Friday, August 7, 2015

Tea with Love

Hello treasured friends!
If you are cold, tea will warm you;
if you are too heated, it will cool you;
if you are depressed, it will cheer you;
if you are exhausted, it will calm you.
~  William Gladstone ~

 Let us love one another in ways
 that would bring comfort to the heart and soul.
This past weekend I was blessed
to share a cup of tea and fellowship
with my Dear mother.
Since the day dad went home to be with the Lord,
I have wanted to graciously and tenderly
look after the needs of my mother more than ever.
It has to be quite difficult
continuing on with out your soul-mate of 58 years.

 It wasn't really in the cup of tea,
but in the spirit of the sweet little tea party
that I wanted to grace my dear mother with
that brought such joy to the both of our hearts.
It was a beautiful, actually perfect day for our tea party,
as the sun was shining brightly causing the dainty little pansies
in the flower boxes surrounding us
to smile upon our time together.
It was lovely!

The daintiness and yet elegance of a china teacup
focuses one to be gentle,
to think warmly
and to feel close.
 ~ Carol & Malcolm Cohen ~
This is what I had hoped for my mother,
as we sat around the table in sweet love and conversation
 knowing her heart must be sad...
and her life lonesome... 

 ** ~ ~ ~ **

"Whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
think on these things."
( Philippians 4:8 )

These things made up our beautiful conversation
as mom and I shared around a cup of tea.
It was sweet memories of  good, pure and lovely
days gone by,
 yet looking ahead to what new roads the Lord had for us
as a wife who lost her husband,
and a daughter who lost her dad. 

One of mom's favorite desserts is bread pudding,
and so along with a delicious quiche
I baked Robyn's Blueberry Maple Bread Pudding
Robyn is a dear sweet lady, whom shares the most
wonderful and good for you recipes over at
Simply Fresh Dinners.
You will definitely want to go over and meet her.
I followed Robyn's recipe exactly as she made it,
except I added a 1/2 cup of fresh chopped peaches. 
Cream was enjoyed by one of us :)
and I'm not telling who.

** ~ ~ ~ **

Here is the quiche recipe should you want to give it a try.
~ Best Quiche ~
Lightly butter quiche pan then grate a sweet potato (2 if small) 
and press potato into quiche pan to make a crust on bottom & sides.
~ You may use white potatoes or pastry as well ~
Melt 2 tablespoons butter, a dash of salt, chives and place in butter.
Use a pastry brush and brush butter over the potatoes.
Bake at 400 deg. for 15-20 min. or until crispy.
Use vegetables of your choice 
I like to saute' my vegetables first as it adds more flavor.
~ You can use any meat of your choice as well ~
Lay the vegetables on top of the crispy potatoes until they are covered.
Sprinkle grated cheese (your choice) over the vegetables.
~ Goat cheese does well in this recipe ~
Beat 6 eggs 1/4 cup milk, 1teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper
1teaspoon powdered garlic, 1teaspoon snipped chives
and pour this over the cheese.
Bake at 375deg. for 35 to 45 min. or until light brown on top
and firm when the pan is moved.


Our Gracious Heavenly Father. 
We know that You will grant us peace
and serenity as we look to You
during those times in our lives
when it seems hard to endure.
You are the One and Only who can carry
us through every moment
of every day.
Thank you for surrounding us
with the warm fragrance of Your unfailing love.

Be Gracious
~ Debbie ~


Melanie said...

What a lovely tea party and a sweet time between mother and daughter. I'm so glad you are there for each other. God bless.

Joan Siegmund said...

What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing and have a blessed day.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOod morning dearest Debbie! Tea and friends are the perfect match, on or off line. Blessings to you as you celebrate a new day knowing that love never fails. Anita

Anonymous said...

This is a new journey for all of you. But you are not He is always with you! May Our Lord be there always sweet friend. mari

Dee said...

This was such a sweet post and it really touched my heart. A good meal and a hot cup of tea sounds like a wonderful way to spend time together. HUGE hugs and blessings to you.

Linda said...

Dear Debbie,

What a beautiful post and such lovely photos that is gracing your blog today! Everything is so pretty, and the quiche sounds amazing! I do love quiche!

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh how very beautiful, dearest Debbie...what a tender heart you have and it is so evident in the sweet tea party you gave your dear mother...I am sure her heart was blessed beyond words! It must be difficult for her and for you, and how special you can draw close together during this time and lean on each other and on the loving arms of Christ our Lord! Mothers and daughters...such a precious relationship, especially when Christ is at the centre...
What pretty perfect for your lovely tea party and oh my! What delicious looking treats you baked...smiles...
Wishing you a blessed weekend dear Debbie! Thank you for sharing this special tea party with us...I so enjoyed what you had to share as well as the tea inspired quotes and lovely pictures!
Much love and hugs,

Sandra said...

What a lovely and thoughtful way to spend time with your mom. Everything loves beautiful and delicious! I think of you all often as you try and continue on without dad/husband. Lots of hug!

Anne Payne said...

Sweet Debbie, Your servant heart is such a blessing to me. I treasured this time you had with your mom as mine has been gone for 14 years now. Oh to sit in the shade of a lovely tree and take tea with her would certainly be a wish come true. But I shall enjoy your time with your mom and thank the Lord Jesus for each and every day y'all have together to reminisce about your precious daddy.
Have a blessed weekend, my friend~

Blue Jeans And Teacups said...

this was just so lovely to share with you. Thank you for taking the time. I am intrigued by the "alfresco" eggs. :) The recipes certainly look interesting, particularly using sweet potatoes for crust! Love to your family!!!
Heather Elizabeth

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Debbie, what a sweet and lovely tea party! Everything looks so lovely and so tasty, and I'm sure you both had a wonderful (and tender) time together. Praise God that you each have the true hope of knowing that daddy is with Jesus. What a precious and lovely tea time with mom, and I'm praying for you both as you so dearly miss your sweet daddy and your mom her beloved husband! Thank you for sharing today...the beauty and the sweet words of encouragement and hope! Much love, Cheryl

Mindy Whipple said...

What a precious time together and great recipes as well! Your mom is blessed to have you helping her navigate this new path she is on. My father in law passed away several years ago and my mother in law is nearby and I know how much she treasures time with each of her children. You are a great example in how to honor your parent Debbie.

Denise said...

your mom is blessed to have you. thanks for sharing the yummy recipes, love you.

Robyn said...

Oh, Debbie! You made such a special day and created more loving memories for yourself and your mom. It's nice that you can each find strength in one another in dealing with the loss of your father.
Your quiche looks amazing and I'm going to make it because I know all your recipes are fantastic.
Your bread pudding is so perfect with the peaches and with your permission, I will add your photo to my post and suggest that people add them as well. Love it!
All of your photos made me smile, Debbie. You truly know how to find the beauty in every moment. Thanks for including me! It means a great deal.
Lots of love to you, dear friend. xoxox

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a lovely tea you have shared with your dear Mother, Debbie. I'm sure it lifted both of your spirits as you enjoyed the delicious quiche and bread pudding together. It is so wonderful that you have each other, and the love of our Lord to help you through this difficult time. Thank you for sharing the sweetness and the recipes. Blessings to you both. xo Karen

Camille said...

What a sweet blessing you are to your Mama. I am sure she felt so very loved by your lovely tea party. Hugs to you! Camille

Debby Ray said...

What a precious daughter you are to arrange and prepare this lovely tea with all of these beautiful and yummy things! Oh, it looks just heavenly...and I know your sweet Mom must have dearly appreciated having these moments with you. Thanks for inviting us in...such a delightful post! Hugs and blessings :)

Linda Walker said...

Dear Debbie,
How very sweet and thoughtful of you to prepare such a lovely tea party for your mom. You must be such a comfort to her! Everything looks lovely, and the bread pudding sounds delicious! Thinking of you Debbie,
Love and blessings,

hobbyloes said...

What a sweet and tender tea party together with your mom.
You are being given power of the Lord.
Have a blessed weekend.

Jeanna said...

A special tea party for your Mother was a blessing to her, I am sure. I am sad to say that i have gotten so caught up in my busy life that I haven't spent much real quality time with mine. You have inspired me, brought me back down to earth with this post. I can't thank you enough. I am off to plan a something special for my sweet Mother.

Have a wonderful day, Debbie.

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Hi Debbie, I'm so sorry about your dad's passing. What a lovely way to share time with your mother. Thanks for allowing us this peek into your lives. My mother lives just down the road from me with her sister. I visited them both this morning. May God richly bless you, your mom and your families. ~ Abby

Vicky Hunt said...

Such a lovely post Debbie. I am sure you and your mom are leaning on each other a lot these days. Your lunch looks absolutely divine as well as beautiful. I just Old Country Roses pattern, it's one of my favorites. The quiche sounds so tasty and the dessert very similar to one my mom makes. I'm glad you and your mom have each other. You are a sweet blessing to so many. Hope your weekend is every bit as lovely as you!

Hugs, Vicky

Alex said...

It's to put into words, but I see Christ in your sweet intention to support your Mom followed through into such a sweet and thoughtful tea party, healing for both of you.
The dessert looks absolutely delicious and temptingly baked...yum!
One step at a time, walking with the Lord, it is the best and only way to come to terms...and that is just what you are doing.

Lady Linda said...

I can't sleep Debbie, so was looking at my blog friend's post. How very very sweet this post is. You are a wonderful daughter. I love how you are comforting your mother and I'm it means so much to her. Your recipes look so yummy.
Have a blessed week.
Much love,

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

How thoughtful of you to spend time with your dear mom by having a lovely outdoor tea party. I know she appreciated the wonderful setting and the delicious menu that you prepared, sweet Debbie. The quiche and the bread pudding both look incredibly wonderful. It was good to share this thoughtful meal together with memories of your beloved dad. Loving hugs are sent to you!

Sola Scriptura said...

What a lovely post. The recipe looks delicious and the tea party sounds delightful. Please keep us in your prayers as our new little one has been in and out of the hospital. We praise God that all seems to be going well now.

Stephanie said...

I am so glad you shared this post with us for it was truly delightful! Grandma is richly blessed to have you as her are such a precious gift.

Everything looks so sweet and pretty and the food, oh my! When you told me about the bread pudding I wanted to come over and snitch a bite.....or two :)

Enjoy your evening. Love you lots!

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a wonderful gift to give your mother, the gift of your time and company, and the sharing of memories as well as delicious food. It is so sweet that you can comfort and help each other during this time. Blessings to you both.

Mimi Mama said...

Debbie, I wanted to thank you for your gorgeous comments on my post about Finding your Style at 50, at A Tray of Bliss. I adore your blog, and I'd be truly honoured if you'd share some of your beautiful posts with my readers at my linkup, Five Star Frugal. We are sharing ways to live elegantly, and something tells me you know much on that topic. Love Mimi xxx

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