Monday, March 2, 2015

TWO SADLER'S for "Friends Sharing Tea"

Welcome to Friends Sharing tea which is my weekly blog party about about our love of tea time!

I recently found another Brown Betty looking 
Sadler teapot while out flea and  antiquing.  I already had one with a pink band of flowers but now I have this one which has green:



I love their casual style.



I also found these little figurines which I adore.  They remind me of George and Martha Washington.




Having watched Downton Abbey earlier (DVD's) my husband and I enjoyed watching two seasons of Mr. Selfridge and also the second season of The Paradise.  There is a lot of food for thought in the BBC series.  I couldn't help but be reminded today of Delphine,
 a character in Mr. Selfridge who really didn't turn out to be a true friend to Rose.
 While Delpine posed herself as a friend she had other motives behind the scenes.
 The cup and saucer are marked "Delphine" - in fact I think I have a couple of  "Delphine" cups and saucers and while I may love these I wasn't impressed with her at all!   Do you think she was a real friend?  No way!








I am home sewing today and enjoying making some things for my shop.  It is cold but the sun is out and the snow will probably melt later this week.  Are you keeping busy this winter?




I hope you have a lovely week:  March is finally here and that's something to celebrate!  We are happy to be passing through a bit of a crisis.  My husband has had hives for 6 weeks but is finally improving.  Thank you Lord!




Friday, February 27, 2015

PLATES BEHIND THE TEACUPS

I thought I'd share a photo of my cups and saucers since I added some plates behind them:



Have a great weekend and keep warm!
  Snowing every day here in Colorado!

Monday, February 23, 2015

WILD VIOLETS FOR FEBRUARY for "Friends Sharing Tea"

When I was a little girl growing up in Virginia, we always had some wild violets blooming in February.  I would go out to my little round flowerbed and lift the leaves up and there underneath I would see the first signs that spring was coming.......violets.  



Who doesn't love violets?  Of course, we don't have violets out there under that Colorado snow right now.  In fact, they bloom quite late here as we have the most snow in March and April and I have seen it in May and people have said over the years it has snowed in June.




There seem to be so many violet motifs on cups and saucers and teapots and linens:


A passion for violets is shared on this
Crown Dorset teapot:


Perhaps it is their contrast against the snow that makes them so lovely:






I imagine you have some memories of violets to share!




Please sit here by the window and reminiscence.




Below right, I have a chocolate pot I have shared 
before with some violets on it.


I hope you have a lovely week!  I shall be sharing my post at other blog parties:

Tea Cup Tuesday







Monday, February 16, 2015

LEMON CREAM CHEESE SCONES for "Friends Sharing Tea"



This morning as snow fell on Colorado, the smell of scones baking in the oven welcomed another "Friends Sharing Tea" posting:


We have had some unseasonably warm weather causing bulbs to start popping out of the ground.  I am glad it is gone as it was 70 degrees here on a few days which seemed silly for February.  I am sharing a new but old teapot today that I recently found!
  I just love it.  It has a lot of crazing and has certainly been used.




The scone recipe I used today is one I have baked numerous times.  I used the smallest of three sizes of the scone cutters.






I thought I'd share a tip about these darling little spoons you might like to purchase for your clotted cream or lemon curd.  They are generally silver plate or gold plate and require specific care to last.  First of all - never leave them with food on them or in the sink.  As soon as your teatime is over - wash them by hand  with a soapy dishrag and dry them immediately.  Their life will be much longer if you follow this rule.  Absolutely NO dishwasher.


Do pour yourself a cup of tea and bake some scones for yourself if you would like too!




We have Mrs. Darlington's English lemon curd and English clotted cream:







Here is my recipe for 
Lemon Cream Cheese Scones

 I like to try different ways of using ingredients in scones, so this is what I did today.
  Another day I might try something else.

2 1/4 cups flour, 1/4 cup sugar (- 1 tsp high alt), zest of 1 large lemon, 2 tsp baking powder (less 1/2 tsp high alt), 1/3 cup firm butter, 4 oz cream cheese, 1 egg, 3/4 cup buttermilk today (sometimes I do heavy whipping cream), 1/4 cup lemon juice

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Combine flour, sugar, lemon zest, baking powder.  Using a kneader, cut in butter.  In a small bowl combine cream cheese, egg and buttermilk and lemon juice - combine into flour mixture and make dough ball.

I prefer to roll out my dough on a floured pastry cloth with a cloth covered rolling pin which has also been floured.  I cut these scones with the smalles of 3 sizes of scone cutters.  Bake on ungreased baking sheet about 13 minutes (because these were smaller) and remove from sheet.  Serve warm.  Made about 24 smaller scones.

Today is my blog party "Friends Sharing Tea". 
 I also enjoy participating in these other parties:
Tea Time Tuesday
A Return to Loveliness
Martha's Favorites
Mosaic Monday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea









Monday, February 9, 2015

THE WEEK OF VALENTINES DAY for "Friends Sharing Tea"

While some of you have been getting slammed with winter snows, here in Colorado we have had unseasonably warm weather.  It seems quite unusual and of course causing bulbs to pop up in the garden.  Not good considering most of our snow arrives in March and April and do not like being out in the snow. 


 Inside we are all decorated for Valentines Day.









For me, Valentines Day is all about whimsy.


Yesterday afternoon, I went antiquing and found this darling old Valentine postcard.  There seem to be many out there and I couldn't resist this one:















I know that blogging this week will be filled with Valentines Day decorating, baking and Valentine passions. I am amazed how many bloggers have some portion of this Lucy's Love teaset and I imagine we will see a lot of this one this week.   I will be joining some other blog parties as well:

Rose Chintz Cottage Special Valentine's Tea
Home Sweet Home
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
A Return to Loveliness