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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 10 April 2013


"Home is a place not only of strong affections, but of entire unreserve; it is life's undress rehearsal, its backroom, its dressing room." ~ Harriet Beecher Stowe

Hello dear friends and welcome to my HOME.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week. I'm still waiting for Spring to arrive here and I was a  bit disappointed to find fresh snow on the ground this morning.

This week at my tea party I set a tea table with creamy whites and roses. A soft and serene tea time after the hustle and bustle of Easter.

Pearls and lace as well as roses made for a romantic tea table.

"Peace- that was the other name for home." ~ Kathleen Norris

As promised at this week's tea party, I will share my recipe for Chicken a la King.
Served in warm puff pastry shells, it makes a lovely little nosh with your cup of tea or coffee. I think I made this in Home Ec and always kept the recipe.

Chicken a la King
First you make a white sauce.

White Sauce:
2 TBSP butter- melted
Add slowly -
2 TBSP flour
1 tsp salt
Cook until smooth without any lumps.
Slowly add -
2 cups milk
Cook over low heat until hot & thick, stirring constantly.

Add to Sauce:
1-1/2 to 2 cups cooked chicken- chopped
1/4 cup chopped green pepper
1/2 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
Heat until hot and serve.

I usually serve this over tea biscuits or toast but for a special occasion like tea, I serve it in warm puff pastry shells or toast cups.

The puff pastry shells you can buy at the grocery store in the frozen section or you can make your own.

The Toast Cups are easy enough. Simply cut rounds out of sliced bread with a cookie cutter and tuck into a muffin tin. Bake at 400 degrees for about 8 minutes. Watch them because they cook quickly. Turn out cups and let cool. When it's time to use them just heat them up again slightly. Hope you enjoy!

Here are some posts from last week which caught my eye ....

Shannon @ A Cozy Place Called Home invited us to her Easter Dessert Party. She set a pretty table with a lovely centerpiece of pink tulips and baby's breath and coloured eggs. Some yummy treats were waiting on the buffet that was decorated with those adorable bunnies and a beautiful wreath.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest shared her pretty Easter tablescape using pastel coloured bunny plates, which I love, and a sweet bird's nest as a centerpiece. Simple yet oh, so sweet!

Jeanne @ Selep Imaging Blog shared her pretty dyed Easter eggs {with the help of her teenage son} and made an arrangement in rainbow colours around her dish of strawberries. Perfect for the Holiday!

Easter Eggs on vintage egg tray

Janet @ Rosemary-Thyme shared a fabulous makeover in one of her guest rooms. She used chalk paint to transform the furniture. A beautiful chandelier and medallion adorned the ceiling and lovely linens on the bed made it cozy and inviting.
There is also a fireplace. Who wouldn't want to stay overnight in this room!

Diane @ An Extraordinary Day shared her tutorial on these book page blossomed branches which she made for her sun room. They are so pretty and whimsical.

Book Page Flower Blossoms -

I am always thankful to those of you who link up here at my HOME. You amaze me every week with your wonderful posts. And to all of you who stop by for a visit, thank you. I love reading your lovely comments.

Do you have something HOME related? I would love it if you linked up and shared it with us.  DIY, tablescapes, thrifting, recipes, etc... Perhaps you're one of my tea friends and you were late to the party. You are welcome to share it here.
Maybe there's a new baby in the family. We would love for you to introduce us. A new fur baby would be welcome too. Anything and everything which makes your HOME an enjoyable place to come HOME to. Have a delightful week everyone.

I am joining the following parties as well~

Homemaking Link Up ~
Home and Garden Thursday ~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Cottage Style Linky Party~
Home Sweet Home~
Open House~

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Hi Sandi, Chicken a la King is my favorite Chicken dish ever...I will be making this one next week and will let you know how it turned out...Thanks for hosting the party!
    Hugs, Lizy

  2. Mmmmm the Chicken a la King sounds so good, Sandi! Thank you for sharing the features with us and your HOME! Hugs and blessings sent to you. xo

  3. You have prepared such a lovely tea as always, Sandi! Today I am happy to take part in your HOME party and share my Daffodil Tea. Wishing you Spring!

  4. Sounds totally yummy! Thank you for sharing sweet friend. You are so lovely and I LOVE visiting you and your blog.

    Love, Rebecca

  5. The Chicken a la King looks delish! Your tea party was gorgeous...every detail was perfect! Thanks for hosting...hugs, Penny

  6. Sandi...your lacey saucer is so pretty. I love the whole composition with the pearls. Exquisite.
    And what a lovely surprise to see that you featured my flowering branches!! Thank you so much for such a wonderful blessing. [hugs}
    P.S. It's almost 80 degrees here today. I can hardly believe it. And to think we had snow last week. I hope yours melts right away.

  7. Hello Sandi.....I always love seeing recipes to try, so thank you for the Chicken a la King. Also thanks for featuring my Easter table this week. Have a great night!

  8. Thank you Sandi for hosting the party. I can't wait to make the Chicken a la King. I had it years ago at a friends home and it was delicious. Love the puff pastry idea.

    Linda at the French Hens Nest

  9. Oy my Sandi that recipe looks so good. I know I will be making some this weekend for sure. Thanks for featuring my Guest Room post. I do appreciate it Sandi and thank you for hosting each week.

  10. Hi Sandi. Thanks for sharing your Chicken recipe and for hosting too..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  11. merci pour le partage de cette
    recette , bien appétissante
    et cette déco superbe
    à très bientôt
    edith (iris)

  12. Thank you for inviting us in weekly. I love coming here for a moment of refreshment in a busy day. I think I may need to make your chicken a la king in the pastry cups. I just read an article yesterday with a similar recipe. Perhaps it's a sign:-)

  13. Hi Sandi,
    To visit you is such a treat. Thank you for sharing your heart and home.
    The recipe sounds so good and thank you for the directions.
    Lovely pics and features.
    Wishing you a wonderful day.
    Blessings my friend,
    Celestina Marie

  14. Hi Sandy, the Chicken ala King looks yummy. Thanks for sharing it. Love all of the featues! Thanks for hosting.

  15. Hi Sandie...everything looks so amazingly pretty and dainty....I hope and pray you're feeling 100 percent. Sending you spring hugs....from my heart to yours..... :)

  16. Super to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  17. Always a Delight to visit! I have never made Chicken-a-la-King - yours looks scrumtious! Beautiful post as always! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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