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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