Friday, October 16, 2009

A Fireside Tea

It is a lovely day to curl up by the fireplace and have a cup of tea. These days there is a little nip in the air so it is nice and cozy indoors.

I made some pumpkin cream cheese muffins with caramelized pecans.

I forgot to sprinkle the tops with brown sugar and cinnamon-oh well next time.

The fireplace is going and the tea is ready

Oh! It does feel good to sit down with a cup of tea!

I hope you don't think I am lazy because I think I will sit for awhile longer and enjoy my book!

Oh! It is lovely to put my feet up by the fire and just relax.

What about you - have you had some time to just relax for awhile?


Hillside Garden said...

Yes. Enjoy your cup of tea. And the book from England.
One our ago I read the new magazine: The englisch garden. Beth Chatto in her autumn garden and other storys.


once in a blue moon... said...

it is always such a treat here, i love peeking into your idyllic life, inside and out~

Anonymous said...

The scones, tea and the fire sound so warming and relaxing, enjoy. Have a good weekend, Jackie.

Anonymous said...

Me again,

I was so taken by the the whole scenario I wrote scones instead of muffins, sorry. Jackie.

Ofelias Hus said...

Tank you so much for your warm comment on my blogg...if you still want to mail me my address is

It would be of much help to hear your experiences about Autism...

Everything is so overwhelming right now...the hardest thing is her lack of words...
She has so much that she want to say and she tries so hard to make us understand....

Iám glad to hear that your grandson is doing well.

I almost forgot, so lovely pictures you share with us today!

Have a nice weekend,

Millie said...

It looks so comfortable...I think I'll do the same this afternoon!

Shelia said...

Morning, Carolyn! Oh, you just keep your tiny feet up and enjoy your tea and book! You deserve it after all the working in your beautiful garden all summer long. :)
It's so nice to see you and more of your home! Hope to see more of it during the cooler weather.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Riet said...

Good for you, cuddeling up in this fall weather. We have rain and storm today so i am staying in the house too.
Hve a nice day

Riet said...

So lovely to have your cup of tea at the fireside. It looks so cosy and friendly.
Have a nice day

Bernideen said...

I see you are escaping to England - good plan!

Heather said...

What a delightful tea! Your home and gardens a beautiful! I have been enjoying your blog for a while and decided to come out of lurkdom! ;o)

Love, Heather

One Shabby Old House said...

How could anyone ever think you are lazy? Those gardens of yours have shown us over and over your hard work and care. So sit often and relax by the fire my friend as I know that most likely in your mind you are thinking of what to do next with your gardens or pictures for your blog of which we all have grown to love!

June said...

Carolyn it's lovely to see you relaxing in your snug home. I'm glad you could take time out from the garden clean-up to enjoy some quiet time by the fire.

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL Carolyn!

Thank you for inviting us in to your beautiful life.

It's such a treat to take time out from this sometimes crazy world.

Bless your heart for reminding us to slow down.

You're a gem! xo ~m

Jonell said...

I think I will stop by and join you for afternoon tea time..u really know how to set the scene and the mood!

Madelief said...

Hi Carolyn,

I enjoyed looking at your last two posts. I am sorry I did not leave a comment earlier, but I have been on a two day course for my work and just came home. Your pumpkin cranberry loaf and the muffins with pumpkin and pecan look delicious! Do you perhaps have the recipes for us? You look very comfy on the chair with the book on your lap about England! You could have been me!!! I also enjoy reading about everything English. It is nice to see you on the picture as well. You look so young! I thought you would be older because your children are all over twenty....You look very romantic in the picture. On my blog you wrote that your mother never spoke Dutch with you. Didn't she sing to you in Dutch when you were younger? My mother is from the south of our country where they speak in dialect. I could never speak it myself but I did understand every word. Do you understand some Dutch words too?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Lieve groet, Madelief

enchanting cottage said...

I hope your enjoying your hot tea, the fire and your book.

Tracey said...

Sounds wonderful...especially those muffins!!!

Enjoy your weekend!

:) T

*Ulrike* said...

That is my favorite thing to do when it is cold and windy outside. A cup of tea and a good book. You are showing such wonderful cakes and do you stay so slender?!!
Take Care!

Joanne said...

Tea, cake, fire, feet up good book all such comforting things. It is good to spoil ourselves now and then such a treat that we often forget to do.

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

Yes, Carolyn, Fall seems to be extra chilly this year so far; feels more like November. It is a good day to curl up by the fire which is what I've been doing lately. We have ours going every day now. Your room looks so cozy and I love the little sheep on your window sill! Have a wonderful weekend and stay cozy.


Pink Roses and Teacups said...

You have a lovely blog, and I look forward to visiting on Monday. How nice and cozy your room looks with the fireplace going.

Erica said...

You have a very nice Blog.....and enjoy your cup of tea and book, it looks so invting.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hello Carolyn....Yes, it is chilly and gray here today. Instead of tea I curled up with a warm cup of spiced cider....and a chihuahua on my lap! Your chair by the fireside looks so inviting!~Patti

Cindy said...

Hi Carolyn, I love the photos of the inside of your lovely home. I have been relaxing more than usual this week, I have a yucky cold and don't feel up to doing much. Thanks for the virtual tea by the fire, it was truly lovely! Hugs, Cindy S.

Betsy said...

Great idea, relaxing with tea, muffin and putting your feet up. So Cozy.
Those muffins, yummm. I bet I couldn't eat just one. Delicious.


Sandra said...

Oh what a great idea. I'd love to sit and relax with a cup of tea or coffee. :) I hope you had a wonderful time relaxing.

maría cecilia said...

Hello Carolyn, I´m so glad you have some rest in your beautiful surroundings... you deserve lots of rest my friend, so much gardening, so much photographing!!!
Enjoy your beautiful cup of tea and dream!!!
Have a calm weekend
María Cecilia

Mrs Twins said...

I'm new to your blog. I'm just loving your photos and I've added a slideshow to my blog If you want to pop over to UK for a cup of tea and cupcakes with me!
Hugs Sue (Mrs Twins)

Sanna said...

Looks really cozy to curl up in the warmth of the fire place with a good book and a nice cup of tea. That´s my favourite thing to do in winter.

Have a wonderful day,


Can I come join you for tea, it looks so cozy and warm!

Kathleen Ellis said...

Aaaahhh...perfectly cozy! and those muffins look divine!

cathleen said...

Oh, my goodness, I did not see this post before...must have been while I was away. You know, Carolyn, this is the most comfy, cozy post ever. You look so beautiful and serene sitting there with your tea by the fire in your lovely home. Makes my heart fill with serenity just looking at it. You're so lovingly generous sharing your home like this and I wanted you to know how much I appreciate it.