Saturday, September 24, 2022


 Today I had an Afternoon Tea for a 
group I started back in March. (for the 
ladies living in my area)
 I was so glad it wasn't as hot as 
some of the
days we have had
this summer.

This was the table earlier as I was setting
up for 5 ladies plus myself.  As always,
some could not come as we all have
a lot going on.

I recently changed things up down in
the tea room by moving the cabinets
with tea wares to a different wall, moving
the mantle and mirror.  This is where
a husband really comes in handy!

I was blessed to be able to share
some "fallish" English cups
and saucers this time and I had
taken time to copy all the
recipes of the items we enjoyed.
I don't always have time for that
but this time it seemed to happen.

This was the menu and 
we had both iced and
later hot tea:

I always seem to miss taking
 photos of all the food

Saturday, September 17, 2022


 Please check out my tea cozies
made from vintage crochet, lace
and embroidery.

Thursday, September 15, 2022


 We have had a lovely break in our
temperatures enjoying some weather 
in the 80's and everyone has loved it.
  That's a good reason to do a little tea time
 in the garden along with the fact that
the bittersweet is getting lovely on the

I did a floral with a variety of items
and colors from the garden and
added some pink market roses:

but I have to say that I don't know where
this recipe came from.  I copy a lot of
recipes and print some but I usually write
 on the copy information about which book
 or magazine issue the recipe came from.

I will need to skip dinner tonight
 since I had an early
slice of this cake!

I don't give a lot of directions for recipes
since most people know how to mix up
a cake batter so here are the basic

Cake body - 3 layers with 8" pans buttered and floured  350 degrees My oven is convection which took 27 minutes otherwise 30-35 minutes

1 cup chopped pecans, 3/4 cupt butter, 1 1/3 cups of sugar, 1 1/2 tsp vanilla, 3 eggs if small or 2 large, 2 cups sifted flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 3/4 cup milk - mix all together well and then stir in the 1 cup of chopped pecans

And now I need to say that I doubled all that to get this tall cake but if you want - just
use this recipe for a smaller one.

Icing:  4 Tb butter, 3 cups confect sugar, 3 Tb light cream and 1 tsp vanilla and 1/3 cup of chopped pecans.  Sprinkle the 1/3 cup of chopped pecans on top after icing the cake.

I hope you have had a nice summer. 
 We had such a need for rain that my
 flower garden had to be watered and
 even that was not making the plants

If you want to toast your pecans you just
 chop them up and dot 3 Tb of butter over them in a shallow pan and toast them
 at 350 degrees for 15 minutes (stir occasionally during the baking process)

The first day of autumn
 is September 22!

Sunday, September 11, 2022

Monday, August 29, 2022


 We have had a hot and very dry summer.
As I was watering my backyard today
I suddenly noticed about a dozen 
bluebirds show up taking turns in
the birdbath.

It is about 91 degrees out and we are
told rain is coming our way  later
today, which
would be wonderful.

I am happy to see the 
bittersweet getting
ready for fall.

The bluebirds never go to the
birdfeeders and are very

With August coming to a close, we
look forward to cooler weather
and fall baking.

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

Sunday, August 14, 2022

Friday, August 12, 2022


Welcome to "Tea In The Garden":

The one thing that seems to be
 surviving during our incredibly hot 
summer are the  white and the 
green hydrangeas.

I love this old Devonshire pattern
of Johnson Brothers China.

Please pour yourself 
a cup of tea.

One day this week
 I baked cookies 
and brownies so
help yourself!

Now everything is back
in the armoire:

What kind of china
do you collect?