Thursday, April 29, 2010

INCOMPLETE TEA SETS! WHY ARE WE ATTRACTED TO THEM?



IF YOU COLLECT TEA SETS....chances are that you have some sets that aren't complete.  Maybe you have contacted a replacement china company and filled in a tea set with some needed piece.



Many years ago in Burlington, Iowa - a friend gave me these dishes which are Homer Laughlin. Who doesn't love magnolias!
With 4cups and saucer, I thought I would eventually find another dessert plate (I have 3)  I also have 4 luncheon plates and soup bowls)  I am sure the dessert plate is out there....somewhere!  I have seen the same pattern but in PINK! I would LOVE TO FIND A TEAPOT, CREAM AND SUGAR!
Here I have put the dishes with a Johnson Brother's Coffee Pot!
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I think the hook that always SNAGGED ME was that usually an incomplete set is relatively INEXPENSIVE!  I imagine...if you love tea sets as I do....you HAVE SOME OF THESE TOO?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

TEA TIME TUESDAY IS HERE!

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday...I thought I'd share some of the arrangments I have been doing in teapots, etc.


The biggest mistake people make doing teapot florals is to make the top TOO big for the bottom and especially too tall.  Florals are like haircuts- styles change and right now the style is to stay closer to the container!  The size of the flowers has to be proportional to the size of the container. 



You should pick up the colors in the teapot in the pieces you choose.  You never just drop things in - they should be arranged in oasis or strofoam.  Silks work best in strofoam.  Oasis is softer for fresh or dried flowers. These teapots do not have lids so that is why they are being used for arrangments.


                                                   

This one is a large creamer!


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Lastly...do you need a great Lemon Curd Recipe because I saw one today....at  http://www.completelydelicious.com/ 

Monday, April 26, 2010

IT'S A FRENCH TEA PARTY !

I have been wanting to make this lovely lemon tart.  This winter while it was very quiet at my shop, I spent hours researching recipes and going through 10 years of Southern Living Recipe Books.  I have a file just for the lemon tart recipes and I did a lot of comparing.  I am moving toward using some organic and natural ingredients.  This is difficult for me because I tend to look at the cost but I am sure it is much healthier.  Can you relate to this?  Of course you can! I don't like those photos of the chickens in the cages ......




I found this recipe in Sharon O'Connor's "Bistro" the CD and Recipe Book combination which features recipes from great french hotels and outstanding french restaurants in America.  I thought the recipe sounded delicious and it certainly was!
You are going to need a 9" tart pan where the bottom comes out!

THIS RECIPE WAS ORIGINALLY FROM  "Bouchon", a French Bistro in Yountville, California.




 For the pastry shell: 1 2/3 cups of all purpose flour, 2/3 cup of powdered sugar, 2/3 cup cold butter, 1 egg beaten

For the filling:  5 large eggs and 1 more egg yolk, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup fresh lemon juice, 1/2 cup butter and I also used the zest from
3 lemons- this is up to you!  IF YOU REDUCE THE SUGAR it will be more tart of course!
                                                        


Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  For dough:  Combine dry ingredients and egg and cut in butter. Form a nice dough ball.

 It is suggested that you refrigerate this for 30 minutes before rolling out- you will have more than you need when you roll it out and put it in the tart pan.....

Bake it for about 15 minutes constantly pricking the tart with a fork to keep it down.  Sit aside to rest...


In a separate saucepan cook the filling ingredients which have already been mixed well.  I chose not to strain mine but had been careful to remove lemon seeds in the bowl. Simmer until thick.
Pour into the shell and bake 20 minutes.  Cool and serve.



Once you start baking you will be amazed how inexpensively you can make things that big $$$$ are charged for in bakeries and restaurants!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

PINK SATURDAY SNOW AND A ROSE!

Yesterday we had snow all day at our house and rain in Old Colorado City's Historic District.  The wind howled all night and is blowing snow and rain in different parts of town now!  AH...THE JOY OF SPRING IN COLORADO!


This rose was a gift years ago from a friend I met when I moved to Colorado -  artist, Sharon Dougherty.




For those of you enjoying spring like weather..don't take it for granted!  I wish all my blogging friends a Happy Pink Saturday  and a great weekend!

This day is brought to us in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness from Beverly at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/
and today I am linking to Susan at ASH TREE COTTAGE AT ....
                                                      

Friday, April 23, 2010

PETER RABBIT TEA QUOTE


FIRST OF ALL....MY GARDEN DOESN'T LOOK LIKE THIS TODAY!  In fact, at 6:15 AM when I got up it was snowing like crazy!  The snow is very wet and about 6" deep! I took some photos but accidentally erased them!

 
Rocky Mountain Springtime indeed! Jeremy Fisher, Miss Tabitha and Peter Rabbit are covered in snow right now!

Quote from 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know:

Peter was not very well during the evening.  His mother put him to bed, and made some chamomile tea:  "One table-spoonful to be taken at bedtime."  Beatrix Potter, The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I'M A LITTLE TEAPOT SHORT AND STOUT !!!


Back when I was a little girl, we all grew up singing "I'm A Little Teapot". This song was a loved part of childhood.  The book was originally written by 2 men in 1939.


In 1996 Iza Trapani did an adaptation of the original book and added other verses making a new story! The expanded verses tell how a teapot visits China, Mexico, the opera, a jungle and other places while waiting to be used
to serve tea!


PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SING:

I'm a little teapot, short and stout.
Here is my handle, here is my spout.
When I get all steamed up, hear me shout.
Just tip me over, pour me out! 

 This book is a MUST HAVE FOR YOUR CHILDREN'S COLLECTION!
                                                      

Bernideen's sell this book for $15.95- 1-719-447-8844 Bernideen's

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

TODAY IS TEA TIME TUESDAY!


I don't know about you but I can hardly wait for warm weather that "stays around" and lets the garden tea parties begin....




I get happy just thinking about being out in the yard with the squirrels, birds and flowers!  Last year I worked on my back yard and created what I called a Beatrix Potter Tea Garden....I had Mrs Tabitha and ....



and Jeremy Fisher..






Peter Rabbit didn't make an appearance in these photos because he was added late in the summer but he too loves TEA IN THE GARDEN!

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Monday, April 19, 2010

TEA QUOTE


Bergamot is a citrus fruit grown in southern Italy.  It is made into marmalades and liqueurs, and the oil is used in the Earl Grey blend of tea.  The aromatic oil is extracted from the fruit's rind.



From 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know!

Friday, April 16, 2010

DRUMROLL PLEASE !! LET THE AWARD CELEBRATION BEGIN!

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For the last 2 years I have enjoyed visiting some wonderful blogs and feel like I have "met" some great people!  It's true I have never met them- but we have communicated through blogging. Today I am expressing appreciation to some of these! Please accept this award from Bernideen's Tea Time Blog!  If your blog is one that avoids awards as some do - just enjoy the applause from here! 

THESE ARE IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

1.  Aiken House and Garden at http://warrengrovegarden.blogspot.com/
2.  Delights of the Heart at http://heartsdelights.blogspot.com/
3.  Friendship Tea at http://friendshiptea.blogspot.com/
4.  Gracious Hospitality at  http://www.gracioushospitality.com/
5.  Lines from Linderhof at http://linesfromlinderhof.blogspot.com/
6.  Miss Spenser's Blog at http://missspensersblog.blogspot.com/
7.  Rose Tea Cottage at http://roseteacottage.blogspot.com/
8. Tea at Primrose Hill at http://cuppatea4sheri.blogspot.com/
9.  Gingerbread Crumbs and Company at http://gingerbreadcrumbsandcompany.blogspot.com/
10. Rose Colored Glasses at http://rhondisrosecoloredglasses.blogspot.com/
11. Rosemary's Sampler at http://therosemaryhouse.blogspot.com/
12.  Tea With Friends at  http://ncmagteawithfriends.blogspot.com/

Thursday, April 15, 2010

FOR THE LOVE OF PLATES #2



I don't know about you - but I love plates!  And as you can see I love floral ones, chintz and old Bavarian painted ones!

I really am fond of any with hand painting even though some of them are just saucers or bread and butter plates. I put wires on them which are very inexpensive and hang them on the walls.....

I haven't paid much for my plates because you can find them at yard sales, flea markets and antique malls!
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

FOR THE LOVE OF PLATES #1


Over my kitchen cupboards I have a display of plates and teapots. I find that soup bowls work well to raise the teapots up a bit and I cover the tops of the cupboards with foil or wax paper to make dusting easier.  (just remove once in a while and redo the paper) The soup bowls do NOT show from down below!

                                          

I have plates in different areas but also....many hanging on the walls........decals, transferware and hand painted.

                                                   


More to come this week....

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

TEA TIME AND TEA PARTY TUESDAY IS HERE!

Welcome to TEA TIME AND TEA PARTY Tuesday!  You can visit others who participate in this day at http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com/ AND http://rhondisrosecoloredglasses.blogspot.com/



I have to tell you that this week I have been wasting some time.....did you know about googlemaps.com?  It is possible that you can go see the house you lived in when you were a kid - right on your computer!  I have driven all over Hampton, Virginia on my computer.  It doesn't always work for every street but maybe 75% of the time.  I saw my Elementary School and the house I lived in when my Mom married my step father.  I was amazed.  It is like you "drive down the streets" and you can find lots of places. 

 Well....I am supposed to be presenting a Tea Thing Today so I best get with the program.....but I had to tell you about this because IT COULD BE A BLESSING TO SOME ELDERLY FAMILY MEMBERS YOU HAVE in that you could show them their old town, etc.  PLEASE TRY IT! Just do a search for google maps and type in the street address and city and state. If you don't remember the house number- just look around until you recognize things!



I love old linens with embroidery about tea pots, etc. I am also drawn to strawberries and cherries.
Pansies are beloved by everyone! It is easy to find these old linens now for your tea settings!  Every antique mall in America has them! I think they have some charm!


Old crochet pieces were true labors of love!  Many people don't value these and you can often find them at garage sales!
Have a wonderful day!