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Friday, September 19, 2014

United Kingdom IS Still United

It's official! The historic vote is in, and Scotland is to remain part of the United Kingdom!

I have yet to hear Queen Elizabeth's address about the vote...she is actually in Balmoral, Scotland on her annual holiday...but it will be strengthening and gracious. Many different issues that have been hotly debated, and have been divisive. Hope that will heal. A political cartoon of the last few days from cartoonist Pat Bagley sums up the thoughts leading to todays vote...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea - Fall Fabulous! Retro Noritake, New Royal, Pumpkin Bread Pudding

Hi there and welcome to a fall edition of Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

It is actually summery here during the day, but already dropping at night and the leaves on the Japanese Maples & Liquid Ambers are well into their changing colors. So I chose a retro 1970s leaf patterned teacup for today....Noritake Palos Verde....

I am very partial to this style..you'll see why later in the post. I love the design of this...the pattern looks like a stylized Aspen leaf.

The teacup is in porcelain, not bone china like my usual choices, and was in a production line by Noritake called Progression, which was touted as unbreakable, and any breakages would be replaced at no charge. But...that was withdrawn by 1977, so it was obviously a hopeful claim, rather than factual. The Palos Verde teacups, teapot, salt and pepper and cream and sugar are available on my website, Antiques And Teacups.

The Noritake company was started at Morimura in 1876, and continues to this day, with several hundred different back stamps. The first Noritake appeared in 1908 but was usually combined with Nippon or Morimura and finally combined with an M for Morimura until it became straight Noritake in 1934. Usually pattern numbers appear, but in this case, the 9020 stands for the line of Progression which had 6 different patterns on the same shape. 

And you can see by my tea above, why I am so fond of the Palos Verde. I received a set of Blue Moon Progression china for our wedding in 1974 and still love it and use it daily. Beth, of Beyond The Garden Gate blog has the same pattern!

Today tea includes the most delicious organic biscotti bites from Dilettante' bakery and a sample of Numi English Breakfast tea I was given by a friend.

The tea was okay, but I am afraid I like the depth of the English English Breakfast teas...this was a little weak kneed for me....but the biscotti is wonderful!!!

Remember just over a year ago when Prince George was born? Well, this is old news to some of you, having been announced on Sept. 8th, but William and Kate are again expecting. The photo above is my favorite christening photo, as I love the look on Queen Elizabeth's face smiling at her new great grandchild.

Kate is again suffering with severe morning sickness, as with her first pregnancy, but is being treated at Kensington Palace at home...their doctors do house calls! instead of at the local hospital because it was such a media circus last time it disrupted the hospital too much. So...Will and Kate will soon have an "heir and a spare" which is the jocular term usually used for the second pregnancy.  Kate is about 10-12 weeks along. We wish them the best!

So many friends have been posting such wonderful fall images I remembered these from the Cottage Journal which is sent to subscribers of Hoffman Publication magazines which include Victoria magazineTea Time magazineSouthern Lady magazine; Celebrate magazine among others. I get several and they are my favorites. 

And here is a really wonderful looking recipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding which is real comfort food!

Makes 6 servings

8 cups cubed croissants (1/2-inch cubes), toasted
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup crystallized ginger
1 cup half-and-half
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup caramel ice cream topping
2 tablespoons bourbon

1. Preheat oven to 350˚.
2. Spray 6 (8-ounce) ramekins with nonstick baking spray with flour.
3. In a large bowl, combine toasted croissant cubes, walnuts, raisins, and crystallized ginger.
4. In a medium bowl, whisk together half-and-half, pumpkin, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.
5. Pour over croissant mixture, tossing gently to coat. Let stand for 30 minutes.
6. Divide mixture evenly between prepared ramekins.
7. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. (If the pudding begins to brown, cover loosely with foil.)
8. Remove from oven. Cool in ramekins for 10 minutes.
 In a medium bowl, combine caramel topping and bourbon, whisking well. Serve over bread pudding.

And some suggestions for fall table and home decor as well:

A naturally elegant table is easy when you glean from fall’s bounty. Bring in color from the outdoors or with seasonal produce, and add textures and soft candlelight for a cozy autumn gathering. Set the stage for centerpieces and other decorative touches by gathering similar containers. Use pebbles, nuts, berries, or dried beans as foundation elements for anchoring branches, flowers, and candles. Tea lights and votives are easy to incorporate into a fall tablescape. Miniature pumpkins can be carved to hold candles. Try dressing up candleholders with tiny twigs, sweet-gum balls, and other dried foliage. Secure with hot glue, and finish with twine or raffia. 

Here are some of the blogs I'll be visiting...list under construction...

The Tuesday Cuppa Tea linky is below for your tea related posts, and I love to hear from you. I just want to remind you the linky is SSLLLOOOOOOOWWW but it does come up with patience!  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea- Victoria BC Canada - Canadian Shield Teacup

Hi and welcome to a fall edition of my meme Tuesday Cuppa Tea...the fall wreath is up on the door again to welcome you in for tea...

As I mentioned last week, we were in Victoria, BC Canada over the Labor Day weekend with some Canadian friends.  But first...my teacup for today...a Canadian Shield souvenir teacup I got in Victoria a few years ago....

This teacup is wonderful not only because of the shield of Canada, our nearest neighbor, but because it was made made by Royal Winton Grimwades, England...a famous and very popular potter, know primarily for their origination of many famous chintz patterns, cottage ware and art deco designs.

Royal Winton started with the Grimwades Brothers in 1885 in Stoke-On-Trent, Staffordshire England at their Winton pottery. The pottery had great success with kitchen items as well as their more famous chintzes and cottage ware. But, alas, the company had major problems in the 1960s like many other potteries, until taken over by Duchess China in the late 1980s. The chintz patterns were revived, and began to be reissued and dazzled a new generation of collectors when they became available for purchase through Victoria magazine in the early 1990s...

My friend and fellow blogger Angela McRae blogged about her acquiring Welbeck Chintz from Victoria which you can read HERE on her blog Tea With Friends. The photo is from her blog post.  They are still making it today.

We traveled to Victoria, BC on the Coho Ferry owned by Black Ball Lines from their dock in Port Angeles about 12 miles away. 

The trip takes about 90 minutes. We had company out on the water...several members or J, K or L pod of Orca Killer Whales were spotted, and everyone rushed out to see. The ship slowed down, and then we went on our way.

The 3 pods are residents and we sometimes see them on the ferry crossing. Love them!

This is the Fairmont Empress Hotel...although it is up for sale, so we don't know what it will be after it sells....

And the Inner Harbour in front of the hotel which is always fun with musicians, artists and vendors....

We had tea at the Empress as our friends had not done so....

and of course visited the gift shop....

We had a wonderful time, as usual. We are still having company and doing some visiting so I may not get to your comments and visit you immediately, but I am looking forward to your posts!  The Linky is below,,,remember it is SSLLLOOOOOWWWW so be patient! Have a great week!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea - Cranberries and Seagulls - Labor Day

Hi and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Surprise, surprise, a bit hectic around here....surprise company from out of state, a few last summer jaunts around and even some family again. But the more the merrier!!! 

I hope your summer is winding down nicely and you are enjoying the Labor Day weekend...sort of the last hurrah for this summer. Some of our schools are back in and some will be on Tuesday...amazing....as this posts...hopefully...we will be in Victoria, BC Canada where we are meeting Canadian friends for a long weekend...but more of that later!

My teacup this week is a tea mug from Emma Bridgewater in her Birds Series. The pattern is Black Headed Gull, which is an English version of the common seagull we have here by the droves. Some are big enough to be small turkeys and frighten the cat...But the post started because of my afternoon tea, taken in the sun room with a new Laura Childs tea shop mystery I found at the library...

The English Breakfast Mystery, which is the 4th in the very fun series. I hadn't read it. So as I got out my tea, I decided a fall herbal was in order, and chose Celestial Seasonings Cranberry Cove with it's lovely red color and tart/sweet flavor...perfect with a Tea Shop mystery....

Her website describes the book as:

Tea Shop Mystery #4
The English Breakfast Murder
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Dawn is about to break at South Carolina's Halliehurst Beach, and the members of Charleston's Sea Turtle Protection League are taking part in the annual "turtle crawl."  As they help hundreds of tiny green loggerheads tumble safely into the surf, the dedicated volunteers congratulate themselves with a well-earned shore breakfast.  But as the tea steeps and the gumbo simmers, a strange mass is spotted floating off-shore.  Donning mask and swim fins, Theodosia paddles out to investigate, only to discover a dead body bobbing in the waves.  The hapless victim turns out to be Harper Fisk, a prominent Charleston art dealer and passionate collector of Civil War antiquities.  Rumors of sunken treasure and gold bullion have abounded, yet nothing has ever been found near Halliehurst Beach.  But now Theodosia begins to wonder--did Harper Fisk finally stumble upon something?  And was he killed because of it? 

and I really enjoyed reading it...there are even recipes in the back....but back to tea....so, I used my Emma Bridgewater Black Headed Gull mug...

I first got hooked on Emma Bridgewater because of her name being the same as my English grandmother. She was first covered in Victoria magazine in 1989 I think, and we began then visiting her pottery in Stoke-on-Trent on each yearly English visit. Love her things!  I am glad to report she is still successfully making her pottery, all in England. Brilliant, Emma!

The other part of my tea post is the Cranberry Cove tea tin...I have several...that were included in tea packages of the named Celestial Seasonings tea in the 1980s. 

I keep them on the counter stocked with the appropriate tea. Cranberry Cove seems to be a New England thing, but actually one of the largest cranberry bogs is on the Pacific Coast in Bandon, Oregon. We used to holiday there frequently when we lived for several years in Ashland, Oregon. Here is a picture we took of a cranberry harvester at work. They have a large annual Cranberry festival which is quite fun to visit...cranberry everything you can think of!

So...the cranberry tea made me think of our times in Bandon and the seagulls there and , voila, a seagull mug post! Oh...and I had a friend while I was taking my tea out to the sunroom. Not a good photo of Tinker, but it's hard to catch a constantly-in-motion cat...and a black and white one at that...correctly....

As I mentioned, we are currently in Victoria, BC this weekend so will be late visiting and replying to comments, for which I apologize in advance. Here are some of the blogs I will be joining...

Here is the Linky, and remember it is SSLOOOOOOWW but it will appear! We would love to hear from you and have you link up your tea and teacup related posts...


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