A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Last Chance Harney Tea Giveaway, Goodies!!!

Welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Did you here if life gives you lemons make lemonade? That's what I have been doing, drinking lots of hot lemonade, for the last few days as the allergy attack is trying to be bronchitis. NO!!! Not before Christmas! So///if I misspell or something you'll know why!!!  

Please find the list of blogs I am joining below, including Sandi's Christmas Tea on Monday, Dec. 10th at Rose Chintz Cottage.

First of all, I want to remind you about my giveaway for a boxed set of Harney & Sons Holiday teas, seen below. 

We will draw the winner on Wed. Dec.12th. You can enter on this post HERE or click on the photo of the gift above.

My teacup for Tuesday Cuppa Tea is a Royal Grafton cup and saucer from the 1950s in the festive Noel pattern. Several other companies made the same pattern as well. Many of the pattern decals came from a design and artist shops, that sold to anyone interested. If the pottery didn't have an artist in residence, or needed a design quickly, they were bought in to use. Royal Albert and Queen Anne used this same pattern that I know of, and there may be others. Which is nice, because if you are looking for some, the more the merrier! Makes it easier to find. For more info on the Noel teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

I have another of a winner of a recipe to share for your Christmas teas. This is awesome! The recipe is a Maple Glazed Pumpkin Cranberry cake. What is more seasonal and holiday themed than that! I got it from the October  issue of Coastal Living magazine. Can you tell I love it? Here is the recipe:

Maple-Glazed Pumpkin-Cranberry Coffee Cake


  • 1 cup walnut halves
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup


1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place walnuts in a single layer on a baking sheet, and bake 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly toasted. Transfer to a plate to cool; chop.
2. Place cranberries in food processor and process until coarsely chopped. Set aside.
3. Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy; gradually add brown sugar, beating well. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating until blended after each addition.
4. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients; add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture, beating at low speed until blended after each addition. Stir in vanilla extract, pumpkin and reserved walnuts and cranberries. Spoon batter into a greased 12-cup Bundt pan, smoothing top.
5. Bake 50 to 55 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool cake in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan, and cool completely on rack.
6. Stir together powdered sugar and 1/4 cup maple syrup in a small bowl until smooth. Stir in remaining maple syrup, 1 teaspoon at a time, until glaze is pourable but not too thin. Drizzle glaze over cooled cake.

Absolutely wonderful!  I wanted to share a bit of my home decor as I haven't yet. Being ill, I haven't accomplished much. You already have seen my front door wreath at the top of the post, other than that, a decorated mantle and sideboard. We don't do a tree or our cat Tinker...now nicknamed The Terror...when there is no one but us around...climbs the tree.

I have done the cross stitches over the years so they always decorate the walls.  A wonderful reminder of some of the 38 years of our marriage.

So...Please enter the Harney & Sons Holiday tea giveaway at the top of the page and visit the wonderful blogs. It's so much fun during the Christmas and holiday season to see the marvelous decorating ideas. Thanks to you all for sharing!

Sandi's Christmas Tea Monday, Dec. 10th. Click on the photo.

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  1. Beautiful images, everyone of them. I love your English china, so pretty. I love cross stitch too, I have a couple of pictures I made for my kitchen and they're somewhere in storage. Yours are gorgeous, you are so talented. Thank you for hosting and have a lovely week.

  2. Hello Ruth~ Oh my, your recipe sounds fabulous! It would be perfect at breakfast or tea time. What a talented stitcher you are. I love your framed pieces. The teacup is so festive, too. Have a great week & thx for hosting.

  3. Love that wreath and everything else here spells Merry Christmas.

  4. I love all of your Christmas framed cross stitch. I love that your Nativity set has cloth clothing. Not too many do.

  5. I love your pretty holly teacup and the cake looks delicious. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  6. Love your crocheted trees and your needlepoints! Hope you are feeling better very soon.
    Christmas blessings, Beth

  7. Hello dear Ruth,
    I'm so sorry you are not feeling well. Your teacup is so pretty and I LOVE your front door wreath. It's beautiful, love the colours! Your cake looks scrumptious too. Thank you so much for hosting and joining my special tea today. Take it easy and God bless you!

    Christmas blessings,

  8. So glad you are sharing the Royal Grafton teacup and saucer for it truly is a Christmas beauty. The coffee cake recipe sounds delish and this is always good for the holidays. Always enjoy you posts.

    Thanks, Pam

  9. Love the Christmas cross stitches! A lot of work and beautiful keepsakes. I used to do cross stitching years ago and have a few pieces left. Your manger scenes are sweet especially the large one. I'll be joining your party later today. We are getting a snow storm here and it looks very Christmasy although it is to change to freezing rain later on. Blessings, Pamela

  10. What a lovely wreath on your door! Your handcrafted pieces are gorgeous and look nice around the house.
    I think that cake is going to be on my 'to bake' list. Thanks for sharing it.

  11. What a wonderful coffee cake. I also love all your pretty pictures you have shared and the cup and saucer - beautiful!

  12. Hi Ruth,
    I hope you will get over this bronchitis soon. Your tea cup is beautiful and the cake looks really yummy. Maple glazed sounds great. I also admire your wonderful nativities. The stiched pictures are really a work of love. Looks beautiful. Thank you for sharing your treasures. Take care and have a blessed Christmas.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  13. I enjoyed seeing all your Christmas cross stitch pictures. Patience! They are lovely.
    I just made a copy of that Pumpkin.Cranberry coffee cake. I have a sneaking suspicion I shall be cooking one up before long!

  14. Beautiful teeacup and Christmas decor! The cake looks very delicious....Christine

  15. I'd like to try that recipe!...looks good!

  16. Hope you will be better soon! I do like your teacup, I have one something like it and hope to collect more! I enjoyed seeing all your lovely cross stitched pictures, so pretty! Thank you so much for the cake recipe and for hosting your lovely party each week. Take it easy and get better!

  17. Ruth ... I hope that you feel better soon. Your tea is perfect for warming up and your Maple Glazed Pumpkin Cranberry cake looks scrumptious. Your needle work is lovely ~ I admire those who are able to work a needle and thread to create such treasures. Now stay warm ... hugs, C. (HHL)

  18. What a wonderfully full blog. So much to see and take in! The cake looks so tasty as well. I'm sorry I couldn't enter your giveaway. What a shame!
    I love your cross stitch and what a lot of happy memories in each one. They must have taken hours. Lovely to pass to another generation too! Joan

  19. Wow, so impressed with all your gorgeous cross-stitch (I know the work that involved!), and I love that Noel teacup as well. I have the same design on a teacup by another maker, I believe. And I don't need to enter the giveaway as I already have those teas, but some lucky winner is going to LOVE them. Very generous of you to offer this set!

  20. Love the beautiful cross stitch pieces! I'm sure they each bring back some happy memories. Lovely Christmas decor.
    Have a happy week!

    sandy :)

  21. Beautiful Holly & Ivy Teacup! I loved seeing all your cross stitch work and Christms Decor.
    Hope you're fully recovered soon!
    ~ Phyllis

  22. All of our cross stitch projects are lovely. Takes so much time to complete those. I'm afraid I run out of patience.

  23. Such a pretty tea cup. I don't have any real Christmas cups. I must make that cake. I love pumpkin. Your cross stitcheries are all lovely. I will be starting a Christmas collection of Chritsmas sewing in the new year with my first Christmas quilt.

  24. Hello Ruth,
    I am sorry you are unwell, and hope that very soon you will be completely better!
    I have enjoyed your post, the tea cup is very festive, love that pattern! The cake looks delicious for sure. And, your home decorations look lovely. I used to do cross stitch years ago, but have not done any since. Your pieces are really nice.
    Happy Holidays!
    Boo hoo, I too am sick in bed these last few days, with much the same as you!

  25. Ruth, I'm sorry you're not feeling well these days. I think I have picked up a bug myself and I'm very late visiting because of it. Your cake sure looks good. Take care, my friend.

    Christmas blessings,


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