Category Archives: Garden/Tea Time

While Visiting California…

“When I’m alone I’m actually hanging out with my soul” The Minds Journal Hello, sweet friend… I have been vacationing in California… Sooooooo… I thought this would be a perfect time to re-edit a previous post from 2014 and share a Valentine’s Tea Party I hosted in my California home.❤️ A re-post from February 2014 Everybody Needs Love By Marcia Ren Oh!Oh!Oh! Sometimes I wish I had a HUGE Cottage, so I could invite a zillion friends to my teeny tiny tea parties. Because I think everybody likes to feel loved, and special. ESPECIALLY on Valentine’s Day. I know I do… That’s why I LOVE to host them! (Big smile)    I invited a couple of friends & then asked each of them to invite a friend that they didn’t see too often. Before I knew it… The teeny tiny tea party slowly started to GROW… much like our friendships … Continue reading

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Heading Into February…

“Live life in full bloom & let your dreams blossom” -Marcia Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are having a wonderful week… Surrendering to the brrrrrr of this season… I have taken time to put my nose to inhaling the scents of wood smoke and the frost of the cold air… I’ve walked by those bare trees… listening to the sounds of silence after a winter storm… a storm that came in the wee hours…awakening my small town with it’s blustery wind, thunder and lightning. I appreciate the treasures of this season and it’s tidbits of beauty… realizing that even though everything looks brownish… it’s a growing season… and has a role of importance in the garden… That being said… I’m ready to embrace a new season… begin nibbling on those fresh berries from the garden and to open my heart & arms to grow… Happy February💕

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Vacationing…Part Two…A Downton Abbey Kind of Tea Party

“The business of life is the acquisition of memories. In the end that’s all there is.” -Carson, Downton Abbey, Season 6 Hello, sweet friend… Eat your heart out Mrs. Patmore. (aka…the cook at Downton Abbey who believes she runs the house) Today I thought It would be fun to share with you the highlights of a recent Downton Abbey Tea party I attended in California at my California girlfriend’s house with my California girlfriends! I felt so privileged to be included in this special afternoon…and even more excited that I happened to be in California when it was being hosted. The first course was a homemade mandarin orange/almond scone. The second course was a delicious creamy butternut squash soup. The Third course was a delicious bow tie pasta salad was served with sandwiches. The sandwiches were a maple pecan cream cheese on pumpkin bread…egg salad on a 12 grain bread…and … Continue reading

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An Autumn Tea…Part Two

A Teatime Blessing🍂 Lord grant that our time together be steeped in serenity, sweetened by sharing, and surrounded by the warm fragrance of your love. Amen Hello, sweet friend… This week I wanted to share with you the menu from a recent tea I hosted… (and just incase you missed it click on the link)…http://marciascottagebythesea.com/an-autumn-tea-part-one/ I had originally planned to prepare all the food myself… However…as the week had been a little cray cray… I opted instead to prepare just a few things…and purchase everything else. (trust me your guests will love anything you give them!) Menu For an Afternoon Tea Mini spinach quiche…found in the frozen section at grocery store Pest0 swirls…delicious & easy… Artichoke & Parmesan swirls…Just warm & serve… Serve with love… Kindness… and a big smile… Devonshire Mock Cream 1 cup heavy cream not pasteurized One 8 ounce softened cream cheese 2 tablespoons powdered sugar beat … Continue reading

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An Autumn Tea…Part One

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are October’s” Anne of Green Gables -L.M. Montgomery Hello, sweet friend… Since moving into our new home… I knew that there would be many gatherings…here so not too long ago… I began planning… playing really… with the preparations… For an Autumn Tea I think the preparations are the most enjoyable part… of any endeavor we take on in life… Planning the details…anticipating how things will evolve with time… choosing the decor… deciding on what to serve…and what to wear… To be continued…

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