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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Fall Favorites, Shelley Wileman, bits and bobs!

Hello and welcome to the last Tuesday Cuppa Tea in October. Amazing! The above photo is from a 2010 Harrod's London Halloween display ...I just love this!!! Since this week contains Halloween I thought I'd include it! My niece took the photo and sent it to me.

My teacup today goes with the fall theme...a time for green leaves turning to rust and gold....This is a Wileman China teacup trio in the Empire shape with a pattern called Floral Print With Scroll...

In case you were wondering...Wileman is the precursor of Shelley China. The company was started in the mid 1800s and changed formally to Shelley China in the 1910s, when this shape was discontinued. I love the Victorian styling of the scallops, frills and designs...

The design has a pale green floral transfer which is a nice contrast to the rust scrolling and gold trim...

The Rd. refers to Registry Date, which is when the pattern...number 9109...was registered for use in 1893, but the Shelley pattern books say that the pattern number wasn't produced until 1899 and discontinued with the shape in the 1910s, although the end date is just placed as 1910s. This is the sort of china I have seen on the early seasons of Downton Abbey.  The words The Foley at the top refer to the pottery name which was taken from a district in Stoke-on-Trent. I love the fact that the company kept such marvelous records! For more info on the teacup trio click on the photos or visit Antiques And Teacups.

This post would have been done a week ago, but then I had the computer crash...thanks to a Windows update...and I couldn't get to the photos until things were back up and running again. A big fall festival around here is the Dungeness Crab And Seafood Festival in nearby Port Angeles, 15 miles down highway 101...

Right by the Coho Ferry dock from Victoria, BC Canada, which sold out the ferry 2 days in a row this year...3 trips back and forth...each carrying a total or 940 people...

Here is the map of the town...and the festival site...

Dungeness Crab is actually named for the area...specifically first being identified and classified on the Dungeness Spit by where we live....

The Dungeness spit is also the longest natural spit in the US and has a great Lighthouse. The entire spit area is now a National Wildlife refuge....

It's a 3 mile walk out to the lighthouse...but you can also arrange with the park to stay there if you would like....but back to the Crab Festival....

2 tons of crab was consumed during the 2 1/2 days of the festival...

With lots of other goodies besides crab, of course! Our kids love to visit for this! So...to tie this into tea again, I looked around and found a great recipe for Dungeness Crab Sandwiches on Zucchini Bread at a great blog called Tearoom In The Sky. Click on the photo to go visit and get the recipe!

And for those of you who don't know,  P. D. James' Death At Pemberly airs tonight, and I am very much looking forward to it. I read the book when it came out, so am interested on how it translates to TV....

You may remember on my Tuesday Cuppa Tea I told you how I love candy corn, so here was afternoon tea today...I made pumpkin spice mini cupcakes and decorated them with candy corn!

Thanks so much for joining me. Below is the linky for linking your tea related posts...as always, remember it is SSLLLOOOOOWW but does show up. I love your comments and emails!  Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Rosina Yellow Roses, Apple Cinnamon Walnut Scones

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! I had hoped to blog about last week's Dungeness Crab Festival, and had everything ready to go, when Microsoft Windows did a major update last Wednesday and crashed my computer. I just got it back from the tech, but all my crab festival photos are lost on the computer...along with all my contacts and calender from my Firefox Thunderbird email program! Ahh the joys of technology! So, I scrambled, and I hope you forgive any choppiness...or incoherence...or babbling...or...

So, the substitute teacup I have today in a Rosina, England 1940s cup and saucer with yellow dog roses on a chintz band in fall colors.  chose it because of the colors...

As I have mentioned before, I like Rosina...they made great china during their time, most a lot fancier than this teacup. often with lots of hand applied enamel. This is a hand painted on transfer pattern from 1948-1952 and is quite simple, but so evocative of fall. 

Rosina was manufactured at the Queen's pottery in Longton by G. Warrilow and Sons., and there are some who say it was named Rosina for one of the Warrilow daughters.

The company closed in the 1960s, when so many Staffordshire potteries met their demise in a climate of consolidation and liquidation. But Rosina has some fabulous teacups out there. This is available at Antiques And Teacups. Click on the photos for more info.

I had to buy a bag of Candy Corn...I do love it! And I bought this too...Candy Corn Oreos!

Pretty fun, huh?!  

Candy Corn was invented in the 1880's by George Renninger, who worked at the Wunderlee Candy Company in Philadelphia.  It's original name was "chicken feed" because corn was closely associated with feeding chickens.  In the beginning the candy had no association with Halloween or autumn. It was only after WWII that the candy was advertised as a Halloween candy, and the tradition has remained unchanged.  35 million pounds of candy corn are produced each year.  It even has its own holiday - "National Candy Corn Day" on October 30th.  There are roughly 140 calories [and no fat] in 22 pieces of this classic treat, so enjoy!

But for a more special seasonal tea time treat, I got this from Tea Time magazine...and thought I'd share it. I had planned to make these for today but with all the computer problems...it didn't happen! But that doesn't mean you can't make them, and I will as soon as I find stuff on the computer...sigh....

 Apple Cinnamon Walnut Scones

With ingredients like chopped green apples, cinnamon morsels, and toasted walnuts signaling the arrival of fall, this toothsome scone is sure to become a teatime favorite.

recipe Apple Cinnamon Walnut Scones from Tea Time Magazine

  1. 2 cups self-rising flour*
  2. 3 tablespoons sugar
  3. ¼ cup cold salted butter
  4. 1 cup diced, peeled green apple
  5. ¼ cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  6. ⅓ cup cinnamon baking chips†
  7. ⅔ cup cold heavy whipping cream
  8. 1 large egg
  9. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  10. 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour and sugar, whisking well. Using a pastry blender, cut butter into flour mixture until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add apple, walnuts, and cinnamon chips, stirring to combine. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, combine cream, egg, and vanilla extract, whisking well. Add to flour mixture, stirring until mixture comes together and forms a soft dough. (If dough seems dry, add more cream, 1 tablespoon at a time, until uniformly moist.)
  5. Using a levered 3-tablespoon scoop, drop dough onto prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle tops of scones with turbinado sugar.
  6. Bake until light golden brown, approximately 20 minutes.

I hope you have a wonderful week! Below please find the linky for your tea related posts. Remember, it is SSLLLOOOOOWWW but does work...please be patient! 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Happy Canada Thanksgiving, Spode Buttercup, NW Tea Festival

Hello and welcome to another edition of Tuesday Cuppa Tea. We have had stormy weather on and off this week interspersed with gorgeous sunshine and mild temperatures...typical fall! The photo collage above is from the Aiken House and Garden blog...she does gorgeous photos! It just needed to be shared with you!

And a very Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

I chose a fall color teacup today that I have shred before, but I love it. It's the Buttercup pattern creamware cup and saucer made by Spode, England...

I love the molded pattern...lattice and ribs, that feels so tactile in the hand, and the brown and yellow color scheme. This 1970s version is a reproduction by the company of an 1895 design that was very popular but was discontinued when war broke out in the 1940s and then reinstituted in the 1970s. The pattern number, as you can see is 2/7873. This was after the split with Copeland but that's a long story for another blog post! For more info on the teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

If any of you follow my Facebook page, Antiques And Teacups, you might remember I was bemoaning the fact I wasn't going to make it to Seattle last weekend for the NW Tea Festival...but I did!  At the last minute on Saturday a girlfriend was able to come so we attended....

Not a thrilling photo, but here is my CRV on the ferry from Bainbridge Island to Seattle...our usual way into town.

This is the map of the NW Tea Festival at Fisher Pavilion in the area called Seattle Center by the Space Needle...parking was a pain, but worth it...even if only for the day. We have usually stayed overnight for 2 days, but getting there for one day was better than not.

This was the Black Dragon Tea Bar with tastings...

The Essential Baking Company had organic goodies for sale...

Barnes & Watson explaining their teas and giving samples...

Jasmine Teas booth with samples of many varieties...

More tea samples....

And Tea Time magazine was there, but we missed the presentation by Lorna Reeves. But...one of our blogging friends was a speaker on Oolong tea...Steph from Steph's Cup Of Tea! This photo is from her blog report...

Before we headed back to the ferry...we stopped at the snack bar for some....tea...and a piece of tea cake...Blueberry Orange Coffee Cake that was delicious! 

So we had a great time but arrived home late and tired...but happy we'd made it after all!  I am joining...

Thanks for joining me for Tuesday Cuppa Tea.  Have a wonderful week and enjoy the fall colors!

Below is the linky for your tea related posts which, I'll just remind you, is SSLLOOOOOWWW but does appear. Have patience! As the little snail said...

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Tea Themed Wrapping Paper

Just had to share this neat find....tea wrapping paper with tea theme...perfect for tea lovers!

I found the paper at Cavallini.com...a paper source. They have some neat stuff, but of course I loved this....

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Shelley Art Deco Teacup, Pumpkin Scones

 Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea for a lovely fall week here in the Pacific Northwest.  It is sunny today and warm, and my walk this afternoon was spent looking at the changing leaves.

I loved this photo of an outdoor fall tea from Tea Time Magazine...it was really warm enough today.

Leaves are everywhere, so I was prompted to share this marvelous art deco era Shelley China, England tea cup and saucer with a fall and leaves design.

The art deco hand colored on transfer landscape design is called Trees On A Hill With Leaves, which was a long title for Shelley. The cup and saucer was made between 1933 and 1940 according to the Shelley mark on the teacup, and I love the deco handle and shape.  

The number Reg. No. 781613 isn't the pattern number, but the British Registry Date number and refers to a chart that gives the date that the pattern was registered, which is necessary before it can go into production. This number designates it was registered in 1933.  This art deco shape is called Regent, and wasn't made for very long.  Such an autumn design! I can't believe that it's already October! A shock! The teacup is available at Antiques And Teacups...just click on the photos.

I wanted to share this seasonal recipe I found in Tea Time Magazine, from 2011, a favorite publication....Pumpkin Scones With Maple Butter. I love the way the cream is served in mini a pumpkin! I have made these and they were wonderful, but don't have photos...forgot to photo them before they were gone!

Pumpkin Scones

2½ cups all-purpose flour, divided
½ cup sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 cup canned pumpkin
Maple Butter (see Download for recipe)

• Preheat oven to 425°. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Set aside.
• In a large bowl, sift together 2¼ cups flour, sugar, baking powder,
salt, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg.
• Using a pastry blender or fork, cut the butter into the flour
mixture until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the egg and
pumpkin, and stir until just combined. Add additional flour, if
necessary, until mixture forms a loose dough.
• Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll to
¾-inch thickness. Cut into 12 (2¼-inch) rounds. Place on prepared
baking sheet.
• Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until lightly golden. Transfer to
wire racks to cool slightly.
• Serve warm with Maple Butter.

Tea Time magazine also had this wonderful autumn hued teaset photo this month. I loved the pattern, which is new to me. All sorts of fall fixtures are upon us here. Next weekend is the Port Angeles Dungeness Crab Seafood Festival...which we usually attend and enjoy. I hope to have a report for you next week!

Have a marvelous week, and I hope the fall is beautiful where you live, as it is here at the moment. Below is the list of some of the blogs I am joining, and the linky for you to link your tea related posts. Please remember that it is SSLLLOOOOOOOWW but does appear. Have patience! All will be well!


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