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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.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

HOME



"A house without love may be a castle, or a palace, but it is not a home; love is the life of a true home." ~ John Lubbock



FYI- The nest is one my son found for me and it is part of a little vignette in my dining room.

Hello dear friends and welcome to my HOME~ I hope you are having a lovely week.


This week I set my tea table with a bouquet of peach roses from the grocery store and some tulips from my garden. The tulips are just the right shade to compliment the roses.


A vintage peach teacup and home made tea biscuits with jam and Devonshire cream made for a relaxing tea time.


Home is where your story begins.



This is the recipe I use for my Mock Devonshire Cream. I forget where I found it. If it is yours, please let me know and I will credit you for it.

Mock Devonshire Cream
5 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup heavy cream, whipped
1 TBSP heavy cream, reserved
1/2 cup confectioners sugar, sifted

Beat softened cream cheese, sugar, and one TBSP reserved cream with a hand mixer until smooth. With a spatula, gently fold in the whipped cream. Do not over mix. Mixture should be a bit lumpy. 






There were so many wonderful posts last week that caught my eye and it was very hard to choose only a few. There were a couple that I wanted to feature but there was no link back so I had to eliminate those. Sorry!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest shared her lovely lilacs in a vintage bottle and with a scrumptious chintz teapot. Three things I love!


Debbie @ Debbie-Dabble shared her stunning patriotic tree complete with bears!


Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home shared her gorgeous aqua tablescape. I adore aqua, and isn't this so pretty! Swoon....


Karen @ Karen's Cottage and Castle set a lovely teascape out on her balcony. Isn't it pretty? And look at that chandelier!


Kathy @ A Delightsome Life  shared this darling angel statue in her rose garden. I think the picture speaks for itself!

 Dancing Amidst the Roses 3

Thank you for all your visits. I read every comment you leave and I do my best to return your visit. I am letting this party run a little longer than usual for your convenience.

I have been very busy the past few months and I feel I need a blog break to recharge my batteries so I am taking one after this week. There won't be any HOME party or Tea Time Tuesday for a week or so. See you when I return. Wishing you all a lovely day and God bless you!

"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 from "Prayer for the Home"

 
I am joining these parties this week~

Home Sweet Home ~ http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/
Open House ~ http://blog.bernideens.com/


"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 from "Prayer for the Home"



Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

31 comments :

  1. Sandi!! What a surprise to be featured again this week!! Thanks so much!!

    I gave you a shout our in one of the posts I linked up!!

    Thanks so much for hosting and what a beautiful post as always!!

    Hugs,
    Deb

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  2. Hi Sandi. I just figured out that your Home party starts at 1pm! I missed it last week. Thanks for hosting such a pretty party. I hope your back is getting stronger every day.

    Peace and Love,
    Linda and Jeannie At The French Hens Nest

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  3. Love it Sandi. I'm going to get creative and see if I can't figure out a way to darken your Linky for a second time this week. :) But first I really want to have a look at that gorgeous Santos cage doll.

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  4. Hi Sandi, what a nice surprise to see my Pinkqua tablescape featured....thank you so much! Have a wonderful day..hugs, Penny

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  5. You take all the time you need, Sandi. We'll be happy to see you back when you are ready. Thanks for having your party today. I'm happy I had time to join. Take care, Deb

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  6. Hi Sandi I just love this week's features, especially Debbie's festive tree! she is super talented as all the other blogger's creations!
    Thank You for hosting, hugs Lizy

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  7. Hi Sandi,
    you shared so many nice features for us and the sweet table setting of your house. Home is where the heart is. Your heart is with every ofyour posts.
    Best greetings, Johanna.

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  8. Your wonderful tea party looks delish! I love Devonshire Cream and this recipe is wonderful! The vintage cup is divine. I love the solid pick and the surprise inside the cut! Luscious!

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  9. Hi Sandi,
    Thankyou for filling me in about the island. I think just because it's an "island" I assumed it was small and because of the Anne movies. So I see I was misled! *winks* I am sure it is a wonderful place to live and raise a family.
    Are your tea biscuits the same thing as baking powder biscuits? They look delicious!
    Have a great blog break and I'll be looking forward to your return. Gina

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  10. Thank you for the mock Devonshire cream recipe, Sandi! I will love to try it. Thank you for hosting and enjoy your time off, my friend. xo

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  11. Hi Sandi,
    Thank you so very much for featuring Tea on the Balcony - it is such an honour! I hope you have a safe and relaxing rest this week.
    Take care,
    Karen

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  12. Hi Sandi,
    Looks like another great party. I see tons of inspiration. Can't wait to check everyone out. Thanks for hosting. Kathy

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  13. Truly you deserve a long break, you work so hard to bring us joy, happiness and escape each week. I will miss you but that is my selfish side speaking, my realistic side knows.

    Oh the joy and memories this little nest must bring each time you pass it by, I need to get a glass bell. I would say it is my recipe however the difference is I use an electric mini moulinex to whip it up for a seconds, and I don't remember passing it on, but have a hard time remembering a bit of last week.

    Thank you for sharing all these lovelies, and thank you for Edgar's poem is was a beautiful touch to the peach bouquet, blessings

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  14. I'm making scones tomorrow, although I don't have such pretty flowers as your. Its winter here and flowers in my garden are scarce.
    Hugs

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  15. That peach colored tea cup is so wonderful with the roses inside love it

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  16. Thank you for hosting, Sandi! Beautiful features - so much inspiration :) Greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

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  17. Awe! You made my day, Dear Friend! Such a joy to join your party once again - I am finally about to get back to my normal routine - yeah! More time to create and to visit! I do appreciate you hosting,
    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Kathy

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  18. Thank you Sandi, for another week of Home. Have a very relaxing and good time on your little blog vacation..Happy Thursday..Judy

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  19. Thank you Sandi for the recipe for the Mock Devonshire Cream...it sounds delightful! I'm pinning it for future reference.
    Hope your weekend is Extraordinary!

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  20. Sandi, Your tea time is always exceptionally lovely and inviting! I wish I could find roses as beautiful as the ones you found. They are really stunning with your tulips! Peach is one of my favorite colors :)

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  21. Good Morning Sandi....love your posts...and pics. A reminder of the beautiful and gentle in life.

    Wishing you a fabulous weekend. The temps are amazing here. but I think if I had my wish come true...I'd be on a plane to PEI. :) Hugs.

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  22. Thanks for hosting, Sandi. I'm copying that recipe for the cream, it sounds simple and so divine! Gorgeous flowers, love the soft color.
    Hugs,
    Patti

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  23. Hey Dear Friend, thinking of you and hoping you're having a wonderful break - looking forward to connecting with you again soon,
    God Bless,
    Kathy

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  24. Hi Sandi
    Again another lovely post, the flowers are so pretty and the scones look delicious. We went to our local tea room on the weekend and I had two of them.
    have a great break and enjoy yourself, hopefully the weather will warm up for you.
    I can't get on the summer party link on your link, denied,what do I need to do. God bless...

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  25. Hi Sandi! I'm finally back in Blogland for teatime and sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Always good to take a break - I'm taking the whole summer as I believe a career change is in order - or at least a fine tuning. I look forward to posting more regularly now as so many responsibilities will be trimmed and my life activities more manageable. Blessings to you - and thank you for hosting such a delightful blog party each week - I can't tell you how much it has inspired and enriched me!
    Joy!
    Kathy

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  26. May the Lord recharge you with energy and peace of mind.Love the pink cup.Wish I could find a low fat substitute for Devonshire cream that still taste divine.

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  27. Hi Sandi. Hope you feel better today. Relax and take it easy. Have someone make you a cup of tea. Praying for you.

    Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest

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  28. Hello Sandi. I love your flowers and that delightful Devonshire Cream. Thanks for sharing the recipe and also for hosting each week. Your parties are always full of lovely and inspiring talent. Take all the time you need friend. Blogging does take some work. I have been thinking along the same lines. Especially during the warm summer months when the house gets visited more often by family and friends.

    Enjoy your break. See you soon.

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  29. Hi Sandi, still trying to get back into blogging. It's like coming home to stop and read your blog! I always enjoy it so very much.
    Love ya,
    Linda

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  30. Hi Sandi, thinking about you and haven't seen a post for a while so I hope you're OK. Hugs to you.

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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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