Faith Family Friends

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.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Tea Time Tuesday # 68

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved. ~ George Sand

Hello all my lovely tea friends and welcome to a birthday celebration for my hubby!

This is Tea Time Tuesday and I am sharing our celebration with you. So please do come in and make yourself at home as we enjoy tea and cake together with some members of my family.

As I mentioned last week, we had a lot of celebrating going on Mother's Day weekend. First, it was our Anniversary then Hubby's birthday and Mother's Day landing on the same day.

So my DIL and I got together and made a dinner out of it to help celebrate all the occasions.
I made a Black Forest torte for my hubby. Here it is on display before I transported it to my DIL's.

Layers of rich dark chocolate cake with whipped cream and cherries in between the layers. It was so pretty and a delightful treat!


This wire cloche will more than likely get a makeover one of these days. Right now it houses a little feathered friend and a demitasse.

I love the little birdie on top!

These mugs were a Christmas gift from one of my sons many years ago. They are made of ceramic with a cherry red glaze drizzled over them; a nice size for tea or coffee.

Now, over to our son's for the celebration. I delivered the cake and my DIL, Joanna, served up everything else. It was lovely!

Now, when one enters this household, one must prepare themselves to be tackled! Three boys, oh, make that four if you count my son, living under one roof makes for a noisy and rambunctious household!

This is a common occurrence which takes place in this home; the two youngest wrestling!

Brings back memories because my boys did the same thing.
Combining the personality of a girly-girl with four rambunctious men wasn't easy, believe me!
As soon as my hubby came through the door, he usually got tackled by one or more of his sons! It runs in their blood, you see. Wrestling, boxing, sports in general. Hubby's brother owns the Boxing Club here on the Island and some of his kids have been Canadian champs. 

Boys will be boys!

Unfortunately, all my boys were not able to join us because two of them live out of the province. One goes to university in Toronto and the other lives with his family out in Vancouver.

When it was time for the birthday boy to blow out the candles, we gathered around him and Joanna took the pictures. I generally dislike the camera and I avoid it all costs but because it was such an important event, I succumbed to the occasion and posed for it.

Hubby was talking of course! Two of the little guys are sporting orange mustaches from drinking orange pop. The big guy standing in back is my oldest son, Jeff. Next to him is his oldest son Cameron who is nine and the youngest, Jared who is six on Thursday.

I think Brent, our seven year old grandson wasn't feeling very well by this time. He's looking a little sheepish. Too much wrestling perhaps? That's him standing next to me.

I think we were all getting tired of picture taking at this point although Hubby is smiling nicely for the camera.

In just a few short years, I'm going to be the runt of this family because the boys are all going to be tall like their mom and dad.

This is our hostess, Joanna. Can't leave her out! She deserves a medal!

We enjoyed our tea and cake while the boys watched TV after they had had theirs. The cake was served on these french-inspired plates which I gifted to Joanna that day. She plans to hang them on the wall. There are four of them and they match her decor very well!

The lace tablecloth is mine in case you're wondering. I took these before we went over to our son's.

They are going to look wonderful in her kitchen or dining room!

If you noticed, the walls in the kitchen-dining room is a deep rich red and the living room walls are butterscotch. The plates are going to look fabulous!

Tea to the English is really is a picnic indoors. ~ Alice Walker

I had my Earl Grey tea in this lovely Royal Stafford tea cup.

The roses are pink and yellow with a few blue and white flowers sprinkled in. The cup and saucer are trimmed in gold and there is a slight fluting on the china, making it very pretty.

"A gray head is a crown of glory." ~ Proverbs 16:31

" Grandchildren are the crown of old men." ~ Proverbs 17:6

Our grandchildren probably think their poppa is getting old but my hubby has reached an age where his crown of gray speaks of much wisdom. And don't let those gray hairs fool you, he always says!
He can still tackle his boys without any problem and they know it!
Hubby is still very young at heart and he brings much joy to his family and all those around him. He embraces life and he brings as much joy to life as it does to him.

What is it to stay young? It is the ability to hold fast to old friends, and make new ones, to keep forever our beloved in dear remembrance, and to open our hearts quickly to a light knock on the door.  ~ Cornelia Rogers

My father who never gave compliments very freely once said of my hubby, " ' He spreads joy around the City wherever he goes.' "

A good character is the best tombstone. Those who loved you and were helped by you will remember you when forget-me-nots have withered. Carve your name on hearts, not marble. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon

So, here's to you, my sweet Hubby. May you enjoy many more healthy and joyful birthdays! 

Happy Birthday! You are loved!

I am so happy you have stopped by today to help celebrate my hubby's big day! Should you wish to participate in Tea Time Tuesday, please use the inlinkz below to sign up.

I am joining the following hostesses for their parties too-

Kathy~ - Victoria - A Return to Loveliness

Marty~ - Table Top Tuesday

Martha~ - Teacup Tuesday
Terri~ - Teacup Tuesday

Wanda Lee~ - Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Pam~ - Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Wanda Lee~ - Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee

Donna~ - Tuesday Tea

Lady Katherine~ - Teatime Tuesday

Miss Spenser~ - Teacup Thursday

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Hi Sandi,

    What a beautiful birthday tribute to your husband - Happy Birthday to him! Your cake looks scrumptious. Thank you for letting me join you this week.

  2. Hi Sandi
    You made a decadent dessert for your hubby's birthday and I'm sure everyone loved it. The family photo is nice, even the orange mustaches. :-)
    Thanks for hosting tea each week.

  3. What a beautiful celebration! Happy Birthday to your Hubby! I know exactly the feeling of life with "3 Sons", there is never a dull moment. BUT I always say that God Gifted my 3sons to me to cure me of my critter phobias, AND It worked! Your cake looks "SOOO GOOD", it reminds me of "Black Forest Cake", one of our favorites here!
    Thank you for sharing AND hosting.
    Big Hugs to you,

  4. What a lovely triple celebration day! Your cake looks amazing. I bet it was delicious. It's nice to see your family photos too. I have just spent 3 hours this afternoon washing and packing about 70 (!) teacups and saucers to empty our kitchen cabinet for the reno. What a job. I think I'll be having a yard sale as I really don't need all those dishes. I hope to have a tea time post for next week. I left some pretties out so I could do up some posts.

  5. thats the best looking cake for a birthday,, just yells celebration!Beautiful

  6. A birthday tribute to a great husband, dad and grandfather. Thank you for sharing.
    - Joy

  7. Hello Sandi,
    Looks like you and your family had a wonderful celebration. Black forest cake is one of my favorite; yours looks so beautiful and delicious.
    Thank you for hosting the tea party!

  8. Hi Sandi,
    I would love a piece of that cake!Your family pics are lovely.We just celebrated one of our grandson's birthdays yesterday at my daughter's house-fun to see all the excitement!

    Thank you for hosting,


  9. Sandi, Your torte is just amazing! You are such a fabulous cook. Great to see your family, too. I like your little coffee plates. This is a lovely post.
    Blessings, Beth

  10. Oh what precious memories and times together. Happy Birthday to the hubs. Love the cake, it looks sooooooooo good. The plates are fabulous, I am sure she will love them and they should look fabulous hanging. Of course I swooned over your wire cloche. Fabulous. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  11. Hi Sandi,
    Happy Birthday to your husband and a long life in love with you - that is my wish for him.
    I just make my link and then I go to bed, its already 1.30 in th morning here. Your Tea time is always lovely and your cake remind me (like Donna) also to the famous Black Forest Cake. Thats really classy, chocolate cake, whipped cream and cherries.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  12. Never having had any boys, but lots of nephews, I know exactly how they all tumble around! It looks like you all had a great gathering. ♥♫

  13. Hi Sandi: That cake looks so good. I wish I was at that party. I love the Scripture you shared today. Everything looks so pretty. Thank you for hosting this party. Hugs, Martha

  14. Thanks for hosting the party again...I always enjoy it!

  15. Oh, I love the little wire cloche with the birdie on top. So sweet.
    That cake looks so delicious!

  16. Oh Sandi, it looks like you all had a wonderful day! that cak looks fabulous. And I have seen those coffee plates before and love them. One of these days I am going to get a set! Have a wonderful week!

  17. Hi Sandi,
    Well Happy Birthday to your Hubby:-) That is one delicious looking cake!! It looks like you and all the guys had a great day:-)) Thnaks for being our lovely hostess :-)

  18. Hi Sandi,
    This is the first time I've joined you for tea and it has been a treat!
    Your Black Forest gateau is fantastic, I just know it tasted as good as it looked.
    Many thanks for being such a gracious hostess.

  19. Oh that black forest cake has made my mouth water!!

  20. Hi Sandi,

    Happy Birthday to your husband, what a sweet birthday party, love the photos of you and your son's family, the blackforest is soo yummylicious and the mugs are lovely, love the teacup as usual and the plates that your DIL's going to hang are lovely! i adore your wire cloche with the bird inside, so cute!! Thanks for hosting and sharing! x Susan @

  21. Oh that cake looks so good. :)

  22. Hi Sandi...

    Ohhh had a very busy Mother's Day weekend, dear lady! But it sounds absolutely wonderful...all of your celebrations! That was so sweet of your son and daughter-in-law to host a dinner for you and your husband! My...ohhh my...that Black Forest cake looked gorgeous and sooo yummy! I sooo enjoyed your family photos, Sandi! You are a beautiful woman...don't shy away from the camera! I just giggled when you wrote that someday you would be the runt...I think you may be right! Your grandsons are just adorable...what a beautiful family you have, my friend! A true blessing from God! Thank you so much for sharing your special day with us! Happy Anniversary to you and your dear husband...may the Lord bless with you both with many, many more joyful years together!!!

    Thank you for hosting this sweet tea party, my friend! I was happy to join in this week...even though my tea is a reprise or sort! Take care, dear lady!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  23. What a beautiful celebration! - The Tablescaper

  24. Hi Sandi, Thanks so much for letting us peek in on your family's birthday celebration. How special!

    That cake looks fantastic! My hubby would love it I'm sure.

    I especially loved the last teacup and saucer you showed. The beautiful colors were almost like a painting.

    Funny, I can so relate about the boys. I had four rambunctious boys and one daughter (who was also rambunctious. Wrestling was a popular sport in our house too..requiring the removal of the coffee table at times. Ha!

    Donna @ Comin' Home

    PS. My tea post today is about "If you Could Re-live one Magical Moment... It was a chat our family was having that was fun to share about.

  25. What a beautiful family you have, Sandi, and a lovely birthday party but... being all surrounded by men must be very hard, indeed :)
    Is that the son of yours who was in Portugal for some time?
    I hope he enjoyed being here.


  26. Hello Sandi, it looks like you have a fabulous family celebration. The cake looks amazing and your tea cup so pretty with it's pastel flowers.
    Thank you so much for sharing your day with us.

  27. The cake looks delicious and how fun to celebrate so many things on the same day! The family photo is great. I understand what you mean about being the girly girl. My daughter moved to Florida 4 years ago and my son lives in the same town we do. So, it is often my son, his 2 little sons and my husband and me. My dad is visiting for a month, so we have added another man to the mix and I get so tired of sports on television and the question of "what do we have to eat"? I miss my daughter!! At least there was more balance when she was home.

  28. favorite: black forest cake... and it looks beautiful. Happy Birthday to your husband... what a lovely family. thank you for sharing.

  29. Called by a little later this week,Tuesday was a busy day for me.! A special birthday celebration indeed, what a beautiful chocolate cherry black forrest cake.Beautiful teacups, and coffee mugs, and I love the french coffee plates, absolutely lovely!Have a lovely week! x

  30. How wonderful it is to have so many celebrations at the same time. Great family photo. Yes your right the plates will look so nice at Joanna's, I scrolled back to see the colour on her walls and yes, good gift for her.

    The cake, well I'm sure it tasted as good as it looked

  31. Sandi, What a wonderful celebration and you are blessed with a beautiful family. I enjoyed seeeing the beautiful dessert, your china, the gift for your DIL. I always get lost in the beauty of your posts. Have a great day.

  32. p.s. I meant to tell you how much I love the wire cloche with the bird on top. I am collecting similar items for my bath!

  33. What a beautiful family you have Sandi!! You are very blessed!
    Happy Birthday to your hubby and I bet there is not even a crumb left of that yummy cake :-)
    I enjoyed all your photos and wish you a wonderful day!!

  34. Hi Sandi, you have such a beautiful family and what a wonderful celebration it is.Precious memories. Happy Birthday to your husband!I'm your newest fan and follower and I'm so glad I found your blog. I loved your Royal Stafford teacup and your wire cloche is so adorable! Linking up for the first time. Thanks for hosting the tea party for us.~Poppy

  35. I love your gathering & that dessert is awesome, Sandi. What beautiful family pics to share with us.

    And, sweet friend, you won a giveaway gift. You may have your choice of 4 items so please contact me @ so I may send your selections to you. Congrats!

    Have a beautiful day ~
    TTFN ~

  36. Hi Sandi,
    Your cake looks delish! Black forest is one of my favorites because I never can get enough of cherries!
    Your family photos are sweet, sweet, sweet. You sure are a little thing!
    My boys used to wrestle all the time, too...It is most definitely a boy thing!
    Enjoyed your post today and loved the little wire cloche...adorable!

  37. Hello Sandi,
    This looks like a wonderful celebration! You are quite blessed with a beautiful family! The cake looks amazing - love the family group photo - priceless!
    Thank you for sharing this with A Return to Loveliness,

  38. What an awesome tribute my sweet friend. I felt like I was there... could ALMOST taste that cake! YUMMY!

    Love to you~


  39. Hi Sandi, the dessert is just so yummy I can taste it. How sweet and it's fun to see your family celebration.
    Love all the little bird items. Lovely lovely.
    Lady Linda

  40. Wow - that torte is amazing! It should be a magazine cover shot. Your family is very lucky to have you to spoil them!


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