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...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday 30 December 2019

Winter is the Time for Home

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home. ~ Edith Sitwell 

Hello dear ones! I hope you all enjoyed the Holidays and you are looking forward to what the new year will bring.

Winter has settled in upon us with some fresh snow and outside my window looks like a Christmas card. In the evenings we like to watch a movie or sip hot chocolate in front of the fire. New Year's Eve we are supposed to get a snow storm, so winter is definitely here. 

I will be one year older come New Year's and to be honest, I will be glad to put the old year behind me. It has been a trying year for my family what with my mother passing a few months ago and other matters.

Christmas was very busy but quiet, does that make sense? We were happy to have a couple of our family members with us. We have next summer to look forward to now when everyone will be coming home for a visit. It will be a very full little cottage with everyone here including a furbaby. Full of love, that is! 

Every year I send my one little granddaughter a Christmas ornament to decorate her tree with when she grows up. Isn't she a cutie? I miss her so much because she lives out on the west coast.

She's getting older and appreciating the ornaments more every year. My son sent me a picture of her newest one from me hanging on their tree. The wee candy cottage looks so cute hanging there next to the candy cane and she loves it!
Every year my hubby gifts me with a new tree ornament and this is my newest one. It is large with an embossed design of chickadees and cardinals on it. 

My Island son took this picture with his new i-phone and I thought it pretty enough to share with you. This is my crystal hurricane lamp in the middle of the coffee table.

I am taking pictures with my phone right now because my camera won't run off the pictures on to my computer. I have no idea why. At least my phone takes a decent picture.

I was surprised to see the tulips are in the grocery store and since it's still the holiday season, I picked some red ones. The holidays are coming to an end but I'm now looking forward to Spring so the tulips are a welcome sight.
The teapot is a gift I received one Christmas.  Perfect for the winter months.

My Vista teacup was an antique find several years ago.

Chocolate cake with a raspberry sauce and fresh whipped cream was one of the desserts I served at Christmas. The cake is made from scratch and has no eggs in it. It is a very dense and moist cake.

Many of my recipes you can find on my sidebar when you print in the recipe in the box marked "Search this blog."

A cup of tea, a yummy dessert, and my friends dropping by, what more could one ask for on this pretty winter day? 

Have a beautiful day everyone and this week, as we begin a new year, may we look forward to all the delights it will hold. 

This is your year to SPARKLE!

God bless and watch over you all! 

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called OPPORTUNITY and its first chapter is New Year's Day. ~ Edith Lovejoy Pierce

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi