmth, lined with cotton, and trimmed with bias cotton.

I made it for my sister. We have been enjoying tea time lately.

I tried a new cracker recipe for a party last night.

I used some of my own milled whole wheat flour. They have a rich nutty taste. They are not too heavy or cardboardy tasting, as sometimes happens with whole wheat.
I roll the chilled dough out to about 1/8th" thick. Then I brushed on a little melted butter infused with garlic, rosemary, and fresh cracked pepper. Cut to the size of a tea bag. Then baked for 9 minutes.
Mmmmm. Served plain or with fresh farmers or goat cheese.......yum.

Thank you for your wonderful inspiration and thoughts this past year. You all are amazing. May you treasure the memories of this past year, and experience true joy in the new year.
Happy New Year!


Paula said...

Ooooh~ those cracker made my mouth water, Debbie!! YUMMY!! I can honestly say I've never had homemade crackers before- I'm sure I'm really missing out on something good.
I love love love the tea cozy!! That is just too cute!!

Mindy/Raymond Homestead said...

Yes, I will take some tea and the tea cozy as well please!! lol Just love the tea cozy, so neat! The crackers look pretty good too!

Manuela@TPOH said...

It must be wonderful to be able to whip up such cute and useful things! I love those tea cozies, esp the one with the house! The crackers look yummy.