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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.

Monday, 15 October 2018

Pumpkin Tales

Fall....the time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale. ~ Lauren DeStefano

Welcome, dear friends! October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month so I am sharing some pink today.

This is a long post, so pour a cup of your favourite beverage and join me, won't you?

I like the softer side of Fall and I love pumpkins. I especially like the white ones because they are so wonderful for decorating with. 

I have painted a few Baby Boos over the years.
Of course some of the wee ones have to have a little sparkle like this pink one. Glitter makes everything prettier, don't you think?

But there is some orange around too. Our bird bath has a pumpkin squatting in it as is the norm this time of year.
I came across this little quote this morning which I thought was cute...

Advice From A Pumpkin
Be well-rounded
Get plenty of sunshine
Give thanks for life's bounty
Have a thick skin
Keep growing
Be outstanding in your field
Think big! ~ Ilan Shamer

What is it about pumpkins that fascinates us so?  

Could it be that deep down, it is our love of Cinderella? That sweet innocent fairy tale that lives on inside of each of us since we were little girls. At least for we girly-girls, I believe that to be true.

Courtesy of the Internet

I watched Disney's Cinderella movie again the other night and once again found it simply charming! Hubby watched it with me and we both really enjoyed it. Downton Abbey's Rose, played by Lily James, was simply delightful as Cinderella!

I still love the story of the young girl who was orphaned then forced to become a servant to her wicked step-mother and step-sisters. 

Courtesy of the Internet - Disney's Cinderella

Before her beloved mother died, Cinderella promised she would always "have courage and be kind." Because she had such a kind heart, she was adored by all but her step family. She had a very special rapport with all the little critters too and they were the best of friends. 
These are my niece's three adorable baby hamsters. She carved the pumpkin for them to play in. They are so tiny that all three of them can fit in your hand. I know Cinderella would have loved them and I thought how serendipitous it was that my niece posted this picture while I was getting this post ready.

....Getting back to the story, one day Cinderella had a visitor who transformed a pumpkin into a beautiful carriage. 

Courtesy of the Internet

The carriage whisked her away to the castle to attend the Prince's ball. 

When she arrived at the castle, all eyes were turned upon her including those of the Prince.

Courtesy of the Internet - Disney's Cinderella

The Prince and Cinderella only had eyes for one another and they danced away the evening until the clock began to strike midnight...

Courtesy of the Internet - Disney's Cinderella

As we know, Cinderella had to leave the gala quickly and while fleeing to her carriage, she lost one of her glass slippers.

Courtesy of the Internet - Disney's Cinderella

The Prince looked high and low for the maiden who had lost the glass slipper until he found her. Of course the slipper was a perfect fit. 

She forgave her step-mother for her treatment of her and as the story goes, the Prince and Cinderella fell in love, got married, and lived happily ever after! 

I thought Cinderella forgiving her wicked step-mother was a wonderful lesson for all of us.

All stories should have such a happy ending! 

Every second brings a fresh beginning,
Every hour holds a new promise,
Every night our dreams can bring hope and
Every day is what you choose to make it. ~ unknown author

Do you have time for tea? 

This is my Cinderella. Well, we'll pretend she's Cinderella.

This Royal Dalton figurine used to be my mother's but she gave it to me and it reminds me of Cinderella so she is joining us for tea today. As you can see her frock is the Royal Albert Lavender Rose pattern.

A Dream is a wish your Heart makes. ~ Cinderella

I am using my Royal Albert Flower of the Month teacup; the Cosmos to display my little golden bejewelled Baby Boo in. Kind of reminds me of Cinderella's coach.

The tea party is a spa for the soul. You leave your cares and work behind. ~ Alexandra Stoddard

For tea time, I am using my Aynsley teacup. It is a favourite because I love the crocus shape with the pink roses sprinkled all over the cup and saucer. The roses inside the cup add a little something special too. 

My Royal Albert New Country Roses teapot which was a Christmas gift a few years ago, holds our tea.

The tea is David's Tea Pumpkin Chai.

It is a black tea with cinnamon, cloves, lemon peel, squash, carrot, caramel, and wee pumpkin candies. The perfect tea for autumn and dare I say, Cinderella?

I have home made Cranberry muffins. The crunchy sugar topping makes them a sweet treat with the tart cranberries. 

The vintage butter knife is part of a set that once belonged to my mother.

Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. ~ Denis Waitley

To all you beautiful ladies who have survived breast cancer, to those of you who are living with breast cancer, and to those of you who have lost a loved one to breast cancer or any cancer, my thoughts and prayers go out to you. God bless you all!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my post. Some of it is a re-post that I added to. 
I consider you my friends and I thank you for keeping me company for just a little while. Have a beautiful day everyone!

May God give you...

For every storm, a rainbow,
For every tear, a smile,
For every care, a promise,
And a blessing in each trial.
For every problem life sends,
A faithful friend to share,
For every sigh, a sweet song,
And an answer for each prayer. ~ An Irish prayer

 I am sharing this with ~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

Wednesday, 10 October 2018


Life is a gift! Today, and every day you wake up, is a gift from God. Remember to thank Him for it.

Hello everyone ! I hope all my Canadian friends had a lovely and bountiful Thanksgiving!

Monday was turkey day in Canada. Roast turkey, potatoes and gravy, stuffing and cranberry sauce, and of course pumpkin pie with real whipped cream; what a feast! 

A few shots of Hubby's cousin's Thanksgiving table. She goes all out to set her table.

Give Thanks was attached to the two head chairs at the table.

I don't know about you, but I love turkey leftovers! I have any number of delicious recipes I can use the turkey in so I find it very economical. I like to make turkey pot pie, hot turkey sandwiches, "turkey" a la king, soup, casserole, turkey stir-fry, etc...What do you do with your leftovers? Do you even like leftovers?

Today it will be a quick cuppa tea and a piece of pumpkin pie. The cup and saucer are Skye McGhie called Pierced Lace.

The plate is part of a set of four my son gave me for Christmas two years ago. It is the under plate to a set of pumpkin soup bowls from Sur la Table and he got them in Colorado when he lived there.  

The lovely table topper underneath it all was part of a give away win from Bernideen several years ago. I bring it out every October.  

Question for you! I have my father's violin. When my middle son was a teenager and in band at school, my father gave him his violin. When my son graduated and left for the west coast to go to bible college, he left the violin here with me. I removed the strings and the bow is inside its case. I've had this violin hanging in the family room for years so no one really sees it. Now, what I'm about to tell you may horrify some of you! 

I have been wanting to paint it white and distress it for years and my son would never give me permission to do that. 
Well, seems he's had a change of heart especially since his nephew, my grandson, said I should paint it! My son feels it would be even more special to have Mom's stamp on it. So, now that I have my son's permission, I'm re-thinking whether I should or not. What do you think? Would you paint it or do you think it would be best to leave it as is?  

NOTE: I have decided to NOT paint the violin. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that painting it would alter it in every way. I wish to keep the integrity of it intact. Thank you everyone for commenting.
Some of you may remember this prayer that I used at the end of my HOME and No Place Like Home parties.

"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 bounty and Thy grace
Shine upon our dwelling place." ~ Edgar A. Guest

God bless you all and remember to be thankful every day. 

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 1 October 2018


I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. ~ LM Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables

Are you glad October is here? October is the time of year when we celebrate Thanksgiving here in Canada. Our kitchens will be filled with the wonderful smells of spicy and savoury goodness as we prepare for our big dinners next week. 

It is also the time of year when we really start thinking about the Holidays. There are lists to get ready and all sorts of preparations in the making. Of course, here in our home I don't start decorating until after Remembrance Day on November 11th.

And the sun took a step back
the leaves lulled themselves to sleep
and Autumn was awakened. ~ Raquel Franco

October is a colourful month because Autumn has arrived and with it, all its golden splendour. Nature is beginning to put on a final show before resting for the winter. We have become accustomed to fires burning in the fireplace and stove again. 

From His abundance we have received one Blessing after another. - John 1:16

I found these lovely hydrangeas at the grocery store. They have a tint of blue so I thought it was a good time to use my blue and white china.

Time to bring out the Blue Willow teapot. It's been a while since I've used it.

Instead of a sweet, today I'm serving tuna salad tea sandwiches cut into rounds and dressed up with cucumber and strips of pepper for a little eye appeal. A couple cubes of Swiss cheese round it off for a little nosh. What is your favourite tea sandwich?

These are sitting on a Johnson Brothers Devon Cottage plate.

I'm sipping my cinnamon rooibos chai tea again today. It is perfect for Fall. Pity Hubby doesn't like it! He's always insists on his Red Rose tea. 

Tea and tasty sandwiches, a world of beauty outside my window, and a happy home. I am content! What more could a girl ask for?

Life is a gift! Today, and every day you wake up, is a gift from God. Remember to thank Him for it.

With Thanksgiving next week, I'm wondering, what are you thankful for?

People who live the most fulfilling lives are the ones who are always rejoicing at what they have. ~ Richard Carlson 

I am joining the following party as well~

Tuesday Cuppa Tea

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi
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