A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Aynsley Teacup, Antique New Year Postcard, New Year Tables, Roast Beef Bites

I hope you all are having wonderful times with family and friends for the holidays. If you haven't seen it, my previous post has the annual Christmas broadcast video from Sandgringham by Queen Elizabeth II which is outstanding!  It is Tuesday for Tuesday Cuppa Tea and I will be joining the blog parties listed below as well.

This is a gorgeous Aynsley, England teacup with a beautiful gold lace interior pattern. I love the color! It just somehow looks like the perfect thing to ring in the New Year with. The cup and saucer dates to the 1960s. I love it!

I have had a lot of cups of holiday tea the last few weeks...I do love the seasonal flavors!

I have been sharing antique Christmas postcards and will share antique New Year cards this week. Todays is an art nouveau design from 1910.

The poem is charming:

You see not a
step before you tread
on another year
But what looks dark
in the distance
Will brighten as
you draw near.

Definitely a heartening sentiment! The card was postmarked from Marion, Ohio to Prospect, Ohio on Dec. 31, 1910. I love the design!

To see more about either the teacup or postcard at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

With the New Year approaching, I found these neat design ideas in the Cottage Journal from Hoffman Media:

The cottage journal also had a great appetizer recipe for New Year's Eve which I think I'll be making:


Makes 2 dozen

24 thin slices Yukon Gold potatoes (about 3 potatoes)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper, divided
1/2 cup sour cream
1 (4-ounce) package blue cheese crumbles
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
1/2 pound thinly sliced roast beef
Garnish: fresh chives, paprika

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
2. In a medium bowl, combine potatoes and olive oil, tossing to coat. Place potato slices in a single layer on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle evenly with salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, turn over, and bake for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until crisp.
3. In a small bowl, combine sour cream, blue cheese, chives, horseradish, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
4. To assemble, spoon about 1 teaspoon sour cream mixture on each potato slice. Top with roast beef and an additional 1/2 teaspoon sour cream mixture. Garnish with chives and paprika, if desired. 

I think that sounds delicious! So...what's on your menu????

Our Christmas was lovely with Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services at church, goodies, presents, cards and calls to and from friends. Last evening we had a Downton Abbey PBS marathon and watched all od season 1 again with Season 2 to look forward to on Jan 8th. We are looking forward to that.

This is the Christmas card we received from our son and daughter in law:

Have a great day visiting the other blog parties, some of which are listed below:
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
Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Martha~  http://www.marthasfavorites.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
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  1. Love the gold lace inside the rim of your cup. Rather like a fancy petticoat under a plain skirt!

  2. Oooh,ahhh....gorgeous teacup, Ruth! I really enjoyed seeing the old postcard too. Sounds like you have some yummy things planned. We will be eating grapes on New Years Eve. It is an old Portuguese tradition that many Europeans share. We learned about it 18 yrs ago and adopted it although we are Irish, French & German, not Portuguese. HAPPY 2012.

  3. Oh my, but this is one gorgeous cup! I adore the shape and coloring, but it is the patterned gilding that really catches my eye! Lucky you to have this one!

  4. Oh my, such a lovely teacup! The color is beautiful! I like your antique postcard, and the message on it...it has traveled through many years to reach us!


  5. Enjoyed today's post ... that Aynsley teacup is beautiful with its vibrant blue color! Found you hopping through tea blogs; glad I did. It's such a nice tea blog I was an instant follower! :)

  6. It's all so beautiful!
    Happy New Year!


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