Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Roses Of Inspiration Linkup #13

Hello lovelies,
and welcome to another Roses of Inspiration linkup.
I am so grateful to have you here and
I look forward to seeing what all of you have been up to.

Before we get to the party
I would like to announce the winner of my Birthday Giveaway.
I truly appreciate all of you that put your name in for the drawing
and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the birthday memories that were shared.

The blessed winner is. . .
Debby Ray 
from My Favorite Things
A favorite birthday memory of hers. . .
I guess my most memorable birthday surprise 
would be when my youngest son was in college 
about 500 miles from home decided to surprise me. 
He secretly made the trip home but parked his car away from the house. 
That evening, the doorbell rang and when I looked out, 
all I saw was a large black garbage bag. 
I very gingerly slipped out the door to see what was in the bag
 and guess who jumped out at me???!! 
He almost scared the daylights out of me to say the least 
but it was a birthday surpise I will never forget! 

And one more thing. . .
I am leaving this morning for a little getaway with my family
and won't be back until the end of the week.
Please know I will be around to visit you when I return :)
I am looking forward to a few days of sunshine and relaxation.


Let's begin with a few features from last week.
One again I was greatly inspired by the posts
that were shared during last weeks party.

Roses of Inspiration Features. . .
If you were featured than please feel free to take the "I was featured" button.
Simply copy the HTML code and paste it onto your blog.

The Enchanting Rose

Please do not pin from my site!
Go to the original post and pin from there IF it is okay with the blog owner!

The most viewed link was My 1929 Charmer
and her master bedroom reveal.



. . . { Easter Inspiration } . . .

shared the sweetest decoupaged eggs and crocheted baskets.



shared a lovely Spring pastel tablescape.



shared these adorable Easter bunny jar toppers.



. . . { Spring Inspiration } . . .

shared her beautiful Spring bouquet 
and she showed us how to make it extra fabulous.



. . . { Party Inspiration } . . .

shared a unique Alice in Wonderland 
and Nightmare Before Christmas bridal shower.
If you did not see the decorations at last weeks party
than I would encourage to to check out the post.



. . . { Lace and Pearls Inspiration } . . .

shared several stunning Victorian-like pendants.



. . . { Beautiful Hair Inspiration } . . .

shared some loveliness with her victory rolls hairstyle.



If you are new to our party than here are the basics. . .


{ 1 }
You can link up anything that your heart desires. . .
crafting - recipes - encouragement
Scripture - devotionals - photography
healthy living - gardening - home living
sewing - crochet/knitting - fashion
beauty - tea time - home decor - etc

{ 2 }
You can linkup as many posts as you want
and they can be posts you have written today, last week, last month, or last year.

{ 3 }
There will be fun giveaways throughout the year.
I will simply add up the amount of people who participated in one of the link-ups,
write the numbers down on paper and draw the number of the winner.
So if you link-up more than one post you will have a greater chance of winning.
These giveaways will be random

so you never know which link-up I will choose for a giveaway.

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Below is a button available for your sidebar
to let others know about Roses of Inspiration.

The Enchanting Rose

If you are new to linkup parties than please click here
to see how to share your blog post.

Please have fun, my friends!
I am always excited to see what you share 
and will be around to visit each one of your blogs throughout the week.
And speaking of visiting,
please take a few moments to visit at least two of the posts shared-

everyone loves visits and comments.
Have a lovely day!


I will "see" you when I get back from my little getaway! :)

Monday, March 30, 2015

Easter Brunch Blackberry Coffee Cake

Greetings of love from me to you, dear friends!
I want to express my gratitude to each one of you for taking the time
to visit the women that participated in the Tea Cup and Mug Exchange.
The exchange was another rewarding experience and it's all thanks to those that participated.
I am so grateful to those that joined the fun AND to those that cheered from the sidelines-
your comments, kindness, and support were a blessing.

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I have a tasty coffee cake recipe that I wanted to share with you, my friends.
It would be a lovely addition to your Easter Brunch :)


Ingredients:
2 cups blackberries
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup butter
1 beaten egg
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

For filling, in a medium saucepan combine fruit and water.
Bring to boiling.
Combine the 1/4 cup sugar and cornstarch; stir into fruit.
Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is thickened and bubbly;
set filling aside.

In a medium bowl combine the 1 1/2 cups flour,
the 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.
Cut in the 1/4 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; set aside.

In another bowl combine egg, buttermilk, and vanilla.
Add the egg mixture all at once to the flour mixture.
Using a wooden spoon, stir just until moistened
{batter should be lumpy}.
Spread half of the batter into an ungreased 8x8-inch baking pan.
Spread filling over batter.
Drop the remaining batter in small mounds onto filling.

For the crumble:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
ground cinnamon

In a small bowl stir together the flour and sugar.
Cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
Sprinkle over coffee cake.
Sprinkle cinnamon over the top.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 40 - 45 minutes or until golden brown.


Serve the coffee cake warm 
and pour cream over the top - you won't be disappointed.

Do you have a favorite brunch dish that you enjoy on Easter?


Thanks for coming by.
Your visits and comments aways bring a smile to my face :)
May your day be bright and beautiful!
Hugs and blessings!


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Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Old-Fashioned Way

For whosoever shall call 
upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
- Romans 10:13 -


They call me old-fashioned because I believe
that the Bible is God's holy word,
that Jesus, who lived among men long ago,
is divine, and the Christ of God.


Old-fashioned, because I believe and accept
only what has been spoken from heaven;
old-fashioned because at the cross I was saved,
at the cross had my sins forgiven.


Old-fashioned, because I am bound to do right,
to walk in the straight narrow way;
because I have given my whole life to God,
Old-fashioned, because I pray.


Old-fashioned, because I am looking above
to Jesus, my glorified Lord;
Because I believe He is coming again,
fulfilling His holy word.


Chorus
My sin was old-fashioned,
my guilt was old-fashioned,
God's love was old-fashioned, I know;
and the way I was saved was the old-fashioned way,
through the blood that makes whiter than snow.
- Mrs. C. D. Martin -


Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean:
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
- Psalm 51:7 -

Have a blessed Lord's Day, precious friends!

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Strangers and Pilgrims on Earth

Friday, March 27, 2015

Tea Cup And Mug Exchange #6 Reveal And Linkup

Happy Friday, friends!
As many of you know I have hosted a Tea Cup and Mug Exchange
for almost two years now.
This exchange typically takes place twice a year 
and it has grown in number with each one.
This past exchange was a real joy and there were 77 women that participated.
Women from the US, England, Italy, New Zealand, Australia,
South Africa, and Canada joined in on the fun - it was a real treat.
I am very thankful for each lady that participated.
It is my desire for everyone to have fun, be blessed, and make new friends.

After all of us have sent out and received a pretty tea cup or mug
we then have the joy of sharing our new goodies with everyone.
Several of the women that joined do not have blogs 
so I have added their photos to this blog post.
For the women that do have blogs 
you will link up your blog post at the end of this post.

Grab a cup of tea or coffee and maybe something sweet to eat *smiles*
and enjoy the photos and please visit the blogs that link up - you won't be disappointed.
You can see what I was blessed with by clicking on the link below:


Now let's have some fun!

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To Angela - From Belle



To Ellie - From Olivia



To MaryJo - From Susan


To Sarah - From Alice



To Deanna - From Dana


To Patti - From Bonnie


To Betty - From Ellie


To Jen - From Lynn


To Lynn - From Margaret
{ Lynn participated in both the tea cup and mug exchange }


To Lynn - From Grace


To Sherry - From Maureen
{ Sherry participated in both the tea cup and mug exchange }


To Sherry - From Libby


To Christy - From Dodi


To Dodi - From Betty
{ Dodi participated in both the tea cup and mug exchange }


To Dodi - From Heather


To Maureen - From Pat


To Sarah - From Sherry


To Susan - From Mikki


To Jo Anne - From RoseMary


I believe RoseMary made the table runner - isn't is pretty!


To Dana - From Linda



To Sam - From Terry



To Salinn - From Sherry


To Adria - From Terry


To Olivia - From Salinn


To Mary - From Claudia
{ Claudia is from Germany and as you can see everything is written in German :) }


To Diane - From Nikki
{ Diane participated in both the tea cup and mug exchange }


To Diane - From Claudia


To Alice - From Laurel
{ Alice participated in both tea cup and mug exchange }



To Alice - From Rae




A HUGE thank you to all of you ladies 
for participating in the 6th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange.

If you have never joined in on the fun and would like to than click on the link below
to find out more about these sweet and delightful exchanges.

Whether you are new or a returning participant
I hope to see you at the next exchange :)

I would encourage you to drop by during the next few days 
as women continue to link up their new pretties over the weekend.

Love and hugs!
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