Monday, September 14, 2015


  Today I set up a little tea time in the garden.  While in Missouri a few weeks back, I got some bittersweet at an antique mall called Artichoke Annie's east of Columbia.  We always enjoy stopping there when we visit my son and his family.  I put some of the bittersweet on the birdhouse in the corner of the yard.  I hope you are ready to sit and relax a little while this morning!

I recently pulled out some of my fall cookbooks to enjoy.  Don't you love the recipes for apples, pumpkin, squash, etc.  I would imagine that the pumpkins will be arriving at our market soon.  This is the really colorful time of the year.

Please pour yourself a cup of tea and
 have a nice slice of this Harvest Oatmeal Tea Bread. 
 The recipe was in an old 1997 November
 issue of Victoria Magazine.

Harvest Oatmeal Tea Bread:

You will need: 3/4 cup unsalted butter, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 3 large eggs, 1 1/4 cups boiling water, 1 cup old fashioned oatmeal, uncooked, 1 cup of sifted flour, 1 tsp baking soda,  1/2 tsp ground cinnamon,  1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 cup dried chopped apricots, 1/2 cup dark or yellow raisins, 1/2 cup craisins, 4 Tb cognac (you could also add nuts if desired). I did not have cognac so I used Rum.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium sized bowl, cream the butter and the sugar and mix in the eggs one at a time until fluffy.
Boil water and add oatmeal and stir setting aside.

In a large bowl, mix flour, baking soda spices and salt.  Add the dried fruits to this mixture.
Add the cognac and the creamed butter mixture to the dry components.

Fold the oatmeal into this mixture.
Now pour into a greased and floured bread pan 5 x 9 and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.  Next, turn the oven down to 325 degrees for an additional 45 minutes and check with a wooden skewer. (Frankly - I only baked this an additional 15 minutes this morning and it was done.)  If it comes out clean this means it is done. Turn out of pan while warm!

Indoors I have pulled out my fall decorations and transferware pieces and will share those later this week.  I am like many of you who leave these items out until around Thanksgiving November 26.  I like the Canadian Thanksgiving Day of October 12th so much better!  That gives them so much more time for Christmas decorating.

I was able to do a post last Saturday featuring 3 of the blogs from last week's "Tea In The Garden".  I hope to have more time now that I am retired and will be featuring 
others each week as I am able.

For you fellow bloggers, I am hoping you have a tea related post on your blog and will link at the bottom below! I am sharing at these parties:
Mosaic Monday
Tea Time Tuesday
Tea Cup Tuesday
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
A Return to Loveliness


Bookie said...

Oh this was just so lovely this morning. I enjoyed each picture and I would like to try that bread. I long for a brown and white cup like that! I have my mother in laws brown and white plates (different pattern) and a couple of brown and white cups (yet another pattern still), but your brown and white is gorgeous and would make nice match. Have not seen this one before. Also thanks for tip on store east of Columbia. My son lives in Jefferson City and I might make it there to check it out some day.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a perfectly lovely setting, Bernideen! I love the umbrella you have over your table. Looks very charming with the QAL and your table setting. Beautiful china. The bread sounds wonderful. I have been doing more baking too now that the weather is getting cooler. Thank you for inviting us for tea and also for joining me. Have a beautiful day.


Anonymous said...

Such an inviting scene in your yard. That bread looks real good, too. Have a lovely week.

Michele said...

Bernideen- you have outdone yourself with this gorgeous autumn garden tea!
Every detail is spot-on perfect, oh how I would delight in sitting with you there and sipping a nice hot cuppa! Thanks for the party! So happy I could join in the fun this time around! Hugs! ♥

Maiah Harrison said...

Hi Bernideen! Wow, another lovely tea party in your garden, everything looks pretty. Your tea set is gorgeous and the oatmeal Tea bread looks delicious! Even the tin can looks so lovely! What a delightful place to spend some time with friends!
Maya from Pretty Nails And Tea

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I so enjoyed your nod to Fall withnyour tea in the garden, Bernideen. I have Susan Branch's cookbook on display in my kitchen right now. The oatmeal harvest bread sounds wonderful and perfect with a cup of tea. I love the bittersweet decorating your birdhouse, too. Guess what I had inside my birdhouse last Wednesday??? I walked by it and saw two eyes peeking out at me and soon realized that it wasn't a bird, but I snake all coiled up inside!!!! Eek!!!!
Thank you for hosting your party, my friend. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Millie said...

The setting is so lovely, but I love the bittersweet most!...cake looks good too!

Karen said...

Oh Bernideen,
I absolutely adore this fallish tea setting! The lacy umbrella with the pretty china looks so inviting. I do hope that we can enjoy a few more Teas in the Garden. Everything is just perfect! What a sweet idea to do special featured blogs. You really are enjoying retirement. I'm so happy for you! Happy Tea Day and thank you for warming my heart with your pretties and beautiful baking! Karen

Margie said...

Love your lace umbrella and chintz teawares, Bernideen! I can't believe that the Canadian Thanksgiving is in less than 1 month. Time sure flies! Thank you for hosting and have a great week.

Deb said...

Hi Bernideen: What a beautiful setting for tea in your garden. So pretty. I love your little brown tea-cup. Such a lovely pattern. And that has to be the cutest little bird-house I have ever seen. :) Deb

Rosemary and Thyme said...

What a pretty tea setting Bernideen. I love all the autumn colors. Very cozy and warm. I also see that you collect those precious Victoria Magazines. I too have been saving these for as long as I can remember. I find myself going to back to its older issues all the time.

The cake looks yummy too. Thanks for visiting me also. We have taken a little break from the makeover. Will continue Wednesday.

Have a lovely week,


Angela McRae said...

Mmm ... this certainly puts me in the mood for fall baking. And for pulling out those classic old issues of Victoria, too! (LOVE the way the golden light is hitting your tea bread just so. Lovely!)

quakerhillfarm said...

What a lovely tea party! I just love your lace umberella! So very pretty! Blessings, Lynn

Martha's Favorites said...

Hello my friend! Your yard always looks so whimsy. A perfect place to enjoy tea. Hugs, Martha

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Bernideen,
I like your Autumn header, those napkins and placemats are quite lovely, as is you tea for today. The white metal basket is really pretty and your tea bread looks delicious, I will have to give it a try sometime.
Have a great week,

Sylvia said...

Bernideen, I love your white wire basket with the flowers and greenery. Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

This is an absolute lovely post! It has inspired me to start my fall decorating despite the heat. All of your fall teaware blends so well together. The brown transferware teacup is a beauty. I'm hosting a book club breakfast in two weeks and your Harvest Oatmeal Tea bread will be perfect for it. I'm so excited to start baking. Thank you for opening your garden up to us!

Lorrie said...

How pretty your tea party setting is. Autumn-ish, but not too much. The oatmeal bread looks delicious!

Marilyn Miller said...

Beautiful! I am loving your new table with umbrella. Love bittersweet too. The bread sounds yummy!

Carolyn said...

Hi Bernideen,
I love your tea in the garden with the umbrella and some autumn touches.
The weather is staying warm here so I haven't got into fall mode yet.
Thank you for the recipe and for hosting.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

I wish I could join you in your garden for this autumn tea Bernideen. I have been trying to diligently dead head my Queen Anne's Lace but goodness, every plant has so many flowers.
A welcoming seasonal header - the trouble with having someone design my blog is it must stay as is unless I want to open my wallet again. :-)
Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.


Beautiful garden setting. The table linen is lovely as are the dishes.
Thanks for hosting the party.
Have a sweet week.

Lady Linda said...

Oh so pretty and all my favorites! You do such a lovely job. I want to try your recipe. It sure looks great.

relevanttealeaf said...

Love your fall tea in the garden, Bernideen! So many lovely things to see in your post.

The Charm of Home said...

O this is just lovely Bernideen! The bread looks fantastic. I will have to try it and the teapot and teacup is beautiful! Thanks for hosting!

Jean | said...

Bernideen, looks like you're doing autumn right! And I love the look of this tea bread. Can't wait to try it! I posted a chocolate link, but I don't often prefer chocolate over something like this.