A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year! Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Pecan Tarts

And the best of New Years to you all! May 2013 be a year of peace, joy, beauty, health, prosperity and contentment for you.

I was out of town for Christmas, and deplugged for the time away. We were on a last minute killer deal Mexican Riviera cruise. I am always healthiest at sea, so... I did miss the blogs, but as I was recovering, it was nice to be quiet. So...our first Tuesday Cuppa Tea, although a bit late. We just returned yesterday afternoon, and I haven't even unpacked!

My teacup choice today was a Rosina, England cup and saucer with a pink to burgundy crocus pattern. They will soon be popping up here...the first flowers of the year in our gardens. The bone china cup has a different shape and fun loop handle. Quite fun! The teacup was made in the 1960s. So pretty! Will that be Earl Grey with one lump or two??? For more info at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

We are having ham and roasted vegetables for New Year's dinner later today, and these yummy little pecan tarts. I didn't have pecan pie until I was 20, doing gradutae work and living in a dorm for the first year. The dorms had a cafeteria, and one day I decided to try a strange looking dessert I had never seen or had before...pecan pie. I was hooked!!! It has remained a favorite of mine. This is a great recipe I found years ago, and recently found again by accident on Myrecipes.com...identical to the one I've used for years.

Pecan Tarts


  • 2 (3-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


Beat cream cheese and 2/3 cup butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until blended. Add flour and salt; beat until combined. Divide dough in half. Flatten each half into a round disk about 1 inch thick. Wrap in heavy-duty plastic wrap; chill 1 hour.
Shape dough into 2-inch balls. Flatten balls, and place in 3-inch muffin cups, forming each into a shell. (Dough should form a lip above muffin cups.) Sprinkle pecans evenly in pastry cups.
Whisk together eggs and next 5 ingredients until blended. Carefully pour egg mixture evenly over pecans. (Pastries will be full.) Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes or until set.

Enjoy!!!  Below is the list of some of the blogs I am joining, as well as the linky to link your tea related post. Have a wonderful day! Off to watch the Rose Parade!

Terri~  http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/ 
Teacup Tuesday
Trisha~  http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/ 
Tea Party Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Kathy~  http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Tea On Tuesday
Miss Kathy ~http://thewritersreverie.blogspot.com/
Tuesday Tea       
Tea On Tuesday
Tea Tuesday
Tea On Tuesday
Poetry In A Pot Of Tea
Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday
What’s It Wednesday                                           
Home On Wednesday
 A Tea Lover     ~http://the-teaist.blogspot.com/
Tea Talk Wednesday


  1. Hi Ruth,
    I was very glad to see you're hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea in this special Tuesday, the first one of 2013, even if you've just arrived from a very enjoyable trip!
    You prepared a lovely tea with this sweet Rosina cup and a yummy tart! Thanks for the recipe.
    Happy New Year, specially in good health!
    Hugs from Portugal

  2. Love your New Year greeting card! Your tea cup is pretty too! I usually add my tea cups to the party but was too busy. Have a Happy New Year!

  3. Hi Ruth! Happy New Year to you and blessings as we close out our Christmas and holiday celebrations! Looks like you're the only tea lady with a linky up today. Been visiting everyone and enjoying all the festivities and family love being shared.

    I am also loving this beautiful Rosina cup - that cup shape and handle are marvelous! The red color against the white is stunning - very elegant. Thank you so much for sharing. I have one Rosina cup and love the feel of that, too.


  4. Hi Ruth and welcome back! I'm glad you had a break and a sunny cruise to unwind and refresh yourself. That teacup is so pretty. I really like the crocus on it and the shape of it. Pecan pie is a favourite of mine too but I never make it. Wishing you a blessed new year. Pamela

  5. Welcome back Ruth. When I saw that you just shared a Rosina teacup and saucer, I just linked up a recent post on a Rosina teacup I just purchased thrifting.

  6. What a great old post card! Happy New Year!

  7. Happy New Year, Ruth! Glad you were able to get away on a cruise to recuperate. The pecan tarts look delicious. I haven't made them in awhile, so thanks for jogging my memory.
    ~ Phyllis

  8. Hi Ruth,
    So glad you are feeling better and enjoyed your cruise. Your teacup is so lovely and the pecan tarts look so good! Thank you for the recipe and thank you for hosting your tea party this week!

  9. Pecan Pie/Tarts...Yum!! I have never made either...but I never turn them down! LOL!
    Wishing you an Extraordinary New Year!

  10. Hello Ruth~ Happy 2013 to you and yours! Sounds like you had a lovely trip. Oh, my...your cups are so elegant! What a delicious treat your tiny pecan tarts must be. I never had Shoo Fly Pie until I visited PA about 10 years ago and can't find it in California, so I will have to make it myself. Know of a good recipe? Thanks for listing my blog- that was sweet of you! Joy and warm memories all the year long,

  11. Looks like a lovely meal - the Pecan Tarts are wonderful! Glad you had a nice vacation too!

  12. Hi Ruth, Glad you had a nice cruise! Wow, getting out in the warm weather sounds really good right now (it's very cold here). I like your teacup too. As you know, I'm partial to flowers. I recently made my first pecan pie. I'd eaten it plenty of times but never made one from scratch. It turned out very well. Your dinner sounds delicious, especially topped off with the pecan tarts for dessert. Happy New Year, Ruth!

  13. Welcome home Ruth! I used to have a recipe close to this and have lost it. This looks like a good replacement.
    Happy New Year!


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