Monday, September 28, 2015


Saturday, September 26, 2015


Not that many of you don't already know this
 but be sure and pick up a copy of Hoffman
 Media's new book "Tea & Savories" which
 arrived at my house by post yesterday along with the
 wonderful fall issue of Tea Time.
  It looks very promising!

I am also sharing my newest cup and saucer - a hand painted Rosina English Bone China one I purchased yesterday in a small antique shop in Victor, Colorado.  Just $5.00!

Have a lovely tea filled weekend!

Friday, September 25, 2015


We recently heard that the next two weeks were the
 best times to go view the aspens so today we 
took off for a ride to Victor and Cripple Creek.

 We drove through Woodland Park and Divide 
(about 8000 to 9000 feet altitude) and
 then went south to Victor:

It was a beautiful day for a ride:

One of the lovely old Victorian houses:

We were so glad we just missed a deer
 that ran out in front of our car.

Sharing at:
Saturday Showoff

Tuesday, September 22, 2015


I am sharing some muffins I baked
 today that 
you might like to try too! 
 They tasted
 great tonight with Goulash!

I am sure you notice those little recipe books at the grocery check out.  I have purchased them in the past and even bought used ones in antique/flea markets.  This recipe was in a 2011 copy.

Ingredients:  1/2 cup sugar, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/8 tsp ground allspice, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, also 1/2 cup craisins, 2 cups flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 cup  milk, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, 1 egg and 1/4 cup apple butter.

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  I used 12 paper muffin cups

Combine sugar, spices in a large bowl.  In another bowl toss 2 Tb sugar with chopped walnuts and sit aside.   Add flour, baking powder and salt to remaining sugar mix

In a small bowl, mix oil and egg and then pour
 into flour mix.  Stir all.

Spoon 1 heaping Tb of batter into a muffin cup, now spoon 1 Tsp apple butter on top and now another heaping Tb of the mix.  On the top sprinkle the walnuts/sugar combination.  Bake 20 min

Monday, September 21, 2015

THE DAY BEFORE AUTUMN for "Tea In The Garden"

I am so happy you could join me for "Tea In The Garden":

 It is a lovely day to just take a few moments and enjoy a
 cup of tea and one of these Cherry Puffs.  I have shared the recipe before HERE:

I do hope you are enjoying the lovely fall weather.  You best remember how quickly all these seasons pass and then whew - on to the next one!

I recently found this bargain priced throw with the peachy roses at the flea market in Fort Collins.  There is a street there which has a row of indoor flea markets that are great fun!

Another photo of my Missouri bittersweet.

My little tea set was made in China and produced for THT - also called Tenderheart Treasures.  That was probably made favorite company for tea wares when it was in existence.  We lived in the small town of Burlington, Iowa in the 1980's. Every time I'm out antiquing or flea marketing, I see picnic baskets from the Hawkeye Basket Company in Burlington, Iowa.  They must be all over the world! 
 Of course there are other brands that are very famous as well.

I hope you have a lovely week and
 let's be sure and count our blessings!
  I am thankful for all the blogging friends I connect with each week. 

Friday, September 18, 2015


Today it is has turned quite cool in Colorado. 
 I noticed the leaves on the Virginia Creeper
 turning every so slightly red .


I've tried to remove the whimsy from my home
 but it's just not possible:

Have a lovely fall ya'll!  

Thursday, September 17, 2015


Just a few photos of fall decorating around the home. 
 Many items are reused from year to year with a few new pieces here and there.

Can you guess which is the real bittersweet and which is fake?

I have tried to quit buying vintage whimsy but it
 just finds a way into my heart and home
 such as these little English cottages!

Hope your week is peachy!
 (the basket held the real thing!)