A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Tuesday Cuppa Tea---With Fall In The Air, Shelley Fruit Center Teacup, Happy Thanksgiving Canada!

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea here at Antiques And Teacups blog.

I'm so glad you could join me, and enjoy the coming of fall. It's been a mix of rain, clouds and sun here on the Olympic Peninsula...or, in other words normal!  

First of all, I want to wish all my dear Canadian friends a Happy Thanksgiving!

Then, I am joining Sandi to join in Breast Cancer Awareness with her pink tea:

At home....it's fall, and a warming soup seemed in order...

I've got home made split pea with ham soup in the Crock Pot....and it is smelling wonderful!  All the seasonal sights and smells announce autumn...

I am sharing a Shelley  China, England teacup today in the Fruit Center pattern...it just seemed appropriate for today.

This pretty bone china cup and saucer was made in the Gainsbourough shape, which is one of my favorite of the Shelley shapes. I think it is so elegant and graceful. And I LOVE the beautiful apples and plums in the center.  The teacup was made between 1940 and 1966 when the pottery closed. The Fruit Center pattern was made on several other shapes during that time as well, and in several different colors.  Can't you almost taste the crispness of the fruit?

The pattern number is 13770, and the S16 behind the slash identifies the colorway, or color of the exterior of the cup and saucer.  For more info on the Fruit Center teacup on Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

This afternoon, I again had afternoon tea in the sunroom, and looked through some old Victoria magazines, as I often do.

I was fine until I got to this page with breads, tarts and cookies, and that did it! I had to bake cookies! So, after looking around for a seasonal recipe, I made pumpkin spice cookies...recipe to follow....

The recipe called for cream cheese frosting, but as I am allergic to milk products, I settled for a sprinkling of Demarara crystalline sugar. It added quite a nice and subtle crunch to the semi softness of the cookies.

Then it was back to the sunroom for a cookie and another cup of tea. I used my family Arzburg 1950s German china...I inherited a teaset that my parents brought back from a conference they attended in the late 1950s in Munich, Germany.  And the table is another family piece in the sunroom...a 1930s California Pottery tile table I rescued from the potting shed when I moved into my first apartment in 1971.  I thought the table's tiles had a fall color scheme....

Here is the recipe which is really cheating, because it is so easy. I didn't have time to do my usual from scratch, but this really turned out well...

Easy Pumpkin Spice Cookies

1 18 ounce boxed spice cake mix...I used a dairy free one I get at my local               organic farm store
1 15 ounce can (the small one) of pumpkin pie filling
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans  (optional)
1/2 cup raisins  (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
lightly grease or spray cookie sheets

In a large bowl mix cake mix and pumpkin with a fork or mixer until well blended. Mix in nuts and/or raisins if desired.

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto the prepared cookie sheets. They don't flatten out a whole lot.

Bake for 8-12 minutes, depending on the size. They should be set and browned around the edges.

Cool on the baking sheets 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to finish cooling.

Medium sized cookies will yield about 3 dozen cookies, a few more if you added the nuts and/or raisins.

The recipe I used said frost with a mixture of cream cheese, powdered sugar and whatever flavoring desired to taste, ie lemon, pumpkin pie spice, maple, etc. But as, I mentioned I omitted that. The recipe is from a clipping that I didn't record the source for...sigh...

The best part...was how lovely the house smelled with all the wonderful spices! I do love fall!

Thanks for joining me today for Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you! This is just some of the blog parties I'll be joining. Also, look at the left side bar for many favorite blogs...they'd love a visit too!

Here's the link, you know what to do! Link a tea related post and join the fun!

Blogs and blog parties I am linking to my Tuesday Cuppa Tea post:
Sandi for Tea Time Tuesday  http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com/
Bernideen for Friends Sharing Tea  http://blog.bernideens.com/
Kathy  for A Delightsome Life  http://www.adelightsomelife.com/
Terri for Tea Cup Tuesday http://artfulaffirmations.blogspot.com/


  1. I love your pretty Shelley fruit teacup and the pumpkin cookie recipe sounds easy and delicious. Thank you for sharing and hosting.

  2. Good morning Ruth,
    What a beautiful teacup your Shelley is! Love the fruit motif in it. Your cookies look good too. Thnaks for sharing and have a lovely day.


  3. Happy to view your fall soup of split pea and ham. The Shelley yellow cup and saucer is a beauty and I love all your Shelley collection china. The Victoria magazines are always a wonderful way to enjoy them at tea time. Have a great week!


  4. Your teacup is truly beautiful and very fall-ish. The cookies look fantastic!

  5. What a lovely teacup. So glad that you are back hosting the tea parties. Thanks!

    Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

  6. What a lovely teacup and the cookies sound so good and so easy, too. I'll bet the soup will be perfect comfort food.

  7. Love your teacup! So pretty for fall! Thanks for the recipe and for hosting!

  8. Your soup sounds delicious, and the cookies yummy. You are sharing a pretty tea cup this week, and flipping through old Victoria magazines while sipping tea is a nice way to spend an autumn afternoon.

  9. I love the fruit on the china! And I so love looking through my Victorias! Thank you for hosting!

  10. I never knew Shelley made any teawares with decorations on them other than chintz! Love the recipe -- and I'm not surprised to find yet another kindred spirit who enjoys reading through the old Victorias! (And thanks so much for your kind comments about my mom. I so appreciate your taking time to do that!)

  11. I enjoyed seeing the Shelley teacup. I wouldn't have guessed it was a Shelley by looking at it because it doesn't have the 'distinctive' Shelley shape most associate with their teacups. Your pumpkin cookies and split pea and ham soup both look yummy! Perfect for fall.

  12. I just love Shelly tea cups. Each one seems more beautiful than the next. Have a great week. Thanks for hosting. Blessings, Martha

  13. Hi Ruth! Oh - another lovely Shelley - and I thought that fruit looked good enough to eat! However, the pumpkin cookies certainly do and may be just the ticket for me to take to our ladies brunch at church this Saturday. I had not decided upon what to take so this recipe comes just in time! Blessings!

  14. Love the sweet Thanksgiving postcard! Fall is the perfect time for soup. Love how the smell cozy ups our homes. Baking, mmmmmm! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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