A Message from Ruth at Antiques And Teacups

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Monday, August 3, 2020

Blueberry Bread Blue Shelley Summer Family Virus Experience

I hope you are enjoying it, despite everything.We are enjoying having our kids close, although not close enough for hugs... but at least in the same county!
This pretty Petunia and Lobelia barrel is at a local restaurant, Nourish Sequim, that does weekly Die At Home take-out which we are supporting as we don't want to lose them! Haven't eaten in the now open but drastically different restaurant yet....

Blue is my favorite color, and probably blueberries are my favorite fruit....and we grow them large here on our organic farms...the harvest is about over, but we picked some recently, and I froze quite a few...

So last Friday's bake was a Blueberry Tea loaf...recipe follows...and a tea trya in the sunroom...

There is only one teacup...because my Honey likes mugs...he feels safer with them with hos Parkinson's Disease. I had already handed him his, so...just my teacup...a Shelley...surprise! Surprise! That I recently found...

The pattern is called Pink Rose or Pink Rose Spray, and is pattern number 13247. It was made with several different color stripes or bands, but of course I love the blue! 
The pattern remids me of a beautiful wallpaper!

The teacup and saucer is in the Henley shape, and was made from 1940 to 1966 when the pottery closed. I do love Shelley! I thought I would also add my Shelley Rock Garden Chintz cream and sugar to the tray...

This is the individual size of the cream and sugar...it also comes in a bigger size. Love the pattern, but then I love all Shelley chintzes!

The pattern has the British Registry number for 1937-1938 when the design was patented on this shape, which is the New Cambridge shape, pattern number 756, and was also made between 1940 and 1966.

In case you want some jam, I have put it in a Woods and Son English Scenery red transferware dish...

this is my husband's choice...peach preserves, which he always requests with the blueberry tea bread...
which is on my very 1970's wedding everyday dishes Noritake Progression Blue Moon....

As you can see, the bread is chock full of the luscious organic blueberries!

Here is the loaf, just out of the oven...and here is the recipe for your to make your own! I can't tell you where the recipe is from, only that I cut it from a magazine in the 1970s when we were first married, and have used it since then...I never noted which magazine...you didn't then, did you?

Blueberry Tea Loaf

2 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour
2 tsps baking powder
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup soft butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 cup milk...always almond milk here
1 cup fresh blueberries or thawed frozen blueberries well drained
I always add 1/4 chopped pecans because my husband loves nuts
powdered confectioner's sugar for garnish

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease  a 9X5X2 3/4 inch loaf pan.

2. Sift flour with baking powder, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.

3.In large bowl, with electric mixer at high, beat butter with granulated sugar and eggs until light and fluffy...about 2 minutes.

4. At low speed, beat in flour mixtrue divided into 4ths, alternately with milk, beginning and ending with flour. Beat just until smooth.

5. With rubber scraper, gently fold in the blueberries and nuts if used  just until combined.

6. Turn into prepared pan. Bake 60-65 minutes, or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

7.  Let cool in pan on wire rack for 20 minutes. Turn out of pan onto wire rack Sprinkle top with powdered sugar. Serve slighltly warm, or let cool completely. 
Makes 1 loaf

This is a Blueberry bush in our neighbor's yard... which is just showing the true blueberry color. His big fight is keeping the bird's from demolishing the crop before he can harvest!

Our middle grandson who is 30 has just recovered from the virus, which was quite serious with sweats, weakness and fevers. He lost 30 pounds... which he couldn't afford, really. He has gone to Virginia where our son has a small farm to recuperate with lots of fresh vegetable, family love, pets, and has already felt good enough to go fishing with his dad and a closeby lake where they keep their boat, so we are so relieved!
Photo was sent to my phone to show he was ok. He is 6 foot 7 inches, so not much extra fat to lose!  And wearing the Crocs his grandpa introduced him to when he visited here 2 years ago...  :)
That's Champ in the car, our son's Golden Retriever!
We are supremely grateful! 

Monday, July 13, 2020

Such A Different Summer

Such a different summer...
we can't have our usual every-3-day breakfast at a fav local restaurant with our kids who are working on their property from out of state...

Doctors and husband's neurologist stay Stay Inside!

Sigh... the new normal at the moment..

if it weren't for standing on the Rock of the gospel, it would seem shaky indeed...
But I know Whom I have believed in...

This weekend WOULD have been our Sequim Lavender Festival Weekend around here at the 30+ Lavender farms in 10 miles... with 30,000+ extra folks coming into town for the festival, street fair, concerts, crafts, art shows, quilt show etc... the farms are open, but no extras to speak of, and strict mass requirements and social distancing in place...

From past years....

The Lavender is still here... just no crowns, concerts, street fairs etc...
and the glorious scent is still here!

So... we just keep texting and sharing photos or FaveTiming with the kids, and wait for better circumstances.

I am adding lots of things to Antiques And Teacups, and finally getting to some things I have been meaning to list for years... like antique Victorian or Edwardian high button shoe, glove or gaiter buttons from England...

a set of textured grey...

a set of lipstick red shoe buttons...

a mixed lot of kinds and colors...

Always teacups and teapots... like this Sadler, England 1970s Blue Willow teapot...

Artist Lilian Snelling Royal Horicultural Society Queen's, England The Garden cottage garden flower mugs I am just listing...

Rosina, England... 1950s teacup trio...

tea table accessories like toast racks, open salts, butter pats and jam dishes...

hand embroidered tea towels...

tea related souvenirs... 
and more! 
I am so glad I can continue to enjoy what I do as I plan grocery delivery lists not knowing what I will actually get and other things.
I can't help but remember that compared to our families stories of living in war time England, we have so much to be thankful for!

I hope you are well and coping, 
and keeping your eyes on Jesus...
Proverbs 3: 5-6

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Summer Inspirations For Me, My Soapbox

I am happy to find a few minutes to post a few things for summer...

Which arrived with summer solstice on Sunday, June 21st, which was also Father's Day.
Our out-of-state-kids finally managed to arrive on Thursday night, despite a day spent in an Oregon hospital en route for our son in law with an infection.
So things have been totally altered as to home routine.
But so happy because of it!

Anyway, so just wanting to share some sunny yellow summer things to brighten your week!

A pretty 1950s Clare yellow Rose and Violets teacup...

A sunny yellow Hall Parade teapot, also from the 1950s...

Shelley Dainty Primrose teacup...

Villeroy & Boch, Germany Jamaica pattern eggcups...

And if that all doesn't make you smile, how about these wonderful yellow flower decorated cupcakes from KerrysBouqcakes?

And Heaven knows we need smiles.
Don't let life at the moment cause you to forget the many blessings we have.
And the blessing of being in a society where we are free to voice our opinions.
I was in the Soviet Union for several months in 1967 and have never forgotten the oppression, the fear, the want, the quick reprisals against those that dared to disagree with someone's ideologies, and the deep divide among the haves and have nots that the government denied existed under communism but was CLEARLY visible, a constant "elephant on the room"...
Intolerance is intolerance, and is a dire error, for whichever side you are on.

 There are no perfect absolutes, their are always circumstances and THERE WILL ALWAYS BE things we must learn to tolerate, agree to disagree with, and allow others to not perfectly ascribe to EVERYTHING we believe.
No one is perfect.
No one has all the right answers.
NO one has a right to refuse to listen to others' heart felt beliefs,
but we ALL have a call to learn to not reject someone or something because it is not completely in line with our beliefs.
We are all different, and all entitled to our own feelings.

True tolerance is the ability to not reject others because they don't agree 100% with us, and that is what this country stands for when compared with most of the world.
We don't want to be another NAZI GERMANY with Brown Shirts and KristalNachts,
AND NOT HAVE LEARNED FROM THAT HORRIBLE TIME IN HISTORY at the lowest depths of human intolerance.
PLEASE, BE TOLERANT and work to bring understanding and acceptance of each other!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Comfort Teatime and Comfort Food

Hello dear friends. Hoping your days are retaining some order and peace. 
We keep saying... "when things get back to normal..." but we wonder when and what that will be!

A common comment on my Facebook page for Antiques And Teacups is thank you for a bit of peace and beauty in a chaotic world. I share what brings be those elusive things right now.

The tea tray I am sharing for this week is not what I had planned, but life intervened, as it has a way of doing.
Our daughter and son in law bought property close by last year as they live out of state, and planned to be back here by April 1st to begin construction...
That was cancelled by the virus. So they started on their way last week in their trailer with their dog and 3 cats...
only to have been forced to stop just over the Oregon border, one state away from us, because our son in law was in great pain.
After various tests at a local hospital to where they booked in with their RV
 it was found that he has a kidney stone, so things have not gone as expected for any of us. We have been on the phone with our daughter constantly as it is ongoing at the moment.
Sigh... normal indeed. BUT... he is negative for COVID-19, which was routinely tested as soon as he entered the emergency room.

So just a tea tray for a comfort tea during prayer and calls about Alan.
I used my family Royal Doulton, England Rosebud teacup and family silver...

And a Claud Monet's Water Lilies teapot from Leonardo, England from the artist's painting from 1906... love the blues!

And some plain scones and strawberries in Royal Albert, England's Old Country Roses cream and sugar...

Speaking of strawberries, I found another strawberry fork! I love them! this is by Rogers (Anchor) Silver Company, USA in the Newton or Raleigh pattern from 1900. So elegant!

Just basic scones. Nothing fancy...

And enjoying looking through Christie's Teapots book. I do love antique teapots!

It does a great job of an historical overview of the great potters I love.
There is nothing that establishes a sense of peace in turmoil, that a cup of tea and a book for a bit of a respite before again entering the fray... which is life in all it's myriad facets.

We are only getting groceries delivered about every 10 days to 2 weeks, and ran out of meats for lunch. And needed comfort food, so...

Being raised in an English household, there are things I don't think twice about until someone points them out.  Like I mean an American goggling at me and asking "what???" And such a case happened yesterday.  I am on my milk free diet due to this having been a bad year for my respiratory allergies, and food can get boring. A friend was visiting and asked what I was making for lunch. I told her without thinking, Tuna and Sweet Corn sandwiches...and she almost spilled her tea down the front of her shirt. Her next comment was "Ewwwww, that sounds horrible!"

That's when I thought...ahh...another Brit thing I take for granted. I was raised on them...along with bacon butties, chip butties, toad in the hole, etc. Sooo...here is the recipe. I love Tuna and Sweet Corn sandwiches. In England you see them all over, and their baguette sandwiches are the best!!! You can even get them at Sainsbury's of Marks and Spencers or any good food hall all over the country.

Tuna & Sweet Corn sandwich spread

1 can of water pack chunk white or albacore tuna, drained and flaked into bowl
chopped green onions to taste---all of this recipe has lots of room to innovate, I do it all the time

dried dill weed---again, to taste

1/2 to 3/4 cup sweet corn kernals, drained canned or thawed frozen or cut from cooked, cooled...the English call it sweet corn because what they call corn is what we call wheat

2tbs or as desired of mayo...some folks like to add or substitute sour cream or cream fraiche, but I don't with the milk allergy

a dash of lemon juice and pepper if desired. Mix well and chill. Serve on bread, a bagel or a small split baguette.

May you find some peace, hope and love in your world.
First through prayer and meditation, but also from tea, companionship and maybe comfort food! Lol!


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