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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, 6 July 2020

Daisies and Rhubarb for Tea Time

Then followed that beautiful season...Summer... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape 
Lay as if new created in all freshness of childhood. ~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Hello dear friends, I hope you all enjoyed the holiday. 

Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. ~ Luther Burbank

Since I last posted, we Canadians have celebrated Canada Day and my American family and friends have celebrated the 4th of July. 

On Canada Day, we didn't do anything exciting. All of the events were cancelled although we haven't taken anything in anyway since our kids were teenagers. There were no fireworks either so I imagine the children here were all disappointed. 

We busied ourselves cleaning up the house most of the morning. Exciting! But you know what? I'm glad we have a house to clean! 
Hubby mowed the lawn and chased squirrels and chipmunks out of the feeder while I made potato salad for supper.

Our son and his boys were invited out for the evening so Hubby and I ate our supper by ourselves. After a busy day, we were happy to spend a quiet evening, just the two of us. 

Did I mention that Hubby had chased chipmunks out of the bird feeder umpteen times that day? We always thought they were adorable until they wouldn't stay out of the feeder. Hubby was pretty frustrated by the end of the day! 
He had gotten a new bird feeder which was supposed to be "squirrel resistant." I told him it wouldn't keep the squirrels and chipmunks out. I hate always being right! *winks*

I made some muffins on Friday because it was a cooler day. I have two favourite muffin recipes; rhubarb oatmeal and coffee cake muffins. I have shared the coffee cake muffin recipe before but this one I never have. I found this in the newspaper years ago.
If you look closely, you can see the little flecks of red from the rhubarb in them. I will share the recipe at the end of this post.

These rhubarb oatmeal muffins are golden and absolutely delicious! They are the best rhubarb muffins I have ever eaten! Chunks of rhubarb and a bit of zing from the orange zest make these a real treat with your cup of tea, coffee, or iced tea.
Daisy bouquet, so fresh and pretty for summer.



I am using my vintage Royal Albert Shaftesbury cup and saucer from the Festival Collection today. It is in the Gainsborough shape and is adorned with pink and blue forget-me-nots inside and out. An adorable set in yellow made in the '70s and 80's. 

The pictures were taken in front of the patio doors and they were very dark, so I had to lighten them up quite a bit, therefore a bit of distortion in the true colour. 

I love this Gracie China birdie teapot!


Rhubarb Oatmeal Muffins
This recipe says it makes a dozen muffins but I always get fifteen out of it.

1 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2-1/2 cups flour
1-1/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 cup quick cooking oats
1 TBSP grated orange zest
1 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp salt
2 cups chopped rhubarb

In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, vanilla, and oil. In a large bowl, combine flour, oats, orange zest, soda, and salt. Make a well in the centre and pour in egg mixture, stirring just until combined. Stir in the rhubarb. Immediately spoon muffin batter into greased muffin pan/pans. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for about thirty minutes or until browned on top and firm to the touch. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then cool completely on wire rack. Store loosely covered with tin foil. Enjoy!

Thank you for visiting today and thank you for being such wonderful blogger friends. I appreciate every one of you. God bless you this coming week and remember to be thankful for all your blessings!


Gratitude ~ the quality of being thankful; the readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness. ~ unknown

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Thursday, 25 June 2020

A Few of My Favourite Things

I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

It is officially summertime and I love it! Our lawn has gone from sporting dandelions to being peppered with buttercups, clover, and devil's paintbrush. Although I don't like the name of that last wee flower, I have fond memories of them carpeting my grandmother's front yard in the summertime. There was a mix of the yellow and orange at her place. I don't see any orange here.
The flowers don't bother me at all. Hubby has to keep the lawn cut because of where we live but a week's worth of posies make the bees happy, I'm sure.

After posting my "heart to heart" story last week, I received so many lovely comments of well wishes and encouragement. I admit, a tear or two fell. My hubby was also touched by your kindness. 
Someone said that oftentimes our blog friends know us better than our "real" friends. Here, when one shares from their heart, a group of blogging friends will wrap you in their virtual embrace and you know you are cared for. It is a beautiful thing here in Blogland; like a village! The prayer support here spans a great deal of the country, both yours and mine, and sometimes, the world. Thank you, all of you; you are loved!

I have decided to do something a little different this week. Today, I am sharing some of my favourite things with a photo if I have one. I would love to hear if any of mine match up with yours. 

My favourite apparel- That has changed over the years. Before my hubby and I were married, I usually wore a dress. You know those cute little mini dresses with high boots? I used to love to dress up and but now I'm much more comfortable in jeans, a top, and sandals. And a hat, can't forget the hat! Of course when the cold weather comes, I trade in the sandals for boots or sneakers. I'm not tall and leggy like the model below and the sandals could be a little lower in the heel, but this outfit is so me!

Favourite jewelry- Besides my wedding rings, that would be earrings. I think earrings dress up any outfit. And I don't mean those long dangly ones!

My favourite colour - I love the full colour spectrum. I cannot wear black, grey, or white next to my face because of my colouring but I like it on those who can wear it. I also love red which I have in my kitchen-dining area. Red toile, that is. My grandson claims my favourite colour is white because I have so much white furniture. He's a cutie! But robin egg blue, pink, and green really are my favourite colours. They make me happiest. Below, a wall in my living room. The eagle is a piece I did years ago. Isaiah 40:31

Favourite food- I love food and I savour it. Sometimes I eat too much of it, especially bread.  A chicken dinner with all the trimmings; dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, the works, would have to be at the top although I do enjoy roast beef with Yorkshire pudding too. I haven't made that in a while because we don't eat a lot of red meat. 
I also love homemade pizza and lasagna.

Favourite 'strange' food- dulse {dried seaweed} and apparently, the best dulse comes from Atlantic Canada where I live.
Dulse contains significant levels of calcium and potassium which help your bones strengthen and become more resilient. Benefits of dulse also include helping to lower your blood pressure, improve your eye sight and improve the health of your thyroid gland.

Favourite dessert- Sticky date pudding with toffee sauce. I think I could eat pumpkin pie any time. My favourite cake is without a doubt a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

Favourite beverage- water with a slice of lemon

Favourite scent- the scent of summer wafting through open windows. I wish I could bottle it! 

Favourite place to go- the beach when I am able. You knew that, didn't you?
Once your feet have touched the warm sun drenched sand of the seashore you will never be the same. ~ Patsy Gant

Favourite flower/bouquet- There are so many flowers to love. However, roses or a bouquet of carnations/roses are my favourite. My fav colour of rose is pale blush pink or white. I like daffodils, tulips, lilacs, and lupins too.


These are my own roses, Theresa Bugnet.








I don't really have a bucket list because I don't travel any longer but if I could...
Favourite place to go visit- Charleston, South Carolina and England.
Why Charleston? After reading the tea shop mysteries by Laura Childs, I would love to experience the charm and history of this place. England of course is where some of my ancestors hailed from. My youngest son has been to Europe many times and like him, I would really appreciate seeing the architecture. He plans to visit England one day. I wish I could go with him. We would have a marvellous time!

My favourite teapot- Royal Albert Old Country Roses because it was a birthday present from my family and it was my father's favourite pattern.

Favourite china pattern- Any guesses? Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz. Loved it since I was a little girl.


Favourite songbird- Goldfinch


Favourite movie- Historical dramas, romantic comedies, and mysteries.

Favourite actor- Denzel Washington

Favourite music- worship music, hymns, old love songs by the Bee Gees, and classical. When I was music director at our church, I always mixed the music up. I chose the new songs and incorporated the hymns too. That way, you keep everyone happy. And as beautiful as some of the newer music is, there is something special and nostalgic about the old hymns we remember from childhood.


Michael W. Smith whom my son has seen every time he does a concert in Vancouver, B.C., has been a favourite for years.
I also like Robin Mark from Ireland who comes to the Island every year and puts on a concert and a worship seminar. He loves it here because he says it reminds him of Ireland. He won't be coming this year however because of the virus. Schotzy, you would love it! 
The Bee Gees; three brothers from England who composed and sang the most amazing love songs.


Favourite past time- Going to the beach when I am able. Listening to music or reading when I can't. Both music and reading transport me to a different place just as the beach does. It goes without saying that spending time with my family tops them all. Sadly, they were all coming home this summer and now they can't because of the restrictions due to covid 19. 

Favourite collection- Transferware, china, and silver tea spoons. I have collected many things over the years including rocks from around the world. A couple of blogging friends sent me rocks too. I will have to show you my rock collection one of these days.

Favourite holiday- Christmas


The Lena Liu ornament was a gift from my mother. 

Favourite season
- late Spring and Summer

This is a drive through our Victoria Park in Charlottetown. Love the trees! You can't see it but to the right is the water where the sailboats have their races.



That's it for today. Thank you for joining me and let me know if any of my favourites match your own. And don't forget to stop and smell the roses!
For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass so fresh and sweet;
For song of bird and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear and see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 


Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi