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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Popular Posts for Thanksgiving on my Facebook Page

Good morning! I am just sharing some popular things from my Facebook business page for Antiques And Teacups....

if you aren't following me, would love you to! I have 104,000+ followers and share things from the shop and things of interest to my followers.

You can find me here: 

A popular entrance, source unknown, with a square wreath...

Or a gorgeous green doorway with pumpkins... source unknown

A couple of favorite wreaths for the door...
the above is from Pinterest, source unknown...

The above is from Victoria magazine...

An Antiques And Teacups collage I made recently of things in stock...

Lovely table settings... I am partial to plaid! Source unknown, Pinterest...

Friendly Village by Johnson Brothers is always perfect...

A non traditional pastel Thanksgiving table... source unknown...

Centerpieces that were popular on my Facebook page...

This is fun with a vintage muffin tin used...

Thanksgiving collage from CollagesMyPassion on Facebook...

Wonderful Thanksgiving tea with a Royal Chelsea teapot and a Pumpkin bundt cake from Tea Time magazine...

Fabulous pie crust from King Arthur Flour... all I can say is I am NOT trying this at home!

And a collage of cottages for a perfect Thanksgiving from Antiques And Teacups.

So I hope you enjoy the week before Thanksgiving is you are in the US!

Antiques And Teacups 15% OFF Coupon code THANKFUL ends Thanksgiving Day!

Monday, November 18, 2019

Fall Tea Time With Black Transferware, Pumpkin Streusel Cake and Thanksgiving Prep

I am doing this post with such a joyful heart full of thanks!
Our daughter and son in law closed on their property after a 10 day escrow last Thursday, and they were out clearing brush the next morning to make a path and a clearing so that my husband who has Parkinson's Disease and I can safely walk to a chair and sit and enjoy it with them

We are feeling so blessed!

This will be the first Thanksgiving with them since 2007 when John was diagnosed, and found that the Parkinson's brought on altitude sickness so we could no longer go visit them at altitude in Utah.

So... hectic around here but loving it....

This is a post partially taken from one in 2014.... 

Fall is here, and I made some cookies, and decided to make a fall teatime for us in the sunroom....

I used some black and white transferware I got a  while ago and some fall decor I filched from the living room and dining room, including the gold and pumpkin colored woven runner that is usually on the buffet...

along with various pumpkins and gourds, and other autumn colored things...

I always display my cross stitched wall hanging of the Fruit Of The Spirit from Galations 5:22-23 that I did a few years ago during the autumn and Thanksgiving season....

And I added one of the fall pumpkins and gourds padded tea cozies I have in the shop because I love the colors!

My teaset is by Wedgwood, England in a black transferware Italian landscape design called Lugano...named for a lake town in Italy....

If you look closely at the pattern, there is a man with a goat walking by the lake...how cute!

Here is the cream and sugar. The set is made of Queen's Ware, or what Wedgwood calls cream ware.

The shape is an older Wedgwood shape dating to the 19th century, but the pattern was actually made between 1962 and 1980. I do love Wedgwood.

A couple of weeks I pulled out the holiday teas. This is my favorite fall flavor...Pumpkin Spice from Republic Of Tea...yummy! Just makes my taste buds know it's fall!

For more information on any of the Wedgwood, Lugano pieces on Antiques And Teacups website, just click on the photos.

Those cookies are long gone, but yesterday found my pulling out the favorite Pumpkin Streusel Cake or Coffee cake recipe from King Arthur Flour. Now I am back to thinking of having something on hand when the kids stop in on a work break...

Anyone tired of pumpkin yet??? We are not! Pumpkin is still around here...

I found the recipe on the King Arthur Flour website a few years ago, and it is definitely a go-to......


20 mins. to 30 mins.
40 mins. to 45 mins.
60 mins. to 1 hrs 15 mins.
about 12 servings




  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin purée (canned pumpkin)
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, or 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon plus 1/4 teaspoon each ground ginger and nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8" square pan or 9" round pan.
  2. To make the topping: Whisk together the sugar, salt, flour, spice, and nuts. Add the melted butter, stirring just until well combined. Set the topping aside.
  3. To make the filling: Mix together the brown sugar, spice, and cocoa powder. Note that the cocoa powder is used strictly for color, not flavor; leave it out if you like. Set it aside.
  4. To make the cake: Beat together the oil, eggs, sugar, pumpkin, spices, salt, and baking powder until smooth.
  5. Add the flour, stirring just until smooth.
  6. Pour/spread half the batter into the prepared pan, spreading it all the way to the edges. If you have a scale, half the batter is about 13 1/2 ounces.
  7. Sprinkle the filling evenly atop the batter.
  8. Spread the remaining batter atop the filling. Use a table knife to gently swirl the filling into the batter, as though you were making a marble cake. Don't combine filling and batter thoroughly; just swirl the filling through the batter.
  9. Sprinkle the topping over the batter in the pan.
  10. Bake the cake until it's light brown on top, and a toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  11. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for 20 minutes before cutting and serving. Serve the cake right from the pan.

Tips from our bakers

  • For a less sweet streusel, reduce the amount of granulated sugar in the topping to 1/3 cup.
Which I didn't  :)

So have a lovely week! We certainly will... 
a dream come true having some of the kids close!

Above graphic from The Cottage Journal

Monday, November 11, 2019

Veteran's Day, Dungenness River Railroad Bridge Park, Friendly Village, Cranberry Orange Almond Bread

Today is Veteran's Day... a day to remember all those who have served and/or given their lives for the freedom we enjoy.
Always November 11th because the end of World War I was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.... and is used as a day of remembrance for all services and conflicts since then....

We remember and thank you.

On a lighter note... 

And because of fall... here is Friendly Village transferware by Johnson Brothers, England from the 1960s by the mark which has changed over the years denoting changes to age and place of manufacturing....

Friendly Village is one of the 10 most famous china patterns..
This design is called The Ice House. There are lots of different patterns in the set, and all so attractive.

And always fun with this hand colored on transferware design, no 2 pieces are ever exactly the same, as each is hand painted on the transfer by an artist. This set actually, has some of the most vivid coloring I have seen in this pattern.

Perfect for a holiday tea party!

Our kids are here and at a bit of a loose end, as they are waiting for their escrow to close on their property on the 15th, so we decided to take them to a favorite place in town for a walk... Dungenness River Railroad Bridge Park.

The Dungenness River as a major and picturesque river here in Sequim, that runs out of Olympic Mountains of Olympic National Park to the Strait of Juan de Fuca...

the photos below are from 2013, from a blog post I did....

There used to be a branch line railroad from 1915 until the early 1980s from what is now Olympic National Park and Olympic National Forest here, bringing timber to Dungeness Spit on Sequim Bay. It was rescued from dereliction and became a land trust and has been renovated to include a wonderful park incorporated into the Olympic Discovery Trail, and also houses the Audubon Society headquarters, the Dungeness River Audubon Center.

The fall foliage of the heavy vegetation here by the Dungeness River was lovely. It was overcast, with a few showers, but lovely for a post lunch walk...

One of our favorite areas is the park namesake, the Railroad Bridge, an old railroad trestle bridge converted to a bridge for foot and bike traffic, and a part of the Olympic Discovery Trail, that covers 130 miles across the top of the Olympic Peninsula from Port Townsend to the coast by Forks.

That's my Honey in the hat, and son and daughter in law up ahead...

We always loved walking there, lots of wonderful fall leaves and local resident Eagles, deer, otters, salmon, herons and all sorts of critters.
Then we had a major rain and wind storm in 2015....

This is a drone shot from our local newspaper of the bridge after the storm clouds cleared... can you see that the left hand portion of the bridge is all but missing? The left half lost the superstructure of the wooden trestle and the right hand section lost most the piers supporting it due to the massive windfall trees that washed down from the park and collided with the bridge.

Yesterday, with our daughter and son in law, was the first we had seen the new structure that opened last year after being completely rebuilt. It now has a concrete deck and an extremely strong foundation. The old historic wooden piers, deck and superstructure are gone, which is very sad, but it is good to get back to a favorite place and introduce it to our kids. They loved it!
So, life moves on...

And we are celebrating with tea here, as the kids will be close much of the year. An answer to prayer.
They may not think so, as they asked if anything needed doing and so they fixed my husband's slow draining sink!

And having the kids around is a great excuse to bake! I needed flour, and bought a bag of a favorite Whole Wheat Pastry Flour from Bob's Red Mill... an independent organic miller in Oregon we found while living in Ashland, Oregon before moving here to Sequim, Wa. 
On the bag was a recipe for Cranberry Orange Almond Bread, so I made that!

And was quite happy how it turned out. I substituted plain yogurt for the buttermilk, as that was what I had in hand...

And certainly fit right in with my Friendly Village plates!

Thanks for joining me, and have a lovely week!


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