Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies and An Impromptu Victorian Tea Party

On Saturday, my Mom gave me the last zucchini from her garden.  I have been making zucchini bread all summer and while we all love it, I thought it might be time for something new!  

I came up with these Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cookies and the whole family loved them!  (Make sure to click on the link for the recipe!)  While I was waiting for them to bake, I was visiting LOTS of blogs and sharing the news about my new Homemaking Link-Up Weekend linking party!

I saw so many beautiful tea parties that I decided to set up one of my own to show off my new recipe!
Once I got it all set up, I realized I had sort of a Victorian era theme going on!  Here is the beautiful spoon-backed parlor chair that I found at an antique store when we were living in Mount Vernon, WA.  It came from a farm house on Whidbey Island.  The original needlework on the cushion must have taken a lot of time, patience, and eye blinking to complete!  The pillow features ladies from the Regency era and was also found in a shop in Mount Vernon.
This pretty pink bonnet came from the same booth as the chair and since it's from the same time period, I'm assuming it also came from the same farm house.  Most of the pretty beads are still sewn onto it.  I just love how delicate and clean it is!  My 11-year-old daughter loves to wear it and I'm so glad that I'm not too stuffy to let her! Like she always says, "It's just stuff!"
Here are two books from one of my favorite authors, Louisa May Alcott.  Jo's Boys was published in 1886 and this copy is from 1899.  Under the Lilacs was published in 1878 and my copy is from 1898.  I just love these pretty books!  I'd like to find the whole set.
My tea cup is not Victorian but it is from a favorite set that I hope to collect more of!  It's called Bella by Debbie Segura. 
My pretty little teapot is not Victorian either---though it is a good replica!  I got this for my birthday about 8 years ago from my Dad and his wife.  I believe they found it at a local shop in Baker City, OR and that it was hand-painted by a local woman.
I hope you enjoyed my little tea party today!  Please grab my Homemaking Link-Up Weekend button at the top of the page to help you remember to come link up your homemaking post this weekend!  Anything related is welcome:  recipes, decorating, crafts, DIY, a story about something you did lately...  I'd love to have you!


  1. Dear Sarah,
    Your tea is simply charming! Love the chair and the bonnet. Your cookies look good and would be lovely with your pretty teacup and teapot. Thanks so much for linking up for Tea Time. It's a real pleasure to have you! Enjoy your day.


  2. Hello Sarah,
    I so love your tea cup, the bonnet is such a nice touch. Yes, it is only stuff, I hear that also but it is stuff that is close to being treasures. You set for tea in a perfect way, enjoy and stop by and visit.

  3. Everything looks so pretty and those cookies so yummy and nutritional too! I'll be talking about this post on our next Show Off Your Cottage Monday ;)


  4. Beautiful!!! I love that you have some of Alcott's books! I've been such a fan since I was a small child and first got my hands on Little Women!

    Heather (Treehugger) Swapbot Blogger Swap

  5. Hello Sarah,
    thank you for linking up to LACE today - welcome!!

    I love your victorian tea setting!
    I have a chair very similar to yours and just love the femininity of it :-)
    Your cookies sound very delicious as well as nutritious.
    And I really like the shape of your teacup - so pretty!
    As for lovely old books - I have a wardrobe full of them myself.
    Don't know when I'll get to read them all, but they are so nice to have as a link to gentler times.

    Your daughter must look very pretty in that beautiful bonnet.
    What a perfect treasure!

    I'll be back for sure to check out your weekend link-up.
    love in Jesus..Trish

  6. Hello Sarah,
    I like the tea party you set.The bonnet is beautiful,and your daughter must look lovely in it. Your photos are so good.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  7. I would love to join you for any tea party you had. I would enjoy some of the bread.

  8. The cookies look so good and the tea party setting is sweet. I love your old books. I have a few antique books and a modest collection of old dictionaries.

    I also love the sparklies you put on my mouse pointer!! :)

  9. wow, those are beautiful!

    late visit from Pink Saturday....:)

  10. Oh, what a cute tea pot...love the pattern. Your cute vintage touches make this a sweet post. Love the little bonnet. Happy VTT!

  11. Hello Sarah! I love all your finds, and the cookies look WONDERFUL! I'd reach right through this screen and grab them if I could! I have to say though that I love the pink bonnet the most....it's just so precious!
    Thanks so much for linking up with Pearl and Lace Thursday! Hope you have a marvelous week!


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