Thursday, November 27, 2014

Winter Snowflake Teas

I was looking back at photos of some of the snowflake teas I've hosted or enjoyed myself for afternoon tea. The white and silver snowflake china, napkin holders and napkins were purchased from a grocery store years ago.
The little Victorian girl carrying a present is from Royal Doulton.
I continue to savour the blend of Christmas Tea from Murchie's each afternoon. Holiday tunes play in the back ground and I have begun my holiday baking so I'll have treats for tea, and friends that drop in.
Happy Thanksgiving to my American blogging sisters.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Mosaic Monday #16 Colour and Sparkle

Come stroll with me through a local nursery's Christmas displays. Natural elements, traditional,   colourful and as always lots of sparkle.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Catching the Spirit with Chocolate and Orange

Our Canadian Thanksgiving was October 13 so by mid November I'm ready to pull out the winter decor. There's a hint of Christmas already but the silver tinsel table top tree will not appear yet.
Seasonal tablecloths are on the kitchen and dining room tables and let me say right here that I love tablecloths. My mother always had one on our table and I like changing them with the seasons or when the mood hits to pull out the lacy ones.
Snowflakes dangle from light fixtures,  hang from the icicle lights on the kitchen window, mirrors and adorn the glass doors of the DR hutch. Snowmen keep me company over the kitchen sink and Scentsy is burning in a new warmer. These things I'll share at a later date.
For now I want to share a new tea company I've ordered from. Out of Vancouver, BC Murchie's is known to my tea friends, but new to me. A friend from out west recommended their Christmas Tea, a blend of black tea, orange peel, cinnamon, cloves and vanilla.
This is not a paid recommendation by any means, just my sharing with you how much I like this blend. The orange is predominate over the spices and it is a smooth and rich black tea.
I'm using a cardinal mug for my tea and have a couple of Walkers shortbread Orange Royals for my treat.
I cleaned and tidied the tea cupboard in the kitchen and pulled out A Cup of Christmas Tea by Tom Hegg to read again to get into the spirit of Christmas.
More chocolate and orange from one of Terry's Oranges that breaks into yummy segments.
My tea cupboard where there are quite a few selections for my afternoon tea. The top shelf holds my collection of lavender and the bottom has a few teapots, matching tea caddies, books, napkin holders and a crystal biscuit jar.
Do you have a favourite tea you drink at Christmas? I didn't have one until now but will be sure to order Christmas Tea again next year in time for the holidays.
Linking with the following tea gatherings:
Tea Time Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Friends Sharing Tea

Monday, November 17, 2014

Orange Spice and Pinwheels

I went to the Scandinavian Church Christmas bazaar on the weekend where I picked up a few goodies from their huge bake sale area.
The prune pinwheels were a tasty acquisition and I really like this Orange and Spice tea from HyVee. The tea was gifted to me from my friend Beth at Beyond the Garden Gate when she and her husband came to stay with us this summer. 
I finally broke down and bought one of the birdie teapots I've been admiring on other blogs and for $12 at HomeSense, it was a good deal. The bird to the left of the teapot is a creamer I won in a giveaway package from Sandi at one time.
I'm linking with these ladies for their Tuesday tea gatherings:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Mosaic Monday #15 The Magic Returns

Mid-November and the magic of winter has returned to my gardens.
Snow stretching out lazily along branches provides structure and height.
Spiky coneflower seedheads, the waving arms of 'Fireworks' goldenrod and garden art add interest.
Liatris seedheads look like candles in the snow, Queen Anne's lace takes on a new lacy appearance and a persistent 'Saucy Seduction' yarrow has one last flower to share.
We have no grass on our subdivision property and the winter garden is as beautiful as the summer, but more of a magical quality than one with colour.
This week's collages were created using piZap, free editing software.

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Monday, November 10, 2014

Red Poppies for Tea

Red poppies on November 11 to remember those who died in the past wars and to honour the living members of the armed forces.
A timely day to use my red poppy teacup from Gracie china.
A solemn tea as we give thanks for the brave men and women that fought to give Canada the freedom we take for granted.
Linking with these tea gatherings:

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Mosaic Monday #14 Simple Black and White

I've been playing around with altering photos to black and white to create a simpler effect, often I like it better than the colour version.
From our trip to Toronto this weekend. The CN tower, lights and traffic of the big city and inside Massey Hall where we attended the 45th anniversary concert of the Downchild Blues Band.

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