Tuesday, February 5, 2013

WHEN VIOLETS BLOOM for "Friends Sharing Tea"

Good morning, Happy Tuesday
and Welcome to "Friends Sharing Tea"!

Years ago, when I lived in Spring, Texas I especially loved February.  Would you believe that winter was over in February and the smell in the air - I will never forget. It was like the Secret Garden....spring had arrived and that meant violets were blooming. Here in Colorado winter hasn't even really begun yet in February. But that's o.k. because we can "pretend".  Thank God for an imagination! I don't think violets bloom here in Colorado until May.

Late note:  these Bavarian cups and saucers were sold at my shop!
Also sold the floral!

I have arranged a little table by the window for us today as we "imagine" spring in all its glory. I also have something special since Valentine's Day is just around the corner!  Fudge - yes and the recipe too!  This is so easy and tastes like really expensive chocolate shop type fudge!

Are you a blogger?  I hope you plan to join me for "Friends Sharing Tea" and share something about tea, collecting tea sets or anything related!  Just link at the bottom and be sweet by including a small link to this post on your blog!

Valentines Day Fudge

1 can 14 oz condensed milk
1 pkg 12 oz semisweet chocolate chips
1 Tsp vanilla
1 ½ cups chopped walnuts as desired

Butter a square 8 x 8 x 2 pan. Heat milk, chocolate chips, in 2 quart sauce pan over low heat.  Stir constantly till all melted and mix is smooth, remove from heat and stir in vanilla and nuts.  Spread quickly in pan and refrigerate until firm.  At least 1 hour. Cut into 1 ¼” squares - makes about 3 dozen.

I would also like to invite you to come back Thursday to join me for my "Open House"  blog party which is all about the love of home and includes anything you do to make your home special!

Tea and fudge- what could be better, 
so pour yourself a cup of Paris Tea and relax.

I am also linking to: Tuesday Cuppa Tea and Tea Cup Tuesday and
Martha's Favorites and HOME and Home and Garden Thursday
and Share Your Cup Thursday


Beth said...

Your table covering is ROMANTIC! Love the coordination of lavender with your violets. The violet plates and the little butterflies are beautiful, Bernideen. Fudge sounds good! I cannot remember when I last ate fudge. I don't make it often because when it's in the house, I can't leave it alone! lol I really enjoyed your post with your lovely china and chocolate? coffee? pot. Hugs, Beth

Beth in NEPA said...

What a stunningly lovely table you have set! Violets are always so pretty and fresh looking.

Susan said...

I love violets and purple being the color of February's birthstone, Amethyst,I know my mother would have loved this tea setting. It's one of the flowers I included in my first launch of 3-dimensional flowers because, in the language of flowers, it means "Moderate worth." XOXO

relevanttealeaf said...

What a BEAUTIFUL violet tablescape! Love the delicate orchid lace overlay. The fudge looks yummy too! ~ Phyllis

Clara said...

A beautiful violet tea Bernideen and the fudge looks delicious. Thank you for hosting.

Ruthie Miller said...

Dear Bernideen,
I love your lavender overlay. Everything looks so pretty and how cute is that little purple birdie perched on the spout?
XO Ruthie

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

A table set with my favourite colour, and little butterfly dishes. Wish I could be there in person Bernideen as the fudge looks good too. I just may make some for my hubby for Valentine's Day.

Elizabeth said...

Everything is so pretty !

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Your tea table is so lovely, Bernideen! The violet teaset is so beautiful and it does remind us of spring. Violets bloom at home in early May, such sweet little flowers. Love your table covering and the teacloth, so pretty. I make my fudge the same way, yummy! Thank you for hosting your tea party and have a wonderful week.

Tanya Rachelle said...

So inviting! I especially love the photo showing the chair. Makes me want to sit down and relax! The fudge is a lovely idea! Of course, I probably need to take a walk around the block afterwards because I would want to eat more than one piece!!! :)

Terri said...

You have created a beautiful spring like setting with your china and table. The violet lace scarf looks wonderful as a base. And your violet china is very romantic!

Rizzi said...


Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

Thanks for the invite, Bernideen! so pleased to see we're both living in Hope :) and def, yes, gratitude for God's gift of imagination :))
Luv your setting and that adorable antique book. Would luv to add one I have that's similar and satiny, but it's in the country. I probably won't be able to get at it until the violets are actually blooming !!
Well done on a lovely post from a lovely woman ..!

Jan Hermann said...

Oh...I love violets! I haven't made fudge in years and will have to try your recipe. Everything on your table looks so pretty!

Thanks for the visit and the invitation to join you!

Jan 3

Antiques And Teacups said...

Hi Bernideen...violets are on everyone's mind this week! The fudge looks luscious! Your table and photos are gorgeous as usual!
Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...it's a pleasure to return the link!

Linda Jennings said...

This is a beautiful tablescape. I am adding a few violet pieces to my collection as I find them. Thanks for the recipe.

CEO Lisa Anne - L.A said...

Dear Bernideen,
Beautiful tablesetting. Love your violet theme. Thanks for sharing your fudge recipe.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Your tea table is really pretty, Bernideen. The scarf just pulls it altogether. Gorgeous china too. Thanks for sharing.


Tea Time Designs said...

What a lovely table setting with the beautiful violet lace tablecloth. I really love the teapot floral arrangement. I will have to remember to do this for one of my tables.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Bernideen, I adore Violets! I had lots at my previous home. They always bloomed in March and were such a warm welcome. My youngest son bought our home so I still get to enjoy them when I visit. My friend brought that fudge to a stitching group that I hold at my home around Christmas. It was a big hit.
p.s. Sorry, no post to share this week.

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Hi Bernideen,

Love your violets tablescape. Glad you enjoyed our adventure at The Dorchester! Thanks for coming and asking me to share. xxoo LVL

Marilyn Miller said...

I just love your violet table. Violets are definitely a weakness for me. My violets should show up in March. Crocus are beginning to bloom and then the daffodils about the first of March, then tulips and violets.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Bernideen,
thank you for the hint, that you changed the day for your tea event. I will for sure join in, as it is one of the loveliest tea events. When I look at your violet table, I can easy imagine spring. Yes, I can even smell the sweet scent of violets in my imagination. What wonderful items you have to that theme. And the fudge sound so tempting. That looks easy to produce and mak a great gift and delish. Thank you for sharing tea and treats.
Best greetings, Johanna

Joy said...

While I'm not a blogger, I'm a tea lover and a violet lover, so I really enjoyed seeing your pretty table. Those butterfly dishes are beyond wonderful! Thank you for sharing with us.

Angela McRae said...

Am positively swooning over that glorious table topper and all the violet wares! This may be my favorite vignette yet!

The Charm of Home said...

Your fudge looks delicious Bernideen! Thanks for inviting me over. I have had the flu and I am a bit behind.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a beautiful te you've set, Bernideen. I'm sorry I missed linking. I thought it was on Wednesdays. Your fudge looks wonderful. I'd love a piece as I'm sitting with my hubby in the hospital after his surgery.

A Garden of Threads said...

Visiting from Sandi's Home. The tea table looks so like spring, sigh...in the middle of winter here. Enjoy!!!

sandy said...

What a beautiful tablescape! Everything looks so inviting!
Sandy :)

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Hi Bernadeen! I'm admiring of your beautiful violet table. That wonderful embroidered linen with the applique really caught my eye! I just adore pieces like that. We have had very spring-like weather. I love it! But it gets cold again in a few days. But it can be spring anytime on the blog! So nice that you stopped by!

Betty Stapleton said...

the violets do make you think of spring-such a pretty set,( that is until you turn on the news and here that we are maybe getting up to 25cm of snow, between now and Friday) Nothing on the ground right now. The fudge looks delicious and I'm going to make some.
God bless

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I love your violet set. I only have a violet teapot, but it's on the ma,tel for Valentine as well. We do have violets as early as February in Brittany, but not this year as it's unusually cold (still, it's cold compared to where you live!).

Jocelyn said...

Such a lovely table Bernideen.

Jocelyn @

Christina Paul said...

What a delightful post! My great grandmother's name was Violet- how she would have loved this tablescape!

Michele said...

I think that is one of the prettiest teascapes I have ever seen.

You have outdone yourself, ma'am!

Thank you for hosting. Sorry I am so late.

Southerncook said...

Such a beautiful table. I did not join your tea party this week but will again very soon. Your teapot is just gorgeous but the piece hanging in the window is stunning. I enjoyed your post so much.

Carolyn/A Southerner's Notebook

Kathy said...

This tablescape is enchanting, Bernideen! And I do have wild violets growing in my garden right now! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,