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Celebrating the Joy of Living & Home Making ~

Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Tea Time, and taking Inspiration from those I love and the world around me...

A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

May Celebrations and A Bit of A Break

Sweet May hath come to love us,
Flowers, trees, their blossoms don;
And through the blue heavens above us
The very clouds move on. - Heinrich Heine

Hello my lovelies! At last May is here and with it comes a host of occasions to celebrate. We have three birthdays, two anniversaries, and Mother's Day. 

An anniversary is a time to celebrate the joy of today, the memories of yesterday, and the hopes of tomorrow. ~ Unknown

Hubby surprised me with this beautiful arrangement for our anniversary which was on Sunday. The colours are robin egg blue and pink; some of my favourite colours. Parrot tulips and mini roses in pink and white are all snuggled together in an aqua vase tied up with lots of filmy ribbon. The picture doesn't really do it justice. 

This picture of us was taken the weekend we got married and no, I'm not wearing red, I'm wearing bright pink. We were so happy to begin our journey together!

This was taken last summer when our boys were all home. We are so blessed!

Our son and his family had us over for coffee and pie on Sunday and we had a wonderful visit. They gave us a lovely bouquet of flowers and while we were there, our youngest, who just got tenure-track, called so he got to talk to everyone including the nephews. It was a lovely day! 

Today is Hubby's birthday and tomorrow we have relatives coming over from New Brunswick to visit. So, it's been a busy time.

It seems like a very good time to take a break. I feel like the past year has finally caught up with me and I'm feeling very tired. Some of you may remember that I had two surgeries and I'm still having health issues and going to physio every week. Nothing major but still wearing on me.

I'm not sure how long I will be gone. It may be a couple of weeks or a little longer. In any case, I will be back after I've had a rest.

Wouldn't it be an exhilarating tonic for the soul to take a moment to appreciate the simple, good things in life which are so bountiful? ~ unknown 

This is what I plan to do right now. I am going to take some time and listen to the birds singing in my back yard. I'm going to watch the grass and flowers grow and I'm going to just simply, be.

I want to wish all you lovely moms out there a Happy Mother's Day this coming weekend and I hope you all get spoiled!

Until I return, do take care dear friends and God bless you all!

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 30 April 2018

Books, Flowers, and Tea

Marilla....realized that the winter was over and gone with the thrill of delight that spring never fails to bring to the oldest and saddest as well as to the youngest and merriest. ~ LM Montgomery - "Anne of Green Gables"

Hello dear friends and welcome back to my cottage where I've been taking a short break after a very busy and stressful few weeks. Last week I didn't post at all because I felt I needed to just come away from blogging and relax for the week.

Thank you to those of you who prayed for my mother. They weren't sure she would pull through but she did and she is doing better. She may be a tiny lady but she's as spunky as they come and a good thing she is!

I also wanted to thank those of you who commented on my new sofa. It's nice to get some feed back from time to time. I am still searching for a third throw cushion and I want to get one I can't live without, if you know what I mean. We are thinking very seriously of painting an accent wall.

The other day we took a drive to Victoria Park down to the waterfront where there were many folks out walking and enjoying the nice weather. The ice is all gone from the harbour and what a welcome sight it is!

I snapped this picture of a darling little spaniel pup that was out for a walk with his master. 
You can see the water and sky were both very blue and it was a delight to be there! Yes, springtime has finally arrived on our little island and I am thrilled!

Hubby surprised me with some beautiful flowers and I thought it a perfect time to set a tea table. Yellow tulips and pink spray roses. He got a good deal on them so he got me two. He really is the best!

Let your joy burst forth like the flowers in the spring. ~ unknown

The table is set with pinks and yellows; perfect for springtime. I made another Irish tea cake and instead of fruit, this time I served it with my vanilla sauce.

The china is all Royal Albert except for the dessert bowl. The bowl is part of a set my mother gifted me with for Christmas several years ago. 

Won't you join me? I have been watching my sweets lately but after the last three weeks, I decided to treat myself with this scrumptious dessert.

The nice thing about this cake is you can serve it with almost anything. It is just wonderful with fruit and whipped cream or ice cream. It is lovely with a lemon sauce. Today, I am serving it with vanilla sauce/brown sugar sauce. 

If you would like my recipe, you will find it at the end of my post.

When you have flowers, books and tea, you are never alone. ~ Alexandra Stoddard

I went into our local Indigo again on Saturday to see if they carried Laura Childs' new book. This time they had it so I snatched it up quickly. I have the entire series of Laura Childs' "Tea Shop Mysteries" and I am looking forward to getting into this one. 

"Plum Tea Crazy" is hard covered and it cost more than the paper back but I'm happy to have it in my collection. I also picked up the newest Tea Time magazine so these should give me many hours of pleasant company.

Thank you for your company today. It's always a delight to have you visit. Have a lovely day and may the Lord smile upon you!

Vanilla Sauce/Brown Sugar Sauce
1 cup brown sugar
3 TBSP flour
1/2 tsp salt

Gradually stir in 2 cups of boiling water.
Bring to a boil and cook until smoothly thickened, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and stir in 2 TBSP butter
1-1/2 tsp vanilla

Yield- 2 cups

The tea cake recipe was shared at one of my HOME parties by a young lady who no longer blogs.

Irish Tea Cake
1/2 cup butter, softened 
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1-1/2 tsp vanilla
1-3/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk

Beat all ingredients together in order of appearance given in the recipe.
Pour batter into a prepared 9" round pan. Spread evenly.
Bake @ 350 degrees for about 30-35 minutes, or until it passes the toothpick test. Cool and then turn out onto a wire rack. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.  Or serve with fruit and whipped cream, ice cream, or a warm vanilla sauce. Enjoy!

I am joining the following parties as well~

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Teal We Meet Again...

Spring had come once more to Green Gables....the capricious, reluctant Canadian spring, lingering along through April and May in a succession of sweet, fresh, chilly days, with pink sunsets and miracles of resurrection and growth. ~ LM Montgomery - "Anne of Green Gables"

Hello dear friends! Oh my, I have been so busy lately that I am posting a little later than usual. It's funny how one's days can run together when one is on the go so much. Sometimes I have to stop and try to remember what day it is!

My mother who is in a nursing home hasn't been well the past week or so. She has the flu and is on oxygen so we have been concerned for her. I would appreciate your prayers for her. With my many appointments and visiting my mother, we have been kept pretty busy and I wasn't sure I would have time to get a post ready this week.

If you were to ask what is most important in a home, I would say happy memories. ~ Lilian Gish

We may replace our furniture, carpets, wall colour, etc., and it makes us feel good to have an update in our home. But what's most important in a home are the memories you make there with your loved ones and friends.

Some of you may remember Hubby and I purchased a new teal blue Lazy Boy sofa back a few months ago. It was delivered about six weeks ago and since then, I've been looking for throw cushions. The plain teal throw cushions that came with the sofa didn't add any oomph to it so I replaced them with two that have a bird motif for the spring and summer months. The cushions look more blue but there is some teal and turquoise in them. The gold in the cushions pick up on the soft wheat/gold recliners across from the sofa.

I am searching for a smaller cushion for the middle, hopefully in a soft gold. I am also debating whether or not to paint an accent wall in light teal. What do you think? Down the road we will also get a rug.

When I first sat down on the sofa, it was way too high and my feet wouldn't touch the floor so we had to go back to the furniture store and get another set of legs. These legs aren't fancy but they are the perfect height and now I am able to sit comfortably on it. 

I thought about choosing a neutral colour for the sofa but Hubby wanted some colour so we chose the teal. I decorated with a lot of blue while my guys were growing up. After they all moved out, I used a lot of pink and soft aqua which I still love but teal is a nice change and one I can live with for years to come.

A cup of tea is so welcome during the few quiet moments we have these days. 

I am using my beautiful teal blue Aynsley teacup with the violets inside. I love, love this beautiful cup and saucer because of its shape and colour. The gold filigree makes it very attractive as well. 

A cup of tea warms the soul like a good friend. ~ unknown

Some purple tulips and a nice cup of tea with a Victoria Tea Pleasures magazine to enjoy for a few moments of leisure.

Thank you for your visit and God watch over you and your loved ones..."teal" we meet again!

I am joining the following parties as well~

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi
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