Thanks for coming by today to help me celebrate this momentous occasion!
We’ve been talking about extraordinary friendship and friends the past few days…
One of my favorite things to do is to gather my friends, set a pretty table, and enjoy light refreshments and good conversation. So if you will indulge me today, I’ve set the small sideboard in the sun room for an intimate gathering of four. The perfect size for chatting. Friendship & Tea.
I’ve brought out the cocoa set which you might remember from St. Patrick’s Day. Since the violets are blooming in the lawn, I thought this set would be perfect for the occasion. These lovely white French plates decorated with violets do not match the cocoa set, but I think they coordinate rather nicely. And they are just right for our banana bread and pastries.
Though this is an official cocoa set, I think we can enjoy using it for coffee or tea. Which would you prefer? Me? I’ll choose tea. One of my favorite teas in the winter is chai, but I’ve been enjoying green tea lately. It’s nice and light for spring.
Since the budget is quite tight these days I wasn’t able to purchase any flowers for our table. However, just the other day I noticed a single clump of purple Johnny Jump-ups blooming along side the house. They weren’t there last year and have somehow managed to push up through the well weeded mulch. I stepped outside in the drizzle and popped them out of the ground and planted them in this silver sugar pot. I love how God provides even the littlest of things to show His love for us. What a wonderful blessing. And they are just the perfect color for our tea.
I am a bit disappointed in myself that I had forgotten to pick violets from our chemical free lawn to sprinkle on our plates. After the bread was eaten, the teapot emptied, and my sneaky cats had nibbled the flowers off the potted plant, I remembered. Please forgive me. It certainly helps me appreciate those who never miss a single detail. Don’t you appreciate it when your hostess is thoughtful and creative? I do, it makes me feel really special. Now I need to say one thing…I know that when it comes to friendship & tea…it’s the friendship that counts the most and these other little things…they are the sugar sprinkles in life. I think we love them because our beautiful world is full of them. Just look at all the spring blossoms erupting around us.
Lately I’ve been experimenting with a new banana bread recipe which we have come to love at our house. Now I hope you don’t get upset with me…but I think this post will be too long if I go on to talk about it and share the recipe, too. I know, I know the first photo was about friendship & tea & banana bread. I tease. I hope you’ll forgive me and come back tomorrow for the super easy, yummy recipe. Okay?
Thanks for coming by today and enjoying our little virtual tea time. Sometimes, we just need to get together to celebrate the good things in our lives, to share our hurts, and to just be. It refreshes our spirits and bonds us together. That’s an extraordinary friendship & tea time.
Today’s Extraordinary & Inspiring Giveaway!
One of my favorite extraordinary bloggers, Marian aka Miss Mustard Seed, painter of furniture and all things creative, published a book that made its debut this past November, “Inspired You: Breathing New Life into Your Heart and Home.” The book is filled with beautiful inspiring photos like her living room in this photo and Marian even shares how to’s including a tutorial to make the ottoman you see here:
Raise your hand. Who needs a little bit of inspiration for their heart and home? Yup. I thought so. So many times we get ‘stuck in the mud’ or maybe we get stuck in Pinterest. Miss Mustard Seed wants you and me to make a home that tells our families’ stories. Not a home that looks like a magazine…but a home that represents our hearts and souls. I love that. That’s what an extraordinary home looks like.
And that’s why I asked Marian if she would giveaway one of her books to a lucky reader for my blogiversary. I know the book has been out for a little bit. But, most of us have good intentions and just don’t get around to things like ordering a book, no matter how fabulous it is…and it is. Any guilty parties here? If you can’t wait to win a book…order yours here.
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Contest ends Tuesday, May 7, at 9 PM EDT. Winner must have a U.S. mailing address and will be chosen at random and notified by e-mail. Thank you to Marian Parsons for graciously providing the book, “Inspired You” for the blogiversary. I was not compensated for this giveaway.
THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.
Congratulations to Katie of Katherine’s Corner!
An email has been sent…please reply within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen.
There’s a new giveaway each day this week. You still have time to enter:
- Monday’s giveaway
~ a subscription to Celebrating Everyday Living with Jennifer Carroll. Click here and enter.
- Tuesday’s giveaway
~ a fine art print by Jennifer of Studio JRU titled, “You Are Extraordinary.” Click here and enter.
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