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Celebrating the Joy of Living & Home Making ~

Baking, Cooking, Decorating, Photography, 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, 28 May 2012

Tea Time Tuesday


"Strange how a teapot can represent at the same time the comforts of solitude and the pleasures of company." ~ Author Unknown

Happy Memorial Day to all my American friends and welcome everyone to the last Tea Time Tuesday for the month of May! It has been a busy month filled with celebrations and wonderful memories. I hope your May has been as sweet.

I am very happy with how my pictures are turning out now! Have you noticed? When my boys were home, my youngest went into the bowels of my blog and set it up so that my pictures are larger and framed all the way around and I'm so very happy about that! There is just no way that I could have done this on my own. He also set me up on the Picasa program. Thank you, J!



Do you like chocolate and peanut butter? I don't ever remember a time when I didn't love them!
So, for today's tea, I will be serving Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars. 




This is the easiest recipe which I found at - Six Sisters Stuff


EASY NO BAKE Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
1 cup melted butter
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups icing sugar
1 cup + 4 tablespoons peanut butter
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips

In a medium bowl, mix together the melted butter, graham crumbs, icing sugar, and 1 cup peanut butter until well blended.
Press evenly into an ungreased 9X13 pan {I used  a 9X9 pan because I like them thicker}. In microwave, melt the chocolate chips with the peanut butter, stirring every 30 seconds until melted and smooth.
Spread over the peanut butter layer. Refrigerate at least one hour before cutting into squares. Enjoy! These freeze well too.





Did you notice the pattern on the tray? It's another Skye McGhie Cream Lace piece.

Now, please make yourself at home as we partake of some rich dark Darjeeling tea in my paisley teapot.




My tea is set up on an olden quilt made by my Auntie P with the help of my late grandmother; two of the most beloved women in my life.



I am using my toile china mugs today. I have two of these; one for you and one for me.



Let's have a party,
Beginning at three.
You choose the teacups,
I'll pour the tea.
You pick the pastries,
Sweet as can be.
I'll toast to friendship
Between you and me.~ Unknown




These mugs are hand decorated bone china made in Staffordshire England. They are Royale Garden and I find the Victorian figures very charming on the ivory background.









Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.






"Spring had come once more ....lingering along through April and May in a succession of sweet, fresh, chilly days, with pink sunsets and miracles of resurrection and growth." ~ L.M. Montgomery, "Anne of Green Gables"



Tulips from my garden.




I am glad I got to enjoy these for a few days because the crows have once again desecrated my back garden and bitten all my beautiful tulips off! *sigh* Had I known they were going to do that, I would have brought every tulip inside for my bouquets!


I am planning another seasonal tea party which I will tell you more about next week. Hope to see you then!




I am happy to see all your tea things, whether you have shared them before or not. This tea party is all about sharing your joy of tea time and any thoughts you might have on the subject. And for the summer months, I would love to see your teacups and teapots indoors as well as out in the garden, at the beach, on a park bench, etc... Also I would enjoy seeing your teacup and teapot crafts as well as recipes and any stories you might have to share about tea time. So, let's have fun this summer with our teas. Get out there and be as creative, fancy, or as laid back as you wish!

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy." ~ Romans 15:13 

I am delighted you have stopped by for a visit today. Your presence always make my tea party that much more special! Do you have a favourite teacup/teapot or mug that you would like to share with us today? I would love to see it and I'm sure others would too!

If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too:
Hot apple cider
Hot chocolate
Lemonade
Iced tea or iced coffee
Punch in a lovely bowl. 
No alcoholic beverages please.

The Tea Time Tuesday button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post or place on your sidebar if you wish. A poem, tea quote, or scripture verse would be more than welcome!
To be sure everyone has a visit, it would be nice if you visited the participant before and after your name.

Inlinkz is available below for you to sign up for my tea party.

As a courtesy, please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

I am joining the following parties as well~
Sherry's Home Sweet Home
REDnesday
Home Sweet Home
A Return to Loveliness
Table Top Tuesday
Teacup Tuesday
Teacup Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea in the Garden
Tea Cup Thursday


Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

58 comments:

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Such a Beautiful Tea! I love toile ANYTHING but put it on our Tea Pretties and "It's priceless"!
I actually have this recipe WHICH IS MY VERY VERY Favorite for making peanut butter balls. I've shaped them into hearts at Valentine's Day and little eggs for Easter, etc. I even made them into FOOTBALLS for the SUPERBOWL Party! Once you've eaten this you can't go back to Reese.
Happy Memorial Week to you,
Big Hugs,
Donna

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

OH MY GOODNESS! I hit post before I mentioned the MOST IMPORTANT THING! Your "GORGEOUS QUILT"!!!
(((LOVE,LOVE,LOVE IT))) and it was made by the Most IMPORTANT LADIES, So it is "PRICELESS"!!!
Big Hugs,
Donna

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

LOVE this wonderful tea, Sandi! You always post and host the best teas!

Let me just tell you that there isn't a single most awesome dessert treat I know of better than peanut butter bars. OMW there are my favvie fav favorite! And I hardly ever make them b/c my DH is allergic to peanuts!

I could eat my monitor they look so delicious!

Anyway, thank you so much!

Antiques And Teacups said...

How nice to have a teacie kid...not that your blog needed much improvement! Lovely as usual. Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
Ruth

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

Hello Sandi,
It is lovely that your son was able to go in and to make the pictures bigger - all of the things I have figured out have taken hours at a time - always a pleasure to spend tea time with you - the chocolate peanut butter bars sound amazing - and so simple to make! My crowd would love them! I appreciate you hosting and sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
Kathy

Bernideen said...

Help was on the way - right! i have used Picasso for some time to do my collages. It is wonderful- also to brighten pictures or add words to them!

What a lovely post and I love your new header - it is fun the change the headers!

Vicki said...

Hi, Sandi, and thank you for hostessing our tea party each week! I love everything about your tea today, the sweet quilt made by those you love, pretty tea pot and cups, lovely tulips (a personal favorite) and peanut butter and chocolate (yummy). Have a very blessed and happy day, sweet friend. Sending love to you~Vicki

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Hi Sandi!
Such a beautiful post as always. I love your teapot and cups. I have that recipe also and it is so good. Thank you for sharing and hosting.
~Clara

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Sandi, everything is so beautiful. You know I love pink and serving dessert and tea in pink makes for a most special occasion.

Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

xinex said...

Beautiful teapot and cups, Sandi! The peanut bars looks so good and yet so easy to prepare. Happy memorial Day!...Christine

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Sandi,
Greatly improved layout, in terms of size, because the beauty was always there!
Our kids are always very competent in these things, aren't they?
Everything is so gorgeous here, your teas are such a pleasant place to visit!
And delicious treats, too!
Thanks for hosting, dear Sandi.
Hugs
Hugs

Millie said...

As usual, the baking and setting looks lovely...I'd love to pick up one of those mugs and have a cup of tea with you!

Cindy F. Adkins said...

Your tea table always looks so inviting and beautiful, Sandi. Your quilt is beautiful! What a lovely keepsake. Oh...and I LOVE chocolate and peanut butter together! Yum! Thanks for hosting.
Cindy

kitty said...

Oh my, Sandi, I love your beautiful quilt!! It goes perfectly with the toile tea mugs and the paisley teapot. Mmmm, those peanut butter delights are wonderful for tea and look so pretty in the little paper cups.

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

TY, Sandi, for the easy no bake!
currently exactly what's needed here and will, hopefully, be enjoying them momentarily !!

Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Sandi
Your tea table is lovely as always and your easy to make peanut butter squares look yummy.
I like the the cream lace tray, very elegant and goes well with your mugs. Serving on a quilt is a nice idea.
The larger photos are much nicer, I've been thinking about an overhaul so I can go back to larger too.
Thanks for hosting.
Judith

Celia M. said...

Sandi your toile tea set is lovely. And the chocolate and peanut butter bars sound simple and scrumptious! I'm hoping to be a bit more present in BlogLand starting in June! xo HHL

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Sandi: Your tea is just beautiful. I love the toile curtains behind the teapot along with the toile cups. Very gorgeous and I like the frames around your photos. I use Picasa and really like it..Happy Monday..Judy

Maria said...

Everything looks so beautiful, graceful and lovely!
I wish you a wonderful new week, with many blessings,
Maria

Magnolia Cottage said...

Hi Sandi,
Your tea setting looks so pretty. I love your beautiful quilt. Your lace dessert tray is gorgeous. I would love one of your peanut butter & chocolate squares...they look delicious. Have a wonderful week. Thanks for hosting.
Blessings,
Lisa

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Gorgeous tea party!! The teapot, mugs and the flower vase are stunning!! Your quilt is gorgeous and I'm loving it!! Thank you sweet lady for your well wishes for our Sil and for having me for tea at your wonderful party. Have a great week.
FABBY

Terri said...

I loved every bit of your post. The china is beautiful, especially the tea pot! OMGosh! I love the toile mugs as well. The most precious to me though, was seeing the quilt your family made....that is priceless!
Hugs,
Terri

Betty Stapleton said...

I copied out your bars and I'm going to try them tomorrow. The teapot is absolutely beautiful and the china mugs are too. We use china mugs in the evening for our cup of tea. Was told years ago that tea should only be drank from china and I do believe it's true. Tastes better. Thank you for sharing...

Trish said...

Sandi, your tulips are gorgeous!
Did the crows get to your garden last year too? I seem to recall a problem with them in the past :-(
I love all the beautiful toile things you've shared this week.
The special quilt and the pretty mugs are so lovely.
Your recipe sounds deadly - but delicious, lol!
Oh btw.. I'm not surprised to hear you are a huggy family too - it shows :-)
Thanks for linking up, dear friend.
Have a very blessed week!
love..Trish xx

Charlotte said...

Sandi your pictures look amazing...so do the chocolate peanutbutter bars!

I love the teapot and think your china cups look lovely on the quilt. Very nice tea time!

Zinnia said...

I wish I knew more about computers. Your son did it very nicely. Your cake looks yummy out. I like the foot on the teapot. Getting a qvillt that relatives have done is a blessing. Sweet mugs. I wish you a wonderful week! Zinnia

Beth said...

Sandi, Your transferware tea set is so pretty. Everything looks lovely from the tea set to the tulips to the quilt and your chocolate peanut butter bars look great too!
Hugs, Beth

Beth said...

Sandi, Your transferware tea set is so pretty. Everything looks lovely from the tea set to the tulips to the quilt and your chocolate peanut butter bars look great too!
Hugs, Beth

Snap said...

Sandi, I love your pink tea! Chocolate and peanut butter -- yummm! thank you for hosting each week!

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Sandi. I love the red and white toile and that teapot is gorgeous! I love peanut butter and chocolate together but have not seen this recipe before. Yummy!
Thanks for hosting. It's been a few weeks since I've been here. Enjoy the day. Hugs, Pamela

Siret said...

Dear Sandi,
I have never seen a paisley-teapot before ... it looks great!
Thanks for your beautyful tea time thursday and best wishes, Siret

Creations By Cindy said...

Love your teapots and cups. Your blog always brings me comfort. Love your blog sweet lady. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Deb said...

I love the tea-pot. Perfect shape and the toile pattern is beautiful. My sister turned me on to those bars. She makes them all the time and they are delish.

Rowan said...

Your toile mugs are so pretty and as for the chocolate peanut butter bars! The combination of the two is one of the world's best I think:) I can still remember discovering Reese's chocolate peanut butter cups on my first trip to the US in 1981. I've loved them ever since.

Jennelise said...

Beautiful colors and your chocolate peanut butter bars look delicious!
Jennelise

Johanna said...

Dear Sandi,
yes, sons are really the best when Mom's need technical support. I often need that ans I akm always happy to get help. LOL
It is nice to have the bigger photos as we can see them better. The Paisley pattern on your tea pot is wonderful and the other china matches great. You made a beautiful setting for us. And the pchocolate peanut bars sound great, as it is too hot for baking here today. Thank you for sharing your wonderful tables, recipes and thoughts and for hosting this sweet event.
Best greetings, Johanna

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Hi Sandi,
What a beautiful tea you gave us! I really like your paisly teapot and your toile china mugs. I will be making your bars soon, as I need to bring some to a graduation party. Thanks for sharing the recipe! You are very lucky to have help with your pictures! I need to find someone to give me some tips! Thank you for hosting your lovely tea party. Have a wonderful week.
Nancy

Carolyn said...

Hi Sandi,
I love the bigger pics and the toile teapot with the mugs.
Emily made those peanut butter balls lately and shared with me -they are yummy and a wee bit addictive!

Thank you for hosting,
Carolyn

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Sandi: Hope you are doing well. I love that toile teapot. It is just stunning. Have a great week. Hugs, Martha

Sylvia said...

Beautiful tea, as always, Sandi! And your pictures in this size are much better...Thank you for hosting the party in such a kind manner. Enjoy the weather!

Cindy said...

Sandi, This is a beautiful tea set. My health has kept us apart, I'm hopping that next tuesday I'll be able to join in once again. My latest bog post has been my first back in the blog world and it explains where I've been. I'm hopping that being able to write my experience will move me ahead to where I need to be. I could use your prayers of strength. For now I missed May but June is close. Hugs

Barb said...

Hi Sandi,
Beautiful Tea....Lovely tulips.So sorry the crows ate the rest of them. My sister lives in a little village about 5hours north of Sydney..and she grows beautiful roses..but..she has to be quick picking them in bud, before the feral deer and wallabies eat them.
Love your peanut butter slice...
Have a good week
God Bless
Barb from Australia

Dorothy said...

Hi there, thank you for the tea! I love your toile china cups and teapot, so pretty! And aren't sons great for helping with our computers?
Blessings, Dorothy

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

Thx for the visit, Sandi ~
HaPpY to add another TeaTime spot of refreshment to your list :)

Chubby Chieque said...

Wow... love toile china. Such a romantic piece of treasure.

Your cakestand is reall a fave one.

Greetings,
/CC

Gretchen said...

What a beautiful setting for tea. I love the quilt on the table, the tea set and the flowers. Even your curtains match. I'm going to try this recipe but I better not have one today. I can't eat as many sweets now as I used to but I'm guessing my grandchildren would love these.

Sally Annie Magundy said...

There's not much I love more than chocolate and peanut butter! I'd like to lick my screen right now. ;)

Your tea things are so very lovely, how wonderful it must be to be able to sit down and enjoy a cup of tea in them!

Happy Rednesday!

Judi said...

Hi Sandi
Thank you for your sweet comments about my cookies! Sweet.
Your teapot is beautiful and you have cup set up...one for you and one for me...I wish I could bring over a couple of cookies!
Your tulips are soooo pretty and the vase and where you have them sitting.

I haven't had the peanut butter chocolate goody you made but you bet I am going to make them. yum!

I hope you've you have had a great week! Hope to have you visit again. I'll be back too.

Judi

The French Hutch said...

Oh Sandi I would love to come to tea with you. Such a beautiful tea today. I love chocolate and peanut butter and what treats you've made today. The lace tray is such a pretty piece and looks lovely used with the teapot.
How wonderful you have such a treasures quilt to enjoy.
Hope you having a lovely week Sandi.

~Emily
The French Hutch

Trish - Sweetology101 said...

Hi Sandi..no tea post for me this week but I wouldn't miss your gorgeous display for anything. Tasty treat that peanut butter delight is I am sure and your tea service is beautiful - I love the whimsy of toile. Best to YOU!!!

Betty@SouthernGrace said...

Ahhh beautiful tea set, yummy bars, pretty flowers...all in Anne of Green Gables land. Lovely :)
~betty

Marianne C. said...

Sandi, what lovely cups, and flowers...sorry to hear about the crows. It sounds like you will have to have a good talk with them about kindly leaving your garden in peace.

OOoo, the chocolate-peanut butter bars look and sound scrumptious! A few times I've made my own peanut butter cups...easy and delicious, and not a lot of sugar added.

Blessings for the day,
Marianne

Rizzi said...

WHEN I HAVE A PROBLEM WITH MY BLOG I SEND MY NIECE KAREN FROM COLORADO A MESSAGE SAYING "HELP" MY NEPHEW HER SON JOE IS A WIZARD WITH COMPUTERS...
2000 MILES AWAY HE GOES INTO MY BLOG AND STRAIGHTENS IT ALL OUT FOR ME....
GOD BLESS HIM.....YOUR TEA SET IS SO LOVELY AS YOUR QUILT.....THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR PEANUT BUTTER BARS I KNOW MY GRANDCHILDREN WILL LOVE THEM.
HAVE A LOVELY DAY.....RIZZI

~~Carol~~ said...

I sure do like chocolate and peanut butter.....separately, but especially together! What a beautiful tea setting. I would LOVE to sit at this table!
Happy REDnesday,
Carol

Blooming Rose Musings said...

Hi Sandi, I adore your paisley teapot and mixed with the toile is perfection! What a lovely setting! I would love to join you for a cup of tea and I will not be able to resist those delicious looking peanut butter and chocolate bars. I also really like your large size photos.
I was hoping to join your party but I had the days mixed up. I will link up next time.
I hope you are having a wonderful week.

Sarah (Nikki) said...

H Sandie...I think J did a great job. The framed pics look even better than ever and your tulips remind me of Amsterdam.....Wishing you a beautiful rest of the day

Lady Linda said...

Hi dear friend...I tell you so often but I really just wait for your blog post ever week! I don't seem to be able to read them all, but do check it out on Thursdays for sure. Thank you for taking the time to visit me on my blog...so generous with your time.
I have to make those choc peanut butter treats! YUMMY!
Love,
Linda

Anonymous said...

Sandi what a beautiful post. I absolutely love every picture and love the pink transferware look and you touched everything off with your picture showing a matching breezy curtain.

It slows life down just thinking of stopping for 'tea and sympathy' so to speak.

I saw a double rocking lawn furniture made of metal and everything in me relaxed when I sat on it...truly I hated to get up. I just wished my budget would have allowed me to make the purchase. Coming from the Southern States we loved our swings and rocking chairs.

I so appreciate all your posts but this one spoke to my heart and soul.

Bless you.
Joyfully,
~Sylvia Faye

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