A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Tuesday Cuppa Tea For October First, Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Cookies

Hi and welcome to Tuesday Cuppa Tea. It is so very colorful with the autumn leaves flaunting glorious hues....

From Tea Time magazine 
"I'm so glad I live in a
world where there are Octobers."
by L. M. Montgomery from
Anne Of Green Gables

The tea party this week I put together at the first of the week in my sunroom on my little tea table with items drawn from stock at Antiques And Teacups....and then the tablecloth and one of the teacups sold! Oh well,  I am calling it a first of October Tea...

I started with my family embroidered ecru linen runner, and put a fall colors tea cloth from the 1930-1940s over it with hand embroidered cross stitch salmon and rust colors with 4 matching tea napkins....

At least you can see the pretty colors with this photo. Then I added...taadaa...a Shelley teacup! What a surprise, right???!

This teacup is in the Bramble pattern and was made between 1963 and 1966 when the pottery closed. The design is a briar rose in pink, grey, black and lavender...a bit more understated than many of their patterns.

The shape is the Lincoln shape, which was only made briefly at the end of Shelley's history. But it's a nice sized cup of tea, and feels lovely in the hand!
The pattern was made in several different shapes...they come and go in the shop...

And another Shelley tea cup in the Swirls pattern in the art deco Regent shape...I love the ring handle...

which is quite different than the other Shelley...

The pattern number is 12876, and it was made on and off between 1940-1952 in about 6 different colors and combinations with and without gold trim. So different from the other teacup, but in tune with the modern trends that began after World War II and eventually put the major potteries out of business because they didn't adapt to modern styling soon enough.

For a real change I also found this really unusual 3 footed Japanese porcelain teacup from the 1920-1930s...

This is really hand painted start to finish, which you see when you look closely. I think the design is chestnuts....

I couldn't identify the maker, as many of these teacups were never marked with a maker's mark, and many of the later 1950s Japanese teacups had foil stickers with the maker's mark, which washed, wore or fell right off. It's such a plus when you actually find one!

I just thought this was so unusual and fun! And I love footed teacups! Lots of folks collect them just for that reason. Adds a bit of spice to the tea table!

The tea I have today is an organic Green And Black Chai from Stash Tea. I like to have some green everyday, but have to mask it with something else, and the addition of black and the Chai spices does that nicely!

And as for the cookies, the plate I am using for my cookies is a Betsey Ross House green transferware souvenir plate from the 1940-1950s from Royal China, USA.

I love transferware, and green is one you don't see that often. I also like the American patriotic theme. So fun! For more info on any of he china items at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

The cookies I made for tea are an old recipe I got when we were first married 42+ years ago from a can of Libby's Pumpkin Puree...although I now use an organic brand from our local organic market....They are a perfect fall treat! here is the recipe which I stumbled across online...just the same as my can label!

Old Fashioned Soft Pumpkin Spice Cookies

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 1 cup LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Glaze (recipe follows)
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease baking sheets.

COMBINE flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in medium bowl. Beat sugar and butter in large mixer bowl until well blended. Beat in pumpkin, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto prepared baking sheets.  Makes 36.

BAKE for 15 to 18 minutes or until edges are firm. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely. Drizzle Glaze over cookies.

 2 cups sifted powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract in small bowl until smooth.

How cool is that!?!  And we just finished off our half of a batch I made...froze the other half. How long they will stay frozen, is another question...lovely with a cup of tea, Chai or not!

Antiques And Teacups is currently having  15% OFF sale with code:  FALLFUN
Until October 8th.

I'll leave you with this photo I took this week outside one of our organic farm markets, Sunny Farms. So much joyful color!
I hope your week is filled with tea, friends and more joyous autumn color!

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. Good morning, Ruth! I wish I could stop by to visit you at your pretty tea table, and have a cookie and a cuppa chai tea. All the teacups are so different but blend so well together. I have a very old Libby's cookbook on my shelf, and I'm going to see if the recipe is in there. Thank you for sharing, and for hosting. I did buy some Republic of Tea Pumpkin Spice tea, after your recommendation, and I love it!

  2. Good morning Ruth! Your chai tea and pumpkin cookies sound delightful! I love the green transferware! You're right, green is hard to find. I have a few pieces I found at an antique store and I love them. We can't get Libby's here any longer so I have to use whatever pumpkin I can find. One thing I do love about Fall is pumpkin pie! Wonderful post and thank you for the party.

  3. Happy First Day of October, Ruth! I've always found footed teacups charming and wished that I had more than one in my collection. Your pumpkin cookies are right up my alley. Thank you for hosting.

  4. Hi Ruth!Your Fall post is full of joy and beauty!I love all the gorgeous teacups but that embroidery tablecloth with napkins caught my eye,just adorable!That plate is also beautiful and the cookies look great.Here is Spring,very pleasant too...Thank you so much for hosting and visiting.Blessings.

  5. Ruth, what a lovely tea! Your linens and teaware are so pretty, and those cookies sound wonderful. I'll have to compare that recipe to my own. It's been a while since I've made them. Thank you for hosting.

  6. Ruth, I love that runner! Your cookies sound delicious also. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


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