Tuesday, February 9, 2016

For the Love of Tea

Valentine's Day Tea: The Charm of Home
Today I am celebrating Valentine's Day by showing my appreciation of tea. Tea is the most popular beverage consumed in the world behind water.  Many have asked if hot tea will, in fact, ever catch on in America; I for one, have done my best to promote it.

Valentine's Day Tea: The Charm of Home
My mug today is perfect for that loving cup of tea on St. Valentine's Day.   The pattern is Hearts and Flowers and it is made by Rosina China Co. Ltd.  I found it on a trip to the thrift store and had been saving it for this post. 

Valentine's Day Tea: The Charm of Home
That is an actual Victorian era die cut valentine pictured here with the mug.  I found a box of these valentines years ago when at an auction. 

Valentine's Day Tea: The Charm of Home
There is a new book coming out that I have had the opportunity to review titled Afternoon Tea at Home.
A classic afternoon tea is just a recipe away in this enticing new book by Will Torrent an award winning pastry chef in the U.K.   The publisher is Ryland Peters & Small, photography by Matt Russell.  I will post a full review tomorrow.  
Hug someone this weekend and tell them you love them!

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 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House 
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Vintage Charm at Charm Bracelet Diva
The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking
Thoughts of Home at Decor to Adore

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Home Sweet Home #257

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I posted All Kinds of Love and got some great responses to what love means with Valentine's Day fast approaching.

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!


Winter Morning Tea

Jacqueline at Cabin & Cottage always gets me with her creamy, dreamy, white posts and this Winter Morning Tea was perfection.


Snowy Day Tea
Debby Goes Shabby does winter just like I like it in; A Shabby Snow Day

Tissue Paper Heart
Ilka at Crafty Mom Running shared this cute Tissue Paper Heart Craft

Valentine's Day Treats
And in case you need some ideas for treats for Valentine's Day Debbie at One Little Project has you covered in; 44 Best Valentine's Day Treat Ideas.


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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Guidelines for Home Sweet Home Party: 
Attention: To link up you must have a permalink back to this party in your post or you won't be featured.
Link up anything from your home or garden.   I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!
My button for the party is under the button tab at the top of the blog, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)

Now let's see your beautiful home, delicious recipes, crafts, or whatever makes your home special!

*If you are pinning a post submitted here, please pin from the original source.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

All Kinds of Love

True Love: The Charm of Home
This time of year; every year, we are reminded of Valentine's Day and the ever present promise of true love.

There is all kinds of love, but only one true love...

True Love: The Charm of Home
It has become so clear to me that true love is only of the Father.

True Love: The Charm of Home
So like children or little lost sheep, don't forget where true love really is.

True Love: The Charm of Home
I am learning right along with the Father everyday and I needed to hear this more than anyone.  Love is an awesome thing!  
Tea cup is made by Grace's Teaware.
Teapot provided by Adagio.

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 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House 
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Vintage Charm at Charm Bracelet Diva
The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Home Sweet Home #256

Winter Tea: The Charm of Home
Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I shared a Winter Tea '16.


Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
And I was baking for all of us out there with autoimmune disorders in Potato Biscuits.

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!


Instagram
Pam at Everyday Living shared some great Instagram accounts in Let's Get Social!  I loved this account! 

Barbour Coat
Angelina at Peonies and Orange Blossoms shared Barbour Beadnell Coat Review and Style Ideas.  I love English country style and fashion.  I learned to sew years ago to copy Princess Diana's fashions.

Winter hutch
Mimi at 247 Mulberry Lane shared  Wordless Wednesday where she just took photos of her cozy January decor

Vintage ribbonwork pillows
Liz at The Porcelain Rose shared: Divine-Ruffles, Lace and Ribbonwork.  Where she shared her gorgeous vintage pillow collection.


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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Guidelines for Home Sweet Home Party: 
Attention: To link up you must have a permalink back to this party in your post or you won't be featured.
Link up anything from your home or garden.   I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!
My button for the party is under the button tab at the top of the blog, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)

Now let's see your beautiful home, delicious recipes, crafts, or whatever makes your home special!

 *If you are pinning a post submitted here, please pin from the original source.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Potato Biscuits

Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
I was photographing tea this week with this vintage Rumford Baking Powder cookbook (1908) under the tea cup and I was noticing the potato biscuit recipe while I am editing photos. 

Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
It just so happens that I am allergic to all grains, all dairy, and nuts. So this recipe being the one I opened the cookbook to for the photo must have been a sign that I needed to try the recipe.

Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
I get to work and make the biscuits with all potatoes and potato flour.  There is no grains, dairy, or nuts in these at all. I was mildly impressed that they cut out pretty nicely and they hold together well while you manipulate the flour.  Not the experience I have had with other flour-less baking.

Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
They do bake up denser than flour.  Nothing but potatoes...but look at the texture when pulled apart!!  So flour-like, so bread-like, I am satisfied!  You have to realize I haven't had a piece of bread in my mouth for several years. The doctors shake their heads at me on my yearly check-ups. My blood pressure is great and my cholesterol amazing.  They shake their head as I remind them of my allergies.  "Oh yes, you have that "weird" problem."  None of them have any idea what to do with me.  I had to figure it out on my own.

Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
So for those oddballs of us out there that have autoimmune disorders and can't eat grains this one is for you.  Maybe someone will enjoy this recipe as much as I did.  

Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
Anytime you cook with potatoes either white or sweet I have found that the bottom of the baking will be browner than with flour.  

Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
But, that didn't keep me form enjoying the first biscuit I have had in my mouth for over five years.  I drizzled honey on every...last...bite. 
Ingredients:
1 large sized potato, peeled, boiled, and mashed
1 cup of potato flour
1  1/2 teaspoons Rumford aluminum free baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons lard
1 egg
about 1/2 cup potato water, from boiling (replaces milk)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Peel, chop, and boil your potato.  Then mash it making it free from lumps.  Add the flour, salt, baking powder, and potatoes. Stir in the lard and potato water.  Mix all with the egg and roll out of a potato floured surface.  Cut with biscuit cutter.  Bake on parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for 14-15 minutes.
Yield: 6 biscuits

Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
I am going to continue to search for recipes like this I can adapt and share with you.  I often do have the most luck baking from scratch and using vintage cookbooks.  They are the gold standard really in this modern time when food is hard to identify as food anymore.  
Other posts for those suffering with autoimmune disorders:


Potato Biscuits: The Charm of Home
This is one place to look where I have shared all of my healthy recipes.  They should all be dairy, grain, and nut free.  Look at the texture on that biscuit!  I am still excited about finding this recipe.  I actually took two of these biscuits and made hamburger buns with them.  That was a rare treat for me.
Happy baking! 

Sherry

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen  
Sunday's Down Under at Natasha in Oz   
What to Do Weekends at Shoestring Elegance
Idea Box Thursday at Mila's Little Things
Five Star Frugal at A Tray of Bliss

Monday, January 25, 2016

Winter Tea '16

Winter Tea : The Charm of Home
Winter came to most areas in the Eastern United States this week and we were no exception.  So, it is time for a winter tea.  

Ecclesiastes 3:1-11New Living Translation (NLT)

A Time for Everything


For everything there is a season,
    a time for every activity under heaven.
A time to be born and a time to die.
    A time to plant and a time to harvest.
A time to kill and a time to heal.
    A time to tear down and a time to build up.
A time to cry and a time to laugh.
    A time to grieve and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones.
    A time to embrace and a time to turn away.
A time to search and a time to quit searching.
    A time to keep and a time to throw away.
A time to tear and a time to mend.
    A time to be quiet and a time to speak.
A time to love and a time to hate.
    A time for war and a time for peace.

What do people really get for all their hard work? 10 I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. 11 Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end. 

Winter Tea : The Charm of Home
I have always liked that series of verses in the Bible.  It resonates with me.  It is time for winter.  Winter is usually seen as a time for reflection while we are awaiting spring. 

Winter Tea : The Charm of Home
So, while were are stuck indoors, what are you reflecting on?

Winter Tea : The Charm of Home
We got snow too, although it was so much less than what many places near here got.  So, outside just like in the bible verses above we can't yet see what all of the beauty of spring holds for us....  we cannot see the whole scope of God's plan for us in the near future can we?  Do you have faith that it will be amazing?  I do.
Teacup and plate by: Yokohama Studio

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 
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House 
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Vintage Charm at Charm Bracelet Diva
The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking

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