A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

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

Monday, 15 September 2014

Something Sweet for Tea Time Tuesday


Life is like a camera...
Focus on what's important,
Capture the good times,
Develop from the negatives,
And if things don't work out
Take another shot.~ Unknown


Welcome friends to Tea Time Tuesday a blog party where we sip a little tea and share some conversation.

It is the middle of September already and everyone is getting their Fall out. Well, I'm still hesitant to do too much in that way but next week, whether I like it or not, Autumn will be here. 
So, next week, I may as well embrace it and host an Autumn Tea.



Let's gather our Autumn tea things and perhaps show off some Autumn decor or a yummy dessert you only serve during the Fall season. Hope you can make it! I know Autumn is a favourite season for many of you.



"What do you do when you fall in love?"~ From the song, "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," sung by Dionne Warwick. Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David 1968


Don't you just love this teacup?


I was smitten with this pretty teacup the first time I saw it and I had added it to my Acquisition List a couple of years ago. Then this Summer, I found it and was able to bring this little beauty home with me. Actually, I found a few pieces of tea ware over the Summer months and will be sharing them in the coming weeks.
 

This is an Aynsley bone china teacup and saucer, circa 1980 made in England, and it is in such perfect condition that I wonder if it had ever been used. In any case, she now belongs to me and will be used often.



The stamp on the bottom tells us the Aynsley company was established in 1775.



This sweet pattern is called Rosedale and it is an embossed crocus shape sprinkled with pink roses. 
I am always attracted to a cottagey look it seems. Both the cup and the saucer have a crocus design. Can you see it?



There are a few roses adorning the inside of the cup as well.
 

The cup is footed with a rich gold trim and has an unusual handle with a flat thumb rest. Very comfy to hold.


I once read somewhere that this is the pattern Princess Diana chose for her wedding china when she married the Prince of Wales. I don't know if it is indeed the pattern she chose but how romantic the thought!

I chose these sweet Autumn roses from the grocery store and the colour is a perfect match to the roses on the teacup.


These roses are small and they seem to stand up much better than the bigger roses. I think another reason I was attracted to them is because they are the same shade as my wedding outfit which I wore so many years ago.




Teacup Tip~ When adding sugar or cream to your coffee or tea, swirl the spoon around in the beverage without touching the cup. Hitting the metal spoon against the porcelain will make minute scratches in it, damaging the glaze. ~ Internet


The plate in the background is called
Briar Rose.

In my cup is Bigelow Constant Comment, a wonderful black tea flavoured with the rind of oranges and sweet spice. Delicious!



Perhaps it is while drinking tea that I most of all enjoy the sense of leisure. ~George Gissing, The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft, 1903



My tea treat is a parfait glass filled with bananas and strawberries topped with strawberry yogurt. 

The glass, which I believe is Depression glass, is pink and so thin one has to take care when using it. It has a beautiful etching of a flower and vine on it.



The china dessert plate is Rose of England.

Love my birdie topped teapot in its trellis design!



Have you found something special lately?






I am delighted you have stopped by for tea today! Your presence always makes my tea party that much more special. This tea party is all about sharing your joy of tea time and any thoughts you may have on the subject. 

Do you have a favourite teacup/teapot, coffee cup/coffee pot, or tablescape that you would like to share with us? I would love to see it and I'm sure others would too! A trip to a Tea Shop is always fun and if you have discovered a new tea we'd love to hear about that too. I would also welcome a recipe which would be a good accompaniment for tea time.



The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway. ~ Mother Teresa



I am joining the following parties as well~

Mosaic Monday
 A Return to Loveliness
 Tea Cup Tuesday
 Tea Cup Tuesday
 Tuesday Cuppa Tea
 Tea in the Garden
 Share Your Cup Thursday
 Home Sweet Home



Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Dutch Apple Cake

"Home; the place where our stomachs get three square meals a day and our hearts a thousand." Charles M Crowe


Good morning friends~

Some of you had asked for the recipe for my Dutch Apple cake. This is a treat you can bake up in no time at all and it has just a wee bit of sweetness. 

I know I have shared this before but I couldn't find it, so here you go-



DUTCH APPLE CAKE
Mix:
2 cups flour, sifted
1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder

Cut in:
1/4 cup butter, mixing well

Beat: 
1 egg - and add it to
1 cup milk

Stir in dry mixture. Dough should be soft enough to spread evenly in the pan. Core and peel 4 or 5 apples and cut into 1/8ths. Lay apple slices parallel on top of the dough, sharp edge down, and press into the dough.
Sprinkle 2 Tbsp sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon over the apple slices. Bake in a hot oven 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes. Serve hot plain, with ice cream, whipped cream, or a favourite lemon or brown sugar sauce. Enjoy!



Have a fabulous day everyone!


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 Sharing from my heart~ Sandi
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