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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.

Friday, 16 July 2021

Christmas in July

Celebrate love. It is the breath of your existence and the best of all reasons for living. ~ Author unknown 

Hello my dear friends! I hope you are all well. It has been a couple of weeks since I have posted anything and there is a reason for that which I will get into further down.

This time of year I always think of my Daddy because his birthday was on the 27th of July. He adored Christmas so this post is in memory of him. 


"Christmas isn't just an event - Love came Down and is among us! All year long, we can celebrate the Greatest Gift."DaySpring


As some of you know, my father loved the Old Country Roses pattern, so I am featuring this pretty china today.

It is summertime so I have a sparkly starfish on the table too just for the whimsy.

Most years in July, I always try to have something festive out to celebrate the season, but this year, I haven't done that. I do have my topiary lit up for the pictures though.
Tea always tastes better in a china teacup. Just a few touches makes the tea table a little more festive. Little silver birds and a pine cone nestled next to the cup, add that festive touch I'm going for.

Warm sticky date pudding is something I try to make twice a year. Most of my recipes you can find on my sidebar using "search this blog."


Do you celebrate Christmas in July? When the weather is hot, it's not easy to think about the holidays but when you snuggle into a cozy arm chair and watch the Hallmark Christmas in July movies, it is a treat just for a couple of hours.

My pictures today are borrowed from earlier posts. 

I mentioned before that I haven't posted much lately nor have I visited my blogger friends and I apologize for that. I have been ill with a nasty infection for about six weeks. Alas, I was scheduled to have my second vaccine shot in June and I had to cancel. Now I am waiting for another appointment. I have also gone back to physiotherapy twice a week. 
So, I don't have a lot of time on my hands these days. My son and his family are planning a trip over from NB in a couple of weeks and sometime soon, we hope to make a trip over there to see them and their new home. Therefore, I have decided it is best to take a blogging break until the end of the summer. We are all busy so I know you will understand.

Thank you so much for visiting. Enjoy your Summer and please stay safe out there! 
Much love to you all and I will be back soon!

Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life. ~ Mark Twain


Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Wednesday, 30 June 2021

No More FeedBurner for Bloggers!

Good morning dear friends! Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends which we celebrate July 1!


A few weeks ago, I received a Feedburner notification because I have been using the "Follow by Email" widget on my blog sidebar. Subscribers have been able to follow along via email alerts. However, that subscription is about to expire tomorrow on July 1, and it will no longer be available to those of you who have been following my blog this way. 
It seems the only other way for me to offer an email subscription, is to purchase one. Therefore, I will not be able to offer the Feedburner service any longer. If you wish to follow my blog, you will need to visit my blog regularly. I sincerely hope you will.

Have a wonderful holiday, and to my American friends, a Happy Independence Day on the 4th!

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

Monday, 21 June 2021

Pretty, Feminine Rose Chintz China

It's the month of June,
the month of leaves and roses,
when pleasant sights salute the eyes
and pleasant scents the noses. ~ Nathaniel Parker Willis


Welcome dear friends, and welcome Summer! I am sharing some Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz today. It is the perfect pattern for Spring and Summer because of its luscious roses and forget-me-nots. 

This pretty pattern tugs at my heart strings every time I look at it. It is a scrumptious bouquet of pink roses, rose buds, and soft blue forget-me-nots on a creamy white background, captured under a glaze, to be preserved forever. 

The teacups and mugs each have a delightful little spray of blue forget-me-nots and a single rosebud inside the cup. It is charming, feminine, and just makes me happy to look at it. It is a pattern which seems to give a romantic nod to by-gone days when manners were still in fashion.



Because it's lilac season, I have some lilacs too.

The Rose Chintz  brings back very fond memories of meals at my auntie's home in New Brunswick. She always set her table with this feminine china, and I thought it so pretty and special when I had any meal there. As a little girl, I took a real fancy to it and longed to have those same dishes when I grew up.

When my auntie down-sized into a condo, she gave me many pieces of her china and when she went into a Home, she gave me the rest of it.

Auntie's set was started as a wedding gift which she added to over the years. I have also added to it myself, as well as my son and several blogger friends. I am so thankful to have it, along with all those lovely memories, and I use it every day. I am still smitten with the pattern after all these years.


A table set beneath our maple tree with the dappled sunlight peeking through, makes for a delightful respite out in the fresh air.


Inside or out, Rose Chintz is sure to make you smile!

What makes you smile today? Thank you for your visit and have a beautiful day, dear friends!


Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Wednesday, 9 June 2021

It's Blossom Time on the Island

One June evening, when the orchards were pink-blossomed again, when the frogs were singing silverly sweet in the marshes.... and the air was full of the savour of clover fields and balsamic fir woods, Anne was sitting by her gable window. She had been studying her lessons, but it had grown too dark to see the book, so she had fallen into wide-eyed reverie, looking out past the boughs of the Snow Queen, once more bestarred with its tufts of blossom. ~ LM Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables


Hello my dear friends. The apple trees are in bloom again and the fruit trees are filled with fluffy sweet smelling pink-tinted blossoms. Lilacs are in bloom as well. What a beautiful time of year it is! Everything is so fresh and pretty.

This time of year I always look forward to their fleeting beauty and when the blossoms have fallen on to the grass I love how they carpet the ground with their petals. 

Every June I bring out my Royal Albert Blossom Time china. It is just so pretty! 



The rhubarb is also in season so I have some rhubarb crisp in one of my vintage pink goblets. 



Roses are looking pretty in a teapot and the table is set with my teacup and saucer which my aunt and uncle brought back to me from North Carolina one year. 

Don't you just love roses?


"Isn't it lovely? Don't you think it must be glad to be a rose? Wouldn't it be nice if roses could talk? I'm sure they could tell us such lovely things. And isn't pink the most bewitching colour in the world?" ~ Anne of Green Gables






My son and his family are now in New Brunswick and are in quarantine for two weeks before they take possession of their new home. It is good to have them back in the Maritimes!

I am sorry I didn't do much visiting the past two weeks. I have been ill again and just getting back on my feet, so to speak.


NOTE:

A few weeks ago, I received a Feedburner notification because I have been using "Follow by Email" widget on my blog sidebar. Subscribers have been able to follow along via email alerts. However, that subscription is about to expire and it will no longer be available to those who have been following my blog this way. It seems the only other way for me to offer an email subscription, is to purchase one. Therefore, I will not be able to offer the Feedburner service any longer. If you wish to follow my blog, you will have to visit my blog regularly. I sincerely hope you will.

Thank you for visiting and have a lovely day.

Happiness is the realization
of God in the heart.
Happiness is the result
of praise and thanksgiving,
of faith, of acceptance;
a quiet tranquil realization
of the love of God.~ 

White Eagle from the book, "A Book of Joy," by Thomas Kinkade



Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Thursday, 20 May 2021

May Updates

Hello dear friends! I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the lovely season which is upon us.

As I live each day may I make a difference
And touch one heart....
Each day it is my goal
To bring smiles and laughter
Into a soul! ~ Unknown author

Thank you to everyone who wished my hubby and me well when I took my break. Your thoughts and prayers were very much appreciated! 

While I was absent from my blog, a lot  happened and I want to bring you up to date.

A month ago, I took a fall and bruised my ribs. I lose my balance often because of my condition which seems to be getting worse. Anyway, I was laid up for a while but I am feeling better. My hubby went back to work a little too soon after he took a mini stroke in November. So, he has been off work since late March, but he is feeling much better now. 

We have a new fur baby in the family and his name is Greyson. He is adorable, and he knows he is loved, believe me! My son got him about three weeks ago. He is a mixed breed of shi tzu and bichon and I just love him! Right now he is between four and six pounds and as soft and fluffy as a teddy bear. Isn't that face the sweetest? It wasn't easy getting a picture of him sitting still because he is always wriggling around everywhere.
Happiness is a warm puppy. ~ Charles Schulz

It is wonderful having a baby in the family again, even if it is a furry one.

As some of you know, my son and his family on the west coast are preparing for a move to the east coast. The company he works for is  transferring him, and he is excited to get here and begin a new life with his family. They have bought a house in New Brunswick which is where I am from originally. In fact he will be living only a few miles from where I had lived. So he is excited about that. They fly out of BC in a couple of weeks.

Their new home has everything they could ever want including a hot tub, a fish pond, and lovely gardens already in bloom. My daughter-in-law is Dutch so the gardening will come naturally to her. When we are able to go over for a visit, I will get pictures.

The children are sad to be moving away from all their friends. My little granddaughter had to say good-bye to her Cheer team on the weekend. They are very sad to see her go because she is the star of the team. Their team is in second place here in Canada. 
It is a difficult time for my grandchildren leaving behind all they have ever known but they are happy they will be living closer to us. They will be about two hours away so it is comforting to know that they will be near, versus the three thousand miles or five thousand kilometres away. 

On the home front, we painted the wall in the dining area, which was a big faux pas on my part. I used to have robin egg blue with a beautiful wallpaper in my kitchen-dining room years ago. It was the prettiest it had ever been. I wanted the colour back but after we got one and a half  walls done, we thought it was too dark without some wallpaper too. These rooms are on the north side of the house so we want the rooms as bright as possible. I don't want to paper the wall, so, we painted back to the country cream we have been living with. *sigh*

Two and a half years ago, we had painted the end wall in the living room a colour close to turquoise which I never liked. The man at the paint store had chosen the colour for us and by the time we had it on the wall, I knew I wasn't going to like it. However, I didn't have the heart to tell my hubby since he did the painting. Anyway, time passed and I started dropping hints about the colour and how I wanted to change it. So we changed it to a soft robin egg blue which is my favourite colour. It is also the colour we had originally painted in the kitchen-dining area so the paint didn't go to waste. It is perfect, and I am so happy with it! So is my hubby!
 





I don't like how the corner shows one side blue and the other, oyster. We wanted to extend the blue onto the sofa wall. That would make two walls robin egg blue and two walls in oyster white. The sofa is teal.
This is a small room but it is very bright and cozy. We have two recliners adjacent to the sofa and they are wheat coloured which match the oyster white walls.
This is the corner now which we painted and carried over on to the sofa wall. We are loving it!
The camera doesn't do it justice, but trust me, it looks much better!



We celebrated the first weekend in May with my hubby's birthday, our Anniversary, and Mother's Day. May has always been a very busy month for us along with my son and his wife's Anniversary, and two more birthdays. 
My football playing grandson had his sixteenth birthday yesterday, May 19. I can't believe it! This was taken in 2018 when he won Defensive Player of the Year. We really miss him because he moved up to Ontario to play football last September. Alas, he hasn't been able to play because of the pandemic. He sure picked the wrong time to go up there!
Well, I think I have brought you up to date on what has been happening here at our home. 

The goldfinches are bright yellow and there are flocks of them this year. Back in late March, we saw the very first red male cardinal ever in our back yard. Unfortunately he couldn't get at the seed in the feeders although he came back twice to try, but failed. We haven't seen him since. We are hoping the cardinals up west will make their way down here to Charlottetown. 

I am so happy Spring is here and everything is greening up. This coming weekend, is Victoria Day weekend which is the kick off to Summer here in Canada. Folks will be firing up their barbecues and celebrating. Looking forward to summertime!

NOTE: Before I close, can anyone please explain to me what this Feedburner thing that bloggers are losing, is all about?

Thank you for visiting and God bless you for not giving up on me and my blog. Wishing you all a happy and beautiful day!

Happiness is an inside job! ~ unknown


Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Tuesday, 30 March 2021

Taking A Break

For flowers that bloom about our feet;
For tender grass so fresh and sweet;
For song of bird and hum of bee;
For all things fair we hear and see,
Father in heaven, we thank Thee! ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Hello my dear friends and welcome to springtime!


I must apologize for my lack of blogging lately. Sometimes things pop up that you're not expecting.  

I had planned to post a St Patrick's Day Tea and alas, I was unable to do that.
Once I got my dessert made, I had sprained my wrist later that same day so I was not able to use my hand much for a number of days after that. 

Last week was the year anniversary of my beloved brother's passing. It was a difficult few days. Since then, one thing after another has happened. My hubby is home again on sick leave {he's doing okay} and we have all kinds of appointments coming up. So, I have decided to take a break for a few weeks because of this. 

I plan to return in the near future, and in the meantime, God bless you, and I wish you all a lovely and Blessed Easter weekend! Please stay safe and stay well!



Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 15 March 2021

A Dessert for St Patrick's Day

May joy and peace surround you,

Contentment latch your door,
And happiness be with you now,
And bless you evermore. ~ An Irish Blessing

Hello dear friends and welcome back to Rose Chintz Cottage! With St Patrick's Day happening this week, I thought I would share a recipe which I plan to make. I had shared this recipe years ago and I thought it the perfect dessert for St Patrick's Day. 


There are one of two different bottom crusts  you can make for this dessert. I am making the shortbread bottom myself but the graham crumb bottom is the original crust and it is good too. I will share both crust recipes and you can choose the one you please.

Striped Delight Dessert 

Graham Cracker Crumb Crust

1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
Combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and melted butter. Press firmly into a 13x9 inch pan.


Shortbread Crust 

1 cup butter, softened
4 TBSP icing sugar
2 cups flour
Cream together butter and icing sugar. Beat in flour until blended. Dump mixture into the bottom of a 13x9 inch pan and using a sheet of plastic wrap, press into the pan until flat and even. 




Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. Don't allow it to bake too much. You are looking for a nice golden colour. Cool.




Filling

8 oz pkg Philly cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup sugar
2 TBSP milk
1 small container Cool Whip, thawed {I used the large one because I like lots of whipped topping.}
2 pkgs {4 serving size} Jello instant pudding 
3-1/2 cups cold milk.

NOTE: You may use chocolate, butterscotch, lemon, or pistachio instant pudding. I used the pistachio for St Patrick's Day.

Beat cream cheese with sugar and 2 TBSP milk until smooth.



Fold in half the Cool Whip if using the small container and spread over the crust.






Refrigerate while making the pudding layer.
Using 3-1/2 cups cold milk, prepare pudding according to directions on package.




Pour over the cream cheese layer.
Chill over night or for several hours. 


Spread remaining Cool Whip over pudding and garnish if you wish. Makes 12-15 servings.




NOTE: You may use 1 package {6 serving size} pudding mix and 2-1/2 cups cold milk. Enjoy!



Enjoy with a nice hot beverage. This recipe makes enough for a pot luck or dinner with your family and friends.

I will be back later this week with another posting. See you then and have a wonderful day!

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Wednesday, 17 February 2021

A Late Valentine's Tea.

The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved. ~ Victor Hugo

Hello my dear friends and welcome once again to my humble little blog! I had meant to have a Valentine Tea on Monday but we had a holiday here and Hubby and I were busy putting away Christmas decorations. We kept our tree up for Valentine's Day. Then yesterday, we had an ice storm.

In winter we live a more inward life.
Our hearts are warm and cheery, like cottages under drifts. ~ Henry David Thoreau

So, today is a new day, and perhaps today would be better for a tea since I have a little more time.


My Valentines roses. I love creamy white roses!

My tea treats today.


I have brought out my etagere and arranged some tea sandwiches and sweets on it. For Valentine's Day of course I wanted to use my red transfer ware. So everything is set. Won't you join me?

I want to share with you a sweet little Mason's Vista mug a friend had gifted me with for my birthday before we have our tea. 

I do not have many pieces of Mason's as it is fairly scarce around these parts but the pieces I do have I enjoy using from time to time; especially at Christmas and Valentine's Day.



My friend had found three of these mugs and she gifted one each to me and another friend, and kept one herself. I love it!

It's not the tea that makes teatime special, it's the spirit of the tea party. ~ Emily Barnes

So, here we have some egg salad and chicken salad tea sandwiches, as well as Valentine cupcakes and chocolate raspberry truffles.

It is best to cut the crusts off your sandwiches as it makes a nicer presentation. Also, your sandwiches should be cut into smaller sizes. Tea sandwiches are meant to be dainty. 

 
My favourite red transfer ware teapot. 

The pretty handmade heart was a gift from a blogger friend a while ago and I always have it on the tree, but today it is for the tea table.



I asked Hubby to get some Valentine treats from the bakery and this is what he brought home.

I would prefer this lovely cake I baked for one other Valentine's day but I'm not doing much baking these days.





My teacups are Burleigh Felicity and Mason's Vista.

The little creamer has the same mark on it as the teapot. I have another teapot with the same mark and it is Valencia. So, I presume these pieces are also Valencia.

It has been an unusual week. I had hoped to set up a tea/home party, but nothing has gone according to plan. I guess we all have weeks like that. The trick is to accept it and make the most of it. Go with the flow, as they say.

Thank you for visiting me today and I hope your week is going well. Stay safe, stay warm, and enjoy your day!

Whatever the shape of your teapot,
Whatever the flavour of your tea,
God can still mightily pour you out
To refresh another in need. ~ unknown



Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi