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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, 30 January 2013


"Dear God,
Protect our going out and coming in;
Let us share the hospitality of this home with all who visit us, that those who enter here may know Your love and peace." ~ Author Unknown

Hello dear friends and welcome to my HOME~

Hope your week is going well. I have had such a busy week so far and I was concerned I wasn't going to get my post up in time. To be honest, I wasn't even sure what I was going to share this week.
You see, Monday I had company and yesterday, appointments, so my time has been very limited. But I did find something to share which I hope you will enjoy.

Before I get to my own share today, I would like to feature the most viewed post from last week's party as well as the three posts which caught my eye.

Diane @ Cozy Canadian Cottage had the most views on her post about Abandoned houses. Once majestic homes now stand just waiting for some tender loving care. One's imagination is ignited by ideas when you take a peek into their once splendid interiors.  Can't you just imagine this room brought back to its original spendor?

This post caught my eye when Linda @ More Fun less Laundry shared a winter white setting in front of a beautiful window filled with sparkly snowflakes. Her table is set with white flowers and beautiful china. It really is gorgeous! Beauty and whimsy together is just my cup of tea.


Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home has been doing some decorating with white paint. Her lovely mirror and cabinets which house her collection of milk glass have received a wonderful new facelift and they look stunning!

And Jeannie @ The French Hen's Nest shared her wonderful doll house which she has painted and filled with darling pieces of miniature furniture. This is every little girl's dream and I, for one, could move right in!

Thank you friends for all your wonderful posts last week and I look forward to what all of you will have to share with us this week.

When it's cold outside, I often crave a spicy Chili and so today I thought I would share my Chili recipe. This recipe is of my own making and I usually add the ingredients from out of my head rather than follow a recipe. I have done my best to print out the ingredients for you.


Brown 1 lb lean ground beef and drain off fat. Add 1 chopped onion, 1/2 cup chopped green pepper, 1 T. minced garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. {I usually leave out the salt}

Add 1 medium or large can of red kidney beans
1 large -28 oz. can of Hunts Tomato sauce
1 large -28 oz. can of diced tomatoes
1 can of drained mushrooms or you may use 1 cup of fresh mushrooms.
Cook until onion, peppers, and if you're using fresh mushrooms, are tender. You can cook this on top of the stove or in the microwave for ten minutes. I usually do mine in the microwave.

Then add a sprinkle of chili peppers to taste
1 bay leaf
1 T. chili powder
1/2 T. oregano
Continue cooking on top of stove at low to medium heat for about forty-five minutes. If you cook it in the microwave like I do, cook for about twenty minutes and stir every few minutes.

As you can see by the collage, I have served it three different ways.

I serve it poured over rice with a tossed salad and garlic bread on the side, which is the way my hubby likes it.
I also serve it in a bowl with shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream on top. And once in a while I add 1 cup of cooked macaroni to it and sprinkle cheese on top.

If I have some leftovers, I often heat it up and serve it with nachos and sour cream. Enjoy! My kids love my Chili! Hope you do too!

Thank you for coming to my HOME today and I hope you have enjoyed your visit. If you have something HOME related please link up below and I will come and visit you. Enjoy your day everyone.

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~

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. Thank you for hosting and sharing the lovely features, dear Sandi! Even though you were busy, you still managed to visit with us. Your chili looks so good and so comforting!

  2. Thank you so much for featuring my latest painting project! We are updating the laundry room now and I am loving the new look! Hugs, Penny

  3. Dear Sandi, Thank you for hosting and inspiring us with such lovely features. I am sharing with your readers my mom's tea cake recipe, a fantastic book and some thoughts on slow living.
    Hope your days are happy!

  4. I admire each of the photos you share in this post. How sad the abandoned mansion looks.



  6. Thank you so much for featuring my dollhouse! As always thanks for hosting such a lovely party, Sandi!

    Have a blessed day,

    Jeannie (and Linda) at The French Hens Nest

  7. Your chili looks delicious and I know it would go over very well here. I'm off to visit some of your blogs this week. Hugs, Deb

  8. What pretty features!!
    I just made chili too! The first time without a packet of chili seasoning....and w/o a recipe. I'm amazed at how well it turned out. Only problem...I didn't measure a thing! hahaha!

  9. Hi Sandi, I love chili too. I like to serve it topped with Fritos, sour cream, and cheese. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  10. Hi Sandi!

    Chili sounds delicious! :) I missed that post on the abandoned houses...I'll have to check that out. Have a great week!


  11. Sandi thank you for hosting and sharing your chili looks and sounds tres yummy! Perfect for this cold spell we are getting. Happy Wednesday..xo HHL

  12. I make chilli from my head too...but I don't add the meat because we're vegetarians...!
    It's my favourite side kick to rice.

    Abandoned homes, sounds intriguing!

    Ciao Bella
    Creative Carmelina

  13. Oops, I forgot to invite you on over to my blog....there's one day left to get your comments in for my giveaway!

  14. Hi Sandi, Thank you so much for featuring my whites post. I really enjoyed doing it! Your chili sounds delicious. I have never added mushrooms but I do like them so I should give it a try. I like elbow macaroni with it, but everyone else in the family likes rice, so that's what we do. I'm getting hungry just looking at your photos! Linda

  15. hello
    superbe petite maison
    j' admire ces belles photos
    vous n' allez pas me croire
    mais ce weekend j' ai fait un " chili"
    bonne journée
    edith ( FRANCE )

  16. Sandi, As always your posts are enlightening. Here I am finding trouble to post on the road and you are always there for us, busy or not, ideas or not. I so enjoyed reading about your visits and features this week and I believe I've come into a new hobby (dollhouse blogs) Thank you for sharing this with us along with the chili recipe. I'm having trouble with blogging while on the road and still want to share. This week it is a hat, as you know I've many and share them in my home at the tea room. I hope the last picture doesn't frighten you much, lol. Living life in an RV

  17. Hi Sandi
    Chili is comfort food here too and I sometimes make it using ground turkey.
    The dollhouse from last week would be every girl's dream to have.

  18. Can you believe....I've never had chili. MY youngest asked the other day if we could try it. I told her we could but I've never made it...never eaten it. Wishing you a great rest of the week....

  19. Thanks for hosting Sandi. That abandon house is amazing! Looks like something from Europe.

  20. We actually have some houses like that in our little town. One such house was purchased last year and is lovingly being renovated - LOVE IT! Fantastic features and I appreciate you hosting,

  21. Hi my friend, lovely blog post, as always. I just adore the little dollhouse.
    How are you doing?
    Thank you for visiting my blog and sharing all the things going on in your world.

  22. Oh, I'd love a bowl of chili tonight. Do you deliver?
    Thanks for sharing this pretty post.

  23. Hi Sandi,
    Thank you for hosting and posting! Your chili looks Yummy! You have inspired me today. Take good care.
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas


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