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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 20 November 2013


"The beauty of the home is order;
The blessing of the home is contentment;
The glory of the home is hospitality;
The crown of the home is godliness." ~ Author unknown

Hello friends and Welcome to my HOME!
I hope you're all enjoying this new week. Looks like Winter is on its way for we Islanders woke up to snow this morning.

Have you received any snow where you live?

At Tea Time this week, I shared my Aunt Judy's vintage Blossom Time china. If you wish to see more of this pattern please go here.

I also shared my grandmother's crocheted bedspread which took her about a year to complete. It is over sixty years old; a beautiful treasure!

I shared my new-to-me Royal Albert vintage china Blossom Time plate that I found while thrifting last summer. I paid $6.99 for it.

I am so pleased to have found it! Now I just have to find the matching teacup.

With the cold weather arriving, a hot meal is always welcome. Something everyone enjoys here in my home is Shepherd's Pie. I know most folks have their own version of the recipe but this one I found in a TV guide many years ago and it's always been a hit. It's the tastiest I have ever eaten and I hope you will give it a try.

Shepherd's Pie

1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
pinch dried basil
1 bay leaf
2 cups frozen peas & carrots

1/2 cup beef gravy{I use canned}
salt/pepper to taste
6 medium potatoes, peeled
3 TBSP butter
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup milk
1/8 tsp paprika

Brown beef in frying pan and drain off fat. Add onion, basil, bay leaf, salt, pepper, and gravy. Simmer uncovered for 15 minutes. Boil potatoes until tender, drain and mash with butter, salt, and milk. Add peas and carrots to beef and pour into baking dish. Top with mashed potatoes and sprinkle with paprika. Bake 15-20 minutes in a 400 degree oven until potatoes are lightly browned. Use leftover gravy for pouring over the pie. If you have homemade gravy; even better! Serves 4.

Now for some lovely features from last week's party~

Gina @ Victoria Wanna Be  received the most views on her post about old houses. There is something about an old house sitting abandoned on the side of the road or up a long lane that conjures up fanciful thoughts of the folks who once lived there.

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home shared her darling lace Christmas trees which she created from cardboard and bits of lace. I love them! Penny received the second highest views on her post.

Jocelyn @ Just a Little Southern Hospitality shared her tool box filled with autumnal hydrangeas then set her lovely table around it.
Leslie @ Lamberts Lately shared these yummy looking no bake cookie bars. Decadent!

Sherry @ The Charm of Home shared her charming post of memories from Christmases past spent at her Great-Grandfather's house. It's a lovely story which will warm your heart and get you in the mood for the holidays.
Thank you dear friends for your wonderful posts and welcoming us into your homes every week. It is all of you who make my party so special!
If you would like to be featured please be sure to link back to my party.

If you have something HOME related which you would like to share with us, simply create a post and link up below. I will be happy to come and visit you.

"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 beauty and Thy grace
Shine upon our dwelling place." ~ Edgar A. Guest

I am joining the following parties this week~

What's It Wednesday~
Share Your Cup~
Home and Garden Thursday~
Home Sweet Home ~
As a courtesy, please link back to me so that your visitors may find their way here to visit with all my lovely participants.

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Your header is so pretty! I love that china you have pictured in this post. Thanks for hosting - Dawn @ We Call It
    p.s. I also host a weekly party called We Call It Olde, for anything vintage, antique, or historic, would love to have you join :) Tues-Sat's

  2. Your header is so pretty! I love that china you have pictured in this post. Thanks for hosting - Dawn @ We Call It
    p.s. I also host a weekly party called We Call It Olde, for anything vintage, antique, or historic, would love to have you join :) Tues-Sat's

  3. Hi Sandi,

    What cozy treats you have featured today; love your Shepherd's Pie recipe and it looks scrumptious! Thanks for hosting and keep warm! On THIS island, we probably won't see snow until January!

    Happy weekend!


  4. I love your post today! I never seen that plate you found,it will be fun hunting for the tea cup!

  5. Oh my, Sandi, does the Shepherd's Pie ever look wonderful! I don't have anything to share today, but wanted to stop by. My 95 year old MIL passed away yesterday and I'll be leaving for Ohio tomorrow. Pray for safe travels. xo

  6. It's looking like Christmas at your house Sandi!! So lovely too!!

    We had a few inches of snow about a week ago. I'm grateful for just frost in the morning right now. I do hope the snow holds off until Christmas.

    Wishing you An Extraordinary Week!!

  7. Thanks so much for the party, Sandi!! Another lovely post with great features!!


  8. Shepherd's Pie, looks lovely I have never made it but I will have to give it a try... thanks for sharing the recipe..with love Janice

  9. Oh that's my favorite winter meal...and so good for leftovers as well. Your header is lovelY! Perfect for you!

  10. I just love Shepherd's Pie ~ it's one of my favorite things to make. Yours looks delicious. The plate you found is just beautiful, too. Thanks for hosting!

  11. There is just something about cooking this time of year that warms us. Seems as I read everyone is making Shepherd's Pie, Chili and soups. I made carrot and ginger soup this week but for some reason didn't feel it fit with HOME this week. lol. Maybe I'll share it next week.

    Thanks for sharing the others and hosting home. I'm going to have a look and see how Penny made her lace trees. Question: is the cup and saucer not a match for this plate? Enjoy

  12. Hola Sandi gracias por tu visita a Argentina como siempre amiga.
    Bello todo lo que publicas, para el deleite de los ojos. Todo tiene mucha magia y es encantador.

    Acá no tenemos nieves porque estamos llenos de flores, el verano se acerca.
    Te mando un beso y un abrazo.


  13. Oh...i love your romantic china and your elegant bedspread.Thanks for the delicious recipe

  14. Hi Sandi, oh yummy! Your shepherd's pie looks so good and the recipe looks like a good one.
    We don't get much snow here, but we do get COLD wind. It's sooo windy today. Our grandbaby is coming tonight to spend the night, so I am excited. He will be here soon, if he doesn't blow away. He is almost 4 months old. Blogging has taken the back seat to the baby.
    Think of you often.

  15. we woke up this morning and for the first time saw snow on the ground. Not a lot but a sign that winter has arrived. And my guys love shepherd's pie. That's for posting that recipe and Sandie...from my heart to yours....hugs and wishes for a wonderful weekend.

  16. Oh my goodness Sandi, I did miss this post! I definitely would have remembered it with a Shepards pie recipe in it! Yum!
    I am going to add you to my latest post right now!
    So sorry...


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