A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Autumn Leaves Tea, Clare China, Simple Shortbread Cookies

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea! It is definitely fall...leaves falling everywhere and beautifully colorful!

I decided to do a small tea in the sunroom with an autumn leaves theme...because it has been quite stressy around here with one thing and another...now found out our cat has a neurological disease called Feline Hyperaesthesia Syndrome...along with a husband with Parkinson's Disease!  Lol! Anyway...it was time for comfort food so made shortbread cookies, which are my husband's favorites and got our my autumn leaf cookie cutter...

I am using a part teaset I have made by Clare, England with a design on purple leaves...either grape leaves or ivy...I have never really decided...in a rich purple...

Clare China was a late comer really, to the Staffordshire potteries scene, only appearing in 1951. It was a short life...the company didn't survive the next pottery apocoypse in the early 1960s, and pretty well disappeared in 1962.

Below is the cake plate of the set...so you can see it without the cookies...and I have included my family recipe layer in the post for Simple Shortbread Rolled Cookies...

And of course, we need tea! I am having the end of a tin of Twinings Darjeeling black tea, which I almost always have on hand....

I have the teapot in a padded fall themed tea cozy with grapes, fruit, berries and leaves....

and am using one of my 1940s embroidered tea cloths...I just love vintage linens!

But of course...there are also my shortbread cookies...simple...but then, nowadays they have to be for me to have time to make them! The recipe follows...

Simple Rolled Shortbread Cookies

1 cup softened butter...2 stcks
1/2 cup powdered sugar...more if using for dusting rolling pin and surface
2 cups all pupose flour
colored sugar crystals for decorating if you are using

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until well mixed and fluffy. Add flour and continue to mix until mixture forms a soft. Form dough into a ball with your hands.
Roll dough 1/4-inch thick on a surface dusted with flour or powdered sugar with a well-dusted rolling pin. Cut into shapes with floured or powder sugared cookie cutter and place on prepared baking sheets. Repeat as necessary, until all done, then sprinkle with sugar crystals.

Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until cookies are pale golden brown. Let cool on baking sheets.

Thanks so much for joining me for tea today! Above is a photo of a gorgeous bush I passed on my walk and posted on my Facebook page...I am sure many of the gardeners among you will know what it is, but I don't...it's just beautiful!

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  1. Somewhere in my teatime shopping journey I have seen a cup and saucer like this. Very lovely and perfect for fall! Thanks for sharing and linking and have a lovely week!

  2. Hello it's been a long time since I've shared afternoon tea - so glad to see you are still hosting. Your tea cup is darling - love the purple leaf detail ...and those cookies sound and look yummy.

  3. Hello it's been a long time since I've shared afternoon tea - so glad to see you are still hosting. Your tea cup is darling - love the purple leaf detail ...and those cookies sound and look yummy.

  4. Oh those cookies look so good and pretty, Ruth! Your tea cup set is lovely and the prettiness surel will lessen the stress in life. Sorry about your cat and dh.....Christine

  5. Your cookies look so pretty with your lovely china, Ruth! I do love shortbread. Sorry about your cat. There's always something, isn't there! Things never seem to run smoothly here for very long either. But we trust God to take care of it all. Thanks for sharing your lovely post and have a beautiful day.


  6. Hi Ruth
    Oh no wonder you are stressed and need comfort food. Poor cat and hubby. The Clare leafed china is gorgeous and I have never seen it before. Your cookies look delightful. Thank you for hosting Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Take care of yourself, Karen

  7. Purple is my favourite colour so I'm loving this week's Clare tea set! I had a Clare teacup and saucer once, but I passed it on to a friend with the same name. Thank you for hosting and have a great week!

  8. Oh - such a pretty set - and to have the plate to go with it is simply divine. I love the cookies and thanks for the recipe - I am definitely going to try those today - I've been wanting to make some autumn cookies and I have sets of leaves - large and small. Tea time today will be such fun.

  9. Your cookies are gorgeous! Almost too pretty to eat. That china is beautiful for the season too! Thanks for hosting and for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  10. Hi Ruth, I am just trying to get back to blogging so I'm not linking up but wanted to leave you a comment. The cookies are adorable and I love the fall colors. I haven't tried the tea, but looks like one I should try.

  11. Your cookis look so tasty, thanks for the idea.

  12. I just made your cookie recipe - it is the best- and easiest - I've ever made. It is now my recipe for all holiday cut out cookies - thanks so much!!!!

  13. Ruth, so sorry to hear about both your hubby and your cat! Your teacup is absolutely gorgeous!! I love shortbread cookies and have not made them in a long time. I think I need to make some tomorrow.:) Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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