Thursday, September 29, 2011

Teacup Thursday — Royal Patrician Summer Rose Trio

Last week I featured my Royal Patrician Summer Rose Chintz trio
This week I am featuring the Summer Rose pattern.
If you love roses, you would love to have afternoon tea on this trio.
It's another one of a variety of teacup trios in my collection.
I will continue to feature my teacup trios over the next few Thursdays. 
You can see more in my collection by clicking on Teacup Trios on the left sidebar. 
Visit Miss Spenser's Blog to see the Teacup Thursday participating blogs.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Time For Tea

Don't you just love to receive surprises in the mail? 
I do! 
This lovely book was sent to me by Latane at Living Life on Main Street Blog
Thank you, Latane!
Latane saw this in a book store while she was traveling, and thought of me.
Thank you, Latane.  It was so thoughtful of you to send this lovely book to me.
The book isTime for Tea, Tea and Conversation with Thrirteen English Women.
It's a lovely book of stories of the tea time traditions of English women from ages six to eighty of various backgrounds.
They also share favorite family tea time recipes.
And, there are lovely photographs of the English countryside and a peek inside several homes. 

It is always fun to find a tea set I own in a book or magazine. (in the 2 photos above)
This is a Duchess June Bouquet tea set I purchased in Stratford in 2008 on one of our trips to England. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Weekend Football Fun

Kentucky lost big time to Florida on Saturday, but we had a great time!

Thanks to Mary and Donnie for the great tailgating food and fun,
and to Cindy for playing corn hole with the family

This was KJ's first UK football game,
and as you can see from the expression on her face (below)
she was making fun memories!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Teacup Thursday — Royal Patrician Summer Rose Chintz

This Royal Patrician Summer Rose Chintz teacup and saucer trio is one of several Royal Patrician trios in my collection.
They are all different patterns and colors, and I have used them on several occasions to set a pretty tea table. 
Yes, I use a variety of patterns at the same tea table. 
In my opinion, they make a beautiful table setting together.

Visit Miss Spenser's Blog today to see more bloggers participating in Teacup Thursday.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tea Leaves for Roses

Used tea leaves are very good for rose bushes. Tea leaves are acidic, and a good source of nitrogen when sprinkled on the ground around the plants and allowed to compost.

Read more: Are Tea Leaves Good for Roses? | Garden Guides

New or used tea leaves are good for growing roses. Tea leaves can also be used to help lower the soil's pH. Soil high in pH can become great breeding grounds for rust fungus species that can ruin rose bushes.
Read more: Are Tea Leaves Good for Roses? |

Last year I gave GJ, the hubby, a zip lock bag full of dried used tea leaves to put around the roses.   Our roses are abundant and beautiful this year!  He believes the tea is responsible.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Wedding China and Memories

We visited the #1 daughter, Melissa, and SIL this weekend. 
Their wedding china is Lenox Maywood.
The wedding was 13 years ago. 
As it usually goes with wedding china and young couples,
 I could probably count the number of times it has been used on one hand.

The wedding cake topper of sugar flowers is beautifully displayed with the china.
Looking at the cake topper brings back wonderful memories of a beautiful family event.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Soccer Boys

AJ and PJ are "bestest buddies"

We visited PJ and his mom and dad for an overnight, and attended his soccer game today.
What fun!  Both our boys play soccer and love the game.
And, we love these two boys! 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Teacup Thursday — Royal Albert Old Country Roses Blue Damask Trio

As y'all know, I enjoy collecting pretty teacups. 
But what you may not know is that I love collecting teacup and saucer trio sets, including the cup, saucer and dessert or tea plate. 
This trio is a Royal Albert Old Country Roses Bone China Blue Damask pattern. 
It is marked with a 2002 ©.
Although it is not vintage, I thought it was too pretty to pass up.

Visit Donna and Spenser at Miss Spenser's Blog to see other bloggers participating in Teacup Thursday. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cotswold Cream Tea Anyone?

Oh, how we are yearning to travel to the Cotswolds again!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Family Fun

The little guy, PJ, stayed the weekend with us while his mom and dad enjoyed a weekend of football, etc.
We visited the farm for a little fishing and fun yesterday and today.

The boys had a blast. 
And yes, PJ follows AJ everywhere he goes. 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Teacup Thursday — Royal Albert Violets 4470

I am featuring a Royal Albert Violets 4470 English Bone China teacup for Miss Spenser's Teacup Thursday. 
I the purple violet pattern with the green edging are a perfect combination on this pretty teacup.
Visit Miss Spenser's Blog to see other bloggers participating in Teacup Thursday. 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant Chicken Salad

My daughter, Melissa, at recently asked for my chicken salad recipe.
I searched through my recipe basket for the newspaper clipping from many years ago and couldn't find it.
I have made it so many times that I just make it to taste without measured ingredients.
Over the years, I have given my daughters several of my favorite recipes, and they claim their versions never taste like mine.  I'm sure it's because I add a bit of this and that until it tastes to suit me. 

So, I sent Melissa the Applewood Farmhouse Recipe for Chicken salad.  It is very similar to my recipe except that I put finely chopped celery in my chicken salad.   Melissa's DH, Tim, doesn't like celery, so I thought this version would please him. She made it and this is her photo above. 
I have mentioned several times on this blog the Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant in Sevierville, TN is one of our favorite restaurants in the Smoky Mountain National Park area.

Go go to Melissa's website,  Stockpiling Moms at this link
for a printable recipe. 
Melissa has several of our family favorite recipes on

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Neighbors and Friends

Our dear neighbor,Mrs. H, shared a bouquet of her miniature roses with us.
Just to give you an idea of the size, the vase is 5/12 inches tall. 
She has been growing this heirloom plant for over 50 years at two different homes.
It was given to her as a wedding gift.  How special!
Mrs. H has supplied me with books from the library to read while I recuperate from my broken arm and shoulder.
Thanks, Mrs. H. 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Scones from The Colonel's Lady

My dear hubby, GJ, had lunch at The Colonel's Lady Tea Room in Winchester on Friday.  He kindly brought home to me two freshly baked scone.  An Almond Brickle Scone (left) and a Cranberry Orange Scone (right). 

I don't have the recipes of The Colonel's Lady delicious scones in the photo, but thought I would share a recipe for Ocean Spray Cranberry Orange Scones I found online.

Cranberry Orange Scones Recipe From Ocean Spray

2 cups flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 egg
1 cup Ocean Spray® Craisins® Original Sweetened Dried Cranberries
2 teaspoons orange zest

Preheat oven to 425ºF. Grease a cookie sheet.

Combine dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Work butter or margarine into dry ingredients until butter is the size of small peas using a pastry blender or fork. Add remaining ingredients, mixing just until dry ingredients are moist.

Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and gather into a ball. Pat into a circle 3/4-inch thick; cut into 8 wedges. Place on cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sugar.

Bake 12 minutes or until golden brown. Makes 8 scones.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

September is World Alzheimer's Month

click on the link below

This post is in memory of my mother, my dear friends Mary and Lynn's mothers, and my dear friend Patty's dad. 

Raise awareness by wearing purple on Sept. 21, Alzheimer's Action Day; then turn Facebook purple by changing your profile picture to our END ALZ icon and telling your friends to do the same.

Teacup Thursday — Royal Albert American Beauty

My newest teacup is a Royal Albert English Bone China American Beauty.
It has a brushed gold scalloped edge and a georgous pink rose pattern.
My research shows this pattern was made from 1941 - 1990.
I love the delicate pink colors of this pattern.
The saucer, below with three roses is as pretty as the teacup.

I am joining Miss Spenser's Blog today for Teacup Thursday. 
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