Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Hot Tea Month

Did you know there's a Day or Month to honor
just about anything. Yes, I looked it up! 

January is Hot Tea Month!

"Thank God for Tea! What would the world do
without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not
born before Tea" Reverend Sidney Smith

 I have been trying new recipes lately. Do you ever get tired of 
making the 'same ole stuff' !

I found a recipe for Buffalo Style Chicken Bites, in the 'Diabetes & You' magazine I picked up at my local Walgreen's. I don't have diabetes that I know of, but it's a good diet to use if you want to lose weight and it has other health benefits too. 
 I won't put the recipe on here since it's so long. If you want it just email me and I will send it to you.

 It had a good dressing recipe, to dip the chicken bites in.

To celebrate Hot Tea Month, I tried a new Tea. It's a Red Fruit Rooibos Tea.  It's really good. It is an organic, No GMO, Gluten Free and all Natural Tea. (I read that on the box) I really like it.
 I love trying new teas.
I am really enjoying my Burton&Burton tea set I bought a few
years ago.

And what tea or afternoon snack isn't complete without dessert!
Vanilla Pudding in a tart shell, topped with Redi Whip!

At my table sit with me
I'll pour coffee or some tea; 
Perhaps we'll share our tears and laughter,
And be friends forever after.

Friendship is like two clocks
keeping time.

Have A Blessed Day!


I am joining Stephanie for Roses of  Inspiration want you click the link here and join me there!
Sandi at Rose Chintz is having a 5th Anniversary blog party,let's go to it also

Monday, January 26, 2015

One Potato Two Potato More

In reading my devotional by Dr. Charles Stanley yesterday morning, I was reminded of how many of us want more, bigger and better things in life. Not that it's wrong to want the best. I want the best for those that I love. 
This devotional was about a family that came to America from another country to find a better life. They were poor and sometimes had little to eat.They ate a lot of potatoes, mostly potato soup, for their meals.
Sometime the father would have a little extra money and would bring home an extra potato and the soup would be thicker and richer. He would pray and thank God for "two potatoes!". 

Now you're thinking what has this to do with anything? Right?
Well, we always seem to want more, more of everything. Can we ever be satisfied or content with "what we have".
 In Philippians 4:12, Paul wrote that he had learned to be content in having much and having little. 
 To be grateful for all God's provisions and be thankful for what I have, knowing that God also wants the best for me, is a thought process that I want to have. After all it is in the thinking in our minds that we make our 'focus'.

Lately I believe God has been trying to teach me, and I say 'trying' because I can be slow in hearing Him at times,  OK...a lot of times.  He wants me to be Thankful and Content with what I have because as in Matthew 4:4  Jesus says "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God".
By reading the bible and applying it's truths to our lives in every area will help us to be strong in our desire to live a more contented life whether it be with food or material things. 
So with having one potato or two potatoes, both concerning food and material possessions, I know through His strength I can learn to be content. (Philippians 4:13). Whether I have one, two or more of anything, my goal will be to praise God and be grateful. If I always think I need two potatoes, one will never be enough and if I think of not having any, then I will understand how to be thankful for all God has blessed me with, for I am already blessed with far more than most people in the world.

But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

I took my potatoes and made "Roasted Garlic Potatoes."
Just cut red potatoes in fourths and place in pan, add 
Olive Oil, salt and pepper, and garlic. 
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.

 Dear Lord Jesus, thank you for all your blessing,
I am grateful that you know and want what's
best for me.....amen 

Be Blessed Today!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Grow Your Blog

For those new to my blog, my name is Sylvia (see profile on sidebar), today I am joining the 3rd annual Grow Your Blog party over at Vicki's . Click on the link above to go over and find out all about it. I hope you will take time to visit.
I started blogging this April  3 years ago, I've made new friends and learn so much from them through blogging. I enjoy Tea Time, shopping Antique Malls and Thrift shops. By joining in on "Grow Your Blog", I hope to get to know new bloggers. I not only like to use my blog for sharing recipes, new found items and other interest, I also love being able to share my faith along with reading other blogs about faith.

 Today I want to share a recipe I found in my 2002  Weight Watchers Cookbook.
I am trying to lose some weight to be healthier. It isn't easy but I did manage to find this recipe and it was pretty good. 

Warm Fresh Apple Cake

1/4 cup butter, softened

3/4 cup packed brown sugar

1 large egg, lightly beaten

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 medium Granny Smith or Golden Delicious Apples, 
peeled and shredded

Cooking spray

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoon chopped pecans

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees

2. Beat butter with a mixer at 
medium speed until creamy;
add 3/4 cup brown sugar,beating well
Add egg, beating just till blended.

3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring
cups; level with a knife.
 Combine flour and next 4 ingredients; 
gradually add to butter mixture.
(batter will be stiff) Add apples, beating
just until combined.

4. Spoon batter into an 8-inch square baking pan
coated with cooking spray. Combine 1/4 cup
brown sugar and pecans; sprinkle over batter.
Bake at 350 degrees for 32 to 35 minutes or
until a wooden pick inserted in center comes
out clean.

Yield: 10 servings, size 1 square
2 1/2 Starch, 1 fat 
Calories: 225

I found this cake to be good,
 especially with a cup of hot tea!

"What, know ye not that your body is the
temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you...
glorify God in your body......" 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20

Here are some other post I do on my blog.
I like to post about the flowers I grow in my yard.
This is an Angel's Trumpet.
I love the way the sun shines through it.

 There will post about Tea and Tea Parties I have.
Here is a photo from one of my quiet times on my 
back patio.

Tea Cup finds.

This is a teacup my daughter and I found while out shopping
antique stores. The set of Homer Laughton china was sitting there so pretty and 
calling her name, needless to say, SHE bought it.

For other blog post please feel free to go to my sidebar and click on 
recent blog post.

I am looking forward to your visit!

Have a Blessed Day!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Thinking of Spring!

I have been having trouble with downloading
photo's onto my blog. Over night it decided
to be nicer to me. Thankful it is now working

It has warmed up a little this week and has me
Thinking of Spring!



Ready for Spring flowers and warmer weather!
Oh I am, so ready!

These are some of my flowers from last year.

The grass withereth,
The flower fadeth;
But the word of our God
Shall stand forever.
Isaiah 40:8

Have a Blessed Day!

join me with Stephanie at, Roses of Inspiration  

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

A Time to Reflect!

I am having problems with my PC at this time and will take some time to examine my use of my time and other areas of my life.  Even though I have a tablet, which I'm posting this from, I' m not as use to using it.
I believe there is a reason and purpose for all things. I will try to use this as a means to listen and learn. Spending time in God's word and seeking His direction in my life, even the littlest of things going wrong can be a blessing.

Each morning I awake around 4 A.M. I get up and spend quiet time reading my bible and praying. It helps me to focus on the day while all is quiet and still in the morning, and to listen to my Lord speak to my heart. The day can get so loud when all the activity starts. So today my prayer is to be still and quiet before the Lord and wait patiently on Him.

I will visit you and return in time!  

Have a Blessed Day!


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sometime Change is Good !

Your Love O Lord, reaches to the heavens,
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Psalms 36: 5

Eleven days into the New Year already! 
Wow it's going fast, and the changes I wanted to make just aren't happening fast enough for me.  Well I have a Cold and sore throat and it's caused me to have a sinus infection, maybe it means I need to slow down and listen to what is going on with me. We make mistakes, decide to make changes, but do we really know how to do this. The changes I want to make are the ones to better my life and relationships with God and others. I want to lose weight (not having a lot of luck with that). I want a better walk with Jesus Christ and I'd like my life to reflect it. So how can I accomplish this.

I do get in a hurry to do things, I want them done now yesterday!
 So maybe this is His way of slowing me down and letting me know I need His strength.
As in Exodus 15:2, Moses said to the children of Israel
"The Lord is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation.."

"They that wait on the Lord,
shall renew their strength"
Isaiah 40:31

As the butterfly changes from a cocoon into a thing of beauty, 
we can too, change into what God wants us to be
by waiting on His timing. 
You've heard the old saying 
"slow down and smell the roses".
 With His strength we can
accomplish our goals. 

 "Teach me to do your will,
 for you are my God,
 may your good Spirit lead me on level ground."
 Psalm 14: 10

Dear Lord, as we try to be still and wait on you,,
as we continue each day in this
New Year, help us to be still and quiet 
before you and  know that your timing
 is always right. Amen

Have a Blessed Sunday!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

First Week of the Year

Here it is, the first whole week of the New Year!
All the Christmas decorations are put back up for 
another year when they'll be brought back out again 
to celebrate this year, 2015 coming to a close. I am
thankful for the blessings my good Lord has given me.
We've had good days and some bad days, but He saw
us through them all.

My daughter gave me this Scentsy Candle warmer for
Christmas. I love it because it's electric and  I don't need to
 worry about it burning anything, it uses a night light bulb 
to melt the wax. Oh and it smells so good!

 Yes, Christmas with all it's trimmings are all 
packed up and the only thing left at my home
is the candy on my Two Tier Server another
daughter gave me for Christmas. 
They know their daddy's favorite candy is
Hershey's  kisses, so they always give him
a large bag of them. I'm hoping every time
someone walks by they'll eat a hand full.
I have lost 5 lbs. since Christmas from not
eating sweets. Proud of myself cause it sure
isn't easy. Love Sweets!!

Well I have to admit that 
I did eat just a very small piece
 of my granddaughter's 16th birthday cake.
Who could resist, isn't it beautiful! 
My daughter's friend made it for her.

With a new year comes decisions to change things, 
maybe our habits, are our decor in our homes. But
the best decision would be to be a light to this
world. Showing God's love and kindness to others.

 "Ye are the light of the world. A City
that is set on an hill can not be hid,
Neither do men light a candle,
and put it under a bushel, but 
on a candlestick, and it giveth light unto
all that are in thy house.
Let your Light so shine before men, that
they may see your good works,
and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 5:14-16 (kjv bible)

Have a Blessed Week