A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

Welcome to the blog of Antiques And Teacups! Let's share a cup of tea and talk about the things we love...like teacups, antiques, collectibles, visiting England, antiquing and learning about victoriana and quirky gadgets. Fun!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Christmas Goodies

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! 

We dodged a storm bullet here in Sequim this last week...everywhere else there was heavy wind and rain, trees down, power outages and flooding. It was quiet, albeit wet. Perspective wise...the West End of the Olympic Peninsula has had 90 inches of rain in so far in the rain year...and we have 15. The Christmas tree is up on top of the Space Needle in Seattle and wasn't damaged by the wind, which is good!

 I want to thank everyone so much for your prayer, emails, comments etc. It has really meant a lot. My Honey is feeling a bit better, but still has little strength or stamina. He had a heart monitor for 10 days which is now being analyzed, and we go back to the cardiologist on Dec. 24th, hopefully for a diagnosis and a solution!

My life has been a bit unorganized the past 2 weeks with his health and packing up orders from the websites, so I was so pleased when I got another package in the mail from a friend with OPEN NOW written on it...and found...

An early Christmas gift of a Royal Albert Old Country Roses Christmas coordinates teacup!

This special friend is one I miss so much! My tea buddy! So sweet of her!  

So we had tea in the sunroom, and I got out the whole wheat Christmas tree cutouts I got at the health food store from a Seattle natural bakery called Bite Me Bakery...and we did!

In the package was a Christmas collection of teas from Stash Teas...Christmas Eve herbal, White Christmas tea and Christmas Morning which is a combination of black and green tea. Also a sample of their Christmas In Paris herbal tea...

I REALLY liked the Christmas is Paris...a bit of chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon...very nice! The Christmas Morning is rather flowery...reminds me of a Murchie's I like. The Christmas Eve has all the Christmas spices in an herbal, and I haven't tried the White Christmas yet....tomorrow....

I have put up my Christmas cross stitches....this one I did years ago, but it just is Christmas in a frame....

I planned to make these scones for today...it's a favorite recipe of ours, but ...well, life kept getting in the way....but here's the recipe....

Cinnamon, Pecan, and Currant Cream Scones

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream plus additional for brushing the scones
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar plus additional for sprinkling the scones
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried currants

In a small bowl whisk together 1/4 cup of the cream, the egg yolk, and the vanilla. Into a bowl sift together the flour, 3 tablespoons of the sugar, the salt, the baking powder, the baking soda, and the cinnamon, add the butter, and blend the mixture until it resembles coarse meal. Stir in the pecans, the currants, add the cream mixture with a fork until the mixture forms a sticky but manageable dough. Knead the dough gently on a lightly floured surface for 30 seconds, pat it into a 3/4-inch-thick round, and cut it into 6 wedges. Transfer the wedges to a lightly greased baking sheet, brush them with the additional cream, and sprinkle them with the additional sugar. Bake the scones in the middle of a preheated 400°F. oven for 15 to 18 minutes, or until they are golden.

I hope you enjoyed your visit...it is lovely to have you join me! I am joining the blog parties below:

Also...here is the Linky for your tea related posts. Remember...it is SSLLOOOOOWWWWW but does come up...you just need to be patient! And thank you again for your prayer and comments ...so encouraging!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, English Robins, Emma Bridgewater Mugs, William and Kate in US

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. It has been a tough week, as my husband has had some heart issues and is now wearing a heart monitor for 2 weeks. I am a bit behind on my blog planning so this will be pretty simple. But God is Good, and we are in His hands!

My teacup for Tuesday Cuppa Tea is actually a mug, because my honey had gotten me an "Open Early For Christmas" gift...2 mugs from Emma Bridgewater in England, both with an English Robin theme...a favorite of mine!

The mug on the left is part of Emma Bridgewater's Birds line, and the other is one of their 2014 Christmas designs with the robin in a snowstorm surrounded by a wreath.  

I just love the cheeky little guys and already have a Dunoon, England Christmas mug as well...

So I guess I now have a flock!!!!

Emma Bridgewater has been a favorite since the late 1980s when I discovered her through an early Victoria magazine article. The next year we visited her small pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, and became fast fans..and stocked her mugs in the antiques and tea bricks and mortar store we had. I had another reason besides her fine craftsmanship....

Some of you already know, if you've followed my blog, that my grandmother was named Emma Bridgewater, and lived in Leicestershire, not far from Staffordshire where the potter Emma is from. Nana, as we called her, is responsible for my love of teacups and Victoriana and started me collecting by giveing me her teapot and teacups when I was 16. So...another reason to love the potter Emma...she has a great name!  And Emma was in the news last week....

Because on 11/26 Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and patroness of the East Anglia Children's Hospice visited the Stoke pottery to see the 2 designs Emma Bridgewater had created as fund raisers for the charity....That's Emma on the left...

Pretty cute! Love the ladybugs. And speaking of the Duchess of Cambridge, she and Prince William arrived tonight in New York for a packed 2 day visit to New York and Washington DC...

Press photo, arriving at the Carlyle Hotel in New York...So...that's a bit of royal news for you if you didn't already know.

The welcome board that I made in 1980 is up inside my door, and the wreath from 1992 is on the door, so Christmas is said to be officially welcomed. Haven't gotten a lot more done with a bunch of cardiologist, pharmacy and internist appointments, but we are taking one day at a time!

I had hoped to share a Christmas recipe today, but...how about one of our favorite English cookies with your tea today???

Thes come from England and are oaty biscuits with a thick dark chocolate layer...wonderful! I did make Madeleines last week and had some left, so here is one with my Murchie's Christmas Tea in my Spode Christmas Tree cup for afternoon tea.

So...thanks for joining me.Hope your holiday preparations are doing well and that you have enjoyed having tea with me today at Tuesday Cuppa Tea. The Linky is below for your tea related posts and a short list of a few of the blog parties I hope to be able to join. Remember the Linky is SSLLOOOOOOWWW so please be patient!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas Reading List...What's On Yours?

Thanks to a post by Deborah at The Beautiful Matters blog, I realized I had never really shared about my yearly Christmas books. There are some I read every Christmas season...it just isn't Christmas without it!

This is my Winthrop desk, inherited from my Aunt that stands in the bedroom...loaded with books!  Notice the bookcase next to it...stuffed...and another facing it in the corner, also stuffed!!! I have been a voracious reader ever since getting my first adult library card at 5 years of age! LOVE books!

The main part is filled with my collection of Miss Read...I have all of them, Elizabeth Goudge...ditto and Jan Karon...all but her last one and that's on my Christmas list!

These are 2 that come out every Christmas by Elizabeth Goudge...a children's book called I saw Three Ships and the Christmas book, which includes her choices of scripture, song, poems and exerpts of Christmas writings from her books. If you haven't read her, she is marvelous! And very spiritual! My favorite book...although it is hard to decide on just one....is The Dean's Watch...which makes me cry each time I read it!  They have just begun to release them on Kindle...hooray!

Then there are 3 Christmas themed books from Miss Read, who writes from the perspective of several small Cotswold villages through the eyes of several school mistresses from the late Victorian era to the 1950s.  I found her in the 1970s and have collected her from both the US and the bookshops of the UK for ones I couldn't find here.  The 3 books here are a Christmas compilation, and stand alone called No Holly For Miss Quin and a 2 story edition of Christmas Tales featuring The Christmas Mouse and Village Christmas.

Then there are some of the Christmas mysteries I read...2 by Ngaio Marsh featuring Roderick Alleyn. The Death Of A Fool has British Morris dancing at it's crux. Then a more contemporary book called Death At Sandringham House by C. C. Benison featuring housemaid Jane Bee and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who lends a hand solving a murder during a Christmas pantomime at Sandringham House...great fun! One of a series, but the only totally Christmas book.

This is sort of Christmas miscellaneous...Charles Dicken's Christmas story The Cricket On The Hearth, A Child's Christmas In Wales by Dylan Thomas and a book called The Queene's Christmas with Good Queen Base...Elizabeth I...being the center of  solving a murder at Christmas time. Very fun and informative...great historical detail.

Then there is Winter Solstice by Rosamund Pilcher and Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon. I'm so glad she wrote another one!

And on my Kindle app I just read The Twelve Clues Of Christmas by Rhys Bowen featuring Lady Georgiana Rannoch...granddaughter of Queen Victoria and 35th in line for the throne in 1930s England...one of a series of books that I enjoy, and this is a Christmas theme.

Those are pretty well my main Christmas reads...aside from Victoria magazine Christmas issues back to 1988. Hope you have some books that bring Christmas joy to you...with a cup of tea, of course!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Pinecones Everywhere! Pumpkin Choc Chip Mug Cake

Welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...and we actually had some snow! 

Now no laughing if you live in most other parts on the US...this is a lot for our area in Sequim. When we lived in the Lassen National Forest by a mountain lake at 5,000 feet, we averaged 280 inches a year of snow...wonder why we now live at sea level and love to see the snow...up there in the Olympic Mountains of Olympic National Park!

We have been praying  for the folks in New York with their large snowfall and then thaw. Our largest snowfall when we lived in snow country was 6 feet overnight on New Year's Eve one year...and it just kept snowing for 2 weeks. There were roof collapses, a few propane tanks exploded because they hadn't been cleared and we had no power for a week. Luckily we had wood heat and a propane stove. But it was amazing having to boost the dog UP onto an area of the yard where he could do his business. And when my husband was clearing the roof he was throwing it UP onto the pile accumulating beside the house. I'll have to find those photos...people were coming out their 2nd story windows, and other than the paths or driveways, you couldn't see the houses from the street! Oh to be young....

With that in mind, and finding this door swag on Pinterest with the foot plus long Sugar Pine cones we had in the forest...still have one I can't part with...I decided to share a pinecone teacup today for Tuesday Cuppa Tea.

This is a 1950s English bone china teacup and saucer made by the Clarence China, England company. You don't see too many pinecone cups and saucers...as you know flowers abound. That's why I like this one...a bit unusual!

Clarence was part of a co-operative potter's wholesale group of maker's that worked out of the Crown Clarence Pottery in Longton, Staffordshire. The group used variations on that name and Windsor from the time they began in 1946 in the post World War II period until they closed in the mid 1960s when so many potteries closed their doors. Very fun design for this time of the year.

This pinecone wreath came from Country Living magazine.

I know some of you love green tea, but I find it bitter and unpalatable. A friend who is a geneticist and researcher, says that's because basically people have either the genetic makeup for sweet or savory, and I am a sweet person genetically. My husband is the opposite. Anyway, it is recommended that he has green tea for it's antioxident properties for his Parkinson's Disease and I wanted to join hi,. I tried lots of varieties, loose and bagged from various companies, and have found 2 I like. Stash Tea's Green Chai tea and Bigelow Tea's version of Constant Comment using green instead of black teas. I don't mind either of those! Have you tried them? I have to mail order them as they aren't readily available in the stores around here.

I found this great recipe on the blog Oneshetwoshe that I wanted to share...It looks delicious, easy and a small portion which is good!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mug Cake from  oneshetwoshe

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Mug Cake (she: Cathy)
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp. pumpkin pie filling OR pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp. chocolate chips
  1. Combine flour, sugar, and pumpkin pie spice in a microwave safe mug.
  2. Stir in egg.
  3. Add pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin puree and 1 Tbsp. chocolate chips and stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  4. Sprinkle remaining 1 Tbsp. chocolate chips on top.
  5. Microwave at high power 2 minutes.
  6. Carefully remove from microwave, top with a few additional chocolate chips and enjoy!
I hope you all had a marvelous Thanksgiving. We went out to our local Nash's Organic Farm store yesterday for veggies...love their local organic apples, brussel sprouts, cabbage and other goodies. Sprouts tonight with leftover turkey!  Thanks for joining me here for Tuesday Cuppa Tea. The list is below of some of the other blog parties I am joining and the Linky for your tea, teacup, tea room or tea party link.


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