Lady Pamela's Tea Parlor

Monday, January 24, 2011

39th Tea Pots and Tea Things Tuesday, soup and cranberry dishware in kitchen

Welcome to....

38th, Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday

Winter is the time for comfort,
for good food and warmth,
for the touch of a friendly hand
and for a talk beside the fire:
it is time for home.

Dame Edith Sitwell

Thank you for dropping by today.  Its a perfect day to ”nest” and savour the aroma and warmth of a steamy brew with a heart-warming chat .  Perhaps today you will linger a little longer for lunch.  Homemade soup is simmering on the stove.  I will  arrange our luncheon in my hearthroom, by the fireplace.

Cold! Artic, bone chilling cold.

Windy! A wind so strong that it ensures its frigid fingers
grasp your very essence.

The wind is a fierce force of nature today. I can hear the
roar of each gust, echo in the ravine outside my home.  As I watch the
cardinals perched on the barren branches, dancing hither and yon I
too feel an unsettling in my soul.

Each day this week has brought its challenges and with that, decisions on
what direction our lives should take.  With an eye to the future, and its
uncertainties, I am trying to look at it, as opportunties, with positive
possiblities.   I suspect, if God wasn’t blowing change into my world, I
wouldn’t even take a glance outside my comfy circumstances any other
way or embrace the idea of change.

Getting organized in my kitchen

Cute detail - button hole in napkin

What better way to serve a piping hot soup than in
pretty cafe au lait cups that my friend Wanda, gifted me with.

Perhaps some fresh bread and butter to accompany our soup
Better yet, tea biscuits or soda bread.
My favorite McKelvie's Bannock
(I will tell you more about that in a future post)

They know tea time is coming

We have counted up to 15 cardinals
and their mates in the woods at one time.

Cozy cushion

Muffie is wanting patiently for you

I would like to share a recipe for soup that my family enjoys on cold days, like today.


1  TBSP  olive oil
2             large carrots,  sliced
2             stalks celery, sliced
1             large onion, chopped
1 BOX     (900mL)    Campbell's Ready to Use Organic Vegetable Broth
1 CAN     (19 oz/540mL) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 CUPS    diced plum tomatoes, fresh or canned with liquid
1/4 CUP   uncooked pearl barley
2 CUPS    firmly packed chopped fresh spinach leaves, washed

Ground pepper, garlic, your favorite herbs to taste

1.   Heat oil in large saucepan, over medium-high heat.  Add the carrots, celery and onion, fresh garlic.      Cook and stir until vegies are tender.

2.   Stir in broth, beans, tomatoes and barley.  Heat to a boil.  Reduce heat to low.  Cover and cook for  30 minutes or until the barley is tender.

3.   Stir in spinach and seasonings to taste .  Cook until spinach is tender.

I have used  homemade chicken stock or ready to use chicken broth and added leftover chicken or turkey, for a heartier soup.

( the link for that other half of our weekly tea party with Wanda Lee is @

~ I encourage you to stop by and savour another cup of tea while you enjoy her pretty vignettes.

The more the fun!

*Mr. Linky will arrive soon.

We don't want to miss a single teacup or teapot!

As always we cherish your comments and participation

in our Tuesday meme.

~You will be warmly welcomed if you choose to

become a follower!~

Welcome to,
Tuesday Tea Time In Blogland!

These are the links to the other oh-so-delightful tea parties and tabletop parties that I attend.
I invite you to drop in. Many thanks to those who faithfully host each week.

~ Hope to see you there!!

(Our own memes are marked with an asterisk*):

*~The 67th, 'Tuesday Tea For Two'

~ Tuesday Teatime with Lady Katherine

~ Teatime Tuesday with Sandi

~ Teacup Tuesday with Martha

~ Teacup Tuesday with Terri

~ Tabletop Tuesday with Marti

~ A Return to Loveliness with Kathy

*~ The 39th, 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday', with Wanda Lee and Pam @

Other favorite places I may visit this week:

~Tablescape Thursday with Susan

~ Foodie Friday with Michael

~Show and Tell Fridays with Cindy

~Sunday Favorites with Chari

Cheers and hugs from Pam and Wanda Lee; ( Wanda Lee is the other half of our weekly blog tea party meme; 'Teapot And Tea Things Tuesday'.., @

Photo credit - "Cardinal in Snow Storm" by Jayne


  1. Beautiful post, I LOVE that pattern!!! and I AM GOING to be making a HUGE POT of that soup! YUMMY! It's below zero here in Connecticut! Keep those WARM Recipes Coming!!!
    Hugs to you,

  2. Hi Pam,
    What a scrumptious post today! Hot soup and a cup of tea from your beautiful English Chippendale would be so appreciated here as well as it's the coldest day this Winter in Atlantic Canada so far. Thanks for sharing and keep warm!


  3. Oh, everything looks so good..and I often will have soup in a large cup rather than a bowl. Your tea service is lovely :) :) Oh, curious about the buttons in that one p itcher that had the silver spoon? I think that looks really creative. What's the reason behind that? Oh, heart melted with the photo of Muffie...that cutey furry bundle of love ;) :) Thanks for inviting me to tea, today. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

  4. Hi Pam...

    Ohhh yes...tea and soup by the fire sounds sooo wonderful, sweet lady! It is cold here as well and the wind just howls! I listened to it when I got into bed last was like a bedtime lullaby!

    Well my dear, you have certainly set another beautiful table for us to is such a treat! Of course, all the beautiful red and white dishes are my favorite! I love the pretty cafe au lait cups that our dear, sweet Wanda gifted you with! How very generous of her! I love the pretty peacocks on the cups...lovely! Ohhh..and your teapot and matching sugar and creamer are gorgeous too! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful table with well as that yummy recipe for bean and barley really does sound scrumptious!

    I have not seen a cardinal since I left Texas, my friend! They are my favorite bird...of course you know how I love the color red! Hehe! They are truly one of God's most beautiful creatures! We have blue jays here at our place and I enjoy watching them in the summertime!

    Sending prayer your way today, my friend! May the Lord direct all of your paths!

    Warmest winter wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

    PS...thank you so much for coming by for a visit and leaving such a sweet note! My friend, I certainly do understand how very busy things can get! It was lovely seeing your sweet note today!

  5. Beautiful dishes. Love the colors and the pattern.

  6. Very pretty post.

    The soup sounds wonderful.

  7. Hi Pam - I really really like this tea set. Luv the pretty soft red roses on the pattern. Happy Tuesday!

  8. You are so lucky...I have never, ever seen a cardinal in real life; So beautiful and also beautiful are your lovely pink and white dishes. Thank you for hosting.(-:

  9. Oh you have out my favorite teapot again...Everything looks lovely and I swear I can smell that yummy soup from here.

    Blessings Kelsie

  10. another beautiful table setting! love the dishes you used! so pretty!

  11. Oh! Soup is what is on here at Cedar Pond too, something about chilly January days just screams for soup, and tea too of course.
    The tea cups are lovely.The red and white china and your post warm me just in the reading. Thank-you for hosting this !

  12. Hello - a very lovely and thought provoking post - I am at a turning point - praying for the right direction - we do have to focus on God and to wait for His leading -
    Your tea setting is so lovely - the soup sounds just right - I hope it warms up for you - not so bad here -as things go - rain is coming and it looks like a scene from Hitchcock's Birds - they're trying to gather as much as they can - fast.
    Thank you for hosting and for joining me at A Return to Loveliness - you've made it all the more special.

  13. I can't wait to try your soup recipe, Pam. It sounds delicious and healthy. And your tablescapes are so inviting. I love the red and white china ~ perfect for this time of year. Thanks for sharing and God bless!
    ~Lynn at Cottage and Creek

  14. Hi: I just love that tea pot set. It is so stunning. Thank you so much for sharing it. I will pray for you. I know God will give you direction for you and your family. Blessings, Martha

  15. Hi...beautiful dishes. Truly lovely! Your pictures are so warm and inviting.

    Barb ♥

  16. Dearest Pam,

    This beyond lovely and most delightful!.., Oh that Muffie is soo cute!~ Love, love, love that red and white chintware.., Oh My!

    I especially love when you show us more of your lovely home. ~ Although it's more than hard to leave, God has a most lovely new one for you to share hospitality within, decorate, fix up if you so desire, and to fall in love with all over again..,

    ..,After all, you couldn't imagine this one three years ago; who's to say there's not another one you also 'just can't imagine', loving as well or better, just around the corner in life?

    Thanks for co-hosting,'Tea Pot And Tea Things Tuesday', (and also for posting those linkies), dear friend.

    Have a marvelous week with those little ones!

    Cheers, blessings and hugs from Wanda Lee

  17. What a lovely post. I agree with you about the winds of change getting us to move and spread our wings!
    Your china is lovely! All those rose colors and beautiful shapes.
    Muffie is adorable!!!

  18. Oh you and your family will be in my prayers. Your lovely tea is stunning. All of your dishes and your accessories are gorgeous. Love some soup. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  19. A very beautiful table setting.

    Thank you for sharing your soup recipe with us.


  20. i love the birds on the china. lovely! your soup recipe is making my mouth water -- a sure sign that I'll have to try it! Happy Tea Day!

  21. Dear Pam
    Your post today is lovely with those red birds!I love your flower red cups too!

  22. Your transferware is so lovely. I am a huge fan of barley. Joni

  23. Your dishes are stunning. I can't wait to try the soup.. thanks for sharing.

  24. Love the buttons in the sugar bowl!

  25. I love to watch cardinals in the yard.

    All your red and white china is lovely - pretty photos. I really like the oriental looking pattern on those cafe au lait cups.

    Thanks for the soup recipe - it sounds delicious.

  26. Oh your transferware is quite lovely! I love soup and believe it's one of the best parts of Winter.

  27. Your transferware is lovely.

    I love to watch the cardinals as well...and Muffie is just too cute!

  28. So much fun to visit new sites. I love every piece you have.

    Love your inspiration of design & all your recipes.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Have a blessed w/end,

  29. Tell Muffie that I'm putting on my snow shoes to try to get there for tea and a cup of that delicious looking soup. Thank you for sharing your charming design and wonderful recipe. Cherry Kay

  30. Hi there- love your red and white dishes- they are absolutely beautiful!! One of my favorites is red and white transferware~ Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  31. BEE-YOO-tiful dishes! I LOVE that pattern!!!!!

  32. Your red transferware make such a wonderful tea setting! Just gorgeous, thanks for linking up with VIF!