Saturday, May 30, 2015

Friday Flowers May 29

Lilacs, tulips, lungwort, Solomon's seal

Monday, May 18, 2015

Tea Time- May 18, 2015 - with SnOw!

Victoria Day is usually the weekend we Manitobans head for the campgrounds and cottages, or have that  longed-for family picnic. Not this year! We have had strong winds, and rain changing to sleet and snow. So it might be a good idea to do a little baking...
I found a recipe for a simple cheesecake with a hidden fruit surprise in the filling.

I assembled the ingredients. I made a bing cherry filling using frozen cherries.

The recipe size was just right for my heart shaped spring form pan.
Time to steep a cup of fruit herbal tea and leaf through a copy of a summer-themed magazine and pretend we don't have snow on the ground!
The cup and saucer is Shelley Blue, one of my favorites.
Enjoy your day, wherever you are, and thanks to Sandi for hosting the weekly tea time. For more background on Victoria Day, Sandi has explained it very well.

Saturday, April 4, 2015


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


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


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 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?