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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.

Monday, 13 October 2014

October Pink for Tea Time Tuesday

When we forget the obvious, the little joys, the meals together, the birthday celebrations, the weeping together in time of pain, the wonder of the sunset or the daffodil peeping through the snow, we become less human. ~ Madeleine L’Engle

Hello my lovely friends and welcome to another Pink Tea Time Tuesday in support of Breast Cancer Awareness! 

It doesn't look pink in the photo, but this is a pink pumpkin grown specially for Breast Cancer Awareness. I have added some dried roses and beads.

It is Thanksgiving Day here in Canada and I would like to wish all of my Canadian friends a Happy Thanksgiving Day! I hope you are enjoying the long weekend with lots of turkey and stuffing, pumpkin pie and time with family and friends. We are blessed in so many ways in this country and we must never take these blessings for granted.

Two of my little blessings in the pumpkin patch.

We gather together 
This time of the year
To thank God for blessings...
For joy and for tears.

Lord help us to know
What it means to forgive
And how to be thankful
Each day that we live.

So keep us in mind, Lord,
We're thankful to Thee
To live and to work
In the land of the free. - Excerpt from a poem on the front of our church bulletin

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I too had a couple of scares. I am thankful mine were benign and I know how important it is to take care of ourselves and have regular checkups and mammograms. We must encourage one another and pray for a cure for this disease that has robbed us of so many loved ones.

Like most of you, I have done a bit of decorating for Autumn on the inside and the outside of our home. A leafy wreath with cattails and sunflowers, pumpkins, as well as a pot of gorgeous white Fall mums perk up the front of our home.

Funny thing about my mums; they started turning a beautiful pinky lavender colour. And since I am sharing a teacup with pink and lavender on it I thought I would show you my pretty posies too.

I had no idea they would turn this pretty colour.

This lovely teacup is one I found on my visit to New Brunswick this past August.

It is perfect for October as you can see!

It is one of Royal Albert's "Flower of the Month" teacups produced in 1970 ~ Cosmos for the month of October.

I was pleasantly surprised to find this one sitting on the shelf at a second hand store and I promptly picked it up and placed it in my basket. Like many of my vintage teacups, it looks as though it has never been used. 

I love the colours of the cosmos and the Montrose shape of Royal Albert is so very elegant with its curves, pedestal base, and gold trim.

It has a pretty saucer too.

My teacup is sitting on a side table which just got a makeover. I am quite pleased with the way the table turned out and I will share more about it later in the week.

The other day I had a friend over for tea and I decided to make something different for our tea time instead of the usual pumpkin pie which most everyone in Canada has in their kitchen right now.

Each cup of tea represents an imaginary journey. Catherine Douzel

An Apple Upside Down cake with vanilla sauce was a nice change. My friend arrived bearing a lovely pumpkin loaf which Hubby and I will enjoy later.

This is a lovely pudding cake with apples on the bottom and smothered in a warm vanilla sauce.

The pool of sauce around the bottom of the cake makes it look scrumptious and indeed it is! Yum!

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.” ~
Henry David Thoreau

I have painted a few Baby Boos. What is it about pumpkins that fascinates us so? I think it is a love for Cinderella and her pumpkin coach that lives inside of each of us since we were little girls.

I still love the story of the poor servant girl who was transformed into a beautiful princess and adored by her prince and her little critters.

A Dream is a wish your Heart makes. ~ Cinderella

The produce guys at the grocery store gave these to me free of charge because they had been in a display. So I happily brought them home with me and gave them each a coat of paint and some glitter. Loving the pink

And the blush pink colour of the tulips was perfect for today's tea post.

Thank you for joining me for tea today. I hope you have enjoyed your visit. 

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are... 
Disney Lyrics

If you have a teacup or coffee mug, a teapot, coffee pot, chocolate pot, or a tablescape, I would love to see it. A visit to a tea room is always fun and a recipe which would go well with tea, or a new tea you have discovered is also welcome. Just link up below and I will be happy to visit you.

I am joining the following parties as well~ 

 A Return to Loveliness
 Tea Cup Tuesday
 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Hi Sandi and Happy Thanksgiving! I love your wonderful pumpkins! I do love the little ones. And your Cosmos teacup is lovely! I just found an entire set of the Flower Of The Month series. Love them! Your apple cake sounds like a wonderful idea. My DH doesn't like pumpkin pie so I am always looking for alternatives. Thanks so much for hosting and also for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving Sandi. Another lovely post. I have several of the flower of the month teacups for our birthdays.
    Your apple cake looks so good!!

  3. Such a lot to love in this post! I love the pink pumpkin with the sparkles, and the one with the little roses. I didn't know the Royal Albert shape was Montrose or that those cups were made in 1970. We have two of them. The cosmos for October one is really pretty. I always enjoy all the quotes you gather each week for tea time, too. Thank you for hosting a great party every week. And Happy Thanksgiving to you, too.

  4. Happy Thanksgiving! Pink pumpkins ... who knew??!! I love them. I love apples and I bet your apple cake is wonderful. I adore Cosmos ... what a lovely cup! Happy Tea Day and Thanks so much for hosting.

  5. I love visiting you to see all of your beautiful china.

    And, I have taken an idea from one of your pumpkins. I haven't decorated yet, but maybe today we will visit the pumpkin patch.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving, Sandi! Your October cup and saucer are so pretty, and I admire the way the front of your home looks, all decorated for the fall season.

  7. I'm loving everything about your post. Your prayer reminds me that I have so much to be thankful for. Your teacup is so pretty! I loved seeing how you've decorated your front door area too. Last but not least, the cake looks fantastic and Happy Thanksgiving, Sandi!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  8. Such a pretty tea today, Sandi, and I especially love your two little blessings at the pumpkin patch. The apple cake with sauce looks so dreamy. I would love a bite of it. Thank you for hosting and Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. Hi Sandi: Love the tea cup you shared today, but those two little blessings take the cake today. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. May God continue to bless you daily. Hugs, Martha

  10. Hi Sandi: Love the tea cup you shared today, but those two little blessings take the cake today. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. May God continue to bless you daily. Hugs, Martha

  11. Hi Sandi: Love the tea cup you shared today, but those two little blessings take the cake today. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. May God continue to bless you daily. Hugs, Martha

  12. Happy Thanksgiving Sandi ..

    What a sweet posting.. I adore your little pumpkins..They made me feel the magic of the season ... especially with the children. Your Cosmo set is lovely...I have them flourishing in my yard this year, so I'm particularly happy to see a tea set dedicated to their beauty...That apple recipes ...Sounds Yummy!!!!

  13. A lovely pink and pretty posting for October's breast cancer awareness. The pink October Royal Albert cup was probably designed before the month was associated with the cause. I have wondered why I like pumpkins and now I know ~ the Cinderella story!

  14. Hi Sandi,
    I love your pink pumpkins! I bought the exact same variety of mum this fall for the front porch and I as also surprised when it bloomed out with this lavender and white bloom. It is really pretty! Thank you for hosting! Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

  15. What a beautiful post with so many pretty tea cups and pumpkins! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. We are all truly blessed. Sweet hugs, Diane

  16. So beautiful, Sandi. I love the pinks! Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you!...Christine

  17. Oh my, such a beautiful post dear Sandi! I too treasure my Oct. RAlb. teacup as my b'day is this month and my Mil's was too and she left the teacup specially for me! The pink pumpkins with the sparkles is adorable, as is the ones with the roses. You always manage to make your posts so lovely, elegant and soo very romantic, like in an English tea parlor...and with lovely quotes too! Thank you for hosting lovely lady.
    Have a swell week.

  18. Dear Sandi,
    I love the quote of Madeleine L'Engle. Its so true. What you have done with the pumpkins is wonderful Love the Cinderella Pumpkin and the pink variations. And the tea cup is lovely, too. Cosmos are very oldfashioned here, the became seldom in the gardens. But they are so beautiful. Thank you for this wonderful tea time, its always a pleasure to visit you. I am proud to be part of your party.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  19. Happy Thanksgiving Sandi,
    Wonderful post, cosmos, pumpkins, china and upside down cake yummy. My garden cosmos didn't see much sun as the giant sunflowers shaded their awareness,

  20. Your month tea cup and saucer is very pretty.... and your pictures are fun to look at. :)

  21. You've added some wonderful new pink pumpkins this year Sandi - and as you can see from my post - inspired me to paint one lavender!
    Thanksgiving was good with all the family and I see you made it to the pumpkin patch with yours.
    Thank you for hosting your weekly tea gathering, there is no place I'd rather be than to sip with friends.

  22. Hello Sandi,

    What a beautiful tribute. I love the glamed pumpkins. Pink.... How perfect.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.


  23. Hi Sandi,
    So sorry I am late to link up today - I have been busy with Thanksgiving Dinner and entertaining. Your front door looks so inviting for fall. Your October teacup is just perfect for this month and Breast Cancer Awareness. I love the pink, sparkly and jeweled pumpkins. They are so pretty! I would love to try your upside down cake. Thank you for hosting Tea Time Tuesday! Happy belated Thanksgiving! Karen




  25. Dear Sandi, i love your teacups as usual! The pink pumpkins are so pretty and your cake looks delicious.

  26. An especially nice post. So many good things going on. Love the pumpkins you shared - both types of pink pumpkins! I am always inspired by your quotes. Angels to you.

  27. Hi Sandi. Happy Thanksgiving to you (although a day late). Your October tea cup is perfect for the pink theme! I really like that pumpkin with all the bling you placed in the cup...that is such a terrific picture. Thanks for hosting, and have a great night!

  28. Thank you for hosting such a special teatime today. Sorry I am late joining in - day has been crazy busy.

    Love your October RA teacup. May have to find one of those, seeing as my birthday is October! : - )


  29. Hi Sandi, thank you for this fabulous party I am glad I was able to linked up. It's been a while since I joined the party. I will keep and eye every week so I can join you and the rest of our party friends. I love your October teacup, so pretty. And the apple upside down cake looks yummy. I think I will try that too.
    Hope you have a good week.

  30. Sandi, the little baby boo blinded up is so cute in your teacup! Perfect colors on the set for Cancer Awareness. The dessert sounds so yummy! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Your little pumpkins in the pumpkin patch are so sweet! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  31. Beautiful post, Sandi - I hope you had a marvelous Thanksgiving! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,


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