"Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come." Song of Songs

Monday, January 23, 2012

Bouquet of Roses for Sandi

Celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of TEA TIME...

My garden sings a saddened song,
The time of roses long since gone.
Inclined to join and sing along,
As thorny branches frame the lawn.

But reminiscently I find,
Bouquets of roses in my mind.
And glancing back to blooming days
Kept now in pictures as we gaze.
~ Charlotte

Sweet as fragrant roses
It is to have a friend
On whom in storm or sunshine
You know you can depend.
~Author Unknown (1890)

Teapot is on, the cups are waiting,
Favorite chairs anticipating,
No matter what I have to do,
My friend, there's always time for you.
~Author Unknown

Rose Hip Tea

This tea is made from the berry-shaped rose hips left after the roses have fallen off the branches. It is high in nutrients such as vitamin C (higher than oranges!), A, B1, B2, E, and K. Also provides beta-carotene and minerals.

It is very easy to make.

Pour 1 cup boiling water over 2 heaping teaspoons of chopped rose hips (with or without their seeds). Steep the herbal tea covered for 15 minutes and strain. Tea will taste slightly sour, you may want to sweeten with honey if desired.


For every 1 firmly packed cup of rose petals (from roses without pesticides), pour 2 cups boiling water over top. Cover and steep until the liquid is cool. Strain, squeeze out the liquid from the petals and refrigerate the rose water in a sterilized jar.

Raspberry Scones with Rosewater Glaze


2 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
5 tbsp unsalted butter, chilled and cut into 1/2" pieces
1/2 - 1 cup whipping cream
3 tbsp whipping cream
1/3 cup raspberry jam (no seeds)


1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon rosewater (recipe above)



Preheat oven to 400 F. In large mixing bowl mix flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Add the butter. Mix with a pastry blender until dough forms coarse crumbs.

Gradually add 1/2 - 1 cup cream, mixing in just until dough comes together. Turn dough out onto  lightly flowered foil and pat it to 1/2" thick.

Use 3" round or heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out scones. Dip cutter in flour.

Cut scones horizontally with a floured knife to make a pocket for the jam. If you used a heart cutter, start at the bottom point of the heart. Fill each cut scone with a generous teaspoon of raspberry jam (will be visible around the edges).

Transfer filled scones to a baking sheet. Bake until golden brown (approx. 18 min.) Transfer baked scones to a wire rack to cool until slightly warm.


While scones are cooling, mix powdered sugar, rosewater, and remaining 3 tbs cream until smooth. Spread glaze over slightly warm scones. Serve immediately or at room temperature. Try serving them with Rose Hip tea!

"May this tea be steeped with love
For friendships sent down from above."
~ Sandy Lynam Clough

Our life is like a garden,
And with God's loving care
It blossoms with the flowers
Of His blessings everywhere.
~ Author Unknown

The blessings of special you!

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy;
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.
~ Marcel Proust

Like Sandi who has hosted TEA TIME for two years!

"Thank you"... dear lady for making our souls blossom with your encouragement, as we joined your tea parties each week to share the beauty of teacups and special moments sipping tea.

You are a lovely rose in a bouquet of special friends.
Happy Anniversary!


  1. What beautiful scones! Anything with the word "raspberry" catches my attention. Your post for Sandi was gorgeous.

  2. Charlotte, You have some lovely tea cups. Love your roses too. Thanks for sharing the recipes!
    Hugs, Beth

  3. What a wonderful post! I love your rose photos, your poems and your teacups! The recipes are an added bonus. A wonderful post! And thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  4. Roses are beautiful, especially when the sun casts shadows and brightens the colors of the rose on a clear day! Lovely photos and poems/quotes!

  5. Very pretty my friend..I love all the roses and tea cups...I just added you to my follow list and hope you do the same with me..Come for a visit..Hugs and smiles Gloria

  6. Dear Charlotte,
    Your roses and china are stunning and the scones with their pink glaze look fabulous!
    You bring such loveliness to every tea post and your words are like a soothing balm accompanied by beautiful photos and sentiments.
    Thank you for joining me for my tea party celebration. My tea party is all the more special for your having participated. Thanks for the smile today and have a delightful week, my friend.

    Blessings and hugs,

  7. this is an amazing post for Sandi's Rose tea...just well done. I love your cup, but it is no shock that I am in LOVE w/ your scones too, thank you for joining me for tea this week.

  8. The recipes sound like something I'd enjoy making. Thanks for sharing them, and all the pretty roses, too.♥♫

  9. So beautiful...roses and tea just seem to go together, don't they? Thank you for the scone recipe, too!

  10. Hi Charlotte,
    what a beautiful post full of roses. I love the summerly photos of the roses as much as the beautifull cups and the lovely poems. Thank you for sharing your inspirations.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  11. I never knew that making rose water was that easy, I love roses!

  12. So nice to meet you at today's Tuesday tea parties. Thank you for such nice recipes. Your rose photos are just the antidote for a gray January day.

  13. Your roses are all so pretty ... teacupa, too! Raspberry scones with the rose glaze look so good. Thanks for the recipe. Happy Tea Day!

  14. The roses are all so beautiful and the scoens look sooooooo good. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  15. Charlotte, was so happy you popped in for tea... Your roses are brilliant!! I'm (im)patiently waiting for spring, we started a rose garden last summer, and I can't wait to see them this year!!

    your teacup is lovely and the tea sounds and looks most tranquil. Now those scones are making me hungry, thanks for sharing the recipe!! Happy TTT, xo Blessings, HHL

    P.S. I'm so happy that you are using your grandmother's tablecloth! It's too pretty to keep in a drawer - ENJOY IT!!xo

  16. Lovely tea and roses. The scones look delicious and I enjoyed reading all the quotes you shared.

  17. Hi Charlotte, Love all your roses, you are so talented. Your darling teacups are so sweet and I will be trying your recipes. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Nancy @ Two Cottages And Tea


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