Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tea with the Birds

Hello all my tea-loving friends! I finally got a day (even though it had to be a snow day), to have some teatime and a snack. I sure have missed having teatime the past several weeks. Life has been anything but boring! The hubby and I FINALLY got all of our Christmas decor put back up in the attic and spring decor is coming out...even if we still are having snow

I have been hearing some of the birds outside chirping - singing their songs that hopefully spring will soon be here for good! Till then, I have set out my bird decor and recently purchased a lovely set of "bird" themed tea ware.

Having my own little "Tea with the birds"

Love this square dessert plate with what looks like an "Eastern Bluebird" on it. (I'll share about my coffee cake further down).

I also found this matching teacup and saucer.
(All discovered at TJ Maxx)
 This "English Tea Shop" brand tea was also at TJ Maxx. Who knew they sold tea, too? This was the first time I've tried this brand and the combination of pomegranate, rooibos, & acai berry was beyond delicious!
I spent some time reading some of the verses and quotes in a new journal, a gift from our church women's retreat, and writing.
Here is one of the Bible quotes that I liked.

My floral Asian-inspired teapot served me well at my teatime.
I set out my favorite bird-topped cloche, with a crafted flower, that came from a friend.
As you can see, the warm tea was a treat on this cold, snowy day.
I even got into a baking mood and made a new coffee cake recipe.
I started with a recipe from the internet, and added  few of my own ingredients:
 Ingredients for cake:(Items in red, I added to the original recipe)
1-1/2 sticks softend butter
2 c. (scant) sugar
3 c. flour, sifted
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1-1/4 c. whole milk (I used soy milk)
   3 whole egg whites, beaten till stiff
1-16 oz. container sour cream

Topping:
1-1/2 stick softened butter
3/4 c. flour
1-1/2 c. brown sugar
2 T. cinnamon
1-1/2 c. chopped pecans 
(I used half pecans and half walnuts) 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt. Beat egg whites and set aside.
Cream butter and sugar. Add flour mixture and milk alternately, till combined. Don't overbeat. Fold in beaten egg whites. 
Spread in well-greased 9x13 pan with high sides.
In separate bowl, combine topping ingredients with a pastry cutter until crumbly  (I melted the butter, so that it was a thick gel: I poured half the batter in the pan, added half the topping and repeated that to make 2 layers).
Bake for 40-45 minutes, or till no longer jiggly. 
Serve warm - YUMMY!    
Also on my tea table setting were several of my glass and porcelain birds.
I'm hoping that bringing all my birds out will be a sign to nature to take heed and let Spring arrive for good!
Hope you all have a blessed day...
and don't forget... 
Ann
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” Spanish Proverb
Linking up at these blog hops: 
Teatime Tuesday @ Rose Chintz Cottage
Table Top Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 
 Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch 
Thursday Favorite Things (Katherine's Corner)      
  Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life  
 All Things Thursday @ Glamorous Affordable Life
 Let's Be Friends Bloghop @ The Dwelling Tree   
Cottage Style Linky Party @ Lavender Garden Cottage 
 Simple and Sweet Fridays (Rooted in Thyme)     
Feathered Nest Friday(French Country Cottage) 
  Friendship Friday @ Create With Joy 
  Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home 
 
Be Inspired @ Common Ground
  Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm    
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 
 The Clever Chick blog hop @ The Chicken Chick  
Seasonal Sunday @ The Tablescaper  
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch 
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What's In My Closet? {From Valentines to St. Patricks Day}

Hello, everyone! Hope you all are doing well! I apologize for not posting, here at Cairn Cottage, in quite awhile again. We have been in a constant polar vortex for the past 2 months. Between battling negative temps and shoveling snow, after each regularly occurring weekly snowstorm, I have found little motivation to write here, and have even struggled to keep up on my other blogpage, Christ in the Clouds. I was so excited that we actually got up into the 40's today and are expected to have several days like this ahead! 

I was actually home today, as we had just gotten our most recent snowstorm last evening and roads were still drifted shut. To top it off, the sun was shining. So, I got motivated to do an outfit post. I had wanted to have one by Valentines Day, but that came and went. Then, I thought, why not do a combo Heart-Day and St. Patty's Day post? So sit back and enjoy!!

From Valentine's Day...

 This is my favorite dressy tunic I have owned for several years.
 ...combined with my black stretch dress pants makes a perfect Valentines outfit! A cute red silk flower rests in a side bun in my hair.
 My velvet covered floral designed shoes finish off the look!(Sorry about the dog hair.)


...To St. Patrick's Day
 A  forest green eternity scarf, black sweater, and gray boots put me in the Irish mood.
 I love the comfy warm feel of my black knit sweater.
 My green top has a stretch front with silky back and matches my forest green stretch leggings.
 I got this plaid wool pea coat around 5 years ago. It's perfect on those colder days, when I need something warmer when I go out.
...and it's definitely been worn a lot, as we have had our share of cold weather!
I adore wearing boots with my stretch pants! These cute wool booties have decorative buttons and zip on the inside ankles.



...And the days in-between.
 This aqua blue and gold sweater makes a great main piece, with a matching gold scarf and aqua stretch jeans.
 Another fun pair of black booties!
 I love the contrast of black and white!
 
 A striped sweater and matching striped stretch pants keep the contrasts interesting throughout.

The pearl cross necklace came with the purchase of the sweater last year.
My boots are ones I have worn in previous posts. I love their feel and the look goes with so many of my outfits!

As you can see, sweaters, boots, and scarves are just a few winter attire staples in my closet! 
 Do you have a favorite Valentines Day, St. Patricks Day, or just a favorite winter outfit? Do you like to wear different accessories, too?
  • floral tunic - Bonton
  • black stretch dress pants - Walmart
  • black dress shoes - Shoe Source
  • black sweater - Kohls
  • green stretch pants - Meijer
  • Green top - Meijer
  • Green scarf - WalMart
  • Gray booties - Shoe Show
  • Black and white button-up sweater/necklace -Meijer
  • Black and white stretch pants - Meijer
  • Aqua/gold sweater - Goodwill
  • Aqua jeans - TJ Maxx
  • Black booties - Meijer
  • Gold scarf - WalMart      
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Christmas Decor (Tablescape and Outdoor Lights)

Merry Christmas everyone!
Yes, I am actually posting on my blog on Christmas Eve!!
Since I will be busy the next few days traveling and celebrating with my family, I wanted to share Part 2 of my home Christmas Decor tour. You can find Part 1 of the tour HERE.

Below is my dining room tablescape. Ive had this dinnerware for several years and just LOVE the holly and pine cone theme.
The two-tiered server I have as a centerpiece was a find a few years back at one of our local antique malls (We have several in our area).
It is filled with all kinds of colorful pieces; including pine cones, ornaments, natural  and painted balls, curled reeds, bells, ribbon, and even a few of my seashells.(Just to have a little of my beach theme here, as well.)
 I love the design on my small dessert plates and added a real pine cone and some holly on top of each plate. Underneath these plates, I have my red dinner plates.
 A green placemate holds it all together at each setting. The cloth napkin sits above each plate, wrapped in silver elastic, holding a red or green bell. My red silverware matches perfectly, too! 
 I got these holly and berry goblets at goodwill for a mere $1 a piece!
I love this theme, as it goes nicely as a Christmas setting, but can be used for formal meals throughout the winter season!


 Below, I am sharing a few outside pictures of our Christmas decor.
This wreath hangs on our garage door entrance. That is real snow covering the top...a result of a recent snowstorm.
 Here are a few decorations on our front porch area.
We originally had thought we wouldn't be putting our outside lights up this year, as we have been too busy to put them up. But, just a few nights ago, my hubby surprised me and put a few of our lights up without telling me first. It's amazing how a few Christmas lights can boost one's spirit and put you in a Christmas mood!
 Even my wreath got some sparkle lights!!
 Hoping you all are able to spend some precious time with family and love ones this time of the year!
 Have a very Merry Christmas Day!!
Ann
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” Spanish Proverb
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