Thursday, September 30, 2010

Teacup Thursday — A Vintage New Hall Teacup

Do you like roses? 
We still have roses blooming in our yard but,
our evening temperatures are cooler now, after a long, hot, dry summer here in Kentucky. 
We will enjoy our roses while we can.  
This pretty vintage rose pattern teacup is a New Hall, an English Bone China, made in Staffordshire.

Visit Miss Spenser's Blog for Teacup Thursday links. 

Monday, September 27, 2010

Thank You to Blogging Friend Sheri

I recently entered Sheri's drawing for the fall issue of Celebrate Magazine and won! 
Sheri is a fellow tea lover and sent a couple of surprises of a beautiful tea themed journal
and a magnetic calendar. I just love the pictures of the teacups on both. 
Thanks, Sheri! 

Visit Sheri at Tea at Prim Rose Hill
I really appreciate all the friends I have made through blogging! 

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Two Grand Soccer Games

We traveled to N. KY to visit the # 1 daughter's family, spend the night,  and watch the 5 year old grandson, PJ,  play in two soccer games this morning. What fun! 

Friday, September 24, 2010

FEI World Equestrian Games 2010

The World Equestrian Games are comprised of the world championships for eight equestrian sports.  The Games are held every four years, two years prior to the Olympic Games, and are governed by the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI).

WEG has been the "buzzword" in central Kentucky for four years as our area has made preparations for this very special event.  The official name is 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ™.

Opening day is Saturday, September 25th.  The closing date is October 10th.  The official location for the games is the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY.  However, every town in central Kentucky is celebrating with horse events, concerts and more.   Berea Tourism Commission will hold nightly events from Bluegrass Music to Jazz and Street Dances. 

Kentucky is definitely the fun place to be for the next two weeks. 

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Vintage Crown Staffordshire Teacup Trio

I fell in love with English Teacup Trio Sets in 1998 when I spotted three Aynsley Trio Sets in the bargain basement of an antique shop in the beautiful village Chipping Campden.
At that time, I just thought of the dishes as a matching cup, saucer and dessert plate. 
The lady owner of the shop said in her beautiful British accent,
"Oh, you found some trios!" 
She wrapped them and I carried them home in my suitcase nestled in my dirty laundry. 

Today, I added this  pretty Crown Staffordshire Trio to my collection! 
Thanks, Mary!
Be sure to visit Miss Spenser's Blog to see more teacups being featured on Teacup Thursday.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Vintage Sandwich Pattern Glass

I was excited to find some pieces of Sandwich Glass on Monday at the local antique/junk mall.
In one booth, I found four cups and saucers for $2.50 a set, and three 8"plates for $3 each. 
The Cookie Jar was my big purchase of the day at $25.  I debated that one for a long time as I walked around looking at various booths.  Was it worth the $25 I paid?  I don't know.  I found a few on Ebay priced for less and several for more. 
But, I learned a long time ago to not look back and second guess myself
on purchases of something I like or want!  

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

A Vintage Hall Teapot

I visited a local antique/junk mall Monday and found this vintage 6-cup Hall teapot for only $7.50. 
Hall China was founded in 1903 in East Liverpool, Ohio and began producing their gold decorated teapot line in the 1920s. 
This teapot is a Boston teapot trimmed in gold. 
Read about Hall Teapots here
This teapot shows obvious wear on the gold trim, especially on the thumb rest on the handle. 

Oh, how I wonder how many pots of tea have been served through the years in this special teapot? 

Monday, September 20, 2010

A Vintage Teapot Pin

When I saw this vintage Avon teapot pin on Ebay, I couldn't resist bidding on it.
Well, guess what?  It's my latest addition to my teapot pin collection.
I can't wait to wear it to tea!

Friday, September 17, 2010

It's Spoonbread Festival Weekend!

A photo of our boys enjoying spoonbread at Boone Tavern Hotel.

This is the weekend of the annual Berea Chamber of Commerce Spoonbread Festival. 

Boone Tavern Hotel, in Berea, Kentucky, has long been famous for its spoonbread. Richard Hougen, Boone Tavern Hotel manager for many years, collected some of the best regions best recipes, including spoonbread. Most people agree, that you cannot find a better recipe for spoonbread than the one used at Boone Tavern.
Spoonbread is the richest, lightest, and most delicious of all corn meal breads. The basic ingredients in spoonbread are very much the same from one recipe to another, the major difference being that about half of the recipes call for baking powder and / or sugar while the rest use neither.
Most old-time Southerners did not use sugar in their spoonbread or any corn bread recipes. Perish the thought! In Appalachian Mountains it was unheard of to put sugar in corn bread. But sugar began to appear in more modern variations of spoonbread --Yankee pressure and influence, perhaps!
In his book, Southern Food, John Egerton stated that spoonbread probably originated in Virginia, around 1824. Other authorities maintain that spoonbread can be traced back to the Indian porridge called suppone or suppawn, and therefore consider that to be the true ancestral source of spoonbread. Others say that the butter, milk, and eggs, which made spoonbread such a special dish, probably came after the Civil War. John R. Mariani, in The Dictionary of American Food and Drink, says the term was not used in print until 1906.
Corn, was often called the backbone of Appalachian cooking, is as important to Appalachia as rice is to the Chinese. The best cornbread is made from freshly water-ground meal. Corn meal has been used over the last century to make a corn pone, crackling bread, corn muffins, corn sticks, hoecakes, Johnny cakes, and spoonbread. Spoonbread is one of the old recipes that's still popular today.
History of Spoonbread provided by Sidney Saylor Farr, author of Spoonbread Cookbook.  For information about how to purchase her recipe book, go to the Spoonbread Festival Website.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Teacup Thursday — A Vintage Rosina Teacup

For Teacup Thursday, I am featuring a vintage English Bone China Rosina teacup and saucer.
This pretty pink teacup has a gold handle, foot and inner rim.  The design features a variety of colors of daisies, one of my favorite flowers. 
This is another of my $13 teacups. 


Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Nice Cuppa

Whew!  I am ready for a nice cuppa tea! 

On Monday I saw a different surgeon to schedule rotator cuff surgery.
He told me I will have my right arm in a sling for at least six weeks after surgery.
I told him there is no way I can have the until after the Berea Health Ministry Tea on October 23rd.  
I'll let you know more about the BHM Tea and my surgery as the dates approach.

Today, I received a call from the school nurse.  Another student slammed a door on AJ's hand and smashed a finger on his left hand.  Of course he is a lefty.
We spent about 2 hours in the E.R., but the finger is not broken and the school nurse did a nice job of bandaging the cut.  He will wear a splint for several days.  
Tonight at parent-teacher conferences, he received much attention from the teachers and other students.  
But, he had to miss the middle school soccer game. 
Not to worry, however, there are two games tomorrow night!

In case you notice I'm not blogging daily, just think of me and our busy schedule,
 and have a cup of tea! 

By the way, I'm not complaining, just explaining!


Friday, September 10, 2010

Taking Time for Tea

Earlier this week, I finished the Mango tea and started on the tin of Apricot. 
Most followers of this blog know I am a plain black tea drinker, no flavors added, especially floral and spice flavors.  And, I don't add milk or sugar.  Earlier this summer Mary recommended the Harney & Son Mango as a nice iced tea.  It took me a few glasses of both sweet and unsweetened to learn to enjoy it. 
I blogged about it in June.

At the time I ordered the Mango, I also ordered the Apricot.  For several months, the closed tin of apricot tea sat on a shelf as the scent drifted around my office.  I am familiar with apricot tea, but it was never a tea of choice for me.  Apricot tea was always included in the tea selections on the menu of  Bruce and Shelley Richardson's Elmwood Inn.  It is a tea I often recommended to my non-drinking tea friends during their first afternoon tea experience at that lovely tea room before it closed. 

Earlier this week a dear friend and I laughed and cried together during a one-hour phone conversation as we discussed her dad's progression with Alzheimers Disease and the memories of my mom's journey with AD, including the sad and funny things that happen along the way.  
 Fortunately, she and I could  find laughter among the tears.
And fortunately, this week I found a lot of comfort in my multiple cups of apricot tea.

"Taking tea is about making time instead of grabbing it,
and about genuinely relaxing instead of simply giving lip service to the idea"
~ From the Tea 2010 Calendar~

Enjoy your weekend!  I hope you find time for tea. 
Because, in my opinion, taking time for tea is really about taking time for you!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Teacup Thursday — A Vintage Foley Teacup and Saucer

Another pretty teacup in my collection.
This pretty vintage Foley China teacup is ivory with pink, lavender and blue mini flowers and gold trim.  The cup has a gold foot. The cup and saucer are of a scalloped design.  The mark on the bottom was used by Foley from 1930 - 1936.  My cost was $13. 

 I am participating in Miss Spenser's Blog Teacup Thursday

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Teapot Bracelets, Earrings and Necklaces

I wear a bracelet every day! 
The four beaded bracelets on the right were made by our #1 daughter, Melissa.
I took a little time to organize my tea-themed jewelry over the weekend.
Melissa made the two bottom pairs of beaded earrings. 
The gold earrings in the middle were custom designed for me by Kentucky's talented  Estelle 
This is my collection of teapot pendants. 
The gold one in the middle is a vintage Longaberger® gold teapot charm. 
The Sterling Silver charm holder and charms on the left were made by Brown County Silver in IN.
The others are various teapot beads, including the pearl teapot made by Melissa.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Teapot Pins

I have been collecting teapot lapel pins for many years.  Some of these are gifts from friends and family, and some of them I purchased at various tea shops.   The large pewter pin in the middle used to play "I'm A Little Teapot" and was a gift from my family. 

This is my favorite pin. I have worn it to many afternoon tea venues.
I purchased at a craft show many years ago from Kentucky artist, Robbie Moriarty
She has changed the design since I purchased this, but she makes a similar pin, "Tea Time." 

My neighbor Mary K. and her sister Virginia gave me this pretty Christmas pin several years ago. 

I decided I needed a little glitz and purchased these online. 
This is a hand painted tea-themed pin I purchased to wear on my denim jacket. 
I enjoy wearing all of these pins at different times. 

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Teacup Thursday: A Vintage Royal Standard

This vintage teacup is a Royal Standard English Bone China and the pattern is Irish Elegance. 
I chose to feature this one today as a part of Miss Spenser's Teacup Thursday
because GJ and I are planning an upcoming trip to Ireland. 

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Tea Towels

I found these pretty whimsical tea towels at Target.  They come in bundles of five towels for $9.99,
with two tea-themed designs and three matching solid color towels. 


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