Thursday, April 24, 2014

Home Sweet Home #167

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  I only created one new post this week.  It was a little bit of a blogging break with the long weekend, much needed time was used to catch up with family members.  I hope you all had a delightful time over the holiday.  I served Strawberries & Cream with my tea this week and showed off a new Brambly Hedge plate.

There are so many beautiful homes and creative ideas at the Home Sweet Home party each week!  Here are a few that caught my eye from last week. 


Bella of Bella's Rose Cottage shared a glimpse of her enchanting spring garden in Lost in the Garden...


Alice at Thoughts from Alice shared her cousin's entryway that had a Clock Gallery Wall.  Loved this look! 


Dawn at We Call It Junkin shared her inspirations for Alternatives to the Traditional Screened Porch.


Janet of Rosemary and Thyme shared an Afternoon in the Garden.

I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such amazing posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!

Sherry

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Strawberries & Cream

Strawberries & Cream: The Charm of Home
I have a confession.  That got your attention didn't it?  I tried to bake a sponge cake and I ruined it, not once but twice!  Have you ever made a sponge cake?  They are tricky.  I finally gave up and made strawberries and cream.  If anyone has a foolproof sponge cake recipe, please share.

Strawberries & Cream: The Charm of Home
Strawberries and cream are really easy and they are delicious together.  You just chop up the desired amount of strawberries and  sprinkle with a tablespoon of sugar and then pour 1-2 tablespoons of heavy whipping cream over that.  Easy!  I had every intention of making a Victoria sponge cake with strawberries and cream but, I will have to leave that for another day.  It wasn't happening this week, even after I tried two different recipes.

Strawberries & Cream: The Charm of Home
I have another Brambly Hedge plate to show you.  I found four more plates at the thrift store and this is the first one, "The Engagement."  

Strawberries & Cream: The Charm of Home
I believe this is a collectible plate but, it matches the other tea pieces really well and it is a nice size at 8 inches across.  Here is the Spring mug with it.

Strawberries & Cream: The Charm of Home
Strawberries & Cream: The Charm of Home
Spring has arrived here.  Everything is blooming at once. It is really beautiful.  Now to dig all my plants out and assess the damage from the harsh winter.

Sherry 
I will link this to:
  
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Be Inspired Friday at Common Ground    

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Cottage Style Party at Lavender Garden Cottage
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 
Do Tell Tuesday at Mabey She Made It
Sundays at Home at Thoughts from Alice 
Tasty Tuesday at The Comforts of Home 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays

Friday, April 18, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Home Sweet Home #166

Easter Collage: The Charm of Home
Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  This week I created an Easter Collage out of some of the looks I have photographed on the blog this spring.

Easter Eye Candy: The Charm of Home
My Easter tea post was full of Easter Eye Candy.

And we had to have nosh as I rounded my week out by making Strawberry Tea Bread with Whipped Strawberry Butter.

There are so many beautiful homes and creative ideas at the Home Sweet Home party each week!  Here are a few that caught my eye from last week.

Alice at Thoughts from Alice shared her DIY Vintage Inspired Easter Baskets which were stunning!

Botanic Bleu took my breath away with this gorgeous shot of Spring Peach Foxgloves.

Suzanne at Simply Suzanne's at Home shared her Spring Inspired Sugar Cookies which were adorable.

Patti at Old Things New shared her Colored Angel  Eggs which was such a smart idea!

I am really lucky to have all of your amazing posts because, it is you who make the Home Sweet Home party so special!  You are all so talented and share such amazing posts!  It is really hard to feature a few and, remember to be featured you must have a link back to the Home Sweet Home party.   Thank you to everyone who joins me at Home Sweet Home!  It is wonderful to have you here!
 Sherry
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Attention: To link up you must have a permalink back to this party in your post or you won't be featured.


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My button is on my sidebar for the party, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Strawberry Tea Bread with Whipped Strawberry Butter

It is time to make some strawberry recipes.  Today I made a strawberry tea bread recipe that I found on Pinterest.  I make a strawberry bread that is similar but, it didn't include oats and it had more oil in it. 

So for the taste test...Son #1 comes in and this is the serving he took out of the first loaf right out of the oven.  I look at him and he says, "What?" ..."I want a piece in the middle."  Then Son #3 comes in from school and he drops everything goes right to the bread and grabs the small end of this loaf and starts shoving it in his mouth at the counter....  The other end of the loaf is still there, Son # 2 was too worried about his car bumper to fool with eating at the moment!  So, I guess they liked it...no complaints. 

Ingredients:

Strawberry Tea Bread 
2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon aluminum free baking powder
3 eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup cannola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups of crushed strawberries ( crush, then measure)

Whipped Strawberry Butter
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
1/4 cup crushed strawberries, room temperature

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Prepare two 9x4 loaf pans with baking spray.  
Combine flour, oats, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, and baking powder in a large bowl, set aside.
In a second bowl, beat eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla.  
Pour egg mixture into dry mixture and stir until almost combined.  Add strawberries and stir until just combined.  Do not overmix.
Pour batter into prepared pans and bake 40-45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool 5-10 minutes in pan.  Turn out onto cooling rack and let cool completely.  

To make butter:
Whip butter at medium speed with a mixer until fluffy.  Whip in strawberries and confectioners sugar.   
Yields: 2 loaves
Recipe adapted from: Spend with Pennies   
 Enjoy!
Sherry
I will link this to:
Foodie Friday at Rattlebridge Farm 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday at Six Sisters Stuff 
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
The Best Blog Recipes link party 
Tasty Tuesday at The Comforts of Home

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Eye Candy

Easter Eye Candy: The Charm of Home
A long time ago I saw these two cups for sale in a tea shop and I have longed for them ever since.  They are absolute eye candy to me.  The colors are my favorite pink and turquoise.  They are so beautiful it wasn't hard to take a lot of pictures of them.  The teacups are made by Royal Albert the pink pattern is called Lady Carlyle and the turquoise pattern in called Enchantment.  So, for something different for Easter enjoy my kind of eye candy. 

Easter Eye Candy: The Charm of Home
Easter Eye Candy: The Charm of Home
Easter Eye Candy: The Charm of Home
Easter Eye Candy: The Charm of Home
Easter Eye Candy: The Charm of Home
Easter Eye Candy: The Charm of Home
Easter Eye Candy: The Charm of Home
The candy is Robin's Eggs and Jelly Belly jelly beans.  I hid them really good and the children haven't found them yet!  So, the candy made a little appearance for this photo shoot and it went back in their bags for Easter.

Sherry
I will link this to:
 

Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Be Inspired Friday at Common Ground    
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Say G'Day at Natasha in Oz
Cottage Style Party at Lavender Garden Cottage 
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen 
Do Tell Tuesday at Mabey She Made It
Wake Up Wednesday Sew Crafty Angel
Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House
Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound

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