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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, 14 December 2015

No Place Like Home # 7

"Christmas is a season for kindling the fire of hospitality in the hall, the genial flame for charity in the heart." ~ Washington Irving

Hello my lovely friends and welcome to No Place Like Home! I hope you all had a delightful weekend. I know I did!

Over the weekend I shared with you a special tea featuring The Little Drummer Boy. The doll holds some precious memories for me and if you would like to check it out you can click here.

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

I enjoyed a cup of tea in my December Christmas Rose teacup made by Royal Albert.

I also shared my recipe for Fruit Scones with almond icing. A nice treat with a cup of tea! You can find the recipe here.

Last week, you all shared such wonderful posts and it was difficult choosing just a few to feature. There were a couple I would like to have featured but there was no link back to the party. Remember, out of courtesy, and if you would like to be featured, you must include a link back to the party. 

My friend Bernideen @ Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden  had the most clicks on her post. She shared a tour of the Rue de Noel Paris Street Market in Denver and the 55th Annual Georgetown Street Market in Georgetown, Colorado. That beautiful car you see in the photo was the car that picked up John Denver in the movie, "The Christmas Gift" in 1986. What fun! Doesn't Bernideen look snazzy in her red scarf and jaunty hat?

Here are a few more posts that caught my eye:

Carrie @ Teatime Journeys shared with us her wonderful Christmas brunch. Wouldn't you love to partake of those goodies? Love her tiered plate stand with the teacup on top!

Terri @ Artful Affirmations shared her delightful Jane Austen themed tree. She created each and every ornament by hand. Beautiful!

I don't know about you, but I love traditions carried on by the family. This one originated in Germany and Thelma @ Thelma's Days shared it with us in her post. It caught my eye because my son and his family always hid the pickle on their tree and the children look for it. Whoever finds the pickle wins a prize. Lots of fun!

And for your sweet tooth, Mrs. T @ Mrs. T's Christmas Kitchen shared her recipe for five of her favourite cookies. Don't these look wonderful?

Thank you everyone for participating last week. You really bless me when you share your talents and ideas with us here at No Place Like Home

Now let's see what you are creating in your home to make it a cozy place to come home to for your family, your friends, and yourself. 

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 

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Thank You for hosting Sandi. I didn't mean to link up the Frugal and Fab CMAS Again but by the time I realized what I did it had already gone through.



  2. Your scones look delightful! I must copy the recipe down, and make it sometime. It is always such a delight to visit your cozy space here, and I look forward to your party on Mondays while I drink my coffee :) Hope you are having a blessed day my friend!

  3. First time joining in on your party....found your through Bernideen's.

  4. Beautiful, Sandi. The scones look delicious! Thanks for hosting!

  5. I always love coming to your home for your tea party, my friend, and what wonderful features you've shared today. Thank you so much for hosting and enjoy your week. Love and hugs!

  6. Those scones look absolutely fabulous. I will have to try them! And I love the Christmas Rose teacup.

    Thanks so much too for featuring my cookie post. Hope others enjoy these cookies as much as we have over the years. Thanks for hosting!

  7. Hi Sandi,
    I do love your December teacup and have been searching for one to add to my R.A. Months of the Year collection. Your Drummer Boy is adorable and I remember going to band concerts when my daughter played the flute and I played the clarinet for many years. I do love Christmas carols so very much. My mother used to sing O Holy Night every Christmas while my father would play the piano. Such moving memories. Lovely features too! Thank you for hosting! Karen

  8. Those scones look elegant and delectable, Sandi! I like lemon, so could you suggest, if I added lemon extract rather than almond to the icing, do you think it would taste ok? I'll definitely have to try out your recipe! Thank you so much for sharing and hosting!

    1. I don't think I would use lemon in the icing but simple plain icing would be nice.

  9. Thanks so much for hosting Sandi, lovely features. Have a wonderful week!

  10. Hi Sandi. Doesn't Thel always have something special! A pleasure to join you again this week. Mimi xxx

  11. Wow, I can't believe that this is the 7th No Place Like Home party! Time sure flies when you're having fun! Thank you for hosting and have a great week!

  12. Hi Sandi, Thanks for featuring my "Pickle Tradition" and thanks for hosting another great party.
    I love your scone recipe. I must try it. It looks delicious.
    Your little drummer boy is precious. Thanks for sharing this lovely story. xo

  13. Thanks for a great party and have a wonderful week!


  14. Sandi,
    The Little Drummer Boy is precious and what a beauty Christmas Rose Tea Cup is!!

    Thanks for hosting!!


  15. Your dishes are very pretty Sandi! I love that teacup! Thanks for hosting!

  16. Wonderfully beautiful as always ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

  17. Wonderful features - and your tea (and those sweets) look heavenly.

    Thank you for the party, Sandi! ♥

  18. So pretty, Sandi. Thanks for hosting....Christine

  19. WONDERFULL ,greeting from Belgium / Mons my city

  20. Well, I'm just going to have to look up that scone recipe! Sounds delicious, and I love almond flavoring. And I must get my December RA teacup down before the month is over! It sure is a pretty one.
    Thank you for hosting Sandi, during this busy time of year. Now I'm off to visit these lovely bloggers! xo Deborah

  21. Thank you for hosting, Sandi. I missed last week's party so I entered two this week. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family..Merry Christmas..Judy

  22. Hi Sandi! Thanks so much for mentioning my Christmas Brunch post! I'm really glad you liked it and my three-tiered tray...I found it at my addiction (Homegoods). Your pictures this week are extra lovely, especially the little drummer boy tea photo.

  23. I was a bit slow getting to your blog party this week. What wonderful participants you have. I will definitely be checking out all these blogs. Your Little Drummer Boy figurine is adorable. Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year, and I pray you and your family have a joy-filled Christmas!

  24. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones too Sandi!

  25. Sandi, your scones look scrummy! I really must take the time to stir up and drizzle on a little almond icing next time. I always find something lovely here to inspire me.

  26. It's nice to see what people do for the they decorate. Sandi, wishing you a beautiful weekend. From my heart to yours. :)


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