Monday, October 16, 2017


Well dear friends...our HP computer hard drive
decided it has had enough fun .....
so no blog party
this week!
Hope you week is lovely!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Hello dear blogging friends.  I know I have heard some of you say that due to a certain "time crunch" you are doing a "repost".  Well, today is my day for that as this will be a repost from 2009.

  I have to tell you I have been very busy working on things as I have rented a stall (that is 8 x 11 booth) at the local Midway Antique/Flea Market right along I-70 west of Columbia, Missouri.

Today I am sharing (again) these wonderful Zucchini Walnut Bars.  These are very delicious - even if they were baked back in 2009.  I need to make these
 again for my husband and myself and to take over
to my son and family!

Do you have zucchinis still from this summer?
This recipe is from "Scones, Muffins , Tea Cakes" originally printed in 1996 by Collins Publishers.
 (I think Out Of Print)

Zucchini and Black Walnut Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting:

1 1/2 cups loosely packed, coarsely grated zucchini
2 large eggs,1 cup sugar, 3/4 cup corn oil, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground allspice, 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg, 1 cup black walnuts chopped

Frosting: 3 oz cream cheese softened, 2 cups softened confectioner's sugar, 2 Tb milk, dash of salt, 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees- oil a 9 x 13 baking dish- set aside
In a large bowl beat together eggs, sugar and oil until well blended. Beat in vanilla.

In a small bowl, stir together the flour,baking powder, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg. Stir in flour mix into the egg mix blending well. Add the zucchini and walnuts and mix. Spread into baking dish. Bake 30 minutes till top springs back when touched. Let cool

To make frosting in a bowl: beat cream cheese till smooth, add sugar and milk, then salt and vanilla- If too thick - add more milk until spreadable. Ice cool cake. Slice with very sharp knife.

Columbia is located about half way between
Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri so if you
 come along I-70, please check out my stall
 loaded with cups and saucers, homemade
 tea cozies, teapots, tea books, etc.

I hope you will enjoy baking these!
Please join me for my blog party called
"Friends Sharing Tea".
I will join these other parties too:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

FALL COLLAGES for "Friends Sharing Tea"

Today I am moving my blog party
back to it's fall and winter name
which is "Friends Sharing Tea".

My old scarecrow tea
 is here to greet
you at the door!

It's always fun to change up my armoire
for each season with tea wares that
reflect the calendar. 

And the buffet top:

And this is actually part of a "Perk-o-lator"
coffee pot I found recently which holds a
big 8 cups so I plan to use it for tea as
I think it has a "Jane Austen" feel about it
with the silhouettes on it.

More porch decorations:

We are having some much needed
rain today.  My heart is heavy as
I am sure your's is about the
shootings in Nevada.
  Let's pray for
our country.

I hope you can join my tea time blog party
today - I am linking with these:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

AN EARLY AUTUMN "Tea In The Garden"

Yesterday my husband and I went to
an auction and I found a wonderful
book to share so first I made a 
bouquet with some of the last flowers
of the warm season.

I am sure you might be familiar with 
Carolyne Roehm's  books which came
 out in 1999-2000 and cover many
decorating and creative ideas for each
of the 4 different seasons.  I got a boxed
 set of all four for just a couple dollars so it
will be fun to enjoy them.  Shall
we have a cup of tea on the patio?

It's a safe place here under the deck
the walnuts are dropping constantly.

Also, I always love to see what
 art work Edith Holden did to 
represent each month.

Next week will bring October:

I think I already shared this birdbath
 I got
this summer at an estate sale.

Here in Missouri it will still be
warm for quite a while so I
will try to have as many of my
Wednesday tea blog parties in the 
garden as possible.  That doesn't 
work for everyone though - I know that
so anywhere you have a tea 
vignette will
work of course!

I am sharing this post at:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Share Your Cup

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

A FALL BUFFET for "Tea In The Garden"

I have been doing a lot of sewing these
 last couple of weeks - I am on a
 "tea cozy" roll if there
is such a thing.

Can a person get bored at home?  Not if
you are really wanting to learn new things
and if you love to bake or cook or sew or garden
or craft or read or have hobbies and
the list goes on and on.

We have enjoyed a wonderful summer
in Missouri!  I don't think it was as
hot as last summer - or else we are
just starting to get used to it!  But
with the arrival of Autumn this Friday - 
I decided to set up a fall buffet
down in the tea room.

I am sharing some of the latest
tea cozies I have been sewing.   Some years
back,  I was antiquing in Denver and found
 some small pieces of very old velvet.  They
 don't make fabric like this anymore. (see the
peach colored one)  I also had some very
old lace to embellish it with.

 I think I finally have the dimensions 
on the measurements figured out for a
 small 2-3 cup, and a standard 6 cup and a
 large 8 cup  teapot.  I think a standard
 6 cup is the most common size. 
 Want to way in on that? Remembering
of course that teacups are measured
by 6 oz - not 8 oz.

I am cutting up the old sections of
 old vintage crochet
 tablecloth.  It was badly stained in
places. It is underlined with
 gold fabric to support the crochet.
I also sewed a piece of
handmade lace on it.  All have
batting inside and lining:  

This one isn't for fall but I
am keeping it because I love,
love the Sunbonnet Ladies:

I hope you can join me today if you are
 a tea time blogger .  I probably will
switch my blog party back to "Friends
 Sharing Tea" soon.

I am linking at:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea