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Saturday, December 30, 2017

New Year's Tea Time

Hello everyone,
The time this year has flown by. I've had a busy year,
and I'm looking forward to a new year of 
travel, gardening, a wedding, and granddaughters graduating from
high school and nursing school
The tea table is set by the fireplace ready for
the ball to drop in New York City.
Candlelight glowing and the warm fire is so cozy.
Gold and silver stars sparkle on the dessert plates. 
Gold jewel napkin rings.
Gold-rimmed glasses to serve champagne.
Celebrating the New Year is so memorable. 

The clocks are Christmas ornaments I've had for awhile.
I did a tablescape with the clock ornaments. GO HERE
The difference between the two tables is a metamorphosis.
My black tree is also used to hang Halloween ornaments.  
A mosaic to PIN
Have a happy and safe New Year.
Thanks for visiting and I will be back in the new year.
Joyously,
Betty 
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas and Blogiversary

Hello everyone,
Merry Christmas to all.
Today is my Blogiversary. 
I have been blogging since
December 25, 2009. 
I started blogging on a whim, and I have loved blogging over the years.
I have learned so much over the past eight years. 
Friendship is the most rewarding part of blogging.
Journaling my daily experiences for my family and friends is a
great way to record my journey in retirement.
My photography has improved, but I still have 
a lot to learn about the photo editing process. 
I wanted to share a little Christmas cheer from my garden.
I hung my red teapot on a shepherd hook in the middle of 
the flower bed. Fresh fir from the Christmas tree is a
perfect bed for my glass mercury bird.
A festive red printed ribbon adorns the hook.

I will start another year of blogging with an
open mind and an open heart to new
creative ideas. This past year I have struggled with finding
time to blog, because of my husband's illness. During
July, he had emergency pacemaker surgery
, and I had cataract surgery on both eyes. I have slowed 
down and I just feel like taking life easier. No pressure
to do extra lifting, cooking, or spending money on 
decor for our home. I love setting a Tea scape once a month
for my Tea Time calendar, and maybe a trip I take
is fun to blog about. 2018 is going to be busy
with family activities. Hopefully, we will
stay healthy for a minute. Come back to see my New Year's Eve Post.
Merry Christmas and see you soon.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Friday, December 8, 2017

December Tea Time

Hello everyone,
Welcome to December and My Cozy Corner. 
"A Cup of Christmas Tea" 
This is the December photo of my 2018 Tea Time Calendar.
I received so much pleasure from styling my tea scapes, and I hope my
friends and family will enjoy my Tea Time calendar. 
Would you like to have A Cup of Christmas Tea?
When I found this cup at the thrift store, I knew
just how I wanted the photograph to look. 
I wanted to have the bokeh effect in my photo and 
I think I accomplished the task. 
I did some research about the teacup and saucer.
  •  Green Holly, Red Berries, Gold Trim
  • Pattern: A Cup of Christmas Tea by Waldman House
  • Status: Discontinued. Circa: 1981 - 2005
I have Holly growing in my garden, 
and I picked fresh Holly 
with berries for the white milk glass vase. 
My great-grandmother's vintage teaspoon 
A red Holly berry candle lights up 
Cup of Christmas Tea.
One more look at the delightful tea scape.
A mosaic to pin
Thanks for stopping by.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Thursday, November 30, 2017

HOLIDAY SHEET PAN PIE~4 IN 1

Hello everyone,
November is gone, and we are starting the most wonderful time of the year.
The four weeks before December 25th are so busy. When I saw this pie
on facebook, I was determined to make it for the holidays.
I wanted to practice baking this sheet pan pie before writing a post about
how easy it is to bake. 
I found the recipe on the FOOD NETWORK.
 I will add the video at the end of the post.
The pie consists of four ready-made pie crusts to make
the crust for the pie and the toppings for the apple
and cherry pie. 
The recipe calls for fresh apples to make the Apple pie.
A can of Sour Cherries to make the Cherry pie.
Canned Pumpkin to prepare the Pumpkin pie.
I have a few tips to make this pie an easy way.
I have been baking for a lot of years, 57 1/2 years to be exact.
Tips:
#1 use a can of apple pie filling in place of mixing 
the apple filling the old-fashioned way.
#2 I used a can of cherry pie filling in place of sour cherries, and it was delicious.
#3 Pumpkin pie mix worked beautifully for the pumpkin pie filling.
#4 The Pecan pie filling was so easy to assemble.  I did find Pecan pie filling
at World Market, but it was expensive compared to the price of the 
apple, cherry, and pumpkin fillings.
I love this video to show how to assemble the pie.
courtesy of food network
The recipe for this fantastic pie is HERE
#5 I had to do some piece work on the bottom pie crust.
 The top on the apple pie and the strips on the cherry pie are
brushed with a beaten egg and sprinkled with sugar.
Delicious

Thanks for coming over for a visit today.
We are starting our baking, 
and this pie is an excellent way for everyone
 to get a taste of their favorite pie. 
See you soon.
Joyously,
Betty
Linking to:

Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Thanksgiving Day Tea Time

Hello, everyone, 
Wow, we are fifteen days into November, and I wanted
to share my Thanksgiving Tea Time tablescape.
The beautiful flickering votive candle is the centerpiece
with the traditional Turkey and berries.
An Acorn teaspoon is symbolic of fall, and the
gold trimmed teacup and saucer are a
thrift store purchase. The dessert plate is
French Limoges. They look so similar I paired them
together for the elegant look of high tea. 

My sister and brother-in-law visited a few weeks ago, and they brought 
 a gift of gratitude to me. 
The oak leaf shaped white dish with gold trim and a salt and pepper
shaker in the shape of Acorns. I love the thought and the gift. Very cute.
Mr. Turkey is sparkling in the light of the candle. 
I found him at my favorite store "Tuesday Morning."
I have finished my 2018 Tea Time calendar, and it will be available on December 1st. 
One of these photos will be featured in November.
A mosaic to Pin
Hope you have a wonderful holiday,
and if you are traveling I will be praying for your
safety. See you soon.
Joyously, 
Betty 
Linking to:
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Sunday, November 12, 2017

November is Gratitude Month

Hello everyone,
November is gratitude month. Every day on Facebook I post what
I am grateful for. It is one the most rewarding ways to see
what is important to me in my life every day.  My family always tops
the list. Friends are on the gratitude list too.  
Gratitude has not always been natural for me to recognize.
 For years I was looking for something. More money, better home, better job.
 Today, in my opinion, seeking material things was a waste of time. I can say that today. 
At 76 years old, I want to savor every moment of the days I have remaining on this earth. 
Being in the state of gratitude keeps me in the now.  I live day by day. 
I move with ease through the day. Taking care of my emotional well being.
Enjoy my hobbies, planning healthy meals and feeling my best on a daily basis. 
Gratitude helps me see a situation in a way that lessens panic and opens up my
thinking to new solutions.
Every night as I rest in bed, I review my day and give thanks
for the blessings, I have received during the day.
Prayer and Meditation bring positive thoughts into
my brain before sleeping. 
Gratitude brings our mind from the negative to the positive.
We will be celebrating Thanksgiving.
Our country will celebrate gratitude for a free country.
Thank you for visiting 
Joyously, 
Betty 
Linking to:
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

A Casual Tea Time

Hello everyone,
It's Tea Time again. 
I am putting the final touches on my 2018 Tea Time Calendar.

A decorative white teapot from Tuesday Morning and I am going 
to try and keep this new African Violet alive for more than a week. LOL!  
When I retired from work in 2007, I decided to collect tea sets. 
I wanted to have my lady friends over for tea and wanted to
set the table with matching tea sets. Now after all these years my love is
collecting a single teacup and saucer made in England.
But this tea set is one of my favorites, and I love
anything lavender. 
I have posted this tea set before. HERE and HERE
The tea set is discontinued  'Lavender' Archive Collectable Teas, Royal Albert, Bone China.
The milk glass vase is a candy dish given to me as a gift from 
a dear friend. She had many pieces of milk glass from her
father's estate. I am the proud recipient of the fabulous milk glass.
Lavender, lavender galore.
A mosaic to pin
Thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner.
Joyously,
Betty 
Linking to:
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes

Friday, November 3, 2017

How to make a Sock Monkey

   Hello everyone, 
Hi, fellow bloggers. I'm delighted to be posting today. 
Happy to see November and some rain in this part of California.
  Yesterday I planted some pansies, knee-high
sweet peas and a red holly bush, and today we enjoyed a light rain. 
Now it is time to share my sock monkey project with you. 
I am such a procrastinator. I bought this sock monkey kit in 2012.
 Last week I finally put the eyelashes on MR. MONKEY
The adoption decree isn't filled out, but I am the proud guardian of
this precious wee sock monkey.
I am going to admit I have wanted to make a sock monkey forever. 
At the ripe old age of 76, I finished my first sock monkey. I am trying to
finish all the projects started in the last few years. Scrapbooking is also on the list
I love MR. MONKEY'S eyelashes and black button eyes.
The kit included two Rockford Red Heel, socks.
One sock is cut to make the different parts of the monkey. 
The ears, mouth, arms, and tail are one sock.
The other sock is the head. Body and two legs. The sock is turned inside out, and a line
is drawn to the heel.  The two legs are sewn and then cut apart. A small hole
is left to add the stuffing.  The sock is turned right side out and stuffed with batting.
After stuffing the head is tied at the neck with a string and hole is sewn shut.
The kit includes embroidery thread to sew the mouth, ears, arms, body, tail, and eyelashes. Also
the kit includes the black felt for the nose.
I found a friend for MR. MONKEY  at Tuesday Morning. 
The small monkey was a Christmas tree ornament, but
he is now MR. MONKEY'S best friend. I also knitted
him a new red scarf too.
They both have found a new home in the dining room on the wicker chair.
I made some new blue and white checkered pillows for fall. 
When I decorate for Christmas, I will have red plaid pillows
in the chairs.  I am sure MR. MONKEY loves his new family.
I sure love him and loved making him too.


A mosaic to pin.

Thank you for visiting, and I hope you have enjoyed
my monkey tale. 
Joyously,
Betty 
Rustic and Refined for Dishing It and Dishing It
Love of Home for Sunday at Home 
Normandy Life for Mosaic Monday
 The Dedicated House for Make it Pretty Monday 
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Between Naps on the Porch for Met Monday
Tuesday Cuppa at Antiques and Tea Cups
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Our Home Away from Home for Tuesdays at our Home
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday 
The Dedicated House for Before and After Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherines Corner for Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Thoughts of Home at Poofing the Pillows
The Essence of Home for  Show Your Style Thursday
Ms. Toody Goo Shoes for Best of the Weekend
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday~Anything Goes
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