I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Gingerbread House~Fairmont Hotel

Hello everyone,
Who doesn't love gingerbread? I love gingerbread, 
especially when it is made into a Gingerbread House.
On my recent trip to San Francisco in December 2017
The beautiful lobby of the Fairmont Hotel is transformed at Christmas time, 
with the most beautiful Gingerbread House covering the entrance of the dining room. 

This experience has been on my bucket list for years.
The Gingerbread House is just amazing.
I am standing in front of the small tea room.
This room is reserved private dining for 12 persons.

Fairytale: The house has two floors, is 23 feet wide, 22 feet high and is stuck together entirely with icing. Visitors can wander through the ground floor level and into the hotel restaurant


On the balcony of the Gingerbread House.
Santa's workshop
Christmas Carolers on the second-floor balcony.
The entrance of the Gingerbread House.
I love the details.
The train circles the Gingerbread House.
We made memories on this trip. There are so many great treasures in
the City of San Francisco.  Visiting at Christmas time is a bonus.
Thanks for visiting,
Joyously,
Betty 
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Girls Trip to San Francisco

Hello everyone,
I am so excited to share my trip to San Francisco a couple 
of weeks ago.  We started out adorned with our new hats I knitted.
I took the back seat with my granddaughter called "The Bookworm."
And gave the driving duty to my daughter. My granddaughter in the front seat
 is the GPS professional. We live about four hours from the city, and 
once we cross the Bay Bridge, Beth helps her mother maneuver 
the city streets of San Francisco.  Our first stop was San Francisco
State University for a two-hour tour. The bookworm is applying 
to colleges in California, and she wanted to see the campus.
After the college tour, we checked into our hotel.
In the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel is the most beautiful 
Christmas Tree. 
Also in the lobby of the Fairmont Hotel is a Giant Gingerbread House.
I will share a post about the Gingerbread House, later this week.
If you haven't been to San Francisco during the holiday season, 
I would suggest you put it on your bucket list.
I have wanted to visit the city at Christmas for over 50 years.
The girls were so wonderful to share my experience.
We walked to Union Square to see the Christmas tree.
And checked out Macy's windows decorated with 
real wreaths hanging from every window.


The palm trees were lite with sparkling lights and the Ice skating rink 
was busy with skaters enjoying an unseasonably warm evening.


The next morning we spent the day at the Academy of Science and
the de Young museum.
The Fairmont Hotel is on Nob Hill, and it was a gorgeous day
to be a tourist. 
Please check back in a few days and I will have the rest of my visit to 
San Francisco ready for viewing.
Thanks for stopping by.
Betty 
Linking to:
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Year's Tea Time

Hello everyone,
The time this year has flown by. I've had a busy year,
and I'm looking forward to a new year of 
travel, gardening, a wedding, and granddaughters graduating from
high school and nursing school
The tea table is set by the fireplace ready for
the ball to drop in New York City.
Candlelight glowing and the warm fire is so cozy.
Gold and silver stars sparkle on the dessert plates. 
Gold jewel napkin rings.
Gold-rimmed glasses to serve champagne.
Celebrating the New Year is so memorable. 

The clocks are Christmas ornaments I've had for awhile.
I did a tablescape with the clock ornaments. GO HERE
The difference between the two tables is a metamorphosis.
My black tree is also used to hang Halloween ornaments.  
A mosaic to PIN
Have a happy and safe New Year.
Thanks for visiting and I will be back in the new year.
Joyously,
Betty 
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas and Blogiversary

Hello everyone,
Merry Christmas to all.
Today is my Blogiversary. 
I have been blogging since
December 25, 2009. 
I started blogging on a whim, and I have loved blogging over the years.
I have learned so much over the past eight years. 
Friendship is the most rewarding part of blogging.
Journaling my daily experiences for my family and friends is a
great way to record my journey in retirement.
My photography has improved, but I still have 
a lot to learn about the photo editing process. 
I wanted to share a little Christmas cheer from my garden.
I hung my red teapot on a shepherd hook in the middle of 
the flower bed. Fresh fir from the Christmas tree is a
perfect bed for my glass mercury bird.
A festive red printed ribbon adorns the hook.

I will start another year of blogging with an
open mind and an open heart to new
creative ideas. This past year I have struggled with finding
time to blog, because of my husband's illness. During
July, he had emergency pacemaker surgery
, and I had cataract surgery on both eyes. I have slowed 
down and I just feel like taking life easier. No pressure
to do extra lifting, cooking, or spending money on 
decor for our home. I love setting a Tea scape once a month
for my Tea Time calendar, and maybe a trip I take
is fun to blog about. 2018 is going to be busy
with family activities. Hopefully, we will
stay healthy for a minute. Come back to see my New Year's Eve Post.
Merry Christmas and see you soon.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Friday, December 8, 2017

December Tea Time

Hello everyone,
Welcome to December and My Cozy Corner. 
"A Cup of Christmas Tea" 
This is the December photo of my 2018 Tea Time Calendar.
I received so much pleasure from styling my tea scapes, and I hope my
friends and family will enjoy my Tea Time calendar. 
Would you like to have A Cup of Christmas Tea?
When I found this cup at the thrift store, I knew
just how I wanted the photograph to look. 
I wanted to have the bokeh effect in my photo and 
I think I accomplished the task. 
I did some research about the teacup and saucer.
  •  Green Holly, Red Berries, Gold Trim
  • Pattern: A Cup of Christmas Tea by Waldman House
  • Status: Discontinued. Circa: 1981 - 2005
I have Holly growing in my garden, 
and I picked fresh Holly 
with berries for the white milk glass vase. 
My great-grandmother's vintage teaspoon 
A red Holly berry candle lights up 
Cup of Christmas Tea.
One more look at the delightful tea scape.
A mosaic to pin
Thanks for stopping by.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Thursday, November 30, 2017

HOLIDAY SHEET PAN PIE~4 IN 1

Hello everyone,
November is gone, and we are starting the most wonderful time of the year.
The four weeks before December 25th are so busy. When I saw this pie
on facebook, I was determined to make it for the holidays.
I wanted to practice baking this sheet pan pie before writing a post about
how easy it is to bake. 
I found the recipe on the FOOD NETWORK.
 I will add the video at the end of the post.
The pie consists of four ready-made pie crusts to make
the crust for the pie and the toppings for the apple
and cherry pie. 
The recipe calls for fresh apples to make the Apple pie.
A can of Sour Cherries to make the Cherry pie.
Canned Pumpkin to prepare the Pumpkin pie.
I have a few tips to make this pie an easy way.
I have been baking for a lot of years, 57 1/2 years to be exact.
Tips:
#1 use a can of apple pie filling in place of mixing 
the apple filling the old-fashioned way.
#2 I used a can of cherry pie filling in place of sour cherries, and it was delicious.
#3 Pumpkin pie mix worked beautifully for the pumpkin pie filling.
#4 The Pecan pie filling was so easy to assemble.  I did find Pecan pie filling
at World Market, but it was expensive compared to the price of the 
apple, cherry, and pumpkin fillings.
I love this video to show how to assemble the pie.
courtesy of food network
The recipe for this fantastic pie is HERE
#5 I had to do some piece work on the bottom pie crust.
 The top on the apple pie and the strips on the cherry pie are
brushed with a beaten egg and sprinkled with sugar.
Delicious

Thanks for coming over for a visit today.
We are starting our baking, 
and this pie is an excellent way for everyone
 to get a taste of their favorite pie. 
See you soon.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:

Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

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