Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Humble Lily Tea

Brambly rose garden: The Charm of Home
For tea today I just managed to get into the garden between sprinkles of rain.  We have had a lot of rain, but the garden is so pretty this time of year I am making myself get out there.

Humble Lily Tea : The Charm of Home
The easiest way to pop out back and take a few pictures between rain is to use my little white chair.

Humble Lily Tea : The Charm of Home
Tea today is served in my Spode Blue Room mug. 

Humble Lily Tea : The Charm of Home
This is the lily I named my tea after.  It is a sterling silver spoon in the Lily pattern by Whiting monogrammed with an "S."  I found it at the thrift store last week.  I bought a whole bag of silver for $10 and I just wanted this spoon.  Isn't it pretty!  

Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookie
This is an easy tea; not to linger due to the rain, so we are just having cookies.  This cookie recipe I believe I have made four times in the last two weeks.  The children keep asking for more.  I have made more chocolate chip cookies than any other recipe on the blog and this is the best recipe I have ever made.  The texture is perfect every time, due to cream cheese and corn starch in the batter!  You can get the recipe at: Softbatch Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies

The roses drooping with rain.

This is the part of my garden I call the brambly rose garden. It is really a mess but, I sorta like it a little wild like that.  It has roses, daisies, irises, lilacs, daylilies, and blackberries, thus the name brambly. 

This area is the shade garden.  The garden morphs every year and this hosta needs diving this year and I could make more of them in the background of this garden.  Do you change your garden every year?  It seems to me no two years are exactly the same.

Behind the hosta I have some sandstone where I created a rock garden.  I love how after a few years it is covered in moss and even a wild violet now calls this it's home.

There is the long shot.  I really have just a few garden beds these two, a vegetable garden, and an herb garden. My gardens are humble and small, they are enough to keep me busy.  
This passage of the bible was in my inbox today and I am going to include it.  It is important and timely.

Drawing Close to God
Where do the wars and where do the conflicts among you come from?
Is it not from your passions that make war within your members?
You covet but do not possess.
You kill and envy but you cannot obtain;
you fight and wage war.
You do not possess because you do not ask.
You ask but do not receive, because you ask wrongly,
to spend it on your passions.
Do you not know that to be a lover of the world means enmity with God?
Therefore, whoever wants to be a lover of the world 
makes himself an enemy of God.
Or do you suppose that the Scripture speaks without meaning when it says,
The spirit that he has made to dwell in us tends toward jealousy
But he bestows a greater grace; therefore, it says:
God resists the proud,
but gives grace to the humble

So submit yourselves to God.
Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners,
and purify your hearts, you of two minds.
Begin to lament, to mourn, to weep.
Let your laughter be turned into mourning
and your joy into dejection.
Humble yourselves before the Lord
and he will exalt you.
~James 4:1-10

I read this passage in two versions and this was my favorite because it says God is a jealous God, and he is!  So that is the humble part of my post and this next verse is for the lily.

"And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow.  They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.  Why do you have so little faith?" 
Spoken by Jesus in Matthew 6:28-30.


I will link this to:
There Is No Place Like Home at Rose Chintz Cottage 
Home & Garden Thursdayat A Delightsome Life
Tea Cup Tuesday at Martha's Favorites
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups 
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
The Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims
Inspire Me Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tweak It Tuesday at Cozy Little House 
Proverbs 31 Linkup at A Proverbs 31 Wife
Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings- The Heart of Your Home
Roses of Inspiration at The Enchanting Rose
Wise Woman Linkup at A Wise Woman Builds Her Home
Vintage Charm at Charm Bracelet Diva
The Homemaking Party at Classical Homemaking
Thoughts of Home at Decor to Adore
Though Provoking Thursday at 3-D Lessons for Life
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Share Your Cup Thursday at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen
Faith Filled Friday at Missional Woman
What To Do Weekends at Shoestring Elegance
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Saturday Show Off at Rose Garden Malevik


Bernideen said...

Dear Sherry:
I love your garden. I love all the little country friendly accessories and the ladder! It adds such a sweet touch. It looks like the perfect place to escape. Thanks for sharing and linking your sweet chair and tea time setting.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Sherry, you have a sweet little garden, what I can see of it. I wish we had a fence. It would have been easier to plant a garden here but we're not allowed privacy fences in our neighbourhood. Your Spode mug is very much like mine only yours is taller. It's a very pretty pattern. I enjoyed all your scripture verses and thanks so much for sharing with us. Enjoy the rest of your week.


Parsimonious Décor Darling said...

Very pretty garden, Sherry, charming! I like the verse you shared as well, from the book of Matthew...good food for thought.

Margie said...

Lovely! This is the first time I've heard of cream cheese chocolate chip cookie. Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe!

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

A wonderful post in every way!

Your tea, your garden and your devotions are much appreciated. God bless!

Bill and Mary Glidden said...

What a lovely little spot for a cup of tea and devotions!!! I jumped over here after seeing a picture on Pinterest of this post and am glad I stopped by! I live in CO and we are having - some very rainy weather here- raining on and off since Saturday which is unusual but lovely, though I am looking for the sunshine to peak through the clouds soon hopefully!

bee blessed

martinealison said...

Bonjour chère amie,

Merci pour le lien de la recette de ces biscuits qui me semblent si savoureux...
Les joies du printemps se conjuguent souvent avec la pluie...
Votre jardin est magnifique et j'aime beaucoup vos roses.
Très belles photos.

❀ Gros bisous ❀

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

those choc chippers look really good and your little garden area is so pretty too. thanks for the look see.

Martha's Favorites said...

Love the Scripture you posted this week. Always a blessing to read what is on your heart. Your backyard is so pretty. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

Mia Coman said...

I appreciate the pleasure garden and beautiful things.

Mia Coman , Sighisoara-Romania

Pam Richardson said...

Sherry, what beauty in every way! I love the Spode "Blue Room" mug, a classic and timeless pattern! Thanks for The scripture and He is a jealous God! Blessings, Pam @ Everyday Living

Pondside said...

Your garden is very pretty. I like the use of the little chair as an accent. I have the same Spode jug and love it to be full of peonies or roses at this time of year.

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

This is just the prettiest post, Sherry! The drooping roses, the pretty chair. I have to get somebody to make that recipe for me! Haha!

janice15 said...

Love your spode mug, its very pretty. And I love your bramley rose garden perfect name. Have a great Thursday day. With love Janice

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sherry, your garden is beautiful! And I see why you just had to have that spoon. It and the pink flowers are just the perfect accent for your blue and white china.

Bernideen said...

Dear Sherry:
This post is featured today on my blog party special features! Congratulations.

JES said...

Your teas are anything but humble :) they are beautiful! Thank you for sharing on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!