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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Here Comes Christmas! Victoria 1991, Apricot Prune Tarts, Johnson Bros Christmas Bells

Here comes Christmas...as Scrooge put it...breathing down your neck with plum pudding scented breath! And I love it!!!! It's time for Tuesday Cuppa Tea here and I am joining the wonderful Tuesday tea themed blog parties, some of which are listed below!

Because Johnson Brothers, England is such a homey favorite, here is a teacup in a Christmas pattern to share. Not fancy, but perfect for a cup of tea or a little peppermint hot chocolate! This set was made in the 1970s in a pattern, as far as I can tell, is called Christmas Bells.  So cute!

For more info on the teacup at Antiques And Teacups click on the photos.

Because I am joining Kathy at Victoria Return To Loveliness I decided to share a few things from the December 1991 issue. Please forgive the photographs...I haven't mastered taking a photo of a glossy page!

I treasure all the issues and go through all the Christmas issues every year as an inspiration and a joy. My favorite thing to do while sitting in the winter afternoon for a tea break from my business. Ahhhh! 

In this issue, they also gave a tutorial to make fabric stars.

If you are interested in it...let me know and I will scan the page an email the directions to you.

And a recipe from the issue...

Apricot-Prune Tartlets
12 to 16 dried apricots
12 to 16 pitted prunes
1 cup boiling water
1 (17 1/4 oz) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed (2 sheets)
1/4 cup sugar

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place apricots and prunes in separate small bowls. Pour half the water over each of the dried fruits tp soften. Let stand 5 minutes. Drain

2. On floured surface, unfold 1 sheet of puff pastry. Press together seams to seal. Using a 4 inch biscuit cutter, cut pastry into 4 rounds. Repeat with remaining pastry sheet.

3.  Arrange pastry rounds on cookie sheets. Top each round with 3 or 4 dried fruits. Sprinkle with sugar.

4.  Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes until pastry is puffed and golden, and fruit is glazed. Serve warm. Makes 8

I have made them and they are lovely.

Here are some of the lovely tea related blog parties I am joining. Have a wonderful time visiting them and getting some inspirations for the holidays!

Martha~  http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Terri~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Wanda Lee~  http://silkenpurse.blogspot.com/ 
Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday
Pam~  http://breathoffreshair-paperbutterfly.blogspot.com/ 
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
Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness

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  1. Hello Ruth,
    What a cute teacup your JB Christmas Bells is! I have never seen that one before; love it! The Apricot-prune tarts sound deicious. Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea.


  2. Hello Ruth,
    Johnsons Christmas tea cup is really adorable. Thank you for sharing all this pretty inspirations and the lovely recipe.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  3. There is nothing like those Christmas Victoria issues! So full of inspiration. That's a cheery JB cup too.

  4. Happy Tuesday, Ruth,

    Your Christmas cup is heralds in the holiday with bells ringing and the smell of fir sprigs.

    The tarts sound delicious. Also I love the 'old' Victoria magazines...I wish they hadn't changed.

    Enjoy the day,

  5. I enjoy holiday china so it was nice to learn of this one. I enjoy eating apricots and dried plums so this recipe is very appealing to me!

  6. Thats a very lovely Christmas teacup. I haven't got any Christmas tea things , must get some soon,as everyone has some lovely ones one their blogs. thanks for sharing yours. xx j

  7. I love Johnson Bros anything! Can't beat the Victoria Christmas issue. Happy Tea Day!

  8. That's a very festive cup - thanks for sharing so much with us in today's post.

  9. Your Christmas teacup is festive looking and I enjoyed seeing the old issue of Victoria.

  10. All sorts of fun things here! What an interesting recipe too!

  11. The tartlets sound good, and your teacup is very pretty. I don't have any Christmas teacups but I am on the look-out for one:) You have a very lovely blog.


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