Monday, February 8, 2016

Valentine Friendship Tea






A couple weeks ago I got a phone call from a friend, she invited me to a Friendship tea at her home today.  Jane and I worked together and have been friends since 1992, but now that I live about 40 minutes away we don't see each other as often as we would like.

She invited a few of her other friends also, I had already met a couple of them before. It's always nice to make new friends.

Jane has a lovely home and it was decorated pretty with lots of tea pots and tea cup, along with other Valentine items also.





Her living room was pretty and inviting as always.


Down the hall was her first guest bedroom, dressed and looking like a B&B.
Wouldn't you love to spend the night in this room.
She has always wanted to open a B&B.



In her Den she had a Valentine tree with hearts for a centerpiece on her smaller table. The little boxes around it was treats for her guest to take home.

She had asked me to come early before the others so we could catch up on 'girl talk'.
I took a few photo's before the others arrived and she hadn't yet finished getting ready.




Enclosed in a cabinet was a Valentine card from a friend.


I took her a card and Tulips along with a box of goodies, which I forgot to take a photo of.


She loves these wire cage thingy's, I really don't know what they are called, but they are pretty.



The food was delicious! 





 There was so much to eat.

 Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Chips
Dill Pickles 
Veggie Plate with Dip
 Cream Cheese and pineapple heart shaped sandwiches.



Miniature cinnamon rolls.
Chocolate covered Oreo bites.
 Banana Nut Bread
  
All kinds of sweets!
I didn't get photo's of everything, since the other guest arrived and everyone was talking and having a good time. One of the ladies wanted to learn how to 'skip', so there was a few minutes that we all was remembering our childhood, as Jane taught her how to skip. 
Time went by so fast and I was a little later getting home than what I told my hubby I would be. I did bring him a plate of food home so he was happy!

Have a Great Valentine Week!

Sylvia


 I will be linking to:   Roses of Inspiration

Friday, February 5, 2016

National Wear Red Day !









Today is National Wear Red for Heart Disease Day!
Read all about it on this link.


Do you know that heart disease kills more women than cancer! 1 in 3 women die each year from this disease yet it is 80% preventable. We should all keep a check on our Cholesterol levels, exercise more to lose weight, change our eating habits and talk to our doctors about our heart.

 So today I will wear Red to support Heart Health!






 Have  a Blessed Day!
Sylvia

 

Monday, February 1, 2016

A New Month





I love butterflies! They remind me of new beginnings.  Today is the beginning of a new month, and that reminds me of spring flowers. It won't be long now till we can see them coming up from the ground. I am in a new place this year so I don't know what or if anything will come up from the ground here, that has been planted in the past.

I thought I would post some photo's of the flowers I had at my old home. Maybe it will brighten the day!

 American Climbing Rose



Hydrangea 

 
 Hen and Chick in pot
and 
Daylilies 



Knock out Roses


 Hosta's 


Moss rose in rabbit planter
Potato Vine
Angel trumpet


Yellow Rose


 Rose of Sharon



Iris





As the sun rises on your day, I hope it brings you joy and happiness!

Be Blessed

Sylvia  

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Did You Know it's Chocolate Cake Day




There's this website online that tells you each day what it is celebrating!  It's
Days of the year.com

 Well today is Chocolate Cake Day!
So today to celebrate the day, I made a Chocolate cake for teatime.




I have made this cake before and it is so good and easy to make, especially if you don't want to make a large layer cake. It's just the right amount of batter for one layer. Perfect for a small group of people.






I'll have to admit that I had to tweak the ingredients.  Since I've moved I am having trouble finding things. I couldn't find my baking soda when I was assembling all the ingredients.
My daughters put things up for me and I am blessed that they did!
 Just today, one month after we've moved, I found my mini food processor I had been looking for.
 



Here is the recipe.

1 cup all-purpose flour (I used self raising but omit the 2 soda's)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup  unsweetened (dark) cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup cooking oil (I used Canola)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
Powder sugar

Directions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees f.
Grease and lightly flour a 9 1/2 round baking pan.
 In a large mixing bowl combine flour,sugar,cocoa powder,baking soda,baking powder and salt.
(I used self rising flour since I had no baking powder, if you use self raising flour do not add baking soda or baking powder!!!)

Add (I use 2%) milk,oil,and vanilla. 
 Beat on low speed mixer just until combined, then beat on medium speed for 2 minutes.
Add egg and beat 2 minutes more.
Pour in baking pan.
Bake 30 to  35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Cool on wire rack for 10 minutes then place on serving plate. 
I hope you can make sense out of it! I put in parentheses what I tweaked. 
..........................



It was so good I could have eaten the whole cake.


 I made myself a cup of Constant Comment Tea and had myself a Tea for One!


 "Take a corner of this day just for you alone"
Dee Appel




I just love my tea for one my sister,Sharon, gave me some years ago for my birthday.

 "Brew yourself a cup of tea, 
release a sigh or two.
You'll find that things are not so
bad when you take time for you."
Dee Appel





Want you join me!

 "Ointment and perfume
delight the heart,
And the sweetness of a 
man's friend gives delight..."

Proverbs 27:9



I did save you a piece, I promise!!  I did!

Enjoy and be blessed!

Sylvia

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

MY LIFE IS A STORY







"This is the day the Lord hath made"
Psalm 118:24


Shortly after my first 3 grandchildren were born, I was blessed with watching after them as their parents worked.  I loved to read to them, so I kept lots of children's books, in my guest room that I used for them to play, sleep and just enjoy in.  I loved it when they would bring me a book to read to them, they would look, point to pictures, listen as I read and waited eagerly to turn the page to see and hear what came next. 

I would love to think maybe I had a good influence on their lives at this early age.  Do we ever think of our lives, as we live it every day and how others read us like a book, and the influence we have on their lives. Our lives do tell a Story! There are people watching us and reading what we say or do by our attitudes  and actions.  




So what is the story we are telling, is it one of forgiveness, mercy, Love and compassion! 
The Apostle Paul tells us in 2 Corinthians 3:2-3 that we as followers of Jesus Christ, are a story or letters "known and read by all men".
 So as God's follower and storyteller, let us with His grace be one of His great storytellers!

O Lord, I love you and want my life to
tell the story of your love, mercy
 and forgiveness.
Teach me and use me in ways
 to serve you!
Amen





May your day be filled with His Blessings!

Sylvia 

Linking to Roses of Inspirations 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Morning Sunrise


Cause me to hear your loving
 kindness in the morning,
 for on you do I lean
 and in you do I trust.

Cause me to know the way wherein
I should walk,
for I lift up my inner self to you.
Psalm 143: 8






 This was the view from my front porch yesterday morning!





Beautiful sunrise!

We are enjoying being able to see God's handiwork each morning. At our previous home we had tall trees that blocked the sunrise.










As the sun came up, in all it's glory, it made us want to get out and enjoy the day, even with the forecast of rain.






Up the road, as we neared the park, where we go to walk, the geese were enjoying the day already.

 


I love the sound of the geese when they fly over on their way to the pond, in the middle of the park. They are here year round, and sometimes we have to stop for them to cross the road. After all it is their  home.

After driving about 40 minutes we stopped for lunch, then headed back home, for the rain was beginning to fall.


 Oh Lord, as we start this day,
 may you lead us with your Spirit, along life's highway. 
Give us discernment for our priorities,
 a sensitive heart filled with your love and power, to live it for you!
Amen

Have a Blessed Day!

Sylvia