Tuesday, March 31, 2015


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Which Came 1st?
The Chicken or the Egg?

As a woman of faith, I have long known the answer to this question, but since this is the week of focusing on eggs (AND CHRIST), I thought I would share with anyone who has pondered this.

[Gen 1:19-21 KJV]  "And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.  And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl [that] may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good."

Ok, so this question did not JUST pop into my head today.  In fact, I was not planning to post today, but it really bothered this morning when I read on a Christian fiction author's newsletter the following: 
"According to Canadian researchers, the egg came first.  The reason? Dinosaurs were laying eggs and building nests long before birds (or chickens) evolved.  So now you know." (underline for emphasis)

What I know is God's Word is unfailing, unchanging and always true. I emailed her in love and pray my words and scripture references are well-received. If you would kindly pray with me, I would appreciate it. Standing firm in our faith is not always easy, but it does help to have a good grasp on the scriptures (speaking to myself here), and these tiny arguments are the kind that help our children. Don't you think?

I pray you are all blessed this Holy week.
In Christ,
Heather Elizabeth

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Easter coloring picture with the phrase "He is Risen"

HOW CUTE!! Tea Cups made out of buttons, half an old easter egg and a ribbon for the handle! Totally making these for one of the crafts!
Pinterest Photo:
Easter Teacups for all my tea
friends. Button,  1/2 egg,
ribbon, glue.

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Secret Lives of Will Tucker 3 in 1 Book Review

•°• 3 in 1 •°• Book Review •°•
Kathleen Y’Barbo
The Secret Lives of Will Tucker
The Secret Lives of Will Tucker Series, Volumes 1-3  -     By: Kathleen Y'Barbo

FLORA’S WISH – The Secret Lives of Will Tucker #1 of 3

•°•Very Enjoyable: Mystery, Faith, Drama, Romance, Historical Setting•°•
This book has a little bit of everything, which is exactly what I hope for.  All though I would up the danger a little more (but, that’s just me). 

Opening scripture: “Over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Col. 3:14

1887 Natchez, Mississippi
Flora Brimm – aka Fatal Flora has had and lost 5 fianc├ęs to death!  She is attempting to marry a 6th, Will Tucker, before the terms of her grandfather’s will expire and she loses her family home to her cousin.
However, Lucas McMinn, a handsome Irish Pinkerton agent, is hunting Will Tucker for nefarious activities, which throws a huge wrench in Flora’s plans.  He is also an inventor, and his inventions are used to aid his detective skills.  That was a fun addition to the story! Lucas takes Flora into custody and a whirlwind adventure ensues.  These two have wonderful chemistry and depth and I greatly enjoyed them.  There is plenty of humor and faith/praying as well.  There are several typos in the book, which I needed to overlook, since the story is quite good.

Favorite Quote: pg. 20 – “It’s not done.  At least not by a Brimm, of course.” Grandmama looked as if she had given the ultimate answer to all responses.  Of course, in her circle, it was the ultimate response.  Some things just weren’t done.  Flora made a note to dance in the rain at her earliest opportunity.  Not to show Grandmama, but to take one item off the list of things that just weren’t done by Brimms.”

I purchased this copy. My opinion is my own and without compensation. I will rate it 5 stars for the story, but would drop a 1/2 star for editing if that were allowed.

© 2013 Harvest House Pub
362 pages + discussion questions (which I never read)
Read: 2/26-28/2015 / Reviewed: 3/3/2015

MILLIE’S TREASURE – The Secret Lives of Will Tucker #2 of 3

•°•Kyle Russell is a dream•°•

This book has a little bit of everything; entertainment, intrigue, mystery, romance, historical setting (old world Memphis and New Orleans), and of course, faith.

Opening scripture: “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21

Kyle Russell, a Pinkerton agent, was well introduced in Book one and I knew I liked him.  Smart, funny, kind and a man of God.  He is also an inventor along with his best friend Lucas McMinn.  Lucas returns in several small scenes, which I enjoyed.  Kyle is on 2 cases really, or about to be.  Looking for lost Confederate gold, buried long ago, and following up on the missing escape convict, Will Tucker.  Preparing to start the new case, his boss, Henry (who is a wonderful, jolly older fellow with much wisdom), has sent him to Memphis.  However, he has given him a few days to test a new invention on the rooftop of an empty building New Year’s Eve.

Mildred Cope is the remaining of 3 daughters after the older two tragically died along with their mother during a yellow fever epidemic several years ago.  She is wealthy, elegant, and beautiful, but so much more!  Millie’s father is mean and does not understand her highly intelligent mind.  He has pushed her towards and English gentleman, Sir William Truek hoping for a beneficial business arrangement for himself, as well as someone who can tame his daughter into the sort of quite wife he believes women are meant to be.  Millie has agreed to the marriage in hopes of escaping to England to be free to pursue her love of science, and simply be considered an odd American that nobody will care to much about to interfere with.

New Year’s Eve marks the evening her engagement is to be announced at the Peabody Hotel gala, but she finds herself feeling stifled and recalling a recent trip to her father’s business where she explored a rooftop to sketch the stars and found some interesting items that appeared to be some sort of experiment. She ducks out of the party to return to the rooftop where she meets Kyle Russell.   The results are wonderful and the beginning of an amazing relationship orchestrated by God.

I definitely enjoyed the charming characters found in Kyle’s parents, and the scenery, particularly in New Orleans.  It made me want to visit there some day.  I did find the capture anticlimactic.  There was a lot of build up towards it, and then a simple change of plans from Millie resolved it and it was over.  She was well prepared for danger, after practicing.  Like book one, the danger aspect fell short for me.  I like a bit more danger, nothing crazy, but still, more.

As with book one, there are several typos in this book, which I needed to overlook, since the story is quite good.  In fact, the beginning of Ch. 23 has two paragraphs that are nearly identical, but with two completely different scenarios.  I personally preferred the first one, but what a huge editing mistake.

I purchased this copy. My opinion is my own and without compensation. I will rate it 5 stars for the story, but would drop a 1/2 star for editing if that were allowed.

© 2013 Harvest House Pub
323 pages + discussion questions (which I never read)
Read: 3/21-22/2015 / Reviewed: 3/23/2015

SADIE’S SECRET – The Secret Lives of Will Tucker #3 of 3

•°• Great Adventure & Redemption •°•

I thoroughly enjoyed the final installment in this series, filled with: mystery, romance, faith, historical settings including Key West, and a bit of danger.

Opening scripture: “The LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother?  And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper.” Genesis 4:9

British detective William “Jefferson” Tucker is off to visit his twin brother William “John” Tucker in the Louisiana State Penn, where his brother promptly switches places with him and he loses a year of his life!

Sarah Lousie “Sadie” Callum, a well-trained Pinkerton agent (unbeknownst to her family), is assigned to review the case, and if possible, right the wrong done to Jefferson.

The premise of the twins was a grand one, and there is wonderful, twisting adventure in this story, as the two characters work closely on the same side of the law – making them highly compatible with one another.  I loved learning about the mangrove trees in Key West, where the crabs crawl.  I felt like I was in the little row-boat.  There is wonderful redemption at the end of the story that brought me to tears, and book three finally had a bit more danger, which was lacking in the first two books (in my opinion).

I purchased this copy. My opinion is my own and without compensation. I give it a 5 star rating.

© 2014 Harvest House Pub
340 pages + discussion questions (which I never read)
Read: 3/23-26/2015 / Reviewed: 3/29/2015


4/9/15 Update: I am going through and cleaning up my blog due to a post I just read about yucky people grabbing your pic and creating new FB account, blogs, etc. to look like you and steal your identity {so you will not often see them of me}. I am also removing references to where I live, other than my home state and photos of friends and children.  One blogger stated her child's photos ended up in creepy ways on the internet, and when her hubby shared he was out of town, predators put 2 and 2 together to figure she was home alone...she found large boot prints leading from the street to the side of her house! Note - I am putting extra spaces in some words to discourage searches of specific words! BE SAFE FRIENDS. 

Welcome to my blog. I love the Lord, my kids, vintage charm, 40s music, all things TEA, 

reading Christian fiction (usually historical) and posting book reviews for those, hospitality, taking pictures, 

& surprising/blessing people. 

I live in sunny California. 

I am the mother of 2, and was a long-time H omeschool T eacher until March 2015.

I also run a L icensed H ome D aycare (since 2002).

I have 3 sweet kitties: Max, and 2 sisters Delilah & Abbey. 

I enjoy Jane Austen related things (especially movies), and for modern reading Jen Turano is a fave! You can get a better idea for what I like on my etsy or pinterest boards (links below). 

I am quirky and fun-loving, and throw out sarcasm and random accents whenever the mood strikes!

I sponsor a beautiful l-ittle g-irl in Guatemala since Valentines 2014 (Feb. 14 is her birthday!). 
Compassion International's Website

I love writing for fun, & started blogging as of Jan. 2015! Hopefully, I can make new friends while sharing some of my passions. I hope you enjoy my journey as I learn about this new adventure called blogging!
God bless you all. In Jesus name.

[Phl 4:11-13 ESV] 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.


things I WOULD WANT TO KNOW about somebody if doing an “exchange”, which I love to participate in.

Highly sensitive to smells/tastes, so am very selective. Can not stand bergamot (found in Earl Grey tea), cilantro (aka coriander), bell peppers, or hot/spicy foods. I am the bane of my brother’s restaurant experience (haha).

With Tea: Madelines sold by SugarBowlBakery.com available at Costco & now WalMart are AWESOMESAUCE (do try them), and Irish Soda Bread is a fun treat in March – served with Kerry Gold butter. Scones – blueberry with lemon curd, or a nice orange/cranberry. Have you tried Sticky Fingers brand from Cost Plus World Market?  Trader Joe's also sells some wonderful boxed mixes.  Chocolate Chip or mixed berry.  I think there is a pumpkin one, but I don't really care for pumpkin flavored stuff (sorry world!).

Cinnamon – just makes so many things better

After I turned 40 I found I suddenly like DARK chocolate – as long as it’s not bitter. Try Dove brand to see what I mean.  Or the Cadbury bar with fruit & nuts.  I just discovered dark chocolate covered marshmallows for Easter (yippee!)

Cost Plus World Market European Deep Dark Cocoa (OMG!) or Land-O-Lakes Classic DARK Hot Chocolate

I do NOT enjoy peanuts or walnuts, but I do like pecans and almonds.

Crazy for Cranberries (dried of course) - but not the chocolate covered ones.
Teas – decaf blackberry sage (Republic of Tea), Darjeeling, Twinings Christmas tea (cinnamon, cloves, spices, etc), Harney & Sons Holiday Tea, Apricot-Peach Blend – I have discovered a good quality tea is well worth it! NO chai tea, hardly any green tea, not too many herbals, never Earl Gray.  No weird (can I say that?) holiday mixed flavors (cranberry vanilla, sugar plum, gingerbread, sugar cookie, etc.). Nope, those do not float my boat. Republic of Tea & Adagio have darling travel tins if you are interested.
Honey - orange blossom, farmer's market, raw, unfiltered type honey is the bestest!!

Never coffee! Blegh. Eww. Gross. Gag!

Don’t drink alcohol and don’t smoke.

Girly things – especially if said items serve a purpose (like a teacup... you see?).

Um, not dirt... no gardening, etc.

Lavender*blue*dilly*dilly - I love lavenders and purples in my home and to wear, although not so much in my kitchen… I tend to go for pops of red & cream in there, and then autumn colors in the fall.... yes, I'm complicated (smile).

Going Green (not crazy, over the top...just doin' my part)

Words of affirmation or scriptures (in cards, signage, crafts, etc.) really speak to me.

Bunco! – but, it’s been a long time since I have had a group to play with, but it's so much fun (well, except the crazy screaming! haha).

Musica': Big band / 40s music – especially the softer stuff – Glenn Miller, Moonlight Serenade, Glen Miller, When You Wish Upon A Star. Christian Praise Music, and some old hymns (although not familiar with many, George Beverly Shea is my fave!), but if having a tea party I will most likely play classical.

Autumn is my favorite season, with the warm colors, and cozy feelings, but I absolutely do NOT celebrate Halloween.  I enjoy Christmas, and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, so I do not decorate with Santa Clause. I do like cute gingerbread figures, and lean towards a country Christmas (hunter greens, deep cranberry reds) feel.

RAoK - Random Acts of Kindness (surprising/blessing people)

Regal Edwards Movie Theater when time permits or RedBox

Trader Joe's & British shows (just because it rhymes teahee) – Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice (the one with Kiera Knightly), Miss Potter, Emma, PBS Masterpiece, Miss Marple Mysteries, also LOVED Leap Year (currently on Netflix) – a wonderful romance set in Ireland (would love to visit Ireland and England one day and really enjoyed the book: “A Fine Romance” (travel journal) by Susan Branch. 

Check out her fun website at SusanBranch.com. 

www.CBD.com - I love to read & find awesome Christian books (historical romance is my favorite, especially regency era), and there are sweet gifts on this site. Check it out!

Retro / Vintage items – not tons, but little treasures here and there that speak to me (my home is 1946),
or dish towels – (such as tea towels with chickens or scriptures or teapots or teacups embroidered on them, but also seasonal towels - useful ones, not embellished to just "look" at.)

Shabby/Chic – I like the girly feel of it. And toile with pretty English scenes, especially in lavender or soft green.

Not big on crafting, but do some here and there, never really sticking to one theme. I love the look of pretty, embroidered &/or quilted things (that other people make), but not really into the look of crocheted or knitted.  If you like, you can browse my  Blue Jeans and Teacups etsy favorites

I previously collected English Bone China Teacups and I also have a around a dozen teapots – which get good, regular use at my tea parties. I am now gifting them away, as I simply have far too many!

Some scents I enjoy: Citrus (orange, verbena, lemon), Tea Rose, Jasmin, Apple Cinnamon in autumn for candles.

Not big on jewelry any more. Don’t have much occasion to where it, but I do like some sweet, little pieces from time to time, and I do have several tea themed pieces I love. Usually lean towards silver or pewter look, not so much gold (especially shiny).

I also don't often wear makeup & certainly not expensive.  Avon or WalMart. I paint my nails once or twice a year; am a pretty simple girl.
Feel free to browse my Pinterest, especially if you enjoy looking at tea things!

I think that’s quite enough for readers to get a well-rounded picture of me! But if you have a question, just ask (-smile). Can you tell I’m an over-achiever?

Blessings to you sweet ladies!

Last Updated: 11-15-2017

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tea Cup and Mug Exchange Link Up

It's finally reveal time!

The adorable card she sent me!

What her letter said (most of it anyway...I couldn't fit all of it!)
I thought I would let Jane show you the gorgeous cup & saucer.

It just screams Spring!

"Strathmore" HM Sutherland China, made in England
The table runner she made me :)
The brooch she made
The teeny, tiny tea tins (smaller than Jane) ----eeek! sooo cute!
Lady Jane Stationary
Pocket Devotional (great minds!.... I sent one of these in my package as well!)
A selection of drinks!
Now wasn't this so sweet, and fun?!!

Special thanks to Stephanie at 
for hosting this amazing and fun exchange!

Every March 27th!

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Today is the 1st Day of Spring!

I thought I would invite you to join me for a cuppa' and thank God for Springtime blessings.

Johnson Bros. - made in England (c) 1958, 1976 Joan Walsh Anglund
I have a plate ready to fill for us.

Perhaps a lemon crisp?

Duchess Fine Bone China - England
'Lemon Tree' tablecloth - Marshall's
Look!  This teacup & saucer feature a lemon nestled amongst the berries, complimenting my brand new table cloth! 
I placed a lovely Elder Flower & Apricot White Tea pyramid next to it.
Duchess Fine Bone China - England
Purple Angel -click here: CBD
Or perhaps you would like this White Citrus Tea served in this lovely floral cup.  See how the blue flowers match the ones in the tablecloth? 

Birdie Teapot found at yard sale ($10) - made in USA
Sweet blue birdie on clearance this week at Michael's (.75¢)
creamer & sugar bowl - made in Malaysia
blue rose plate, Raleigh - Johnson Bros. England
 I thought we could talk about this hymn as I am reminded of it by these adorable birdies. Did you know it was written in 1905?
 Civilla Martin, who wrote the lyrics, said this about her inspiration to write the song based on the scriptures Matthew 6:26 and Matthew 10:29-31
Early in the spring of 1905, my husband and I were sojourning in Elmira, New York. We contracted a deep friendship for a couple by the name of Mr. and Mrs. Doolittle—true saints of God.  Mrs. Doolittle had been bedridden for nigh twenty years. Her husband was an incurable cripple who had to propel himself to and from his business in a wheel chair. Despite their afflictions, they lived happy Christian lives, bringing inspiration and comfort to all who knew them. One day while we were visiting with the Doolittles, my husband commented on their bright hopefulness and asked them for the secret of it.  Mrs. Doolittle's reply was simple: "His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me." The beauty of this simple expression of boundless faith gripped the hearts and fired the imagination of Dr. Martin and me. The hymn "His Eye Is on the Sparrow" was the outcome of that experience. 
 I also can't help but think of Abby over at Little Birdie Blessings when I look at the teapot, now.  She is such a refreshing soul. And her blog truly blesses me.  
Have you visited her?
buttery yellow personal teapot - Herman Dodge & Son, Inc.
San Fernando, Ca - made in Thailand
green, mini frame - Michael's
 And here is another birdie blessing 
framed for you. 
He is mighty to save. Zeph. 3:17
I enjoy framing scripture and words of encouragement as reminders of God's promises and tea for my soul. 
Have you done that too?
Green Tea 19oz. jar candle found at Marshall's this week $6.99
 Oh, will you light the candle for me?
I confess, I forgot.
You may have noticed the lemons on the table.  I picked them in case you prefer lemon in your tea.  See, here is a bit of blue sky next to the citrus trees.
My home town is known for citrus!!

It is a comfortable 78* here in CA today.  I picked these tangerines earlier this week.  You may take some home if you like.

Wait! We interrupt this conversation to share these amazing flowers my sister, Melanie Marie,  just texted to me!! She says they are yellow Daffodils and Yesterday, Today & Forever flowers from an amazingly fragrant, tri-color bush in the garden.  Don't they compliment my table wonderfully?  Part of her description was "pop outside, give THANKS to the Lord for He is good, His love (mercy) endureth forever!" Can you tell we are related? (hee hee).  I'm sure she would not mind me sharing them with you.
As I said, I did pop outside and here is a closeup of a citrus flower.  Isn't it gorgeous?  Can you smell the sweetness?
Just a moment.  I'm going to dash into the kitchen.  I'll be right back.

$5.99 - Marshall's
 I wanted to show you this adorable box of tea I found this week.  Isn't it cute?  The ribbon is such a darling touch (-squeal!).

 And look, it speaks to you!

Shopping Info & Best by Date

I love how the silk bag poofs up, allowing the water to flow through easily.  Did you like yours?  I don't normally reach for White Tea, but they were so tempting.  My citrus white tea was quite refreshing.
Speaking of refreshing, I'm so glad you dropped by for a visit. Shall I close in prayer?

Heavenly Father, Your word says,
[Psa 84:3 NIV] "Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young-- a place near your altar, LORD Almighty, my King and my God."  May we make our heart's home near Your altar as well Lord, drawing ever closer to you, being always thankful for our many blessings.  Thank You for this time of refreshment and the coming Spring days!  We give You all of the glory! -Amen and amen.

Heather Elizabeth

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