Monday, November 24, 2014

A THANKFUL TEA



 "In every thing give thanks; 
for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus concerning
you." 1 Thessalonians 5:18


 internet photo


 Happy Thanksgiving everyone! 
This week (and everyday) is a time of  being thankful and sharing with one another. 

 I am thankful for family and friends. On Saturday I with my daughter, gave a "Thankful Tea" at her home. If you remember back in July I went to a yard sale that a friend of hers was having and bought a set of Noritake China. You may read about it here
This is the set of 6 place settings.


Nov. 3rd was Debbie,my daughter's birthday. I gave it to her. I try once or twice a year to have a Tea for us girls so we can have a day to ourselves without the men and boys.
This time we wanted to invite Allison, the lady I bought the china from, to our Tea. Thanksgiving seemed like the perfect time to have our Tea.
(P.S. "now the secret is out and you know where I put them!")


 She gave me permission to show you her picture, she's so nice and sweet. My daughters went to school with her and our families attended the same church as they were growing up.




 We really enjoyed our time today, laughing, talking and catching up on the days gone by. 


I found these pretty fall place cards at Hobby Lobby for half price. On the inside each of us wrote what we were Thankful for and then talked about it, we all had written 'Thankful for family and friends', and more.

After reading our cards about what we were thankful for, I passed a bag around and each  of us put our place cards in it. I then shook it up and reached in and drew a name for a door prize.....guess who's name I drew...yes, Allison's.! Yay!




 For their favors they got to take home their teapot teabag holders, the fall candle with it's voltive and the fall washcloth.
 I had read in a Tea guide book that one lady had used tea towels instead of napkins, so I put my napkins back in the drawer and used the washcloths I had bought to give away, they loved it!







No, I wasn't being bad and got myself a larger candle than the others....I didn't get myself one so I just used one my daughter already had. Our "Teas" aren't formal, I called it, Simple with a little  Elegant!
 






 Since there were 7 of us and the china was a place setting for 6,
 I used a different plate for myself.





The menu:

Ham sliders

Pumpkin Scones with a spice icing
(I just realized I didn't get a photo of the scones!)

Chicken Salad Croissants

Biscotti

Fruit Cups

Brownies

mixed nuts

teapot toasted bread

 Spiced honey cream

Tea:

Harney & Sons "Paris"

Chocolate Mint

Twinnings Earl Gray


So at this time of Thanksgiving , let us
"Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him, bless his name!" Psalm 100:4 esv

Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

Sylvia  

linking to Rose Chintz Cottage teatime tuesday

Monday, November 17, 2014

Good Morning, Friends






Good Monday Morning, blogging friends!

Enjoy the week, it's getting cold around my neighborhood!


Going to be 18 degrees in the morning!

Be Blessed!
Sylvia

Friday, November 14, 2014

Beauty of Autumn




Come go with us as we traveled to Pine Mountain to see the leaves. Yes, they have finally turned to a beautiful array of colors.

I hope you'll enjoy our drive. It was a long ride, miles over the mountain and then to the town of Pine Mt. and then through Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park.


Let's go!


I took so many photo's, but it wasn't too easy since I was driving. It was good that there wasn't a lot of traffic.














We stopped at Callaway Gardens Country Store for breakfast.









We sat at the window and the view was just as beautiful. You may not can tell from this photo but there is a deep drop  outside this window!!


After breakfast (which was at 10:30) we drove to the town of Pine Mountain.  On our way we passed Callaway Gardens. Love going there in the spring. I did a blog post about in the spring when we were there to see the flowers in bloom.


 Just had to run in this little 'Tea Room' and pick up some supplies!
I'll tell you all about it in a post in a couple weeks.




I love this town, it's small but has lots of great stores to shop!



I didn't eat there but did spend a good amount in the gift shop.
My poor hubby sits in the car while I shop. Bless him!

Ok, are we having fun or not!  

On through F.D.R. State Park to see if it's full of campers.





The office is made out of rock, if you aren't familiar with the history of President Roosevelt's love for this area during his time in office and the Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia, you can research it online, you'll find it very interesting.

Ok, let's turn into the park now.
I do see a couple campers.







Lots of  Pine trees also.


Ok, I'm sure you are tired by now and it is getting late and I do have to get back in time to pick up 3 of my grandchildren from school today, I am looking forward to seeing them. I always love to spend time with them.

Have a Blessed weekend.

Sylvia

linking to Outdoor Wednesday

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

To All Our Veterans!




Thanks to all our Veterans who serve and fight to keep our great country free!




Have a Blessed Veterans Day!

Sylvia

Monday, November 3, 2014

Reflections of the Day




Today is my daughter's birthday, a day of memories and reflections.  Yesterday we had our family dinner,as we do for each member of our family when their day comes around.  It was a good day, with love and happiness that we could all be together.  



My 3 girls are a blessing!
They are close with each,which is also a blessing!
Gina made her sister a carrot cake, her favorite.
So sweet of her and thoughtful.
This morning it was 34 degrees! Brrr --cold!
I went for a walk mid morning anyway, around the yard.
I was feeling a little old   down, it didn't last long though.
Had a little talk with myself as I walked around the yard.

I hadn't gotten far before I heard my little buddy behind me.


 He always goes along on my walks.



 The trees were just about naked  empty of leaves, the winds from the weekend had about blown them all away, leading to a little 
more of my feeling 'down'.

 Now I know each 'Fall' they must 'fall'  to the ground.
Now don't they come out again in the spring, after the cold and months of staying inside has past! Yes! That's what I told myself.

 My grandson's had been playing football yesterday and had left it on the ground right where they were playing. Just like a 10 and 12 year old. I picked it up and carried it back to the house so I could remember to give it to my daughter later in the week when she comes to visit.




  Next to the back patio is my angel trumpet. I do love how they look like an trumpet!  This morning they didn't look to happy either.
This is how they looked last week before it turned  brrrrr-cold !











Walking on down to the back section of our yard where it's mostly wooded, leaves where all over the ground. The poor play set that my hubby and I built for the grandchildren, when we first moved here 12 years ago, is looking a little sad also. One of the grandson's told me a few weeks ago it's about time to take it down. I can't find the heart to do that just yet. I can still see them playing on it, but now they've out grown it and don't anymore.

So back to the house, I walked around front and there was my hosta's ---- The cold had gotten to them also

This is how they looked today after the 34 degrees the last couple nights.


This is before Mr.Cold Weather game to visit us the last few nights.
Don't think he'll be welcome again!















Settling down with a good hot cup of Tea will help. Waiting for it to steep a couple minutes.



There's nothing like a little reflection and a walk to get one to  want a quiet time to just sit and count your blessings.
That's what I did, I chose a Darjeeling Black Tea to go with my carrot cake, my daughter was so kind to leave me. Darjeeling isn't my favorite tea but after all  I bought it so I must drink it, right?


 My tea cup is Queen Anne, English China.
I've had it awhile but love to bring it out 
and use it.

 Wouldn't you like a piece also, so glad you stopped by,please come again.


Have a Blessed Day!