Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday Celebration


Psalm 5:12:  For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous;  with favor wilt thou compass him as with a shield.

Friday, October 29, 2010

BERNIDEEN'S HISTORIC TEAS ARE READY!



Over the past few months I have been working on the idea of developing some Historic Teas for my store in Old Colorado City!
I finally have them done and want to share about them!

Dr. James Garvin's Cabin is here in Bancroft Park.  It is restored log cabin which was his office in 1862.  It was also used for meetings when Old Colorado City was the capitol of the Territory.
This Orange Spice Tea is good for whatever ails you!

Mrs. Templeton came here by covered wagon.  The Templeton Home sits here as a reminder of the Victorian era.  After building a mill, her husband built a huge brick commercial building here which houses many businesses today. The Templeton Home is around the corner and still is a lovely Victorian.  This is a lovely Wild Strawberry Tea and the smell is WONDERFUL!

Now let me tell you about "Thunder"and "Buttons" who were two elk.  A very infamous man named Prairie Dog O'Byrne would would hitch them up to his buggy and race them up and down Colorado Avenue - yes, it was crazy back in those wild west days!  This Winter Spice Tea would calm your nerves after a ride in that carriage!

And lastly, Queen Palmer was the wife of General Palmer who founded Colorado Springs. She did not live here long as she had a bad heart and did not feel well in the high altitude.  Her home which is known as  "the castle" is a few miles from here nestled  next to the mountains.  She died in England at the young age of thirty.  This English Rose Tea reminds us of her love for England.

The teas are 4 oz loose for $9.95
 Ring up our store at 719-447-8844

BYA:  Yes - information about the history is on the back with instructions!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

TEACUP THURSDAY WITH A FUN TINY TEASET!



Mary Engelbreit came out with a darling tea book in 1997.  Actually there was a lot of history and information about tea in the book and OF COURSE FUN STUFF!


When I saw this tiny teaset in the book....I recognized it and realized I liked what Mary Engelbreit liked because I also sold this teaset for years....




You won't be having too much tea in these cups!  I am participating in Teacup Thursday today with Miss Spenser's Blog and I hope you will visit Miss Spenser and her mother - Donna at their lovely Tea Room in New Virginia, Iowa.



Tuesday, October 26, 2010

WELCOME TO TEA TIME TUESDAY!



I had originally made the top and bottom collage for Seasonal Saturday but Picassa was broken and wouldn't move the photos so here they are today for TEA TIME TUESDAY WITH SANDI




I don't have to tell most of you how much I love Tea Time!  Everything about it!





It has turned cold and windy in Colorado!  Well, I'm sure it's not that cold but after our very hot September it sure feels cold!
This is a quick post today as I have a business to run...but please visit others who enjoy this day with Sandi on Prince Edward Island!
Sandi was the winner of our Give Away for Fall and should be receiving a box sometime later this week or next week. 
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Monday, October 25, 2010

GINGERBREAD FINGERS WITH LEMON CREME FILLING



I had posted on October 19th about a new magazine. Friday night I decided to bake the Gingerbread Fingers Recipe.  They were very yummy!








The one thing that I did different was made a lemon creme filling instead of orange since I had a bag of lemons on hand and no orange!  These were featured in this magazine:





See more about this magazine full of recipes on my October 19th post!  If you live in high altitude like I do - I would suggest reducing the baking soda to 1/2 tsp.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

WELCOME RED HAT LADIES! YOU ARE SPECIAL!



These cute little Red Hat Ladies visited my store yesterday.  They are the official CRIMSON HAT SASSY SENIORS of Colorado Springs...

Really, their group is much larger but just a few on this outing.  I want to honor them because I was told that they include some seniors from a local nursing home and welcome them into their group.
I thought that was wonderful!

I was reminded that "it is more blessed to give than to receive!"

Saturday, October 23, 2010

SEASONAL SATURDAY

I had made some collages for Seasonal Saturday but couldn't get them to transfer here....so here are just some photos to share....for one thing it rained yesterday so guess what happens on the Peak?




This is how it looked as I drove down Woodmen Road this morning!



Others who participate in Seasonal Saturday can be found at



I am big on decorating for the seasons at my house!



This is how my dining room looks now....



all I need is the turkey!




and I enjoy seasonal dolls and pillows as well...






and the love of afternoon tea....

I wish you a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

ANOTHER TEACUP THURSDAY AND I HAVE ALREADY SHOWN ALL MY TEACUPS!



I really must apologize right up front because I have ran out of teacups that I haven't posted somewhere on the blog.  I am participating with Miss Spenser's Blog and here I am showing this chandelier again as an idea of something to do with your odds and ends of saucer less teacups!  I know...yes....I have already showed this too!  But I have to come up with something today so here it is again!  This is in my store window but you could easily do this at home!  You might like other styles of teacups as well- maybe contemporary ones!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

IT'S TEA TIME TUESDAY AND THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING TOO !

Today is Tea Time Tuesday and I am on the run!  Who isn't on the run these days!  I wanted to share a great magazine that arrived at my store yesterday jammed full of ideas you can use at your next tea event!




You will want to get your hands on this magazine produced by Hoffman for the recipes alone!  It is also full of ideas to decorate!
They also produce Victoria, Tea Time and a host of others.....




Of course I did what I always do and cut my magazine up to file the articles and recipes in different categories!

The gingerbread fingers below look great for even a fall afternoon tea event....I can smell it from here!  Also ORANGE FIG SCONES AND GINGERBREAD SCONES....the recipes are here!  These would be great for a Fall Afternoon Tea Party as well!





This is an extra publication so it has many recipes for Seasonal Scones, Appetizers, Christmas Brunch and the list goes on!





Others who participate with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage & Inspirations




Monday, October 18, 2010

FALL TEA PARTY MENU



HERE ARE SOME MENU SUGGESTIONS FOR A FALL TEA PARTY:

  I have divided this into 2 sections so the Savory List will come another day this week! There is a list of suggestions where you can find those recipes.  Of course you know you can find any recipe imaginable by doing a google search such as "Pumpkin Scones", etc. as you may not have access to these cookbooks or magazines. THESE ARE JUST A FEW SUGGESTIONS!
I will be adding to this list in the future!

                   Sweet Items:   
Scones:

Pear Scones: Tea Time Mag Sept/October 2007
Cranberry Orange Walnut Scones:   http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/
Apple Cider Scones:  Tea Time Mag Sept/October 2007
Pumpkin Scones: With Maple Butter: Tea Time Mag Sept/Oct 2009
Fig and Honey Scones:  Tea Time Mag Sept/Oct 2008
Pumpkin Spice Scones:  Tea Cozy Cooking by  Diane L. AmEnde
Dried Cranberry, Walnut and Lemon Scones: http://www.epicurious.com/
Cranberry Walnut Scones: http://www.foodandwine.com/
Orange Fig Scones and Gingerbread Scones:Christmas Cottage Mag 2010

Bars and Squares:

Pumpkin Bars: Pillsbury Harvest Time Cookbook
Gingerbread Squares: 1984 Southern Living Cookbook
Gingerbread Fingers with Orange Creme Filling:
Christmas Cottage Mag 2010

Cheesecake:

Pumpkin Cheesecakes Tea Time Magazine Sept/Oct 2007

Tarts and Tartlets:

Creamy Pumpkin-Custard Tartlets - Tea Time Mag Sept/Oct 2010
Pear & Almond Tartlets:  Tea Time Mag Sept/Oct 2010
Cranberry Walnut Tartlets:  Celebrate Mag -  Fall 2009
Cranberry, Caramel & Almond Tart: www.completelydelicious.com

Roll Cake:

Pumpkin Roll Cake: (this blog)
Applesauce Raisin Spice Cake: http://www.cooks.com/

Cake:

Carrot Pineapple Tea Cake: The Tea Table, Richardson
Orange Cranberry Walnut Tea Cake: (this blog)
Fall Harvest Cakes:  http://www.cooks.com/

Cookies:

Pumpkin Cookies: (this blog)
Pumpkin Madeleines:  Heart of Xmas Book/Victoria

Tea Breads:

Cranberry Orange Tea Bread: Teatime at Miss Spenser's

Pie:
Cran Apple Pie from Aspen Mulling Spices (This blog)

Creme Brulee:

Pumpkin Creme Brulee:  Tea Time Sept/Oct 2009

Other:

Cranberry Baked Apples: (this blog)
Pumpkin Cream: A Year of Teas at the Elmwwood Inn, Richardson

Sunday, October 17, 2010

THE WINNER FOR MY GIVE AWAY IS SANDI !


Today was the big day!  Congratulations to Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage & Inspirations who won!






I participate with Sandi and her blog each week on Tuesday!





"Sandi - I hope you enjoy everything!"


Saturday, October 16, 2010

HAPPY SEASONAL SATURDAY!




Today is Seasonal Saturday so I am posting some scenes from my week including the Hawk watching the squirrels in my back yard below.....





I am participating in this day with la bella vita and I hope you will visit her.....





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I wish you a very pleasant weekend!  Have you decorated for fall?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

HAPPY TEACUP THURSDAY ! TEA QUOTE




If you are looking for a fun hobby - I hope you will consider collecting teacups and saucers! 


I wish we could sit down together,
And have a cup of tea,
But since we can't
When you have this one,
I hope you'll think of me. 
Author Unknown
From 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know
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You can join us others participate in Teacup Thursday at Miss Spenser's Blog

Monday, October 11, 2010

FALL EMBELLISHMENTS ADORN A HAT


Today I was in my floral work station at my store and took a few minutes to "play" and embellish this hat....



I wanted to do something very fall...berries, leaves, fall tones





Last night I sewed ribbons on with the sewing machine in shades  of plum, copper, brown and peach....


This formed a secure base to which I could use hot glue!





I wonder who invented the glue gun...






I always have pieces of this and that to draw from!  I hope I have inspired you just a little !