Wednesday, January 30, 2013

A 200th JANE AUSTEN ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION for "Friends Sharing Tea"




It's time to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the

publishing of "Pride and Prejudice" January 28 1813:










It's time to celebrate Jane Austen
so bring out the tea and cake -
she loved the things we love
so memories we make...
Bernideen



I baked a special cake just for our tea time:


English Regency Lemon-Raspberry Cake

This recipe came from the February 1995 issue of Victoria Magazine.  Changes:  instead of the raspberry filling, I used Stonewall's Seedless Raspberry Jam and instead of making lemon curd, I used Irish Chivers Lemon Curd. (I also changed the name for the sake of Jane Austen)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Cake:  You will need 3 cups sifted cake flour, 4 Tsp baking powder, 3/4 Tsp salt, 3 eggs, 1 cup milk, 2 Tsp vanilla,  3/4 Cup unsalted soft butter, 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar

Lemon Cream Frosting:  1 cup unsalted soft butter, 4 cups confectioners sugar and 3 Tbs lemon juice (I only used cups cups confectioners sugar but if I made this again - I would use a cream cheese based frosting as this is very sweet)

To make the cake:  Butter and flour 3 round cake pans and also line bottoms with waxed paper and also butter and flour the wax paper.  

Sift together flour, baking powder and salt - set aside.  In a medium bowl, whisk together 3 eggs, milk and vanilla.  Set aside.
In a larger bowl, beat 3/4 cup butter til light and creamy.  Gradually beat in 1 2/3 cups sugar, beating til light  Add flour mix alternately with milk mixture beating until smooth for 1 minute.  Divide batter between 3 pans.

Bake 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes....check with toothpick and cool 10 minutes.




Peel wax paper off 1st layer and place on cake platter - spread lemon curd on top.  Next layer: place raspberry jam on top and then  3rd layer on top and then ice entire cake with 
Lemon Cream Frosting reserving 1 cup of icing for decorative effects using a pastry tube.  This cake needs to be refrigerated.





"The garden is quite a love....I live in (the) room downstairs, it is particularly pleasant, from opening upon the garden.  I go & refresh myself every now & then, and come back to Solitary Coolness. " Letter to Cassandra, 23 August 1814






If you are a blogger and would like to post something about tea, please join the party by linking at the bottom. Will you please put a link on your post to mine as well?




There are many wonderful books available with ideas for a 
Jane Austen tea party or dinner. 
 This would be perfect for Valentines Day.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

ANTIQUES HELP REVIVE FLORENCE, COLORADO



It's a little like turning the clock back - driving about 1 hour south down to Florence, Colorado and seeing a street of very old buildings.  You have turned the clock back to the eighteen hundreds...another era. Oil was discovered here in 1881 and the boom was born.   The buildings that line the street are mostly antique shops now! We discover a couple new shops we have never seen before.






The next town is Canon City:






Many locals work at the prisons in Canon City.  There are 13 prisons and the Supermax Prison houses many infamous prisoners...the Unibomber, the Shoe Bomber along with many others scarey sorts.  Enough about that! There are some huge old mansions in Canon City:




I am linking this post to:  The Tablescaper



  Here you can ride the train which follows the Arkansas River to the bottom of the Royal Gorge or you can drive to the Royal Gorge.  We have ridden the train several times and it is delightful.



I also took a picture of the Queen Anne Tea Room (above) which serves a true HIGH TEA with multiple courses with a pot of tea in the evening by reservation. (around $50.00)  Beef Wellington is just one entree on this special menu.  We did not go in but I could hear the laughter of ladies inside enjoying themselves!  Of course you can enjoy Afternoon Tea here by reservation at a modest price with the scones, finger sandwiches, sweets and savories!

Monday, January 28, 2013

SOFT COLORS ON A VINTAGE VASE


 It's Monday morning - the weekend sure flew by!

Today I am sharing my vintage vase: 

It was probably hand painted in Japan and is somewhat whimsical with a little bird perched on the side.  Here is my little vignette sharing a sweet cup and saucer from Austria, an old covered cheese dish, a saucer and salt shaker.

























I will be linking my post to:  A Delightsome Life and Tea Time Tuesday and Tuesday Cuppa Tea and Mosiac Monday and Teacup Tuesday

Saturday, January 26, 2013

CHEDDAR BAY BISCUITS



Last night, on our way home,  the usual discussion ensued about "what shall we have for dinner?"  We settled on something simple..... A nice bowl of tomato basil soup and Cheddar Bay Biscuits.  We sat at the table and gobbled them  up for dinner!





                                Cheddar Bay Biscuits:

You will need:   1 cup flour, 2 Tsp baking powder, 1/4 Tsp cream of tartar, 1/4 Tsp sugar, 1/4 Tsp salt, 1/3 cup milk, 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold butter, cubed, 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese and 1/4 Tsp garlic powder
Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Mix dry ingredients together, cut in butter and add cheese,  Pour in milk a little at a time,  After you pat out the dough cut with a biscuit cutter - I cut 15 2" size which were smaller than Red Lobster's.

Brush this topping on biscuits before putting in oven:
1 Tbs melted butter, 1/4 Tsp dried parsley, 1/4 Tsp Italian seasoning, 1/2 Tsp garlic powder, pinch of salt and pinch of OLD BAY SEASONING

Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes

Credits:  originally seen here: http://www.astorybooklife.com/recipes/red-lobster-cheddar-bay-biscuits/

Friday, January 25, 2013

COLLECTING VINTAGE CAKE PLATES for "Open House"


While out antiquing last weekend, I had to slap my hands - it was terrible - yes I saw some lovely cake plates at great prices!  I resisted !





I love my glass vintage and antique cake plates 
and
 will even buy one with a chip if I feel
 it is really unique or a great price.


Not counting seasonal cake plates, 
I have 11 glass ones that I just love!



Today is "Open House" and you are invited to join in by posting something from your blog about home, decorating, collecting, cooking, garden, etc...just link your post at the bottom and please include a link to this post to me on yours.


I am also linking to these parties:  Rose Garden in Malevik and Rustic Restorations





















Cake plates can be found at yard sales, antique malls, flea markets, etc.  I was enamored years ago when I saw how Martha Stewart stacked them up for her parties!  How about you, do you have any?





Wednesday, January 23, 2013

VALENTINE WHIMSY FOR "Friends Sharing Tea"



Good morning tea loving friends and welcome to my blog where today is "Friends Sharing Tea".....I have set up a little Valentine Whimsy on the kitchen buffet that I will share today:




We are in for the long haul of winter here in Colorado but are having very mild temperatures.  It is sunny for the most part. We get lots of sunshine but we are terribly in need of moisture. Now that Christmas is past it is fun to turn to other decorations and celebrations to enjoy!






Valentines Day is a friendly time
Where hearts are shared
And tea is kind
Let us focus on love to share
And friendships born with tea time wares.
Bernideen




Bernideen's Tea Time Blog:




I am hoping that many of you will join me today by linking something about tea from YOUR blog.  Please link up a post at the bottom here  and if you would be so kind - please include a link on your post to my post.


I will be linking this post to some other blogging friends:
Sandi at "HOME" and Home Sweet Home and Home and Garden Thursday and Share Your Cup Thursday
and Show and Tell Friday




In the winter we spend more of our our time inside so one of my projects has been to work on my recipes at the kitchen table. I decided it was time to pull authentic "English" recipes away from others and create their own category in my 3 drawer recipe file cabinet.  This has been fun. I found some great recipes here:   http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/ 
Besides many other recipes, there are about 49 recipes on the site under "afternoon tea".


What sort of things have you been doing "inside" while it is cold out?



LOVING EVERYTHING ABOUT TEA....



Tuesday, January 22, 2013

CURIOUS ABOUT DOWNTON RECIPES?


Today while searching around online I came across this site which I found interesting - recipes from Downton Abbey episodes:




If you are planning a special dinner or afternoon tea- this could be HELPFUL! Remember Lady Cora wanted Mrs. Patmore to make Charlotte Russe but Mrs. Patmore wanted to make her

Monday, January 21, 2013

STRAWBERRY DOILY




Good Monday Morning...







I thought I would "start out" my week by sharing this cute strawberry doily I recently found.  Please don't ask me why I am attracted to old doilies....I JUST AM.





It looks like this is the new blog design I will be living with - after my "overly adventurous changes" I made yesterday.  I guess in the end I did learn a little more after it was all over.  So I have a new look - for the moment.

I will be linking to: Tea Time Tuesday and also A Delightsome Life and Tuesday Cuppa Tea and Tea Cup Tuesday and be sure and enter my drawing if you like below.

BYA:  The Chocolate Set above is Bavarian!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

FINALLY....... ANOTHER WONDERFUL DRAWING




It has been quite a while since I had a blog drawing.....and as you may remember, my drawings are "pretty major" - this one is over $200.00 worth of goodies.  Please leave me your name or blog name (remember there is more than one "Mary" or "Linda" out there)  This will help me find you on the drawing date which is February 17th!










HERE is what is included in my drawing:

First of all - and really wonderful - a 3 tiered ANNA THE DUCHESS OF BEDFORD TEA TRAY for Afternoon Tea - made in the Czech Republic
and also:

Scottie/Westie (human)Shortbread Cookies in special tin from Scotland, Murroughs Welsh Brew 80 Tea Bags in their own tin, Loose Coconut Tea, A tea and crumpets tray,   UK Tea Towel, "Tea In London" book, French Cooking Journal, 100 Years Royal Doulton China Pin, and lastly, a bag of Vanilla Aromatique Potpourri.
(tray pictured not included)

I am willing to ship this to the Continental USA and Canada - sorry due to high shipping charges - no further.

Friday, January 18, 2013

"BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE" FOR OPEN HOUSE TIME


                                                 SIMPLE PASTRY PUFFS:


Now that winter is here and a "slow down" of activities has occurred we find ourselves like many of you:  turning to soups and breads and loving the smell of our cup of hot tea. We have a wood burning stove and love firing it up so we can be cozy and warm. 















Pastry puffs are SO EASY to bake and keep on hand in the freezer.  These are great additions for your morning coffee.

WELCOME TO MY FRIDAY "Open House" where fellow bloggers are invited to link a post about anything to do with HOME, GARDEN, INTERIORS, CRAFTING, SEWING, COOKING.......you get the idea!  Would you also include a link on your post to my post?

I am linking this post:  Home Sweet Home and Show And Tell Friday and Rustic Restorations and The Rosegarden In Malevik




PUFF PASTRY FILLED WITH JAM AND CREAM CHEESE:  There are 2 folded sheets in each Pepperidge Farm Box.  This morning I took one out to thaw for 40 minutes.  Each sheet will make 9 puffs by cutting each of the 3 sections into 3 squares.
Put a heaping teaspoon full of jam  in the center of each square with a teaspoon of cream cheese.  Fold the square over to form a triangle and crimp with a fork.

BAKE IN A PREHEATED OVEN 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

"HEAVENLY ROSE" LEFTON CHINA for "Friends Sharing Tea"



Good morning blogging friends and welcome to "Friends Sharing Tea".  Today I am sharing some new Lefton hand painted cups and saucers and dessert dishes I recently found while out "antiquing".  There were 8 cups and saucers and 8 dessert plates in this pattern all in perfect condition. I paid $40.00 for the pieces.







(I already had the flower fairy teapot above)

I did a quick google of the Lefton China Company and learned about George Lefton who came from Hungary to Chicago  and founded this company.  During the 40's he had pieces painted in Japan after World War II as part of America's efforts to help rebuild that country. (painted in Japan up to the 1970's)  The company has been sold from the original family but continues today.  I am sure you have noticed it in your antiquing ventures as they also did lots of patterns and figurines too!
Late note:  I sold all these Lefton pieces at my shop!








Please leave me a comment and share what you collect and are you a singular collector of just certain patterns?  What are your favorites?


 If you are a blogger, I would love to have you link one of your posts about anything to do with tea - at the bottom - and please include a link to this entry on your blog!

Late note:  I ended up selling all of these at my shop!




I am also linking this post to:  "HOME" and Home And Garden Thursday and Share Your Cup Thursday and The Colorado Lady  and Feathered Nest Friday and Show and Tell Friday








I wondered if someone would ask about the teapot.  BYA:  For years my store sold china which we had private labeled....such as the Flower Fairy Teapot you see with fairy decals.  This teapot was left over from our Flower Fairy Teaparty events which outgrew the store.   At one point we carried about six patterns of china but in recent years I only carry teabag caddies and teabag holders from them.