I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Woodsy Tea Time

Hello everyone, 
Welcome to my Woodsy Tea.
 I love the fall air and the falling leaves. The plaid blanket is a perfect table cover for serving tea. The Tea cup and saucer have a Pheasant and a Mallard Duck on the front and back side. 
The grape vine wreath and red accents add to the glory of Fall. 
 The wooden napkin rings give the tablescape a woodsy feeling.
We're outside again under the pergola enjoying the last days of fall. The weather will soon be cooler and I'll be putting the garden to bed for the winter. 
But we can sit awhile and enjoy the last days of Fall.
With the birds circling the saucers, the wooden handled knife and red handled teaspoon make a great match for an outdoorsy look.  
Burgundy mums from my garden
This oil lamp came from my mother's estate. I love it so much.
Tea cup and saucer bought at the thrift store last Fall

Hope you've enjoyed my Woodsy Tea 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Cruising to Argostoli

The beautiful country of Greece was a delightful surprise. I'm so happy to share my  Golden Anniversary cruise to Greece and Italy...

I love Greece.  On Friday July 30th. 2010, our cruise ship pulled into the port of Argostoli.  Greece's best-kept secret.

We visited the Monastery of St. Andrew famous for housing a bizarre relic, which is claimed to be the sole of St. Andrew's right foot. During the 1953 earthquake the whitewashed covering of the inside of the church was loosened and revealed frescoes dating back to the 13th and 17th centuries which are now considered to be the island's biggest artistic treasures. We were not allowed to take photos, because it will damage the frescoes.  Sorry.  Next we visited the Rombola winery to gain insight into the production methods of the famous Rombola Wine made from a local species of grape, which comes in red, white and sweet Muscat.  All wineries in this area are cooperative.  Small grape vineyards contribute to the production of this wine.  This is a great help to the over all economy of the region.  Next we visited the village of Kourkoumelata.  The village was rebuilt after the earthquake of 1953 by a wealthy local citizen reconstructing the whole village in the neoclassical style.  We wandered through the village and admired the sweeping views of the sea below.  A photo stop was made at the Castle of St. George before we returned to the cruise ship.  What a glorious morning we spent, visiting the sights for one of Greece's best-kept secrets.

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Halloween Throwback Thursday

Happy Halloween
Hi everyone,
I'm linking to Throwback Thursday and I wanted to share some of my Halloween posts from the past.  
My sunflowers and mums were beautiful last year. Mr. Crow and Miss Kitty are enjoying a cup of tea in one of my favorite tea cups. 
This year Mr. Crow is in the Forest Cloche Go Here
My Halloween Tea Towel.
The cute lighted houses, mice and ornaments on my Halloween tablescape.
Check out Frank's House.
Love the Halloween colors. Black, Black and more Black.
 Watch out for the mice. 
Oh, my gosh is that a Witch's hat? Yes it is...
October wouldn't be complete without a bucket of mums.
Cupcakes and Bats make a yearly appearance. 
Bats and Cats.
Thanks for visiting My Cozy Corner as I showcase some of my Halloween posts from years past. I love looking back and enjoying old posts.
Linking To:
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Tutorials Tips and Tidbits
Tablescape Thursday
Throwback Thursday
Home and Garden

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Our Pomegranate Tree

Signs of Fall
Hello everyone,
The pomegranates are ready to pick.  
My pomegranate tree doesn't grow the dark ruby colored fruit that's sold in the grocery store, but the flavor of the light colored skin and pale colored seeds is just as delicious as the dark ones. The bush was a little sucker from my neighbor's tree and I transplanted it about 35 years ago.  It does a great job of shading the plants underneath on hot summer days and provides me with a delicious treat every fall. 
The tree provides enough fruit for eating, juicing and decorating during the fall season.
I think the pomegranate is the most beautiful and healthy fruit.  When I was young girl,  my sister and I would go to my grandmother's house every summer for a visit and sit under a pomegranate tree with a towel wrapped  around our neck to protect our clothing from getting stained.  We would sit and eat for hours and eat as many pomegranates as we could pick clean.  What a great memory.   I was the champion of eating the most pomegranates and not wasting any seeds.
I think that's the reason I have always had a pomegranate tree.
The strawberries, peony and the lenten rose are shaded by the pomegranate tree.

The pomegranates are picked and ready to squeeze into juice. 
The pomegranate is cut in half and put into the press. Just like squeezing an orange. This juicer can be used to juice many fruits.  

The juice is squeezed into a half gallon jar and then poured into freezer bags and frozen.  I thaw the juice to make pomegranate jelly for hostess gifts or Christmas giveaways to our special friends and family.  Our granddaughters love having a jar of Pomegranate jelly in the fridge for toast and waffles or peanut butter and pomegranate jelly sandwiches...
Printable Recipe for Pomegranate Jelly
I'll be busy making some jelly soon. When Thanksgiving dinner is over and the leftovers are packed in containers for distribution to my adult children I always include a jar of delicious pomegranate jelly to go.
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Hope you enjoy your weekend

Autumn Pumpkin Tea

Happy Monday everyone,
The weather has warmed up again in Northern California. This weekend I wanted to capture the beautiful Autumn colors in my garden, so I decided to set a tea table under the pergola. It's late afternoon and the trees and flowers are in full Autumn glory...
If you are a new visitor, I want to welcome you to My Cozy Corner.
I hope you enjoy your visit.
The beautiful pumpkin colored mums in the vase are from my garden. I have another mum bush the color of the purple plum tree, but now I want to enjoy the versatile use of pumpkins.To see more pumpkins  Go Here

I purchased these pumpkins for their beautiful stems. I have other plans for the stems later, but now I'm having a blast using these little pumpkins in many different ways.
The inspiration for this tablescape or Tea table are the pumpkin napkin rings. I found them a few years ago in the thrift store and they are perfect for this table setting.
The beautiful table cloth is 64" wide and 96" long. I bought this beauty in my favorite thrift shop for $6.00. Amazing...
Charger is from Dollar Tree
White dinner plate
White basket weave salad plate is our everyday over 25 years old
Flatware from Walmart
Cup and Saucer is Green Depression Glass
Green juice glass is vintage over 35 years old
Green napkins are from the thrift store last month.
~Love this stem~
The beautiful cross-stitch work is amazing on this vintage tablecloth.

Green is my favorite color
I casually arranged the mums in the my vintage vase for my outdoor
Autumn Pumpkin Tea

Autumn is in full swing in Northern California.
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Pink Saturday
Seasonal Sunday 
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A Return to Loveliness
Inspire Me
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tea Cup Tuesday
The Scoop
Wow Us Wednesday
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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

A Visit to Corfu, Greece

Continuing 50th Wedding Anniversary Trip
We are off to Corfu, Greece this week.  This port of call was on July 29, 2010.  A beautiful Thursday morning.  Off we go.....

We passed through the main part of the town of Corfu and headed out into Corfu's lush and verdant countryside of olive, orange and lemon trees.  Our destination was the village of Gastouri, where we visited the Achillion-the mansion built by the Empress Elisabeth of Austria and later owned by Kaiser Wilhelm II.  Its beautiful gardens and statues have been left intact for visitors to admire.  We continued to Kanoni for a distant view of the convent of Vlacherna and Mouse Island.  We returned to town by a different route and took a walk through the narrow streets of the old district.  We stopped at the beautiful St. Spiridon church before returning to the ship.

Hope you enjoy the beautiful sights of Greece and thank you for visiting me at My Cozy Corner.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Visiting Dubrovnik, Croatia

A wonderful place to visit...

I would like to share the second port of call on our anniversary cruise.  Hope you enjoy.

Dubrovnik, Croatia July 28, 2010.

I loved Dubrovnik.  From a scenic view point, we had a magnificent view over Dubrovnik and its Riviera.  We had a pleasant drive along the coastline and through the picturesque villages of the green and fertile Konavle valley.  We headed to Cavtat, with a palm-lined seashore and numerous cafes.  We walked along the beautiful seafront promenade.  At the eastern entrance to the Old Town in Ploce Square we stopped for refreshments and watched a performance that included regional costumes, songs and dances from various Croatian provinces.  After the performance we walked from Ploce Square to Pile Square to finish our beautiful tour, and return to the ship for lunch.

Thank you for stopping by to catch a snippet or two of the sights of Dubrovnik along the Adriatic Sea, and viewing the beautiful world as seen thru my eyes. 
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