Showing posts from February, 2016

Camellias and Chocolate Cake

Happy Leap Day! We are experiencing spring like temperatures and I believe our gardens are confused. All of my daffodils have withered and the tulips have sprouted but not bloomed. While I adore the sunny days, it's not so lovely to experience this in the midst of a drought. We need more rain! While we are on the subject of gardens, I have been fixated on my camellia bush. It bloomed profusely every December for the first three years we moved here. Last December we didn't have a single bloom. As you can see in the photo above, we have only one flower that bloomed last week.  Gardeners, any ideas what is causing the lack of flowers?  The bush itself is healthy with new glossy green leaves. Camellias are such a treat to enjoy in winter as they are my only cut flower. Well, since I can't have camellias in vases I will enjoy them on a teacup.  Come join me for tea and a piece of chocolate pudding cake. Today's featured teacup is one that caught my eye

A Valentine Friendship Tea

Happy Valentine's Day! I hope all of you had a weekend where you were able to celebrate something or someone you love! Enjoying tea time with my friends is something I really cherish. Yesterday I invited some close friends from college over for Afternoon Tea. For some reason this year, I was really excited to celebrate Valentine's Day. I finally finished the heart wreath I was making for the front door. Found the idea on pinterest. I sent a proper paper invitation as I'm really tired of evites and started planning the menu. Since all invited are very health conscious, I ended up tweaking the menu a bit so the food was a tad bit healthier. I was so excited to use some new tea ware and linens.   One of my favorite things is setting the table. (The morning light was beautiful in person but not in photos.) I wanted to create a soft feminine look with pinks and a bit of red. I chose a hydrangea for the centerpiece using a g