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Monday, 21 May 2012

Tea Time Tuesday

"Serenity is a solitary cup of tea; pleasure is sharing it with another." ~ Victoria magazine

Welcome my friends to Tea Time Tuesday!
I hope you all enjoyed a lovely weekend. We Canadians are celebrating Victoria Day today; our first long weekend of the Summer. Barbecuing and visiting the garden centers is always part of the long weekend for us as well as Hubby cleaning out the flower beds.

We are having such a nice turn-out every week here at Tea Time! You all have such lovely posts to share and it is always my pleasure to visit you. It's wonderful to find so many kindred spirits! Welcome to my new Followers too. I am so pleased to have you join me!

May has been a very busy month for us! We have been celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, and Mother's Day.

A couple of weeks ago, my sweet hubby celebrated a birthday so I made him his favourite apple pie because he doesn't much care for cake.

I used Granny Smith and Gala apples mixed with some brown  sugar, a wee bit of flour, cinnamon, and a dusting of nutmeg. I dotted it with butter before covering it with the top pie crust.

Mmm, fresh baked apple pie!

I set the table with my pretty Johnson Bros. Rose Chintz china and we enjoyed a slice of pie after our dinner.

An intimate table set for two.

I used the topiary I had made a few weeks ago as a centerpiece.

Spring water with a bit of lemon in pretty pink goblets which my aunt and uncle brought over to me on their last visit.

A closeup of the place setting... A dinner plate, salad plate, and bread and butter plate all sit on a rose coloured charger, pulling it altogether.  A pearl studded napkin ring adds a bit of charm to the cream coloured damask napkin.
I am so glad that my hubby doesn't mind florals and pink! He just cares about the food and the company! *smiles*

Johnson Bros. Rose Chintz is a design which celebrates the return of the vintage floral style. Don't you agree that this pretty pattern creates a feeling of nostalgia? I love the pink roses and periwinkles on the traditional ivory background!  
This romantic china conjures up images of beautiful tapestries and allows me to induge myself in a quintessentially English tea table.

I have used my mother's vintage silverware which was a wedding gift from my grandparents. Evening Star by Oneida. 

I love the Rose Chintz butter dish which my auntie gave me from her set.

Hubby likes his pie warm with vanilla ice cream and I prefer mine  plain or with cheese. Sometimes I like a dollop of whipped cream on the side.

Hubby loves his apple pie! The lighting made the crust appear darker than it really is. Would you like a slice?

And how about some tea? 

"May your life always be like a pot of tea...overflowing to warm the soul." ~ An Irish Blessing

Tea is ready in my Rose Chintz teapot. I am serving Bigelow Cranberry Apple.  Don't you love the spray of flowers inside the cup? There is a rosebud about to blossom and two wee periwinkles.

I always drink my tea black. How about you?

"There is a great deal of poetry and fine sentiment in a chest of tea." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I love my Rose Chintz! It is such a romantic pattern.

I hope you don't get tired of seeing it. I try not to share it too often but oh, I love it so! If you have never read the story about how I acquired such a fondness for this china, you can read all about it here.

The first quote in my post today was taken from Victoria TeaTime Bliss magazine.

This magazine is a favourite of mine because it is simply filled with beautiful photos, recipes, and all of my favourite tea quotes. If you don't already have it then I strongly recommend you get one. I believe it is on display until the 28th of May.

"Rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you." ~ 2 Corinthians 13:11

I am happy to see all your tea things, whether you have shared them before or not. This tea party is all about sharing your joy of tea time and any thoughts you might have on the subject. And for the summer months, I would love to see your teacups and teapots indoors as well as out in the garden, at the beach, on a park bench, etc... Also I would enjoy seeing your teacup and teapot crafts as well as recipes and any stories you might have to share about tea time. So, let's have fun this summer with our teas. Get out there and be as creative, fancy, or as laid back as you wish!

I am delighted you have stopped by for a visit today. Your presence always make my tea party that much more special! Do you have a favourite teacup/teapot or mug that you would like to share with us today? I would love to see it and I'm sure others would too!

If you wish, you may do coffee instead of tea or the following is acceptable too:
Hot Apple Cider
Hot Chocolate
Iced tea or iced coffee
Punch in a lovely bowl.
No alcoholic beverages please.

The Tea Time Tuesday 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! To be sure everyone has a visit, it would be nice if you visited the participant before and after your name.

Inlinkz is available below for you to sign up for my tea party.

As a courtesy, please link back to me so your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Home Sweet Home
Heart and Home
A Return to Loveliness
Table Top Tuesday
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea in the Garden
Tea Cup Thursday

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. When I look into your blog, it feels like I sit down and share a cup of tea with you. It is common to those I blog I visit is to offer a lot of heat and genorisitet. Apple pie is so good. I hope I can soon make rhubarb pie. The plant needs a few weeks to grow. Your tea set is so beautiful. Through blogs, I discovered a whole new world of different patterns on porcelain. Chintz is one of my favorites. Especially with roses. I wish you a great week! Zinnia

  2. Sandi:
    Your post and photos reflect a great deal of thought and time! Thank you for another beautiful post on this Teatime Tuesday!

  3. Dear Sandi,
    your tea post is every tuesday very special. To keep on old inherited things has the advantage that everything matches perfect. Your Chintz pattern goes so well with the Oneida flatware. And your topiary is always amazing. I am sure your husband was happy with this delicious cake. It made my mouth watering. I would like to have my tee just black with a wee bit sugar or a dash lemon juice. Thank you for having me for tea.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  4. Your tea time is lovely. Pie looks yummy too! I could use a cup of that tea right now! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  5. Hello Sandi,
    This is one of my favorite chintz patterns you share - I hope some day to find it! I love setting intimate tablesettings for me and Dearest - he would LOVE your apple pie! We were at my sister's house this weekend - her friend came through saying hi - she looked at my husband and said, My! You're just a big teddy bear aren't you! Yep! And he's mine! Thank you for sharing your sweet tablesettings and tea moments with us - always a Delight! I appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness and hosting!

  6. Hi Sandi, I love your tablescape and the apple pie is....well all I can say is I'm not letting my husband near your blog to see it........nuff said??! Joan

  7. My this is gorgeous, so dreamy as always - the apple pie smells great from here! Enjoy your week and thank you for sharing a cup of tea!

  8. Hello Sandi
    I didn't get around to posting for this week's tea but would sure love a slice of your apple pie (with cheese please) to have with some tea.
    As a matter of fact, we were at the garden centre this morning and having BBQ for dinner - typical long weekend fare as you mentioned.

  9. That pie looks delicious and I like it like your hubby does. I enjoy a bit of milk in my tea and only honey in herbal teas. What a wonderful post you have again. I always leave your blog hungry :). Hugs, Deb

  10. Hi Sandi. Always love your Rose Chintz! Your pie looks wonderful! I always opt for the streusel top pie as I have never had much success with my pie crust. Lovely post!

  11. Hi Sandi, your pie looks splendid. Especially so on the rose chintz. Olive

  12. Hi Sandi,
    Your tablesetting is so lovely. I always love to see your Rose Chintz dishes and how you arrange everything so beautifully. Your apple pie looks delicious! I always make my hubby a apple pie instead of a cake, too! His birthday is in October so there always are lots of apples. Your Moms silverware is lovely and I know how special the set is to you. Have a great week and thank you for hosting Tea Time Tuesday.

  13. I do love your Rose Chintz and those pink goblets are beautiful! Your apple pie looks so delicious.
    Have a good week! Hugs, Pamela

  14. I just adore your Rose Chintz and those pink goblets are beautiful! Your apple pie looks divine and your setting for two is romantic.

    Happy Victoria Day!
    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  15. Oh sweet lady, what a yummy apple pie, my fev pie and I also love everything with APPLES!! The dishes in chintz are lovely and your heirloom Oneida is a treasure, 4/ever. I love topiaries, I should have one. Thank you so much for hosting lovely lady, I haven't thanked you before as I am sooo busy with my grands right now. God bless you too for your prayers for our Sil.
    Have a great week.

  16. Hi Sandi, I love your Rose Chintz; your tablescape is lovely. Beautiful goblets and napkins/napkin rings as well as the china and silverware. Your photography is very well done - looks professional! Your pie looks great too. Have a wonderful week!

  17. Hi Sandi, I love your Rose Chintz; your tablescape is lovely. Beautiful goblets and napkins/napkin rings as well as the china and silverware. Your photography is very well done - looks professional! Your pie looks great too. Have a wonderful week!

  18. Sandi, I love the Rose Chintz pattern. It always reminds me of my Mom's best friend, that passed away, for it was her pattern, too. I would love to share a piece of pie and cup of tea with you! I, however, must have milk in my tea.

  19. Hi Sandi,
    It's always a pleasure to join you for teatime. Your post is as sweet as that delicious apple pie that you have made for your hubby. Thank you for hosting and Happy Belated Birthday to your dear husband!

  20. Sandi I would love a piece of your delicious apple pie. And on your beautiful china I would feel like a queen. I feel such peace and tranquility as I have come here and I know that your are truly a gentile lady in every sense of the word. Thankyou for your warm hospitality and the inspiration I feel here.


  21. I love that Rose Chintz pattern! I will be picking up a copy of Teatime Bliss too. Beautiful post.

    Susan and Bentley

  22. Sandi, All good things, tea, pie, Rose Chintz and a holiday! Thanks for hosting, Laura

  23. Hi Sandi,
    Your apple pie looks delicious. I love your Rose Chintz & tea setting. Thanks for hosting. Have a wonderful week.

  24. Everything looks wonderful..AND delicious!
    We are hoping to visit your area this summer. We own a home in Bucks Harbor Maine..not far from your area. We haven't visited for the past two years due to health problems..but are hoping to go in August.
    Your china is just beautiful!

  25. Hi Sandi,
    Your apple pie looks delicious..and ,yes I'd love to join you for Pie and a nice cup of tea in your lovely Rose Chintz tea set.
    Happy Birthday to your Husband
    Have a good Week
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  26. Hello Sandi, your tea table looks so pretty! I love the topiary you created, as well as the gorgeous shine on your mother's beautiful silverware. Your hubby must have loved that pie, it looks delicious!
    What a pleasure it would be to sit and have tea with you : )

  27. MMMMmmmmmm I just love apple pie. But only if I have vanilla ice cream with it, haha. Kidding. Looks delish!

    Your china is gorgeous and I shall never ever tire of seeing it - it is YOU, rose chintz!!!! You have so many unique pieces with it, and that butter dish your Auntie gave you is REALLY neat! So different!

    Your Momma's silver is beautiful too.

    Thanks for Shari such loveliness and for hosting such a great party, Sandi.


  28. I cannot believe that you used my two favorite apples in your pie. Granny Smith's and Galas are the only apples that I eat. Yes, I would love a piece with ice cream!!
    Your china is gorgeous and I do love that butter dish and cover. I own the Rose Chintz accent dinner plates and enjoy using them often. Great post!

  29. Hi Sandi,
    Your Rose Chintz always looks pretty and a piece of that apple pie would be perfect!

    Thank you for hosting,

  30. Sandi, Beautiful table setting. I love to see people really paying attention to the details. My husband and I make a real effort when we entertain to make the table and the meal both special for our guests. We share your love for vintage Oneida flatware.

    Amy from Oneida Ltd.

  31. Hello Sandi... your blog is so pretty, and thank you so much for your visit to mine today... love your Rose Chintz china... and that pie looks delish!... I love my apple pie warm with vanilla ice cream AND cheese on the side!... xoxo Julie Marie

  32. Sandi, I always enjoy seeing your Rose Chintz pieces.
    Your apple pie looks fabulous!
    My hubby is a pie eater rather than a cake fancier, too.
    Have a blessed week..Trish

  33. Hi Sandi,
    What a delicious looking pie!
    And a beautifully set table with your lovely rose chintz china.
    It's always a pleasure to have tea with you...
    Thanks for hosting.

  34. Just a quick hello, Sandi! The apple pie looks so delicious...that's my hubby's favorite, too. I make him an apple crisp on his birthday. And, like always, love your chintz!!

    In His Lo♥e, Ann

  35. What a beautiful table setting! I love the chintz pattern. All the china pieces are gorgeous and that apple pie looks so delicious. Thanks for sharing, Michelle

  36. Hello there dearest Sandi,

    This is such a delightful tea post as usual.., Oh my! I just love that china pattern, I always have. It's just so charmingly exquisite.

    What a lovely tribute to Queen Victoria and to Victoria day as well as to your hubby's B-day; I also love how we fellow Canadians so enjoy this coming of early summer with this long weekend as well.

    And oh my.., that homemade pie; just too yummy looking. Happy belated b-day to your hubby Sandi, I'm sure he really appreciated that apple pie that you so lovingly made for him! The topiary is darling as well.

    Glad to hear that you all enjoyed good weather for Victoria day on the Island as well.

    Thanks so much for visiting,as well as for your kind and uplifting comments for both Gail and I and especially for your heartfelt prayers for dear Gail's mother, Gillian..,

    Have a marvelous and blessed week dear lady. May God richly bless you with abundant blessings and joy also.

    Cheers, hugs and blessings from Wanda Lee

  37. HI Sandi......your post is lovely....your apple pie sure looks delicious.....your tea set is so nice
    I can see why you love it so much....have a nice weekend......rizzi

  38. What a beautiful tea table setting you've prepared, Sandi! Oh how I wish I could come visit!! Very elegant. Love the Rose Chintz and your silverware, too. I'm having a great software giveaway on my blog so please stop by and enter! Have a great holiday weekend!

    Big TX Hugs,

  39. Hi Sandi, I just love your Rose Chintz. I just have a tiny bit of it. I especially like the little butter set your auntie gave to you. Oh...the apple pie looks heavenly.
    I hope someday to have a Queen's tea on your Queen Vitoria Day. I've been collecting thing for it....someday!

  40. HI's always so pretty here....and I love the quotes you used. Wishing you an awesome Friday. Weather here is amazing. I hope it's the same in the land of Anne. Hugs to you.

  41. So so pretty. I loved seeing your vintage silver. I love using it too. Your china is so pretty. My husband loves pie for his birthday treat. He has to wait until December so I made him a strawberry/rhubarb pie yesterday. It sure made him happy.

  42. Hope your husband had a lovely birthday and enjoyed his apple pie:) I love your Rose Chintz dishes.

  43. I love a homemade apple pie. Your looks delicious! I also love your Rose Chintz.


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