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Monday, 15 November 2010

Tea Time Tuesday

Welcome to another Tea Time Tuesday, dear friends! Today is my 43rd tea party and the closer we get to Christmas, the more you will see a little bit of Christmas in each post.

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. We had an incredible weekend with wonderful warm temperatures and everyone on our street was decorating the outside of their homes. The stores are getting busy with Christmas shoppers and everyone is talking Christmas... I love it!

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

I want to thank you all for joining me for tea today. It's always a pleasure to have you!

For today's tea party, I am sharing with you my newest tea pot. I found this a couple of weeks ago and I couldn't resist it! The price was too good to pass up plus I really liked the shape of it. I will go back for the sugar and creamer too. They aren't made of china but I thought it was very pretty. One side has flowers on it.
The other side looks like this. I think it's an elegant tea pot for not being made of china. This pot has a very comfortable handle.
I am using my Gracie china Rose Chintz teacup today.
A lovely lemon tart is being served with tea today. The Christmas wreath which I made makes for a nice background, don't you think?

A little Christmas cardinal dropped by to join us for tea.
A dollop of whipped cream on the side makes this slice of lemon tart extra nice. Have you started your Christmas baking yet? I hope to get at my fruit cakes in the next week or so as I will be sending one to my son and his family out west.
I usually make two fruit cakes; one sultana and one dark. I really prefer the dark cake because it also makes a lovely pudding when it is heated up and a sauce is poured over it. It is my grandmother's recipe and it is the best!
This year however I am just going to make two sultana cakes. My middle son and I prefer the dark but he won't be home for Christmas this year so I will just make two sultanas. Fruit cake makes a wonderful gift presented in a festive tin. It is also a lovely accompaniment to tea during the Christmas holidays.
What wonderful goodies do you plan to make for the holidays this year? I would love to hear all about it!

The perfect temperature for tea is two degrees hotter than just right. ~ The Quote Garden

I happened to find an August 2001 Victoria magazine in my stash and thought I would share a photo of a lovely lemon curd tart topped with fresh blueberries. Kathy @ A Delightsome Life hosts Victoria - A Return to Loveliness. She is a also hosting a Christmas with Victoria Party on December 6. I hope you will stop by her lovely blog and sign up for the party.
It is sure to be a pleasant way to spend some leisurely time during the upcoming busy Christmas season.

Also coming up on December 5-15, is my friend Beth's Christmas Poinsettia Party. Her party will be all about celebrating the loveliness of Christmas flowers used in decorating. I believe there may be recipes shared too. You may wish to sign up for her party as well. You can visit her at her blog - Food As Art -

NOTE: After this week's tea party, I will not be making any more announcements concerning upcoming Christmas parties because there will be many more coming up, I'm sure, and I don't want to offend anyone by accidentally leaving them out. Hope you understand.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit. If you would like to participate in Tea Time Tuesday please let me know in your comment. Just share a teacup, tea pot, or china used in a tea. You may do coffee, iced tea, or chocolate if you prefer. The Tea Time Tuesday button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post if you wish. A tea quote, poem, or scripture verse would be most appreciated as well. Please link back to me so your visitors may find their way here to visit all my lovely participants.

" Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold....True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life." ~ Proverbs 22: 1,4

The participants below are listed in the order in which they first started to participate.


I am also joining the following hostesses for their parties~

Martha~ - Tea Cup Tuesday
Terri~ - Tea Cup Tuesday
Wanda Lee~ - Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday
Pam~ - Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday
Lady Katherine~ - Lady Katherine Teatime Tuesday
Wanda Lee~ - Tea For Me and Thee
Miss Spenser~ - Tea Cup Thursday
Marty~ - Table Top Tuesday

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Sandi, I love that teapot, it's so pretty! Your lemon tart looks wonderful too. I'm going to have to get busy and make my annual supply of almond roca. Actually, I need to make an extra batch to send to my snowbirding mom in law says she misses it!

  2. Hello Sandi,
    Just lovely! Love the teacup - any filled with flowers is a delight. The tart looks scrumptious! I am very familiar with that August issue!
    Thank you from the bottom of a very grateful heart that you mentioned the Christmas with Victoria party!
    I am making a list of my goodies - I found a fantastic gingerbread house I'd like to make too! I usually make pecan tassies, pecan pie, sugar cookies to decorate and lots of fudge!
    Hope you have a marvelously warm evening,

  3. Sandi,
    That new teapot is gorgeous! Love the cup too. Your lemon tart looks exactly like Victoria's. Just gorgeous!

  4. G'eve Sandi ~ What a charming teapot, will blend in any setting. And that new teacup is very pretty.

    First I have to get the Christmas tree up before next Thursday, then I start working on the baking/gifts.

    I made a pecan pie the other day, tho.

    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~ Marydon

  5. Hi Sandi, Always such a delight to visit you for tea time! Love your new teapot and oh, that lemon tart looks yummy. I usually make snowballs for family and friends. A tradition that mother started when we were kids. Have a great rest of the week.

  6. Hi Sany, thank you fro stopping by on my new blog.I love your blog, it's lovely.I would love to participate in your tea party but not sure how- I guess it is through the comments ??
    Let me know how this works!!Thank you!

  7. Lovely teapot Sandi. I am listing you on my blog post today. Thanks for including me.


  8. Hi Sandy
    The new teapot is lovely, and it does look like bone china! Speking of lovely, the lemon tart is too. I am planning to make my Christmas cakes this week too. I make a Southern pecan one, and a dark one. My Mom like some of each and I always make it for her.

  9. Hi there,
    I was thinking of sharing this post, because of my little teacup pictures and silver teapot, but am not sure how or if this is the right kind of thing. Let me know if you have a moment. Here is a direct link to the post:

    Thank you so much!
    Your teapot is lovely!


  10. Hi Sandi
    Your new white teapot is unusual which makes it that much more appealing.
    I like the little white cardinal (they're a fav of mine) and the lemon tart looks decadent to have with tea today.
    Thanks for hosting us ladies for our weekly tea.

  11. Hi Sandi... your tea pot is to die or... so gorgeous!

  12. How elegant! I love any victorian and floral.

  13. A lovely teapot, it is perfect in shape, color, size, everything. Thank you for sharing it. I hope you had a wonderful time. Take care and God Bless!

  14. Hi Sandi,
    Another lovely teapot and I would love some lemon tart.
    I haven't started to bake yet for Christmas but soon!

    Thank you for hosting- I am joining you today.
    Did you get to the Homestead-Love that shop!


  15. OMGoodness what a charming teapot and the tart looks very yummy.

    We are planning some baking here later this week but for Thanksgiving and also a cake for FIL's 75th bday.

    Thank you so much for stopping by and adding me to your party...Blessings to you

  16. Hi Sandi,
    Your teapot is so pretty! love the design of the handle and the two unique patterns. If I saw one I would buy it too.
    Thank you for hostessing another tea. I do hope you will come over and share this when Mr Linky wakes up from his nap.
    Blessings, Pam

  17. I just adore that tea cup and saucer! I have been looking and looking for another tea cup for myself and I know if I saw that one, I would snatch it right up! Beautiful!


  18. I just love your new Teapot! The lemon tart looks so wonderful! Love the chintz teacup!

  19. Oh, yes, Sandi, that teapot is gorgeous. White just has a freshness and simplicity that is SO lovely.

    And I love the rose chintz teacup. Such beautiful shades of pink.

    Oh, and I'll be right over for lemon tart. I LOVE lemon anything.

    I am one of those gals that doesn't even begin thinking Christmas until after Thanksgiving, so no decorating or baking for me yet.

    Have a wonderful day...thanks for sharing tea with me.


    PS I'm joining the party today, and my post is up.

  20. Hello Sandi,
    your tea pot is very elegant and I think the material is not so important. There are lovely teapots in pottery, pewter and silver, too. The shape and decor is wonderful, looks quite modern and also very lovely.And it is so versatile with all your pretty cups. Your lemon tart looks delicious and all your vinettes are magazine worthy. How sweet that you send your sons some of fruitcakes. They will love it, Moms cakes are always the best. They have the special taste of Home. Wish you a very nice time and thank your for hosting this nice event. I appreciate so much to join it.
    Greetings, Johanna

  21. Oh my gosh! You posts are always such an event! Thank you for all your hard work!

    m ^..^

  22. Lovely tea things!!! I would like to participate in your Tea Time Tuesday! Every afternoon at half past three (that I'm home) I'll stop for a cup of tea!

  23. Hello Sandi, I'm back again this week. I love your pretty white teapot - just yummy.

  24. Love your new teapot and the lemon tart looks so delicious.

  25. Dear Sandy,

    I love your teapot and cup - absolutely gorgeous! The little cardinal was adorable as well! Will you share your lemon tart recipe with us - lemon is one of my favorite flavors! As always, I enjoyed sharing tea with you today. Have a blessed day!
    <>< Concetta
    ...please include me in your party!

  26. Hi Sweetie!
    Just go my post up! I love your newest tea pot!!! All those curly cues delight the girl in me! Great snag...hurry go get the matching goodies to go with it! And you beautiful teacup goes so well with that lemon tart! YUMMY!! I love anything lemon!

    I so enjoyed your post and reading about your fruit cake you must post them. I have only the one my mom makes that has mince meat in it and loads of fruit. I'd love to see what yours are. My dad's a HUGE fruitcake lover and I might just have to make him one!

    Have a wonderful day! Hope all things are well with you. Been a busy weekend for us...if you read my post from yesterday you will know why!

    Much love to you!
    Happy Tea!

  27. Oh my, everything is absolutely gorgeous. Beautiful teapots and teacup. Love the tart, it is stunning too. Thanks so much for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

  28. Hi Sandi :) Everything looks just lovely, and I really love the little touch of Christmas with the photos...I'm getting very anxious to start decorating for xmas! I have a post up now for Tea Tuesday, and a link here to your blog :)

    Warmest hugs, Brenda

  29. Your post today looks good enough to crawl into for a few hours. Cup and food lovely,but the tea pot is most fetching of all.

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  31. Dear Sandi, thank you for opening your home to us for tea! That is a beautiful pot, I am sure I would not have passed on it either. And lemon tart - I love lemon. I'm all excited for the Christmas season too. I will begin decorating my house this weekend, if the Lord allows and my husband is willing to drag the boxes from storage. Thankfully he loves Christmas too. Come on over to my blog so I can show you my tiny tea sets. They are very cute.

    ~ Jocelyne

  32. Your flowery cup is so pretty! And all your desserts look totally yummy.
    The tea pot is so elegant. I love the design of it.
    I have not yet begun holiday decorating. But I have started some holiday crafting.

  33. Lovely post! Looks just yummy! Visiting from A Delightsome Life. Jacqueline

  34. Your tea things are each very lovely.
    I have also linked here to your Tea Time Tuesday.
    My URL is:

  35. As usual, I am refreshed by your tea time, the encouraging words, and the lovely tea things. I now know not to say "take tea", and will remember I "drink tea". Thank-you for inviting me over to drink tea with you today. The teapot is lovely!

    Baking for Christmas is fun , isn't it?The cakes sound yummy.

  36. Sandi, this is one of my favorite rose patterns, the teacup is gorgeous!

  37. That teapot is really interesting with the handle. I love the color and floral design. I am joing your party today.

    A Welcoming Heart

  38. Sandi,
    i am in love with that precious tea pot!! So elegant as is everything that you have shared with us in this fantastic post!!

    Can't wait to hear about Christmas parties!!

    I am still decorating like a nut...finished the LR and now on to the DR. Plus getting ready for a Craft Fair this week. I was off all week....


  39. I have so much to reply to on your blog,so I may leave something out, but first of all it is a lovely, lovely blog - so warm and inviting. I could stay all day and then get nothing done on my blog
    The teapot is so pretty and the lemon tart is to die for. I'm on a "food restriction plan" (diet :)) right now, so I'm having stomach hunger pains. I' love to come have tea with you. And I didn't know take tea was lower class, I thought it was a posh saying. I'll definitely have to stop using it. And I'm blessed with two little granddaughters - 3 and 6 months. You will be having so much fun, they are such a blessing. Have a great Holiday Season, It is time to get excited about Our Lord's coming.

  40. Sandi, Your new teapot and your lemon tart are lovely. I see you have two countdowns going on for two blessed events! So happy for you, Sandi. Thank you for mentioning my Poinsettia Party. Have a wonderful weekend, Sandi!
    Blessings and hugs, Beth

  41. HI Sandi...oh that tea looks lovely....the teacup and saucer :) :)...and that lemon tart...delicious with whipped cream :) :) I'm thinking that lovely lemon tart did not last long in your house ;) :) :) Oh, fruitcake sounds good. At work we sell a lot of the tradition fruitcakes as well as a fruitcake confection...which is my personal favorite ;) :) Have a lovely weekend. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  42. Hi Sandy,
    I have linked your Teatime Tuesday button and a link to your blog with my blogpost
    Is this what you meant regarding joining the tea-party ?? Hope to hear from you and enjoy your cup of tea !! XX


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