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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, 3 July 2013


"What makes a little house a home?
From it you never want to roam,
It's just a loving someone so,
That makes a house, a home, you know." ~ Author Unknown - An excerpt from our Marriage Book

Happy 4th of July to all my American friends! And welcome to my HOME where you are invited to share anything and everything related to your home!

The little poem at the top of my post was found in our Marriage Book which I just ran across this week in a drawer. It also went on to say, "If you love someone do not be afraid to tell them so. Yes, love not only transforms a house into a home, but it makes life truly happy." 

Here is where I can get a little soppy....
I believe those words with all my heart and I have spent all of my married life creating a cosy and love filled home for my family. 
You see, I have always considered it a privilege and my gift in life, to be able to do this for my hubby and children. And I have been rewarded with a very close knit family. I feel that I am truly blessed! 

One of your posts last week echoed my sentiments and was quite heart warming. 
Kitty @ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen and her hubby have just celebrated their 43rd Wedding Anniversary. This is their wedding picture. Aren't they a darling couple!

We want to wish them every happiness and many more healthy years together.

God bless you, Kitty & Rich! We love you!

This week, I am still enjoying my peonies so I hosted a tea party using the flowers as my inspiration. And for my friend Sarah down in  Mississippi, and any others who wish to have it, I will share the recipe for my Rhubarb Pudding below.

Rhubarb Pudding

Prepare a mixture of fresh or frozen rhubarb which has been cut into 1/2 inch pieces and 1/2 cup sugar. Cover the bottom of a greased 8" cake pan with the fruit mixture. Set aside.

Prepare batter:
1-1/4 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
1 beaten egg
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup milk

Mix together flour, baking powder, and salt; set aside. Cream shortening; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg and vanilla and beat until fluffy. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk, blending well after each addition. Pour batter over the prepared fruit and bake at 350 F for 45-50 minutes. Serve warm plain or with whipped cream. Yield: 6-8 servings

This week I took my little fairy door outside and the fairies now enjoy their little abode in my wee garden beneath the weeping caragana.

Last week there were so many lovely posts and one in particular received the most views. Any guesses which one it was?

Debbie @ Debbie-Dabble received the most views. She made quite the haul yard saling and among the varied treasures she found was this beautiful teacup trio. Congratulations Debbie!

In second place was Sandra @ Ravenhill Cottage who shared a beautiful and thought provoking post on femininity. 

And in third place was Judy @ Gold Country Cottage who shared her updated "Secret Garden."

Congratulations to all these ladies and thank you everyone for participating. I welcome all your HOME posts as well as visits and comments.

Please find the Linky below and link up all your DIYs, tablescapes, gardens, crafts, etc. I will be so happy to come and pay you a visit.

Happy 4th of July, my friends!

"Lord, this humble house we'd keep
Sweet with play and calm with sleep.
Help us so that we may give
Beauty to the lives we live.
Let thy love and thy grace
Shine upon our dwelling place." ~ Edgar A. Guest

I am happy to be joining these parties to ~

What's It Wednesday ~
Home and Garden Thursday ~
Share Your Cup Thursday~
Home Sweet Home~
Open House~

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Oh I love this teacup. I will visit a Yard-sale this Weekend and hope to find some treasure like that too.

    Many greetings
    from Karin

  2. Oh my dear Sandi, thank you for the loving highlight of our anniversary. You always make me feel so special with your thoughtfulness. Thank you for sharing your wonderful HOME with us. I loved the recipe and your poem at the end. xo

  3. This is one rhubarb recipe that I have not heard of...sounds and looks wonderfuL! :)

  4. Sandi,
    What a surprise to have the top viewed post from last week!!
    I will be giving you a Shout out in my next post in a few days...
    I ADORE your sweet fairy door and chair!! Love it!!
    Thanks so much for hosting and thanks so much for always stopping by and leaving such kind comments!! They make my day.... I Hope you are having a lovely Canada Day!!


  5. Thank you for hosting today Sandi! Your rhubarb recipe looks yummy, thanks for sharing it with us!


  6. I love your little fairy door. When my girls were little they would look for fairies in the garden. Such sweet memories.

  7. Wonderful features.

    And yes, Kitty and hubs are just adorable - then and now.

    I rather think she's quite the beauty inside and out, isn't she?

    Your little Fairy Door is just too whimsical and cute!

    Thanks so much for hosting, Sandi - hugs.

  8. Great features and thanks for the invite. Lovely party. Hugs, Marty

  9. Hi Sandi,

    Pretty features and love your sweet tea setting! Thanks for hosting and
    Happy Fourth!


  10. Hi Sandi,

    Your peonies are gorgeous! Most of my peonies were eaten by deer. :( I need to find something to chase away those pesky creatures.

    Thank you for hosting!

  11. I SO miss the rhubarb that my ex, late father in law used to grow in his garden! That dessert sounds delish! Happy 4th to you and yours as well!~TJ

  12. You are so right...our marriages and families are a gift from God!

  13. OH Sandi, I love the quote from your wedding book. Some of us are so blessed to have established happy homes.

    Wishing your a spectacular Fourth!

  14. Lovely post Sandi. Your little fairy door is so sweet. xx

  15. Your recipe looks so delicious. I've never tried a rhubarb pudding. Your little fairy door and chair are so cute. Thanks again for hosting today. Hugs, Deb

  16. Hi Sandi....I feel like you do about what the poem creates the best experiences. I tell my girls I love them everyday and the effect - we're incredibly tight.

    Wishing you a beautiful this time of year and even when it's stunning to me. Hugs to you my very special friend.

  17. hello
    une jolie table et une recette
    que demander de plus
    tout en partage
    edith (iris) France

  18. Thanks for the party, Sandi! Happy 4th of July :) Oh, yummy rhubarb recipe... Winter greetings from Australia♥ ~Pernilla

  19. Thanks for posting a recipe for Rhubarb Pudding! This recipe looks so good. I saw it on share your cup thursday.
    Julie from

  20. Your fairy garden is really fun! Your dessert sounds good. I liked hearing how you spend your time making a cozy and welcoming and loving place for your family. You're a wise Christian woman, a great wife and mother. God calls us to be keepers at home...which does not mean we cannot work outside the home, but our primary responsibility is to serve God first, then to serve our husbands and support them.
    Blessings, Beth

  21. Hi Sandi, I am slow; but happy to be joining in. I too loved Kitty's post.

  22. What a beautiful week everyone had! Lovely features - I do appreciate you hosting,

  23. I just love rhubarb! I'll have to give your pudding a try. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

  24. Hello Sandi, sweet features - I hope Dearest and I look as good when we've been married that long - that's such a sweet blessing - love the teacup and your beautiful posts - I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,


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