Friday, September 30, 2016

A BITTERSWEET TEA for "Tea In The Garden"

We are so loving the change in temperature here
 in Missouri.  Frankly, we were very ready
 after a hot summer which was 
to be expected but at times a bit trying.

This morning I set up a little tea time
 under the deck area 
in the garden.  Things have
really settled back in
the garden. 

Do you know this song?

I have been enjoying getting out my 
fall cookbooks and some tea books.

Yesterday we took a break and 
I found a branch of bittersweet at an antique mall. 
 I just planted 12 bittersweet plants too so I hope to
 have my own in a few years.  They told me to buy at least
5 plants as some were male and some female but impossible
to tell apart so to insure berries - buy 5.  To be really
safe, I bought 12.  Anyone in our area can find them at
Missouri Wildflower Gardens in Jefferson City, Mo.

It is such a lovely day and in fact all week has been amazing. 
Please pour yourself a cup of Cinnamon tea!

I have been enjoying the pumpkins I made last year.

I am sorry to be a little late today with posting!
  I hope you can join me if you are a tea time poster or baker! 
I am joining these parties:
The Art of Homemaking Mondays
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Home Sweet Home
Tea Cup Tuesday
Let's Talk Vintage

Monday, September 26, 2016


Today I tried one of the scone recipes in the
 Hoffman Media publication called 
 We loved the Apricot Scones.
 Scones usually call for milk, buttermilk or
 heavy cream. etc.  
These called for heavy cream.
 (page 13-14)

 I think you would enjoy these teatime publications
 that spin 
off  "Tea Time Magazine"!

I will be sharing this post at:

Friday, September 23, 2016

SITTING PRETTY for "Tea In The Garden"

 Tonight as it was cooling off a little I
 took a few photos out front where I set 
up a little tea table on the sidewalk.

There are a few things blooming
 here and there. Please enjoy a cup
 of tea with me.

I just purchased the ornamental
 kale for fall.

I was looking at a few recipes in
 this new
Hoffman Media book.

My teapot is an Ellsgreave:

I am amazed at how big the
 acorns are 
from the oak in
our backyard.

 The bees are loving the cosmos 
I grew from seeds:

Next year I hope to grow a lot more
 plants from seeds. Here are a few blooms from the garden.  Being quite the amateur gardener, I didn't stake the dahlias but
will next year.

Thank you everyone for concerns and prayers for my back.  I am much better but my lifting heavy things days are certainly over.

Monday, September 19, 2016


With the first day of autumn this Thursday,
time to pull out some fall decor!

Sometimes the colors of fall - especially orange can be a bit of
a challenge but I just go ahead and enjoy them anyway.

The day I went with friends to Greenwood, Missouri, I found 2 large moss green and dark plum pillows to add to our sofa - 
1 shown below:

I have moved these etagere's to the kitchen.  Do you
decorate for different seasons?  Some people don't except
for Christmas but I guess I love "changing" things and
look forward to each season.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Saturday, September 17, 2016


I was invited to go back and visit Hermann, Missouri today with friend Gina Broadus.  It was their annual "Heritage Days" celebration so we enjoyed touring some of the homes and museums and admired many gardens along the way.  Just a few photos
that reflect a lovely day:

I lost count of how many Bed and Breakfast establishments we saw
as there were many and also small cottages to rent.

Hermann was settled by German immigrants during the 1800's. 

We toured this home and wine shop below: