A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Antique Christmas Postcard for December 13th

Hi there! Today's antique Christmas postcard is:

this sweet one from 1915.
So cute!

Among my Christmas books I re read every year, is this on by Miss Read...
No Holly For Miss Quinn.
I do enjoy her books!
What Christmas books are you reading?

And of course, Victoria magazine's Christmas issue.
But then, I have saved them all from the beginning.
Perfect with an afternoon cup of tea in the sun room.

I posted this cute little Christmas teapot graphic on my Facebook page the other day. I found it awhile ago on Pinterest, but no credit was given, but the concensus on my page is that is Mary Englebreit.
So cute!
Have a lovely day. We have another intense storm due in tonight...on the 12th into the 13th, with heavy wind and rain. So, hoping the power will stay on this time.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Antique Christmas Postcard for December 12th

Good morning! Quite a storm last light with wind and pouring rain, and power outages.
So just able to get on and finish this post! We have a break in the storms until about 6-7 pm this evening when another band arrives, so...

This is a cute antique Christmas postcard from 1904...
the greeting reads...

Decorate the place with holly,
For a Christmas bright and jolly.
Hope that Snata will be
Very liberal to thee.

And my wishes to you as well!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Antique Christmas Postcard, Christmas Tea at Nourish

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

I am attempting this again, as my husband has been a bit better the last few days. Hooray!

But first... 
my antique Christmas postcard for December 11th...

I dearly love the artwork on this one from 1908, and the handwriting on the back... Wonderful!

Yesterday afternoon my husband was feeling well enough to go with me to one of our local farm to table organic restaurants in town, Nourish, forwhat they called their Christmas tea.

This photo I took last summer, when the outdoor pation seating was also open. They hadn't added any Christmas decor, so I didn't take a photo.

This was the menu, and it was delicious!
The owners are xpat Brits which is always a plus, and they sometimes make British comfort food along with more trendy things, and have a weekly Dine At Home menu you go pick up, which we often take advantage of.
But... on to the tea.

We are in a rural,  organic farm based community, so no fancy stuff to speak of around town.  The china is vintage, mix and match... but we had a hand painted teapot :)
I had a lovely propreitary English Breakfast and my husband had their decaf coffee blend.

The tower arrived. 
Bottom sandwich tier was
Smoked Salmon (local caught and smoked) tart 
with horseradish cream sauce

Carrot cashew cream & watermelon radish
with carrot garnish on caraway pumpernickel bread

Mushroom pate on whole grain crostini with pickled onions

The 2nd tier
Orange zest scones with
cranberry orange preserves and cream

Clove cinnamon pistachio chocolate flake cookies

3rd tier
Sweet mincemeat tarts with brandy butter.

Everything was delicious, and the cookies and mince tarts came home with us in a box!

It was so nice to be able to do something with my husband. We felt very grateful...as well as replete!

Thanks so much for joinig me!
I am passing on the linky again, it just is not working. 
But hopefully
will be visiting you soon!

December 10th Antique Christmas Postcard, Miss Read's Christmas, Dunoon Mug

Good morning! The antique Christmas postcard for today, December 10th is...

This wonderful art nouveau image from 1906. It reminds me of the art of famous Alphonse Mucha.
Probably one of my prettiest Christmas postcards.

While looking for a seasonal book to read on my Miss Read shelf, I found this compilation book called Miss Read's Christmas book.
If you aren't familiar with Miss Read, it's a psyeudonym of Dora Saint, from the Cotswolds, who wrote wonderful books about English village life...

many, from the point of view of teachers in small rural village schools, which are wonderfully charming.
This book actually is more of what inspires the author, and includes scripture, poetry, seasonal hymns and literature quotes with charming illustrations.

A joy! Had forgotten I had it!

And another Christmas thing... a wonderful Dunoon mug for Christmas by artist Sue Scullard that is a combination of decorated front door, Christmas tree and Victorian Scristmas shop window... so cute!

Sitting on another of my seasonal reads.. a Cotswolds Christmas...which is another compilation from a favorite area of England...near where both our families are from.
Featuring folklore, stories, traditions, quoted, poetry and recipes.
Totally charming!

And another year with Murchie's Christmas Tea from Canada as the winner for me of my favorite holiday tea. 
Hope they don't ever stop making it!

Have a wonderful Monday.
Will be back tomorrow for Tuesday Cuppa Tea, and hope you can join me!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

December 9th Antique Christmas Postcards... Cats For Christmas, Gingerbread Butter

Antique Christmas postcards featuring cats...

So cute! This one is dated 1905.... Animals were popular. I have a few more, but the images are lost on the computer at the moment...and not much time at the moment for a good search   :)

I made this recipe the other day and want to pass it long...

Gingerbread Butter
·         1/2 cup pecan halves
·         1 cup butter, softened
·         1/4 cup honey
·         1 to 2 tablespoons molasses
·         1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
·         1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1.     1. Preheat oven to 350°. Spread pecans on a sheet pan, and bake 6 to 7 minutes or until toasted. Cool.
2.     2. Process pecans in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add butter and next 4 ingredients; pulse until blended. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
3.     3. Remove from refrigerator about 30 minutes before serving.
This is something I make every year and have in the fridge for toast, scones or pancakes. Tasty, festive and easy!
I have given it as a gift in a pretty decorated jar too!

Have a lovely rest of your weekend, and hopefully I can have a Tuesday Cuppa Tea up for Tuesday. 
My husband has just finished another go of antibiotics dealing with a post-op infection. Not all antibiotics work on the specific infection, or work well with Parkinson's Disease, so limited choices. And the one that works has bad nausea as a side effect. So he is in recovery mode now, and we are hoping the infection is finally gone!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Flock of Antique Christmas Angel Postcards for December 8th

For December 8th...

A flock of antique angels on postcards... I just love them.
The one above is from 1912. 
I especially love the scene of the 3 Magi in her wings with the Christmas star. So sweet!

I don't know the date on this musical angel...playing
Angels We Have Heard On High, of course!

This sweet angel with a wreath of candles...

And this sweet Christmas angel waiting in the "wings"...pun intended...

And lastly,  not a postcard, but a Christmas cross stitch trivet I did a few years ago that just came out of the drawer....

Have a wonderful day... so much to do this weekend!
But don't forget to have a cup of tea, preferably with a friend or loved one, and remember the many gifts we take for granted.

Friday, December 7, 2018

December 7th Pearl Harbor Day, Antique Christmas Postcard, Cinnamon, Pecan, and Currant Cream Scones

Today is the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7th, 1941...a day that truly has lived on in infamy. 

That has always had a family connection for me. I have a second cousin whom I never met, being much older than I, who is entombed in the Arizona in Pearl Harbor. 

I grew up knowing that, and when I first visited the site in 1970 with my parents, it was quite moving. I honor those today who lost their lives there in the call of duty.

Here is the antique postcard for today, Dec. 7th, 2018.

This divided back, embossed postcard was postmarked in December, 1914 and was mailed in Bennington or Covington Vermont...hard to read. I think the clinging ivy symbolism is so sweet.

This postcard is from my atchives at Antiques And Teacups.

This is great scone recipe from Epicurious. 
It sounded perfect for the holidays, sooo...

  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.

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Cinnamon-Pecan-and-Currant-Cream-Scones-13560#ixzz1fswSh6se

Have a wonderful day...lots of special things going on this weekend, and hopefully my husband will be feeling well enough to attend a Christmas tea on Sunday!


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