Wednesday, February 21, 2018

BRINGING OUT THE VIOLETS for "Friends Sharing Tea"

Have you noticed any
 early signs of spring?

When we lived in Spring, Texas many
years ago,  I loved that when February
came - spring arrived.  It was a very
short and mild winter there.  I  have
learned that each climate that has
some amazing plus - also has an
some minus.  In the Houston area
it was summer heat clear to winter.

I always look forward
 to the violets
of spring! 

We have actually had two solid
days of rain and now we have
mud but that's all right because
I know things will green up now.

I love hankies with violets too!

Today a little bunny was sitting in
the rain outside our downstairs
sliding glass door.  I did feel sad
for him.  A squirrel  was very clever
and to my surprise I saw him up
looking in a birdhouse in the rain.
Then, I saw him chew the hole opening
for about 15 minutes - he chewed it
much bigger.  The next time I looked
he was snug inside looking out at 
the falling rain.

Today I took this photo
from inside the house.

I hope you are having a nice winter
and did you notice that March 20
is the first official day of spring?

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I will be sharing at:
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

DEVIL'S FOOD CAKE for "Friends Sharing Tea"

Yesterday I baked a cake that I had
not made for a while.  You know how
you "forget" about a recipe you liked
and then it's brought to your mind.

 This would be a nice cake
 for Valentines Day today!

I took the cake downstairs to the tea room!

To make this cake you will need 1 1/2 cups of sifted flour, 1 1/4 cups of sugar, 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa, 1 1/4 tsp soda,  1 tsp salt, 1 cup buttermilk, ( I added 1 Tb vinegar to a cup of milk)   2/3 cup cooking oil, 1 tsp vanilla and 2 eggs.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour bottoms only of 2 8" round or heart shaped cake pans.  In a large bowl combine all ingredients, beat 3 minutes on medium and pour into prepared pans.  Bake 25-30 minutes until your toothpick test comes out clean.  Cool in pans for 5 minutes, invert first one onto platter.  When cool.  ice first layer,  add second layer and frost all.

3/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup light corn syrup, 2 Tb water,
 2 egg whites, 1/4 tsp cream of tartar, 1 tsp vanilla

In the top of a double boiler, combine sugar, syrup, water, egg whites, cream of tartar and cook over boiling water, beating with
a mixer until mix stands in peaks....about 7 minutes.  Continue beating until it really gets stiffer.  Frost cake.

Ok now it's time to confess.....
right now this cake is history because
I made it yesterday for my Grandson's
17th birthday!  Excuse the mess in
the background of this photo because
they are remodeling a room and had
to put everything in the dining room
where we had dinner last night:

Our son Chad on the left, 
 Pete and his
 Mother Shannon!

Hope you have a 
Happy Valentines Day!

I will also be sharing at:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Home Sweet Home

Sunday, February 11, 2018


This one is large for an 8 Cup
 or around a 48 Oz teapot:

This one below is also large too
and actually more Victorian
looking and wintery:

This one below fits a Standard 6 
Cup or 
about a 36 Oz teapot:

Saturday, February 10, 2018


I would love to have you
visit my Etsy Page which

Have a great weekend!
The one in the upper left - SOLD!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

OLD COUNTRY ROSES for "Friends Sharing Tea"

Today I am enjoying a little
tea time by the fireplace and
some Sugar Cookies.  As
we approach Valentines Day,
I imagine there will be lots of
baking going on.

I decided to put out my "Old Country
Roses" china for a while to enjoy...

I enjoy the artist Nicole Sayre.
(click below if interested) 
 You might be interested to know
 that Nicole will be selling 
her one of a kind,
hand made original dolls 
tonight at 5 pm.PST 
expensive, they sell very quickly.
 I just enjoy seeing each creation.
 My Nicole dolls (angels)are just
 the mass manufactured
cheaper ones.

I am sure you are familiar with Old
Country Roses.  I got my pieces about
ten years ago from a lady who didn't want
them.  My husband thought it would
be nice for our 40th Anniversary.
I love that they are the
"English" ones too.

I hope you will join in my blog link
party if you have a tea related post
to share here at the bottom.

I am linking too!
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