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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, 30 March 2015

A Little Easter Tea


At Easter time the flowers bloom
The skies are bright and blue
The world's as joyous as can be
So is my thought of you. ~ Author unknown

Hello dear friends and welcome to my Easter Tea Time!


Don't you just love daffodils! There are no flowers blooming here yet because there are still mountains of snow on the ground, but in the barns new babies are being born. 

Wee lambs and calves are making their way into the world. Our gold finches' feathers are beginning to change into a bright yellow once again. Soon all the song birds will be back and building their nests to lay their eggs in. 

Spring would not be spring without bird songs." ~
Francis M. Chapman

All of these wonders point to the sign that Spring is here; a sign of hope. A sign of rebirth.



I have set my tea table with some bunnies and the little bird's nest my son found for me.


Pretty teacups, made by Royal Albert,  grace the table today. Both are Old English Rose in different shapes.



The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup focuses one to be gentle, to think warmly and to feel close. ~ Carol and Malcolm Cohen


Tea is steeping in my Royal Albert New Country Roses teapot. 



It is still quite cool here so we continue to enjoy a lot of comfort food. 


The tea sandwiches are cream cheese with peach chutney on whole wheat bread and chicken salad on white bread. 


The pretty daffodils which always make an appearance around Easter, are in support of cancer research.


Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.~ Henry Ford

As a teenager, while I was waiting to get into nursing school, I did light housekeeping and babysat for a family who owned both a body shop and a service station. 



To my great astonishment, one of my duties was to cook dinner for the family as well as the men who worked in the body shop and those who worked at the service station. There were a lot of mouths to feed and up until then, the only cooking I had ever done was in Home Ec at school.



Needless to say, it was a bit overwhelming in the beginning but the challenge of it all helped prepare me for bigger things which would come down the road.



One of the first things I learned to bake was this simple pudding. Some of you may remember it as Sudden Pudding but it is also called Baked Caramel Pudding. Have any of you lovely ladies ever made it? It is a cake like pudding with raisins in its own sauce and it is scrumptious!



It is served warm with ice cream or whipped cream and today, whipped cream is on the menu.

My hubby really enjoyed all these treats when he got home from work. 


My tea is David's Tea Salted Caramel and it is delicious! Would you like a cup?

I am so happy you could join me today! I pray your Easter will be a time to reflect upon the true meaning of this Holiday. Thank you for visiting and a Blessed & Happy Easter to you all!  


My life, my love, I give to Thee,
Thou Lamb of God who died for me;
Oh, may I ever faithful be,
My Savior and my God! ~ Hudson



Courtesy of the Internet

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. ~ John 3:16



 I am joining the following parties as well~

 A Return to Loveliness
 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea
Tea Cup Tuesday
 Share Your Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home



 Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

45 comments :

  1. Good morning dear sister! And a Happy Easter week to you! Always a joy to come and see your beautiful and inspiring posts. We have so much joy in Him! Love your Old English Rose of course...a favorite of mine!Thanks for hosting, and my the Lord bless your family during this most holy week!
    Ruth

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  2. What a beautiful spring table! Your jonquils are lovely this time of year and I have enjoyed your information about cooking while waiting to study for nursing school! I love the different cups in Royal Albert for both are beautiful shapes. Have a great week!

    Thanks,
    Pam

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  3. I love all your Easter touches. I did not know you were a nurse. Cooking for lots of people was a good way to learn.

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  4. I agree, it's a gorgeous Spring table you have displayed today. I loved your cooking experience, hahaha... May God shower you with many blessings this Easter week.
    Thank you for the lovely party dear Sandi.
    Hugs,
    FABBY

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  5. Hello Sandi
    I like your brown and white bunnies, so life like and they add a bit of whimsy to your Easter tea table. The daffodils are gorgeous and I can almost smell their sweet fragrance. China with roses is perfect any time of year and I am a big fan of Royal Albert teacups.
    Thank you for hosting your weekly tea gathering and I wish you a happy Easter week.

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  6. Thank you for hosting another lovely tea party for us! Have a blessed Easter...hugs..

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  7. Good Morning Sandi,
    I really enjoyed looking at all of your special displays on your Easter table. The bird's nest in the framed house is so sweet. Old Country Rose is one of my favorite patterns. I don't have a complete tea set yet and would consider it for my pattern choice one day. Have a lovely Easter and thank you for letting me link up. ~Nora

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  8. Hi Sandi,
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful Easter tea with us and thanks so much for hosting.
    P.S. I see Reeses Pieces eggs, or do I? My favorite.
    Have a blessed Holy week and a peaceful Easter.
    Gina

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  9. Hi Sandi,
    Your Easter Tea is so lovely once again. John 3:16 is my favourite Bible verse. Your bunnies are so sweet and the Old English Rose teacups are beautiful! Your treats look amazing and don't dainty sandwiches always taste so much better? I would love a new Old Country Rose teapot! Everything is perfect! Happy Easter and Thank you for hosting! Karen

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  10. Sandi: You make flowers look so much brighter than I see them for real. It makes one appreciated the beauty God has set before us to enjoy. Lovely Easter Tea....Love Auntie P

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  11. Hi Sandi
    Thanks for hosting this inspiring Easter Tea with Spring signs already around. Beautiful china, lovely flowers, good looking treats and sweet memories, all nice things you shared with us!
    Happy Easter dear friend!

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  12. Sandy, Hello : ) I sure enjoyed this post as usual but I really did love hearing about Your early job in the body shop. The tiny prayer by Hudson I thought was wonderful and the first few words....My life My love I give to Thee touched Me. I too remember the excitement of waiting to get into nursing school when I was young,a good memory for Me.I would like to be apart of the hop this week if I can find time to whip up a Easter Tea and post.Have a lovely week and so nice visiting with You. OX Denise

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  13. Beautiful photo's and teacups. That caramel pudding looks so delicious, I'll take ice cream with mine, thanks!

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  14. Hi Sandi!
    Your tea table looks so Spring-y with lovely teacups, a pretty teapot, and bunnies hopping about. I'd love some Sudden Pudding with a cup of salted caramel tea. That sounds sooo good and comforting.
    Thank you for hosting, sweet friend, and Happy Easter blessings.

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  15. Hi Sandi!
    I bet your husband was happy it was tea day ... all those lovely treats ready to eat! :) Love your bunnies and birds. You always share beautiful teacups and teapots. Happy Easter and Happy Tea Day. Thanks for hosting!

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  16. Hi Sandi,

    The cherry yellow colour of your lovely daffodils made me smile! I would love to try the salted caramel tea in your pretty RA teacups!

    Happy Easter!

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  17. Hi Sandi, I enjoyed your Easter tea. I've never made that dessert or eaten it before. You must have nearly panicked when you found out you had to make dinner for all those people! I'd freak right out. :) I wish you and yours a very blessed Easter. Hugs. Pam

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  18. Hi Sandi, It's always a pleasure to visit your tea time posts. They are always beautifully done. And you have good food, too; as you said, hubby was happy to partake when he came home. :) Your teacups are lovely and the food looks very good. I made your pistachio dessert tonight. Mmmmmm, good! Happy Easter, Sandi.
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

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  19. Hello Sandi,

    Your tea settings are always very inspiring to me. So many pretty details and great recipes. Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter.

    Janet

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  20. Sandi:
    I am just coming back now to read and post my comments. Your tea sandwiches look so fresh and delicious and I hope you and your husband enjoyed this wonderful Afternoon Tea Time. Your teacups and teapot look so sweet with the daffodils. I love it all!

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  21. Hi Sandi! Beautiful post this week. I really like how you worked the bunnies into the background of the pictures, especially the one with the teapot, teacup and two bunnies. Your desserts look delicious--anything with caramel is a winner in my book! Happy Easter!

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  22. Have a fabulous Easter Sandi! I love your china it is beautiful. Here's hoping the snow melts soon for you guys on PEI! Thanks for hosting!

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  23. Hi Sandi, Your spring/Easter vignettes are beautiful. Love the daffodils, bunnies, bird's nest, pretty teacups and tea-time dessert. It was fun reading about your 'entry' into the world of cooking/baking. From the looks of all the things you've prepared on your blog, you're very good in the culinary area. Happy Easter as we celebrate our Risen Lord this Sunday! ~ Phyllis

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  24. I bought the David's Salted Caramel tea because of you - THANK YOU. It is delicious. Love the Royal Albert tea cups and how they're different. You always inspire me.

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  25. Hi Sandi: Love the beautiful post today. You are amazing. Have a blessed Easter. Hugs, Martha

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  26. Hello Sandi
    You've inspired me with your meaningful Easter post.
    Your two Old English Rose tea cups and Country rose tea pot are beautiful.
    I've made a copy of your delicious looking sandwiches - I'm always looking for new ideas for my Mahjong girls morning tea!!

    Holy Week is a good time to reflect on the true meaning of Easter and in the words of John 10:10; I have come so that you may have life and live it more abundantly".
    Wishing you a very happy and blessed Easter.
    Shane


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  27. Hello Sandi
    You've inspired me with your meaningful Easter post.
    Your two Old English Rose tea cups and Country rose tea pot are beautiful.
    I've made a copy of your delicious looking sandwiches - I'm always looking for new ideas for my Mahjong girls morning tea!!

    Holy Week is a good time to reflect on the true meaning of Easter and in the words of John 10:10; I have come so that you may have life and live it more abundantly".
    Wishing you a very happy and blessed Easter.
    Shane


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  28. 2 choses me font bien envi sur votre billet
    le thé au caramel salé + le petit pichet en forme de lapin
    j'ai mis des décos de Pâques sur mon billet :::::
    je vous souhaite de passer une très joyeuses FËTES DE PÄQUES
    tendresse
    edith (iris) France

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  29. Sandi I just want to crawl into your photos for tea time today. It is going to be a crazy busy day, and your table looks like a lovely little sanctuary. Thank you for sharing. Now I will have something to dream about in-between tasks. Happy Easter!

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  30. A lovely Easter tea with a delicious pudding. I think we in the Maritimes are all a bit weary of the long hold winter has had on us! Enough already 😀. Hoping for warm temps and sunshine to melt it all away. Thanks for another lovely tea. Patty/NS

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  31. I wish I could link up but I am pretty much up to my ears in children, diapers and cooking ( one at a time!) right now. The Henry Ford quote was timely for me.
    That pudding! I make it too, from my mother's recipe. Mum just called it Raisin Pudding Cake and I always assumed it was a Cape Breton recipe. Nothing better on a cold damp night. It smells wonderful as it bakes.

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  32. Sandi, I was enjoying all the lovely decor, until I spotted the plate of tea sandwiches. Then I was totally distracted! No one appreciates a tasty tea sandwich more than I!

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  33. Love all the pretty Easter decorations, especially the adorable little bunnies. My favorite! That peach chutney looks delicious, and so does that pudding!!
    You sure will enjoy your warm spring weather when it comes, after the winter you've had!
    Have a blessed Easter Sandi, and thank you for hosting.

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  34. What a beautiful tea time, Sandi. The daffodils are gorgeous too = can't wait till all mine come up....hopefully soon...though it DID snow 3 days ago...but didn't stick!

    Thank you for hosting. I am so happy to be part of the fun this time around.

    God bless you and yours this Holy Easter and always. Hugs.

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  35. Your tea was wonderful,filled with bunnies,birds and flowers and your tea pot and cups were colorful all ready for spring. The reason for the season we must never forget,for he is the creator of all,Jesus Christ.

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  36. I do love to see those daffodils. I did have some coming up ever so slowly but then the snow decided to come back for, a hopefully, grand finale for this winter! Happy Easter to you!.

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  37. Love your photos! Funny thing, I made that very pudding last week! It was one of the first desserts I made when we were first married

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  38. I enjoyed your spring table, in fact your whole post. Hoping all that cold soon disappears and you are basking in the sun.
    Happy Easter.

    Diana

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  39. I would surely love a cup specially in those Rose teacups.. and that lovely Teapot.. I have been debating to purchase one.. but now Im convince it's just lovely.. your table setting it wonderful. . and I have never tried that pudding but would love the recipe.. Happy Spring with love Janice

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  40. Sandi, that teapot is absolutely gorgeous! I also love the little garden terrarium housing your bird nest. Daffodils are a glorious sign of Spring. Hope that it comes to you soon! Happy Easter and thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  41. Wow, I'm pumped after visiting you today!!! I love daffodils and they look so pretty on your table. Those tea sandwiches are perfect! Happy Easter, Sandi!

    Love,
    Mary

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  42. I love daffodils. They sing of spring. And Sandi, I love the verses and quotes you used. Spring always remind me that there's freedom and hope and faith. Happy Easter!!!!

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  43. Hi Sandi,
    I love those cheerful daffodils......hopefully we soon have them blooming in our gardens!

    Hope you have a lovely Easter!
    Carolyn

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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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