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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Rosina Yellow Roses, Apple Cinnamon Walnut Scones

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I had hoped to blog about last week's Dungeness Crab Festival, and had everything ready to go, when Microsoft Windows did a major update last Wednesday and crashed my computer. I just got it back from the tech, but all my crab festival photos are lost on the computer...along with all my contacts and calender from my Firefox Thunderbird email program! Ahh the joys of technology! So, I scrambled, and I hope you forgive any choppiness...or incoherence...or babbling...or...

So, the substitute teacup I have today in a Rosina, England 1940s cup and saucer with yellow dog roses on a chintz band in fall colors.  chose it because of the colors...

As I have mentioned before, I like Rosina...they made great china during their time, most a lot fancier than this teacup. often with lots of hand applied enamel. This is a hand painted on transfer pattern from 1948-1952 and is quite simple, but so evocative of fall. 

Rosina was manufactured at the Queen's pottery in Longton by G. Warrilow and Sons., and there are some who say it was named Rosina for one of the Warrilow daughters.

The company closed in the 1960s, when so many Staffordshire potteries met their demise in a climate of consolidation and liquidation. But Rosina has some fabulous teacups out there. This is available at Antiques And Teacups. Click on the photos for more info.

I had to buy a bag of Candy Corn...I do love it! And I bought this too...Candy Corn Oreos!

Pretty fun, huh?!  

Candy Corn was invented in the 1880's by George Renninger, who worked at the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia.  It's original name was "chicken feed" because corn was closely associated with feeding chickens.  In the beginning the candy had no association with Halloween or autumn. It was only after WWII that the candy was advertised as a Halloween candy, and the tradition has remained unchanged.  35 million pounds of candy corn are produced each year.  It even has its own holiday - "National Candy Corn Day" on October 30th.  There are roughly 140 calories [and no fat] in 22 pieces of this classic treat, so enjoy!

But for a more special seasonal tea time treat, I got this from Tea Time magazine...and thought I'd share it. I had planned to make these for today but with all the computer problems...it didn't happen! But that doesn't mean you can't make them, and I will as soon as I find stuff on the computer...sigh....

 Apple Cinnamon Walnut Scones

With ingredients like chopped green apples, cinnamon morsels, and toasted walnuts signaling the arrival of fall, this toothsome scone is sure to become a teatime favorite.

recipe Apple Cinnamon Walnut Scones from Tea Time Magazine

  1. 2 cups self-rising flour*
  2. 3 tablespoons sugar
  3. ¼ cup cold salted butter
  4. 1 cup diced, peeled green apple
  5. ¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  6. ⅓ cup cinnamon baking chips†
  7. ⅔ cup cold heavy whipping cream
  8. 1 large egg
  9. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour and sugar, whisking well. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add apple, walnuts, and cinnamon chips, stirring to combine. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, combine cream, egg, and vanilla extract, whisking well. Add to flour mixture, stirring until mixture comes together and forms a soft dough. (If dough seems dry, add more cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, until uniformly moist.)
  5. Using a levered 3-tablespoon scoop, drop dough onto prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle tops of scones with turbinado sugar.
  6. Bake until light golden brown, approximately 20 minutes.

I hope you have a wonderful week! Below please find the linky for your tea related posts. Remember, it is SSLLLOOOOOWWW but does work...please be patient! 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Canada Thanksgiving, Spode Buttercup, NW Tea Festival

Hello and welcome to another edition of Tuesday Cuppa Tea. We have had stormy weather on and off this week interspersed with gorgeous sunshine and mild temperatures...typical fall! The photo collage above is from the Aiken House and Garden blog...she does gorgeous photos! It just needed to be shared with you!

And a very Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

I chose a fall color teacup today that I have shred before, but I love it. It's the Buttercup pattern creamware cup and saucer made by Spode, England...

I love the molded pattern...lattice and ribs, that feels so tactile in the hand, and the brown and yellow color scheme. This 1970s version is a reproduction by the company of an 1895 design that was very popular but was discontinued when war broke out in the 1940s and then reinstituted in the 1970s. The pattern number, as you can see is 2/7873. This was after the split with Copeland but that's a long story for another blog post! For more info on the teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

If any of you follow my Facebook page, Antiques And Teacups, you might remember I was bemoaning the fact I wasn't going to make it to Seattle last weekend for the NW Tea Festival...but I did!  At the last minute on Saturday a girlfriend was able to come so we attended....

Not a thrilling photo, but here is my CRV on the ferry from Bainbridge Island to Seattle...our usual way into town.

This is the map of the NW Tea Festival at Fisher Pavilion in the area called Seattle Center by the Space Needle...parking was a pain, but worth it...even if only for the day. We have usually stayed overnight for 2 days, but getting there for one day was better than not.

This was the Black Dragon Tea Bar with tastings...

The Essential Baking Company had organic goodies for sale...

Barnes & Watson explaining their teas and giving samples...

Jasmine Teas booth with samples of many varieties...

More tea samples....

And Tea Time magazine was there, but we missed the presentation by Lorna Reeves. But...one of our blogging friends was a speaker on Oolong tea...Steph from Steph's Cup Of Tea! This photo is from her blog report...

Before we headed back to the ferry...we stopped at the snack bar for some....tea...and a piece of tea cake...Blueberry Orange Coffee Cake that was delicious! 

So we had a great time but arrived home late and tired...but happy we'd made it after all!  I am joining...

Thanks for joining me for Tuesday Cuppa Tea.  Have a wonderful week and enjoy the fall colors!

Below is the linky for your tea related posts which, I'll just remind you, is SSLLOOOOOWWW but does appear. Have patience! As the little snail said...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tea Themed Wrapping Paper

Just had to share this neat find....tea wrapping paper with tea theme...perfect for tea lovers!

I found the paper at Cavallini.com...a paper source. They have some neat stuff, but of course I loved this....

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Shelley Art Deco Teacup, Pumpkin Scones

 Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea for a lovely fall week here in the Pacific Northwest.  It is sunny today and warm, and my walk this afternoon was spent looking at the changing leaves.

I loved this photo of an outdoor fall tea from Tea Time Magazine...it was really warm enough today.

Leaves are everywhere, so I was prompted to share this marvelous art deco era Shelley China, England tea cup and saucer with a fall and leaves design.

The art deco hand colored on transfer landscape design is called Trees On A Hill With Leaves, which was a long title for Shelley. The cup and saucer was made between 1933 and 1940 according to the Shelley mark on the teacup, and I love the deco handle and shape.  

The number Reg. No. 781613 isn't the pattern number, but the British Registry Date number and refers to a chart that gives the date that the pattern was registered, which is necessary before it can go into production. This number designates it was registered in 1933.  This art deco shape is called Regent, and wasn't made for very long.  Such an autumn design! I can't believe that it's already October! A shock! The teacup is available at Antiques And Teacups...just click on the photos.

I wanted to share this seasonal recipe I found in Tea Time Magazine, from 2011, a favorite publication....Pumpkin Scones With Maple Butter. I love the way the cream is served in mini a pumpkin! I have made these and they were wonderful, but don't have photos...forgot to photo them before they were gone!

Pumpkin Scones

2½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup canned pumpkin
Maple Butter (see Download for recipe)

• Preheat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Set aside.
• In a large bowl, sift together 2¼ cups flour, sugar, baking powder,
salt, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg.
• Using a pastry blender or fork, cut the butter into the flour
mixture until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the egg and
pumpkin, and stir until just combined. Add additional flour, if
necessary, until mixture forms a loose dough.
• Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll to
¾-inch thickness. Cut into 12 (2¼-inch) rounds. Place on prepared
baking sheet.
• Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Transfer to
wire racks to cool slightly.
• Serve warm with Maple Butter.

Tea Time magazine also had this wonderful autumn hued teaset photo this month. I loved the pattern, which is new to me. All sorts of fall fixtures are upon us here. Next weekend is the Port Angeles Dungeness Crab Seafood Festival...which we usually attend and enjoy. I hope to have a report for you next week!

Have a marvelous week, and I hope the fall is beautiful where you live, as it is here at the moment. Below is the list of some of the blogs I am joining, and the linky for you to link your tea related posts. Please remember that it is SSLLLOOOOOOOWW but does appear. Have patience! All will be well!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Wedgwood Collection Saved---Deja Vu...all over again!

Wedgwood blue jasperware 1953 Queen Elizabeth II coronation teapot available at Time Was Antiques

Today, October 3, 2014, Wedgwood announced that the Wedgwood collection of 80,000 items that was scheduled to again be broken up and sent to auction, has been saved by donations of all sizes prior to it's deadline of Nov. 30th. 

1930s Wedgwood teaset in Cretan pattern designed by Daisy Makeig-Jones 

I last reported on this in Jan of 2012, when the crisis was averted from another auction threat. . .

by businessman and Wedgwood lover Peter Caudwell who spearheaded a campaign to save the collection. The collection was dear to my heart from many awestruck visits to the Wedgwood Museum at the Barlastan, Staffordshire pottery on our annual English trips.  The pottery and museum, which was being closed in 2011, had been ordered to sell the collection to fund the existing pension scheme. to read that account on my blog...Time Was Antiques ....click HERE

from my archives/collection

1870s biscuit jar available at Antiques And Teacups

Statement form Wedgwood about the current fundraising success...

"The Collection contains over 80,000 works of art, ceramics, manuscripts and letters, pattern books and photographs covering the 250-year history of Wedgwood. We plan to gift the Collection to the V&A and for it to remain on display at the Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston, near Stoke. It will lie at the heart of a major new visitor experience at the museum, as part of Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton's (WWRD) £34m redevelopment of the factory site – set for completion in spring 2015."

I couldn't be more pleased. Wedgwood is responsible for many breakthoughs in the pottery industry over a long history.

To read the current account of the fund raising...which included donations collected by contemporary potteries like Emma Bridgewater...click HERE

And to see a Wedgwood slideshow of 10 important items from the collection with their history...click HERE

To read more about the Wedgwood Collection, click HERE

Well done!!!!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Antique Staffordshire Teacup Trio, Jane Austen Bits

Hello and welcome to another edition of Tuesday Cuppa tea, for a last week in September. I love this photo from the Dallas Arboretum that decorated using 65,000 pumpkins and gourds...now THAT'S decorating....

My simple wreath, fabric pumpkins and a fall colors leaf garland seems a bit tame after that!  But on to Tuesday Cuppa Tea and my choice today. 

As you have probably noticed if you follow my blog and meme, I tend to choose by what I'm sharing and this is no different.

My post today references a lot of Jane Austen things, so I tried to find a cup and saucer that I had that Jane Austen might have used. I did find this teacup trio that dates to either the Regency period which was 1811-1820, or shortly after but definitely before 1839, when English china was required to have a British Registry mark...sort of a kite shape with coded number and letter information in the corners...relating to month, day, date and class of china.  This teacup trio has only a pattern number, which was quite usual for items of this date.

The requirement to mark English china with the maker's name didn't come in until 1891, and before that, most potters didn't.  These pieces are generally referred to as Antique Staffordshire unless you can figure out the maker by knowing shapes or patterns. This is very well made china. The set does have kiln dust...black specks...from the firing process, which is pretty normal for the older designs.  This design was transfer printed then hand colored. This teacup trio is available at Antiques And Teacups, just click on the photos for more info.

I also remembered this single cup I had that is actually from the Chawton area in England where Jane Austen lived, and dates to just before or during her lifetime. The material of this teacup trio is soft paste porcelain, different from later bone china and ironstone. It was considered the bone china of it's day because it could be pretty delicately molded and shaped and was a stunning advancement in china development.

You can see that this was made by a smaller pottery. The design is all hand painted and very simple. Can you see the difference in the foot ring above? Look at the one of the teacup above...this foot ring is slightly pinker which is because it is of a different material. This cup...I only found the cup, not the saucer, dates to 1800-1820. I love it!

According to the Jane Austen Center in Bath, England, this is thought to be an undocumented portrait of Jane Austen. To read why the owners think so, click the portrait to read the story from the Rice family. Lovely to think so!

I told you this is lots of bits about Jane Austen. The 200th anniversary of the publishing of her books started a few years ago with Pride and Prejudice and Sense And Sensibility last year, and Mansfield Part just recently. At the Jane Austen Society annual meeting in Bath, England on Sept. 13th, the Guinness Book Of Records mark was broken of the biggest group in period costume...550 to be exact. Here is the group gathered at the Pump Room, a place Jane Austen knew well...

Also of note in the Jane Austen history, one of only 3 items known to have been owned by Jane Austen was sold at auction in 2013 to American singer Kelly Clarkson for 152,450 pounds. But there was such an uproar, that the sale was frozen and the Jane Austen devotees given until last Dec. to raise the funds to keep it in the UK. Apparently the money was raised and the ring will remain in the UK at the Jane Austen House Museum in Chawton, England. For the story of the purchase, click HERE.

Lastly, I have a related book review. There have been hundreds of Jane Austen novel spin offs, of varying success, over the years. But I got this one on Kindle recently Expectations by Frances Murray   which was really enjoyable. It was a pleasure to encounter familiar Pride And Prejudice characters in this novel dating to after Elizabeth and Darcy's marriage. The dialogue was deft, the characters extremely well done and I loved it. Mr. Collins is just as ...well...you know....and as for Lady Catherine, well"I knew how it would be..."

So that's it for this week's Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I  have the list of some of the blogs I am joining, and the linky for your tea related post. Remember, it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWW but does work. Please be patient! I love to hear from you! Have a wonderful tail end of September.


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