Monday, August 31, 2009

Teatime Scarecrows!

Fall is in the air already here in Colorado and that means our upcoming Scarecrow Days in Old Colorado City are coming!

This is where merchants compete in categories after making a scarecrow that best represents their business. This was my display last year which tied for 1st.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Happy Pink Saturday with Julia Child

Last night we joined friends for dinner at the Cracker Barrel and then on to see Julie & Julia......Since it is Pink Saturday I took a photo last night of the cookbook I purchased in 1978 which was her 4th cookbook (with my Old Country Rose pink teapot)! Yes, I remember "The French Chef", her television series and often watched her. I will say like everyone - Meryl sure captured that voice! It was amazing! The last time I saw Julia Child was that Christmas Special with Martha Stewart and Miss Piggy during the 1990's! They created a croquembouche. The voice was the same and the serious personality. Wow! By the way- I think Julia Child would have loved Pink Saturday!
Wishing you a very happy Pink honor of Breast Cancer Awareness
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Friday, August 28, 2009

Tea Quote

In 1890 Thomas Lipton unveiled this slogan for his successful tea company; Direct from the Tea Gardens to the Teapot. From 365 Things Every Tea Lover Should Know

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Clipper Ships and Tea

Back in the mid 1800's, the tea trade exploded and the races across the waterways for tea were led by the Clipper Ships. My husband bought this model many years ago and we carried it from place to place.

Most of the English ships were slow and very difficult to operate so four proud Americans designed a ship that would go faster and brought a great challenge to Britain's sea power.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Joan Hassol's "Well Preserved"

Every summer I pick up my copy of "Well Preserved" and take a journey to Cape Cod. I have never been there personally but I have been there through the words and images in Joan's book. I imagine myself as her assistant, standing there stirring a huge pot of marmalade - waiting for my next instructions. You see, Joan's book which was published in 1998 is full of training and information that challenges us to "put up some jam" and learn new things! As I read this book I am inspired to cook, bake and dream of one day having the time to take up canning again. Her recipes and creative combinations of fruits go way beyond the ordinary. I was sorry to recently read on another blog that Joan had passed away in 2001.

Now you must try these muffins: they are her "Morning Glory Muffins!

You will need: 1 cup canola oil, 3 eggs, beaten, 2 cups grated carrots, 1 grated apple, 1/2 cup raisins, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 1/2 cup shredded coconut, 1 8oz can crushed pineapple - including the juice, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 2 1/4 cups all purpose flour, 1 1/4 cups sugar, 1 Tb ground cinnamon, 2 tsp baking soda
In a large bowl, mix the oil, eggs, carrots, apple, raisins, nuts, coconut, pineapple and vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. Combine and spoon into greased muffin tins. Bake at 400 degrees in a preheated oven for 20 minutes! Makes 18 "Texas sized" muffins or 36 regular-sized ones (high alt: less 2 Tb sugar, less 1/2 tsp baking soda)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Pink Saturday and Another Table Done!

Welcome to Pink Saturday and Table #2!

This table is about pink and purple!

My grandmother's pillow cases are working out well....cutting them up to make the back covers to drop over the folding chairs!

And those old doilies to decorate with!

Which chair will you choose?

This one has a lovely old tea towel sewn on the front!

Just to set things straight: Pink Saturday is in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness and is the brainchild of Beverly at so please visit her there and other participants!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Late Summer in the Garden!

Everyday I visit Aiken House and Garden - a link at my right side of this blog..........It is the most beautiful garden at Carolyn's on Prince Edward Island. You must visit it at

My back yard is small - but big enough for me! Welcome to my garden:
This summer I started a project and since I work a lot I just did a little each week.....I took out a section on each side of my back yard:

From my upstairs window it looks like this:

This is the right side looking out:

Of course in Colorado a Colorado Blue Spruce is required:

A few foxgloves are still coming:

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Tea Quote

From 365 Things Every Tea Lover should Know: Production of Tea in India started in the nineteenth century when Britain needed sources other than China to help quench their thirst for tea.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tea With Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was an outstanding woman who loved the occasion of tea. It is said that she had over 20,000 guests at the White House for tea. Back in 1998, Victoria Magazine did an article on Eleanor called "Your Invitation to Mrs. Roosevelt's Table". I was especially interested in the article because the vintage photo of her showed a watch I thought I recognized. I was traveling across Kansas around 2002 with my husband and we stopped In Paxico - a small town known for great antiques. I purchased this watch which you see here pinned to a 1950's era necklace. The tag on the watch read that it had belonged to Eleanor Roosevelt and was donated to raise money for Harry Truman's reelection campaign. I REALLY DON'T KNOW FOR SURE if this story is true but just the same the watch sure charmed me!
IF YOU ARE PLANNING A TEA PARTY you might enjoy featuring Eleanor's favorite Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake as follows:

You will need: 1 cup/2 sticks soft unsalted butter, 2 cups sugar, 10 large eggs, separated, 2 Tb fresh lemon juice, 2 Tb grated lemon peel (I like to increase this), 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 cup of poppy seeds
Also: 4 cups sifted cake flour, 4 tsp baking powder and 3/4 tsp salt
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Butter (2) 9 x 5 x 3 pans and dust with flour, shaking out excess

In a bowl, using a mixer, cream the butter, add 1 1/2 cups of the sugar, a little at a time and beat the mix until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks, one at a time, the lemon juice, lemon peel, vanilla extract, and poppy seeds. In a bowl, sift the flour, baking powder and salt, Beat the mix adding butter. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites into soft peaks, add the sugar slowly till all are stiff - stir in 1/4 of this egg white mix into the batter- keep adding till all are used.

Divide the batter between the 2 pans and bake for 1 hour 15 minutes - cover the top with foil at the end if it gets brown. Use a toothpick to test at the end until it comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Tea Quote

Cuppa is British informal for "a cup of tea". (from 365 Tea Quotes)

Thank You Yuki from Russia for this Award!

Thank you Yuki!

Monday, August 17, 2009

New Summertime Tea Party Give Away!

And the winner is..........Dayna Rogers of Des Moines, Iowa!
Congrats to Dayna and by the way I need your address Dayna so we can send this stuff your way! A lovely journal for you to record your plans and recipes and ideas......strawberry infuser and porcelain strainer with strawberries on it made special for our store!
A lovely ladybug teapot and ladybug drip catcher........
And some fun stickers..........teapots of course!