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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.

Saturday, 9 October 2021

Happy Thanksgiving to All My Canadian Friends!

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

Hello dear friends! This year my bird bath pumpkin is a sweet Cinderella pumpkin instead of the usual orange pumpkin I have displayed in previous years. Don't you just love the wide varieties of pumpkins we have now?


The birdies can still get a drink from the birdbath because there is room in there for them to get water.



On the table are some blue and white transferware pieces. It has been cool the past few days so the fire is going.




This coming Monday is our Canadian Thanksgiving and I have made the usual pies and a War cake. 
We will be having dinner out at a restaurant because I took another fall the other day. I do however have a turkey in the oven and I will make some gravy for hot turkey sandwiches later.

Our middle son and his family are coming from New Brunswick to join us and our oldest grandson who lives about ten minutes away will be joining us as well. Our oldest son is spending the weekend in Ontario with his two other boys so he won't be joining us. Alas, our youngest son lives in the States so he won't be here either. But it is lovely to have some family with us this year.

Thanksgiving is of course a special day set aside to give thanks for all the many blessings in our lives. Good food, loved ones, and the precious memories that have played a part in shaping who we are. Our Heavenly Father has ordained them all.

I wish all my Canadian friends a very Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless you all!

It is not what we say about our Blessings, but how we use them, which is the true measure of our Thanksgiving. unknown




Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi 

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Summer Time Fun and Family

Give every day the chance 

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

Hello my dear friends! I have had a long break with my family and I am going to update you a bit with a few pictures as well as my thoughts on the whole wonderful experience.

First of all, let me say, it has been a happy Summer compared to last year! With the exception of my youngest son and his family, everyone was home for a visit. Unfortunately, by the time they opened the US border for travellers to enter Canada, my American family was back in university and could not come. If they are able, they may try to come at Christmastime or next summer. This Christmas, will mark three years since we have had them home and come next summer, it will be almost four years. So, this mom is trying very hard to be patient and accept whatever comes which isn't easy because I miss them so much.

Love seems to be something that keeps filling up within us. The more we give away, the more we have to give. ~ Mr. Rogers

Since my west coast family has moved east to New Brunswick, we have been together several times since July. It has been such a treat; a dream come true, really! I had prayed for this move for twenty years and now they are back on the east coast, two hours from our home. If I was to elaborate on how this move all came about, you would have to admit that God was in it and orchestrated the whole thing. It truly was a miracle! Don't ever give up praying, ladies.

God is good!!

We actually spent last weekend with them at their new home. What a beautiful property they have!  We missed most of the gardens and flowers but there was still much to see and enjoy. The hydrangeas are gorgeous and there were still lots of coneflowers and dusty miller about.

You can't see it because of the corner garden, but the verandah wraps halfway around the house. In the back, they have  a gazebo and hot tub. Next year they plan to plant a vegetable garden in the back yard. 



One of the things I liked best is the fish pond. My son has twenty-seven goldfish in it. He sits out on the verandah with his coffee every morning and watches the goldfish. It relaxes him before his busy work day begins. There is a small fountain in the back pond which is very soothing to listen to when you are out there.


The side view facing the goldfish pond. 


It is a very large house with a lot of light flooding the rooms through the many windows and garden doors. Their back yard is all fenced in so their pup is free to go out whenever he wants to. 


 Our two grandsons who live in Ontario now, flew home and my, how they have grown! All the boys are taller than their dad now who is five' eleven". The youngest guy got down on his knees when he saw me, to give me a hug. That made for a lively conversation with oohs and aahs at his playfulness. He towers over his grandmother! There are pictures of that but I'm not about to share what a total shrimp I am! Let's just say, I'm delighted!


The oldest boys are twenty, seventeen, and sixteen. Two of them are still in high school.  The oldest, Cam, the one on the right who lives here on the Island, is studying to be an electrician at College. The young man on the left, Brent, plans to go into the mental health field after he graduates. These days he writes music and is in a band, therefore the long hair, which Nanny loves! The youngest boy, Jared, in the middle, is still all about football. He is the tallest of them all. He is the one who got down on his knees to give me a hug. Too cute!



I am so proud of them all! One evening we had a big family barbecue and our youngest grandson, Zach, who just turned thirteen, was feeling rather bored and left out around the older boys. So Brent borrowed his brother's car and took Zach and his little sister, Jenna-Lynn, to hunt for hermit crabs which they often did whenever they visited the Island. That trip to the beach to hunt hermit crabs, was the highlight of Zach's trip! What a sweet young man to take his little cousins to the beach! I have adorable grandchildren, don't you agree? I am exercising my Nanny bragging rights today. I hope I'm forgiven! 😍




My youngest grandchildren love their new home in NB and my one and only little granddaughter is still in All-Star cheer which is a different type of cheer that takes place outside of schools. She is quite the little athlete and has won several medals! Her older brother still takes jiu jitsu and is enjoying those competitions as well. 

My son is busy with his job and my DIL has left the nursing profession to pursue a career in teaching, which she is enjoying very much. 




This is my NB family posing in front of the Petitcodiac river.



I am a very proud mom and grandmother! I have waited quite a while for all my grandchildren to be home at the same time. What a treat!

This is my son's drum kit and guitar. 

We are a musical family and all my boys play instruments. Right now two of my grandsons also play.

My NB son is a big Philly's fan as you can see by his collection of hockey jerseys and caps. This is his shrine, so to speak.

Yes, I've had a wonderful summer. It has been beautiful for the most part. 

Autumn is upon us and the songbirds have flown, leaving the feeders free for chickadees and other birds that will be here for the winter. I wonder if our cardinal will make another appearance?

How was your summer, my friends? I'll be back soon. Happy September!

Love is not about
how many days, months, or years
you have been together. Love is
about how much 
you love each other
every single day. ~ unknown

 
Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

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