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Monday, 28 March 2011

61st Tea Time Tuesday ~ A White Tea


Friends are the flowers in the garden of life. ~


Hello my dear friends and welcome to another Tea Time Tuesday! I hope you all enjoyed a lovely weekend. Our computer got infected last Friday and it made blogging very difficult on the weekend. Fortunately, last night our computer savvy son talked Hubby {long distance over the phone} through the steps to get it cleaned up. I thought perhaps Tea Time Tuesday might not be available this week but everything seems to be fine now. A big thank you to our son who knows his way around these things! It's hard to believe this is the last week of March. It's a bit cool here on the Island the last number of days but I know there are warmer days ahead. I'm happy we're heading into the month of April and I'm sure all of you are too!



I want to begin our party today by thanking everyone for taking part in last week's Spring Tea Party. You made it all the more special just by being here! Your participation was very much appreciated and you all had such lovely posts to share! Today's tea will be a bit more subdued. I have a new Skye McGhie teacup to share with you and so I invite you to have a seat and I'll pour you some tea.


Tis my faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes. ~ William Wordsworth


I found this teacup at a garden center about a month ago. The cuts-outs on the saucer, fleur de lis, and creamy coloured teacup caught my eye right away. It's name is Pierced Lace, made of porcelain by Skye McGhie. I love the quiet elegance of it!




It has a softly crimped edge around the top and bottom of the cup itself and it has a comfortable loop handle. By the way, the spot you see on the spoon is only a reflection!

This teacup will go with most anything which is why I was drawn it. It goes wonderfully well with my other teacup, Cream Lace also made by Skye McGhie.


Aren't they pretty together?




When from our better selves we have too long been parted...how gracious, how benign, is Solitude. ~ William Wordsworth


I was leafing through the latest issue of Victoria ...




.. and came upon this layout of a gorgeous tablescape.



One photo in particular caught my eye; this sweet sherbet dish filled with lovely blossoms.



So I thought I would do a small presentation of the bouquet using my mini white carnations. It's not quite as colourful a bouquet but it will do nicely, I think. It looks like a soft cloud of blossoms and I'm somewhat surprised that my little fairy Breena hasn't shown up to light upon it! I so enjoy the spicy scent of carnations. Where do you find your inspiration?



Now, on to some refreshments....Tea is ready and I have some freshly baked blueberry-oatmeal muffins.



I have been watching my waistline lately so I have cut way back on my baking but I felt sorry for my hubby and decided to bake up some muffins for him. I don't mind sharing them with you and he doesn't mind either!


I also have some wonderful lemon curd to spread on them.





Have you ever tried lemon curd on blueberry muffins? Mmm, yummy!





I must confess that this lemon curd is not home made but if you're interested in the recipe for home made, you will find it below. Lemon curd is lovely with muffins, cake, or scones.


LEMON CURD

Grated peel of 4 lemons

Juice of 4 lemons {about a cup} Be sure to use real juice and not that from a bottle!

4 beaten eggs

1/2 cup butter cut into small pieces

2 cups white sugar

In top of double boiler, combine all ingredients. Place over simmering water and stir until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until it is thickened and smooth. While hot, pour into sterilized canning jars. Store in a cool dry place or refrigerator. Only make as much as you will use within two weeks. Perhaps you will want to half the recipe. Yield about 1 pint

Our tea today is Earl Grey. I find Mr. Earl is always right!


To remove the sticky residue of a price tag from a teacup or saucer, gently rub it with nail polish remover.




I believe I heard a song sparrow singing outside my window the other day so that means the song birds are on their way back. I look forward to seeing and hearing them! I'm sure you do as well!

"Not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows." - Matthew 10: 29-31

The week of April 18th, I will be hosting my Easter Tea. I hope you will join me for that party too. Spring will be in full swing by that time and the bunnies and chicks will be making their appearances. Perhaps you would like to share a tea to celebrate that wonderful holiday with me.

Happiness is sharing tea with friend.



Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued is always beyond our grasp, but if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne


Thank you for joining me for tea today. I hope you have enjoyed your visit and I would be pleased to have you participate. Simply share a favourite teacup, china mug, or teapot and tell us about it. You may do coffee, iced tea, hot chocolate, or hot apple cider if you wish instead of tea. The Tea Time Tuesday button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post if you wish. A poem, tea quote, or scripture verse would be more than welcome! Please link back to me so your visitors may find their way here and visit with all my lovely participants. The inlinkz is available for your convenience below.



Ahh, there she is! Breena and I both invite you to visit again soon for we do enjoy your company! I am also joining the following hostesses for their parties:


Kathleen~ http://fadedcharmcottage.blogspot.com/ - White Wednesday


Kathy~ http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/ - Victoria - A Return to Loveliness


Marty~ http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/ - Table Top Tuesday


Martha~ http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ - Teacup Tuesday


Terri~ http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ - Teacup Tuesday


Wanda Lee~ http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com/ - Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday


Pam~ http://breathoffreshair-paperbutterfly.blogspot.com/ - Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday


Wanda Lee~ http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/ - Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee


Donna~ http://thehomemakingarts.blogspot.com/ - Tea Tuesday


Donna and Miss Spenser~ http://missspensersblog.blogspot.com/ - Teacup Thursday

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

51 comments:

  1. Your teacup is so pretty. Those muffins do look good, but I have never had lemon curd before. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I will have to give it a try.

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  2. Another beautiful tea cup and post, Sandi! Thanks for the recipe for lemon curd. I will have to try it sometime as I never have before :-)Looking forward to sunshine and warmer days...Pamela

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  3. I just adore that sweet new teacup from Skye McGhie. I enjoyd your tea cups and recipe.

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  4. I lovely lady. long time no see sweet lady.I love your Tea Cup so Beautiful !! and yes I have had Lemon Curd so Good. I hope you have a Great week !!! Come see my Tablescapes xxoo
    Diane

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  5. what a pretty cup, it looks like a piece of lace!

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  6. Hi Sandi,
    I love your new teacup and it does go well with the cream lace.
    I have been cutting back on my baking too for the same reason but my daughters keep dropping off treats for me!Hopefully,gardening will burn off some calories soon.
    Thank you for hosting again.

    Carolyn

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  7. Hi Sandi, Stopped by to show my give-away. You post, as always is refined and stunning in its beautiful white simplicity. So love the pierced lace tea cup. The Lord through your son to insure Tea Time Tuesday went on. I love that and good for him. Blessings on your week.

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  8. So pleased you got your computer fixed so we could participate again in your lovely Tea Time Tuesday! Your teacup with the cutouts is very pretty, I have canisters in a similar style.

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  9. Absolutely lovely. A relaxing photo/read. A brief respite. Thank you.
    - Joy

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  10. The muffins and the lemon curd look wonderful, Sandi. And i love your tea cup with the reticulated saucer. Very pretty...Christine

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  11. This is beautiful. Thanks so much for the lemon curd recipe.

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  12. So pretty and soft. Very dainty. The lemon curd looks so yummy! Blessings to you, Lynn

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  13. How lovely the teacups are Sandi! I am so sorry I missed your tea last week. After the fact I wondered why I didn't put a teacup in my pics and I could have joined. I was under the weather for two weeks and I am just now getting back in the swing, it must have clouded my thinking! I have your Easter tea marked and will be there! Thanks for hosting! Always so lovely to visit your little part of PEI!
    Sherry

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  14. Hi Sandi, This is another lovely tea! Both your Skye McGhie cups are so very pretty. Nothing like a classic white. I have made lemon curd in the past. I love it on scones. I think it sounds good on blueberry muffins too. I recently purchased some key lime curd; also saw a recipe for cranberry curd. They all sound good.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Beth

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  15. Hi Sandi!
    Both of your white teacup sets are so pretty. Sometimes it is nice to have a simple cupfor tea and these are perfect. Thank you for the lemon curd recipe. I have been wanting to make some.

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  16. Your pierced porcelain teacups are so pretty and your floral display rivals the one in the mag.

    Thanks so much for the recipe and the tip for getting the stickies off of our teacups.

    Wonderful post!

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  17. Everything is so pretty and delicate. Love it. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  18. Hi Sandi
    You'll notice how very short my post is this week because I had to keep alternating between the new and old editor to get pictures on it. (at least no virus)
    I really like your Skye McGhie tea things, so dainty and feminine. Lemon curd is one thing I buy too as we don't use a lot of it.
    I'll start thinking about my post for Easter.
    Judith

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  19. I love lemon curd recipe I will try it! Also my tea cut this week looks a bit like your pretty cutwork one! I love anything with cutwork or scalloped edges don't you?

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  20. Just beautiful...and so springy. Love the saucer and the tea cup you used this time.
    Hugs- Tete

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  21. Hi Sandi! Oh, what a lovely post and your tea cup is so pretty! I'm joining your tea party! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  22. Your new teacup is so delicate, and you are right, it does go perfectly with the other one. I have never tried lemon curd with blueberry muffins but I will try it soon..sounds good!

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  23. Your new cup is very sweet. Love the edging. Enjoyed your post today.

    How is your little granddaughter doing? Can we let up a little on the prayers? Sincerely, Susan

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  24. Hi Sandi! I absolutely adore your teacups from Skye McGhie! i love the cut outs on the saucer, adorable and elegant at the same time! Thank you for sharing the recipe , i've never tried lemon curd, might give it a try! I'm looking forward for more sunshine in april too! I'm glad your son could help with the computer so you can host this wonderful event today!! Blessings, Susan

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  25. Hello Sandi,
    Thank you for hosting such a lovely tea celebration of Spring and for sharing it with my celebration - you and the others did make it so very special! I fairly glowed from seeing what everyone did!
    I just love this delicate tea cup - it is exquisite -
    So sweet of you for thinking of your husband - I completely understand - I am trying to work on moderation - takes deliberate thought!!!
    Thank you so much for sharing this lovely post with A Return to Loveliness - definitely Delightsome!
    Kathy

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  26. I love your new teacup. It is so versatile, being white. You will use it often.
    The feel of this ost is so serene.
    That's inspiration to me.
    So enjoyed having a cup of tea with you today.
    Blessings,
    Pam

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  27. The pierced edges on the these plates and saucers are just lovely!

    Thanks so much for hosting.

    - The Tablescaper

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  28. Lovely, restful, peaceful... that's what your blog is to me, Sandi. (Thanks for becoming a follower!) Bess

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  29. Hi Sandi... I'm participating in your party today! I thought I'd tell you that if you change your "meme" to two lines rather than three, you will be able to see everyones' link. ;)

    Happy Tea

    cielo

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  30. It all looks so beautiful and inviting. I'm here from Marty's party and I'm your newest follower. Lovely blog!
    xoxo,
    Kim

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  31. Sandi,
    These are stunning! And their names fit them well. The saucers look like paper doilies!! So very delicate and pretty!

    Sorry I didn't get to participate today. I did a tribute post to my Mom. Stop by if you get a chance....

    Hugs,
    Debbbie

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  32. Sandi, so sorry your computer had the flu! I am glad it is up and running again.
    Your tea table is set beautifully. I love your white china! The tea cups with their embossing and cut details are so gorgeous and romantic.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  33. Hello Dear Sandi,
    I just love your delicate and lacey teacup! So beautiful! I would really love some lemon curd as well! Thank you for hosting our lovely tea party - you are a true hostess!
    <><
    Concetta

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  34. What beautiful teacups! I love white and lace! Happy Tea Day!
    ~Donna~

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  35. Oh my Sandi..I'm just speechless!! How I love the lacework on that saucer! And the gorgeous muffins..and wow..I sooo would like to drop by for a muffin. LoL!

    Lovely lovely tea post! Thanks for hosting!

    xo
    Donna @ Comin' Home

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  36. Hi Sandi, I'm sorry about your dollies :-( That seemed to be a little sister thing I think. I still have my 'blue willow' (plastic) tea set somewhere too. I must look for it and post about it someday. Pam

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  37. What pretty teacups and with Earl Grey being one of my favourites I would be more than happy to drop in today and sample your lemon curd as well.

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  38. Breena looks so sweet among the white carnations.
    Another beautiful tea...love the whites today. So fresh and pretty for spring! Your teacups are beautiful!

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  39. I do love that teacup, very much, and I can see why you do too.

    Your weather sounds much like ours and I am beginning to see the appeal of sunny weather, although God has placed me in the Pacific Northwest graciously giving me a desire for such weather most of the time. Ankle deep mud with un-abating rains is nudging me along to a desire for a bit more sun. We know sunshine is just around the corner, and many more tea-times too!

    Thank-you for hosting these precious tea times.

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  40. Hi Sandi, I love the carnations in the sherbert glass. It's always a nice "escape" to visit your Tea Time Tuesdays. Wishing you a nice day.

    I hope to get mama's chocolate set unpacked (we just moved) to share photos to link with you one of these weeks.

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  41. Just charming Sandi. Lovely teacup find. It pairs very nicely with your table. And, of course, the wonderful blueberry muffins and lemon curd. Our song birds are back as well. The desert cactus wrens are finding nests and the quail are busy finding mates. Some cactus are starting to bloom. Yes, even the desert blooms in spring - it's beautiful. Thank you for sharing tea with me. I enjoyed the time with you.

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  42. Hello, Sandi:

    Your new cup and saucer is simply spectacular, such a find...and being British, I have to admit to putting lemon curd on everything I eat..the store-bought kind, I'm afraid!

    I just discovered your meme through Lavender Cottage and will definitely come back to play another time. I did just post about taking tea in a Kenyan forest but it does not fall into the category of pretty as the other entries do, I'm afraid...LOL!

    Have a wonderful week, and I'll come back soon...:)

    Lynette
    Imagination Lane

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  43. Dear Sandi,

    I am extremely happy sharing tea with friends indeed ! Your delicate white tea cups are wonderful . I enjoy your tea treats and should try this Lemon Curd recipe . Thank you for your visit and king words !
    Have a blessed day !

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  44. Hi Sandi...I love the plate that goes with that white cup and saucer set. I LOVE the blossoms in the sherbert cup! I have pink depression sherberts and I will use one of those. I will let you know when I do it :)
    Your grandbaby is getting so big. Hope all is well with her and she is completely over her illness! Visiting from WW
    xo
    Roselle

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  45. I love that layout in Victoria with all the pastel colors all pretty for spring, and did you you enjoy the moss and fern setting that also in the issue? Love your blog, just searched for chintz blog, I collect chintz, but I love roses and tea too, forever. Thanks Sandi for sharing.
    Sheryl Rorabau

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  46. Oh, how pretty! Sandi, this is loveliness personified.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  47. Oh Sandi,
    I love those teacups, they are lovely. Those muffins look scrumptious, thanks for the recipe. You make having tea look so pretty.
    Karen

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  48. Beautiful tea cup:-)
    Thanks for stopping by and lovely comment. Have a wonderful day, hugs Biljana

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  49. Your tea setting is delightful, Sandi....I'll be right over! LOL! It looks so relaxing and peaceful! All the details are just lovely!
    Have a beautiful weekend~
    ;-D Kathleen

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  50. Hi Sandi,
    What a lovely tea and wonderful setting. I love your tea cups and the lemon curd sounds so delicious on muffins.
    I have some good news to share with you too. YOU ARE THE WINNER OF MY SPRING GIVEAWAY! Stop by and see your name pulled from the pink cowgirl hat. Congrats to you sweetie. I am very excited to send your little bunny to you. please email me with your address and she will hop over to Canada very quickly!
    Have a wonderful April first!
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

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  51. Beautiful white tea party, Sandi! Love lemon curd. ~ Sarah

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I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY! ~ Sandi

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