Monday, April 28, 2014

FRIENDS SHARING TEA: A PETER RABBIT TEA FROM 2009

Welcome to our Tea Party and reflections on my garden and tea from July of 2009....I hope you love Peter Rabbit and Beatrix Potter because I sure do. Yesterday we actually had a little snow in Colorado Springs so I am still in a garden reflection mode as the garden isn't quite ready yet!  I had 5 rose bushes in packaging which I had to bring in  the kitchen.  When I saw these pictures back in my photos I wanted to bring them forward. 








I have baked some lovely "Mrs Rabbit's" Currant Buns
 that you can make with your little ones......very easy!





Beatrix would say our table is "perfectly appointed
 and delicious"..




Mr. Jeremy Fisher has arrived early....





And other friends.......


 

And of course Miss Bella, the neighbors momma cat.....




I do so hope you will come for tea says Jeremy........


Recipe for Mrs Rabbit's Currant Buns comes from the ...Peter Rabbit's Cookery Book..now sadly out of print.
This is very easy to make with children...just combine in a medium bowl as follows:
8 oz self rising flour, pinch of salt, 3 oz butter, 2 oz sugar, 1 egg, 2 Tb milk and 2 oz currants Bake at 425 degrees for about 8 - 12 minutes
Watch for browning at 8 minutes Makes 12 buns















Do take time to go out into the garden and have tea with the little ones.....these are memories that will last forever...........I need to share that I no longer have this tea set.  I sold it at my shop because I felt I had "too many".  



I will be sharing this post at:
Home Sweet Garden
Tea Cup Tuesday With Martha
And With Terri
A Return to Loveliness


If you can join me for "Friends Sharing Tea"
 today please link below:

Thursday, April 24, 2014

COMING SOMETIME IN MAY

Sometime during the month of May my Tea In The Garden Series will return.  This will replace my Tuesday Friends Sharing Tea.  I hope you bloggers will participate each week.  Do you just have a tree and a lawn? That will work for a spot to set up a tea vignette:











Here are some thumbnails to put on your blog if you would like:






I will be sharing at these parties:

Monday, April 21, 2014

VINTAGE CANISTERS for "Friends Sharing Tea"



Good Monday morning and I hope you had a delightful Easter weekend!  The promise of spring is here and even though it is cool out we are seeing our backyard grass turn green and bulbs and plants starting to pop out of the ground.  I recently found a set of vintage tin canisters for $18.00 that I am sharing today for Friends Sharing Tea.  Many of the other items I have shared in the past too.







I believe these are called crinoline lady silhouettes:


Our hearts turn toward springtime teas now and I know many of you have this favorite tea book which is now published by Benjamin Press.  I am anxious to begin having my "Tea In The Garden" instead of "Friends Sharing Tea" but many of you remember we had snow once last year in May so we shall see how things progress:






Friends Sharing Tea is all about sharing our love for tea time through collecting, baking, sharing tea, etc.  If you are a blogger you are invited to share a post from your blog by linking below.  Would you please include a link to this post on yours as well?

I seem to love Tuscan cups and saucers and have three rosebud ones here plus a Clarence and a Shelley:




The coffee pot above is Spode and the teapot which is a favorite is Crown Dorset.



I hope you have a wonderful week!  I will also be sharing this post with these blog parties:
Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi
A Return to Loveliness
Tea Cuppa Tuesday
Tea Cup Tuesday With Martha
And With Terri


Saturday, April 19, 2014

HAPPY EASTER!



Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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.