Thursday, May 28, 2015

Gardenias and Grace

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  

2 Corinthians 12:9 ESV

Today, a lovely little gift I won from Angela over at: Tea With Friends arrived in the post.  It is this lovely chintz teacup & saucer, which highly reminds me of Cath Kidston designs.  

It says it is Grace Teaware, and while I don't usually name my cups, I am calling her 'Gracie'.  I have a niece whose middle name is Grace, so I think she will like this. The 2 nieces address all my cards to: AunTea :)

I bought a new phone a couple of days ago. (The Samsung Galaxy Note4).  I jumped from an 8 megapixle camera, to 16mp!  So, I had fun taking pictures of Gracie and playing with the editing software a bit.

Isn't she pretty with the evening sun shining on her?

 And I love using this plant stand with a bit of rust, mixing textures against the elegance of a teacup.

There were not very many gardenias left on my bush, so I decided to pick them ...

and fill Gracie to overflowing.

Now, I can enjoy the heavenly fragrance in my kitchen.

Thank you Angela!

Playing with a pre-loaded photo app.

I saw this on FB today and literally laughed out loud, thinking, "Yep, that's about right!"  A quick save and edit to add my name, and here you have it.
tea hee!

But seriously, I am so thankful that God's grace truly is sufficient for me.  That His mercies are new every morning, and for the amazing power and love that comes from being delivered and set free by the Son of God.  I pray you share this peace with me friends.

 I hope you enjoyed visiting with me, and although a little late, I pray your Thursday was a blessed one!
~Heather Elizabeth

I may be sharing at the following parties:

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Curried Chicken and Fig Pinwheels

Yesterday, I was preparing to make my way to a tea party event (more on that another time), and was scouring the internet to see what I could make with a jar of fig spread I purchased from Trader Joe's.  I came across a recipe for a curried chicken wrap with actual figs, and thought, 'Hmmm. I can work with that!'
Here is what I came up with, and let me tell you it was a HUGE hit.  The secret to curry is to use VERY little.  Some ladies were timid, but ventured out and where happily surprised.  Some even said they would pay good money to have this on the menu at a tea room!  I couldn't be happier, and will certainly make this one again.
Blessings & a cup of tea,
Heather Elizabeth

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Tea Video, More Teamail and Teawares

I am in love with this video.  10 minutes of tea bliss and nostalgia.
There are some wonderful tips, and with Memorial Day approaching the vintage troops are a wonderful look back.
Grab a cuppa and enjoy!

As for me, today I am drinking RMS Titanic Tea from Harney & Sons.
Delilah gives it her paw of approval.

This tea is very strong and rich, reminiscent of a breakfast blend.  I needed to tone it down with a splash of milk. The side shows the ingredients as Keemun, Assam, Ceylon & Oolong.  It recommends 5 min. brewing time, but that is WAY to strong for me and begins to turn bitter in my experience.

More Tea-mail arrived yesterday... probably because I keep ordering it! HA!
It included the above Titanic Tea, a couple of free samples (happy dance!), and the 2 tins of Mother's Bouquet I ordered, plus the H&S teacup.
I just checked (5/21) & you can still get Mother's Bouquet on sale at

The cup, is a little uncomfortable in that I have to "squeeze" 2 fingers in, but I'm still happy to have it.

The charming little Peter Rabbit cup and Bowl are another one of my finds from Home Goods this past weekend.  A little pricey for me at $13, but I thought it was still a good deal considering what these can retail for.  The bottom indicates Wedgwood England since 1759, and Frederick Warne & Co. 2014.

Does anyone else's heart swoon when they read Warne & Co.?  I drift back to the movie Miss Potter and the tragic loss of her first love, Mr. Warne.
This little cup holds a tealightful 6oz. so it's quite perfect for a cuppa.

Enjoy your day my friends! ~Heather Elizabeth

I may be sharing at the following parties:

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The Curiosity Keeper - Book Review

The Curiosity Keeper – Book #1 Treasures of Surrey Series
Sarah E. Ladd
{Christian Historical Fiction}
The Curiosity Keeper - eBook  -     By: Sarah E. Ladd
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•°• Suspenseful •°•

I really enjoyed the suspenseful nature of this book.  It is set in the seedier parts of London, and the relaxing countryside of Surrey in the early 1800s.
Camille Inverness is young woman who has been used by her family to serve their purposes, but she is not aware that’s what happened to her.  She has grown up feeling abandoned by her mother and isolated from a father whose sole purpose is gaining more money.  She has no friends, except her dog and cat, and knows none of her neighbors.  She works in her father’s curiosity shop, and has developed a keen eye for collectibles.
Jonathan Gilchrist is so tender-hearted.  He is patient and really drawn to Camille, through a very unusual turn of events.  I loved the danger and suspenseful nature of the story, and the care Jonathan took with Camille.  The book description does a good job of going into greater detail, so I won’t repeat all of that.
The story lends itself to showing what can happen to our lives and the lives of family members based on the choices we make and the justifications we tell ourselves.  In the end, some will learn from those mistakes.  Some will not.  There is a light sprinkling of faith in this book as well.
I was sent an uncorrected proof/advance reader’s copy by the publisher. My opinion is my own and without compensation. I give it a 4 star rating.  Overall, I would recommend this book to a friend.

© 2015 Thomas Nelson Pub.
342 pages
Read: 5/11&5/12/2015

Reviewed: 5/19/2015
Release Date: 07/07/2015

Publisher's Description

"It is not just a ruby, as you say. It is large as a quail’s egg, still untouched and unpolished. And it is rumored to either bless or curse whoever possesses it."
Camille Iverness can take care of herself. She’s done so since the day her mother abandoned the family and left Camille to run their shabby curiosity shop. But when a violent betrayal leaves her injured with no place to hide, Camille must allow a mysterious stranger to come to her aid.
Jonathan Gilchrist never wanted to inherit Kettering Hall. As a second son, he was content to work as the village apothecary. But when his brother’s death made him heir just as his father’s foolish decisions put the estate at risk, only the sale of a priceless possession—a ruby called the Bevoy—can save the family from ruin. But the gem has disappeared. And all trails lead to Iverness Curiosity Shop—and the beautiful shop girl who may be the answer to his many questions.
Caught at the intersection of blessings and curses, greed and deceit, these two determined souls must unite to protect what they hold dear. But when a passion that shines far brighter than any gem is ignited, they will have to decide how much they are willing to risk for their future, love, and happiness.

Tealicious Find - Very Berry White

I had a wonderful time browsing at a HomeGood/TJMaxx combo store over the weekend. Really, I did not notice a difference between it and a regular TJMaxx, but I digress. I seriously do NOT need any more tea, but at $3 for 30 bags in a flavor that sounded interesting, I could not pass it up.  I am so happy with this purchase!  
It's organic, light and refreshing with a soft berry flavor.  And, white tea is VERY low in caffeine. The bags are non-bleached, as well as individually wrapped (so, excellent for gift tuck-ins), and they came wrapped in a plastic bag inside the large container. I even love how they give a best consumed by date on the bottom.
Their website states: "
Our common goal in each nation is to connect consumers to quality organic tea for a great value" - Touch Organic.

Here - here! Good job T.O.! If you spot these tea, I recommend you pick some up.

~Heather Elizabeth

"Thank God for tea! What would the world do without tea? How did it exist? I am glad I was not born before tea." -Rev. Sydney Smith

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Friday, May 15, 2015

TIME FOR TEA and I'm still here

Good day dear friends.  It has been nearly a month since I blogged, and a kind reader from North Carolina inquired, wondering if I am ok.  Funny how sweet it is when someone unexpectedly reaches out and shows a little love.  Thank you Deborah :)  It has been one thing after another (some good, some bad): Mom's birthday - featuring a day of quilt show browsing and dining out, yucky illness in my daycare, followed by head cold illness, then a week long visit from my dad  which included a garden tour and my niece's birthday (they call me AunTea -hee), followed by daughter's graduation from 1st year of Bible Leadership School, Mother's day which included church and a lazy afternoon drinking tea from my T.A.R.D.I.S. teapot and watching Dr. Who on Netflix (yes, we are nerds), daughter's birthday, and now back to another round of daycare illness, and mixed in with all that a cranky teenage boy who has me continually petitioning the Father for guidance and strength.  Yikes! 
Additionally, I needed a break from blog land.  I do not want to get so sucked in to reading and posting that I let things that are important to me fall by the wayside as is so easy to do.  We actually have rain today (and yesterday) in our drought infested CA.  Thanks to God for that!
I am not gone, and apparently and sweetly enough not forgotten (insert virtual hug here).  I pray you are all doing well and accomplishing lovely things for the Lord.  If you would take a moment to lift me up in prayer, I would certainly appreciate it. Blessings to you all! ~Heather Elizabeth

Drinking Teavana blend of Honeybush Vanilla & Jasmine Dragon Pearls today, accompanied by a sweet blueberry almond mini loaf from Sam's Club bakery.
The carnation was handed out to all moms Sunday at church and still looks great today (Friday), which is one reason I love carnations!
If you like this scripture mug (Neh 8:10 The Joy of the Lord is your strength.), you can find it here: CBD Hope, Cat Mug

I may be sharing at the following parties: