Homespun Hope – A Christmas Tea and recipe


Today was our “Homespun Hope” Christmas Tea at Paonia Friends Church.  We had many delicious yummies including chicken cranberry salad, cucumber sandwiches, biscotti, cake balls, and cheddar crisps with sun-dried tomatoes.  The tables, trays, and overall decorations were amazing.  Here are some pictures showing off the talents of the ladies in my church.


I used my china and sterling silver. The china pattern is Adagio from Noritake and the silver pattern is called Joan of Arc by International.

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Many guests asked me for the recipe for these “crisps” or crackers, so I decided to post it on my blog with a picture and hope that you will all want to treat your holiday guests to something extra special.  Guaranteed to be Tried and True!

Cheddar Crisps with Sundried Tomatoes

1 – 8 ounce package shredded sharp cheddar cheese

3/4 Cup unsalted butter, softened

1/4 Cup drained, chopped sun-dried tomatoes, patted dry, if necessary

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

2 tsp dried oregano or 2 Tbsp fresh oregano, chopped

2 1/4 Cup flour

In a medium bowl using an electric mixer at medium speed (lots of elbow grease works too) combine the cheese, butter, sun-dried tomatoes, oregano, salt, and pepper.  Beat until well combined.  Gradually add flour very slowly until the dough is combined.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside

Roll the dough to 1/8-1/4″ thickness.  Using  2 1/2″ cookie cutters, cut 36-40 crackers, re-rolling the dough as necessary.  Bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Cool on the baking sheets for 10 minutes, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.   I found the crackers continue to brown while cooling.

I used Christmas shapes, star, bell, and an angel, but shapes could be varied depending on the occasion.  For example clovers for St Patrick’s Day, hearts for Valentine’s Day, etc.

I would love to hear what you are doing to get into the holiday spirit!


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