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A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday 28 March 2011

61st Tea Time Tuesday ~ A White Tea

Friends are the flowers in the garden of life. ~

Hello my dear friends and welcome to another Tea Time Tuesday! I hope you all enjoyed a lovely weekend. Our computer got infected last Friday and it made blogging very difficult on the weekend. Fortunately, last night our computer savvy son talked Hubby {long distance over the phone} through the steps to get it cleaned up. I thought perhaps Tea Time Tuesday might not be available this week but everything seems to be fine now. A big thank you to our son who knows his way around these things! It's hard to believe this is the last week of March. It's a bit cool here on the Island the last number of days but I know there are warmer days ahead. I'm happy we're heading into the month of April and I'm sure all of you are too!

I want to begin our party today by thanking everyone for taking part in last week's Spring Tea Party. You made it all the more special just by being here! Your participation was very much appreciated and you all had such lovely posts to share! Today's tea will be a bit more subdued. I have a new Skye McGhie teacup to share with you and so I invite you to have a seat and I'll pour you some tea.

Tis my faith that every flower enjoys the air it breathes. ~ William Wordsworth

I found this teacup at a garden center about a month ago. The cuts-outs on the saucer, fleur de lis, and creamy coloured teacup caught my eye right away. It's name is Pierced Lace, made of porcelain by Skye McGhie. I love the quiet elegance of it!

It has a softly crimped edge around the top and bottom of the cup itself and it has a comfortable loop handle. By the way, the spot you see on the spoon is only a reflection!

This teacup will go with most anything which is why I was drawn it. It goes wonderfully well with my other teacup, Cream Lace also made by Skye McGhie.

Aren't they pretty together?

When from our better selves we have too long been gracious, how benign, is Solitude. ~ William Wordsworth

I was leafing through the latest issue of Victoria ...

.. and came upon this layout of a gorgeous tablescape.

One photo in particular caught my eye; this sweet sherbet dish filled with lovely blossoms.

So I thought I would do a small presentation of the bouquet using my mini white carnations. It's not quite as colourful a bouquet but it will do nicely, I think. It looks like a soft cloud of blossoms and I'm somewhat surprised that my little fairy Breena hasn't shown up to light upon it! I so enjoy the spicy scent of carnations. Where do you find your inspiration?

Now, on to some refreshments....Tea is ready and I have some freshly baked blueberry-oatmeal muffins.

I have been watching my waistline lately so I have cut way back on my baking but I felt sorry for my hubby and decided to bake up some muffins for him. I don't mind sharing them with you and he doesn't mind either!

I also have some wonderful lemon curd to spread on them.

Have you ever tried lemon curd on blueberry muffins? Mmm, yummy!

I must confess that this lemon curd is not home made but if you're interested in the recipe for home made, you will find it below. Lemon curd is lovely with muffins, cake, or scones.


Grated peel of 4 lemons

Juice of 4 lemons {about a cup} Be sure to use real juice and not that from a bottle!

4 beaten eggs

1/2 cup butter cut into small pieces

2 cups white sugar

In top of double boiler, combine all ingredients. Place over simmering water and stir until sugar is dissolved. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until it is thickened and smooth. While hot, pour into sterilized canning jars. Store in a cool dry place or refrigerator. Only make as much as you will use within two weeks. Perhaps you will want to half the recipe. Yield about 1 pint

Our tea today is Earl Grey. I find Mr. Earl is always right!

To remove the sticky residue of a price tag from a teacup or saucer, gently rub it with nail polish remover.

I believe I heard a song sparrow singing outside my window the other day so that means the song birds are on their way back. I look forward to seeing and hearing them! I'm sure you do as well!

"Not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows." - Matthew 10: 29-31

The week of April 18th, I will be hosting my Easter Tea. I hope you will join me for that party too. Spring will be in full swing by that time and the bunnies and chicks will be making their appearances. Perhaps you would like to share a tea to celebrate that wonderful holiday with me.

Happiness is sharing tea with friend.

Happiness is like a butterfly which, when pursued is always beyond our grasp, but if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

Thank you for joining me for tea today. I hope you have enjoyed your visit and I would be pleased to have you participate. Simply share a favourite teacup, china mug, or teapot and tell us about it. You may do coffee, iced tea, hot chocolate, or hot apple cider if you wish instead of tea. The Tea Time Tuesday button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post if you wish. A poem, tea quote, or scripture verse would be more than welcome! Please link back to me so your visitors may find their way here and visit with all my lovely participants. The inlinkz is available for your convenience below.

Ahh, there she is! Breena and I both invite you to visit again soon for we do enjoy your company! I am also joining the following hostesses for their parties:

Kathleen~ - White Wednesday

Kathy~ - Victoria - A Return to Loveliness

Marty~ - Table Top Tuesday

Martha~ - Teacup Tuesday

Terri~ - Teacup Tuesday

Wanda Lee~ - Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

Pam~ - Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday

Wanda Lee~ - Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee

Donna~ - Tea Tuesday

Donna and Miss Spenser~ - Teacup Thursday

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi