Monday, May 30, 2016

In the Garden...

Happy Memorial Day: The Charm of Home
Happy Memorial Day here in the states!  I have been in the garden a lot for the last two weeks.  It finally stopped raining here.  You can see my white begonia has yellow leaves and and is looking a little wonky. I am giving it a chance though, I think it will come out of it's altered state.

In the Garden: The Charm of Home
I am loving my hidden garden path behind my one flower bed.   I paused here with my cup of tea for a picture.

In the Garden: The Charm of Home
My little teacup is by Johnson Brothers and the pattern is "Strawberry Fair," so fitting since it is strawberry season.  Have you been gardening?  I love to finally get outside everyday and use the back yard like an outdoor room to my house.  This year I am taking companion planting to a whole new level.  I will share some pictures if it turns out like I am picturing.  I can't wait to see it grow.  Have a wonderful start to your summer season!  
Sherry

I will link this to:
  
There Is No Place Like Home at Rose Chintz Cottage 
Home & Garden Thursdayat A Delightsome Life
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House 
Proverbs 31 Linkup at A Proverbs 31 Wife
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings- The Heart of Your Home
Roses of Inspiration at The Enchanting Rose
Wise Woman Linkup at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Vintage Charm at Charm Bracelet Diva
The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking
Thoughts of Home at Decor to Adore
Though Provoking Thursday at 3-D Lessons for Life
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays

Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen
Faith Filled Friday at Missional Woman
What To Do Weekends at Shoestring Elegance
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Saturday Show Off at Rose Garden Malevik

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Home Sweet Home #273

Home Sweet Home: The Charm of Home
Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I took a staycation and worked in the vegetable garden and made strawberry jam so, I didn't post anything.  I will get right to the party! 

There are so many great ideas, decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   All of you are so very talented!  Here are a few that caught my eye. I pin a lot from this party each week! These features were all pinned! Thanks for joining me!

Striped Painted Desk
Kayla at Painted shared a Striped Desk in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint that was super cute! 

Strawberry Shortcake Coffee Cake
Vivki at Life in My Empty Nest shared Strawberry Shortcake Coffee Cake.  I must have been really hungry when I went through the links all of my next features are food! 

Le Fraisier-A French Strawberry Cake
Angelina at Peonies and Orange Blossoms shared Le Fraisier-A French Strawberry Cake.  

50+ Best Kiwi Recipes
Debbie at One Little Project at a Time..  shared 50+ Best Kiwi Recipes.  Yum!  

I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts! Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Home Sweet Home #272

Brambly rose garden: The Charm of Home
Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I shared my backyard gardens and I called it the Humble Lily Tea

There are so many great ideas, decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   All of you are so very talented!  Here are a few that caught my eye. I pin a lot from this party each week! These features were all pinned! Thanks for joining me!

Ginger Jars
Shelia at My Kentucky Living shared her beautiful home in This and That.

Backyard Entertaining Made Easy
Lori at Dining Delight shared Backyard Entertaining Made Easy.  Great tips for the season.

DIY Teen Bedroom Makeover
Jenny at Paint Yourself a Smile shared her fabulous DIY Teen Bedroom Makeover.

Tea in the Garden
Bernideen at Bernideen Tea Time Cottage and Garden shared A Beautiful Day for "Tea in the Garden."

I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts! Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Humble Lily Tea

Brambly rose garden: The Charm of Home
For tea today I just managed to get into the garden between sprinkles of rain.  We have had a lot of rain, but the garden is so pretty this time of year I am making myself get out there.

Humble Lily Tea : The Charm of Home
The easiest way to pop out back and take a few pictures between rain is to use my little white chair.

Humble Lily Tea : The Charm of Home
Tea today is served in my Spode Blue Room mug. 

Humble Lily Tea : The Charm of Home
This is the lily I named my tea after.  It is a sterling silver spoon in the Lily pattern by Whiting monogrammed with an "S."  I found it at the thrift store last week.  I bought a whole bag of silver for $10 and I just wanted this spoon.  Isn't it pretty!  

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookie
This is an easy tea; not to linger due to the rain, so we are just having cookies.  This cookie recipe I believe I have made four times in the last two weeks.  The children keep asking for more.  I have made more chocolate chip cookies than any other recipe on the blog and this is the best recipe I have ever made.  The texture is perfect every time, due to cream cheese and corn starch in the batter!  You can get the recipe at: Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

The roses drooping with rain.

This is the part of my garden I call the brambly rose garden. It is really a mess but, I sorta like it a little wild like that.  It has roses, daisies, irises, lilacs, daylilies, and blackberries, thus the name brambly. 

This area is the shade garden.  The garden morphs every year and this hosta needs diving this year and I could make more of them in the background of this garden.  Do you change your garden every year?  It seems to me no two years are exactly the same.

Behind the hosta I have some sandstone where I created a rock garden.  I love how after a few years it is covered in moss and even a wild violet now calls this it's home.


There is the long shot.  I really have just a few garden beds these two, a vegetable garden, and an herb garden. My gardens are humble and small, they are enough to keep me busy.  
This passage of the bible was in my inbox today and I am going to include it.  It is important and timely.

Drawing Close to God
Beloved:
Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from?
Is it not from your passions that make war within your members?
You covet but do not possess.
You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;
you fight and wage war.
You do not possess because you do not ask.
You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly,
to spend it on your passions.
Adulterers!
Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God?
Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of the world 
makes himself an enemy of God.
Or do you suppose that the Scripture speaks without meaning when it says,
The spirit that he has made to dwell in us tends toward jealousy
But he bestows a greater grace; therefore, it says:
God resists the proud,
but gives grace to the humble
.

So submit yourselves to God.
Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners,
and purify your hearts, you of two minds.
Begin to lament, to mourn, to weep.
Let your laughter be turned into mourning
and your joy into dejection.
Humble yourselves before the Lord
and he will exalt you.
~James 4:1-10

I read this passage in two versions and this was my favorite because it says God is a jealous God, and he is!  So that is the humble part of my post and this next verse is for the lily.

"And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow.  They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.  Why do you have so little faith?" 
Spoken by Jesus in Matthew 6:28-30.

Sherry

I will link this to:
  
There Is No Place Like Home at Rose Chintz Cottage 
Home & Garden Thursdayat A Delightsome Life
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House 
Proverbs 31 Linkup at A Proverbs 31 Wife
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings- The Heart of Your Home
Roses of Inspiration at The Enchanting Rose
Wise Woman Linkup at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Vintage Charm at Charm Bracelet Diva
The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking
Thoughts of Home at Decor to Adore
Though Provoking Thursday at 3-D Lessons for Life
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen
Faith Filled Friday at Missional Woman
What To Do Weekends at Shoestring Elegance
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Saturday Show Off at Rose Garden Malevik

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Home Sweet Home #271

Tea in the Garden: The Charm of Home
Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I took tea outside in Tea in the Garden.

Easy Fancy Strawberry Shortcake
I shared how I created this Easy Fancy Strawberry Shortcake.

There are so many great ideas, decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   All of you are so very talented!  Here are a few that caught my eye. I pin a lot from this party each week! These features were all pinned! Thanks for joining me!


Watering Can Planter
One More Time shared DIY Recycled Watering Can Planter, just in time for spring. 

Bookmarks from Vintage Jewelry
Patti at Old Things New shared Vintage Jewelry Bookmarks for Mother's Day

Rum Cake!
Sarah, at Hyacinths for the Soul shared Inspirations From My Mother; in which she shared a love of sweets and gave us this family recipe for Rum Cake that looks delicious!

BBQ Chicken Pizza!!YUM!
Julie at Live From Julie's House shared BBQ Chicken Nann Bread Pizza.  This is so good!

I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such wonderful posts! Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Easy Fancy Strawberry Shortcake

Easy Fancy Strawberry Shortcake
Today I will show you how I made this easy fancy strawberry shortcake.  I am not going to give you a recipe just assembly instructions.  I used a white cake mix for the shortcake and prepared as directed on box.  I took equal parts whipped cream and vanilla icing whipped together and spooned that into the center of the cake.  I have placed whole cherries and then sliced up strawberries on top of that.  I then took a ready-made strawberry pie glaze and drizzled that on top of the fruit.  Then I garnished with mint leaves and strawberry blossoms.   

Nordic Ware Marianne Pan

Here is the cake pan I used to make my cake.  It is a Nordic Ware pan, the Marianne pan.  I found mine at a consignment store.  It has that nice basket weave pattern on the sides that works perfectly with shortcake.  

Easy Fancy Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry season is one of my favorite times of the year to bake.  I love using the fruit to garnish and style food.  Do you like strawberry season like me?

Sherry

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine

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