Category Archives: Garden/Tea Time

Summertime🍒Teacups🍒 Blueberries🍒 Scones

    “If you want to be happy, be.” ~Leo Tolstoy     Hello!     I’m in the cottage kitchen ready for a cooking date with Joe.         A while back I went blueberry picking 9.9 pounds I’ve been collecting ideas & recipes ever since for all the ways to use them!     I wish they had already been picked when I hosted a spontaneous summer tea…     Speaking of which …     Let me share a few photos of that day     To save time I had ordered the food from a wonderful local deli-bakery. this usually works best for spontaneity 😉     sandwiches…     pastries…     and chocolate cupcakes.     Teacups were filled with a wonderful rose tea purchased from the Butchart Gardens.   👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳👨‍🍳👩‍🍳      BLUEBERRY SCONES (These scones are great for breakfast, brunch, dessert, and perfect for summertime … Continue reading

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Birdies, Bird House, & The Garden Lady

  ”I am more myself in a garden than anywhere else on earth.”~Doug Greene   👩‍🌾Hello…👩‍🌾   How was your week?         I spent a good part of the week outdoors specifically in my garden.      The weather has been a perfect combination of sunshine     and blue skies with large puffy clouds.     The more time I spend in the garden…     the more I’m convinced that gardens are for gardeners and for non gardeners alike.     A garden is the source of many experiences…     different satisfactions.     There is gardening and then…     there is being in the garden.      There are gardeners who love nothing better than wrestling with the elements digging bare fingers deep in the soil, struggling with shovels, digging and re-digging, planting and re-planting…     making and remaking their gardens as they strive toward that dream … Continue reading

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A California Spring Tea💐

  ”Laughter is an instant vacation”~Milton Berle   Hello…🌸   Since I’ve been out of town all week…I was tickled pink to receive an email from my  California girlfriend sharing a recent Spring Tea. The gals who attended are all dear former colleagues with an accumulative career spanning over 30 years. 💕                   Notes from my California girlfriend: “Sally had the tea at her beautiful home. She just kept bringing loads of delectable food.We had big scones first and were not ashamed that we ate them to the last crumb!  Of course we had a moment of silence for our mentor (you!) as we perused the pot of Oregon Blueberry Preserves (photo of chicken holding jar). Caught up on each other’s lives, families and activities around the table. Laughed so much and really relished the food and each other’s company. Who knew … Continue reading

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Reflections on Mother’s Day

                            “It is the wise mother…who gives her child roots and wings.”                                                                                             -ChinesProverb      With Mother’s Day just around the corner I’m stirred by the memories they conjure up.    It has been 7 years since I retired from teaching elementary school. And, almost every year beginning with the first until the thirtieth my class would celebrate Mother’s Day with a Mother’s Day Tea. The children would make special cards and set their desks like a fancy table. The tables were set with a plate of cookies, and a cup … Continue reading

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And Now We Have May🌷

    ”Let all thy joys be as the month of May” ~Francis Quarles   🌷Hello, sweet friend…🌷     There was enough rain here in April to nourish the garden… I plan on using May to refresh my spirit…     focusing on all the joys in life.     As I look out the kitchen window I get a glimpse of how quickly everything is growing. very quickly     and…     all this gets me to thinking about time…     do you ever wonder where the time has gone?     In just a few short months I will have been retired for seven years.     Trust me…     I don’t take this luxury of time for granted.     I’m glad I have had this time to write…paint…garden…try out new recipes…play with photography…     exploring and discovering creative things…     about myself…     to experience sharing in … Continue reading

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