Monday, September 24, 2012

An Autumn Tea

Welcome friends for an autumn tea this week;  it's a special gathering hosted by Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage.
A large pot of mums welcomes you by the front door and there are distinct signs of autumn in the garden, especially when the colchicums poke through the soil.
The bees are busy on the fall asters...
and the goldfinches are eating the seedheads from coneflowers.
Not everyone is busy though, my garden helper has had a hectic summer of chasing squirrels and following me around the garden.  Now he figures it's time to rest up.
 Join me in the kitchen where I have a Cinnamon Nut Bread candle burning in the turkey centrepiece.  It smells as wonderful as the name implies.
 A small bundle of Indian corn; decor to keep inside as the one year I hung it outdoors on the lamppost, the squirrels ate it in no time.
It's always nice to have flowers on the table and a quick trip around the garden provided several colours and textures.  Sprigs of dill make a lacy filler.  (except for the one drooping at the front that I've just noticed :-)
 With cooler days and chilly nights, fall is the time to start making soups again and one of my favourites is Three Sisters.  Based on the native concept of growing beans, squash and corn together it's an easy recipe to throw in a pot.
And some is simmering on the stove.  The recipe can be found under Recipes on the left sidebar.
After a bowl of hot soup, Boston creme cake is a light dessert with yummy chocolate fudge icing on top.  (store bought I'm afraid but no point in baking for the two of us when another sweet is available)
 Tea is served, chamomile today and I'd like to thank Sandi for hosting our weekly tea parties.
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  1. A beautiful autumn tea you have served today. I too have been working in our garden and I can't wait to start making soups. I just love this time of the year.

  2. This was such a lovely post Judith. All of your photos were so clear and beautiful.

  3. Good afternoon Judith,
    Your Topaz is adorable and probably needed the break if he's been chasing squirrels all summer! *smiles*
    Alas, my little gold finches have all flown south. I haven't seen one since last week. I sure do miss them!
    I like the look of your soup and I love anything with squash in it but I don't tolerate corn very well. So, I'll have a piece of your Boston creme cake with a cup of tea, please. Thank you for having me and Happy Autumn, my friend!


  4. Boston Creme cake sounds perfect!

  5. What a perfect post for a cool autumn day! There is nothing better than a pot of soup, dessert and tea in autumn. I'm going to find your recipe and make some soon! Earlier I've had more goldfinches here enjoying my coneflowers than I ever remember, and I have the same problem with the indian corn outside!

  6. How special! The mum is big and glorious. What fun to see all the finches snacking away on the seeds. It's a bit of a precarious perch. Off to find your recipe for the soup.

  7. keeps telling me that your recipe page no longer exists. ???

  8. Hi Judith, I love your blog it's ao pretty and colorful! The Tea was just perfect for this cool weather.I found you on Sandi's Rose Chintz Cottage blog. I'm now a follower of your great blog.

    Sylvia @ agrandmasblessings

  9. Great photos. Love all the pretty blooms right now. Your dog is adorable all worn out. :)
    Cher Sunray Gardens

  10. Hi Judith, One of my favourite soups, thanks for the recipe. I would love a bowl. Take care, Jen.

  11. All delicious items for tea. I could eat a bowl of that soup right now as I'm chilled today. Looking forward to a nice cup of tea later on.

  12. Beautiful post! Your soup and the cake look so good. I am getting hungry again...Christine

  13. Lovely Judith! So perfect for fall. Your mums make such a colorful welcome. I love the look of the Boston Cream cake...a favorite! I agree...if I can't split a recipe or freeze most of it it's not worth baking. Thanks for your lovely fall post and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  14. Your autumn home decor and tea are lovely! I like the potted mum, the asters, the goldfinches on the coneflowers, and the photo of Topaz relaxing! Your Boston creme cake looks awesome, the candle is lovely, your indoor bouquet is splendid, and I like the little pumpkins on your plate too. I really enjoyed my visit today, Judith.

  15. Judith: This looks and I am sure "smells" wonderful! Your arrangement is lovely and that soup looks delicious! Lovely decorations too!

  16. What a lovely tea you have set. Your fall mum is gorgeous and the soup sounds yummy. Enjoy!

  17. When we were in our first home, my hubby bought me some harvest corn and I put it on the door...(Michigan)...after fall, it was still I wrapped it up and put in in a another box.
    The following year....I opened it up to find perfect clean off husks...apparently by a little mouse. Guess he survived that winter!!

  18. A lovely array of autumnal items. Hi Topaz. Valerie

  19. Your autumn tea is very inviting...
    Mums to welcome us, a cinnamon nut bread candle permeating the air, and a wonderful fall soup simmering on the stove. Your teacup is beautiful and I'm sure the Boston Cream Pie is scrumptious. Thanks for inviting us!

  20. Hi Judith!
    I love your little turkey candle holder. The food all looks delicious!

  21. Oh Judith, what a lovely post! I can almost smell your wonderful candle burning and taste that soup and the yummy cake. Wish I could share a cup of tea with you. Have a wonderful week.

  22. It looks wonderful, Judith, and I can almost smell the deliciousness of that soup. Our weather is a tad cooler and there is a hint of fall. I am ready to put on the soup! Your moms are gorgeous!

  23. Beautiful post Judith. I love your pictures. The soup looks delicious and the cake is a perfect finish. It's hard to believe that the year is almost at an end.

    Jocelyn @

  24. Hi Judith,
    What a beautiful autumn post! I love the fall flowers and your tea setting is lovely. I would love some of your home made soup. I am a soup lover and love a bowl on a cool day! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week.

  25. What a lovely autumn post, Judith--loved seeing your dog and the birds and bees! Your soup recipe sounds wonderful--it is getting to be time for soup, isn't it? Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful post and pictures with us!

  26. I enjoyed seeing your autumn images. The pot of "mums" is stunning - I have never heard of them, but they certainly make a cheerful entrance.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog today to say hi - have a wonderful week.

  27. Hi Judith,
    thank you for your visit and the sweet comment. I am always late to show up, sorry for that.
    When I read your post, I don't know where to start with my praise. I love your flowerphotos. The Mums and Colchicums are so pretty. And this photo of the picking goldfinches is stunning. They are not afraid for you or too greedy to leave the food. Your little garden helper is sweet. Would love to cuddle with him. Your fall table is so full of delights. Pretty flowers and the sweet candleholder with scent, the yummy soup and the -oh so yummy- desert make my mouth watering. Thank you for sharing this great autumn setting. Have a wonderful fall time.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  28. Everything looks so beautiful, Judith! Wish I could pop over! :)
    Enjoy your lovely fall weather. I'm looking forward to enjoying some time doing exactly what your little garden helper is doing... soon!

  29. Beautiful my friend .. from the entry to the tea!! and that soup tres yummy!! perfect for the cooler temps in our area.

    Our garden helpers have been doing exactly the same... in the mornings .. the little ones look up as if to say "you want us to go out in that cold??"

    Loving the photo of the cornflowers with the golden finches!! They almost blend in ... great shot!
    Wishing you a great week!!

  30. what a joyful Autumn Tea Judith...I love hot soup this time of year, as a matter of fact, I think I just planned dinner for tonight - ha!

  31. What a lovely cosy Autumn tea post!
    Your cake looks wonderful and the soup sounds reallly great!
    Have a blessed day..Trish

  32. Hi Judith!
    What a beautiful Autumn tea. I tried to comment yesterday but for some reason when I clicked on comments it wouldn't open. Your grandson is adorable.
    Have a wonderful week.

  33. Hi Judith,
    What a lovely Autumn tea! Your setting is beautiful. And the soup sounds delicious.
    Happy Fall!

  34. Beautiful fall photos here, and now you've got me lusting to do some fall baking!

  35. I just picked up a couple gorgeous mums from my sister and brother-in-law's market - they have so many amazing colors for the fall show next weekend - I have never heard of 3 sister's soup - it sounds tasty! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,


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