A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, October 30, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Fruit And Pinecones Tea, Peach Blueberry Coffee Cake

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...where we can share tea related treasures, treats and journeys!

November has arrived...as you can see by the cooler temeratures making the leaves turn color and drift down like colored snowflakes in any passing breeze... AND WE GET SOME BIG ONES!

Plus it's time change again here in the US, although the UK changed on October 29th...

 fall "Fall Back"  time change for us in the US is coming up on Saturday-Sunday November 4-5th...MUCH better than the spring forward direction.

My tea today in the sunroom features a family set from the 1950s, from West Germany in the 1950s, bought at the Arzberg pottery, which had been in business since the 1880s.

"So I says ""My dear if you could give me a cup of tea to clear my muddle of a head, I  should better understand your affairs." " So we had tea and the affairs too..."  
~ Charles Dickens, Mrs. Lirriper's Legacy

The thin porcelain set has a great design of seeds, leaves and pods...
perfect for fall. 

The mark is simple...just the name and the shape number. The reason it doesn't say Made In Germany is because it was purchased in Germany, therefore was not required to have the Made In Germany stamp as the company did not have to ship it to the US...it was hand carried. If it had been ordered from the USA, it would have. Anyway...a wonderful fall set! What are you sipping your tea from this week?

And for a treat for tea...I made a Peach Blueberry Coffee Cake, which is a family recipe from my mother. I have seen some similar ones... I think she got it from a flour bag if I remember correctly, but I have adapted it for my allergies, etc.

Blueberry Peach Coffee Cake
Makes in round 9 inch cake

1 cup of flour...(I used half white winter wheat from our local organic farm store)
1/2 cup granulated sugar...(I used organic unrefined/unbleached)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp dried orange rind
1/4 cup butter...
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 large egg
1/2 cup milk...(I used almond milk)
1 can of sliced peaches...(12-14 ounces) well drained
1/2 cup or more fresh or frozen blueberries


1/2 cup sifter confectioner's sugar (Powdered sugar)
1/4 to 1/3 tsp Almond extract
2 to 2 1/2 tsp milk...(I used Almond milk)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and grease an 9 inch round cake pan.

Sift the flour, sugar, salt and baking powder into a large bowl. Add the orange rind and mix well. Cut the butter into small pieces and using a pastry blender or 2 knives, cut it into the mix until the mix resembles crumbs.

Whisk together the egg, milk and vanilla and add to the dry ingredients, and stir with a fork to mix. Pour 2/3 of the mix into the prepared pan, and arrange the peach slices on top, filling in and around with the blueberries. Pour the remaining batter on top, spreading to cover as much as possible.

Bake 25-30 minutes until cooked through...don't test an peach...and golden brown at the edges. Cool on a rack in the pan for 20-30 minutes before adding glaze.

Whisk together the glaze ingredients being careful not to add too much milk. Drizzle all over the cake and let cool completely before cutting.

Thanks so much for joining me! May your week be filled with friends, cups of tea and joy!

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea Autumn Shelley Wileman, Dungeness Crab & Seafood Festival

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...slightly delayed...

We had many power outages this last week...only reliably back on yesterday, so could not do my tea. We had over 2 inches of rain...farther to our west, Forks...of Twilight fame...had almost 5 inches...but then, that's a tain forest! But a lot of trees limbs and power lines down.

and it's almost time for Halloween and the end of October. Amazing! The above photo is from a 2010 Harrod's London Halloween display ...I just love this!!! Since next week contains Halloween I thought I'd include it again! 
My niece took the photo and sent it to me.

I thought I would share this teacup today instead of a tea party.
This 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.

And we recently had our annual Dungeness Crab And Seafood Festival October 6, 7 and 8, 2017

in nearby Port Angeles, 15 miles down highway 101...

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

Prior to the festival, the Coho Ferry ran an ad for Victoria BC folks to come to the festival...asking for Crab Chaperones on the ferry during the festival...

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....

3 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!

The Crab & Seafood Festival features live music, crab races, cooking demonstrations, artisans craft fair, fun runs, food vendors and a crab costume contest...to name a few of the things that happen...
So don't be crabby, eat some!

You may remember I have mentioned on other Tuesday Cuppa Tea seasonal posts that I love candy corn, so here was afternoon tea today...

I made pumpkin spice mini cupcakes and decorated them with candy corn!

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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Fruit Of The Spirit Autumn Decor and Tuesday Cuppa Tea Delay

I just thought I'd post this today, because Tuesday Cuppa Tea will be delayed for a day. We have had lots of power outages these past few days because of the first major storm of the fall...truly a Pineapple Express with an "atmospheric river" of moisture string of 3 storms with lots of downed trees and power lines has just moved out. 
So whoopee the power is back on, but I didn't get to do a tea for Tuesday Cuppa Tea. I can't post from Blogger on my iPad or phone, too old I guess, they don't scroll. So...hope to have a post up on Tuesday.
But for today...

It's finally a glorious fall afternoon,  so I had to sit in the dappled sun coming in through the lace curtains in the dining room and remember God's grace, which is indeed essential to me. 
The so called Fruit Of The Spirit from Galations 5:22 so sums up His dealing with us. This is a focal part of our fall decoration...a cross stitch with the Fruit Of The Spirit and fruitful harvest patchwork.

And the fruit of the spirit are:
Patience (Long Suffering)
Kindness (Gentleness)
Self Control (Meekness)

And I do hope, with Peter in 2 Peter 1:8, that I have these qualities in greater measure daily in my life so I am neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of Jesus Christ.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Tuesday Cuppa Tea With A French Flavor

Hello and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea...this week with a French flavor!

We have been overwhelmed by the further destruction of the Nappa/Sonoma/Santa Rosa area fire...an area we know well. Having been raised on the SF Peninsula and spent many days and hours in the area, as well as our daughter and her family having lived there for 20 years raising their kids, so visiting often.
They moved about 8 years ago, and it has been devastating to them with friends and relatives still missing and massive proerty damage. It was a bit difficult to do a tea, but our daughter thought it a good idea, so...

My background is a Limoges Paris France souvenir plate, showing all the famous landmarks. I have been to Paris a number of times...with my Aunt when I was 20, when we stayed for a month on the Rue Honore' in a pensione. After I married, we spent a week in Paris with a nephew, and visited several other times while in conjunction with our annual month in England. 
As my husband's disease makes it impossible for him to travel that far anymore, we are so grateful for the time we spent there and the surrounding areas over the years.

The mark is one I can't identify. Limoges is often mistaken for the maker's name, but it is actually the town/area in France that has given it's generic name to all the potteries in the area. It's like some of English china says Made In Staffordshire...but that's a large are of many potteries. Because this was made in the 1950s it has the French Government La Seynie mark guaranteeing it was made in Limoges, and that is is fine porcelain. The C and crown is a potter, but not in any of my references....

My teacup is actually a teacup trio, made between 1900-1910. It is also from Limoges, France, but has additional information in the marks.
The marks indicate the pottery is Haviland, and it is one of the most beautiful Haviland patterns I have ever had.

Additional marks even tell me the designers of the pattern...GDA or Gerard, Dufraissiex and Abbot.

To hold our tea, we have something with a French accent, but from an English pottery made for Quebec, Canada...a Sadler Cube teapot, cream and sugar...

Sadler made the cube in several different sizes, from miniature to quite large. This is the 16 ounce size, so it holds 1-2 cups.

The other nice thing is it has a wonderful iridescent luster finish and comes with the matching sugar and cream too...

The teapot set was made in the 1950s. Sadler made a lot of souvenir items. Love them!

When you travel, you bring home small souvenirs...this is a miniature Arc de' Triompe I brought home...

And my miniature Eiffel Tower. My aunt and I walked all the way up to the top...it was amazing...and exhauting! They off for chocolate and croissants at a sidewalk cafe' in celebration....

For tea we have Harney & Sons aptly named Paris. I got a sample with my last order of Tropical green tea...which describe as:

A Fruity black tea with vanilla and caramel flavors, and a hint of lemon and bergamot.
Quite nice!

And for a French tea treat, madeleines! I have shared the recipe before, but here it is again from my post in 2016...they are so easy to mae, they appear in the cookie jar fairly frequently...

The recipe I used is from a smallish book titled The London Ritz Book Of  Afternoon Tea by Helen Simpson published in 1987...I picked it up at the Ritz as a souvenir after having tea there that year for my birthday....

I love the chapter title of the book which includes the Madeleines recipe...Foreign Cakes And Wicked Cakes...and says:

"Such cakes hold a frisson of wickedness to the English cook, as they glory in quantities of cream and chocolate and tooth-deep frosting. Sweet sirens of the cake world, they are as smooth and rich as film stars."

Little French sponge cakes Proust said were "richly sensual under it's severe religious folds"...well!


2 medium eggs
1/2 cup sugar
8 tbs or 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
finely grated rind of 1 lemon and juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup self rising flour


Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Lightly butter 2 madeleine tins.
Beat the egg yolks and sugar until thoroughly mixed but still bright yellow. Beat in the melted butter, lemon rind and juice, then sift the flour over the surface and fold in. Stir in egg whites with a fork; then beat them well into the mixture

Spoon a small amount of the mixture into each mould and bake in the center of the oven for 20 minutes. Cool slightly in the moulds before gently easing onto wire racks to cool completely.
Makes 24 madeleines

For more info on any of the china at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

Thank you for joining me for my French flavored tea today. I hope you will join me praying for the devastation in California...and so many other places in the country...

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