Sunday, September 30, 2012


Genesis 1:26
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air....

Blue Jays and Rocky Mountain Bluebirds....(fowl of the air)

Saturday, September 29, 2012


Beginning this Wednesday - "Friends Sharing 
Tea" will be back - yes- fall is here and I invite you to join me "inside" for tea!  Thanks to all who participated this summer in "Tea In The Garden"!  

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Welcome to "OPEN HOUSE"!

A quick photo trip back over the last few years produced these collages and reflections of other falls and other times:

The colors of fall are so vibrant and impact our foods, our decor and even our thoughts!  We love the smell of gingerbread and pumpkin in the kitchen and we find the heat of the oven a welcome instead of an avoidance.  Perhaps you have something we would love for fall!

I invite my blogging friends to share today - something about home, decor, thrifting, antiquing, cooking, baking, floral, crafting - you get the idea!  Link up here for "Open House" and join in the fun!

We never saw Mr. Red Fox last year - well, maybe once crossing the street but not like the winter before when he frequently ran through the green belt behind our house and even climbed over our backyard fence trying to get the squirrels.

I am linking this post to:  Feathered Nest Friday and Home and Garden Thursday

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

HUNT HIGH TEA For "Tea In The Garden"

Many years ago, I collected a set of English Crownford Hunt Dishes.  I often used them at Thanksgiving and for my last "Tea In The Garden" for this season - I thought this would be wonderful.
Of course, this is just a table "setting" as I had to go to work today. (Oh, the life of the working woman) I have been dreaming of the foods I might serve for such a time!

I am sure you already know that a "High Tea" is an evening meal with multiple courses and a big pot of tea.  The table is set for six.

Little Stuffed Cornish Hens would be perfect don't you think?  Or a Turkey Roulade with Apple Stuffing....Baked Apples, Stuffed Tomatoes, Corn Pudding.....whew!  Then I dreamed of Boston Brown Bread you bake in the cans and Pumpkin Pie.  But, alas...I ran out of time for actual cooking and baking so our imagination with just have to suffice.

Recently, at a mega antique mall, I found the center topper on this table and it was a great price.  It is from Austria.  It has the wonderful hunt print on it and I figured it was probably from the 1960's.

I had measured the top of the picnic table and bought 2 5/8 yards of lovely red plaid medium heavy fabric which I narrow hemmed last night.  

I have two different hunt teapots so one can sit at each end of the table.  The red glass vase is also a recent thrift store find.

Mr and Mrs. Fox thought it was a lovely day 
it "get out of the closet" and have tea!

I hope you will join me below and link along with our blog party....please link your "Tea In the Garden" or something about tea!

I also hope you can join me beginning next week when "Friends Sharing Tea" resumes for the fall and winter months and moves indoors!  Today was my 40th Tea In The Garden. 

 I am glad I listened to the weather man because I did this photo shoot a day early.....rain is coming.  In fact, it started raining several hours after these pictures were taken and is supposed to rain through tomorrow.

I am linking this post to blogging friends: Kathy at A Delightsome Life and Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage- please visit their lovely blogs!
Also linking: Antiques and Teacups and Fishtail Cottage Garden Party and My Romantic Home and The Charm of Home and Homespun Happenings

Monday, September 24, 2012


A recent ride up in the
 mountains provided photos for Mosaic Monday

We weren't the only ones headed that way:

and sadly - some views of the Waldo Canyon Fire 
destruction below: 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012


Ah......Comfort Food.....sometimes we just need it.  My friend needs it!  She recently had major cancer surgery and  I am glad to see her progressing.  Today I am taking her lunch:  Goulash, Jalapeno Cornbread, fresh Cantaloupe, and Bacardi Rum Cake.  The floral is from my garden flowers and roses from the market.

Elsewhere on this blog, I have included recipes for the Bacardi Rum Cake and the Jalapeno Cornbread (  But the goulash is basically: 8 oz of prepared boiled macaroni, 1 1/4 lbs  ground beef which is fried with 1 chopped onion and 1/2 chopped large green pepper and 1 Tb butter, salt and pepper to taste, 1 can chopped tomatoes and 1 can condensed tomato soup and shredded cheese for the top.  Bake at 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Today is OPEN HOUSE which means that if you are a blogger - you can post one of your links here- anything to do with home, garden, floral, cooking, DIY, crafting, antiquing, etc! Please join me at the bottom!  Also, please put a link on your post to this blog!

Wishing you health and happiness this weekend!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


Welcome to "Tea In the Garden"!  Next Wednesday, I will be sharing my last Tea In The Garden for the season and will be returning to "Friends Sharing Tea".  I hope you can join me for what will be a "Hunt Tea".  Today Scarecrow Lady pretty much "took over" this event suggesting "what should go where" and "how" it should be done.  I must say "Bossy" is her first name!

This fall season has certainly begun in Colorado and the cool nights are bringing on the change of the leaves. 

If you are a blogger and have something to share regarding tea - please link at the bottom here and join the party.  Of course - I especially appreciate the TEA'S IN THE GARDEN"!

I have several fall teapots and this bittersweet one is a favorite.  I would love to have bittersweet growing in my yard.  Does anyone have it?  I put some "fake" bittersweet on my birdhouse today for this photo shoot.  The smell of real bittersweet is lovely.

I love this crazy quilt from velvet squares.  It is new - not old.  In conjunction with a friend who owns a Quilting Shop around the corner - I made up a pamphlet at my shop for "A Quilter's Tea" with recipes and ideas for a fall tea.  If anyone is interested - give me your address at - I will mail it to you.

I wish you all a wonderful fall and a wonderful week!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Tea Time Magazine (Hoffman Media) has published another wonderful tea book - can a girl have too many tea books?  NO!
I loss count on how many I have!  You will love the teapot and in fact, a whole tea set pictured for the "Mother's Day" tea. In colors of yellow, lime and purples- whew! This is so beautiful.  Need some tea recipes?  There are so many and also ideas for floral arrangements:

I am linking this post to Tea Time Tuesday and know you will love this book.  This books is about celebrating the holidays with tea and offers tea recipes and ideas for every special holiday and also for a birthday tea.  As always, there is additional information and "how to" ideas.  JUST LETTING YOU KNOW....

Monday, September 17, 2012


Welcome to Bernideen's Tea Time Blog:

Today I am linking to Little Red House for Mosaic Monday

Hope you are enjoying the beginnings of FALL..........

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012


Just smell the air....just feel the cooler temperatures and just see the garden:  FALL IS COMING!  This means things like pumpkin pie, spices in the air, a potential for turkey and falling leaves!

Today is Open House which means friendly bloggers are invited to come link something about home decor, garden, cooking or baking, tea, crafting, antiquing, re-purposing, etc  Just link at the bottom here and please put a link to my blog on your blog!

This has been the YEAR OF QUEEN ANNE'S LACE in my garden and I have loved it!  Just a few left now but I see plants ready for next year.

The way I see it - God was so creative to design 4 different seasons that are so different and give us such variety!  I noticed in my photo gallery that we had snow here in early October for the last two years - so I better be enjoying this!

Mr. Peter Rabbit is one happy fellow now that the days are cooler!
I am linking to: Fishtail Cottage Garden Party and also Homespun Happenings