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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..
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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...
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)

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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Monday, October 1, 2018

Tuesday Cuppa Tea For October First, Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies

Hi and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. It is so very colorful with the autumn leaves flaunting glorious hues....

From Tea Time magazine 
"I'm so glad I live in a
world where there are Octobers."
by L. M. Montgomery from
Anne Of Green Gables

The tea party this week I put together at the first of the week in my sunroom on my little tea table with items drawn from stock at Antiques And Teacups....and then the tablecloth and one of the teacups sold! Oh well,  I am calling it a first of October Tea...

I started with my family embroidered ecru linen runner, and put a fall colors tea cloth from the 1930-1940s over it with hand embroidered cross stitch salmon and rust colors with 4 matching tea napkins....

At least you can see the pretty colors with this photo. Then I added...taadaa...a Shelley teacup! What a surprise, right???!

This teacup is in the Bramble pattern and was made between 1963 and 1966 when the pottery closed. The design is a briar rose in pink, grey, black and lavender...a bit more understated than many of their patterns.

The shape is the Lincoln shape, which was only made briefly at the end of Shelley's history. But it's a nice sized cup of tea, and feels lovely in the hand!
The pattern was made in several different shapes...they come and go in the shop...

And another Shelley tea cup in the Swirls pattern in the art deco Regent shape...I love the ring handle...

which is quite different than the other Shelley...

The pattern number is 12876, and it was made on and off between 1940-1952 in about 6 different colors and combinations with and without gold trim. So different from the other teacup, but in tune with the modern trends that began after World War II and eventually put the major potteries out of business because they didn't adapt to modern styling soon enough.

For a real change I also found this really unusual 3 footed Japanese porcelain teacup from the 1920-1930s...

This is really hand painted start to finish, which you see when you look closely. I think the design is chestnuts....

I couldn't identify the maker, as many of these teacups were never marked with a maker's mark, and many of the later 1950s Japanese teacups had foil stickers with the maker's mark, which washed, wore or fell right off. It's such a plus when you actually find one!

I just thought this was so unusual and fun! And I love footed teacups! Lots of folks collect them just for that reason. Adds a bit of spice to the tea table!

The tea I have today is an organic Green And Black Chai from Stash Tea. I like to have some green everyday, but have to mask it with something else, and the addition of black and the Chai spices does that nicely!

And as for the cookies, the plate I am using for my cookies is a Betsey Ross House green transferware souvenir plate from the 1940-1950s from Royal China, USA.

I love transferware, and green is one you don't see that often. I also like the American patriotic theme. So fun! For more info on any of he china items at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

The cookies I made for tea are an old recipe I got when we were first married 42+ years ago from a can of Libby's Pumpkin Puree...although I now use an organic brand from our local organic market....They are a perfect fall treat! here is the recipe which I stumbled across online...just the same as my can label!

Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Spice Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Glaze (recipe follows)
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease baking sheets.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.  Makes 36.

BAKE for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Drizzle Glaze over cookies.

 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in small bowl until smooth.

How cool is that!?!  And we just finished off our half of a batch I made...froze the other half. How long they will stay frozen, is another question...lovely with a cup of tea, Chai or not!

Antiques And Teacups is currently having  15% OFF sale with code:  FALLFUN
Until October 8th.

I'll leave you with this photo I took this week outside one of our organic farm markets, Sunny Farms. So much joyful color!
I hope your week is filled with tea, friends and more joyous autumn color!

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Monday, September 24, 2018

Tuesday Cuppa Tea is Back! Shelley Fruit Center Teacup

I hope you enjoyed a wonderful fall week...as it is now officially fall. And welcome back to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  Teacup Tuesday is back, as my husband is home from the hospital and recovering nicely...as best he can with the added Parkinson's Disease.
A bit nearer to some sort of normal anyway!

It is fall here in the Pacific Northwest and really my favorite time here. Lovely! I have chosen a fall themed teacup in a pattern called Fruit Center by my favorite Shelley China, England that was made the last 3 years the company was in existence from 1963-1966. 

The shape is called Lincoln, and I love the blushing pink color!

Aren't the fruit luscious looking? We have a lot of organic growers around here, so at the moment I have plums and peaches sitting on the table. Making some sort of plum dessert tomorrow I think.

Among Shelley collectors, there is an ongoing discussion as to whether the fruit is apples or peaches along with the grapes and currants. Living in a state famous for our apples, I tend to side with the apple faction, but it's not clear at all! What do you think???

For more info on the pink Fruit Center teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

I always love getting Victoria's British issue...my favorites!
And I re read the other issues...

Speaking of fall and fruit, I was revisiting the September/October 2011 issue of Victoria Magazine which is a favorite thing to do as I have my afternoon tea in our sunroom.  I loved the apple pie on the front...doesn't that look delicious? 

And inside I enjoyed the fact that there were many articles about England which is my second home.  

But there were also great articles like the ones above. The top was part of the ongoing Touring section and features the Inn At Montchanin Village in Delaware. I was taken by the lovely display of transferware.  The bottom photo is of the pages titled The Flavor Of Fall and featured many great recipes. I have made so many from my collection of Victoria...some are family favorites and made often.

A Tiffany stained glass window panel from The Four Seasons at Morse Museum

Thanks so much for joining me again for Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
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