Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Welcome to National Afternoon
Tea Week and tea time celebrations:

Today I noticed 3 ripe peaches on the
counter and decided to bake the Peach 
Kuchen recipe I saw in the July/August
issue of Victoria.

After setting up my little tea time in the garden, 
a little bunny came by to check things out:

It is quite hot out today, humid and
this little vignette will happen fast.

We will enjoy the Kuchen!

I hope you get a chance to celebrate
National Afternoon Tea Week.
I am sharing a photo collage from a
tea I had last Sunday for some new friends 
 down in my "underground" tea room:

This was my first experience at baking
some Gluten Free items for this tea
and I found it
a good experience as 3 ladies were GF.
These photos were at the end of course 
as like many I was so busy I forgot to
grab my camera.

I hope you can join me today by
sharing a link from your blog to
my tea related blog party!
I am linking at:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Friday, August 11, 2017


With National Afternoon Tea Week coming
next week, August 14 - 20 I would love for you
to share something accordingly for my
blog party next Wednesday!

Here is a logo for the day:

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Sometimes it's fun to look back and 
remember other times and places:

So let's take a few minutes and
look back today at some
old August issues of Victoria magazine.

We have actually had some days in the 80's lately
which has been quite wonderful given the fact
that usually temperatures are in the high 90's now.

I have never been the greatest fan
 of August but
I try to have a good attitude and
 take whatever

The August 1988 issue had a wonderful
article about Beatrix Potter.  This
was Victoria's first monthly issue at
that time.  I love the photography in these

If you love tea time, I hope you can
 join me with a post about tea time
from your blog - at the bottom of this post.

I have been enjoying the bees and the
butterflies today.  At any given time 
in our yard the Cicadas are  screaming
 very loud.  I have to confess,
they scare me a little.  Let's just say, I
don't ever want one on me!

I am sharing at:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
The Art of Homemaking Mondays

August 14-20 is National Afternoon
Tea Week - I hope you will join me
next week for my blog party to
celebrate during that special week.

Saturday, August 5, 2017


Welcome to my August
in progress:

Hopefully rain will arrive today as we are
desperately in need of some.  You will
see that in the photos I am sharing - 
the flowers and lawn would love it.

I spoke to an elderly gentleman on the
 phone from the Home Extension Department 
of the University of Missouri and he said the
infestation of Japanese Beetles in June and July
was the worst he has ever seen here.  

This summer I have grown and continue
 grow many 
plants by seed.  

Now you see that we need rain:

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

AUGUST ARRIVES for "Tea In The Garden"

The month of August is here!

 I set up a little tea time in the garden!
Please pour yourself some tea and let
me show you a lovely book. 

We have some
 Cream Cheese Brownies 
to go with our tea!

I have been enjoying the book "Mrs Sharp's
Traditions" by Sarah Ban Breathnach.
It is a wonderful book about reviving Victorian
Family Celebrations of comfort and joy.

It is so wonderful to have our own
flowers for various bouquets!

Here is the recipe for these brownies:

You will need:  3 eggs, 6 Tb soft butter, 1 cup of sugar divided 3/4 and 1/4 -
3 Tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 cup of flour, 1/3 cup cocoa and 6 oz cream cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Separate 2 eggs putting each white in a  separate bowl (save yolks for something else).  In a small bow, beat the butter and 3/4 cup of sugar until crumbly.  Beat in the whole egg, one egg white and vanilla until combined well.  Mix flour and cocoa and gradually add to the egg mix until blended.  Pour into an 8 x 8 pan or 7 x 9 which has been sprayed with Pam.  In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and remaining 1/4 cup sugar and 1 egg white.  Drop by spoon fulls on top and swirl in with a knife.  Bake 25-30 minutes until edges pull away from the sides of the pan.  After I got the brownies done I wished I had added chopped pecans - maybe 2/3 cup or so.  This recipe was originally from Taste of Home and I have modified it a bit!

I hope you can join me today and share something
from your blog about tea.  Please enjoy visiting each one and seeing other ideas and tea time settings!

I will be sharing at:

Monday, July 31, 2017


It has been plenty hot in Missouri - 
so what do I do when it gets 
too hot to be in the garden?

I was never one to sit on my thumbs, or
watch television in the daytime or
sit around.  So this summer I have
kept busy doing several things
and one of them is something from
the "good ole days" of the 1970's 
and before that - decoupage:

I won't drive you crazy with too many
but here is one I think Beatrix
Potter would approve of:

Wednesday, July 26, 2017


I apologize for being late today!  I had
some ladies over for lunch yesterday and
lost track of time!  Time flies.....

So here I am this morning setting up
a little tribute to Beatrix Potter because
this Friday would be her 151st birthday!

I have brought out some of my collection of
 books regarding Beatrix to share with you.
Please pour yourself some tea and let me
show you some of them!

We are out on the patio next to the pond
and even the little fish want to join us.
It has been very hot lately and August in 
Missouri is always hot - so let's get ready!

As I have shared before, this summer I
have been revisiting the craft of decoupaging
and this clipboard is just one of many I have done:

Beatrix of course was quite a special lady with a
huge imagination, talent and creative ability.

  She loved drawing, gardening and nature.
  I also love to learn about her from the
 many sites online. 
 These should get you started:
One lovely site
Wikipedia - Beatrix Potter
Susan Branch's recent post on Beatrix

I am sure many of you have seen the Movie "Miss Potter" which was ever so charming!  Back in 2009
I did a post about that!  I watch that movie
at least once a year.

Beatrix strikes me as a "Brown Betty" kind of gal
so I chose this teapot in honor of her!

The little squirrel was begging.  I have
 not fed the birds this summer so the 
squirrels are not happy as
they come to rob the seeds but
the feeder is empty.

It is time to get back in where it is nice and
cool - we can admire the view from in here!

I am sharing at:
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Share Your Cup
Home Sweet Home
I hope you can join me today if you have a
post related to tea in any way: