Thursday, December 1, 2011

Home Sweet Home # 43

Hello and welcome to Home Sweet Home!  I am happy to be joining Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for a  Christmas tea and Kathy at A Delightsome Life's Christmas with Victoria PartyThese two parties are next week (Dec. 5th & 6th)  but, I am putting them here because there are a lot of parties next week.
I am having a tea today and sharing memories of all the time I have spent with the children. 

 I have stayed home with the boys since the first two were 3 and 1 year old.  I have really enjoyed every minute of it.  They have always been active and always been boys but, there will always be something special about all that time they spent with their Momma.

One of the joys we have shared in the last year has been tea.  None of us were really more than ice tea drinkers until I started creating these tea posts.  Now we all have a cup of tea every now and then.

We recently had bronchitis go through the whole house.  I was checking out home remedies for it online and came across a lemon tea recipe that really worked.  You simply take a wedge of lemon bring it to a boil and let it steep 5 minutes.  Strain the lemon pour the tea into a cup and we sweetened it with honey.  The kids didn't cough for over two hours!  I couldn't believe that it worked better than a drug and it was better for them too.

Do you have a favorite home remedy?  Tea is a great remedy for a lot of things!  We all enjoy a cup of some kind of tea every now and then.

Next week's Home Sweet Home will go on a day early due to some scheduling conflicts I have but, never fear it will be here! 
Now, I would like to feature some wonderful posts from Home Sweet Home last week.

First, Carolyn at Desire Empire  crafted some cute Nordic ornaments.  Click the link to view.

 Barb, at Keeping Up with the Times  made a great book page wreath.  Click the link to view.

 Denise at House at Forest Manor made a beautiful Thanksgiving table.  Click the link to view.

 And last, Judy at French Laundry had some beautiful Thanksgiving/Fall decor.  Click the link to view.

Again thank you to all who join me at Home Sweet Home!  It is awesome to have you here!  
I will join these ladies today:
12 Days of Christmas Traditions  over at Keeping the Christmas Spirit Alive, 365
Christmas Tea  at Rose Chintz Cottage
Christmas with Victoria at A Delightsome Life
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

Guidelines for Home Sweet Home Party:

Attention: To link up with inlinkz you must have a permalink back to this party in your post or they will not allow you to link.  
Link up anything in your home or garden.  During the holidays, I'll love seeing neat shops too!
My button is on my sidebar for the party, if you want to use it.   If you are new here I hope you will become a follower. Please don't link up more than two posts.  No Etsy link ups or direct advertising, please.  Please visit some of the other blogs and get some great inspiration.  Thanks.:)
Now let's see your beautiful homes!


Barb said...

Wonderful pictures, Sherry.

Thanks so much for hosting.


Lakeshore Cottage Living said...

Can I just tell you how much I love your teddy? Your header always "speaks" to me. I just love your style of decorating. Always beautiful. And the tea recipe...thank you. We have had coughs here too and with 4 kids it spreads quickly. I hate to keep giving them cold never really works. I am going to try this! thank you for hosting. Kristine

The French Hutch said...

I have a cough remedie now Sherry. I think yours sounds like one I would like when the dreaded bug comes here. I love lemon and honey so this should taste really good. Sweet Christmas Tea with the bear and candy canes. I enjoyed staying home with my son too. Wouldn't trade a minute of it!
Lovely features last week. Thanks for hosting.

The French Hutch

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello Sherry,
What a sweet post; love the teddy bear and candy canes. I stayed home with my three boys too and I loved it. Wish I could do it over again. Being a mom is the best!
I was drinking lots of Ginger tea yesterday as I was under the weather a bit. Better today.
Thank you for joining my Christmas Tea Party, even a few days early. I love having you! Wishing you a splendid weekend, my friend.


Desire Empire said...

HI Sherry

Thanks so much for featuring my Nordic Ornaments. I very much appreciate your generousity in putting this party on each week and all the inspiration here.
Carolyn xx

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Thanks for hosting Sherry!

Lynn said...

Your sweet bear and tea things sure set a pretty scene. My sister is struggling with a respiratory bug so I'll be passing your bronchitis remedy on to her. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Hi Sherry! Oh, what a lovely tea set up. Your little teddy bear is adorable!
Thanks for hosting your fun party.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Kathleen Grace said...

I love your red and white for Christmas. I'm linking up to your party today too:>) The lemon tea recipe sounds like something I may need this winter, thanks for sharing!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Sherry...

Your Christmas tea is lovely, my friend! I spied that pretty red and white toile right off! Hehe! A very sweet post...pondering on Christmas spent with your children! All three of my daughters live in Texas. It has been quite some time since we have been able to spend Christmas together...but I am actually going to be with them at Christmas this year. I'm sooo excited!

Well dear friend, I just loved your beautiful Christmas tea photos! You are such a talented photographer! Ohhh..and I have to tell Grandpa used to make me that lemon/honey tea when I had a cold. Wow..that sure brought back many sweet memories! It does work!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful Christmas with us, dear friend...and for hosting anoher Home Sweet Home party!

Warmest Christmas Wishes,

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Sherry, what great features!! Thanks for hosting this great party each week! Glad to link up!!

Laurel@ChippingwithCharm said...

I know my daughter would love to have a little Christmas tea party...I'm going to add that to my list the Christmas season :) I linked up my mantle...thanks for hosting, Laurel@chippingwithcharm

Honey at 2805 said...

Thank you, Sherry, for linking this lovely post to Potpourri Friday! I am also linked up. Thanks for hosting!

Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Thanks for hosting Sherry! Your Etsy shop looks great! You have so many cute things!


Teacup-In-The-Garden said...

Wonderful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

The Tablescaper said...

Your tea is just darling!

- The Tablescaper

Faye said...

Love that paper wreath! And Judy's decor is just beautiful! Thanks for hosting!

Natasha in Oz said...

Hi Sherry! Thanks so much for having me today and for always being such a sweet hostess. I have linked up a couple of posts today, one from my Pinterest link up and one from my Christmas Blog. I hope you might be able to pop by and maybe link up this post as today is all about Candy Canes and I see you have a sweet little collection!

Have a happy weekend!

Best wishes,

Scribbler said...

Thank you so much for hosting this party each week.

My father and mother used to treat our coughs with "hot lemonade" as they called it, which is exactly what you described. It works like a charm.

Debra@CommonGround said...

Hi Sherry, Love your sweet tea party! Just linked up, xoxo

Sarah said...

Sherry, what a special tea and wonderful features. Thanks for hosting.

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Lovely features, Sherry! Thanks for hosting!...hugs...Debbie

Christie said...

Your tea party and teddy bear is so sweet...beautiful pics too! It's wonderful that you introduced your kids to tea...I love the camomile vanilla is the most relaxing tea I've found....I love it, by the way...any worries drift away after drinking a cup of it :) Thanks so much for sharing the lemon tea tip.... and for hosting...I'm happy to join in the fun this week! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!
Big hugs,

Susan Freeman said...

We all had bronchitis a few weeks ago. Wish I had your remedy back then! Thanks so much for hosting Sherry!!

Susan and Bentley

Brenda Pruitt said...

I just adore that sweet bear of yours!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Hi Sherry,
I am loving your features. I have to say, I am totally in love with that absolutely gorgeous bear of yours. I would love for you to link up this beautiful post to our newly launched linky party. Hope you can join us.


Sue said...

I'm getting really tired of coffee these days and am going to start ordering tea instead when we go out. I have a few varieties to brew at home, as well. In fact, I'd love to host a holiday tea party! Hope to link up w/you next week. :-)

Unknown said...

Hi Sherry,
Thank you for hosting! We're having a little tea party to! :) Yours is lovely. I have recently started drinking hot lemon water all the time. I find that it helps me drink more water.


stefanie said...

that little bear is sooooooo sweet!!!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

With thanks to the hostess for having me today! This is my first time linking to Home Sweet Home, and I look forward to taking in all the inspiration. Your tea is so sweet!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

I had the same experience with tea and bronchitis! So soothing. Your candy canes and bear are so darling together. I love decorating with toys at Christmas. Thanks so much Sherry!

Diann said...

Yup, lemon and honey tea is a biggie in this house! Also, since we grow and sell herbs, I have been developing new herbal teas for sore throats and coughing. If you use lemon balm or lemon verbena and add it to the lemon/honey tea you get an extra benefit of calming and soothing. It will help you sleep better and is great for cold sores.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Sherry, It's always so fun being home with your little ones and not missing out on some of those big firsts. Growing up my mom always fixed us a cup of tea whenever we had a cold. Mine had to have lots of sugar and cream. lol! Wonder if that's where I got my sweet tooth from? Thanks for hosting!

Katty's cosy cove said...

Thank you for hosting. I really love your photos. Blessings always

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Thank you for hosting! I love all the features :D

Denise said...

Hi Sherry,

Thank you so much for featuring my Thanksgiving table on your Home Sweet Home post this week. I really appreciate that, as well as your kindness in hosting this party every week!

I love your tea vignette. The bear and the candy canes, the checked napkin and the greenery are a wonderful combination. This is such a sweet post. I stayed home with our son, too, and I wouldn't take anything for those years. Thanks for the tea remedy -- I hope everyone at your house is on the road to recovery.

Have a great weekend!

Denise at Forest Manor

Unknown said...

Our time spent with our children is most precious. My great aunt always gave us the lemon tea when sick, yup it does work.
Love the old bear.
Thanks for sharing.

Mimi said...

those Nordic ornaments and the book page wreath were both amazing!

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi Sherry!

Love the features - everyone is sooo amazing with their talents! :) Glad to hear that you found a natural remedy - I remembered my mom used to do this for me too! :) Anyway, take care and thank you again for hosting a wonderful link party. :)


Savannah Granny said...

Sherry, I was so excited to see that you found lemon tea worked for your boys. My Mom used it when I was a little girl and remember I am OLD. I can remember getting so excited when I was sick enough to merit the lemon tea. Hugs, Ginger

Unknown said...

Dear Sherry,
I love your candle holder..what a wonderful idea and your bears are so sweet. Don't you just have a soft spot for bears? And once tea get's in your veins there is no turning back..nice party...

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Wonderful tea party. The bears are adorable.
Lemon tea is great for many ailments. Thanks for hosting this lovely party.


Gotta keep those babies healthy! It is amazing how sometimes the simple remedies work. Thanks for the shout out! I'm so excited.


xinex said...

So beautiful, Sherry! I love the nostalgic look....Christine

Ivy and Elephants said...

What great features, Sherry. Sorry we missed the party this week, still trying to figure out how to throw the football and catch it, too!!!(How do you get it all done?!) But we'll be back next week.
Thanks for stopping by our "What's It Wednesday" Linky party. Hope to see you again next week.

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I've become a tea drinker! We have several great tea shops around with tasting bars so you can sample before you buy which is nice. Great remedy for the cough - am pinning that!

sparklegem said...

Love your blog! What beautiful photographs! They really put me in the mood for Christmas. And I'm glad to find a fellow tea lover!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I drink tea with honey every day. Our family has always had hot water with lemon and honey for sore throats and colds - has to be unpasteurized honey for the benefits though.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Sherry,
thank you for this interesting post with all the lovely inspirations.
Best greetings, Johanna

Unknown said...

beautiful post, many lovely things here!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Everything is so beautiful!

Merry Christmas!


Beth said...

Sherry, Your photos are beautifully composed. Love the red, the white, and the teddy bear. Enjoyed hearing about your "lemon tea" remedy. I had a cold last week and could have used that! I'll remember for next time.
Hugs, Beth

Kathy said...

Hello Sherry, There are a lot of parties this week! I have to catch up! Love your photos - always well done and beautiful! I do appreciate you sharing your beautiful post with A Return to Loveliness!
God Bless,