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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, 16 October 2017

Country Roads and Pretty Teacups

October was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields sunned themselves in aftermaths. ~ Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

Hello my lovely friends and welcome to Rose Chintz Cottage! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

Hubby and I took a drive through the beautiful countryside and found some hidden treasures in the way of red clay roads and woods filled with golden hues thanks in part to the changing of the leaves.

This is a clay road that is about a half mile long which runs through the woods connecting one small community to another.

With fall's crisp air comes a wealth of beauty as the landscape is redecorated in a prismatic array. ~ Victoria Bliss magazine

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 ... ~ LM Montgomery

This is another clay road on PEI photographed by Ian Harper.

I would love to take a walk through Green Gables' Haunted Wood and Lover's Lane this time of year but I don't think they are open now. I must check that out. 

The next two photos are paths through the woods near one of our nursing homes. It's a beautiful spot!

October gave a party,
The leaves by hundreds came-
The Chestnuts, Oaks, and Maples,
And leaves of every name. ~ George Cooper

And this pretty trail is near our home. 

It was once part of the railroad tracks that ran from one end of the Island to the other. 

It looked like the world was covered in a cobbler crust of brown sugar and cinnamon. ~ Sarah Addison Allen

I like this quote I read in my devotions, "Heavenly Father, You have put us here to enjoy and ponder Your marvellous creation. May everything You have made remind us of Your goodness, love, and care."

Back home, I saw an arrangement on Pinterest and I thought I would do a copy cat version. Mine is a little different but basically the same idea. The teacups are all Royal Albert except for one. The middle cup on the middle tray is made by Aynsley.

Wouldn't this be a cute way to display your teacups for a tea party?

The mere chink of cups and saucers tunes the mind to happy repose. ~ George Gissing 

I had a bit of fun with Picasa too.

I have featured pink tea things again this week in honour of all the ladies who are fighting, have fought, or have lost their lives to breast cancer. 
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and dear friends, please take good care of yourselves and get a mammogram regularly.

How did you spend your weekend? 

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

Monday, 9 October 2017

A Sentimental Thanksgiving Tea

Happy Thanksgiving Canada and welcome everyone to Rose Chintz Cottage!

"One of the shining moments of my day is that when, having returned a little weary from an afternoon walk, I exchange boots for slippers, out-of-doors coat for easy, familiar, shabby jacket, and, in my deep, soft-elbowed chair, await the tea tray. How delicious is the soft penetrating odour which floats into my study, with the appearance of the teapot! What a glow does it bring after a walk in the chilly rain!" ~ George Gissing -1903

I can relate to this quote. How about you? A walk on a chilly day is somehow rewarded with a treat in the way of comfy clothes and a hot cup of tea when you get back home. It's fun to get all dolled up for a party or dinner out too but it's even better to get back home and slip into more comfortable apparel. There is something healing about that. 

I find using some well loved china for tea feels much the same way. Maybe it's that old vintage teacup you find the most comfortable to sip from. The handle is just right for your hand and the pattern feels like home. 

Maybe it's a lovely platter your grandmother once served her turkey on and you can't wait to bring it out for your turkey dinners.

Or maybe it's your auntie's tea set that she passed down to you after she is finished with it. 

It reminds you of her and those lovely tea times spent with her savouring conversation and a giggle or two.

It is Thanksgiving here in Canada and it is a day to give thanks for all our blessings. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago what some of mine were and today I also give thanks for the beloved aunt in my life and her beautiful dishes that she has entrusted me with.  

Most of you have heard me mention my beloved Auntie P many times over the years. She and I have always shared a special bond that I have with no one else in my family. We have told each other our inner most secrets and shared our dreams and heart aches over the years. She is so very dear to me and the feeling is mutual.

Today, I am using Auntie P's charming tea set, Rose Chintz by Johnson Bros. This china was gifted to her on her wedding day as well as place settings so it is an honour to use it for this special Thanksgiving day. This pattern is so old-fashioned and so very pretty with its big roses, buds and forget-me-nots. 

A friend is the sugar bowl in the tea party of life; Sweet and satisfying to the soul.  ~ unknown

I don't take sugar or milk in my tea but this is the covered sugar bowl.

Some days I'm a matchy-matchy gal and other days I like to mix and match because I find it brings more personality to the table. Today I'm in a mix and match mood.

Teacup is Aynsley. This beautiful set is the yummiest shade of pink with a lovely gold leaf garland just inside the cup.

The other is made by Colclough. It's a lovely shade of green with an accent of white and gold trim.

Some of us bake an apple pie for Thanksgiving.

Others bake a pumpkin pie. 

Still others like a cheese cake and so on. 

I prefer pumpkin pie because it's that time of year to enjoy pumpkins and squash whether they're baked into a pie, served as a side dish for dinner, or for decorating the mantel and front steps.

Would you like another slice of pie with your tea? It's so good! I have made pumpkin pie the last two weekends and that will be it until Christmas. So, I'm savouring every bite.

I know my American friends will celebrate their Thanksgiving later in November. I actually enjoy celebrating the holiday a bit earlier because it gives me more time to plan for Christmas. 

What is your special dessert for Thanksgiving?

I chose a pink theme today as well to remember those brave ladies who are suffering with or have suffered with or lost their lives to breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Be sure to get your mammogram, dear friends!

Life is a gift! Today, and every day you wake up, is a gift from God. Remember to thank Him for it.

Wishing you all a fabulous day and a lovely Autumn week ahead. The Lord bless you all!

I am joining the following parties as well~ 

Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea
Home Sweet Home

Sharing from my heart ~

Monday, 2 October 2017

October Blues and Pumpkin Pie

I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. ~ Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

Hello my lovely friends and thank you for stopping by for a visit. Please make yourself at home. 

October is here and with it comes the changing of nature all around us. Soon the trees will be dressed in their fall colours and the ground will be strewn with fallen leaves under foot. With October comes a chill in the air so we have our fires burning to make our homes cozier. More and more we are snuggling indoors.

The brisk Autumn air often sparks the urge to come indoors and rekindle the spirit of hearth and home. ~ Victoria magazine

I was overwhelmed by your sweet comments last week! I hesitated to share that post but my hubby thought that I should. I hope I was able to bless someone out there by posting it. That was my intention.

As we have opportunity, let us do good unto all men. ~ Galatians 6:10

This is the goal of my blog; to be a blessing to all of you as you are to me. Each day has enough trouble of its own and it's helpful to dwell on lovely things and pleasant conversation.

We had a set of new steps built the other day for our front door. The first set, made of cement, had just been thrown there by the builders and after time they sank and were crooked so I was always hesitant to decorate out there for fear it would only bring attention to how crooked the steps were. Not only were they crooked but we couldn't use them because they had sunk too low. 

We also had an Alberta spruce cut down to make room for them because the shrub was taking over the old steps. Anyway, now we've got a nice set of wooden ones and they make such a difference. 

I am trying to embrace the Autumn season so I got my pumpkins and I bought a new wreath for the front door. 

Here I lightened it up for you so you could see the lotus seed pods and the true colour of the ribbon which is a soft cocoa brown.

I have always made my own wreaths but with my hand and wrist in the condition they are in, I decided to purchase one this year. Got it for 60% off too so that's not bad! I couldn't make it for what I paid for it. 

Here it is on my yellow door as well as our new steps decorated with pumpkins and mums.

I went to see a hand surgeon the other day and it seems I have carpal tunnel syndrome. This is my new fashion accessory which I have to wear 24-7 for a month, then sporadically after that. Hopefully that will fix it.

For now, I have dodged another surgery and for that I am very grateful. I am managing to work with this lovely thing on my hand/wrist although it's not easy. Sometimes it is a real pain; pun intended.

Our Canadian Thanksgiving is next week and I've been craving pumpkin pie. 'Tis the season for it, isn't it?

I hadn't been able to enjoy the last two pies I made because they made me ill. Turned out it was my gallbladder robbing me of the foods I have always loved but now that I am without the cranky organ, I can enjoy my favourite pie again. I almost always make a crustless pumpkin pie; less calories and gluten-free. If you would like the recipe you can find it here.

What Keats aptly called 
'the season of mellow fruitfulness'
is the season for simmering pots on the stove,
pies in the oven,
canning jars in the cupboard,
and trusted family recipes
on the kitchen counter. ~ Celebrating Home

Dollops of real whipped cream on a scrumptious slice of pie and a hot cup of tea is just the thing on a cool day such as this.

I love spending time in the kitchen this time of year, don't you? When I was a little girl I loved being in my Granny's kitchen because it was warm and there was always something delicious baking in her oven. Best of all, she was there! Such lovely memories I have of her. I think I got my homemaker heart from her. My Auntie P always told me I got it from my grandmother so that must be so.

What we remember from childhood we remember forever. ~ Cynthia Ozick

Today I am using my Johnson Bros. Devon Cottage teapot which was a Christmas gift from my hubby a couple of years ago. It holds pumpkin chai tea. 

This teacup is made by Enoch Wedgwood, Royal Homes of Britain, made in the 1950's with Balmoral Castle of Scotland depicted on it and trimmed with a floral border around the saucer. 

The other is Tulip Time, made by JB. It's hardly tulip time but the teacup looks wonderful with the other blue and whites. I love the scalloped edge around the saucer!

To beat fatigue, you'll all agree, there's nothing like a cup of tea. ~ unknown

The other day I spied these tea plates while out shopping for a new purse. I didn't find a purse and I had no intention of buying any more china but I couldn't resist these. They go perfectly with my blue and whites, don't you think? At just a few dollars each I thought they were a great buy. 

The pattern is called Victorian Calico and they are made by Queens-Churchill in England.

They are almost identical to Burleigh Calico which I love! Several companies produce the calico pattern and although this is not Burleigh, I'm happy to have found them.

So, what do you think? Would you like to join me for tea and pumpkin pie?

I apologize for the long post. I always set out to do a short one and somehow they usually end up being as long as my arm.

Have a lovely week everyone and God bless you!

I am sharing this with the following parties ~

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

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi

Monday, 25 September 2017

A Heart to Heart Over Tea

Life is like a teacup to be filled to the brim and enjoyed with friends. ~ unknown

Happy Autumn dear friends! It's a beautiful day and I'm enjoying a cup of Pumpkin Chai tea from David's Tea. Would you like to join me?

I am sitting here in the office with the last scents of summer wafting through the windows and I can't help but think about how blessed I am! 

My teapot is Skye McGhie - Cream Lace

There is tragedy and turmoil in different parts of the world even as I write this and I am blessed to be able to sit here with a new roof over my head, food in the fridge, lovely china in my cupboards, pretty clothes in my closet, and just a few minutes away, the love of my life is working at a job he will soon be retiring from with a pension. 
We have a loving family and good friends. One doesn't have to go too far to find someone who can lend a hand should we need one. 

The teacup is Skye McGhie - Chantilly Lace

But, I have to be honest, 2017 has been one of the most difficult years of my adult life. To say it has been a season of hardships would be an understatement. You all know about my surgeries and cancer scare. What you don't know is that I have other health issues as well. These days I am going to physiotherapy for a torn shoulder. I am seeing a plastic/reconstructive surgeon this week concerning my right hand. {I'm right handed so we'll see how that goes.} I still have ongoing issues with my back and probably always will and I also have Muscular Dystrophy which ninety-nine per cent of you never knew about because I don't talk about it.

I also have a broken rib which I'm waiting on to heal up. My youngest son told me they're going to have to tie me to a chair and have their father spoon feed me Kraft dinner and fried bologna, which is pretty much all my hubby can cook. It's good to laugh, as long as it's not too hard! 
But, more than all of that, are the family matters that have just about worn us all out until just recently. 

There are many of you out there that have much more serious problems going on than I do, so I prefer to talk about other things more pleasant. To be honest, I do not like to talk about my personal problems because I am a somewhat private person. Besides, I am alive, I am able to breathe on my own, I can walk and talk, I can see, hear, taste, touch and smell, so I figure I don't have much to complain about.

God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to. ~ Elisabeth Elliott

Thanks be to my Heavenly Father, He has blessed me in spite of everything. In spite of all the goings-on in my life, the pain and discomfort, and that of my family, He has put a peace and a joy in my heart that is hard to fathom. In reality, I suppose I should be a bundle of nerves, perhaps even seeing someone for all the stress in my life. But it's not like that for me. 

The joy of the Lord is my strength. ~ Nehemiah 8:10

I can never ever repay the love and compassion He has bestowed upon me and unless you know personally what I'm talking about, it is very hard to explain. Faith is a beautiful thing!

Some folks talk about dwelling on good thoughts and having a peace within yourself because you believe in yourself. But what if your world falls apart? What if YOU fall apart? 
When my world falls apart, I have Someone much bigger than myself to turn to. His shoulders are bigger and stronger than mine and it is human nature to want to have Someone to look up to.

The deepest urge in every human heart is to be in relationship with someone who absolutely delights in us. ~ Larry Crabb - Psychologist

Today, right this moment, I want to thank Him for this day and try to bring a little happiness into someone else's day if possible. Someone once said, "If you want to be happy, get your mind off yourself." I believe that! There are so many other lovely things we can be thinking about. There are so many things we can be doing for others.

Life is a one time offer; use it well. ~ unknown

So, today, I am wondering what are you thankful for? We Canadians are just two weeks away from celebrating Thanksgiving so with that in mind, I know we all have something we can be grateful for. Would you care to share?

God bless you today, my dear friends, and make you a blessing to someone else!

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

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Last of My Summer Roses Tea

In my garden is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~ Abram L. Urban

Hello my lovely friends!

My rose bushes were full of fragrant pink blooms this year and they lasted longer than usual. I spied this last remaining bloom and had to take a picture of it. Her mates are long gone and she is surrounded by fading leaves. Soon the rose hips will appear. But this one little rose I found so inspiring; like a promise.

Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone;
All her companions
Are faded and gone. 
~ The Last Rose of summer- 1805 by Thomas Moore

I am not really a gardener but in my heart I am. Flowers of all varieties give me such pleasure and always have. I do have my favourites; carnations, daffodils, hydrangeas, lilacs, but especially roses. Had I been born with a strong back perhaps I would have become an avid gardener. Such as it is, my flowers are potted and set in special places around our property, except for my roses which grow on bushes.

This begonia is doing very well even now.

It seems my talents lie more within my home rather than outside of it. Any of you out there feel the same way?

I love being a home maker and when my children were growing up, it gave me the greatest pleasure to cook and bake for them. I loved seeing their sweet faces light up when they got home from school to the smell of fresh baked treats from the oven. Even now when they come home they hope Mom has a stash of cookies, cinnamon rolls, and other treats waiting for them. I always have to have potato salad and spaghetti sauce made or I'm in trouble! 

When they were all home this summer, I made certain I had some fruit cake for them because I hadn't been able to do any other baking. I did however manage to get spaghetti sauce and potato salad made for them. I was still healing from my surgeries, you see. The good thing about fruit cake is that it keeps for quite a while if you store it properly. My dark fruit cake in particular is so moist that I can use it as a pudding with a warm sauce over it and the kids love it.

Because I had been on a special diet earlier in the year I could not indulge in rhubarb when it was in season, so I froze some. Any guesses what I'm having today with my tea?

Rhubarb crisp is actually the first dessert I have made in months. A bowl of this luscious fruit with a crunchy topping and a scoop of good vanilla ice cream; yum!

To savour a splendid treat, one has to also indulge in a special tea. I went into David's Tea and brought home this lovely dessert tea; Creme Caramel Rooibos. Mmm!

It has miniature caramels in it.

Teatime is, by its very nature,
a combination of small luxuries
arranged in social symmetry.
And although tea for one
is certainly a fine thing,
the addition of a circle of dear
friends to share it with
ensures the whole is larger 
than its parts. ~ unknown author

On the table are hydrangeas which are one of my favourites. 

My teapot is red transferware called Valencia. I'm not sure who the maker is. I found this teapot at the gift shop in our local hospital several years ago. I was also delighted to get the cream and sugar because red transferware is very scarce around here.

The cup and saucer are Johnson Bros. Old Britain Castles.

So, would you like to join me? I do enjoy your company and thank you for visiting today.

God opens millions of flowers without forcing the buds. It reminds us to not force anything, for things happen in the right time. ~ unknown 

 I am joining the following parties as well~

 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Friends Sharing Tea

 Sharing from my heart ~ Sandi
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