Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Join Me For A Spring Tea Party

Let your JOY burst forth
like flowers in the Spring.




Hello, lovely friends!
It's an absolute delight to have you here.
Won't you join my dear mother, son, and me
as we have a cup of spring tea?

Come, let us have some tea
and continue to talk about happy things.




The table has been set with an array of sweet treats. . .




and a bounty of beautiful spring flowers.




'Tis the little things we do
For others through the day,
With a kindly thought in view
That brighten all the way.
'Tis the little things we give,
Unspotted as the dove,
To others while we live
That make the bonds of love.
The little things that flow
With kindness through the year,
The little smiles aglow-
Bring happiness and cheer.
- H. M. Hopewell -




Let me pour you a cup of hot tea.
This tea brews up strong with a distinctive taste and aroma.
Full bodied and pleasantly blended with clove and orange.
Oh, it's delicious and my new favorite tea.
A dear friend from Kansas sent it to me.




And do you take milk and sugar in your tea?
Please, help yourself. . .




On the menu you will find:

Cucumber Sandwiches
{my favorite}

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 large cucumber
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
sliced white sandwich bread
sprigs of dill for garnish

In a medium bowl, mix together the cream cheese and mayonnaise 
until completely incorporated. 
Add garlic powder, salt, pepper, and chopped dill.
Spread on sliced sandwich bread and layer sliced cucumber on top.
Close sandwiches with remaining bread slices. 
Cut crusts from bread, forming square sandwiches. 
Then cut into rectangles or triangles.
Enjoy!




Chocolate Covered Strawberries

I simply used Ghirardelli melting chocolate
and garnished a few strawberries with shredded coconut.




Dainty Tea Cakes

I got this idea from the lovely blog Pink Piccadilly Pastries.
Oh, what a glorious place to visit!
I could spend hours looking at her tasty creations.
The cake is a Sarah Lee pound cake
and the frosting is homemade buttercream.

Buttercream recipe:
3 cups Confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup {1 stick} butter, softened
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla

In a large mixing bowl,
cream butter and Confectioners' sugar together.
Add vanilla.
Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time.
Mix until nice and creamy.




Fresh Orange Scones

1/3 cup sugar
zest of one large orange
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg

Orange Glaze
3 tbs unsalted butter, melted
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
2-4 tbs freshly squeezed orange juice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees and set oven rack to the middle position. 
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, set aside.

In a medium-sized bowl, 
gently toss flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 
Set aside. 
In a separate small bowl, 
whisk sour cream and egg until completely smooth. 
Set aside.

In a large bowl, stir sugar and orange zest together 
until sugar is moistened and zest is evenly distributed. 
Pour in flour mixture and toss to combine. 
Grate frozen butter into mixture. 
Using your hands, work in the butter until the mixture resembles a coarse meal. 
Gently stir in sour cream mixture until just about combined. 
Do not over work the dough! 
Again, very gently press the dough against the sides of the bowl 
a few times and form a ball. 
The dough will be sticky at first, but will come together as you form it.

Place dough on a lightly floured surface 
and lightly pat into an 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. 
Use a very sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles {like a pizza}. 
Transfer triangles onto prepared baking sheet
leaving about 1-inch between each one.

Bake scones for 15-17 minutes or until the tops begin to golden. 
Don't take them out too early or they will be too soft. 
Allow them to cool for 10 minutes on the pan 
before transferring onto a wire rack to finish cooling completely. 
During this time, prepare glaze. 
Stir together melted butter, confectioner's sugar, 
vanilla and orange juice until smooth. 
Once completely cooled, 
go ahead and either dip the tops of the scones into the glaze 
or drizzle it on top with a spoon.
The original recipe can be found here.




Lemon Cream Butter Balls

3/4 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup Confectioners' sugar
2 teaspoons lemon extract
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch

Lemon Icing
1/4 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups Confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel

In a mixing bowl,
cream butter and Confectioners' sugar.
Beat in extract.
Combine flour and cornstarch;
slowly beat into creamed mixture.

Gently roll the dough together with your hands
to make 1 or 2-inch balls
{the dough will be slightly dry and crumbly}.
Place on an ungreased baking sheet.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 12 - 15 minutes.
Cool on wire racks.

For the icing, in a small mixing bowl,
cream butter and Confectioners' sugar.
Beat in lemon juice and peel.
Spread the icing on top of the butter ball.
Sprinkle with Confectioners' sugar and enjoy.




Finally my winter fat is gone.
Now I have spring rolls.
-Unknown -




SPRING heralds the return
of the sun's warmth,
the renewal of life,
and the reappearance of green 
and color everywhere.
- Unknown -




Came the Spring 
with all its splendor.
All its birds
and all its blossoms.
All its flowers
and leaves and grasses.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow -




Springtime is the land awakening.
The March winds are the morning yawn.
- Lewis Grizzard -




Sweet friends and followers,
I want to thank you for visiting
and for joining my Spring tea party.
I hope you enjoyed yourselves.




Just a reminder. . .
the 12th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange will begin
next Wednesday, April 4th.
If you would like more information on the event
please visit this PAGE.




Love and hugs to you!

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Near The Cross

A hill with three crosses-
One cross where a thief died IN SIN.
One cross where a thief died TO SIN.
A center cross where a Redeemer died FOR SIN.
- Unknown -

And he bearing his cross 
went forth into a place called the place of a skull, 
which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: 
Where they crucified him, 
and two other with him, 
on either side one, 
and Jesus in the midst.
- John 19:17, 18 -





Jesus, keep me near the cross; 
there a precious fountain, 
free to all, a healing stream, 
flows from Calvary's mountain. 

Near the cross, a trembling soul, 
love and mercy found me; 
there the bright and morning star 
sheds its beams around me. 

Near the cross! O Lamb of God, 
bring its scenes before me; 
help me walk from day to day 
with its shadow o'er me. 

Near the cross I'll watch and wait, 
hoping, trusting ever, 
till I reach the golden strand 
just beyond the river. 

Chorus:
In the cross, in the cross, 
be my glory ever, 
till my raptured soul shall find 
rest beyond the river. 
- Fanny J. Crosby -




The cross was a superb triumph over Satan, death, and hell.
Never was Christ more a King than when He shouted from the cross-
"It is finished."
Out of the hideous suffering of Calvary 
He has carved His victory and His kingdom.
The victory of the cross assures us 
that we no longer need to be kept separate from God-
either in this life or for eternity.
Even now we can enter into His presence 
"with confidence, so in our time of need."
{Hebrews 4:16}
And the best is yet to come-
"the golden strand just beyond the river."
- Kenneth W. Osbeck -




Verily, verily, I say unto you, 
He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 
I am that bread of life. 
Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 
This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, 
that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 
I am the living bread which came down from heaven: 
if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: 
and the bread that I will give is my flesh, 
which I will give for the life of the world. 
- John 6:47-51 -




But God forbid that I should glory, 
save in the cross of our LORD Jesus Christ, 
by whom the world is crucified unto me, 
and I unto the world.
- Galatians 6:14 -




Have a blessed Lord's Day!

{{{hugs}}}

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Hippity Hoppity Spring


No matter how long the winter
SPRING is sure to follow.
- Proverb -




A happy hello and happy spring to you, 
sweet friends!
I hope you are well on this first day of spring.

Spring:
a lovely reminder
of how beautiful change can be.




A little while ago my sweet aunt-in-law sent me a photo 
of some burlap bunny napkin ring holders;
she thought maybe I would enjoy making some and she was right.

I decided to make mine with colorful fabric rather than burlap 
only because I wanted something bright and happy for springtime.
If you were to make these napkin rings with burlap 
I think you would be able to skip the sewing
and simply glue the rings together,
making it a fun no-sew project.

Let me show you how I made these cute little bunnies. . .

Supplies:
fabric
white pom poms
burlap
fusible interfacing
hot glue gun and glue

You may be wondering what the burlap leaves are?
Well, I found them at Hobby Lobby in the wedding section
and the leaves looked like bunny ears.
The main reason I got them instead of making my own bunny ears
is because the "ears" are nice and stiff.




For the napkin ring you will want to cut out a strip of fabric
that is 6  x 3 1/2-inches.

Iron on a piece of fusible interfacing that is 5 1/2 x 3-inches
to the back side of the fabric.
This will give the ring a nice stiffness.




Fold the strip of fabric right sides together
and sew along the edge with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Do not sew the ends together, just the long edge!




Turn the napkin ring right side out
by pulling through one of the ends.
Press with a hot iron
and then sew the two ends together.

Flip the ring right side out
so that the seam is on the inside.




Get two burlap ears
and a cute cotton tail to finish the bunny napkin ring.




Apply a small amount of hot glue to the end of the burlap ear
and press onto the inside of the napkin ring.




And finally,
apply a dab of hot glue to the cotton tail
and press onto the center of the napkin ring.




Slip a cloth napkin into the bunny ring
and you're ready to dress up your table for Spring and Easter.




My favorite weather 
is bird chirping weather.




It was one of the March days
when the sun shines hot 
and the wind blows cold:
when it is summer in the light,
and winter in the shade.
- Charles Dickens -




Sweet friends,
I hope you have a beautiful first day of spring.

Love and hugs!

A kind word
is like a Spring day.
- Unknown -

There is a SPRING SALE going on in my Etsy shop right now.
Enjoy 25% off your order.
Offer good until March 31st.
Please feel free to stop by Rose Petal Blessings.




And one last thing. . .
many of you have been asking if I will host a spring tea cup exchange.
Well, why not, my friends!
Please get ready for the 12th Tea Cup and Mug Exchange.
Registration for this beautiful and blessed event will begin on April 4th.
That is only two weeks away from today.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Our Family Vacation

Hello, lovely friends!
You may have noticed it's been a little quiet around here
and that's because I was away on vacation with my loved ones.
I scheduled a few posts to come up while I was away
and I wanted to thank all of you for visiting and commenting.
It was a joy to come home and read your sweet words.

My husband, son, and I had the delight of traveling to Arizona,
a place both my husband and I love.
There is such magnificent beauty to behold in the dessert and hills.




While we were in Arizona
we stopped by the Four Corners,
visited Page and enjoyed the Cathedral Slot Canyon tour
and Horse Shoe Bend,
stayed in Payson where we hiked to the Tonto Natural Bridge,
went to Roosevelt where we hiked up to the cliff dwellings,
and stopped by Scottsdale where we enjoyed a couple of 
Colorado Rockies Spring Training games.
My oh my, what a splendid time we had!
Join me, dear friends, as I share our adventure with you.
**WARNING! Lots of beautiful pictures in this post.**




First, we stopped by the Four Corners.
To be honest, it was rather anticlimactic,
but at least we can say we have been there - HA!




Next is the Cathedral Slot Canyon.
Because it was still the off-season we enjoyed the tour to ourselves.
Before we got to the canyon we stopped at the Four Sisters.




The rock formations are supposed to resemble heads
or profiles of four sisters.




Just getting to the slot canyon was a treat in itself
as there is beauty everywhere.






The slot canyons are very impressive
and quite a treat to walk through.
There are some places you have to *cough-cough* suck it in
as the trail is rather narrow.
Here we are at the entrance of the slot canyon.




Let's walk through,
shall we. . .










This is looking down 
on the canyon we just squeezed ourselves through.




And when we finally made it to the Cathedral Canyon
this is the glorious sight that greeted our eyes as we looked up. . .
amazing, isn't it?




On our way out of Page
I saw this Taxi/Police car that made me laugh
so I thought I would share it with you.




Before we headed to Horse Shoe Bend
we also stopped by the Glen Canyon Dam.








Now it's off to Horse Shoe Bend!




The view was breathtaking!






Now let's go to the Tonto Natural Bridge.
We hiked into this beautiful place
and had the opportunity of walking underneath the bridge.




The hike started off nice and easy. . .




And pretty soon we found ourselves 
surrounded by rocks and boulders.




This is the view looking up
as we hiked.




After a little while
we came to what we were looking for. . .
the natural bridge.




The water underneath the bridge 
was so clear and beautiful.




After enjoying the beauty
we continued on our adventure to the other side of the bridge.




This lovely view was at the opening 
of the other side of the bridge.




And finally here is the Tonto Natural Bridge 
after we hiked through it.
Beautiful, isn't it?






The next day we went to the cliff dwellings
near Roosevelt, Arizona.
It was a perfect day.




This was the view from the trail we took
to get to the cliff dwellings.




Here is a little information
about the cliff dwellings.




Almost there. . .




It was truly amazing
to be able to walk through the cliff dwellings.
It's hard to imagine what life was like back then
and to think about the hardships these people faced.








One last look at the cliff dwellings
from the bottom of the trail.




We also enjoyed some Colorado Rockies Spring Training games.
My grandpa used to love going to the spring training games
and the last time I went with him I was about 12-years-old.
I have such fond memories of that time as I watched the game with him
and was able to get a baseball autographed by many of the players.
My son is a baseball lover so in memory of "Poppie" we took him this year.
We truly had a blessed time.




My son was able to get a few autographs 
from some Rockies players.




Along with a few autographs from some Diamond Backs.
We went early and had the opportunity 
of watching them during batting practice.




And then there was a very special moment for my son. . .
we left the game a little early in hopes of seeing a few Rockies players leave the field.
We learned that they don't come out after the game to sign autographs,
but while talking to an employee of the ballpark Ian Desmond came out.
He was running in the field and looked right over at us.
My son waved to him and he waved back.
Then. . .
he came over to shake hands with my son and have a little chat.
We were the only ones there and it meant so much 
that Ian took the time to make one little boy happy.
Ian Desmond (#20) is the player on the right side in the picture below.




I want to make memories
all over the world.
- Unknown -




And on the way home
we stopped to see the dinosaur tracks.




Thanks for visiting, sweet friends.
Your comments are always a blessing
and I appreciate the time you take to leave them.

Love and hugs to you!
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