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Monday, July 17, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Shelley, Strawberry Scones and A Giveaway!!!

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I am back enjoying life again...the wind has died down and the severe allergies have receded. I always have problems with high pollen, but this year, with the long winter in our area with record rainfall caused a late and extreme pollen load...haven't had it like this in years...but it passes...and it has! WooHoo!!!

I have a strawberry scones tea today...actually had it all ready last week, but...good thing I had photographed it already as the goodies are all gone!

As I was deciding what to use for this tea, I got to a Shelley tea set I have and decided to use it, because I love the aqua and white of the Drifting Leaves pattern...

This set is in the Gainsborough shape and so the teapot is very curvy...which I love!

The pattern was a true mid century design with it's stylized leaves a "snow crystals? and was only made from 1956 to 1966 when the pottery closed. The pattern number is number 13848.

The teacups are so sweet...I love the Gainsborough shape...actually one of my favorites!

 The mark again...the set was made late enough in Shelley's history that the pieces are always marked with the pattern name.

Many earlier china only had numbers, not marks, and then they became more consistent with marking with the name.

I am using another of my embroidered tea cloths...this has multicolored Daisies. It has a few stains, so I have a projest next week to see if I can get those out. I recently found a forgotten box of linens in the back of the closet I brought home from an England trip just before a move that I had completely forgotten about! Just like Christmas!

I also have luncheon plates in the Drifting Leaves pattern, and a creamer and sugar basin and a cake plateau which I forgot to get out, although I remembered the sandwich tray!....

And a rectangular sandwich tray...those are really hard to find... on the tray are the fresh Strawberry Scones I made...the recipe is below...

And now... a Giveaway! I don't know if you noticed, but at the back of the tea table is a book....
Summer At Fairacre by Miss Read.

I have collected the entire series of her books. The series features school teachers in small Cotswolds villages of Fairacre, Thrush Green, Caxley and surrounding areas and cover from the late Victorian to the 1970s in varipus books. They are wonderful! I was first given one by my new sister-in-law after marrying my husband in 1974 and visiting his family in England, and was instantly hooked. 

My husband and I were at our local library monthly book sale and he picked it up for me, knowing how I love the auther. The hardback book is a dulpicate, so I will pass along the joy to a new...or already hooked...reader...

To enter...just comment  "EnterMe" on this post. I will draw a winner on Monday, July 24th, and post it on this blog as well as on Facebook and Google +. Please check back on the blog, because some commenters are hard to reply or contact with the new blooger commenting rules.

We get 2 kinds of organic strawberries here...the larger American variety seen at the top of the blog...perfect sliced for pies or dipped in chocolate...and the smaller English variety seen in the photo above, with a different and more intense strawberry flavor that we love. They are the straberries I used in this recipe, although both are good!

The Strawberry Shortcake Scones recipe I used is from the blog BellyFull at


Tender flaky scones with fresh strawberries throughout and a dreamy glaze!
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 12 small strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 3/4 cup half and half
For the glaze
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add butter and cut in with a pastry blender (or your hands) until mixture resembles crumbs.
  3. Toss in strawberries and coat lightly with the flour mixture. Add half and half and fold together gently until the mixture just begins to come together and form a soft dough. (Do not knead or over mix the dough.)
  4. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and pat into a 1-inch thick rectangle. With a sharp knife, cut the rectangle into 6 squares, then cut the squares on the diagonal to form 12 triangles. Place scones on prepared baking sheet and bake 16-18 minutes or until cooked through and golden.
  5. Place a sheet of parchment on a work surface, then place a cooling rack over top of parchment. Remove scones from pan to cooling rack. Cool about 10 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, make glaze by whisking together powdered sugar, vanilla, and half and half until smooth. (If glaze is too thick, add a bit more cream. If it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar.)
  7. Generously drizzle scones with the glaze. (Glaze will firm up when scones are completely cool.) Eat and enjoy!

There you go! They didn't last around here! Moist and tender...delicious!
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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea? Facebook Milestone

Hi there... the last few days have been a reminder for me that...

As this scripture graphic from Little Birdie Blessings says... My times are in His hands! The last 3 days have been gale warnings coupled with very high pollen warnings...so I have been battling a sinus headache and in bed most the time...so the photos and recipe I prepared for Tuesday Cuppa Tea this week will have to wait as I can only spend a few minutes at the computer. The conditions are to start changing tomorrow, so looking forward to that.

But just wanted to share a Facebook milestone! I didn't notice until a friend emailed me. My Facebook page, Antiques And Teacups has surpassed 50,000 followers! I couldn't believe it! 
So thanks to anyone who already follows my page, or you can sign up at 

Have a great week and hopefully I will be able to visit some blogs.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea for July 4th!

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea for the 4th of July 2017!

3 Cheers for the red, white and blue!

My sunroom tea for the 4th is just that...red, white and nlue transferware!

My table is presided over by my God Bless America Eagle...always out for patriotic days, although usually higher up on another wall...

I have a lot of transferware, but most was made in England...so most of what is on the table is made in England. 

BUT...I  thought this Liberty Blue dinner plate in the Independence Hall Philadelphia was perfect! 

The blue transferware plate was made by Enoch Wedgwood, England for the American market to celebrate the Bicentennial in 1776. The pattern was sold /given away first at Eastern Ben Frankin Davings and Loan branches, and then available at grocery stores across the nation with points or stamps. 

The red transferware teapot is a teapot I love because of the octagonal shape and is in the Old Britain Castles pattern...

My blue and white transferware teacup trio is the Royal Homes Of Britain pattern, also by Enoch Wedgwood from the 1950-1960s. This is a member of the Wedgwood family, but not the Josiah Wedgwood we think of with the Wedgwood name famous for jasperware.

My red transferware cup and saucer is by Enoch Woods in the English Scenery pattern from the 1940s, which is one of my favorites! 

I am usuing 2 open salts in the same pattern, one to be a sugar bowl with my American Wallace sterling silver art deco sugar tongs from the 1930s...

I am using a set of 4 American made silver plated teaspoons by Rogers 1847 in the Her Majesty pattern  from the 1930-1940s... 

And tea today is from the English tea company Harney & Sons...in my favorite Darjeeling...

For a tea treat...I made some simple shortbread stars with red, white and blue sprinkles...I have shared the recipe before...it is HERE. I had thought to do something fancier, but we are enjoying peaches by the lug around here, and I just didn't think Peach Kuchen was 4th of July enough, so stars it is!

Thanks so much for joining me for tea and wishing you a wonderful 
4th Of July!
God Bless America!

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Happy Canada Day 150th Anniversary, Nanaimo Bars

Because our closest big city is over the border in Canada...Victoria, BC to be precise...this Tuesday Cuppa Tea is celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary!

So I put together a small sunroom tea in honor of the big day on July 1st...

We will probably see the fireworks as usual from Victoria, BC from the end of our block where we look down a bit and over the Strait of Juan De Fuca which divides the US and Canada...

150 years is a wonderful milestone of the commonwealth association with the United Kingdom....

I was amazed, that as close as we are to Canada and as often as we have been there over the years, how little I have with Canada on it...although my husband and I both have fleeces and sweatshirts acquired over the years when a weather change has overtaken us, necessitating the buying of another layer... but I did find a ew things to put in a tea post...so join me for Canadian Breakfast tea in honour of Canada!

I found that I had this Canada Centennial teacup commemorating 1867-1967. It is porcelain, made in china, but at least it commemorates the last significant milestone before this one...

The other teacuop I found is from the 1940s and is a Canadian souvenir teacup with the Canadian cresy on it. It's made by the famous Royal Winton Grimwades of England and is earthenware. Sort of a pale yellow...

And of course...our tea! Canadian Breakfast! The 3 pack of teas was a gift from a Canadian friend, and has Maple Black and a fruity Icewine as well as the Canadian Breakfast. The tins stck, and have great graphics of a Mountie and various Maple leaves. The tea was packed by Metropolitan Tea in Toronto.

As I said, I don't have a lot of Canadian china, although I do have various provincial souvenir dishes, but I found that this lovely 1953 Queen Elizabsth II Coronation plate was made by the Canadian pottery Collingswood, so thought that was appropriate...Canada is part of the Commonwealth, so...

And of course, we need a Canadian themed treat! Around here, that would inevitably be Nanaimo Bars...named for a coastal town on Vancouver Island, upisland...as it is called...from Victoria...where the bar was developed...they are available all over here including on the ferries and in grocery stores...a very popular layered bar. I found a good recipe on Allrecipes.com, so am passing that along...

Nanaimo Bars


"Because it's three layers, this sounds hard but it's worth it. My son is famous for making and taking these in to work. I've heard other names but here in the Northwest everyone knows them as Nanaimo bars. They are sold on British Columbia Ferries and at coffee stands. If you can't find custard powder, I've used instant pudding mix with good results."
·         1/2 cup butter, softened
·         1/4 cup white sugar
·         5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
·         1 egg, beaten
·         1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs
·         1 cup flaked coconut
·         1/2 cup finely chopped almonds (optional)

·         1/2 cup butter, softened
·         3 tablespoons heavy cream
·         2 tablespoons custard powder like Bird's
·         2 cups confectioners' sugar
·         4 (1 ounce) squares semisweet baking chocolate
·         2 teaspoons butter
  1. In the top of a double boiler, combine 1/2 cup butter, white sugar and cocoa powder. Stir occasionally until melted and smooth. Beat in the egg, stirring until thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and mix in the graham cracker crumbs, coconut and almonds (if you like). Press into the bottom of an ungreased 8x8 inch pan.
  2. For the middle layer, cream together 1/2 cup butter, heavy cream and custard powder until light and fluffy. Mix in the confectioners' sugar until smooth. Spread over the bottom layer in the pan. Chill to set.
  3. While the second layer is chilling, melt the semisweet chocolate and 2 teaspoons butter together in the microwave or over low heat. Spread over the chilled bars. Let the chocolate set before cutting into squares.

Thanks so much for joining me for my Canadian tea! Prince Charles and Camilla will be in Canada for the festivities for 3 days from June 29th...

For more, click the phot for an article on the CBC webpage...

Here are some of the blog parties I am joining...

Here is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there!  I am so looking forward to visiting you!


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