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Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Photography, 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.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Sweet Violets and Pansies for Tea Time

I'm so thankful for friendship. It beautifies life so much.~ LM Montgomery - Anne of Avonlea 

Hello friends and welcome to the last Tea Time Tuesday in February! 

I must admit I'm glad this month is coming to an end because the weather has been simply atrocious here on Prince Edward Island. The schools have been closed for over a week because of the mountains of snow we have. Thankfully, Spring is less than a month away. Yay!!

That is one good thing about this world...there are always sure to be more springs. ~ LM Montgomery - Anne of Avonlea

And since it is still February, I am using my Royal Albert Flower of the Month ~ February Violets teacup for tea today. 

This beautiful teacup was a house warming gift from Hubby's aunt many years ago. I cherish it as she is no longer with us.

Do you think amethysts can be the souls of 

good violets? ~ LM Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables

This teacup sprinkled with violets is made by Grace China.

The vintage spoon below was a gift from a dear blogger friend. It has the letter 'S' engraved on the handle and she thought I would like it. She was right!

My Purple Pansy teapot.

If a kiss could be seen I think it would look like a violet.~ LM Montgomery - Anne of Avonlea

I do love lace and so I am using a Battenburg lace table topper beneath it all. 

I visited Martha's blog Lines from Linderhof the other day and she had mentioned they had a bread pudding at the Tea she had attended. I have been craving bread pudding ever since so naturally I had to make some. 

This bread pudding is made with raisin bread and cream cheese; comfort food for these cold February days. 

Served warm with maple syrup from my little French white pitcher, it is a real treat.

A view of the table. The sun streaming in made it very pretty and my camera doesn't do it justice.

Thank you for stopping by for Tea Time today. I hope your day is special and your dreams are filled with violets. The Lord bless you!

I am joining the following parties as well~

A Return to Loveliness
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

Monday, 16 February 2015

A Romantic After Valentines Day Tea

Oh, for the gentleness of old Romance ~ Keats

Hello friends ~ Valentines Day is past however February is a month when many of us keep the romance going all month long. 

A romantic bouquet of carnations and roses. Sweet pink velvet petals of luscious roses and frilly spicy carnations; my favourite. 

A little lace, some chocolate, and hearts linger about our homes as we curl up in front of the fire and sip a cup of tea with someone we love; be it your spouse, a family member, or a beloved friend.

Tea served in a pretty chintz teapot.

The matching teacup.

Another chintz teacup.

A pair of birdies. See the heart cut outs?

Love is in the air.

When it's cold outside, wrapping one's hands around a cup of hot chocolate, coffee, or tea warms our spirits and we draw comfort from that first sip to the last. 

Each cup of tea represents an imaginary journey. ~ Catherine Douzel

Join me, won't you, for a hot cup of cinnamon vanilla tea and some chocolate. Chocolate being some fudge I made. It's the five minute variety but Hubby loves it! 

A little cheese cake drizzled with chocolate and caramel.

Or perhaps a valentine cupcake. Hubby brought two of these home from the bakery for a treat. 

HAPPY are they who take life day by day, complain very little,
and are thankful for the little things. ~ Unknown

And so, I have lit the fire and I am savouring my tea as I watch the flames dance among themselves, spreading warmth throughout the room.

Evening has fallen and candlelight makes it cozy. 

The candle sticks are a perfect match to the china. They were a Mothers Day gift from my son several years ago.

Winter is the time for comfort - it is the time for home. ~ Edith Sitwell

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful.... We have had a blizzard going on since early yesterday morning and even though I am cozy and warm in my little cottage, I am dreaming of springtime. 

This is the snowbank outside my front window at 4:00 Sunday afternoon. You can barely see the maple tree out front. Since I took the picture, more snow has accumulated. As of right now, our whole Island has been shut down. Hubby will have to jump off our back deck to get out because we can't open our doors. I saw two gold finches out in the tree earlier looking for seed but the bird feeder is plugged with snow.

The good news is Spring is only a few weeks away. I know you gardeners are anxious to get your hands into the soil. Me, I'm dreaming of bright green lacy trees and walking on the sand at one of our beaches.

What are you dreaming about today?

Thank you for visiting. I wish you joy and may all your dreams come true!

I am joining the following parties as well~

A Return to Loveliness
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi
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