Saturday, April 4, 2015

PREPARING FOR EASTER - BROWN EGGS, ETC

Our tradition is to dye eggs using onion skins. I used a combination of yellow and red onion skins.
There is always an amused reaction when I go through the till with a bag of skins only!
 ....And the table is almost ready!


Happy Easter to all! The Lord is risen!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

PREPARING FOR EASTER -REMINDERS

Symbols of Easter in white chocolate:
The bunny was purchased, and I made the lamb in a mold...
 
My bunny accessories are not Easter bunnies, but rather a reminder of the many rabbits we have around our garden, and how much we enjoy them....
The lamb is a reminder of the Lamb of God , who took away the sins of the world...
 
Tulips are also a reminder of the spring season....this mug is a favourite!
 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

PREPARING FOR EASTER - PYSANKY

On Monday, my daughter treated me to an Easter Egg decorating evening at her church. We learned the art of decorating Ukrainian Easter eggs, or"'Pysanky".
The tool used is a stylus which consists of a copper-wrapped thin funnel attached to a wood dowel.
 

The stylus is heated over a candle flame, then beeswax is scooped into the funnel. It is reheated and the wax is then drawn on a clean white egg using the pointed end of the tool..


 After any areas to be left white are covered with wax, the egg is dyed in a light  coloured dye.


 The process is repeated...Heating, scooping, drawing with wax, dipping in progressively darker dye, etc., until the desired effect is achieved.


The wax is then melted off using the candle flame or a heat gun and left as is, or lightly varnished or oiled.

Some photos of eggs from my collection...all except one were given to me by my Mom. The one looking worst (in the bottom photo) is my attempt on Monday!...but what a lot of fun we had!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Tea Time - A Little Green

It's time for tea again, this time with a little Irish theme...

I have always wanted to bake Irish soda bread...it turned out a little lumpy, but very tasty!

I brought out some shamrock items..a cloth and a cream and sugar which I purchased at a thrift store....

the little teapot, although not truly Irish, seems to fit in nicely....

A  shamrock plant adds a bit more green....
This Irish prayer sums up my wish for you today, and thanks to Sandi, who is hosting Teatime Tuesday again.
May the road rise to meet you, May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face,The rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of his hand. May God be with you and bless you: May you see your children's children. May you be poor in misfortune, Rich in blessings. May you know nothing but happiness From this day forward. May the road rise up to meet you May the wind be always at your back May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home And may the hand of a friend always be near. May green be the grass you walk on, May blue be the skies above you, May pure be the joys that surround you, May true be the hearts that love you.
                                                         
This photo taken from the Island of Gigha, Scotland, ...Ireland is across this section of the ocean.

 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Downton Abbey - New Season

To kick off the new season of Downton Abbey, we invited friends to watch it with us. I made a steamed mincemeat pudding which I served with custard sauce.
The silver teas service was inherited from my Mom as was the much - used silver serving spoon. I served the pudding in the crystal bowls shown.
The platter has a "regal" insignia!
We used Royal Worchester "Gold Chantilly" china for our tea, but the program was about to start , and we didn't want to miss one moment, so I didn't get pictures.
I do hope that there are not too many scandalous scenes in Season Five...yes I do know these things took place, but I don't care for graphic portrayals of them!
When watching repeats of Season Four I noticed a table in Isobel Crawley's home which looked very familiar. It is almost identical to one my Dad made from a kit many years ago and which we have in our family room. Photo below taken at Christmas.
I am joining Tuesday Tea Time where Sandi and her friends display lovely tea settings each week. Won't you join us?
 
 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Reflecting on Family Times

Although my decorations are still up, and some fun events still planned, I am starting to look back on the Christmas season, and what was really important...
Our celebrations focused firstly on the birth of our Saviour Jesus....the church programs, the loving messages to and from family and friends, carols we love to sing, etc.
Of course there was the inevitable shopping, baking and decorating...


What I can especially tuck away in my memory bank would be the special times with our children and grandchildren. We have a son and a daughter and their spouses, and 3 grandchildren. the youngest being 16 years old. As we see them mature, we are very thankful for the choices they are making, and their accomplishments.
 Perhaps I am more conscious of these things because this last year my Mom passed away, and my husband has had health issues which have still not been fully diagnosed. (That in itself is a roller-coaster of emotions.)
Every January 1st our family has an ethnic themed dinner. This year, at our daughter's home, we cooked Cajun food, and just for fun, threw in a bit of Mardi Gras in d├ęcor, etc. Here are a few photos of that.
Jambalaya..
Shrimp linguini
 
A plate, including crab cakes and blackened fish..
For dessert, King's cake, which represents the King of Kings..
 
 
One of our conversations last evening was about how important  our relationships are.
I am so thankful to God for that blessing.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Last tea party of 2014

I didn't post much of Christmas this year, but I hurried to put together a little tea party for the last Tuesday of the year.
 

I tried to keep it silver, gold, and white
...an arrangement used throughout the Christmas season, with the addition of a clock ornament..
Some mercury glass plates.. with silver Lenox napkin rings...
Let us enjoy the last hours of the year, and look forward to 2015!
Thanks to SANDI for her gracious hosting all through the seasons.