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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Strawberries, Strawberry Scones And Summer With Miss Read

Isn't that a wonderful strawberry collage? It is from Beth Style Book. Love her work...
I love strawberries, and they are on our menu as much as possible this time of year... from atop the breakfast oatmeal, on french toast, in salads, or on the tea table.
I have strawberry scones for tea today...actually had it all ready last week, but...good thing I had photographed it already as the goodies are all gone!

As I was deciding what to use for this tea, I got to a Shelley tea set I have and decided to use it, because I love the aqua and white of the Drifting Leaves pattern...

This set is in the Gainsborough shape and so the teapot is very curvy...
which I love!

The pattern was a true mid century design with it's stylized leaves a "snow crystals? and was only made from 1956 to 1966 when the pottery closed. The pattern number is number 13848.

The teacups are so sweet...I love the Gainsborough shape...actually one of my favorites!

 The mark again...the set was made late enough in Shelley's history that the pieces are always marked with the pattern name.

Many earlier china only had numbers, not marks, and then they became more consistent with marking with the name.

I am using another of my embroidered tea cloths...this has multicolored Daisies. It has a few stains, so I have a project next week to see if I can get those out. I recently found a forgotten box of linens in the back of the closet I brought home from an England trip just before a move that I had completely forgotten about! Just like Christmas!

I also have luncheon plates in the Drifting Leaves pattern, and a creamer and sugar basin and a cake plateau which I forgot to get out, although I remembered the sandwich tray!....

And a rectangular sandwich tray...those are really hard to find... on the tray are the fresh Strawberry Scones I made...the recipe is below...

And a perfect book to read for tea time...

Summer At Fairacre by Miss Read.

I have collected the entire series of her books. The series features school teachers in small Cotswolds villages of Fairacre, Thrush Green, Caxley and surrounding areas and cover from the late Victorian to the 1970s in various books. They are wonderful! I was first given one by my new sister-in-law after marrying my husband in 1974 and visiting his family in England, and was instantly hooked.

I think I have all Miss Read books...and regularly re-read them, whether seasonally... like this one for summer, or just by what appeals... The stories are so charming!

But back to strawberries!

We get 2 kinds of organic strawberries here...the larger American variety seen at the top of the blog...perfect sliced for pies or dipped in chocolate...and the smaller English variety seen in the photo above, with a different and more intense strawberry flavor that we love. They are the straberries I used in this recipe, although both are good!

The Strawberry Shortcake Scones recipe I used is from the blog BellyFull at


Tender flaky scones with fresh strawberries throughout and a dreamy glaze!
Serves: 12
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 12 small strawberries, hulled and diced
  • 3/4 cup half and half
For the glaze
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt. Add butter and cut in with a pastry blender (or your hands) until mixture resembles crumbs.
  3. Toss in strawberries and coat lightly with the flour mixture. Add half and half and fold together gently until the mixture just begins to come together and form a soft dough. (Do not knead or over mix the dough.)
  4. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and pat into a 1-inch thick rectangle. With a sharp knife, cut the rectangle into 6 squares, then cut the squares on the diagonal to form 12 triangles. Place scones on prepared baking sheet and bake 16-18 minutes or until cooked through and golden.
  5. Place a sheet of parchment on a work surface, then place a cooling rack over top of parchment. Remove scones from pan to cooling rack. Cool about 10 minutes.
  6. In the meantime, make glaze by whisking together powdered sugar, vanilla, and half and half until smooth. (If glaze is too thick, add a bit more cream. If it’s too thin, add more powdered sugar.)
  7. Generously drizzle scones with the glaze. (Glaze will firm up when scones are completely cool.) Eat and enjoy!

There you go! They didn't last around here! Moist and tender...delicious!
Thanks so much for dropping by!

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Happy July 4th!

Happy 4th of July to you all! 

Happy 4th of July, America's birthday! I hope you have a fun day planned with friends and family. Ours includes a barbecue...chicken,  hot dogs with potato salad and Blueberry Dutch Baby for dessert...my Honey's current favorite dessert...not as American as Apple Pie, but...the recipe follows later in the post.

I love this antique 4th of July hand colored cabinet card I found on Pinterest, with no source given Wonderful!

I wanted a patriotic teacup for today, so decided to share a Sandwich pattern depression glass cup and saucer made by Indiana Glass Company, USA. 
The Sandwich pattern is one of the oldest pressed glass patterns, so I thought it might be appropriate. 

Different variations were made by several different makers and are distinguished by slight nuances of the number of petals, how they are outlined, etc. For more info on the teacup at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.

Among the makers, there are very slight pattern variations that can be used to tell one maker from another...among thm being petals on the Daisies, types and placement of leaves, if the Daisies have one petal outline or two...you get it. This is either by Indiana Glass Company or the Duncan Glass Company, and was made in the 1930-1940s.

 Here on the Olympic Peninsula of far northwestern Washington state, the saying is that summer arrives on July 4th, and it's heading that way today. We are supposed to be in the upper 60s beginning a clearing and warming trend...we hope! We are all ready for it! There is even an outdoor concert by our city band in the park bandshell and fireworks at night with various other things going on. I love the summer!  

My ONLY problem today is trying to keep my husband from flying the Union Jack instead of the Stars And Stripes outside. He has been known to do that...once a Brit always a Brit, despite his now being a US citizen! So this is for him...a photo of the Union Jack he always flies...this one at the mountain lake we used to live at...

And he thought this was funny... so I posted it on my Facebook page... Brit humor, indeed!

A friend came for a visit on Thursday and brought a portion of a Red Velvet cake dressed for the holiday. As is often the case, I never thought to take photos then, but did yesterday when we finished the rest in the sunroom for afternoon tea, so it's a mini 4th of July...

I am using my Royal Doulton Rosebud china from the 1930s, and one of my teapots with blue flowers.

And because there always seems to be a Shelley at hand, this is one of my very favorites...I use it for my Facebook avatar. It's a landscape design Shelley made through most of their time but done on different shapes. This is in the New Cambridge shape with gold trim. The design is called by 2 names depending on manufacture...both Glorious Devon and Surrey Scenery. I just love it!

I mentioned our dessert...haven't made the one for the 4th yet...it's best eaten warm from the oves, but this is one I made a week ago. It is called variously clafouti, Dutch Baby or Dutch Pancake, but I grew up in our Brit family calling it Nana's Yorkshire dessert or Yorkshire Pud Sweet because the batter is very similar to a Yorkshire pudding...but baked with butter as the fat instead of meat fat, and a bit of sugar added. So...here is my Nana's recipe...

Blueberry Yorkshire Pudding Dessert

1/2 cup flour...I use either unbleached or our local organic white Wheat
1/2 cup milk...only almond milk in this kitchen
2 large eggs
2 Tbs granulated sugar
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt
3 Tbs butter
1/2 cup blueberries, either fresh or frozen...any fruit can be substituted
juice from a lemon
powdered sugar
maple syrup if desired...we use organic pure

Preheat oven to 425 degrees or 400 if convection with rack in lowest position. 
Beat flour, milk, eggs, salt, sugar and nutmeg, which may be a bit lumpy. Let sit and rest while you prepare pan.

The original calls for a cast iron skillet, but I have never used one...instead using a 9.5 inch Pyrex pie plate I got in 1974 as a wedding present.

Place butter in pan in oven until melted, then remove, pour in the batter and distribute the berries. Return pan to oven and bake until puffy and golden, about 20 minutes.  Sprinkle with lemon juice, powdered sugar and eat warm with maple syrup, if desired. Serves 4...although we have been known to finish it in one go...blush...blush!


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