Friday, September 30, 2016

Drink Tea. Read Books. Be Happy

Fog on her glasses 
From the still steaming tea 
A book in her hand 
As she casually reads. 
She's deaf to the world: 
The book's all she can hear. 
She's completely lost now, 
Or perhaps she is found 
In this strange paper world 
That's far from the ground.
- Unknown -

Sweet friends, boil some water,
add your favorite tea to a well-loved tea pot,
pull your favorite tea cup from the shelf,
grab a soft blanket,
and settle down for a little bit of quiet time
with a book that is sure to put a smile on your face.

Tea Shop Folly
Carrie Francett Pagels

Almost destitute, Lilly has run out of hope
when she inherits her great-aunts home-
but it's not the Tea Shop that a handsome young gentleman thinks it is.
Lilly's inherited house is crammed full of tea cups.
Theo, a Soo Locks engineer, visits frequently
in the hopes he will find the perfect antique tea cup for his mother
and is charmed by the lovely 'Shoppe owner.'
Lilly can't turn the bachelor away when he persistently pursues her aunt's collection,
which she's trying to pack up and remove from her house.
Is the man only interested in the tea cups, or in her?
When Theo begins referring people to Lilly,
and the genuine Tea Shoppe owner sets the police on Lilly
for her lack of a business license, sparks fly!

"What he needed was a good strong cup of English tea -
like his grandmother used to make,
God rest her soul."
{ Tea Shop Folly - pg. 9 }

"Lilly pressed a hand to her chest.
Was a man - this man - actually bringing her flowers?
She gestured to the chair on the other side of the small table,
covered by that day's assortment of tea cups."
{ Tea Shop Folly - pg. 37 }

Tea Shop Folly
is a tea cup courtship novella.
There are only 95 pages in this sweet little book
which makes it perfect for enjoying one afternoon.
As the days turn to autumn coolness 
you can curl up by the fire with Tea Shop Folly
and lose yourself in a world of delightful tea cups and tender romance.
If you have read a novella than you know 
that often there are little bits and pieces left out of the story,
but this leaves room for the readers imagination to dive into whimsical oceans
and walk down charming pathways.

Carrie offers her readers a beautiful romance that is clean and fresh,
delightful characters that have integrity,
and a touch of history that is fascinating.

The lovely Carrie gave me a copy of Tea Shop Folly to read and review.
Please know that all thoughts are my own 
and I was not required to give a positive review.

You can find this book on
in both paperback and ebook form.

"Lilly pressed a tea cup into Theo's hand,
and the warmth of her fingers sent a thrill through him.
Her eyes widened slightly,
as they stood on the landing outside his mother's room."
{ Tea Shop Folly - pg. 76 }

The secret to a well balanced life
is a cup of tea in one hand 
and a book in the other.
- Unknown -

I love nothing more than a rainy day
with a blanket,
a cup of tea,
and a good book.
- Unknown -

Have a splendid and extra beautiful weekend,
sweet friends!

* * * * * * * * * *

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There are oodles of delightful tea items available.

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Always free shipping to USA residents.
Offer good until October 14, 2016.

{{{ hugs }}}

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Keep Calm...And Eat Apple Cake

Good apple pies
are a considerable part 
of our domestic happiness.
- Jane Austen -

This isn't an apple pie, my friends,
but it's an apple cake and I must say it's just as good as pie.

Apples. . .
a wonderful fruit to enjoy during the autumn season.

Here is the recipe, lovelies.

For the cake
1 c vegetable oil
2 c sugar
3 eggs
3 c flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla
1 c chopped pecans
3 c peeled and chopped apples

For the frosting
1/2 c butter
1 c brown sugar, packed
1/4 c evaporated milk
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 
Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan. 
Combine oil, sugar, and eggs. 
Stir in flour and baking soda. 
Add vanilla, pecans, and apples. 

Spread in prepared pan 
and bake for 45-50 minutes. 

Cool for 2 hours before adding the frosting.

For the frosting. . .
Boil all ingredients in a small saucepan for 2 minutes. 
Set the pan in a bowl filled with ice water. 
Beat the icing until it's of spreading consistency. 
Spread over the top of the cake
and enjoy some sweet apple goodness.

This recipe called for pecans,
but I did not add them when I made it
{simply because I didn't have any on hand}.
It was good without the nuts so if you're not a nut fan
you can leave them out and the cake is still extra delicious.

Have a beautiful and blessed autumn day,
sweet friends!
{{{ hugs }}}

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Haven Of Rest

My soul in sad exile was out on life’s sea,
So burdened with sin and distrest,,
Till I heard a sweet voice, saying, “Make Me your choice”;
And I entered the Haven of Rest.

I yielded myself to His tender embrace,
And faith taking hold of the Word,
My fetters fell off, and I anchored my soul;
The Haven of Rest is my Lord.

The song of my soul, since the Lord made me whole,
Has been the old story so blest,
Of Jesus, who’ll save whosoever will have
A home in the Haven of Rest!

O come to the Savior, He patiently waits
To save by His power divine;
Come, anchor your soul in the Haven of Rest,
And say, “My Beloved is mine.”

I’ve anchored my soul in the Haven of Rest,
I’ll sail the wide seas no more;
The tempest may sweep o'er the wild, stormy, deep,
In Jesus I’m safe evermore.
- Henry J. Gilmour -

 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, 
both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
Whither the forerunner is for us entered, 
even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
- Hebrews 6:19 & 20 -

And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, 
that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, 
and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by.
- Exodus 33:22 -

 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: 
but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
- Psalm 34-19 -

What stabilizers are to a ship in stormy water,
the conscious presence of Christ is to a Christian
during the storms and stresses of daily living.
The Scriptures teach that
"man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward." {Job 5:7}
It is our reaction to life's storms that reveals the level of our spiritual maturity.
Not only do we have the indwelling presence of Christ,
but we also have the assurance that Jesus Christ is in heaven today
interceding for us.

The author of this text, Henry J. Gilmour,
came to the United States from Ireland as a teenager.
He practiced dentistry for a number of years
and then spent the last twenty-five years of his life as a gospel musician.
He was a gifted soloist
and was greatly respected as a choir director.
- Kenneth W. Osbeck -

And the peace of God, 
which passeth all understanding, 
shall keep your hearts and minds 
through Christ Jesus.
- Philippians 4:7 -

Come unto me, 
all ye that labour and are heavy laden,
 and I will give you rest.
- Matthew 11:28 -

My dear friends,
may you have a glorious and blessed Sunday!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Witnesses - Book Review

Young lawyer Parker House is on the rise -
until his grandfather’s mysterious past puts both of their lives in danger.

Parker House’s secret inheritance is either his greatest blessing . . . or his deadliest curse. 
The fresh-faced North Carolina attorney shares his German grandfather’s uncanny ability 
to see future events in his mind’s eye -
a gift that has haunted 82-year-old Frank House
through decades of trying to erase a murderous wartime past.

While Parker navigates the intrigue and politics of small-town courtroom law, 
Frank is forced to face his darkest regrets. 
Then, a big career break for Parker collides with a new love he longs to nurture 
and the nightmares his grandfather can no longer escape. 
Sudden peril threatens to shatter not only Parker’s legal prospects 
but also his life and the lives of those dearest to him.

Two witnesses, two paths, an uncertain future.

My Thoughts
The Witnesses was the first book that I've read by Robert Whitlow and
I must say that I was very excited to dive into the story 
since Robert is quite the well-known author.
I am very sad to that I did not care for The Witnesses.
It was with great anticipation that I started reading this book,
but by the middle I was struggling to make it through 
and by the end I was rejoicing it was over 
so that I could move onto something more my style.

You may be wondering why I didn't care for this book. . .
well, let my try to explain.
Parker and his grandfather have a special "ability" to see things before they happen,
kind of like seeing into the future.
Because of this ability Parker seems like he has a sixth sense when dealing with court cases.
The same goes for his grandfather when he served in the war.
The German military used Parker's grandfather 
to "see" into the future to help them fight the war.
I am going to be honest and say that this kind of storytelling is not my style.

The writing was clean and without vulgarity
which I greatly appreciated.
The faith part of the story was more of a "feel good" aspect
with Scripture sprinkled here and there.
In one chapter Frank House comes to know the Lord,
but it was through some odd "experience" with lots of light.
The author never mentions placing your faith in Jesus Christ for salvation,
but rather plays off of feelings and emotions.

I will say that I seem to be the minority since the book has received great reviews.
I would encourage you to read other reviews 
because while I did not enjoy it you might.

I am giving this book 2 stars.

 ** I was given a complimentary copy of this book from
the Fiction Guild Team for an honest review. 
All thoughts are my own and no other compensation was received. **

About The Author
Robert Whitlow is the bestselling author of legal novels set in the South 
and winner of the Christy Award for Contemporary Fiction. 
He received his J.D. with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law 
where he served on the staff of the Georgia Law Review. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Sugar Dish Pin Cushion and Button Holder

Happy day to you, dear ones!
And since tomorrow is the first day of autumn
may I just say Happy Fall!

Since I have tea on the brain due to the Tea Cup and Mug Exchange
I thought I would show you a lovely little pin cushion I made
out of a vintage sugar dish.

So here I have the sugar dish. . .

I cut a round piece of fabric larger than the lid.

Then I sewed a gathering stitch around the edge of the fabric.

I filled the circle with some batting,
pulled the thread tight, and knotted to close.

I glued on some sweet daisies to cover the batting.

I added a little glue to the bottom side of the cushion
and pressed the little cushion into the lid of the sugar dish.

Then I flipped the lid upside down
and tucked it into the dish.

You can take the lid off and store buttons, thread, needles, etc
inside the dish.

Then you can place the lid properly on the sugar dish
as the cushion should fit inside.

Or simply leave the lid upside down 
for easy access to your pins.

I also made a pin cushion out of the matching creamer dish.

I made a larger cushion
and added a pretty rosette to the bottom.

Before tucking it into the creamer
I applied some pink trim to the inside edge of the creamer.

And voila!
Two delightful pin cushions.

I must tell you that I found the inspiration to make the sugar dish pin cushion
from a lovely blog {Sadie Seasongoods} 
where a tea pot was made into a pin cushion.
You can check out the beautiful talent of Sarah
by clicking here.

Once again,
today is the last day to sign up for the Tea Cup and Mug Exchange.
Click here for details.
{{{Registration is now closed}}}

And like I said,
I have tea on my mind so I made several tea related items for my Etsy shop.
Here is a little peek at what's new. . .

Mug rugs with a pocket
for holding a linen napkin and a tea bag.

Mug rug sets which include a mug rug,
two tea cup coasters, and a tea bag wallet.

Tea cup coasters
and tea bag wallet sets.

Stop by for a visit, sweet friends.

Have a beautiful and blessed day!
{{ hugs }}

I will be sharing with this post with these lovely parties.
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