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Monday, October 24, 2011

Fall Tapestry Chintz Teacup, Teapot, Tea Book, Pumpkin Muffins

Hello and welcome to Teacup Tuesday, Teapot & Tea things Tuesday, Tuesday Cuppa Tea and all the other wonderful tea related blog parties, many of which are listed at the bottom of the post for you to visit.


I am still in a fall mood so today I have a teapot and a teacup by different makers in a paisley chintz pattern. 






This is a wonderful Royal Standard, England cup and saucer made in the 1950s. I love it! Very fall colors as well.







 This is a different colorway and variation of paisley from an unknown English maker from the 1930s.


Paisley was a very popular pattern from the 1850-1950s and was made in a number of variations by many different manufacturers. "Paisley" is a term taken from ancient Persian designs or designs from India that were brought to England during explorations of the far east and  during The Raj or English occupation of  India and designated an embellished teardrop shape. The term "chintz" derived from the same areas but denoted an all over print style taken from textiles as was paisley. I love both paisley and chintz~ What's NOT to love???


For more info on the paisley teacup and teapot at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.


Speaking of fall...we were, weren't we? I found a slightly battered tea related book in the bookshelf. The book is called Tea - Delectables For All Seasons by Maryjo Koch. Click the title to go the Amazon.com listing.




The hardback book is small, tied closed with a green ribbon and features drawings of botanicals and teapots, tea lore, tea terms and just delightful tea realted drawings by the author.




For her Autumn page, she has drawn a teapot shape made of twigs and mushrooms with the comment "Mushroom tea? Perhaps. Beautiful on a pot, not in it."  The book was published in 1995 by Collins Publishing, San Francisco.


I wanted to share a pumpkin muffin recipe that I found and will be trying today from MyRecipes.com. When you see the recipe you can see why I can't wait to try them! The recipe is from Southern Living Magazine October 2011







Sticky-Bun Pumpkin Muffins



Ingredients

  • 2 cups pecan halves and pieces
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • (15-oz.) can pumpkin
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • large eggs
  • Preparation

    • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
    • 2. Stir together melted butter and next 2 ingredients. Spoon 1 rounded teaspoonful butter mixture into each cup of 2 lightly greased 12-cup muffin pans, and top each with 1 rounded tablespoonful pecans.
    • 3. Stir together flour and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl, and make a well in center of mixture. Whisk together pumpkin, next 2 ingredients, and 2/3 cup water; add to dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.
    • 4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin pans, filling three-fourths full.
    • 5. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Invert pan immediately to remove muffins, and arrange muffins on a wire rack. Spoon any topping remaining in muffin cups over muffins. Let cool 5 minutes.
    • TRY THIS TWIST!
    • Pecan-Pumpkin Bread: Omit butter, brown sugar, and corn syrup. Substitute 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans for 2 cups pecan halves and pieces; toast as directed in Step 1. Omit Step 2. Prepare batter as directed in Step 3; stir in pecans. Spoon batter into 2 greased and floured 9- x 5-inch loafpans. Bake at 350° for 1 hour to 1 hour and 10 minutes or until a long wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pans to wire rack, and cool completely (about 1 hour). Makes: 2 loaves. Hands-on time: 20 min.; Total time 2 hr., 40 min.
    Does that sound good...or what! Have a great day visiting the other tea related blogs and enjoy what here in Sequim is a crisp, clear, gorgeous fall day!


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    Terri~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ 
    Teacup Tuesday
    Wanda Lee~  http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com/ 
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    Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
     
    Wanda Lee~  http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/ 
    Tea For Two and Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee
    Trisha~  http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/ 
    Tea Party Tuesday
    Lady Katherine~  http://ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com/ 
    Teatime Tuesday
    Teatime Tuesday
    Tuesday Cuppa Tea

9 comments:

  1. Well, I'm loving the book - of course! But, I'm afraid those muffins would really have me off my feed. Not doing too well with sugars these days. Toying around with recipe modifications so I can still have my tea treats - with MUCH less of the sweet. Interesting paisley and textile history. I think I knew that - a long time ago . . .

    Joy!
    Kathy

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  2. Hi Ruth,
    I am very fond on Paisleys and therefore I love your cup and the tea pot also. Both are really beautiful. Your sticky-bun pumpkin muffins look great. Thank you for sharing this nice recipe.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  3. Hello Ruth,
    What a pretty teacup. I do love chintz. The teapot is very Fall-ish and an outstanding pattern. Those muffins sound delicious. Thank you for joining me for tea today and I wish you a most delightful week.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  4. Beautiful teapots and cups, Ruth. The muffins look so delicious...Christine

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  5. Still having a problem with Blogger comments. Your paisley teacup is beautiful and what a gorgeous and exotic looking teapot. That looks like a cute book (mushroom tea does sound yucky). The pumpkin muffins look delicious.

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  6. Hi Ruth,
    I didn´t know about "Paisley" and so I loved reading your explanation.
    Both patterns are very suitable for the present season.
    I also loved the book about tea - such lovely drawings - and the muffins, of course!!!
    Thanks for sharing
    Hugs

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  7. Dearest Ruth,

    What a delightful Paisley Chintz selection of pieces you have shred with us today. I love the warm Autumnal colors and also adore anything blue.

    The Pumpkin Sticky bun muffin recipes looks deliciously yummy.., Everything is simply delightful and that book is charming also!

    Thanks so much for joining us for Tea.~ We always love having you partake!

    Hugs, Wanda Lee

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  8. The paisley is just beautiful! Love any chintz pattern. thanks for coming by!
    Sherry

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