Thursday, April 2, 2015

Tea on Thursday - Of Primulas, Spring and a Giveaway Win


Our weather is warming up nicely and a trip to the local nursery helped get me in the mood for the spring gardening I'm looking forward to doing. I picked up these two primulas and went back for a couple more the next day. They're hardy little plants that bloom in spring and again in late summer in my garden.
Beside the flowers is a photograph I won in a giveaway by the talented photographer Georgianna Lane. Imagine being told to choose any photo from Georgianna's website and if your name was drawn - it would be yours! I love the soft pastel colours of the nest amongst the blossoms and purchased a wooden frame to complement the brown tones. It has added a touch of spring to our front hallway.
Thank you Georgianna, I have a few of her photos framed and love them all.
I got busy one afternoon in the kitchen and baked a double layer 6 inch carrot cake with cream cheese frosting. I intended to make a light blue spring coloured frosting but surprised myself with this aqua colour.
I know most of us have a sweet tooth and before Easter I stock up on jelly beans for the candy jar. 

Well then, I decided I might as well pull out an aqua teacup to match for afternoon tea so I used this pretty one with violets by Rosina. There's no oil in my carrot cake, I use a snack pack size applesauce instead which makes it moist.
teapot by artist Susan Branch
Happy Easter wishes to my blogging friends.  
Linking to these tea gatherings:

37 comments:

  1. Happy Easter, Judith! Your primulas are pretty! I am looking for some pretty annuals for my deck this summer.. Your carrot cake looks delicious..Have a happy day!

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  2. Your table looks great. Your cake frosting matches the color in the photo you won and the pretty tea cup. Everything speaks Spring. Happy Easter.

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  3. Hello, Judith!
    The teacup is so very beautiful and your cake matches wonderfully its colour!
    Nothing says Spring like a few colourful Primulas. Here it's snowing, once more, but we have decorated the home with splashes of yellow and light green. :)
    Wishing you and your family a very joyful Easter!

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  4. All so pretty and that cake oh we like our carrot cake with cream cheese frosting here lol ! Lovely framed photo to . Thanks for sharing have a good day and a Happy Easter weekend !

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  5. That is a lovely photo! The cake looks so good too!

    Pretty flowers!

    Deanna

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  6. Hi Judith, Your cake looks delicious, your teacup is lovely, and I adore primulas. I have had a few in the garden but they don't always winter over. Enjoy yours, my friend! Happy Easter!
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

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  7. A lovely tea you have made for yourself. Your carrot cake looks so delicious - and everything matches so well. You must be thinking aqua for Easter - a card I rec'd today comes to mind......bless you.

    Hugs and love and prayers for you and yours this Easter and always. ♥

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  8. Happy Easter Judith! The carrot cake looks so yummy! And your frosting is a perfect match for the teacup! Please tell that warm weather to head east... :)

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  9. I too was visiting our gardening centre this past week ... just the smell of growing things in the greenhouses is a welcome change. Your primulas are so cheery, I'm not surprised you went back for more. Great match with the aqua icing and tea cup ;)
    Wendy

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  10. I too was visiting our gardening centre this past week ... just the smell of growing things in the greenhouses is a welcome change. Your primulas are so cheery, I'm not surprised you went back for more. Great match with the aqua icing and tea cup ;)
    Wendy

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  11. Love your win...the spring nest in apple blossoms. So pretty! Speaking of pretty, that cake is gorgeous! I'd be so happy to bake one that looked like that. It's pretty cool that you have a tea cup to match. Happy Easter, Judith!

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  12. Great mixture of glass (purple I think?), purple and pink rose chintz china, and that gorgeous teal teacup! You might not have meant it to be that dark, but the cake's color is terrific and it definitely says spring! Great win with that gorgeous photo!

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  13. Another beautiful post, Judith! Love the teacup and aqua frosting!! :)Have a wonderful Easter.

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  14. Happy Easter, Judith. I love the match of the cake icing and the teacup. Such a pretty color. Congratulations on the photograph win. It`s beautiful.

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  15. What a pretty tea! And a wonderful framed photograph to brighten your entry area. Have a nice Easter.

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  16. What a great win, Judith! I love the cup that you chose for your Easter tea. It matches perfectly to your yummy cake. Wish I could share a slice with you, and a cup of tea. Happy Easter to you!

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  17. Congrats on winning the beautiful photograph! I'm loving the gorgeous aqua teacup with the purple flowers inside and your carrot cake looks delish! Have a wonderful Easter!

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  18. Lovely framed photo and Primulas but your carrot cake..... You have done a great job with the icing of the cake, the colour matches perfectly with the beautiful teacup, but eating aqua coloured icing.....I don't know. By the way carrot cake is my all time favourite cake.
    Wish you Happy Easterdays!

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  19. Well, I think the aqua icing is lovely...very Easter-y :) Have a blessed Resurrection Sunday, Judith :)

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  20. That cake is BEAUTIFUL!!! you did a gr8 job! When can we all stop by for a piece and a cup of tea?? Lol

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  21. Your cake and tea cup are perfect for Spring. I'll bet you are excited to get out in the garden. You have won a marvelous gift from Georgianna Lane. I'm sure you will get years of enjoyment out of it.

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  22. What a pretty cake and I LOVE the teacup! Aqua is always a favourite colour of mine. The gift from GL is gorgeous! Congratulations on winning. It is especially perfect for spring decor. Happy Easter Judith!

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  23. Oh, I just love the photo you won Judith! It's gorgeous!
    The color of your frosting came out so pretty. Just perfect for a Spring tea.
    Have a joyous Easter!!
    Debbie
    xo

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  24. What a lovely cake...Carrot Cake is just about one of my top 5 favorites and with the aqua frosting, it looks perfect. Happy Easter to you and yours~

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  25. Oh that print is gorgeous. Lucky you! And the cake looks so pretty and I imagine it tasted delicious with a nice cup of tea.

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  26. That carrot cake looks yummy!!!! May I ask if the recipe with applesauce is anywhere on the internet? I would like to try myself. ;-)

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  27. As I said before, I love the teacup and your cake looks wonderful. I wouldn't part with the Rosebud teacup either Judith. I haven't seen one since I found mine. Thank you for coming to tea and have a beautiful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  28. What a beautiful match of frosting and teacup! Love the aqua color. And congratulations on the win, such a beautiful photograph.
    Glad to hear it's warming up there. We're having rain this week, but it's warmer, and the rain will be good to green things up a bit.

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  29. What a lovely photo! I looked at the photographer's website and she has some gorgeous photos of Paris. Congratulations on this beautiful piece of art! Your teacup and cake are a perfect match. Always fun to have some surprises with baking. ~Nora

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  30. Hi: I love the teal color of this tea cup. I hope to share teal tea cups next week. Yours is so pretty. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

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  31. I hope, you had happy Eastern. I thougt, there would be no mosaic monday. so in my "best of" there is no button of you. But I promise, next week it will be there again.
    I had english speaking people from england here in my house, family guests. it was nice and I had chance to try my english.
    Until next week I wish calm an happy days
    Yours Pippa

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  32. Must as I love the aqua and brown combination, it had not occurred to me to carry out the color scheme in a cake! I love it!

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  33. I do love Primulas!! I like the way you used the cake to decide what tea cup to use!

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  34. Gorgeous! Not only is the cake delicious, I am sure, but love the icing...what a pretty combo with the gorgeous teacup! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  35. By the way...I love your new blog framework! So pretty!
    Ruth

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  36. Judith I am late getting to this post and now I see your new theme. I love its lovely simplicity. And another wonderful tea.

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