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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.

Wednesday 23 January 2013



"The home should be the treasure chest of living." ~ Le Corbusier

Hello my lovely friends and welcome to my HOME~
I hope you're all having a lovely week so far. It's very cold here on the Island right now. You could say, we're in the deep freeze!

It's a good time to curl up with a hot beverage and read or visit one another in Blogland. 

One thing I wanted to do today was share the most viewed posts from last week. Blogger finally got the browser button working so I am able to upload pictures now. Yay! 
So here are the top viewed posts from last week, beginning with the most viewed and the three runners-up. Congratulations everyone!

Bernideen shared with us the beautiful Lefton china she found while out antiquing. Isn't it gorgeous! Bernideen is a long time bloggy friend who has all sorts of party tips, recipes, and splendid table settings to share with all her bloggy friends. She also runs her own shop in Colorado. If you have never met Bernideen then please be sure to stop by her blog and say Hello.  She is sure to have tea and treats waiting for you. Isn't her china just beautiful? 

Diane is a fellow Canadian blogger who took an ordinary kitchen and turned it into a warm and cozy space. Just by applying her own special touches and accessories, it made a world of difference. I love her collection of Friendly Village china in the hutch!
Be sure you stop by and say Hello to Diane as well.  She will most likely offer you a cup of tea or coffee while she takes you on one of her little adventures.

Jeanetteann shared some of her pretties with us. If you love soft and romantic, then be sure to check out her blog. Don't you just love the bit of bling on her pillow?
She is a beautiful seamstress and has a real gift for turning something ordinary into something extraordinary. Her baby clothes which she makes are unbelievably precious! 

Debbie shared the many wonderful bargains she found while out thrifting for after Christmas sales. She came home with an amazing amount of loot for her home and decorating. She's all set now for her next Christmas, as well as Valentines Day, and St Patricks Day. Her hubby didn't do too badly himself! I love that little teapot lamp she found!

Thank you to everyone for your visits and lovely comments every week. My HOME party is the new kid on the block here in blogland and it is encouraging to me that you are taking the time to stop by and participate.

"Charity begins at home, but should not end there." ~ Thomas Fuller

Do you have a beverage center in your home? I know many of you do. This is mine and it sits in a little corner of the kitchen.
I don't have one of those new Keurig or Tassimo machines. I prefer to make my coffee in a simple coffee maker. I also have a little teapot sitting by as well as the cream and sugar.

Do you see the pretty tea cozy?

My bloggy friend, Lorena, made it and sent it to me a couple of years ago. There is a darling pin made out of real clay roses attached. She makes the roses too. I love it and Lorena is such a talented and thoughtful lady.  Thank you, my friend!

As promised at this week's tea party, I will share my recipe for Baby Cheesecakes.

Baby Cheesecakes

2 pkg. - 8 oz. Philly Cream cheese softened
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 T. Lemon juice
1 T. Vanilla
24 vanilla wafers

Place 24 cupcake liners in muffin tins. Place one vanilla wafer in each liner. Mix the batter ingredients until well blended and spoon  batter into liners until 3/4 full. Bake @ 350 for 20- 25 minutes.

Now comes the fun part! Top the cheesecakes with strawberry, blueberry, or cherry pie filling. You may also use fresh berries, lemon curd, or whipped cream. For a raspberry jam topping, microwave 2 T. raspberry jam for 25 seconds and spoon over the cheesecakes.

Cherry cheesecake...

Thank you for your visit today and please link up if you have something HOME related to share with us. 

I am joining the following parties as well~

Homemaking Link Up Weekend~
Heart and Home ~
Home and Garden Thursday ~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Cottage Style Linky Party~
Tutorials Tips and Tidbits ~
Home Sweet Home~
Open House~

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. You know me too well my friend, of course I always have tea waiting for friends! Thank you so much for the feature and hosting this awesome party. Diane

  2. We too are in a deep freeze on the Bruce Peninsula in Ontario with lots of snowing still falling. Love the tea cozy. I, too, and not too hep on having a Tassimo or otherwise, finding them quite expensive for my tastes. Stay warm.

  3. What lovely features, Sandi! I make those same baby cheesecakes. Aren't they the best??!! Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful day. Stay warm!!

  4. Sandi, another beautiful post! The cheesecake tarts look yummy! I'm moving next door to you.

    Thank you for hosting once again.

    Your biggest fans,
    Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest

  5. Your cheesecakes sound great, Sandi! We are also in the deep freeze. I don't have a Keurig or Tassimo either; I'm fine with my Mr. Coffee. I hope your week is going well, other than contending with the cold...time for nesting and enjoying the fireplace.
    xo Beth

  6. What a lovely new header. Thank you for your kind words and feature...blogging friends remind me often of the pen pals of olden days.
    This post is lovely!

  7. Sandi,
    What a surprise to see my post featured!! Thank you, my friend!!
    I am so flattered!!

    I will give you a shout out in my next post scheduled tomorrow where I will be sharing where I put a lot of my loot including my red tea pot lamp....

    I love that sweet tea cozy and the sugar and creamer too!!

    Is it cold enough for you up there?? It was 3 degrees here today. Our mail man hubbies are not doing so well in this kind of weather, are they???

    Have a great day and thanks again!!


  8. Hello Sandi
    So glad to be joining you again after a couple of weeks away. The tea cozy is gorgeous and is perfect to match your china. I have some small clay roses that you soak every so often so the scent will be released again.
    Looked pretty cold out east this morning on breakfast television, bad enough here.

  9. I love your tea set! I think I might have the same exact teapot! My, you have good taste, lol! And I'm thinking I just might have to make those cheesecake tarts! Thanks for the recipe! As far the deep freeze you're in, New Brunswick is getting it too! Brrr!

  10. Pure loveliness!
    I make those sweet little cheesecakes too! My recipe is a bit different, I think. The last time I made them I added lemon zest to the mix and then topped them with blueberry pie filling. I was short on time as I had house guests, but you would have thought I slaved in the kitchen for all the wonderful comments I received.
    Hope you stay warm and toasty!!

  11. Sandi, I love your teapot and teacup and I especially love your tea cozy, it matches your cream and sugar. I stop by often but seldom comment so I am trying to change my ways this year.

  12. Thanks for sharing the recipe, they look so yummy and cute. Every week I read your Home post and one day I will get organized enough to play. Hope you are staying warm!!!

  13. Hi Sandi,
    Thanks for hosting your Home party! Nice features. Your teapot and cream & sugar is beautiful! I love the floral design on your teapot. I have a tea station and keurig but haven't been using it much. I have been drinking more tea. I love to try different flavors. Tonight I am having black cherry. It's delicious. Your cheesecakes look delicious. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful evening. Stay warm!

  14. Thank you Sandi for featuring me today. Also for your nice visit and comments.
    I have to try these yummy little cheesecakes they are so sweet.xx

  15. Hi Sandi, I remember my mother making these little cheesecakes and I'm so happy to have the recipe now! Your beverage center is beautiful. I don't do the quick cup machines either, as we are more tea drinkers. Thank you for hosting! Linda

  16. I would have a Kewrig in a heartbeat if they weren't so expensive

  17. I would have a Keurig in a heartbeat if they weren't so expensive.
    Now, I'm hungry for a cheesecake.
    Over from Lavender Garden

  18. Hi Sandi!
    Your lovely teacosy compliments your pretty china perfectly and your cheescakes look irresistable!
    Congratulations on your 3rd year anniversary too!!
    Thanks for visiting me, dear friend, I hope you're feeling much better now and enjoying some cosy time by the fire :-)
    love and blessings..Trish

  19. I absolutely love Royal Albert China because its the favorite pattern of my aunt who has been diagnosed with ALS aka Lou Gehrig's disease for 3 years now. She collects it. It always makes me happy to see it.

  20. Thank you for the little cheesecake recipe. I remember making some in Home Economics in my teens as one of my projects and have last the recipe so it was nice to see that you posted one. Thank you, Darlene

  21. Gorgeous features---especially that Lefton! Thanks for the fun party---this is my first time linking up!

    Mrs. Sarah Coller


  22. Hi
    I had a hot cup of tea after lunch today before I went back to work

    The Lefton set set is wonderful. I am always amazed when anyone finds a complete set because they are so delicate , some are always missing from breakage
    I am a bull in a china closet when it comes to fine china, like tea sets

    all the feattres are great to look at

  23. Thank you so much for stopping by & following my blog's always so exciting for me to get new followers :). I love that you still used an "old school" coffee maker...I do as well (I also have a really old school perculator that I pull out for special occasions). Such beautiful china on your blogs too.
    Kelly @ Babiole de Windsor

  24. Hi dear Sandi...such lovely things to enjoy each week on your blog. You are so sharing with yourself and I love seeing the things other have to offer too. I have a coffee maker too but my spot isn't as sweet as yours. You inspire me!

  25. Hey Sandi, I love your features this week and most especially love your tea cozy - looks gorgeous!
    I do appreciate you hosting,

  26. Sandi, I used to make these little cheese cakes frequently, but it's been many years since I last made them. Thank you for reminding me of these little delights. I didn't know of your Home party. Just linked my post this week and will remember this party. Thanks.

  27. Hi Sandi,
    It's Friday night and I finally made it by! I love your beverage center. That little tea cozy is adorable! So is your creamer and sugar! Thank you for hosting this party.

  28. Hi Sandi....Happy Saturday morning....Want to wish you a good weekend....full of Sonshine....Love your gentle posts....those little cheesecakes look yummy and maybe something I can make with my girls. Tons of hugs to you.....

  29. Winter is such an ideal time for a cozy tea! So much beauty here. Love Bernadeen's dishes!

  30. Bernideens dishes are so delightful! I make and love those sweet cheesecakes. Perfect taste of cream cheese and fruit! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  31. hello
    tout ça m' a l' air fort appétissant
    merci pour les recettes
    je partage avec vous une tasse de thé
    à bientôt
    edith ( iris )

  32. This has got to be my favourite post. It is lovely, love the red china. Your pictures are so warm. I can almost taste those baby cheese cakes. We are on the road and I'll get caught up to the blog world soon.
    stay warm.


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