I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Strawberries and Vintage

The STRAWBERRIES are finished producing this year.  I had a VERY BIG crop.
I 'm excited about today's blog.  I love to share my experiences with everyone in blog land.  It's fun to photograph, bake and play with my dishes. And, I love to make mosaics.  So here goes.
Hope you enjoy the goodies.....

I made Strawberry jam.  Ate Strawberries on Ice Cream.  Baked Strawberry Bars.  Made Strawberry Smoothies and put Strawberries on cold cereal.  I love  having Strawberry plants just outside my back door.  What a blessing.

I found this vintage jam jar at an Estate Sale.  The glass spoon is the cutest.

Makes 2 dozen

      1 cup butter, softened                              
   1/2 cup shortening  
      1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
   1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cups strawberry preserves, divided
      2 teaspoons vanilla extract       
      2 large eggs
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
   1/2 teaspoon salt
     Garnish: fresh strawberries, mint 
1. Preheat oven to 350, Line a 13x9 inch pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil, letting foil hang over sides of pan.  Spray foil with nonstick baking spray with flour; set aside.
2. In a large bowl, combine butter, shortening, and sugars.  Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy.  Beat in 1/2 cup strawberry preserves and vanilla.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.  Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, beating to combine well.  Spread dough into prepared pan.  Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  Cool in pan for 10 minutes; spread remaining 3/4 cup preserves on top of warm pastry.  Refrigerate for 4 hours to overnight.
4. Lift from pan using foil as handles; cut into squares to serve.  Garnish with strawberries and mint, if desired.  Credit-Southern Lady May/June

Estate sales are great.  I think I have an addiction.  I found this beautiful tea set about a year ago. Just down the street from my house. Two dessert plates, two cups and two saucers. When I was buying the dishes I asked the fellow if he had more of the same.  He said "If I had more I would have put the whole set on eBay." I said. "OK I will buy just what you have."  Thought the dishes would go well with the little red pot. 

Royal Albert Bone China-pattern Nosegay 1935   Total set $6.00 dollars

The harp shaped dessert fork is from my 1847 Rogers Silver plate flatware "FIRST LOVE". 

From my garden

I'm joining Suzanne @ Coloradolady for Vintage Thingies Thursday

I'm joining Leigh @ Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday

I'm joining Michael @ Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday


I'm joining Cindy @ My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday

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  1. Beautiful vintage dishes and a recipe too!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Simple gorgeous tea & dessert set! Your strawberries don't look shabby either! I'e saved the recipe :)


  3. Love your strawberry post! Everything looks so beautiful!


  4. oh dear for $6 you got such beautiful bone china dishes! awesome find & price! I am so envy with you! teehee.. but your delicious strawberries really cool me down! teehee.. and your lil jam pot and fork super pretty too! happy VTT

  5. Hi, nice to meet you! Wow, look at all of those delicious strawberries! The bars look yummy!
    I love the sweet little jelly jar too! Thanks for sharing!

  6. How lovely! You sure had a bountiful strawberry crop! That jelly jar is adorable, and your dishes are so pretty.

  7. I had fun with strawberries this year too! Your jam jar find is really nice-enjoy!

  8. What lovely vintage tea cups and plates. I like the flatware too and your recipe is a keeper!!

    Susan and Bentley

  9. Tea for two would be fun. The strawberry bars look delicious.

  10. Gorgeous yummy strawberries! I'm wondering how many strawberry plants one has to plant to have such a harvest? We planted one plant last year and got ONE strawberry. Too funny!
    Love your tea set and your strawberry bars look divine!

    Happy VTT,

  11. Such beautiful dishes..and such a sweet group of pictures. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a lovely weekend..and Happy VTT

  12. Oh my gosh I am drooling at the photos- such scrumptious treats! That jam jar and spoon is heavenly, what a great find! Thank you for sharing all your treasures and recipes today! Happy VTT!

  13. Those strawberries make my mouth water, they look so delicious. And your china cups are to die for!!

  14. beautiful tea and dessert set, the china is beautiful. thanks for the recipe!! Have a great VTT!

  15. Yum that's a recipe I have to try, thank you!

  16. Look at all those strawberries!!! I wish I could reach in the computer and grab a handful! Yum.

  17. What a lovely setting and your strawberries are gorgeous!

  18. You sure do know how to use your strawberries! I might have to come back and get these recipes in a few months though, as it is winter here and the strawberries that are around are not very good.

    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Best wishes,

  19. The strawberry bars look yummy! I'll have to make them sometime. OUr strawberry season is gone as well -- alas -- there is always next year!

  20. Beautiful photographs - and your recipe sounds heavenly!

  21. I just happened upon your blog. Love your super recipes.


  22. OK I love this posting! I love all the photos they are adorable! I also want to tell you, this blog is wonderful!!!!!!! I will be back for sure as I'm now following you. I'd would like to extend the invitation to become a FOLLOWER on my blog as well.
    Hope to see you there,

  23. A feast for the eyes and tummy! I love your tea set and the little red teapot and the bouquet of your red roses. The strawberries, well, what can I say? They speak for themselves. Visiting from Show and Tell Friday~

  24. Lovely strawberries! We had them in our yard when I was little but I was such a picky eater then. Your treasures are lovely!

  25. I saw your comments in La Bella Vie's blog, she is my DIL and my name is Betty too, so I wanted to visit you. The strawberrys look so good.
    Bye Betty

  26. Oh Betty, I love this! Your homegrown strawberries, your homemade strawberry jam in the GORGEOUS jam jar and glass spoon, your beautiful Olympian roses and your harp shaped serving fork from your set, I love it all and the mosiac your made. I think this is my favorite post of yours so far.

    I'm going to make your strawberry bars, they look so yummy.:)
    Love you,

  27. When I read that you'd made strawberry bars, I thought I hope she'd share the recipe - and there it was! You did! I love strawberries - every way they can be used. Seems the season here goes by way to fast.
    That vintage jam jar is gorgeous!

  28. I couldn't refrain from commenting. Perfectly written!

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