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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.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Chocolate and Hearts for Tea Time


Life is like a teacup
       to be filled to the brim
and enjoyed with friends. ~ Unknown

Welcome friends to my first Tea Time in February!


Did anyone else watch the game last night? I watched the entire SuperBowl with my hubby and I still don't understand how they play the game. I only know when someone scored a touchdown and that the Sea Hawks won. Anyone else out there like me?

Anyway, enough about football and on to tea!

With romance in the air I thought it would be nice to introduce some hearts and flowers this week.


Valentine's Day is on the way so I'm using some pink and red today.

Pink roses on teacups and red hearts adorning the other, as well as some lovely pink tulips, set the stage for my theme.

Joining our party is a lovely Royal Albert teacup that was a wedding gift many years ago.


A Regency teacup; a gift from a very thoughtful friend. I have named her Luella after the dear lady who gifted her to me.


And my Valentine teacup made by Gracie China.


Which teacup would you like?

Luscious pink tulips grace the table with a whisper of springtime.

For our sweet today, I have made a chocolate fudge cake.

The cake is sitting on a Masons' plate which I found thrifting.

I usually make my chocolate cake from scratch but as I was pressed for time, I cheated and used a mix instead.



And it is all hidden beneath lovely swirls of decadent chocolate frosting.

Silver spoons for our tea time.

Would you like a piece of cake with your tea?

Tea is a divine herb. ~ Xu Guangqi


Valentine's Day is next week and I will be sharing a special tea table to celebrate the event.


You may copy and paste this button for my party if you wish. I hope you will join me then.

My friend Bernideen is also hosting a special party next week and this is her button.



A bell is no bell 'til you ring it,
A song is no song 'til you sing it,
            And love in your heart
       Wasn't put there to stay -
                Love isn't love
           'Til you give it away.~ Oscar Hammerstein, The Sound of Music 


I am delighted you have stopped by for tea today! Your presence always makes my tea party that much more special and if you have a teacup, coffee cup/mug, teapot, or tablescape to share, I would love for you to link up with me. We tea ladies enjoy a tea room too so if you have been to one recently, we would love to hear about it. Happy Tea Day everyone!                               


I am joining the following parties as well~

A Return to Loveliness ~ http://www.adelightsomelife.com/
Tea Cup Tuesday~ http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/
Tea Cup Tuesday ~ http://www.marthasfavorites.com/
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~ http://www.antiquesandteacups.info/
Friends Sharing Tea~ http://blog.bernideens.com/
Share Your Cup Thursday~ http://jannolson.blogspot.com/
Home Sweet Home~ http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

44 comments :

  1. Oh Sandi, I love your Valentine tea cup...would love to find one like it! I am really looking forward to your Valentine tea party....hugs, Penny

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  2. Hi Sandi, I am liking that heart cup too! For some reason it is so cheerful I am enjoying it! Your tea is beautiful and may you have a lovely week!
    Sherry

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  3. Hello Sandi! I like the teapot in your header photo! And your tea setting today is lovely as well. The cake looks delicious and the tilips are beautiful. I did watch the game and I can follow it pretty well but I don't understand terms like 'pick 6' and so on. Have a lovely day.

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  4. Your post is so pretty today, Sandi. I love the tulips..one of my all-time favorite flowers. Your valentine tea-cup is adorable. Chocolate cake...yes, please.

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  5. Dear Sandi,
    I don't understand German football nor your SuperBowl game. But I know,
    your tea time with pink and white looks so beautiful. I love all your cups and the beautiful setting. The cake looks delicious,too. Thank you for sharing htis delight and for hosting this sweet party.
    Best greetins, Johanna

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  6. All so very pretty lovely post and photos , Cake looks YUMMY ! It is sunny here today and the snow is melting and our Robins are back so I am Happy about that . Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  7. Hi Sandi,
    I love your new plate ~ don't see those around here often!
    The heart teacup is pretty sweet too.
    Thank you for hosting,
    Carolyn

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  8. Hi Sandi,
    Yes, I don't understand football at all but it was on all afternoon at my house yesterday too! Hubby was pleased that Seattle won. I love your pretty teacups today ~ I have never seen a heart one like that before. Your cake looks delicious and oh how I adore your Mason's Vista plate. Everything looks just so beautiful! Have a wonderful week! Karen

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  9. What a pretty Valentine tea. I love all your pink and white theme and the teacups you chose today. The Valentine one is sweet. And chocolate cake is definitely a favourite of mine! I'll be right over. :)

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  10. How lovely your tea table is today, Sandi (as always)! I see you used a tea bag holder in an unusual manner; I did so too in my post today. I really like the Valentine teacup. It's perfect and so is the chocolate cake. Yum!
    Blessings, Beth

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  11. Your table is always beautiful Sandi and even more today with this Valentine Theme. I love it all and be sure and see Angela's Tea With Friends Blog with the same heart tea set! I brought mine up from the basement last night and maybe next week!

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  12. Sandi, I love your tea party this week. Pink always goes over well!!!

    Even though I am American and should have been excited about the Super Bowl I didn't even watch it. Not a team I follow and I had better things to do like get my tea party ready to post today... LOL...

    From scratch or not the Choc. cake looks yummy.

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  13. I love Valentine's Day and the month of February...as if I needed an excuse to get out all the pink and red teacups and mugs! The chocolate cake looks yummy. My mouth is watering. Love your teacups -- the Gracie is too cute with all the little hearts. Happy Tea Day and thanks again for hosting.

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  14. Good afternoon Sandi,
    I always stop in to see your lovely cups and teapots. Your themes are so pretty. I just wanted to say hello and look forward to your Valentine Tea. But the chocolate cake looked so yummy. I am off to bake one.
    I promise to get a lovely tea picture and come and join you soon!
    Have a wonderful week.
    I also promise to start leaving comments :o)
    Blessings, Roxy

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  15. Such a pretty tea party Sandi! Love your collection of vintage tea cups!

    Happy week!

    Madelief x

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  16. Sandi, your pink is so pretty. We had a chocolate layer cake last week -- so delicious! I, too, don't get football, but watched it with my husband anyway. He lost me at the beginning trying to explain 2-point conversion! Have a wonderful week, and thank you for hosting.

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  17. Hi Sandi
    I'm not into football either and didn't watch the game but do know who won.
    I would choose the Gracie hearts teacup for my tea and a piece of chocolate cake with it would be wonderful.

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  18. Sandi all your teacups are lovely! Loving the Valentine inspired teacup! Thak you for hosting..hugs, C.

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  19. What a pretty tea table, Sandi. I'd love a slice of cake with my tea, please. I'm heading to Mexico tomorrow and will see you next week. xo

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  20. Love it all, but you really got my attention with the chocolate cake, pink tulips and the rose cups.

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  21. Oh...i love your Valentine tea cup! I' d like to eat your chocolate cake...mmmm...and have a cup of your romantic tea!
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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  22. Hi Sandi,

    What a charming tea table! So many pretty pinks and delightful hearts. Thank you for hosting.

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  23. Your Valentine's teacup is just gorgeous Sandy, I love it! Lovely tea setting too my friend. Thank you for having me at this lovely tea party. Have a great week.
    FABBY

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  24. Hello Sandi! Bravo for you! It is fun to watch games, I actually like to see games in person best. No, I didn't watch it - because we don't have cable. LOVE your Valentine teacup - it's precious! The cake turned out beautifully - I'm sure it was perfect! I do appreciate you sharing and hosting,
    Kathy

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  25. Such a pretty tea party with all your lovely pinks! It has been a long while since I had chocolate cake! Yours looks so delicious! Thank you for hosting tea party day and blessings to you!
    Nancy

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  26. Such a pretty tea party with all your lovely pinks! It has been a long while since I had chocolate cake! Yours looks so delicious! Thank you for hosting tea party day and blessings to you!
    Nancy

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  27. I love your heart teacups, Sandi. I think I have some too and I better find them so I can use them now. I love the white teapot too. Lovely post! Very romantic...Christine

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  28. So pretty, all your hearts and chocolates! That cake looks so delious.

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  29. Hello Sandi, I'm going to have to make decorations and perhaps put a couple of hearts on a tea cup for my pictures, it isa shame but I don't travel with tea cups. Yes, we are still away and only as of a few days ago did the weather start to warm up. I love your little heart it is so perfect. Chocolate cake is inviting either from a box or by scratch, looks yummy.
    Cindy

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  30. Hi Sandi: Love that heart tea cup, too cute. I don't understand football at all, so I with you. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

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  31. Hello Sandi,
    Your tea time is so very pink and lovely today : )
    I think those tulips steal the show! They are so pretty!
    The tea cups are all wonderful and perfectly romantic.
    Happy February!
    Terri

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  32. SO beautiful! I love how you named the tea cup your friend gave you.

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  33. First time linking up here Sandi:)I found you thru Artful Affirmations. I am so with you about football-I did enjoy the game though. First time I sat thru a whole game too. Your photos are gorgeous and I especially love the hearts teacup!!

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  34. It's so nice to be able to link with you today - a very cold -2C on the Island.
    Chocolate cake, from a mix or from scratch - who could resist it? Not this blogger! Do you know, I have the same Mason plate and it is what started me on my red transferware collection.
    I look forward to visiting the other bloggers here, many of whom are already familiar to me. Thank you!

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  35. Oh sweet Sandi, I just came back to your lovely tea party again, I didn't want to miss it with my Valentine's table!
    Hugs and thank you again,
    FABBY

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  36. Sandi:
    Let me know if you are having a special blog party and thumbnail for next week and I will add to what I just posted!

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  37. Sandi, all three cups are darling! I can not just pick one. lol! the mason plate is like the set I found for $20 at a thrift. I love them! Four plates and lots of saucers. Salad and teacup size. No cups though. I'm happy that I get to join today!
    hugs,
    Jann

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  38. Oh my, be still my heart! I love your Valentine teacup and I'm in love with tulips! All of your guests have gorgeous features, I'm off to take a peek! Wonderful party and by the way, I'm a such a teacup fan!

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  39. Just finished a cup of chocolate Kusmi tea and some decadent chocolate cake. Your Gracie cup and saucer are the second I've read about today. Angela, of Tea with Friends, has a teapot to match that was given to her by her mother last year. She just found six other cup and saucer sets that are similar but a little different in style. How lucky you both are!

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  40. It is so much fun to set a table for tea this time of the year. Valentin's Day decorating and baking brings me so many precious memories, and your tea time today is very special. I do very much like that heart teacup !

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  41. I will gladly sport your new party badge! Angels to you this week!

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  42. And oh, I couldn't choose a cup, I can NEVER choose!

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  43. I just discovered your party from visiting Jann Olson's blog. I can't wait to join in soon!
    Amber

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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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