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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Beatrix Potter's 150th Anniversary, Tiara Pan Tea Infused Peach Dessert, Shelley Of Course!

Happy summer! It is definitely summer here...finally! Temps in the high 70s...wow...we aren't used to this!  And I have been a busy bee freezing fresh organic peaches, blueberries and green beans from our local organic farms...

 But now...it's time for Tuesday Cuppa Tea! First of all, July 28th is the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth...

Her books and characters are still favorites of adults and children all around the world. I had them in the kindegarten class I taught, and the children loved them!

My favorite character is Mrs. Tiggy-winkle...I guess that's why I have always been so thrilled to come across a hedgehog on our English visits...although the sightings diminished as the years passed...

Her illustrations were so cute! You have to go a long way to find someone as talented...I couldn't begin to do a post that honors her work enough. 

Britain magazine did a great article about her and how to celebrate which you can read HERE

I had a bit of difficulty finding a teacup for today as I like to choose thematically. I only have a Beatrix Potter mug by Wedgwood, so I tried to think of one that went with the peach dessert that I will be sharing...and remembered a Shelley...what else!

This pattern is called Fruit Center, and I have always thought it looks like peaches, so humor me and say so to! The shape is Boston and this was made between 1963 and 1966 when the pottery closed and is pattern number 14208. I love the blush pink too!

The pattern was made in several different exterior colors, so it is always fun to find a different one. I do love Shelley! So...a fruit center teacup is perfect with the Tiara dessert I made with our fresh organic peaches...the most flavorful we have had in several years!

When we were married in 1974 or shortly thereafter, we got this Tiara Dessert pan by Ekco Baker's Secret for Duncan Hines, but I haven't used it for years. But a Facebook dealer friend in Oregon posted a photo of her strawberry dessert she made in one, and it was an...Hey, I have one of those!...moments. So dug around and found it in the back of my pan closet. You bake the cake and when you invert it on a plate it has a well to be filled with whatever. Williams Sonoma apparently released their own version they called a Mary Ann

Pan in the 1990s. So...here is the  finished product, then the recipe:

Tiara pan

This came with the original Duncan Hines tiara dessert pan.

Basic Flan/cake recipe

3/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. butter
3 egg yolks
1 1/4 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. milk
1/2 t. flavoring**

Mix sugar, butter and eggs. Add milk with remaining ingredients and then combine all.Pour into well-greased pan and bake at 350° for 25 min. Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes before inverting on serving plate. Cool and then pour filling in the center hollow. Garnish edges with cool whip if desired. Pretty!!

**Cherry pie filling is good with almond flavoring
Peach pie filling is good with rum flavor, but I like almond with peaches as well 

My friend said to be sure to grease really well, and it was difficult getting it out of the pan. Because there are just the 2 of us, and with sauce of some filling to go in the well, we didn't fill it, but added sauce to a bowl with it...here is what it looked like on a plate...after half was gone and I remembered to photograph it! Lol!

I had the peaches, so wanted to use them...a remembered I had a tea infused peach dessert sauce recipe...originally from Celestial Seasonings Tea many years ago....originally with Celestial Seasonings Peach herbal, but I used...Republic Of Tea's Ginger Peach decaffinated black tea....


1/2 cup brewed peach tea
2tbs cornstarch
4 cups sliced peaches
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp vanilla...I used 1 tsp vanilla and 1 tsp almond flavor

Whisk together tea and corn starch and transfer to a saucepan. Cook 2-3 minutes stirring constantly until clear .
Add sugars and spices and cook stirring frequently for 1-2 minutes. Add the peaches. 
Simmer until thickened, about 10 minutes. 
Remove from heat and add vanilla. Let stand 5-10 minutes to finish thickening. Will keep in refrigerator several day, and is also great on pancakes or waffles.

Absolutely delicious!  I served our with Coconut Bliss vegan non dairy "ice cream".   There you have it! 

Wanted to mention that Antiques And Teacups is participating in Shabby Cottage Shops Christmas In July from July 24-28th...check out my Christmas in July category with items 25-40 percent reduced for this event!

Hope you have a wonderful week, and thanks for joining me for Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I am joining: 

Thanks so much for joining me for tea!  Here is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and I do read every one if I can find and can get to you to visit!  If you comment from Google+…it isn’t easy...so forgive me if I am not replying to comments you so kindly leave...I am trying!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Prince George's 3rd Birthday on Friday, More Lavender!

Hi there! It has been summer here in the Pacific Northwest...and I have been happily up to my ears in farm fresh lavender, blueberries and peaches! But...

Friday, July 22 is Prince George's 3rd birthday...amazing! Love the Getty image above...so cute.

It really does seem like a few months ago, instead of July 2013 that he was born...

And he is certainly a typical little boy! Last weekend he visited an RAF base and sat in the helicopters his Dad trained in, and is reported to be getting a new puppy for his birthday from his parents. Cute!

You may remember from my Tuesday Cuppa Tea post, that at the George Washington Inn B&B as part of the Sequim Lavender Festival last Friday we had afternoon tea, which included Lemon Lavender bars. You can read that post  HERE if you missed it...

but while looking through old magazines I found this in the October 2013 issue of Country Living:

Haven't made them yet, but in case you have the issue they are page 121. Here are a few other Lavender Fair photos...

Outdoor Sequim band concert in the park...

I'd call this outdoor sculpture...at a Cedarbrook Lavender...

At Purple Haze Lavender...a mini Lavender market, with food and live music as well...

Lavender quilts at one of the booths...what a fun long weekend it always is!

Hope you have had a great week, and I'll see you on Sunday with Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sequim Lavender Festival Tuesday Cuppa Tea

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I am writing this on a very busy weekend here in Sequim...it's our annual Sequim Lavender Festival!

We have 30 lavender farms in a 10 mile radius...and as I said in my last post...you had better love the smell...and taste...of lavender, and be very partial to purple...because it predominates...especially for this long weekend every year.

Friday, the opening day of the 20th Annual Sequim Lavender Festival, we drove the 3 miles to the coast from our home to the George Washington Inn B and B, home of the Washington Lavender Farm for their annual festival afternoon tea. We go the first day, as it is the quietest, less crowds and shorter distances to walk from the parking area, which we now do because of my husband's Parkinson's Disease...

The inn was built in 2008 and is an exact replica of Mount Vernon...very fun!

They have beautiful grounds, with the main house, a shop a farm store and an attached sun room that faces the ocean, that they call the Piazza...which is what George Washington called his at Mount Vernon...where the tea is held.

We came early to tour the festival booths and listen to the live music, and we had a scoop each of Chocolate Lavender Mint ice cream while we waited...divine!

There were 3 seatings for the tea on Friday, and we had reservations for the 1 pm. White wicker, purple tablecloths, purple violet china....we were seated with 2 ladies on a day trip from 2 1/2 hours away....

And is often the case, I forgot to take photos until we were well into the sandwiches....here is the menu:

Raspberry Lavender Black Tea

Caprese Tea Sandwiches
white bread circles with basil ricotta and tomato slices

Salmon Mousse Tea Sandwiches
marbled rye with salmon mousse

Guacamole Tortilla Roll Ups
small corn torillas with an avocado, chives, cilantro and pepper filling

Cranberry Currant Lavender Scones

Orange Peel Lavender Scones

Strawberry And Mango Fruit Skewers

Lemon Pie Bars With Lavender

Cookie Spoons with Chocolate Mousse

And a George Washington re-enactor was on hand...he is a Washington specialist and does a marvelous job of being totally in character and answers any questions from an 18th century perspective...he was around the grounds as well as table hopping at the tea. Wonderful!

Today was the Lavender Street Fair downtown, and there are also a car show, concerts, art shows, quilt shows, sculptor show, several dances and lots of fun things. So...there you have my tea experience this week...what was yours???? I am joining...

Thanks so much for joining me for tea!  Here is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and I do read every one if I can find and can get to you to visit!  If you comment from Google+…it isn’t easy...so forgive me if I am not replying to comments you so kindly leave...I am trying!

Thursday, July 14, 2016

I think I need some more books.....

Found this image of books and teacups on Pinterest...seems to reflect my life...I got my first adult library card when I was 5...having grown out of the children's section, and my parents patience...and it hasn't changed.

I inherited a lovely Winthrop drop front, bookcase top cherry secretary from my aunt, and it is loaded...with books I can't part with...and re-read frequently...

they include my Elizabeth Goudge books, many searched for in small bookstores in the UK on our annual visits, that I was unable to find here in the US...Jan Karon's Father Tim book series too...

And the entire series of Miss Read books about Fairacre and Thrush Green, and the beloved worlds of the Cotswolds so close to my and my husband's families...also searched for and collected here and there....

They are reissuing them for Kindle, and I am buying those when they have them for free of .99, but even then, I can't bear to part with these, so diligently sought for and collected. This is in our bedroom, and there are 3 more bookshelves housing beloved English Golden Age mystery series books, tea room mysteries, Rosamund Pilcher's books, Angela Thirkell and other books that are just, well, a part of who I am.....

An English toast...but I am raising a cuppa... 
"Here's to us,
More's like us!"

Join me Monday for my Tuesday Cuppa Tea linky tea party...I'll be reporting on my afternoon tea at the Sequim Lavender Festival!


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