The Porch

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Down to Earth Style

An Inspirational find...

This cute pumpkin arrangement from
Down to Earth Style is absolutely adorable!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Inspirational Purple Tablescape

Always looking for inspirational talbescapes.
This one, I  found at
Just gorgeous!  I'm working on same for our sunporch!!!
xo Betty

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Meet Chad

                             Meet our shihtzu Chad!

                                                    Before going to the groomer.

                                                                After, handsome!

     We have never had a dog that acted so much like a baby but Chad does. 
     Chad always wants our attention!  He stays right with one of us all the
     time.  Shih Tzu have hair just like people and his grows so fast.  We wanted  
     to let it grow to the floor like a show dog...we did and last week I cut it all
     off except for his head and tail.  These dogs are bred to resemble a lion and
     we wanted him to have a lion cut but I couldn't wait and longer, as he is
     very strong and we can't give him a bath.  Maybe as the weather gets cold
     he can have a lion cut,  he does have to go to the groomer once a month.
     With very short hair, he must have a doggy jacket to go outside.  TJ MAX
     has some really cute ones for $7.99.  Guess we'll shop there this week-end.

                                                                     xo  Betty

Friday, September 27, 2013

Looking for ideas and inspiration for fall?


     Looking for ideas and inspiration for fall?  Come share YOUR projects, recipes, DIY, decor', family parties, tablescapes, and more, here at...Belle Ayers Tea Parlor ~ Seasons on the Sunporch.

Love re-decorating my cupboard.
Would love to see yours, too!
The cooler weather has me organizing the dining room and kitchen and getting ready for cozy days ahead.  I gained some storage with recent changes in my kitchen and so my cupboard is a little less loaded down, and is easier to change up for the holidays.  I like the idea of changing vignettes so this hutch will get reordered often.  It always seems to take a big sigh when it does!
This pic doesn't give my chandelier Justus, it's much prettied without  the faux apples on top.  Will have to take another pic.  This group of pics are from our sunporch at:
My favorite of three chandelier thrifty finds.  This one casts a cozy soft light over the table in the next pic.
We decorated our sunporch for fall & Hallonween, our favorite part of the house.  See the lovely outdoor view!  We really enjoy it out here when it's raining, as rooftop is tin.  The porch holds one of our hutches (above), bird cages (bought 2 parakeets yesterday), pumpkins, leaf garlands, 3 floor lamps, faux white owls from TJ MAXX, 3 rats (dollar tree), rose sofa & chair, (my thrifty find) in
beautiful floral with matching foot stool, faux rooster from TJ MAXX, fall wreath (I made), electric fireplace (which I thought would keep us warm in winter but won't), tall green fir tree,  and a collector ceramic horse in beautiful multi colors from our neighbor.  Guess that's enough!
Hope you're having a cozy Tuesday!
xoxo  betty
xo Betty

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Friendship Tea


Never Enough Chandeliers

We can never have enough chandeliers.  Spring two years ago I bought three that I dearly love at thrift stores.  This one did not have the electrical cord cut off and it's brass with four glass lights, white trimmed in pink.  On top is a fall garland of apples.  The chandelier casts a cozy light over the table.

                                                           Chandelier on sunporch.

Peek into our Sunporch

     We have our sunporch almost decorated...

     This is one corner of the sunporch.  With five sliding glass windows and door we have a magnificent view.  We will truly enjoy the snow flurries and little hills of snow this winter.  How have you decorated your porch for fall?

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Autumn Bliss

                                       Autumn Bliss

     Somewhere between the buzz of Indian Summer locusts and the deafening silence of new fallen snow is a fleeting, exhilarating bliss known as Autumn.  It arrives in radiant splendor, summoning our primal urges to  feather our nests.  The aroma of tea, coffee and soups is more enticing and we find a hundred ways to savour an apple.  Cords of seasonal hickory are stacked outside in anticipation of a roaring hearth and we greet the longer nights with cozy bedclothes.  We refresh our sweater supply, and stock up on candles sensing the dramatic excitement that rivals the energy of those scurrying bushy tails.

     Stroll through these pages as
     though immersed in Kentucky
     woods come October!

     xo Betty    

An Autumnal Life

     Inside the light of this new season casts comfortable sun across our sunporch a perpetually bright room.  It is a much kinder light than that cast by summer:  a veil I am happy to see my life through.  I burn cinnamon and cook cabbage to a scrumptious softness, just right for an autumn lunch, sprinkled with garlic, parmesan cheese and black pepper.  I eat with a glass cup full of walnut tea at my side to sip.  As we come alive again when the weather turns cold. 

I look forward to Autumn because mine is an Autumnal life, a Wintered soul.
As August tumbles into September, I feel myself being reborn again laughing more and complaining less.  Enjoying the changes in the seasons with you at Seasons on the Sunporch!
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Seasons on the Sunporch

Good Morning,

     Sure wish you were here!  Our sunporch is almost ready for fall decorating.  Can hardly wait.  Our shih Tzu pups occupied the sunporch for the last three months.  Then we decided to have only one, Chad and let him in the house.  Working out much better.  Now, the porch is all ours.  It holds our rose sofa and chair, a beautiful floral chair (a thrifty find), electric fireplace and we'll be bringing in the round-glass outdoor table with chairs and hopefully change the décor seasonally.  We added orange & tan plaid café curtains to the double windows  between the dining room and porch, with a large fall wreath, all facing the porch.  Porch has sliding glass door and five large sliding windows with screens, and two sky lights.  We always sit on the porch to listen to and watch the rain.  So comforting.  Decorations and sheers (pulled back) will certainly make a pretty sitting area.  Glad we finally got around to doing this project.  Pictures will be posted when completed.

Woke up this morning to cold weather, 49 degrees which is most welcome but now I wonder how warm it will be by Christmas.  We're planning on having coffee and meals out in the sunporch.  Guess we'll see about that!  Hope we're not disappointed!!

xo  Betty
This is the top to the bottom panels we add to the double windows. 
Bottom panels have a wide hem band of the dark color on the top, nor scallops or tassels.  Very cozy.

Life on the Porch

Life on the porch...

Welcome to the porch, come in and enjoy a cuppa walnut tea with me.  The weather is surprisingly cold this morning, 49 degrees and most welcome.  We need cozy cocks and snuggly blankets are called for.  There is no doubt that this is autumn - a season that has won the battle over the persuasive charms  of the Indian Summer and allowing the leaves to fall much earlier than usual, though yards are still abundant with colorful flowers. 
 Are you experiencing the same? 

Saturday, August 10, 2013




Whether a family is bound together
or scattered far apart,
Loved ones from the past and present
are always in our heart.
Legacies of love and pride are passed down
through the years,
Journals kept of triumphs, tragedies and tears.
 Tales of great joy, sacrifice and sorrow can be found,
Character traits, personalities and likenesses abound.
Families give us history, roots tied to our past
And a heritage that's honored is one that's sure to last.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Peanutbutter Berry Smoothie

Peanut Butter Berry Smoothie
                                          Berry Delicious

1/2 frozen ripe banana, sliced
2  T creamy peanut butter
4 strawberries, sliced
1/4 cup raspberries
1/2 cup ice
1 cup milk or cold tea, brewed
sweetner to taste (sugar, honey, splenda)

Put all in blender until smoothe.

Drink & Enjoy!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Cheddar Bacon Herb Scones

Cheddar Bacon Herb Scones
served with Set  to a Tea - The Earl's Finest Tea
1 box Set to a Tea - Sweet Creme Gourmet Scone Mix
6 tablespoons melted butter
1  (6 oz.) carton sour cream
3 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup finely shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3/4 cup real bacon bits or crumbled bacon
4 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon garlic
1/2 teaspoon chives
2 tablespoons finely shredded sharp
 cheddar cheese for final garnish
*  Preheat oven to 400 degrees
*  Pour Set to a Tea - Sweet Cream Scone Mix
into large bowl.
*  Add 1/2 cup finely shredded sharp
cheddar cheese and 3/4 cup bacon, and mix.
*  Melt butter in microwave in small bowl,
and add sour cream and milk.
*  Add butter mixture to dry ingredients.
*  Fold mixture until blended.
*  Use hand to form a ball and
move over to wax paper or cutting board.
*  Form dough into a round.
Cut into 8 equal pie shaped wedges.
*  Separate wedges into individual pieces
and place on cookie sheet.
*  Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15  minutes.
*  Remove from oven and brush with butter topping
and sprinkle with cheese while still warm.
Melt butter in microwave and combine
with garlic and chives.
Garnish with cheddar cheese  and
serve with Set to a Tea - The Earl's Finest Tea.

Cranberry Corn Scones

                                        Cranberry Corn Scones


1 box Set to a Tea - Cranberry gourmet Scone Mix
1/2 cup corn meal
1  (6 oz.) vanilla yogurt
6 tablespoons melted butter
3 tablespoons creamed corn or orange juice
1 teaspoon sugar or splenda


*  Preheat oven to 400 degrees

*  Pour Set to a Tea - cranberry scone mix into a large bowl.
    Add corn meal and mix.
*  Melt butter in microwave in small bowl, add yogurt and
    creamed corn (or orange juice).
*  Add butter mixture to dry ingredients.  Fold mixture until
*  Use hands to form a ball and move over to wax paper or
    cutting board.
*  Form dough into a round, sprinkle with sugar if desired.
*  Cut into eight equal pie shaped wedges.  Separate wedges
    into individual pieces and place on cookie sheet.
*  Bake at 400 degrees for 12-15 minutes.

Serve with Set to a Tea - Autumn Bliss Tea.


Coconut Truffle Biscotti

Coconut Truffle Biscotti
1 box Set to a Tea - Coconut Truffle Scone mix
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar, optional - 4 teaspoons Splenda or other
4 egg whites
2 teaspoons vanilla or any flavor of your choosing
1/2 cup any type chocolate chips, bits, nuts or candy
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a small mixing bowl,
beat butter and sugar for about 2 minutes or until crumbly.
Beat in egg whites and extract.
Add scone mix to the butter, sugar and egg white mixture.
Stir in any additional chips, etc.
Press into a 9" square baking dish, coated with non stick cooking spray.
Bake 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.
Remove from pan to a cutting board.
Cut biscotti in half using a serrated knife.
Then cut each half into 1/2 inch slices.
Place the slices cut side down on a baking sheet coated with non stick cooking spray.
Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden brown, turning once.
Remove fom pan to wire rack.
Dust with confectioner's sugar.
Enjoy with a cup of hot  Set to a Tea Coconut Truffle tea!
NOTE:  Coconut Truffle Tea
A blend of black tea with coconut pieces and chocolate bits!

Strawberry White Cranberry Cooler

Strawberry White Cranberry Cooler


2 heaping tablespoons Set to a  Tea Tennie Bean Fruit Blend tea
4 cups boiling water
4-5 cups ice
1   (64 oz.) container of White Cranberry Strawberry Juice
1 packet Splenda or any natural (0  calorie) sweetner
1 heat resistant gallon pitcher


Put tea into Set to a Tea Tea Pockets filter or Mesh Ball Infuser.
Place filter into heat resistant gallon pitcher.  Pour 4 cups boiling
water over tea.  Steep 4-5 minutes.  if using a paper filter, dunk
and then remove.  Quickly add 5 cups ice to steeped tea.  Add
64 oz. container White Cranberry Strawberry Juice.

Optional Garnish:  Fresh sliced strawberries.

Great to serve at your  summer picnic.

NOTE:  Tennie Bean Fruit Blend Tea
              Strawberry, hibiscus, rose hips,
              orange peels and jelly beans for
              a strawberry cream taste.

Skinny Chai Rooibos Latte

Skinny Chai Rooibos Latte


1 heaping teaspoon Set to a Tea Chai Rooibos tea
1 Set to a Tea - Tea Pockets filter or Mesh Ball Infuser
1/2 cup water (boiling)
1/2 cup Land O Lakes Fat Free Half & Half (warmed in microwave)
1 packet Splenda or any natural ( 0  calorie) sweetner
4 tablespoons fat free whipped cream topping


Put tea into filter.  Place filter into cup.  Pour 1/2 cup boiling water
over tea.  Steep 4-5 minutes  Dunk filter and then remove.  Add Splenda,
warmed Half & Half and stir.  Top with whipped cream topping.

For a refreshing summer drink, quickly ice or "flash freeze" this recipe
over a tall glass filled with ice.

Optional Garnish:  Top with cinnamon or ginger.

Calories:  About 90 calories per 8 oz. serving.

NOTE:  Chai Rooibos
              African red tea blended with
              cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, and

Blueberry Buckle Smoothie

Blueberry Buckle Smoothie


1 cup brewed Set to a Tea Blueberry Buckle tea
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 (6 oz.) blueberry or french vanilla yogurt
6-8 ice cubes


In blender, combine Blueberry Buckle tea with blueberries and yogurt,
blend until smooth.  Add ice cubes and blend until thick and frothy.

NOTE:  Blueberry Buckle
              A very tasty blend of black and green teas
              with blueberry pieces.

Passion Pink Green Tea Spritzer

Passion Pink Green Tea Spritzer


2 heaping tablespoons of Set to a Tea Passion Pink Green Tea
4 cups steaming water
4 - 5 cups ice
2 cups club soda
1/2 cup strawberries
1/2 cup raspberries
1/2 cuplueberries

1 heat resistant gallon pitcher

Pour Passion Pink tea into Tea Pockets filter or
Mesh Ball Infuser.  Place filter into heat resistant gallon pitcher.
Pour 4 cups steaming water over tea.  Steep 4-5 minutes.  If using
a paper filter, dunk and then remove.  Quickly add 5 cups ice to the
steeped tea.  Add fruit, club soda and stir.

Delicious treat, ready to sip.

NOTE:  The Perfect Cup supplies...

Passion Pink
Green and Rooibos teas blended with pieces of rhubarb,
strawberries and rose petals for a sweet fruity flavor. 

Tea Pockets filters
These are easy to use pockets; perfect for your loose tea!
Just fill, flip and teep!  30 pockets per pack.

Mesh Ball Infuser
This 2" diameter mesh ball is ideal for brewing your loose tea.
Stainless steel with plastic teapot charm on a clip for easy cleaning.

Creamsicle Rooibos Peach Smoothie

Creamsicle Rooibos Peach Smoothie


1 cup chilled Creamsicle Rooibos
1 cup fresh ripe peaches
1 (6 oz.) peach yogurt
6 to 8 ice cubes


Combine Creamsicle Rooibos, peaches, and yogurt,
blend until smooth.  Add ice cubes and process until
thick and frothy.

NOTE:  Creamsicle Rooibos
              African red tea blended with vanilla flavoring
              and orange pieces.

Friday, January 25, 2013

BJs Tea Cake

BJs Tea Cake


2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon Coconut Truffle tea, dry
2 sticks marjorine
4 teaspoons cocoa
1 cup brewed Coconut Truffle tea
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 cup chopped walnuts


Sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and add
dry Coconut Truffle tea,  Set aside.  In a saucepan, melt
butter.  Add coco and brewed Coconut Truffle tea and bring
to a boil.  Pour over flour mixture.  Quickly add buttermilk,
eggs, vanilla, coconut extract, and walnuts.  Mix well. 
Pour into a greased and floured 9x13 baking pan or dish.
Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until top springs back
when touched.  Leave cake in pan.


1 stick butter, melted
4 tablespoons cocoa
6 tablespoons buttermilk
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 teaspoon dry Coconut Truffle tea
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 box (3 & 3/4 cups) powdered sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts

In a large saucepan, combine butter, cocoa, and buttermilk.
Bring to a boil.  Stir in vanilla,  dry Coconut Truffle tea, and
coconut extract. Reduce heat.  Add powdered sugar and walnuts.
Mix well.  Pour over cake.  Served when cooled.

Delicious Chocolate Walnut Tea Society Cake!

NOTE:  Coconut Truffle Tea
A blend of black tea with coconut pieces and chocolate bits.
Item #1025  Loose Only
in stay fresh foil refill bags (R)  $9.00

Betty  xo


Cucumber Tea Sandwiches Recipe

Sweet Remembrances Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches


8 ounces cream cheese
2/3 packet ranch salad-dressing mix
2 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 cucumber, English when available, washed, peeled, and sliced
butter for bread
1 loaf bread, your choice


Blend ranch salad-dressing mix, cream cheese and mayonaise or salad dressing.
Spread trimmed bread with butter on both slices.  Then spread cheese mixture on
bread.  Top with thin cucumber slice.  Ready to serve!


30 minutes to an hour before assembling, spread cucumber slices on a folded paper towel.
Sprinkle with salt.  This allows the water to drain from the slices.

Sounds so good!

Strawberry Tea Sandwiches Recipe

Sweet Remembrances Recipe...

Strawberry Tea Sandwiches


8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup strawberry jam
butter for bread
fresh strawberries, sliced verttically through the top in halves, will look like hearts
sliced white bread or other


Mix cream cheese and jam with mixer.  Spread butter on both sides of
heart shaped bread (made with heart cookie cutter).  Then spread cheese
and jam mixture on bread, top with a slice of fresh strawberry.  Ready to

Great for a Valentine Tea Party!

January National Hot Tea Month

You still have time to have tea with your friend or hubby!

January Tea :  Resolutions Green Tea

January Scone of the month:  Sweet Cream


Sachet Favors

Sachet Favors

     Make this vintage handcrafted party favor for your celebrations.

Use a 6" doily white or vintage ecru filled with your favorite popouri
encased in tulle, tied with a satin ribbon and finished with a satin
ribbon rose.  For the ribon and rose, use the color(s) of your celebration.

Have fun!

Betty  xo

Champagne Popsicle Spoons

Champagne Popsicle Spoons

     This is a good way to use up that littlebit of champagne left over from your last
celebration or wouldn't this be a great idea for a wedding, bridal shower or other formal celebration.

Chanpagne Popsicle Spoons Recipe:

Prep time 10 minutes
Total time 10 minutes
Yield 6 servings


1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
2/3 cup champagne


Place the sugar and water in
a small saucepan over medium heat.

Stir the water until the sugar has completely
dissolved.  Turn off the heat.  Dissolving the
sugar has created a syrup, which will ensure
the popsicles have a smooth texture.

There are lots of ways to personalize a good
recipe with your favorite Fruit(s).

Pour mixture into small freezer safe containers,
incert vintage spoons (or other) into mixture
and freeze, or incert spoons when half frozen.


Betty Ayers
(859) 846-9087

National Scone Day - May 30

National Scone Day - May 30

Betty's Walnut Creme Scones

Use Sweet Creme gourmet scone mix
from Set to a Tea, 11.2 oz. box
Yields 8 scones

You will need:
3/4 to 1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 tablespoon Roasted Walnut Oil La Tourangelle (got mine at Kroger)
   Optional...use more walnut oil to taste or use walnut extract instead

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
(convection oven to 325 degrees).

Mix well, walnut oil or walnut extract
into heavy whipping cream.

Place all dry ingredients into a mixing bowl
and pour in 3/4 cup of cream, mixing as you pour.

Stir until cream is absorbed in the mix.

Work the dough around the bowl until all the dry ingredients are
incorporated and the dough is slightly sticky to the touch,
adding the remaining cream as needed.

Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and press to 3/4 inch thick,
(rolling is not necessary).  Cut out 8 round or wedge shaped pieces.

Place the shapes on a baking sheet (grease the sheet or use parchment paper)
and sprinkle with granulated sugar or brush with remaining cream.

Bake for 20-24 minutes or until lightly browned ( or test by inserting toothpick
in center of scone - it's done if it comes out clean).
Remove from the oven and cool before serving.

Enjoy with a friend or have a party!

Betty Ayers
(859) 846-9087


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Happy Friday Housekeepers...

Happy Friday Housekeepers,

     You make a cup of mint chocolate chip tea.  For once the house is warm and you feel content after days of 10 degree weather (like ours).  Today you will make lavender white chocolate scones.
Fill a vintage tin with all the ritual you need to meditate and work your way through all the extra laundry a weekend full of housework has created.  You have plans, mission lists and domestic ambitions, so that even the kind of days that cannot be predicted have a framework to fall back on and for this, you are eternally grateful.  Boredom is never an option, when there is so much to do.

Now there is curd or jam on scones to be made and cut into tiny pieces for your little ones.  The kitchen floor needs mopping.  There is a pile of bills, correspondence, and paper clutter to be filed, same as in my house.  Table runner and napkins to be washed.  A litter tray to empty.  A heavenly new magazine to read.  Boredom is never an option.

Hugs, Betty


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Feather your nest on this cold winters day...

Feather your nest on this cold winters day...
With snowflakes swirling and cold winter
winds whipping around to a low of 10 degrees
and our water frozen (will be fixed tomorrow),
we're taking time to snuggle up at home.
How are you spending this fresh-start month
of the year?

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Valentine's Day

On Valentines Day, I think about
the people who are dear, how much they add
to life's delight whenever they are near.
You've always been a total joy,
such pleasant company,
I very much appreciate
our compatibility!

WELCOME Tea lovers and serial collectors, too!!!

WELCOME tea lovers, bird lovers, and serial collectors, too!!!
Valentine Treasures
Valentine treasures are people who have often
crossed your mind,
family, friends and others, too
who in your life have shined
the warmth of love or a spark of light
that makes you remember them;
no matter how long since you've actually met,
each one is a luminous gem,
who gleems and glows in your memory,
bringing special pleasures, and that's why
this Valentine comes to you...
you're one of those sparkling treasures!
Hugs, Betty

Valentine Smile

Valentine Smile
On Valentines day we think of those
who make our lives worthwhile,
those gracious, friendly people
who we think of with a smile.
I'm fortunate to know you,
that's why i want to say,
to a rare and special person...
Happy Valentines Day!