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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, 11 November 2019

No Place Like Home Resumes Tomorrow

Dear friends, No Place Like Home will resume tomorrow.

The photo above is of the Remembrance Day service at our Charlottetown cenotaph this morning, taken by Island photographer, Michele Lawlor.

Today we remember our heroes for their sacrifice and service. God bless them all!

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 4 November 2019

That Little Red Headed Girl for "No Place Like Home"

Home is where friendships are formed and families are grown;
Where joy is shared and true love is known;
Where memories are made and seeds of life are sown. 

This is the place that people call home. ~ Author unknown

Hello my lovely friends! Welcome to No Place Like Home! As I mentioned last week, I am hosting this meme until the week of December 16. It is an exciting time of year when most of us are busy preparing for the Holidays and I thought now would be a wonderful time to host this party. There is lots of baking and decorating going on, so let's share away! 

 My post today is about "That Little Red Headed Girl" we all call Anne. She is my guest today and I hope you will join us.

Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world. ~ Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
This Anne was my last Christmas present from my father as he passed away a few months later. I cherish her just as I cherish my memories of my daddy. 

Anne has always been one character in whom I have felt a kindred spirit. I'm sure it comes from being a lonely child growing up because my family moved around so much, thus making friends very difficult.

Anne and I both possessed a lot of scope for imagination as children. A great deal of time was spent daydreaming about silly romantic notions although it proved to be beneficial, as our way of expressing ourselves. She couldn't help but express herself verbally, whereas I liked to write my thoughts down on paper. And in case some of you may not know; Anne's character was based upon Lucy Maud Montgomery's life. 

Anne is standing next to a beautiful ceramic pumpkin piece that Bernideen sent me many years ago when I had won her give-away. Isn't it lovely? The table topper beneath was also a part of the give away. 

I always receive compliments on this pumpkin but soon the pumpkins will be going away to make room for all the Christmas pretties. So I thought I would make it a part of my setting today. Anne certainly approves! 

This pumpkin holds a surprise! When you lift the cover, you will see this lovely message inside. 

I have served many treats inside this pumpkin; mini cheesecakes, butter tarts, even sandwiches, but today I am serving mincemeat tarts and a few squares.

I know Anne would have a twinkle in her eye to sit at tea and enjoy these goodies from such a whimsical dish. 

I believe I could be a model child if I were just invited out to tea every day. ~ Anne of Green Gables 

I am using my Friendly Village china today. November is here and it's the perfect month to bring it out. 
Each piece of Friendly Village depicts a scene from our past; an ice house, a covered bridge, a school house, among other things. A truly old-fashioned pattern which suggests a life of hard work yet such wonderful sentiment. I thought this china perfect for my tea with Anne as she would have been familiar with many of these buildings in her day. 

The story Anne of Green Gables, written by our beloved author Lucy Maud Montgomery, was first published in 1908 and has since been read and treasured by millions of readers all over the world. Anne is our most famous celebrity here on the Island and she draws folks from all over the world every year. 
"Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive- it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half as interesting if we know all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?" ~ Anne of Green Gables 

Mark Twain once said of Lucy Maud Montgomery's writings, "The sweetest creation of childlife yet written." 

Those of you who have never seen the 1985 Kevin Sullivan TV series starring Megan Follows, I highly recommend it! You are in for a real treat! It is the most endearing and best version of Anne of Green Gables you will ever see. 

Megan Follows in Anne of Green Gables (1985)
courtesy of the internet

I hope you have enjoyed having tea with Anne and me. If you have a post you would like to add to my party, just let me know in a comment and I will add your website/post to my party. I will not have the thumbnail linky set up as it's only for a short time. Please share anything that is home related but no advertisements or Esty items. Everything that makes your home more enjoyable to come home to, for your family, your friends, and yourself. 

Posts including artwork, antiques, baking and cooking, collections, china, crafting, decorating, knitting, quilting, tea time, etc...all are welcome.
Thank you so much for coming 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 

Blogs joining the party:
This Beautiful Life

Closed Doors, Open Windows
Kitty's Kozy Kitchen
The Legacy of Home
Thelma's Days
Mrs. T's Christmas Kitchen
Tea in the Valley
A Debbie-Dabble Christmas
Delightful Repast

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Would You Like to Have a Party?

October was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields sunned themselves in aftermaths. ~ Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

Hello dear friends!
This was our maple tree out in our front yard two weeks ago. Alas, it is bare once again and I mourn the lost leaves which gave us some privacy here in our neighbourhood. Our Fall doesn't last long and  this year has been quite cool. The high winds have stripped bare our trees of their leaves and now they await the winter to set in. 

I have been nursing a head cold for the past week and I am just starting to feel better again. Hubby caught it first and he was kind enough to give it to me. Thankfully, we're both feeling a bit better.

I also had a bit of a scare over the past six weeks. Back in 2003, I had a needle biopsy that led to a lumpectomy which thankfully turned out to be a benign tumour. When I went in for my scheduled two year mammogram last month, something showed up again. I had to go back in and have more x-rays done. As it turns out, I am fine, but I have to go back in again next year for another mammogram. They just want to make sure all is well. 

My best friend died from breast cancer which is why I am such an advocate for Breast Cancer Research and Awareness. I try to do at least one post every October to remind you dear ladies to take care of yourselves. Please get your mammogram and Think Pink!

Our grandson is celebrating his sixteenth birthday on Thursday. It is hard to believe! We watched him grow from an adorable baby into a little boy who loves critters just like his Dad, to a young man who is full of personality and is very musical. This comes as no surprise really as we are a musical family.
He loves his music and he loves to play guitar. He says he would like to take piano too. He started a worship band at his church and he is also taking voice lessons. We are so proud of him but we miss him because he is living in Ontario now. 
This photo I took last summer when he was home for a visit and he played some music for us. Happy Birthday, Brent! What a fine young man you are!

Pretty posies to enjoy when I was sick last week; my favourite rose, white with a hint of blush.

In my last post I hinted at something I had been thinking about and today I will share it with you. 
Like so many of you, I am finding blogging a bit challenging these days. I have been thinking about this for quite some time now and I don't know whether to say good-bye to blogging or keep it up and go in another direction. 

Slowly, all of my favourite blog parties have closed down, including my own three. Yes, those of you who are just getting to know me, I have hosted three different parties over the years. Mine were shut down for health reasons and now, I have discovered it is costly to have the link-up parties. So, I got to thinking, why not have another party/meme using the format I used ten years ago? That is, those of you who would like to join in may leave your blog address in a comment and I will add it to my party. I thought I would run the party from November 4 to December 16, when we are all planning for the Holidays and we all have something to share. I will bring back my old party button, "No Place Like Home" and you may share your tea time, tablescapes, holiday decor, cooking and baking, holiday crafts, etc., whatever pertains to your home. 

We will see how that goes and if there is enough interest perhaps I will keep it going for a while.
What do you think? Let me know and I'll go from there.

Thank you for your visit. I hope your Fall is beautiful where you are and I wish you a safe and happy week! I will leave you with this little tidbit.

Life is like a mirror; we get the best results when we smile at it. ~ author unknown

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Thanksgiving Treats and Being Thankful

A good life is when you smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you are for what you have. ~ unknown

Good morning ladies! This is what Thanksgiving is all about; counting your blessings. I have so many and I thank God every day for them.

It is not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, which is the true measure of our Thanksgiving. ~ unknown

I have been incredibly busy the past week. Hubby and I just cleaned out twenty-four years worth of stuff from our basement. That included old furniture, things our boys left behind when they moved out, and things long forgotten that were tucked away into boxes and an old chest of drawers. You know what I mean? 

As much as it was a trial to clean out all the junk, a lot of those things represented many happy years with our boys. Their certificates and report cards, a rocking horse my father had built, building blocks he had made for our youngest son, and birthday cards were among some of the found items. We even came across our youngest son's sheets of music and notes from his piano lessons. Some of these items we will save for when they come home and they can take them back with them.

It was a big job separating everything into what would go into the big dumpster in our driveway, donations to the Missions store, and things that would be given new life again. Our grandson came over one evening and helped his grandfather carry out the heavy objects like furniture and an old TV set. He was such a big help! We are thankful for his helping hands!

Boy, does it ever feel good going down there now and being able to walk in and not trip over something! But you know, the strangest feeling came over me when they hauled it all away. That dumpster held so many memories and some of which had been precious things, that I almost cried. Does that make sense to you? I am such a sentimentalist!
Memories are timeless treasures of the heart. ~ unknown

My back and hips have taken a beating however. I could hardly walk on Monday morning which was Thanksgiving. I did manage to bake some goodies on the weekend and on Monday morning in spite of it all.

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. ~ William Arthur Ward

Our Island family decided to meet at a favourite restaurant and have our meal together there which was nice because I didn't have to cook. We all came back here to enjoy the treats afterwards. 
On the menu was pumpkin pie, of course. I had made seven balls of pastry, most of which went into the freezer. I saved two for the pies I was baking. But for some strange reason, the pastry would not cooperate with me that morning and with frustration, I threw it out. I think I was just too tired and too sore to fiddle with it. I believe that is the very first time I've ever had trouble rolling out my pastry for pie plates. Anyway, instead of two lovely pies, I made one big crustless pie. That's Ok. Add a dollop of whipped cream and no one complained. Less calories too. *winks*

I also made a war cake on the weekend which is delicious any time of year but especially right now, smeared with butter. If you would like this recipe, you may find it here

And I made an apple upside down cake with a warm brown sugar sauce poured over it. Here is the recipe if you would like to try it. Click the link.  Apple Upside Down Cake
Some wanted coffee while others preferred tea.

I used mostly my Johnson Bros. Old Britain Castles and Skye McGhie Cream Lace for serving.

Everyone enjoyed the goodies and Thanksgiving was a wonderful day spent with my son and his family.

Now, I am trying to take it easy and relish a job well done and a nice day spent with our family. My hubby worked for five days getting the basement cleaned up and tidy. His boss arranged for him to have a week off for which we were very thankful. It would have been difficult to do this otherwise.

Next week I will post an idea I have been toying with. Till then, thank you for visiting and have a lovely rest of the week.

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. ~ Maya Angelou

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 14 October 2019

A Pink Thanksgiving Post

Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn. ~ Elizabeth Lawrence

Welcome to Tea Time and Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends! 

The picture above was taken near my home a couple of years ago. I love the look of leaves on the ground and the sound of them crunching beneath my feet. 

This last rose of the season is blooming sweetly at the very top of one of my bushes. I think it's happy up there because the frost hasn't touched it. I don't think I have ever had a rose bloom this late in the year before.
There are a few rose hips too. 

I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Today's tea has a little autumn inspiration. A pumpkin, or rather pumpkins, and some sparkly leaves set the tone. My coffee pot, cream and sugar are what I'm using today.
A friend is the sugar bowl in the tea party of life;
Sweet and satisfying to the soul. ~

The mark on the bottom of the pot, sugar bowl, and creamer

This is my hubby's favourite 'teapot' which is really a coffee pot.

I think it's the shape he likes more than anything. I found this at our Anne of Green Gables Store several years ago.
I will likely be using the October Cosmos teacup throughout the month.
The two top teacups, Serena and Lady Carlyle, are Royal Albert as most of you know and the bottom one is made by Aynsley.

I love vintage silverware. This pie server is made in England. I found it in an antique shop several years ago.

Vintage tea spoons...

Pumpkin pie is on the menu today. Can't get enough of it as it's one of my favourites.

Happiness is sharing tea and a slice of pie with friends.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Please take care of yourself and be sure to get a mammogram.

Three more weeks and October will be over then the Christmas decorations will be going up. I am already thinking ahead to the Holidays. Have you ever seen a year fly by so fast?

Thank you for visiting today and have a beautiful day everyone! This is mostly a repost because my hubby and I have been very busy cleaning out our basement and twenty-four years of stuff. I will be back later this week with a new post.

We gather together 
This time of the year
To thank God for blessings...
For joy and for tears.

Lord help us to know

What it means to forgive
And how to be thankful
Each day that we live.

So keep us in mind, Lord,

We're thankful to Thee
To live and to work
In the land of the free.
Excerpt from a poem on the front of our church bulletin

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Coffee Cake Muffins

It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life. ~ JRR Tolkien

Hello everyone! Our little Island is still dealing with the aftermath of Dorian and there is debris and fallen trees everywhere. Everyone is working hard to get things back to normal. However, as of this week, power has been restored to the whole Island which is good news!

We live a simple life here. We are an island that opens our doors to tourists and other visitors and in the summertime, there is an influx of folks coming to soak up the sun and the festivities that PEI offers. It is a little paradise really and we love our lives here. When there is a disaster such as we suffered a week ago, we all pull together and support one another.

Having said all of that, I pray we don't have another storm like Dorian for many, many years!

Today I'm sharing my Coffee Cake Muffins recipe as some of you asked me to share it. This recipe comes from the "Company's Coming" cookbook which I have had for years.

Coffee Cake Muffins
1-1/2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Put flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center.

Beat butter, sugar and egg together well. Mix in milk and vanilla. Pour into well. Stir to moisten. Spoon part of the batter into greased muffin tins 1/3 full. Sprinkle spice mix over top. Spoon rest of batter over the top filling 2/3 full. Bake in 400 degree F oven for 20 to 25 minutes. I usually bake them for about twenty-one minutes. You will have to use your own discretion depending on your oven. Yield: 12 muffins.

Spice Mix
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 TBSP flour
1 tsp cinnamon
In a small bowl combine all ingredients. Stir together well. Sprinkle it over batter as directed above.

I should have taken a muffin and cut it in half so you could see the streusel inside but Hubby left not a one for me to show you. So, you will have to take my word for it. These are very good and are a lovely accompaniment to your tea or coffee. A simple little treat to enjoy even in the lunch box. Enjoy!

Have a lovely week, dear friends, and thank you for stopping by.

Life is like a camera...
Focus on what's important
Capture the good times
Develop from the negatives
And if things don't work out,
Take another shot. ~ author unknown

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

We Survived. Now Let's Have Tea!

Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshine are hard to beat. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder 

Hello dear ones! Well, we survived Dorian but it was a bit hair raising to say the least! They say it was the worst storm we've had here since Hurricane Juan in 2003. As a post-tropical storm, Dorian's strong winds and heavy rain covered a larger area. The result was much heavier rain and more wide-spread destructive winds on PEI compared to Juan in 2003.

Three of a dozen dear little gold finches at the feeder two days before the storm arrived. I had to snap the picture from inside the house and zoom in between the spindles on the deck. I am using my son's zoom in lens for this picture otherwise, it wouldn't have turned out well.

My yellow begonia before the storm. It also survived because we put it in a safer place before the storm hit.

We fared very well compared to Nova Scotia and especially those poor folks down in the Bahamas. All around us, people lost their power but we didn't. Nor did our basement flood which we were afraid of. Nor did we lose our beautiful maple tree out in the front yard or the trees in our back yard.  But some folks up the street lost some trees. There is destruction all over the Island so I know Someone above was looking out for us!

Cavendish, which is part of our National Park, lost 80% of their trees and there is tree damage at the sight of where LM Montgomery grew up. The storm is over but cleanup will take weeks all over our beautiful Island.

There is not one blade of grass, there is no colour in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice. ~ John Calvin

At 1:15 am on Sunday morning, the wind banging the back of the house where our bedroom is and the lights flickering off and on woke me up. I couldn't get back to sleep after that so I laid there and prayed for protection on our home and our neighbourhood. No one in our neighbourhood lost their power but the neighbourhood on the next highway over did. Our son lost his power for a while so we had them over for coffee and muffins the next morning. 

Some are still without power here on the Island and many damaged properties could take up to a year before they are attended to! 

I believe with all my heart that God protected us because of all the prayers that went up. Thank you to all of you who prayed for us! I was so worried about our basement flooding and our trees coming down but nothing like that happened on our property and I am so thankful!

We have a meteorologist in the family who updated me all through the storm so I knew exactly what was going on before, during, and after Dorian moved on. 

Saturday morning, before Dorian arrived, I had baked some muffins for my hubby just in case we were without power for a few days. Sunday morning we shared them with my son whose birthday was that day and he was without power. They were thankful for hot coffee and muffins that morning!

The muffins actually went over so well that I baked more today. I had not made these muffins before and they are coffee cake muffins with the streusel inside of them. Yum!

A few months ago, I found a new teacup that goes with my Johnson Brothers Devon Cottage china. I said I would share it with you and here it is. 

The cup matches the teapot and the saucer matches the dessert plate which makes it a very pretty set.

The teacup by the teapot is Royal Homes of Britain made by Enoch Wedgwood.

The cup is not a fancy one but it is comfortable to hold and I love that the cup and saucer differ in their pattern.

I am not on the hunt for teacups any longer as I will have to down size in a few years so I'm trying to be smart about collecting. However, I didn't have the matching teacup and saucer to Devon Cottage so how could I resist? I do have a couple of matching coffee mugs though.

That's my update and my share for this week. Thank you for your visit and I pray all is well where you are. Have a lovely rest of the week and weekend!

PS~ I have had a few requests for the muffin recipe so I will share that soon. Thank you everyone!

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Friday, 6 September 2019

Please Pray for Us This Weekend!

Dear blogger friends,

I have an urgent prayer request. 
Hurricane Dorian is racing up the coast of the US and is heading in our direction this weekend. Hurricane force winds, 75 to 100+ mm of rain causing flooding, and power outages are expected with this storm. 

The birds have been very busy the past few days at the feeders. However, there hasn't been a bird in sight today so that is a clear sign that something is up.

Prince Edward Island, where I live, as well as Carolyn of Aiken House and Gardens blog, and the Atlantic provinces have not had this magnitude of storm in many years. Please pray for our safety and the protection of our homes and properties. I also just heard from Thelma of Thel's Kitchen in the Gaspe, Quebec, and they are also in the path of this storm. So please pray for them as well.

Please continue to pray for those in the Bahamas. Their devastation is heartbreaking! We have young people here who go to our church and UPEI who have not been able to touch base with family members in the Bahamas. So sad!

Hopefully, I will be back soon with a new post.

Thank you so much for caring and for praying. The Lord bless you all!

This lovely Hibiscus plant was gifted to me in memory of my mother last month when she passed.

"Lord, give me an open heart to find You everywhere, to glimpse the heaven enfolded in a bud, and to experience eternity in the smallest act of love." ~ Mother Teresa 

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi