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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, 27 November 2015

A Christmas Tree Tea

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame for charity in the heart. ~ Washington Irving

Good morning dear friends! I hope all my American friends are enjoying their Thanksgiving holiday.

Because I'm going to have a busy weekend, I decided to put my post up early. 

I have been enjoying Christmas music, baking, crafting, decorating and tucking away gifts in secret places. 

At the after-Christmas sales last year I found two of these little 12 inch tall trees. 

One I have taken off the stand and glued into a ceramic boot which was part of my mother's Christmas bouquet last year. I put cotton around the base of the tree then decorated it with a few white balls and little sugared cranberry ornaments. I also glued a wee teddy on to the boot. 

What do you think? I'm still working on the other tree.

Timothy the Teddy bear relaxing on the boot.

The last time we were in Vancouver, BC to spend Christmas with our son and his family, I found these delightful Spode Christmas Tree mugs for half price. There were four in the box.

About a month ago I found the matching plates. I was so tickled because there were four of these too. I love the candy cane edge; very festive!

Spode has been creating beautiful products using classic designs and techniques since 1770. One of Spode's most famous designs is Christmas Tree, the original holiday pattern since 1938. 

Another day I found this darling Christmas plate called Andover made by 222 Fifth which I think looks wonderful with everything else. 

I adore the old-fashioned design and the pine cones around the rim of the plate. I do like matchey-matchey which tends to be more formal but I also like mismatched pieces because it makes for a setting with lots of personality. 

The most trying hours in life are between four o'clock and the evening meal. A cup of tea at this time adds a lot of comfort and happiness. ~ Royal S. Copeland

After working on my wee trees, it's time to take a break. Would you like to join me for some tea or coffee and a slice of my crustless pumpkin pie? 

It's going fast!

Perhaps a lot of you are tired of pumpkin pie but not me as it's one of my favourites. 

Would you like the recipe? 

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

Spray 9 or 10 inch glass pie plate with cooking spray. Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees.

15-oz can pumpkin or 2 cups
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cloves
2 large eggs slightly beaten
1- 12 oz can Carnation Evaporated milk

Mix the eggs with the pumpkin and then add the dry ingredients. Mix well and add the evaporated milk. If using the 9 inch pie plate, you will have a little pumpkin mixture left over. You can cook that in the oven or microwave in a separate dish.

Pour into prepared pie plate and bake for 55-60 minutes. Test with a knife. If the knife comes out clean, you know it's done. Cool for two hours and refrigerate. Serve with whipped cream and enjoy!

Thank you for stopping by today and please join me on Monday for another No Place Like Home. Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 

I am joining the following parties as well~

 A Return to Loveliness
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party
 Tea Cup Tuesday
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 23 November 2015

No Place Like Home # 4

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It can turn a meal into a feast, 
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. ~ Melody Beattie

Welcome dear ones to No Place Like Home and Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends! 

What an exciting time to begin a new party with the Holidays on the way! I can't wait to see all your wonderful decorations and Christmas goodies!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
Everywhere you go. ~ Robert Meredith Willson

Since the weekend, it has been rather dreary and rainy so I have been enjoying my tea and coffee in front of the fire. 

I found a beautiful poinsettia sprinkled with glitter and it looks so pretty with my china. 

I also shared my faux snowball tutorial as well as the little tree in a shaker bottle. If you would like to see this post, please click here.

We had so many wonderful posts last week and I thank you all for linking up with me.

Several posts caught my eye:

Linda @ Beautiful Ideas shared her charming chocolate and cookie bar. Love the red and white theme. Lots of yummy ideas here.

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home shared her Short Fat Christmas Tree. I love how she decorated one side for the dining room and the other side for the kitchen.

Phyllis @ The Relevant Tea Leaf shared her wonderful Girlfriends' Luncheon. A pretty autumnal tablescape with delicious food.

Karen @ Karen's Cottage and Castle treated us to her lovely collection of gold gilded china and her oatmeal cookie recipe. 

And Thel @  Thel's Kitchen shared her recipe for her wonderful Pumpkin scones. Delicious!

Thank you everyone for participating last week. As a courtesy, and if you would like to be featured, you must have a link back to my party. Please link no more than two posts. 

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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