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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Tea Time Tuesday

Teapot is on, the cups are waiting,
Favourite chairs anticipating,
No matter what I have to do,
My friend, there's always time for you. ~ Author unknown


Hello ladies and welcome to my first Tea Time in February.

I hope you are all making plans to join me next week, February 13th for my Valentines Day Tea. You are all invited to join me.
I look forward to seeing all your pink, red, and heart inspired tea things. 

Maybe you would like to prepare something special for the occasion and share the recipe. 

Do you like pretty things? I do and I enjoy looking for  beauty in the little things in my life.  

I'm one of those gals who likes to stop and smell the roses.

I enjoy watching a butterfly flutter by and I love listening to the birdies sing! I love fireflies and moonlit nights and gentle lacy-edged waves lapping on the shore.

"Live your life while you have it. Life is a splendid gift - there is nothing small about it." ~ Florence Nightingale

Today's tea is a share of some of the little things that bring me pleasure;  like roses, pretty teacups, birdhouses, and books.

Tea books in particular, I enjoy, like this one I won from Linda @ Friendship Tea.

"The Twelve Teas of Friendship" is a delightful hard covered book by Emilie Barnes with beautiful artwork by Susan Rios. It includes a collection of twelve themed teas, wonderful recipes, and facts about tea and friendship. I am enjoying it so much!

Thank you Linda. If you haven't met Linda then please do pay her a visit. She always has something interesting to share about tea and other subjects.

I love this vintage teacup by Royal Albert which is now out of production. I found it in a thrift shop last summer. It is Old English Rose and it has a lovely shape and handle.

The lovely plate beneath the teacup is Limoges, a gift from my Aunt Judy.

The darling birdhouse was a Christmas gift from my youngest son.

It is important to surround yourself with lovely things that bring you pleasure.

Happiness is sharing tea with a friend.

In the winter time I often get a hankering for comfort food and this Old Fashioned Rice Pudding hits the spot.

When my dad moved the family to Prince Edward Island, we lived at a lovely Christian lady's home while we were getting settled. She was a fabulous cook and my brother and I could hardly wait for meal times.
One dessert became a favourite of mine; her Old Fashioned Rice Pudding upon which she used to pour a hot Brown Sugar Sauce.

When I got married I decided to make it the same way.  

A creamy Rice Pudding made with plump raisins and dried cranberries, cinnamon and nutmeg, served in a pretty bowl with  Brown Sugar Sauce poured over it. Yum! And there are no calories. Ha!

On a cold winter's day, a hot cup of tea and a bowl full of pudding are just the thing. Curl up with a good book or magazine in front of the fire and enjoy a few minutes of respite.  

"Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the
fire: it is the time for home." ~ Edith Sitwell

Savour each little moment.

"This the day which the Lord has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it." ~ Psalm 118:24 

Do you have a favourite teacup/teapot or mug you would like to share? I would love to see it! If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too: hot apple cider, hot chocolate, lemonade, iced tea/coffee, punch. No alcoholic beverages please.
The TTT button on my sidebar is available for you to use in your post or place on your sidebar if you wish. A poem, tea quote, or scripture verse would be more than welcome! Please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Simply Sweet and L.A.C.E.
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Table Top Tuesday
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tea Party Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Tea Cup Thursday
Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Hi Sandi, Your tea cup and plate are beautiful. They look like they were made for each other! The rice pudding looks awesome too. Have a wonderful week!

  2. Dear Sandi,
    Congratulations for winning the sweet book. It looks really interesting and where wouldn't it be better than at your house. The cups look both gorgeous. I love the Limoges pattern. It was copied by many manufacturers. And the rice pudding looks so tempting. Virtual it has certainly no calories.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  3. Hi Sandi! I just got out a rice pudding recipe to make today! I love the Royal Albert teacup and the plate is a great go-with! Have a wonderful week!

  4. Hello Sandi, your Valentine's tea party is beautiful. I love the teacup you chose today. I never liked rice pudding as a child but now that I'm a grown up (lol) I think I should try it again. Your's looks so delicious! Thanks for hosting. I'll be linking up later on. Blessings, Pamela

  5. Such a lovely table vigniette. Everything looks so beautiful together.

    The rice pudding looks SO GOOD!!!

    Thank you for a wonderful link party, Sandi.

  6. Hello Sandi, This post makes me think of my mother - she loved rice pudding - you've set a lovely tea table - friendship is a definitely a gift from God - I hope we can have tea parties -and chocolate! - in Heaven!
    Thanks for hosting,
    God Bless,

  7. Sandi, thank you for sharing your lovely blog! Just got back to blogging myself, and was so glad to find yours!

  8. Forty three days until spring! Can't wait!

    Congrats on the win! I love rice pudding but I haven't had it in 20 years. My gramma made it so good!


  9. Hello Sandi
    I thoroughly enjoy our weekly tea gatherings, it's almost like a group of ladies coming together for a quilting bee.
    We like many of the same things, our home has many birds and birdhouses too but your pink birdhouse with the beads is the prettiest by far.
    The book you won from Linda is charming, I have a few that were recommended by Bernideen and Angela.
    I'm been thinking about what I can do for our special tea next week, I did bring a few baking things with me.
    My mother made rice pudding but we didn't have a yummy sauce on top, I'll have to try this.

  10. Thank you Dear One for sharing this beautiful post with A Return to Loveliness - I appreciate you
    God Bless,

  11. Sandi I agree, one should surround themselves with pretty things. I'm sure that's why God created flowers and all the beauty in nature.

    You certainly have surrounded yourself with lovely things today. The teacup and plate are gorgeous! The bird house is so the beading around the roof top.

    Happy tea time!

  12. What a beautiful tea party you are having. Everything looks so lovely. I will have to check that book out. I just adore Susan Rios Paintings so the book must be as beautiful inside as the cover looks,not too mention all the tea things to find out about.

  13. I always enjoy your posts, Sandi, as there is something so calming and soothing about them. The rice pudding with the sauce...mmm, wish I could have a bite!!

  14. Visiting from Simply Sweet and how Simply Sweet are your tea cups and yummy rice of my favorites! I have never had brown sugar sauce...sounds interesting!

  15. Hi, this is my first time linking up for Tea Time Tuesday. Your teacup, saucer, and book are all very lovely. I love rice pudding. My Aunt use to make such a yummy recipe. I have never heard of the brown sugar sauce. Do you share recipes? I would love to have it. Thanks for hosing!

  16. Hi Sandi! You've gathred some sweet things here. That teacup is beautiful! I never find any in thrift shops. And your little bird cage is adorable!

  17. I love that tea cup, so pretty.
    Thye rice pudding looks great too.

  18. Oh Sandi, how sweet your teacup and entire vignette is! I love the small bowl with the rice pudding. Lovely. Thank you for hosting and happy Valentine's.

  19. I love roses especially on teacups. HAVE THE OLD COUNTRY ROSES COLLECTION. Drop by my blog and enter my giveaway.

  20. Hello Sandi,
    Thank you for hosting Teatime Tuesday again. I always look forward to seeing your blog and the others along with a cup of tea!
    Your rose teacup and saucer is so beautiful and must be a joy to use.
    Have a wonderful week,

  21. I love the Old English Rose teacup. That was an awesome find! Your plate is gorgeous too!

  22. Sandi ... I'm starting to see the lure of roses (my Father was brilliant at growing them)on china, it's so easily incorporated with others. Your set is most lovely...

    You have described a wonderful afternoon. Thank you for bringing together a great group of ladies!! xo HHL

  23. P.S. Sandi ... the first entry #25 didn't work. Sorry .. about that.xo HHL

  24. Hi Sandi!!! Your cups of choice this week are so pretty - I have loved that style for a long time and need to just pull the trigger and make one my own soon! That book is certainly perfect for you that is for sure. I think the rice pudding looks so yum too - have a super week Sandi - hope you cont to feel well.

  25. Hi Sandi: Count me in on your party next week. Looking forward to it. Your post today is beautiful. Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Martha

  26. Sandi,
    Hi! Thank you for hosting. I've always liked rice pudding. Pat

  27. Hi Sandi~
    Have not had rice pudding in YRS! SOunds good. LOVE your pretty photos. Have a great week~

  28. Sandi your rice pudding with brown sugar sauce sounds wonderful! We usually have cream with ours, but my hubby would love your sauce!
    He likes brown sugar on most things, lol!
    I think your gold-rimmed cup and plates are very beautiful and look great with the sweet little birdhouse.
    The book looks like a lovely read :-)
    Thanks for linking up, dear Sandi.
    You are a blessing!

  29. Hi Sandi! What a lovely tea time tuesday post as usual! congrats on winning the sweet book, i love that book too, lovely illustrations inside and what a gorgeous teacup from your aunt, the rice pud looks so yummy, i'm craving for one right now! thank you for hosting and sharing tea time tuesday!


  30. I love rice pudding but haven't had it in quite awhile, now you have me thinking about it. May need to make some soon, have never had the brown sugar sauce. Do you share recipes? I'm having a Valentine Love Story linky party this week, would love to have you stop by and if you have time, share your own love story. Warm Hugs,

  31. Hello Sandi, your tea cup trio is gorgeous! I love that pattern.
    My husband is a fan of rice pudding and so I was facinated to read about the Christian woman who befriended you and cooked for you. Brown sugar sauce on the rice pudding sounds like something hubby would love to try. Would you mind sharing the recipe?
    Congratulations on winning the lovely book too!
    I have joined in your tea party today as I actually have tea in my cup for once! Lol!

  32. Sandi, I always come to your blog on Tuesday and enjoy your post! The raisin rice pudding is a winner for a winter dessert! I love Royal Albert and all the shapes and patterns they have made over the years. This is one of my favorites with the georgeous roses. The pretty roses theme in your tablescape is perfect for February. The bird is just so cute! The book will be so enjoyable to read while sipping a cup of tea! Happy Valentine's Day! Pam

  33. Dear Sandi - It IS important to surround yourself with lovely things that bring you pleasure. This is one reason why I love our Tuesday teatimes so much - taking a quickie break to surround myself with loveliness - renewing heart and mind in beauty the way the Lord intended.

    Joy to you!

  34. Hi Sandi,
    I love that pattern-I have a friend that has a whole china cabinet full of ti and all I have is one small plate.
    I love rice pudding-especially the kind with no calories!

    Thank you for hosting again.


  35. Delicious, delectable and D'Loverly... I love your gorgeous tea setting ...I have it in black .. but adore the white and red too... It also comes with a golden tone... OH MY .. too many pretty teatime things ( ha Ha) ...Everytime I see your desserts and food I swoon ( Yum Yum) ... My mother makes rice pudding .. so it's a real favourite. Fabulous book ... I will be browsing for it ...Looks wonderful...Delightful Post....HUGS

  36. Nice post, Sandi!! You touched on almost all of my favorites...tea, roses(flowers), birdhouses, butterflies, and books...great minds think alike :). Enjoy your tea time!!

    In His Lo♥e, Ann

  37. Hi Sandi,

    You are the luckiest lady in blogland, winning such beautiful things! What a gorgeous teacup and perfectly suited for Valentine's.

    Thank you for hosting this lovely gathering. It took me awhile to figure out how to finally link up, but now that I have, well, I am hooked! Hehe

    I look forward to our teas...I hope you are feeling better today! You always leave such nice comments on my blog. They make my day! Thank you again.


  38. Good morning to you dear .. I'm also fond of a collection of cups and teapots .. this time one thing I have in mind is shown a plate rack to display all kinds of dishes .. Kisses ..

  39. Hello Sandi,
    Pretty, pretty , pretty post.
    The china you chose is beautiful, but my favourite thing this week is your georgeous bird house...
    Love your dessert!!
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  40. I love the book! Beautiful tea party. And the rice pudding looks yummy

    Jocelyn @


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