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!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Veteran's Day, Remembrance Day

One hundred years ago, November 11...
at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918...
the Armistice was signed officially ending World War I


Remembering those who sacrificed so much...it was to be the War To End All Wars...
Wish it had been so...


Although we have set aside Monday, November 12th as a day of remembrance here in the US, in Europe...and especially England... today, November 11th is Remembrance Sunday, which culminates a Week Of Remembrance, with gatherings and commemorations all across the country.


Photograph by Marcia Gains Photography


To those who have or are serving...
thank you.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Still here! Fall Reports, Time Change, Peach Blueberry Coffee Cake

Hi there! Just wanted to check in and let you know I am still here!
Great report from the cardiologist this week...best in years, so that is a blessing.
On the Parkinson's Disease front, we are adapting to a new phase lifestyle change... probably brought on by changes from the last 8 months of other health issues.

We now have a strict schedule and need to carefully plan, in a 4 hour dosage window, when he has protein. The problem is, is that now interferes with medication absorption.
Doesn't sound like much, but it's a real challenge...so...

Photo Pinterest, source unknown

And speaking of time issues...
November has arrived...so a reminder to change your clock if you are in the US.
 We "Fall Back" tonight, or early in the morning tomorrow, November 4th... MUCH better than the spring forward direction.



I had time to make a dessert this week in between labs and doctor appointments, and because I had the last of the organic peaches to use and needed some comfort food!
So I pulled a post out from 2015 which was very popular which I hope you will enjoy.



"So I says ""My dear if you could give me a cup of tear to clear my muddle of a head, I  should better understand your affairs." " So we had tea and the affairs too..."  ~ Charles Dickens, Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy


My tea today in the sunroom features a family set from the 1950s, brought home from West Germany in the 1950s, bought at the Arzberg pottery, which had been in business since the 1880s.




The thin porcelain set has a great design of seeds, leaves and pods...perfect for fall. They also got a set for my aunt, which was left to my sister because it had a pink and grey modern star design while this was more me. We got to choose bedroom furniture in high school...she chose Danish Modern, I went for French Provincial!



The mark is simple...just the name and the shape number. The reason it doesn't say Made In Germany is because it was purchased in Germany, therefore was not required to have the Made In Germany stamp. If it had been ordered from the USA, it would have. Anyway...a wonderful family set! What are you sipping your tea from this week?



And for a treat for tea...I made a Peach Blueberry Coffee Cake, which is a family recipe from my mother. I have seen some similar ones... I think she got it from a flour bag if I remember correctly, but I have adapted it for my allergies, etc.

The  photo below is from the 2015 blog post...the one below it from this week...




Blueberry Peach Coffee Cake
Makes in round 9 inch cake

Cake:
1 cup of flour...(I used half white winter wheat from our local organic farm store)
1/2 cup granulated sugar...(I used organic unrefined/bleached)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried orange rind
1/4 cup butter...(I used Vegan)
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk...(I used almond milk)
1 can of sliced peaches...(12-14 ounces) well drained.. this time I used sliced fresh
1/2 cup or more fresh or frozen blueberries

Glaze:

1/2 cup sifted confectioner's sugar (Powdered sugar)
1/4 to 1/3 tsp Almond extract
2 to 2 1/2 tsp milk...(I used Almond milk)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease an 9 inch round cake pan.

Sift the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the orange rind and mix well. Cut the butter into small pieces and using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut it into the mix until the mix resembles crumbs.

Whisk together the egg, milk and vanilla and add to the dry ingredients, and stir with a fork to mix. Pour 2/3 of the mix into the prepared pan, and arrange the peach slices on top, filling in and around with the blueberries. Pour the remaining batter on top, spreading to cover as much as possible.

Bake 25-30 minutes until cooked through...don't test an peach...and golden brown at the edges. Cool on a rack in the pan for 20-30 minutes before adding glaze.

Whisk together the glaze ingredients being careful not to add too much milk. Drizzle all over the cake and let cool completely before cutting.



Thanks so much for joining me! 
And thank you so much for your kind comments, emails, thoughts and prayers.
With the Lord's help... we can do this!
May your week be filled with friends, cups of tea and joy!



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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Tuesday Cuppa Tea With Life Being Complicated

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...


But there won't be a linky. Because of the complicatedness of life at the moment, I think it best to drop that and just post what and when I can.
I want to thank all of the faithful linkers...and all of the wonderful friends I have made. Without the linky, maybe I will be able to visit more often.


This last week had some health issues my husband was again suffering with so I was not able to spend much time on a post.
But I remembered I hadn't shared my Little Old Lady character teapot before, and thought you might enjoy meeting her for tea.


Because I have fall decor around, I pulled out my 1930s English lusterware pitcher and filled it with some autumn leaves...


And added a Royal Wilkinson, England Clarice Cliff Charlotte brown transferware teacup and saucer... one of my favorites.


My guest of honor is either called Little Old Lady or Grandmother, depending on which pottery she was made by, as several potteries did in the late 1930s to late 1950s, including Wood and Sons and Price Kensington to name 2.


The fun thing with these hand painted teapots is that they are all different. There was a bit of artistic license enjoyed by the painters employed at the potteries, so the color schemes and decoration vary. Facial expressions vary too, and this one is quite sweet.


The impressed mark on this teapot just says Made In England with a Rd or Design Registry number, although it is pretty well illegible. From others I have had, I know the design was registered to Wood in 1938. This one does not have a maker mark though.
But I think she is charming!


Lastly I added one of my blown glass pumpkins. I think I have shared the other one...it's cobalt blue glass. This lives in the cupboard until fall, when it normally graces the mantle until the Christmas decor displaces it.
But it's a cheery fall pop of color from a Seattle glass blower.


I got the above photo from Pinterest, but no link so don't know it's source.
Have a lovely autumn week, enjoying lots of tea... got some Ginger Pumpkin Latte I am trying tomorrow...will let you know the results.
Thanks so much for visiting!

Monday, October 15, 2018

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Fall Fruit And Colors

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! It's been beautiful this week... cool mornings and lovely afternoons. Leaves are everywhere... I was reminded of this page from an old Victoria magazine....


“October gave a party, the leaves by hundreds came - 
the Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples, 
and leaves of every name.”
by George Cooper


My tea for this week was as usual on one of the 2 small tables in my sunroom. Just me, my Honey is recovering from surgery, and sleeping a lot, so not joining me as he usually does for afternoon tea...I take it to him in bed. He is recovering well, but with age and Parkinson's Disease it is a slow process. But we are blessed and grateful he is doing as well as he is!




I had forgotten about this 1970s Arthur Wood, England fruit pattern teapot, so brought it out for tea...




The large 40 ounce teapot has different fruits on each side... apples on one side and a pear and grapes on the other.,,, very autumn!
The pattern is signed, but I can't quite make out the designer... George something...



Arthur Wood started in 1904 from a branch of the prolific Wood pottery family in the Stoke-on-Trent area.
They went into administration in 2003, and were sold to Rayware Ltd., producing kitchenware and household goods.
They have continued to use the Arthur Wood (and Price Kensington as well) but many are no longer made in the UK but are made in China or Indonesia.
The number on this pattern dates it to the late 1970s.



I am looking at fall magazines I have from past years... this is a UK Country Life from 1998 that features autumn gardens.
I found some Pumpkin Scones...my first dive into the plethora of pumpkin treats this time of year...except, of course for the pumpkin spice teas I have been enjoying...



And my autumn teacup is a Victorian era Sutherland Imari teacup trio in an unusual colorway.




The term Imari was taken from the colors of the Imari region of Japan and adopted by English potters early in the Victorian era.





This is unusual because the lime green is dominant with the sepia or reddish brown transfreware with deep cobalt blue and lots of gold.



I love Imari, and Violet, Dowager Duchess of Grantham had several different sets of it through the Downton Abbey series...I'll be looking out for it in the upcoming movie.
Imari was popular until the 1940s in one form or another, but was not considered "modern" enough following World War II.




I'll eave you with this wonderful autumn window view.
I found it on Pinterest, but no source was given.

Love it!
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Monday, October 8, 2018

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Mid Century Fall Set, Plum Crumble

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
October marches on, and we have had rain for 2 days, and I have a turtleneck on for the first time this fall....


First of all, wishing all my Canadian friends a Happy Thanksgiving! 


I do love fall and share a lot of things, photos, graphics etc I find daily on my Antiques And Teacups Facebook page..
you can follow me HERE


This is a view of nearby Mt. Rainier National Park from our local paper. 
We live in a great area of gorgeous national parks!



"So I says ""My dear if you could give me a cup of tear to clear my muddle of a head, I  should better understand your affairs." " So we had tea and the affairs too..."  ~ Charles Dickens, Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy





My tea today in the sunroom features a family set from the 1950s which I have shared before, brought home by my parents from West Germany in the 1950s, bought at the Arzberg pottery, which had been in business since the 1880s.






The thin porcelain set has a great design of seeds, leaves and pods...perfect for fall. They also got a set for my aunt, which was left to my sister because it had a pink and grey modern star design while this was more me.




The mark is simple...just the name and the shape number. The reason it doesn't say Made In Germany is because it was purchased in Germany, therefore was not required to have the Made In Germany stamp. If it had been ordered from the USA, it would have. Anyway...a wonderful family set! What are you sipping your tea from this week?



I don't know about you, but fruit crisps and crumbles are the way to go around here at the end of fall. The organic fruit is running out fast, and so we tend to buy a lot before it diappears. Then we end up with some pieces that are less than perfect for eating fresh, so...
voila!
Fruit crumble!


The nice thing is that they are so versatile, and adapt to every kind of fruit....
The original recipe in the Sunset cookbook I have had for years is titled Peach, but I have adapted to almost every kind and combination of fruits and berries...

Oatie Peach Crumble (or any fruit combo)

Filling
6 cups fruit unpeeled, sliced or chunked and/or berries frozen or fresh
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbs cornstarch
1/2 tsp EACH ground nutmeg and vanilla
1 Tbs lemon juice

Stir together and spoon into a 2 quart baking dish. Prepare oat topping, sprinkle over fruit and bake a 375 degrees for about 40 minutes.

Oat Topping
1/2 cup rolled oats and flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
blend in 1/4 cold butter until resembles crumbs


And it was absolutely delicious..as usual.


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