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Vintage Christmas Tea Party in Honor of Lottie Moon

Thursday, December 8, 2011


I loved learning about Lottie Moon as a GA (Girls in Action).  She was a missionary to China in the late nineteenth century, and the Southern Baptist Christmas Offering for International Missions is named in her honor.

Lottie was only 4'3" tall, but the Chinese people were scared of her because of her piercing blue eyes.  They called her the foreign devil, but she won them over through her kindness, perseverance, and tea cakes.  Yep!  Her tea cakes made her a hit with the local children who then introduced her to their parents.


This is her recipe, both original and adapted:

Plain Tea Cake (As made by Lottie Moon)
Three teacups of sugar
One teacup of butter
One teacup of sour milk
Four pints flour
Three eggs, well beaten
Half a teaspoon of soda
Flavor to taste, roll thin, bake in a quick oven.

Adapted recipe:
2 cups flour
½ cup butter
1 heaping cup of sugar
1 well-beaten egg
1 tablespoon cream

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the egg and mix well. Add the flour and cream. Dust a board with flour. Roll the dough very thin. Cut cookies with a round cookie cutter. Place on a buttered or nonstick cookie sheet. Bake at 475 degrees for about 5 minutes.  *Let stand on cookie sheet for five minutes before placing on cooling rack.*

Note:  I added Sparkling Sugar before baking.

I am serving Lottie Moon's tea cakes and tea on Mr. Art @ Home's grandmother's china for an after school snack.  I loved Mr. Art @ Home's grandmother.  She hated my name, so she called me "Beauty" instead. Please feel free to call me Beauty, too  ;P  {just. kidding.}  She also loved me because I am Southern Baptist.  She was so proud when she was the oldest member of her Baptist church!


China:  Antique German, belonged to Mr. Art @ Home's grandmother
Silver:  Vintage nineteen thirties silver
Place mats and napkins :  The Home Depot
Napkin Rings:  Pier 1
Vase:  MacKenzie-Childs Thistle Collection

Linking to Debra's Common Ground.


Until next time...

Merry Christmas!
Ricki Jill


  1. O my, it must be fun to come home and see what you have waiting for your family.
    funny and sorta sad about the name thing :(
    I know I used to hate my own name, so I tried changing it in college, it didn't work out so well so I kept Amy, lol

  2. What a neat little post! I love old stories like this! andrea@townandprairie

  3. How pretty Ricki, that recipe sounds wonderful and looks it too!

  4. How beautiful Ricki, that recipe sounds delish, I saw and wnated to make them right away! I love this nice and wholesome story of someone wonderful and your vintage German tea set is TDF!! Thanks for sharing and happy Holidays to you and yours.

  5. What pretty china! The cookies look simply delicious.

  6. awww. love that! i want cookies now :)

  7. How do we get on the invite list? Beautiful teaparty and story.

  8. Helo Beauty - my parents are Southern Baptists as well. Gotta love Lottie Moon - that's a great tribute to her!

  9. Beautiful and I love your new header pic too

  10. Such a sweet tablescape and with wonderful Lottie Moon cookies too...nice!!! You are a beauty Ricki Jill...inside & out!
    Sweet post!!!

  11. What a beautiful tea table, Ricki. I love those vintage set with its lovely shape. The cookies look delish...Christine

  12. ohhhh.... I want to try this recipe for Christmas cookies!

  13. Hello Beauty Ricki! I too learend all about Lotie Moon in GA's and your tea is a wonderful tribute to her memory!I am amazed that you found those lovely linens at Home Depot! Thanks for sharing the sweet story of Lottie's amazing life.

  14. Your header is just beautiful!
    You really set a pretty table!
    Hoping to finally have my following abilities back on track...I've missed coming by!

  15. I have to say that name sure suits you! Wonderful to hear about Lottie Moon. I was a GA too, and had not heard about the tea cakes or her small stature. They look delicious, I know your family probably finished them off. yummy! thanks for linking up to the VIF party! xo

  16. Beautiful tea party and tribute to Lottie Moon. Her courage and sacrifice to share her faith in Christ in China is amazing. Giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering is a great priviledge to support missionaries around the world. Thank you for sharing.

  17. Lovely tea party and what a treasure to use the tea set! A wonderful story. I think your name is lovely but I also know why she called you beauty, you are beautiful...........


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