Friday, August 19, 2022

TIME TO CELEBRATE MY 200th "Tea In The Garden"

 Back in 2010 I started a little garden in
my Colorado Springs backyard.  It took
me quite a while to dig out my lawn and
plant because I worked full time +. 
 I remember I had already been
participating in Sandy's Tea Time
Tuesday blog party for quite a while
 and then I decided to incorporate the
garden I was developing and have my 
own weekly link party called "Tea
In The Garden". 

(Back then, in the winter,
 I changed 
to (Friends Sharing Tea")

(click for link)

 We had so little rain here in 
Missouri in July, our lawn is very sad
so I hung up these old antique curtain
 pieces to dispel the dreary lawn.  Please
help yourself to hot tea.  It is only
in the 80's this week which is wonderful
weather compared to the high 90's.

So though I started counting these
photo shoots in years back in
Colorado, now they take place
in our Missouri garden. Of course
these places have very different

Time does fly just like they
say.  I can hardly believe we
have now lived in Missouri 6 years.

I just started collecting a few pieces
of Green transferware which
will be lots of fun to hunt for
and this pattern (tray) is called
Havana by Johnson Brothers.

And of course for this occasion,
baking is important too so I looked
at my fall muffin folder and found this
recipe I had cut out of the Colorado
Springs Gazette back in 2010.
It is for Fall Harvest Muffins and
includes pumpkin, an apple, some
craisins and pecans.  I have the
recipe at the bottom of this post.

Right now I have some lovely white
with green hyrangeas and on one
side of our house, we have those
strawberry type ones.

Many years ago in Old Colorado
City there was a darling and
elegant little shop called
"The Lace Chest".  It was in
the west side historic district
of Colorado Springs where I had
my business and was owned by
Sharon Dougherty.  Back then, she
 went to England and to Paris
 to buy her inventory. Her shop was
 so tiny but gorgeous!  She sold all English and French vintage and antique lace 
 that was cleaned and ironed 
to perfection.
Also, she sold antique jewelry and

I purchased these old antique
curtain panels from her.

375 degrees makes 16
reg oven: 20-25 min
convection: 18 min

Use a large muffin tin: grease with butter 
and flour well.  Shake out excess and 
will be filling 3/4 full
Mix ingredients in a bowl: 
1 cup of reg flour, 1 cup of whole wheat (I used all regular), 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ground ginger,
1 tsp ground allspice, 1/4 tsp cardamon, 1/4 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp salt, 3/4 Cup of melted butter, 1 cup dark brown sugar, 2 eggs (I used 3), 1 tsp vanilla extract

 1 cup of canned pumpkin, 1 chopped, peeled and grated apple, 1/2 cup pecans chopped and 1/2 cup of dried craisins

Mix all above dry ingredients well and then add fruits and pumpkin  Pour into muffin tins and top with 1-2 tsp topping below:

Topping:  4 Tb melted butter, 1/4 cup flour, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup gran. sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup oats


  1. Ooooh Bernideen, your teas in the garden are so dreamy. I love everything about this. Of course, your bouquets are exquisite and your table is so lovely. The panels are so pretty, and your side table is beautiful, too. I like the idea of collecting green transferware. I love red, green, and brown transferware.
    Thanks for the beauty you share, and the delicious recipes. I must try those muffins for Fall.

  2. You have been hosting these marvelous teas with such attention to detail for a long time. I may not always comment, but I have enjoyed many. From the featured dessert to the linens, china, and flowers, the teas have been a delight. Thank you hardly seems enough.

  3. Congratulations on 200 posts of Tea in the Garden. I have been enjoying your blog for years. I actually lived in Colorado when I first found your blog. I had hopes of visiting your shop; but that is around the time you were closing your store to retire. I want to say Thank You for all that you share with us (bloggers). It is a joy to visit your blog. Hope you will continue to post about your tea times, baking and garden photo's.

  4. Your teas are always so lovely and full of delicious and delightful things! There is something so special about having tea outdoors and you have such beautiful tea wares and setting. I have your beautiful magazine and I love it!

  5. What a fun idea to spruce up the photos with the curtains. I have enjoyed seeing your garden teas for many years. I started reading the Tea Shop mysteries by Laura Childs due to you. Your flowers look amazing for surviving the heat and dry so far. And you so willingly share your recipes for fun and delicious foods.

  6. Hi Bernideen. I remember when you moved. Six years have flown by. Our daughter is visiting to help out with yard and house work. She loves muffins so I will make your recipe for her. Everything is very dry here also. Guess it is the sign of the times..Happy Weekend..xxoJudy

  7. That's an amazing number of garden teas in 12 years. Thank you for letting us enjoy them with you. Each one is stunning and a joy to behold. Your dedicated love of gardening and teas makes each one a special experience. We appreciate all your efforts!

  8. Congratulations on your 200th post of tea in the garden ....they are all so lovely. I am happy to have bought a copy of your beautiful many pretty photos to enjoy with a cup of tea!
    Take care,


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