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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.

Friday, 12 February 2016

A Romantic Tea for Sweethearts

Love is a language spoken by everyone but understood only by the heart. ~ Author unknown

Hello dear friends! Valentine's Day is almost here and so I have set the table for Hubby and me. 

Fresh flowers.  What could be more perfect than roses!

Pretty china. I think a mix of pink and red transferware is perfect! And pink goblets for sparkling cranberry-apple juice.

The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup focuses one to be gentle, to think warmly and to feel close. ~ Carol and Malcolm Cohen 

Johnson Bros. Old Britain Castles

Something decadent for just the two of us. Oops, I forgot to include some chocolate hearts on the plate!

Tea is a time in which we were perfectly contented with ourselves and one another. ~ Charles Dickens

I had made this Banana Split Cake for our Valentine's supper with our Bible Study group. I will share the recipe with you tomorrow.

"Life is a journey, and love is what makes that journey worthwhile." ~ unknown

This past week was the anniversary of Hubby's and my very first date so many years ago. What a journey we have been on! Three children, five grandchildren, and a marriage that we are so thankful for. God is good! He has blessed us because we are not only mates but we are best friends.

We met at the most unlikely of places; a dance. A Saturday afternoon record-hop, to be precise. I wasn't supposed to be there.

Jane Austen once said, "To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love." That was certainly true in our case.

The journey hasn't always been easy but we have grown and the friendship that started out so innocently many years ago, is simply precious today. 

Our youngest son told me last summer, when he was home for a visit, that his father and I are very lucky to have each other! I prefer to think of it as being blessed. But yes, we are so very, very lucky!

Valentine's Day is the perfect time to do something special together. It doesn't have to be a big thing. It can be as simple as sharing a pot of tea and a dessert together at a pretty table. 

Valentine's Day is also the perfect time to honour a dear friend or friends, a parent, or your family. Spread the love around. 

A bell is no bell 'til you ring it
A song is no song 'til you sing it,
And love in your heart
Wasn't put there to stay -
Love isn't love
'Til you give it away. ~ Oscar Hammerstein- The Sound of Music

What are your plans for Valentine's Day

Love first came to us from our heavenly Father. Without the love of God, there would be no love in this world. He made it possible and we are reaping the rewards of that love.

I always end all of my Valentine posts with this heart. It says it all.

Thank you for your visit and I wish you all the loveliest of Valentine's Day celebrations.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Bernideen's TTCG Blog Party
Tea Cup Tuesday
Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 8 February 2016

No Place Like Home # 14

There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort. ~ Jane Austen

Hello dear friends and welcome to No Place Like Home!

We had another snow storm the other day so I made some 'storm cookies.' These being Spider Cookies. Some folks may call them chocolate macaroons but they're not as chewy as a macaroon. You may check out my recipe here.

We just finished painting our kitchen-dining rooms on the weekend. It's really good to have that job done. Got some spring cleaning done along with it. 

Last Friday as I mentioned earlier in my post, we had another snow storm and I was dreaming about summertime. I set out a tea in pink using my summery teacups, pink teapot, and pink tulips. We munched on spider cookies too. 
More snow is on the way including blizzard warnings. My imagination helps to whisk me away from it all. You may check out that post here.

Now on to my features. You all share so many wonderful ideas and recipes each week. You really are a talented group of ladies and I am grateful for your participation. 

Housekeeping Tips
Mrs T @ Across My Kitchen Table  shared a fabulous tea rack which her hubby made for her kitchen. Every tea lover should have one of these!

Janet @ Rosemary and Thyme shared her gorgeous tablescape to celebrate friendship. Love the soft colours!

Tea Time
Sherry @ The Charm of Home shared a lovely tea time reflecting on the Author of Love.

Home Decor
Debbie @ Debbie-Dabble  decorated a winter wonderland tree in her den. Love it! 

Kitty @ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen shared a recipe for these beautiful Linzer sandwich cookies; perfect for Valentines Day with heart cutouts.

And for the main course how about Thel's Hearty Vegetable Soup.  Love her blue china.

Faye @ Wild Rose Vintage shared her sweet crochet bag adorned with a cute flower. 

Congratulations ladies! 

Now let's see what you are creating in your home to make it a cozy place to come home to for your family, your friends, and yourself.

Lord, this humble house we'd keep
Sweet with play and calm with sleep.
Help us so that we may give
Beauty to the lives we live.
Let Thy love and let Thy grace
Shine upon our dwelling place. - Edgar A. Guest

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi
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