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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, 19 June 2017

Home and Healing

You never know what peace is until you walk on the shores or in the fields or along the winding red roads of Prince Edward Island in a summer twilight when the dew is falling and the old stars are peeping out and the sea keeps its mighty tryst with the little land it loves. You find your soul then. You realize that youth is not a vanished thing but something that dwells forever in the heart. ~ L.M. Montgomery

My little grandchildren seeing the red roads of the Island for the first time.

Hello dear friends! I thought I would pop a short post on here to let you all know that I've had my second surgery and I'm home from the hospital. It was a difficult weekend but I think I'm finally beginning to mend. 

Sunday was Father's Day and my son and his girfriend stopped by for a short visit. She brought me flowers from her parents' garden. Among them was this handful of dainty little Lily-of-the Valley which I have arranged in a teacup. Aren't they darling? And they smell so good too.

I want to thank each and every one of you who have taken the time to pray for me, visited my blog, and left such lovely comments. You really are a special group of ladies and I'm happy to call you my Friends!

I may take a short break from blogging to get back on my feet. I'll see how it goes. In the meantime, know that you are loved and very much appreciated. Take care everyone and God bless you!

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 12 June 2017

A Treasure Trove of Vintage Beauties

"Usefulness is not impaired by imperfection. You can drink from a chipped cup." ~ Greta Nagel

Welcome to Rose Chintz Cottage dear friends! This may be my last post for a while depending on how I feel after my surgery. That date is drawing nigh this week. 

The other day my Auntie P, my cousin, and my Aunt Ruby made a trip to the Island to visit my mother who is in a nursing home. They also brought with them a box full of Auntie P's dishes for me.

This is setting is from a "tea in the garden" one year.

Now most of you know the story of my Rose Chintz, how much I love it, and how I acquired most of this girly china.... 

"I love things that bear the touch of time, chips and all - they're more beautiful than perfection." ~ Victoria magazine

This pretty pattern tugs at my heart strings every time I look at it. It is a glorious 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.

"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck." ~ Emma Goldman

This vintage Johnson Bros Rose Chintz coffee pot belonged to my Auntie P and it holds so many lovely memories that I just had to share it again with you. 

Whenever we visited Auntie she would always set a big tray with this coffee pot filled with coffee and a plate of sandwiches. I look at this pretty coffee pot and I think of her and remember so many wonderful visits. 

Many of you who have been following my blog for any length of time also know, the pattern Rose Chintz reminds me of my childhood and our visits to my auntie's home in New Brunswick which is where I hail from originally. For as long as I can remember, she had always set her table with this pretty china. 

As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round. ~ Ben Hogan 

It is also bittersweet because the time has come for Auntie to part with them. She is newly widowed and in a retirement/assisted living residence where she must receive a little care. 

She promised me her dishes years ago when she was finished with them and alas, that time has come. Sadly, even the emails she and I had so much fun sending to one another have come to a halt because she can no longer use a computer.

So here is the rest of her beautiful china. As you can see, there are plates in every size; tea/bread and butter plates, salad/starter plates, breakfast plates, and dinner plates. 

There are mugs, bowls in varying sizes, salt and pepper shakers, a platter, one of several I have now, and a number of serving bowls in varying sizes and shapes. Some pieces have a chip and some have worn but that means they were loved and well used. That makes them ever more special. 

I love the square bowls and plates!

I am thrilled to have the salt and peppers! I also have three creamers and two covered sugar bowls.

And these little oval pickle dishes will come in handy for so many things.

There are always flowers for those who want to see them. ~ Henri Matisse

These are some of the pieces Auntie gave me a number of years ago. The pitcher is a favourite and looks splendid holding lilacs. 

Rose Chintz at lilac season. 

I have several double egg cups as well as demi-tasses and the gravy boat with the underplate.

I have enough mugs and teacups for a party. I haven't counted the pieces but I am pretty sure I have at least two dozen of each plate and bowl. Remember, I have already acquired many pieces from Auntie before this. 

Auntie has made this niece of hers very happy! Not only do I have this treasure trove of beautiful dishes from her but I have all the wonderful memories attached to them.

Happiness cannot be travelled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. ~ Denis Waitley

The majority of the Rose Chintz has the pink Johnson Bros mark as well as the green mark on the back of each piece. This means they are vintage and manufactured between the year 1930 and 2003. After that they were made in China. Some pieces are very difficult to find now-a-days. One can find pieces on ebay and in antique shops but not all of them bear the pink stamp and green mark. If the piece bears this JB mark, then you know it was made in England.

So, here you see the majority of my Rose Chintz collection. It will be cherished and will always bring to remembrance the dear auntie who set her table so prettily with them for so many years. Thank you, my beloved Auntie, I love you so much and God bless you!

God bless you too, dear blogger friends. Wishing you all an extraordinary week and thank you so much for visiting.  

I am joining the following parties as well~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Tea in the Garden
Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Teriyaki Stir Fry

Hello dear friends! I hope June is nice where you are. We have been having some lovely weather lately and it would be wonderful if it keeps up because we have such very short summers here.

Today I thought I would share a recipe I came up with. Back in March I eliminated all wheat and dairy which included no bread, cereal, pasta, eggs, milk, cream, cheese, butter, etc..., red meat, spicy foods which included pizza, and fats from my diet to try to calm down my cranky gallbladder. While I was able to eat chicken and scallops {I'm not very fond of fish} as well as lots of fruit and veggies, I couldn't have many of the foods I had always enjoyed. Believe it or not, I miss cheese most of all. But because I took the initiative to change my diet, I have little discomfort with the gallbladder most days. I have had only two very bad attacks during these three months. And my date with the surgeon is next week so I don't have long to go now.

So, I decided to experiment with a few ingredients to make our meals more interesting. Chicken and scallops, as good as they are, can get pretty boring when you serve them the same way day after day.
Dear Hubby had to eat pretty much the same things as I did because he doesn't cook. He never complained but he would have the odd hamburger with onion rings while I would have a salad. *sigh*

This dish is what I call Teriyaki Stir Fry and it is quite tasty. 

You will need:
2 chicken breasts cut into bite size pieces
half a red pepper, cut into strips
half a yellow/orange pepper, cut into strips
2 cups mushrooms, sliced
3/4 cup red onion, sliced
OPTIONAL - you could add some chunks of pineapple also if you wish.

The sauce:
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
1 TBSP soya sauce
1 tsp garlic powder

Cook the chicken in a non-stick pan until no longer pink and then add the veggies. Saute´ the veggies until tender crisp. Add the sauce and cook for about fifteen to twenty minutes or until the sauce thickens slightly. Serve over a bed of rice. I used Uncle Ben's long grain rice. Makes two to three big helpings. Enjoy!

I hope you try it. 

Next week, if all goes well, I will try to share one more post before my date with the doctor. 
Now, I'm going to enjoy this beautiful weekend and I hope you have a beautiful weekend too. God bless!

 Share Your Cup Thursday~
 Home Sweet Home~

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 5 June 2017

Spring Flowers, Family, and Some Good News!

I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June. ~ L M Montgomery

Welcome dear friends and welcome the month of June! What a beautiful time of year it is! This is my favourite season when everything is fresh and green. Spring into Summer; I simply love it!

Every Christmas my west coast son and his family send us a calendar of their family photos which we love to receive. The month of June, it is a close up picture of him and his adorable wife. I love these two so much and we are praying that soon he will receive a transfer back here to the Island. They want to move home so badly!

Aren't they a sweet couple? This guy was such a rebel growing up and caused me many sleepless nights but he has turned into the sweetest and most loveable guy. All that praying and loving has sure made a difference in his life. I read somewhere not long ago that strong-willed children become adults who change the world as long as we can hang on for the ride and resist the temptation to "tame" the spirit out of them. How true!

I guess it's been a couple of weeks since I posted last. I received the results of my surgery and I'm thrilled to tell you they found no malignancy. Such a weight has been lifted from my shoulders and those of my family. I can't help but smile with the good news. 

Smile, it's the key that fits the lock of everybody's heart. ~ Anthony J. D'Angelo 

My middle son was planning a trip home immediately had the news been bad. Now he will come in August. My family is so supportive and I love them to the moon and back, as they say! These are my three guys and how blessed I am to be their mom.

Next on the agenda, is the gallbladder surgery and then hopefully I can enjoy my summer after that.

Here at home, the bleeding hearts have spread from the side of our house to the front and oh my, they are so pretty! I just love those perfect little pink hearts dangling from the vine.

Earth laughs in flowers. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

I also have a pitcher of rainbow roses on a table in the corner of the living room. They always brighten the room up especially when we are having a dark and dreary day like we are today.

Pretty soon my Therese Bugnet roses will be in bloom and I am looking forward to bringing their heady fragrance into my home for bouquets. 

A joyful heart is good medicine. ~ Proverbs 17:22

Well that's my news for now. Thank you everyone for your prayers and lovely comments. Wishing you all joy and remember to count your blessings. I know I am!

Spring flowers are in blossom all over.
The whole world's a choir - and singing!
Spring warblers are filling the forest
with sweet arpeggios. ~ Song of Solomon 2:12 - the Message

Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Victoria Day Tea

May your life always be like a teapot...overflowing to warm the soul. ~ Irish Blessing

Welcome dear friends to a Victoria Day Tea and Happy Victoria Day to all my Canadians friends!

This is our Victoria Day weekend and we are enjoying the first unofficial long weekend of the summer. The past two days have been extraordinarily warm but alas, it has returned to the cold today.

Do you like my basket of posies? This was delivered to me last weekend for Mother's Day from my youngest son who lives in CO. Those wee rose buds have opened up to lavender roses. Aren't they sweet?

Most of my flowers have faded since my last post so it's lovely to have some to take their place.

This weekend we are celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday and for those of you who may not be aware, Canada is part of the British Commonwealth and therefore we have close ties to the UK and the Royal family. Queen Elizabeth is our Queen which is one of the reasons why the royals visit our country so frequently. 

Elizabeth II is, and has been since her accession in 1952, Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and Head of the Commonwealth.


Queen Victoria, who was our reigning Queen Elizabeth's great-great-grandmother, was a much beloved queen and the third Monday of every May is set aside to honour her memory. 


All the time I was ironing I was trying to think of a name for a new island Diana and I discovered up by the brook. It's the most ravishing spot, Marilla. There are two maple trees on it and the brook flows right round it. At last it struck me that it would be splendid to call it Victoria Island because we found it on the Queen's birthday. Both Diana and I are very loyal. ~ Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

Victoria Day is also a day to pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II whose birthday is actually on April 21. 

Elizabeth's father was George VI
George VI's father was George V, Elizabeth's grandfather.
George V's father was Edward VII, Elizabeth's great grandfather.
Edward VII's mother was Queen Victoria, Elizabeth's great great grandmother.

Also it's interesting to note that Elizabeth's husband, Prince Philip, is a great great grandson of Queen Victoria, making Elizabeth and Philip third cousins through this relationship. 

Prince Albert - Internet

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert married on February 10, 1849 and had nine children. Their children married into other royal families throughout Europe.

After her beloved Prince Albert died, Victoria wore the colour black for the rest of her life. That did not necessarily mean the colour was her favourite. She was in mourning for her prince.

I went on line to determine what Victoria's favourite colour was because I thought I would set my tea table in that colour. However most sites claimed it was black although a few said purple. 

In any case, I will use some Royal Albert china as well as Maxwell and Williams to celebrate this special occasion and it's not going to be black although black can be very elegant.

To be overcome by the fragrance of flowers is a delectable form of defeat. - Beverly Nichols

Since I have pink carnations, my china will have to have some pink in it and what better than a little chintz. I do believe the Victorians loved the colour pink.

Maxwell and Williams is the maker of my Rose Bud teapot as well as the matching teacup. 

Royal Albert Old English Rose is also on the table because they look so pretty with the other pieces. 

Avon shape

Hampton shape

I thought this quote by Marlene Dietrich was cute:

The British have an umbilical cord which has never been cut and through which tea flows constantly. It is curious to watch them in times of sudden horror, tragedy or disaster. The pulse stops apparently, and nothing can be done, and no move made, until "a nice cup of tea" is made. There is no question that it brings solace and does steady the mind. ~ Marlene Dietrich 

A pink frosted cake with rose buds is just right for tea.

Funny, the things that come to mind when I'm writing. As I was preparing this, I recall when I was about nine years old, my mother had made a pie for the Queen Victoria weekend and I had held my piece of pie up in the air and announced, "Queen Victoria pie!" To my dismay, my pie slid off the plate and went splat onto the floor. My mother wasn't impressed with my announcement nor did I get another piece of pie. I hadn't thought of that in years. I can giggle about it now but at the time, it wasn't very funny.

The majority of this post is a re-post because I haven't been feeling well. After my surgery two weeks ago I got an infection so I have been feeling poorly ever since. 

The last two weeks have been rather sad as well because there have been two deaths in the family, one of them my dear Uncle Doug who was my sweet Auntie P's husband. I will surely miss this British gentleman who had the heart of a soldier yet enjoyed his tea from a china cup. 

My auntie will miss him terribly and I ask for your prayers for her. Some of you who have been following my blog for any length of time know how close my auntie and I are. Sadly, I wasn't able to attend my uncle's funeral either because I have been ill. So it would mean a great deal if you would say a prayer of comfort for her.

I also have a date for my gallbladder surgery. It will be mid-June. It will be a relief to get that surgery over with as well. Hopefully the infection will be cleared up by then. 

Once again, it's a lengthy post for which I apologize. I hope you all have a lovely weekend and thank you so much for visiting. You really are such dear blogger friends and I so appreciate your visits and comments. The Lord bless you all!

Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the staircase. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

 I am joining the following parties as well~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Flowers and Enjoying the Simple Things in Life.

To find the air and the water exhilarating;
to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter;
to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest, or over a wild flower in spring -
these are some of the rewards of the simple life. ~ John Burroughs

Hello my lovely friends! Have you missed me? A lot has happened since my last post and I want to thank all of you wonderful blogger friends who have been praying for me. What a difference prayer cover can make in one's life! 

Gratitude is the memory of the heart. ~ Jean Baptiste Massieu

I've had one of my surgeries and I'm recuperating from that. Over the weekend, Hubby and I celebrated our anniversary and on Monday, his birthday. This upcoming weekend is Mother's Day so it has been a busy time for sure.

My hubby brought home a gorgeous bouquet of red roses and carnations for me and then yesterday our church delivered this huge bouquet to me. So I'm enjoying all of these lovely flowers right now. 

Reflect on our present blessings of which every man has many -
not on your past misfortunes,
of which all men have some. ~ Charles Dickens

I am on a strict diet to control a cranky gallbladder which will be going bye-bye but in the meantime, my meals are rather limited and there is no treat warm from the oven these days. So, the pie I usually bake for Hubby's birthday was replaced by an apple pie from the bakery. I can't have any so he is enjoying the pie all by himself. He says he would rather have my home made pie which is a nice compliment but this pie will do for now. 

He forgot the ice cream so he's eating it plain. If I was able to eat it, I would most likely enjoy it with a piece of cheddar. How do you like yours?

My teacup is one my sweet Auntie P sent me from her own collection. It is a Paragon and it is lovely. I love the ruffled saucer and the pretty shape of the cup. I used a couple of posies from my bouquet and doesn't the lavender coloured rose match perfectly?

I told one of my blogger friends that once the gallbladder comes out and I'm able to enjoy a real meal again, I am going to indulge in everything I've been going without the last few months. A tea party might be in order. What do you think?

The extraordinary thing about the timing of all of this, is that outside my window the trees are budding, the grass is a vibrant green and the songbirds are back. One can't keep from smiling when there is all of this beauty right outside your window. And let's not forget the beautiful bounty of flowers inside too.

It's springtime and no time is a good time to have to undergo surgery but springtime offers a wealth of new beginnings every day with a fresh new beauty all its own. 

So for me, the incredible changes this time of year lend a very calming and healing effect on me. For that I am grateful! God's timing is always perfect.

Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the ability to cope with conflict by peaceful means. ~ Ronald Reagan

What are you thankful for today? 

I am thankful for so many things. Those blessings include you, dear blogger friends. Over the past few weeks, I have received emails, cards, and gifts from some of you. The lovely quotes throughout this post were chosen from a beautiful book called Daily Calm which was sent to me by dear Deborah of The Beautiful Matters who knows how much I love quotes and poetry. 

She included the latest issue of Tea Time magazine as well as a package of assorted teas. This was a delightful surprise from my friend south of the border. Thank you Deborah, I am touched by your kindness and friendship.

What started out as a rather short post, gradually became longer. I hope you don't mind. Have a beautiful day everyone and thanks so much for stopping by. The Lord bless you all and be sure to stop and smell the roses!

I am sharing my post with these lovely parties ~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Tea In the Garden
 Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi
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