Monday, January 11, 2016


I just finished Trader Joe's Peppermint Pretzel Slims.
Thin, cruchy thin pretzels with a creamy coating and peppermint sprinkles.
Boy, were they good! 
I figured if I listed them here in the Land of Blog perhaps I would remember them for next year! 

I still have some TJs Mini Gingerbread Men -- gingerbread cookies with white fudge icing.
Also very good.

I'm really not a big lover of shortbread, but I loved the Santa tin -- especially the reindeer running around the bottom. 

Santa and Snowman

Friendly Village by Johnson Brothers is one of my favorite patterns. 

I love that I can use this pattern from November into the winter months. 

When Johnson Brothers was founded in 1883 by Frederick and Alfred Johnson, their goal for the Staffordshire pottery was to produce an earthenware called "White Granite," which is marked on many early pieces as "Semi Porcelain." It was a great material for dinnerware because it looked like china but was as tough as ironstone. However, the firm would become the most famous for its transferware like Friendly Village.

I'm always on the lookout for more pieces to add to my small collection.

I'm enjoying my leftovers from the holidays, including Comfort and Joy Tea by the Republic of Tea. 
It is black tea leaves blended with spices and fruit. Yum! 

"Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?"
~ D.T. Suzuki

Wishing YOU well and much joy! 


eileeninmd said...

Good morning, what a cute photo. I love the snowman and the cute Santa tin. Your Peppermint Pretzel Slims sound yummy.
Happy Monday, enjoy your new week!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

You still have leftover goodies???? Mine are all since LONG GONE!

Bernideen said...

Dear Snap:
So glad you linked today to my blog party and shared this Johnson Brothers information. I love the pattern too and am on the look for the teapot but only want one from England. Hope you are having a good New Year and enjoy all your "leftovers".

handmade by amalia said...

I would have bought that cookie tin as well :-) Tea and cookies, a match made in heaven.

Michelle said...

I'm not a fan of mint but I do love almost all things Trader Joe's! Thanks for the reminder ... I haven't been there in a while! Off to add to my to do list for the week!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Those leftovers do come in handy especially with unexpected company! What a cute tin and of course I love JB anything. Friendly Village is one of my favourites. Thanks for sharing.


kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Hi Snap! I love JB Friendly Village, also, and really most all of their patterns. I missed out on some of TJ's holiday treats, but will try to remember them next year. I'm so glad you have some leftover wintry teas that you enjoy. The holiday blends are my favorites.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Love that container. Need to avoid sweets now, but cherish the memories of Christmas cookies!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

I fear our leftovers have left the building (table, cupboard, platter). We finished the last of them this weekend - and I haven't decided to start baking for Valentine's day yet. My daughter is a superb cake/cookie decorator and this year I want to learn to do fancy decorations from her - we'll see how that goes for Valentines Day and if I have the patience. I love shortbread cookies with tea - and the santa tin is delightful.

Deb said...

I would love some tea in that beautiful mug and would no doubt eat your shortbread. ;-)

Vee said...

My step-daughter made some of those pretzels! They were delicious and didn't last as long as yours did. She also made snowmen with caps using thinner pretzels...adorable and tasty. I am glad that I am not the only one still enjoying Christmasy things. I do love your Friendly Village mug. I have two, but both are badly chipped.

Janet said...

I must be living under a rock! I haven't had Trader Joe's Peppermint Pretzel Slims but they sound good. Now I have to wait a year to try them.

Since I did very little baking this year for the holidays, I have no leftovers to enjoy now. Serves me right for being such a bah humbug this year.

Beth @ Conversations from my House said...

Snap, what a sweet picture. No Trader Joes anywhere near me so haven't gotten to try those pretzel sticks.

The Charm of Home said...

Oh I have been dying to make the kids gingerbread men. Yours look easier than making them and they are so cute!

Margie said...

I spotted a set of Friendly Village mugs in excellent condition at our thrift store a few years back. I didn't need any more mugs, but couldn't bear to leave them behind, so I persuaded my mom to bring the set home with her. Heh. I'm also keeping an eye out for (reasonably priced) matching pieces to the pattern.

After I finish my Harney and Sons holiday tea later this month, I can try out all the new teas that I received for Christmas!

Mrs.T said...

Those pretzels sound yummy! As does the tea. I love the Republic of Tea flavors -- they're very special. And I have that same Friendly Village mug. My "collection" of Friendly Village is truly minuscule -- that mug and a large round platter. I hope eventually to add to it.

Terri said...

Oh your post made me very hungry! lol.
Your santa tin is very cute, and I love friendly village! Some day I will have at least one tea cup of that pattern. I just have never seen it any where I have looked.
I really like your photography here!

Karen said...

Hi Snap,
I also love Johnson Brother's Friendly Village and have a few pieces too. It really is perfect for the winter months. Yours looks delightful with Santa and cookies.
Happy Tea Time! Karen

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

TJ's has so many great food items and don't know how I missed these? I love pretzels with anything covered over them. The Santa tin is adorable. OMG I brought last year four of the cups from a thrift store and know their pattern so that's for sharing the info. I'm drinking my morning tea with one today!