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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.

Monday, 11 July 2016

No Place Like Home

Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home. ~ John Howard Payne

Hello my lovely friends and welcome to No Place Like Home; a blog party where you are invited to share all your home and garden posts. A place to share your imagination, wonderful ideas and gifts with others. 

The other day I shared one of my new found vintage teacups. If you would like to know more about it, click here.

I've had a very busy week. Hubby and I just finished painting the office and I'm glad that job is done. You wouldn't believe the junk that was in there! At least the painting is done and now it's time to get the house back in order before my family arrives.

As well as getting the painting finished, I have been baking. I got my sugar cookies made and they're in the freezer. I make big ones with raisins in the centre. These were always a favourite with my guys so I always make them when they come home.

There was a kitchen, a parlour, a pantry, and a larder. ~ Beatrix Potter

I love my ceramic topped stove. It's another surface on which to let things cool.

I will be making two other kinds of cookies as well as cinnamon rolls. A big batch of what my kids consider to be the best spaghetti sauce will be made and put in the freezer as well. And once they arrive, I will have to make my potato salad which my youngest claims is the best in the world! He has traveled extensively and enjoyed food in all different countries so I take that as quite a compliment!

So, yes, I'm really busy. Hubby starts his vacation next week and shortly, I will be taking a break but for now, it's on with the party.

Last week's party served up a wonderful variety of ideas and recipes. What a talented group of ladies you are! Everything was splendid and thank you so much for sharing. I am honoured that you linked up to my party. 

I haven't been featuring so many posts lately but I thought I would take the time to share some with you this week. There were so many to choose from but I had to narrow it down to these seven. Hope you enjoy!

Patti @ Embracing Home shared a heartwarming story about her great grandmother and her purple eggs. 

Nancy @ Two Cottages and Tea shared a beautiful tea time out in her garden surrounded by her lovely purple flowers and china.

You all know my adoration of pink/red transferware so Bernideen @ Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden  also gets a mention for sharing her stunning collection of china as well as figurines for the July 4th holiday.

Thelma @ Thel's Kitchen shared her recipe for Maple Walnut tarts; yum!

Jocelyn @ Happy Cottage Quilter shared a recipe from Taste of Home for this lovely Strawberry-Blueberry truffle. Perfect for July the 4th!

Ruth @ Antiques and Teacups shared her lovely red, white and blue tea time as well as a delicious recipe for Blueberry Yorkshire Pudding. Oh my, doesn't it look good?

Cindy @ Cloches and Lavender shared a wonderful topiary which she made for her stepmom. Love the box too.

Thank you everyone for joining me last week. I really appreciate it!

It would be lovely if you added a link in your post back to this party so your friends could find their way here.

Now let's see what you are creating in your home to make it a cozy place to come home to for your family, your friends, and yourself. Thank you for adding a link back to this party putting a link to your 

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 let Thy grace 
Shine upon our dwelling place. - Edgar A. Guest

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi


  1. Dear Sandi:
    I see my post was featured and thank you. A Monday morning surprise is always nice! Hope your week goes along in a wonderful way!

  2. Hi Sandi, The cookies look delicious (and big)! I know this is an exciting time for you -- having all your family around you. Cooking for them must give you great pleasure. Have a wonderful week!

  3. Happy Monday morning...beautiful post

  4. Thanks for the party Sandi and enjoy the week. :)

  5. Thanks for hosting, Sandi. I find your features very inspiring....Christine

  6. Thanks for hosting such a great party every week!


  7. Thanks so much for the feature! What a surprise! How fun to have a vacation time with the kids. Never thought of using the stove top for cooling...great idea! It is such a busy time of year, but enjoy it! Thanks for hosting!

  8. I'm so pleased to finally get a post up Sandi! Thank you for hosting. If you are making extra, I know that my family would love a couple of dozen of those cookies!

  9. Thank you for featuring my post about Mum. I think she would be thrilled to know that her purple eggs remain a cherished memory for me and that they inspired my writing a bit.

    All the featured posts are lovely. I need to visit the ones I haven't already visited. I'm especially interested in that maple walnut tart.

    I love potato salad. Do you have a special ingredient that makes yours the best in the world?

    I have a ceramic-top stove too. I like it so much better than my old one with the coil burners. SO much easier to clean!

    Again, thanks so much for the feature. Have a lovely day.


  10. Dear Sandi,
    what a busy week for you. But the new office must look very good. I admire that you have power enough to bake at the same time. The cookies look so good. Thank you for sharing this wonderful features and for hosting this sweet event.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  11. I hope you'll share those favorite family recipes, Sandi. I know you'll enjoy your company! Yea for the painting getting finished.
    Thanks for hosting and for sharing your home.

  12. Thank you for looking at the lovely rose cup and saucer and giving the number. I suspect that you have something quite old and hard to find there. You're going to be busy in your kitchen preparing for your family coming to stay. Sounds as though they all have fond memories of your cooking:)

  13. A lovely post and lovely features, Sandi. What a blessing that your precious family can come to visit!

  14. Your pictures are stunning! The roses are most beautiful. Thank you for hosting this lovely party! Lynn

  15. Thanks for hosting and sorry I've missed a week or two but in the throws of a remodel gone crazy!

  16. That pudding looks delish! Thanks for hosting us :) Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  17. This week's food features are making me hungry. Ha! Thank you for hosting and enjoy your family visit!


  18. Thanks for featuring my Maple Walnut Tarts. Also thanks for hosting another great party. Have a great week. xo

  19. Thank you so much for featuring my post! You are so sweet to do this! I love your teacup full of roses, so beautiful! My you are busy! Lots of baking for summertime, but I can tell you are a good moma and want to make your boys their favorites! Thanks for the tip about the stove top! Never thought of using the stove! I hope you will share your recipes with us sometime! Have a wonderful time with family!
    Hugs, Nancy

  20. Hi Sandi! Wonder features! Thank you so much for hosting today! Looks like Summer has returned to the East Coast! ;0

  21. Thanks for the link-up Sandi. Love that Edgar Guest quote. Have a great week.

  22. Greetings busy lady! Sounds like you are ready and excited about your company! I can only imagine all the fun ahead for you and yours.
    Much love, Linda

  23. What great features. Oh those cookies look simply divine! Wish I had one! Well I couldn't help but chuckle because my girls tells me that EVERYTHING I make is the best....(especially if they don't won't to make it) LOL! You are a smart gal for getting things done a little early and freezing. I like to do that too. It sure helps with time. Love your post today. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  24. You've been busy!! How wonderful to get painting done, and to be putting food by in anticipation of children coming. Such a happy thing to look forward to. Love your pretty roses and teacup. Blessings, Deborah

  25. Hi Sandi, Isn't it wonderful to accomplish such things as redoing a room. One can find things that have been misplaced and then rediscovered. You are wise to make extra cookies for freezing. Then they are ready when you need them. I am not so smart. Thanks for the reposts as I missed some of them last week. Try not to work too hard. Kindest regards, Jill

  26. Thank you so much for hosting. Hope you make great memories with your family!

    xo Dianne

  27. Sandi, I wish you and Hubby would come here and paint MY office! We painted it a very long time ago and didn't like the color (it only looks the right color for a short period of time each day, then looks all wrong most of the time!), but I've never gotten around to repainting it.

  28. Your teacup is gorgeous! Enjoy your vacation!

  29. Sandi,
    Me again!! Just stopping by to thaank you for taking the time to visit and to wish you a Great weekend!!


I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY!

Also, due to the amount of spam I've been getting, I have had to set Comment Moderation. ~ Sandi