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

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Tea Time Tuesday

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

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday, dear friends!

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend. It has been a long weekend for us here in Canada and with thankful hearts for what our veterans and heroes fought for, we have been embracing it.

Every year at this time I watch Pearl Harbor and I am reminded once again the sacrifices our soldiers, pilots, sailors, doctors, nurses, etc. made for us to live in freedom. Freedom is a wonderful thing and we are blessed to live in North America!

Today I also have a thankful heart for you, my bloggy friends. Blogging has become for me a most enjoyable pasttime.

Before I serve our tea, I would like to share with you last week's tea post which received the most views....Wendy at Once Upon A Rose Haven, shared a lovely drive through the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee with us and then invited us inside her lovely home to enjoy tea in front of the fireplace. And isn't it a fabulous fireplace! Thank you for having us, Wendy!

Garland For Friendship 
Friendship is a country
Of the young and young-in-heart,
Made of morning's greetings,
A warm and happy part
Of phone calls and cups of tea,
Of days of hope and caring,
Friendship is a sturdy refuge,
Forgiveness and sweet sharing
Memories and happy times,
Picnics, fun together,
Count among life's garlands
Friends who make heart's weather.
 Gladys McKee   

Isn't this a pretty teacup? Lovely pale blue and white china adorned with bright pink roses. It is a Colclough made in England.

About a week ago I received in the mail this beautiful teacup from one of my tea friends. Nancy @ Two Cottages and Tea had noticed at one of my tea parties that we both had the same Colclough teacup and she wanted to send me hers so I would have a matching pair. Isn't that just sweet of her! Not only did she send me her lovely teacup but she also included a tin of tea and a rock from her home state along with a darling card. Thank you so much Nancy!

The tea is Cranberry Autumn and it smells heavenly! Black tea infused with cranberry and orange with dried cranberry pieces....

Would you like a cup?

It really is delicious!

Now for those of you who are not aware, I collect rocks from around the world. I have been fascinated with rocks ever since I was a little girl.  A few of you lovely ladies have already blessed me by sending me a rock from your home state. Beth @ Beyond the Garden Gate sent me a beautiful agate  and Cindy @ Art, Books, Tea sent me a wonderful rock from her state. Thank you ladies for your thoughtfulness. It means so much to me as I am trying to collect a rock from each of the States. I now have rocks from Maine, Florida, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio, and California.

Our tea today will be served in these pretty Colclough teacups.

I have set our tea in front of the fireplace. That sweet little creamer peeking out from behind the cups I found at a thrift store and it is Bavaria.

I have made some Mini Trifles for our tea today. I thought something other than pumpkin or apples would be nice for a change. Would you like to treat yourself to one?

They are simple to make and I will be sharing the recipe at my HOME party this week. ....

Well, it's getting dark and it's time to light the fire. I suppose that is one advantage of the shorter days we have now. One can dim the lights or light some candles and sit in front of the fire.

"Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors." ~ Alice Walker

Thank you for coming to tea today. Your presence always makes my tea party that much more special.

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. You may be as creative, fancy, or as laid back with your tea time as you wish!

You may share coffee instead of tea or any other hot drink suitable for tea time if you wish.
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!

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.

As a courtesy, 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~

Heart and Home ~
A Return to Loveliness ~
Tea Cup Tuesday~
Tea Cup Tuesday ~
Tuesday Cuppa Tea~
Friends Sharing Tea ~
Tea Cup Thursday~
Share Your Cup Thursday~

"Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust Him, and He will help you." ~ Psalm 37:5

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Dear Sandi, It is so thoughtful of Nancy to send you a beautiful teacup and saucer from her collection to match yours. I hope you enjoy the cranberry tea in your new cup. Thank you for hosting this link tea party each week for I always look forward to viewing your post and the other blogs.

    Thanks, Pam

  2. I enjoyed your whole post but especially the pictures of your individual trifles! Just beautiful as well as tasty. Trifle is my daughter's favorite dessert but I hate the way it looks after a serving or two has been dished out of a big bowl. Here is the solution, and I'll be trying it soon.

  3. Hi Sandi, enjoyed your tea today, your teacup is so pretty,how thoughtful of Nancy to let you have hers. The trifle looks so yummy, I sure will have some. Thanks.


  4. I love the soft blue of the Colclough teacup. How nice to now have a matching pair! My tummy is growling just looking at the mini-triffles. Happy Tea Day and thank you so much for hosting.

  5. I love your beautiful new teacup. Love the blue and always roses which speak to my heart. Every time you use it, you will think of the kindness shown to you. How special.
    Pleasant week ahead...Ruthie from:

  6. Well...the teacup is English and it's perfect to me! A lovely pair! Thanks again for hosting. Your parfait looks wonderful and the fireside setting so inviting.

  7. Hi Sandi,
    What a lovely post about our twin teacups! I think they have the best of best homes to be in and are so appreciated! Your dessert looks so yummy and pretty. I'm looking forward to getting the recipe! Your teatime today in front of the fireplace so inviting! Thank you for hosting today.

  8. Your tea cups are charming! How sweet of your friend to send you a matching one. Those Trifles look delicious. I may need to give those a go.

  9. How lovely and such a generous present from Nancy. Yummy trifle too! Thank you for hosting yet again, such a wonderful Tea party.
    Have a good week.

  10. Sandi, your mini trifles look so good! Your friend is such a sweetie to send the matching teacup to you!

  11. Hi Sandi,
    Your tea setting infront of your fireplace looks fabulous. I love your teacups and trifle. I am looking forward to visiting your Home blog party for the recipe. How thoughtful of your friend Nancy to send you a matching teacup! They look so beautiful. Thanks for hosting. Have a wonderful week.

  12. Sandi ... as always you gather a wonderful group of ladies for your tea parties ... Thank you for hosting. Your teacup is gorgeous! and how wonderful of Nancy to send you a match.

    I love the creative way you have done the trifle ... it looks yummy! Wishing you a blessed week..xo C. (HHL)

  13. Yummy! Your trifles look divine! You're right, we were thinking the same thing :) Your new tea cup is lovely - thank you for sharing! Enjoy the rest of your day!


  14. Hi Sandi, Your mini trifles are beautiful! I'm sure you and hubby enjoyed them. I like the photo with the trifles and the rose - really pretty. Nancy was so thoughtful to send you the teacup. You have a gorgeous pair and I enjoyed seeing them. Glad you are enjoying your rock collecting, and your fireplace. What a pleasure a nice warm fire is and add tea to it - all the better!
    Hugs, Beth

  15. I would love to be able to reach into my computer screen and have a bit or two of your trifle. So yummy looking. And Colcough makes such lovely cups don't they!

  16. Aquí estoy mi querida amiga con tu taza de té en mi mano.
    Qué rico!!!!
    Un beso y buena semana

  17. Wasn't that sweet of Nancy to gift you with the teacup? Sandi, I went back to Homegoods and was able to buy two small plates and two mugs in the Friendly Village pattern. I look forward to the recipe on Wednesday for the mini trifles. Thanks for hosting!

  18. Hi Sandi,
    Thank you so much for featuring my tea post! It's always a joy to join your wonderful tea parties!

    Love those lovely teacups! That was very sweet of Nancy to send you a matching one. Those trifles look so yummy! And your tea setting in front of the fireplace is divine.


  19. Sandi, you are so blessed to receive this beautiful teacup from a fellow blogger. The pair look so pretty on your table in front of the fire. It certainly is a pretty pattern. Did you get a warm day today? It was 18 here! A perfect day. Have a great week. Hugs, Pam

  20. What a sweetheart Nancy is! That's what I love about meet the most amazing women with such generous hearts.

    Lovely post!


  21. Your two teacups together look lovely and so does that fire! Fireside tea - wonderful! I am amazed that you collect rocks as I did as a young girl and teenager. Last year I gave my collection to my grandson. I used to win ribbons in the Science Fair in High School. I can still remember the 3 types: Igneous, Metamorphose and Sedimentary - isn't that silly!

  22. Hello Sandi
    Another thoughtful blogger, how kind of Nancy to gift you with her teacup so you would have a matching pair.
    The individual trifles look yummy, and pretty with the bows tied on.

  23. Blessings, Sandi!
    What a beautiful post and oh...such pretty teacups. My mouth is watering with all the luscious delicasies...tea, trifles, chipped cream and a crackling fire. there's just no place like home on a cold Autumn day.
    Thank you for stopping by, my sweet friend. It's so nice spending time visiting after a busy day of doctoring.
    I pray you have a wonderful week!

  24. Beautiful post Sandi! I especially love the image of your tea in front of the fire. Very restful!
    How kind of your friend to send you the matching cup and extra goodies! Yay! The cup is very pretty. I love that shade of blue.
    I hope you are having a really good week : )

  25. Dear Sandy,
    what loving gifts your friends made. I loved to see the pictures of your beautiful tea time. The cups are treasures and look so cozy in front of the fire. And the tea sounds tempting. Mini trifle is just what I would like to the tea. Thank you for sharing and for hosting the sweet event.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  26. Love your jars of trifle. Teacups are so pretty and how lovely of a fellow bloggerette to send you hers to match x

  27. I love your blue tea cup with the pink roses and what a wonderful gift Nancy gave you.
    Your table setting is certainly inviting and your trifles look delicious! You host a very nice party! Thank you!
    sandy ;)

  28. Dear Sandi, I'm so amazed every time i visit your blog, not only you have so many beautiful collection of teacups but you also present them in beautiful photos and the most delicious food! how lovely to have tea time at Wendy's, her home is beautiful and how thoughtful and kind of nancy to bring you such lovely teacup and the rock from her state! those trifles are to die for! always love and enjoy myself here, thank you for sharing and giving me inspirations.


  29. Dearest Sandi, A beautiful post you have shared. Lovely!

    A delight to have Tea with you today!
    God bless,

  30. Mini trifles sound amazing. Looking forward to the recipe. Deb

  31. I love the Colclough tea cups. How wonderful to be gifted a matching cup. The creamer is a great match to the tea cups. Thanks for hostessing this event every week! ~Michelle

  32. Hi Sandi
    How sweet of Nancy to send you a pair for your beautiful Colclough tea cup!
    Your trifles do look tasty!
    Thanks for the lovely tea.

  33. Hi Sandi!

    WOW was that ever a sweet thing for Nancy to do! I used to collect Colclough only - and never had that one, it's GORGEOUS and I love you have two now, how special!

    I loved the way you put it all together with your Bavarian treasure and by the fire with that pretty rose bloom!

    I also got excited about sending you a rock...but Cindy from Ohio beat me to it, haha. I will grab you one next time I go to Indiana to visit my tea society "sisters."



  34. Your Colclough is so beautiful. Lovely pastel colors. I can almost smell the scent of your cranberry tea where I sit. Your triffel looks very yummy out. A warm fire and a hot cup of tea that is true happiness. I wish you a great week! Zinnia

  35. Dear Sandi
    Today I'm sharing a tea cup with you again
    Meeting you is a pleasure

  36. Oh Yum, the truffles look SO delicious! Beautiful teacups.

    Jocelyn @

  37. Sandi, you captured all that I love about blogging & blogging friends. I have found this community to be supportive in so many ways, and so willing to pray for one another when burdens are shared.

    I love the teacups, the pale blue background just makes them extra special, and what a sweet gift. collect rocks from around the world. I am thinking I will need to help you out, but I must find that extra special rock of course.

    BTW, the trifles, please post the recipe soon, I need to make these for Friday tea in my home !

  38. Hi Sandi: I so enjoy your blog! You set a beautiful table! (what's not to love about pink) Thanks so much for sharing. What a wonderful gift from Nancy! have a great week, Wanda

  39. I though I left a comment when i first saw this.. I love your cups, table, fire and tea! Very welcoming. Soft Blue and flowers. Happy Tea Day ! Jules ~

  40. So happy to have a minute to stop by can enjoy your tea post. I miss being able to join but raising a busy daughter is the priority so tea time posts will have to wait for now, that is OK! I LOVE your rose cup. I am partial to those as my daughters name is Sophia many rose teacups around here all so special. Your desserts with their cute bows are so neat!!!! Enjoyed my visit. Take care.

  41. Hello Sandi, I can't believe how time is flying by! I too am thankful to those who serve our countries to allow us the privileges of our liberty. I don't take it for granted. That mantel is gorgeous - so many beautiful posts! I love desserts in a jar - they're lovely and practical! I do appreciate you sharing and hosting!

  42. Sandi, such beautiful photos. I just love your blog. I feel like we are friends. I hope to participate in Tea Time Tuesday next week.

    Linda and Jeannie


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