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Sunday, June 5, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Sorta Shabby French Tea, Lemon Glazed Cake

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. It is quite warm today...supposed to be 90 in Seattle and 80s here in Sequim tomorrow...we aren't used to that!

As some of you guessed...you know who you are...we just got back from our annual trip to Alaska, so things have been a bit hectic with unpacking, laundry and processing and shipping orders from while we were gone...so my tea this week is simple...sort of a shabby French, but the china etc is English....because that's what I love best! But I found 2 souvenirs of my month long stay in Paris with my aunt many years ago and besides unpacking have been indulging in a lot of nostalgia....

You can see the spelter Eiffel Tower and Arch d Triomphe models that I brought home...it had to be something small, as we collected souvenirs from 20 countries all over Europe and Eastern Europe over 8 months...so small was the word!

I am using my favorites...a Shelley Sheraton pattern on a Gainsborough shape, and my Royal Homes Of Britain transferware trio...both of which I also have others on my website Antiques And Teacups.

And because I felt like a bit of bling, I added some sterling silver I had just been photographing for the shop...a condiment set from the 1940s, all with cobalt blue glass linings, and some sterling silver coffee spoons...which are small than teaspoons.

Besides doing laundry, I had to bake something, so made a Lemon Glazed cake from a 1978 Cookery For 1 Or @ cookbook which has a lot of great recipes we have become attached to over the years...

Here is the recipe...

Lemon Glazed Cake

1/2 cup sifted flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup butter at room temperature
1/2 fine granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1/4 cup sour cream....(I used Tofutti Sour Cream substitute)

Lemon Glaze:
1 tbs butter
1/2 cup fine granulated sugar
2 tbs lemon juice
1/2 to 1 tsp grated lemon peel

Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Line a loaf pan with waxed paper...(although I used a heavily greased small tube ring for mine). 

Sift together flour salt and baking soda. Set aside.

Beat butter in a medium bowl until creamy. Add sugar Beat until light. Add vanilla and egg, beating until smooth. Stir in half the flour to moisten. Beat until smooth. Add the sour cream. Beat until smooth. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat until smooth.

Spread into pan and bake 30 to 35 minutes until edges separate and top springs back when lightly pressed.

While cake is baking, prepare glaze:
Combine butter, sugar, lemon juice  and lemon peel in saucepan. Simmer and stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture is syrupy. Keep warm.

Pierce hot cake with holes using a fork at 1/2 inch intervals. Slowly drizzle glaze over cake. Serve warm or cool. Makes 3-4 servings.

There you go! And we enjoyed it! Pretty much staying in this weekend and staying cool. 

Next week, I 'll have another Royal post because it's the official national  celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday with lots going on!

I want to also give a big thank you to Margie, of  Tea In The Valley blog, who didn't just thank me for the Right Royal Giveaway package she won on my recent blog giveaway, but sent a goodies pack also! A gorgeous tea themed thank you card, tea themed note cards and a wonderful array of teas...none of which I have ever had before! So exciting! We had the Maple Green tea today and it was delicious! Thanks so much for the unexpected package, Margie!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and thanks for visiting!
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  1. Dearest Ruth,
    even if I have no post to share, actually I have to say that I love to begin my week with a post of yours, with all the beauty you always share you put a smile on my face, blessed be !

    Looking forward to your next post, I'm wishing you most beautiful days to come, sweet friend,

    sending you my dearest love

    Xx Dany

    1. So glad you visited anyway! I always look forward to your posts!

  2. I'm so glad to have found your blog, so many lovely photo's.
    I like the teacups, amazing so many wonderful cups.
    Your Lemon glazed cake looks real yummy.

    1. So nice to meet you! Any lover of teacups is a dear friend of mine! Lol!

  3. How nice to just get back from a cruise to Alaska. My late beloved and I went once and so enjoyed it. Your tea is so sweet today and you even found time to bake! The lemon cake looks delicious and the cookbook sounds like one that I would like. You really love your cross stitched table covering, too.
    Wasn't that sweet of our dear friend, Margie, to send some thank you gifts? She's so thoughtful! Thanks for hosting, Ruth, and welcome home!

    1. We did have a wonderful time, but then it's our favorite place!

  4. Hi Ruth,
    I'm glad you enjoyed your trip. Your blues are lovely and I have that same Royal Homes of Britain teacup. I also have the miniature Eiffel Tower which my son brought back for me from his visit to Paris. Your cake looks delicious. Thanks for hosting in the midst of getting back to normal after arriving back home and have a lovely day.


  5. You're very welcome, Ruth! I'm glad that the package arrived safely and that you enjoyed the maple green tea.

    It's fun to reminisce about past trips over a cup of tea and delicious lemon cake. Thank you for hosting and stay cool!

  6. Hi Ruth: So glad you had a great trip. Love the new tea cup. It is always a pleasure to visit you. Blessings, Martha

  7. Hi Ruth,
    I love, love, love that Shelley teacup! Gorgeous! Your lemon glazed cake looks delicious! Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea! Blessings, Karen

  8. Dear Ruth:
    That cake looks wonderful and old fashioned good! I think your blue pieces are quite lovely. I am back to bringing more blue into my life too. Have a great week and thanks for join in my blog party.

  9. You must have brought back a few days of cooler weather when returning from your Alaska trip, Ruth - thank you for that! It has been soooo hot and we had so much rain - this is such a wonderful reprieve!

    Your Shelley is one of the prettiest out there, lovely pics. And I just got back from the doctor and read one of those gossip mags and the first part was pics of the Queen's birthday - so special! She is something else! : - )

    Thank you for hosting this wonderful party!

  10. Thanks for hosting. That cake looks awesome!

  11. So glad you had a good time, Ruth! I'd love to bring my crunchy little cookies over and hear all about it over a cup of tea. And a slice of that lemon (my favorite flavor) cake!

  12. Thankyou for hosting Ruth. That cake sounds darned good I must say! Mimi xxx

  13. Ruth, can't wait to read about the cheese rolling! Those Brits are a zany lot!


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