November 2013 - Trails of Hats'n Hospitalitea

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Top of the morning to ya!

The week started off right, yup a snowfall that is going to stay with us throughout the winter I’m guessing and I made it to Stratford Centre last night and exercised in the gym and used the track to walk 4 km.

Yes I’m impressed, however after a 4 pound gain over the past ??? weeks it is time to start an exercise regiment.  I’m a lot of talk when it comes to exercise, but the truth is I can find every excuse possible to be doing something else.  Like baking and trying recipes for Grandma’s Tea Room.  Yesterday I went back to my recipe card catalog from McCall’s and dug out recipe 166 Peach Cobbler.  Oh and  I’ve been reading an excellent helpful book these past days called “Stress Reduction For Busy People”  and not only is it helping me with understanding all stress it actually provides an insight into why exercise reduces stress.

I think baking reduces stress…. so it is

time for Afternoon Tea



Please join me in a cup. Today I’ll use this colourful cutting board as my serving tray.



And I’m sharing yummy Peach Cobbler from McCall’s Greatest Recipe Card Collection.  Lisa has done a beautiful job of sharing this vintage card collection of ideas on her blog “eating well in 1974“. 


Peach Cobbler 

Filling                                                             Batter

5 c sliced peeled peaches                               1/2 c sifted flour

1/2 c sugar                                                    1/2 c sugar

2 tablespoons flour                                    1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 tablespoon lemon juice                                     1/4 teaspoon salt      

1/4 teaspoon almond & vanilla extract                       2 tablespoons butter softened

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon                               1 egg, slightly beaten

1/4 teaspoon salt                                                                  

2 tablespoons butter or margarine                                                                  

1.  Make filling: In medium bowl, combine peaches, 1/2 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, lemon juice, vanilla and almond extracts, cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 c water ( I use peach juice if canned). Turn into 8 by 8 baking dish. Dot with 2 tablespoons of butter.

2. Preheat oven to 375F.

3. Make  Batter: In medium bowl, combine all batter ingredients; beat with wooden spoon until smooth. Drop in 9 portions over filling, spacing evenly.  (batter will spread during baking.)

4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until peaches are tender and crust is golden. Serve warm, with ice  cream. 

*or use two cans (14-oz size) sliced peaches, drained, reserving 1/4 cup of syrup to use instead of water in step 1.


I like vanilla ice cream with hot peach cobbler.

Would you like a scoop?



I just need to make a little adjustment to my drip catcher, there.


Hang on until I give you a tea strainer to catch the wandering loose tea.

I’m having Orange Spice Tea today, would you like a cup

or if you prefer I also have Peach Apricot?



My tea is Orange Spice and my cup today is gold trimmed and the flower I thought was a Trillium, but after a closer look I’m not sure what the flower is maybe a dogwood do you know? 

With Christmas less than 30 days away I’m going to have to start taking out my Christmas Wee Little Things. Where is that tea cup I made last year?

Christmas cup and saucer


I cut out poinsettia and bells and taped them on this cup last year when I hadn’t unpacked my Christmas China yet.

I noticed a colour pattern happening with yellows and greens.  These colours had true meaning for my daughter Victoria this past Fall when her and Dewar were married, their colours were John Deere colours.



Married in the back field of their farm and everyone parked on the dirt road and a John Deere tractor and wagon ride brought guests to the wedding party.

 Thank you “Lord” for this grey morning and the many birds who visited our feeders this morning. Today I’m blessed and give thanks for such a caring family. I’m thankful for meeting two lovely people who visited the Island yesterday and glad to be part of their holiday. I pray for friends today as they struggle with the loss of a young baby, may they find peace and forgiveness. 

I’m joining up with Sandi as she hosts her Tea Time blog where others have joined together to share and bring harmony to one another. Come and share some tea, but most importantly take time out of your day for a break and rejuvenate if only for a few minutes.

xoxo Cindy

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Make it with Wood



Our son Matthew was left with a little problem after the carpenter decided he was paid and finished up with the job.   

Here is the other side of the wall and trim



I suggested we make molding to go around the window and see if we can’t finish the job for him.

So my home this week has been at home, cutting, staining, planing, and routing wood.

It started with this



swirly tiny craft molding I found at Michaels. Getting the angle just right was a bit of an art and I’m glad I had the “French Gardener” here to help.



Pieces of wood cut, sanded and stained.


 Maybe you are starting to recognize how this is going to come together?


I made four corners for the window and then decided to do the back door on the same side. These are the six corners after I’d gluing all the little bits on. 


 It took both pair of hands to cut the wood and then turned the drill press on its end and put in a router bit and made three grooves in the lengths of the wood.  

Why go to the trouble? Well although the window is in, the carpenter created a problem that will need a 3″ border of trim to go around the window to hide.  I suggested to Matthew that he should make the molding just before he suggested to me he  would buy me the wood.



I’m linking up with Sandi and her Home Party where we share crafting, thrifting, creating, while others are sipping tea, some may be putting up decorations or helping out a neighbour, its home and where your heart is come along.

Thank you “Lord” for this glorious day, we give thanks for family, caring,  and teaching. We honor those who watch, and praise those who help. We think about family who are away and ones we can’t ever reach.  


Thank you for stopping by today, even though the weather on Prince Edward Island was colder than usual and the wind was  blowing and the snow was flying it was a terrific day.




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