Monday, January 26, 2015

Pour on the Romance

Romantic Tea: The Charm of Home
It is almost Valentine's Day isn't it?  Well let's pour on the romance today and share my love for the Royal Albert china pattern Lady Carlyle.  I am joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage celebrating her anniversary and sharing my favorite teacup.
Happy 5th Anniversary Sandi! 

Romantic Tea: The Charm of Home
It is pink isn't it?  That is  my favorite color.  So, I was smitten from first glance.

Romantic Tea: The Charm of Home
The saucer is so pretty, I have to lift my cup often just to look at it!

Romantic Tea: The Charm of Home
This is my favorite teapot too.  It is delicate and has a lot of texture.  Love the contrast of that. 

Romantic Tea: The Charm of Home
Here is the romantic shot. 
Accept everything about yourself - I mean everything, You are you and that is the beginning and the end - no apologies, no regrets.
— H. A. Kissinger

Romantic Tea: The Charm of Home
Okay, so love everything about yourself and get out the romantic china and pour a cup of tea and enjoy some you time.

Sherry

I will link this to:
  
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
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
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an  E
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Do Tell Tuesday at Maybe She Made It
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Home Sweet Home #204

Modern Tea: The Charm of Home
Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home.  This week I am reading on my Kindle and trying to Enjoy Every Moment.

Sweet Potato-Lentil Stew: The Charm of Home
I made a hearty vegetarian dish in Sweet Potato-Lentil Stew.

There are so many great ideas, great decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   You all had a lot of great post!! Here are a few that caught my eye.


Christine of Little Brags put together a great post on Decorating with Old Doors


Diane at An Extraordinary Day created these adorable 3-D Hanging Paper Hearts

Michael Lee of Rattlebridge Farm created this gorgeous Downton Abbey Inspired Centerpiece.

Amanda of Girl in Pink shared a hutch makeover she did for a  fabulous window display at a antique store in Patched up Hearts: An Outdated Country Hutch Makeover for the Downton Abbey Servant's Quarters.

I had on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
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!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Link up anything in your home or garden.   I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!
My button is on my sidebar for the party, 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!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Sweet Potato-Lentil Stew

Sweet Potato and Lentil Stew: The Charm of Home
I am sharing a recipe today that is something I can eat.  I will have a post soon on my allergy story.  I am what my Doctor calls "highly allergic;" but anyway, this stew is delicious and I wanted to give you the recipe.  I found this recipe in Alicia Silverstone's book, The Kind Diet.  She actually has several recipes in this book that are delicious, nutritious, and work for a person with allergies like me.  The sweet potatoes and lentils make this stew meaty and the cumin and cinnamon are a delicious combination that reminds me of African cuisine.  It is sweet and smokey flavored a nice change for stew.

Ingredients:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 onion, peeled and diced
2 small tomatoes, diced
1 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon turmeric (1 1/2 teaspoon in original recipe)
1/2 teaspoon cumin (1 teaspoon in original recipe)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon paprika
pinch of salt
2-3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
6 cups water (original recipe had 7 cups veggie broth)
1 cup brown lentils

Heat the oil over medium heat in a large, deep pot.  Add the onion and cook, stirring frequently, for 2 minutes or until onion starts to soften.  Stir in the tomatoes and ginger and cook for 3 minutes.  Stir in the turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, and a small pinch of salt.  Cook and stir for 2 minutes, then taste for seasonings; using only enough salt to heighten the flavors.
Add the sweet potatoes, broth, and lentils.  Stir well, and bring to a boil over high heat.  When the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until the lentils and sweet potatoes are soft.  
You can serve this over a bed of rice. 
Recipe adapted from: The Kind Diet
Serves: 4-6
Enjoy!
Sherry
I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Sweet and Savoury Sunday at Baking in Pyjamas
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
The Party Bunch Weekend Linky at The Idea Room
Weekend Retreat Linky Party at AKA Design and Life
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine

Monday, January 19, 2015

Enjoy Every Moment

Inspirational Tea: The Charm of Home
How is 2015 treating you?  It is off and running isn't it? 

Inspirational Tea: The Charm of Home
Are we enjoying every moment?  
The purpose of life is to enjoy every moment.

Inspirational Tea: The Charm of Home
Today I am having tea and reading a book on my Kindle.  Do you read on your electronic devices?  I like it because I can read with the lights off. 

Inspirational Tea: The Charm of Home
I am doing my best with managing.  "all new learning looks at first like chaos."  ~Adrienne Rich

If you are struggling, here is a hug to take with you on your journey. Don't be too hard on yourself, love. You got this. ~Mut-ed
Cure:
"I try to maintain a healthy dose of daydreaming to remain sane."   
~Florence Welch

My teacup is made by Old Amsterdam Porcelain Works and my teapot is unmarked.  
Sherry

I will link this to:
  
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
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
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Your Going to Love it Tuesday At Kathe with an  E
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Do Tell Tuesday at Maybe She Made It
Make It Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home  

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Home Sweet Home #203

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I reviewed another great gardening book in British Gardens in Time Review.  

I remade my Grandmother's fruit salad in My Winter Mix Ambrosia.

There are so many great ideas, great decorating, and delicious recipes at the Home Sweet Home Party each week.   You all had a lot of great post!! Here are a few that caught my eye.

Sara at Thrifty Treasures turned a crib into a settee in Building a Sette.



Julie at Renaissance Mermaid  shared how they created a Beautiful Bridal Brooch Bouquet.

Kelsey Elaine at the Vintage Storehouse showed us a beautiful, BEAUTIFUL dresser makeover.  (You can't tell at all that this is my favorite color can you?) in The Emily Set-1920's Antique Dresser & Nightstand


April's Homemaking shared Brown Sugar Bacon Caramel Sundaes. Wow right; can you just taste it?

I had on several occasions wanted to feature some of your entries but, you don't create a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.  So, please include that link so I can feature you too!
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!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   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 in your home or garden.   I love seeing home tours and neat shops too!
My button is on my sidebar for the party, 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 13, 2015

My Winter Mix Ambrosia

Ambrosia is a favorite fruit salad of mine.  It is often seen made with whip cream and marshmallows, but I grew up with my Grandmother's version which was just a mix of fruit without the fluff.  I normally make this every year at Christmas and I wanted to make it for a winter salad not just the holidays.  I sliced the fruit different and added kiwi and that really made it pretty.

Winter Mix Ambrosia

Ingredients:
1 grapefruit, sliced with rind removed
1 orange, sliced with rind removed
1 kiwi, sliced and peeled
6 seedless grapes, sliced in half
honey

Arrange fruit on the plate and drizzle honey as desired; I only drizzled honey on the grapefruit.  Single serving only.  You could add any fruit in season to it.

Are you eating healthy for 2015?  I have a lot of allergies and I always eat like this.  One day soon I will have to write a post on the allergies I have and all I have learned from the experience.  Meanwhile, I will be sharing more of my healthy food this year. 
Sherry
I will link this to:

Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Anything Goes Party at Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo
Sweet and Savoury Sunday at Baking in Pyjamas
Tickle My Taste Buds Tuesdays at Lori's Culinary Creations
Fridays Unfolded at Nancherrow
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life
The Party Bunch Weekend Linky at The Idea Room
Project Inspire at An Extraordinary Day
Totally Terrific Tuesday at Live Randomly Simple
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Foodie Friends Friday at Walking on Sunshine

The Inspiration Gallery at Craft Berry Bush

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