Friday, January 31, 2014


Today it snowed all day long!  It was lovely and since I was home for some sewing I decided to make Chicken Pot Pie.  Now that's comfort food.

I looked at a number of recipes and settled on this recipe from the A Taste of Home website.  I also made a Spinach Salad which was a nice accompaniment with the pie.

Instead of using the recommended store bought pie crust - I made mine from scratch.  Well actually - I made 2 so I had to double the crisco pie dough recipe.  As I was making the filling I thought "this is a lot of filling" and then I realized this recipe made 2 chicken pot pies so I have one in the freezer too!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


January is almost over and dealing with the winter blahs.  I have this same problem every year.  Time to "deal with it"!  I decided to make a new tablecloth out of pink toile.  I also set my table with what I call my Jane Austen Tea Set and a vintage Arthur Woods teapot with roses on it.

Our fabric stores don't seem to have much toile but I do see it was available on line.  It can be rather expensive for some reason (?)  I think it looks french!  If you buy fabric 56" wide you can just narrow hem the edge and it takes less than 3 yards.

Monday, January 27, 2014


 Please join me for a cup of tea and I have a little cottage teapot for each of us.  I also chose 2 pretty cups and saucers so you get to pick first!

Pick the teapot and cup you would like to use:
I love these bright snowy days.

Yesterday we went on a buying trip for my shop and I found a couple things for myself such as that cute pink doily with the green edge and the little pink and green teapot.

  Last week my sweet customers, Miss Emily, Miss Jessica and their mother Suzanne, gifted me with the primrose.

I have already shared my linen topper:

When we left town, all our snow had melted.  It was a lovely day but later it was suddenly cold and turned snowy as we came home. Now we have a nice blanket of fresh snow today.  

Thursday, January 23, 2014


This is what dry snow looks like:

Do you see someone's tail?

Tuesday, January 21, 2014


The other night as we were going in the house our new neighbors called over and said "are you baking any brownies"?  I guess that is an indication that I have already spoiled them!  This morning I baked some brownies so I'm  guessing they will be happy!

I am sharing two teacups today which means one is for me and one for you!  Pick which one you want for your tea. 

 The first one is an English Royal Albert with pink, burgundy and yellow roses.  The other one is English Taylor and Kent and is hand painted with pink and yellow flowers.  It is also numbered.

Please help yourself to one of these Chocolate Peppermint Brownies and if you would like the recipe it is HERE.

Winter time affords us the opportunity to catch up on reading and I have some teatime cookbooks here on the sofa I want to share with you!  Nothing better than sharing recipes.  

Last of all - we have new neighbors - that is BIRD neighbors.  I looked up this morning and hawks are nesting two doors down in our greenbelt.  Can you see the head at the top of the nest?

Hope your week is wonderful!

Monday, January 13, 2014


We are now in for our long winter season.  For many of you, your spring comes much earlier than here in Colorado.  It won't be long and the Valentines Day decorations will appear but I thought I would wait a little longer and set the table with my Johnson Brothers "Devonshire" multi brown transferware.

Speaking of brown, it is very brown now that our snow all melted. It was so cold last night, I walked in the door and lit a fire in the fireplace.  A fireside table would have been a cozy idea.

 I am so excited because we spent hours and hours on computer problems and issues over the holidays.  We are finally straightened out and ready to enjoy blogging again. Having a printer that actually works like it is supposed to is also nice.  My goal this year is to be able to post much more often.  It's so much more fun when things work too! (many of you left comments here that you were glad my computer got fixed - it didn't - we had to get all new!)

I saw a teapot that matches this set of dishes on eBay for $400.00.  Needless to say, I won't be buying it and can get along fine with my little birdie plain white teapot.  You never know when you will stumble across something you are looking for!

"Welcome to a brand new year.
I hope that yours is very dear.
We'll be inside while winters here
With our stash of tea - close by and near".

Monday, January 6, 2014


Taking tea in  2014 will be just as lovely - if not more lovely than it was in 2013!  I think hot tea always tastes the best when it is cold outside and it certainly is that.  Sitting here by the winter window we can admire our recent snow - so nice that it covers the brownness of winter. 

 Now that Christmas is all packed up we know that winter will be with us for a while so let's enjoy all our hot tea opportunities.

I am sharing this small English teapot (or could it be a coffee?) that is perfect for tea for one or two.  (I later sold this though)

 The English cup and saucer is called "Lavender Lady".  The teapot is 1930's -40's Art Deco Style with fruits and roses by K Tunstall.  Both have a gold filigree background.  I have seen pieces like this before on some of my favorite blogs.  Have you noticed pieces like this while out antiquing?  

My other cup and saucer with the pansies is an English Tuscan.  I am finding these from time to time and love the brand.

We had a snowy day all day Saturday.  After seeing pictures on the news I need to say that this was nothing like you folks in the northeast just experienced!

I have baked us something too!  Are you hungry - good - you are!
Please help yourself to one of these Lemon Cream Cheese Scones and the lemon curd too!  You can find the recipe at the link.