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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, St Patrick's Day, Aynsley and Shelley Shamrock Teacups, Irish Scones

Hello and welcome to my St. Patrick's Day tea edition of Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

I hope that Irish Eyes are smiling for you this week! 

It's been fun putting this togetehr...and it really started as an Irish breakfast...with a Shelley Shamrock teacup, Irish Breakfast Tea, crumpets and boiled eggs in Guinness eggcups!

I had to grab a quick window of sunlight pretty early in the morning, as rain was expected...no surprise, this is the Pacific Northwest...although it has seemed more like California this year!

Since this is Tuesday Cuppa Tea...meet my Irish teacup! A Shelley Shamrock pattern cup and saucer in the Dainty shape.  I love the little clover chintz pattern!

The pattern number is 8064 ad the color is the /57. The st was also made with various green and gold trim combinations, and the /57 means green handle and trim.  The pattern was made starting in 1908 when it was entered in the pattern books, and was made in Bute, Mocha, New York, Norman and Vincent shapes under older backstamps. Because it was a very popular patter, it ontinued to be made on the Dainty shape from 1940 to 1966 when the pottery closed. One of Shelley's more enduring patterns.

Another Irish pattern I have is this George Jones, Crescent China England demitasse in the Shannon pattern from the Edwardian era, with a wonderful art nouveau Celtic knot design....

And another Shamrock set by Aynsley, England from the 1930s...that we used for tea a few days ago...

But back to today's Irish Breakfast tea....

You may remember that we had tea at the Tea Room At Port Gamble a few weeks ago, I posted about it HERE and brought home a tin of Irish Breakfast tea for St. Patricks Day. It is a nice loose tea...described as a blend of Chinese and Indian teas with some Golden Tips. It is very nice! 

 A few weeks ago we had to visit JoAnns Fabrics for something, and I saw this lovely shamrock fabric 
with copper flecks, so I bought some and made a tablecloth for my small tea table in the sunroom...isn't that perfect?!!

And I had to have my boiled eggs in our Guinness eggcups! A few years ago we were on a drive from our week in London up to the family in the midlands and happened to see a church fete going on, with a bit of a jumble sale...and found these. I LOVE them and Guinness is/was my Honey's favorite drink....

I take my tea with Demarara sugar...an Irish product...and here, with my Apostle sugar tongs...surely it's St. Patrick!

From Tea Time Magazine...

And my crumpets!

That was breakfast...but for tea time...

I made Irish Scones that I got from a Kerrygold Irish Butter packet I bought at Costco, and they were delicious! I have added the recipe here:

Irish Scones
These delicious baked goodies make a strong case for scones becoming part of a traditional Irish breakfast.  Kerrygold Butter keeps them moist yet light. Topped with jam or preserves they could almost be breakfast all on their own.
1 3/4 cups (about 8 ounces) all-purpose flour---I used 1/2 whole wheat
1/4 cup sugar, plus additional for sprinkling over tops
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons (2 ounces) cold Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter, cut into pieces
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 cup whole milk--I used almond milk
1 large egg, plus additional beaten egg for brushing over tops

Heat oven to 425° F. Sift together flour, 1/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt into large bowl. Using fingertips or pastry blender, rub or cut the Kerrygold Butter into flour mixture to form coarse crumbs. Add raisins. Whisk together milk and 1 egg. Make a well in the flour mixture; pour in milk mixture. Using fork, stir just until soft, moist dough is formed.
Turn dough out onto lightly floured surface; gently knead 1 or 2 times to incorporate loose pieces of dough. (Do not over knead.) Pat dough to 1 1/2-inch thickness. Using well-floured 2 1/2-inch biscuit cutter or bottom of a glass, cut out about 6 rounds, recombining scraps as necessary. Place rounds on lightly buttered baking sheet. Brush tops with additional beaten egg; sprinkle with additional sugar.
Bake until golden brown, about 14 to 17 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking for more even browning. Serve warm with Kerrygold Irish Butter and jam.
Makes about 6 servings
Note: These scones are more muffin-like in texture; dough will be moist and wet, which ensures a tender texture.

There you go! One last thing...I have a GIVEAWAY going and you can read more about it  HERE. I'll be drawing the winner on Wednesday, March 18th.

Below is the list of some of the blog parties I will be part of and there is the linky for your tea related posts...please remember that it is SSSLLLOOOOOOWWWW but if you are patient...it's there! And I love to read your comments, and can find you to visit!


  1. Great post. I love your shamrock tea set!

  2. And a Happy Saint Patrick's Day to you Ruth. I enjoyed your post today!

  3. Happy St Patrick's Day, Ruth! Love your shamrock tea things! I love the Shelley, of course! I don't a thing with shamrocks although I do have a cup with a Claddaugh on it. Thank you for hosting and have a wonderful day.


  4. Such pretty shamrock/Celtic teacups! My favorite is the Shelley...just love the Dainty shape. Wonderful vintage postcards too! The Guinness egg cups brought a smile to my face! Have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day!

  5. What a beautiful post! I love the Shelley teacup. It's so pretty. I hope you have a very happy St. Patrick's Day tomorrow.

  6. I love your Irish tea with your pretty topper of fabric, Ruth! All your teacups are gorgeous, but I think I love the Ansley trio the best. My late beloved and I had the best scones in Ireland when we visited there. I would love to try your recipe and I have some Kerrygold butter already to to go.Thank you for hosting your lovely party. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  7. What a fun Irish Breakfast! Love the teacups, especially the Shelley. Happy St. Partick's Day and Happy Tea Day! Thanks for hosting.

  8. WOW! You have such wonderful eye candy on this post! Your Shelley is dreamy awesome and all your green/shamrock/Irish touches are perfect. The images and enhancements all add to the festivities.

    Have a blessed and memorably happy St. Patrick's Day! Thanks for hosting!

  9. You certainly have some lovely Irish cups and saucers! They make me "green" with envy, in a St Pat's sort of way!

  10. Tea and crumpets - there's something I haven't had for a while. I like your shamrock teacup and the tablecloth you made - very nice!
    I have brown sugar cubes that I use in my morning coffee and put out for tea, they taste much nicer than the white ones.
    Thanks for linking to MM Ruth, and for hosting your tea gathering.

  11. Oh, you're killing me with all those delicious-looking treats! Scones are my favorite go-to with tea. The Shelley is perfectly lovely, too. I've wondered about the Kerrygold butter, if it was good. Almost bought some last week.
    Have a great week, Ruth, and thanks for sharing all the pretties!

  12. I love the tablecloth you made. It's perfect to show off your pretty tea cups. And I think I'll make scones soon...they look so good. Enjoy your week my friend! Hugs, Diane

  13. Love those tea cups and scones...lovely!

  14. Happy St. Paddy's Day, Ruth! Love your pretty Irish tea setting, especially the shamrock teacups!

  15. Hi Ruth,
    Oh my that dainty shamrock Shelley is gorgeous! I love the shamrock tea plate too. What a beautiful tribute for St. Patrick's Day! Pretty Vintage card and amazing looking treats! So perfect in every way! Happy Tea Day and Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Karen

  16. Happy St. Pattys Day to you too . I enjoyed your post, thanks.

  17. Oh how lovely to see the cup and saucer sets for St. Patrick' s Day! My favorite set is the Shelley Shamrock! I set the table with Spode Smarock for the celebration. It is amazing how many china company's created the Shamrock pattern. Your post is beautiful with all the Irish treasures. Thanks for hosting and have a great week!


  18. Hi Ruth! Tea and crumpets and Irish scones! That sounds like my kind of sun room experience :). All of the cups you shared are so pretty--I was rather expecting to see you share the Shelley Shamrock pattern! I really enjoyed seeing all the vintage postcards too. I think that fabric makes a great tablecloth. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  19. Hi Ruth: I love that table you set for today. It is perfect! You are amazing. Have a great week. Blessings, Martha

  20. What a beautiful post for St. Patrick's Day! Love all your shamrock china, and the hearty Irish breakfast would be a great start for anyone's day! Happy St. Patrick's Day, to you, Ruth!

  21. That Shannon pattern is gorgeous! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  22. Happy St. Patrick's Day! What a delightfully springtime post! Love all the shamrocks scattered about!

  23. Hi Ruth
    You do have some beautiful Belleek porcelain to share for this special tea!
    I love Ireland and its culture and I also chose Belleek pieces, among others, to honour St. Patrick today.
    Thanks for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea.
    Hugs from Portugal

  24. Ruth, I don't even know where to start. I LOVED your post today. The graphics, the TEACUPS - all so lovely and Irish themed. The Guinness egg cups...darling. And funny enough, I am drinking Citrus Green Tea for the 1st time today (from English Tea Shop) and it is delightful. Your little tablecloth is lovely. Your crumpets look perfect and those little shamrock dessert squares, well, what more could one ask for. Thank you for sharing it ALL. God bless you and have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day! ~Heather Elizabeth

  25. What a fun St. Patrick's Day post! I love everything, but must confess that those Guinness egg cups really made me swoon. Fabulous!

  26. You truly were ready to celebrate Saint Patrick's Day this year. Wow! No wonder the Shelley Shamrocks have been so popular. Their scrolling little stems are delightful. Thank you for a lovely blog post!

  27. What a fun day for you celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

  28. Good evening, Ruth, and Happy St. Patrick's Day! I hope you had a delightful day :)

    I truly appreciate the time and effort you put into your tea time posts - they are always so lovely and charming. I love seeing your pretty tea cups, dear friend.

    Thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration - I am so glad you link up every Tuesday. Hugs!

  29. What a perfectly fresh, delightful, lovely, sweet presentation your blog is! Loving it-I shall return.

  30. As always, a thoughtful, beautiful and informative post. You are the best! Love your teacups. Ruthie

  31. Your crumpets look scrummy, and I love those Guinness egg cups!

  32. you set a charming table! I adore all the shamrocks and those Guinness egg cups are marvelous.

  33. Ruth, I love your pretty green teacups and the wonderful postcards. Hubby and I actually had corned beef, cabbage, and veggies for dinner tonight. He was out of town on St. Patty's. I figured it was still March, let's celebrate! lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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