Tuesday, April 15, 2014

LEMON CURRANT SCONES for "Friends Sharing Tea"



Good morning and happy forthcoming Easter!  I have set up a little tea time this morning on my coffee table near the sofa.  I hope you can join me as I even have some clotted cream for your scone:




This morning I used my sifter from when I first got married almost 47 years ago.  I have to tell you that I see this Bromwells sifter in all the antique malls and I laugh.  I guess that makes me an antique.





I baked some Lemon Currant Scones and you can pour yourself a cup of nice hot tea.  This recipe was from an out of print book called "Tea Time at the Inn" by Gail Greco.  Another favorite by Gail that is also out of print is "Tea Time Journeys.  Don't you just love tea books?  I have so many and really no shelves to put them on.  My husband has a plan though we are working on.





Can you believe we had snow on Sunday evening and early Monday morning.  I am so anxious for real Spring weather like many of you have.  Today it will be getting warm again which will be lovely!  I find it hard to believe that we have the possibility of frost until around May 25th.  Some of you remember times I have planted flowers and it has snowed.  I remember a few years back I had foxgloves all over the dining room table because I bought them too soon.



The little topper is something from my shop but many years back.




Here is the recipe for the Lemon Currant Scones: (originally Orange Currant Scones but I changed to Lemon Currant)
2 cups flour, 1 1/2 Tb baking powder, 1/3 cup sugar, 1/2 tsp salt, grated peel of 2 lemons, 5 Tb butter, 5 Tb shortening, 1/2 cup buttermilk and more for brushing (I used 2/3 cup buttermilk in the scones in high altitude) , 1/3 cup currants ( I used 1/2 cup which made more scones)  I also added the juice from 1 lemon

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Place grease-proof (not waxed) paper on a baking sheet.  Combine first 4 ingredients by hand.  Add lemon peel.  Flake in Butter and shortening.  Add buttermilk.  Mix gently,  just until ingredients are incorporated.  Fold in currants.  Roll dough out.  Cut out scones with 2"  biscuit cutter; brush with a little buttermilk.  Bake for 15 minutes or until golden.  Yield: 24 small



Some of you may remember my gold frame above which last year experienced our shabby chic painting!




I want to thank all of you who participate in my weekly blog party.  I sometimes get it up on Monday but not always.  Life is busy as you know I am a working girl.  I thank each one of you bloggers who do come and link with the party!  I know there are many blog parties out there and so I do appreciate you all!


I hope you week is lovely.



If you have a post about tea - please link it below and please include a link to me on your post.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A HAPPY BOUQUET


Sometimes you just have to buy some flowers:













Sometimes you just have to make a bouquet:




Sometimes to just have to enjoy:



Sharing at these blog parties:

Monday, April 7, 2014

FRIENDS SHARING TEA



Hello there my tea loving friends and collectors of tea time items. Would you believe it is snowing again this morning?  Yes and I want to share two new cups and saucers I acquired for myself.  This means I got rid of two though.  Remember, I'm holding the line:




The pink one is a Queen Anne and the chinz (meaning fully covered with design) blue cornflower one is Rosina.  I'm sure you realize they are English Bone China.


I wanted you to see the fresh snow:





I am also happy to say I found a small creamer that matches my Japanese Windmill Teapot.  Would you believe it says Occupied Japan on the bottom so that means 1946-1952.



One of the things I have been realizing is that some antique malls have bargains and some don't.  I can't believe the prices I have seen lately when out shopping for my store.  It is very varied.  I have seen many cups and saucers for more than what I sell them for in my shop.  Once I "ascertain" a booth is high - I move on!  Even some booths in the flea markets have this issue









Today I join other blog parties and I hope you will join in with me and post something from your blog about tea linking below.  Please include a link here to this post on your blog as well.







Saturday, April 5, 2014