I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Tea Cup Review

Oh my Goodness!!!!   November 1st.  I was looking back at my posts for 2010.  What a joy.  I loved posting about my tea cups.  Sooooo.... I decided to design the posts into one Mosaic about tea cups and tea things. And have a Tea Cup Review. I hope you enjoy.

I'm joining
 Mary @ The Little Red House for Mosaic Monday

I'm joining

Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor for Tea Time Tuesday

Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday

Artful Affirmations for Tea Cup Tuesday


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Thank you so much for visiting My Cozy Corner.


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tablescape #8

I have a confession to make. I'm fickle. Why? Because I only watch Baseball games in October.  During the playoffs and The Championship World Series I watch every game. The talent and experience the ball players bring to the
plate is amazing.
Well speaking of a Plate.  I have a full Plate today with this post. 

I'm joining 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday 

I entertain one night each year during the World Series.  It has been a tradition to invite our friends who lived next door to us for 10 years to come over for an evening and enjoy supper and watch the baseball game together.  In the past we have eaten Hot Dogs and Cracker Jacks and many other Baseball related dinners.  So, this year I have prepared the table and the main dish with a Hearty, flavorful and satisfying Italian Minestrone Soup.  Our friends will be bring the Bread and Salad.
I will make the dessert. Which is very Italian.  As we fell in love with Tiramisu on our trip to Italy this summer.  Fall is in the air, we are so close to Halloween and the San Francisco Giants love Orange.  I thought, I would have a pumpkin theme.

And, as you know, I'm trying to be very thrifty during this economic downturn our country is now experiencing. 

 So, I will be joining
Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday  
Coloradolady for Vintage Thingies Thursday

 The glittered pumpkin I had last year and I added more glitter this year. The Rust Mums are from my garden and the black candle sticks I painted black for more punch and the box I painted black too.

 This tablecloth is 50" by 96" since I have a very large table in the dining room and I usually buy two tablecloths. One for the short version of our table and add the second tablecloth 50" by 72" when the table is extended to seat 14 people. I decided for this post I would cut the small tablecloth up and make 6 napkins to match.  I found the pumpkin napkin rings at the antique mall for .50 cents each.
And, the gold 12 place setting of flatware I bought at the antique mall. It wasn't expensive because it's coated stainless steel.  I thought if I washed it the gold would come off, but it didn't. 

Pumpkins and jewels are from the DT

The little green juice glasses I used for my tea lights.  I bought them 20 years ago at the GW.  They are festive for Christmas morning .

I'm trying to photograph night shots with the reflection of the candles flickering. 

 I have owned the Soup Tureen since 1970.  More Vintage !!!!!!

The Soup Bowls are part of my everyday dishes I bought from Ballard's in 1990.

The Dinner Plates I purchased at Safeway Grocery Store in 1975

The larger Dinner Plates I bought at World Market.  We use them when we have BIG MEAT.

I love these chargers .99 cents store.

 I'm joining
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Southern in My Heart for Inspiration Friday.

Soup's on
Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday

Italian Minestrone
There's a version for every town in Italy.
Cook together in kettle (3 to 4 hr.)....
1 cup dried kidney beans or white beans.
2 cups Brown Stock (Bouillon)
6 cups water
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 large carrots, finely diced
3 stalks celery (with leaves). diced
1 cup diced raw potatoes
2 tbsp. olive oil
Add sauteed vegetables to beans in kettle. Cover, cook slowly
 30 mins., stirring often.
1 cup cooked macaroni in 1/2" pieces(1/2 cup uncooked)
1 tbsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 cup cooked tomatoes. (I use our canned tomatoes from our garden)
Simmer 15 min.  If a thinner consistency is desired, thin with water or Brown Stock
Amount 10 servings. 
Recipe from Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book
Revised and Enlarged. Published 1956.

I'm joining 
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday-Autumn edition
Sister Saturday for Soup Exchange
Bargain Hunting with Laurie for
A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
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Have a Happy and Safe Halloween

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Canning Olives

It's Olive picking time at our house.  I have wanted to share our outdoor kitchen with you and today is a great time to do it,  because my sweetheart is busy canning olives.  We have just one beautiful Manzanillo Olive tree and we will have over 50 quarts of olives for our winter pleasure. 

First: The tree


The olive leaves are glossy green on top and grey green on the under surfaces

Second: The Lye-Cured Olives  

Third: The Canned Olives

I'm joining
A Southern Daydreamer for Outdoor Wednesday

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

1st Cupcake Sunday

Welcome to the 1st Cupcake Sunday!

Cupcake Sunday

What a great time of year to bake cupcakes.  Halloween is so festive and ideas are limitless.  I found this cute set of Halloween decorations at Jo Anns and couldn't resist them. One set makes 12 cupcakes.  My granddaughters came over today and watched me photograph the Cupcake Sunday post.  Then decided tomorrow we would have tea and cupcakes by the fireplace and maybe play a game of cards.  It started to rain yesterday and we are in for a cozy weekend.


The tea is ready and the cupcakes baked.

Green Butter Icing

Closer look at the decorations.

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Please include a link in your Cupcake Sunday post back to the host blog, Cupcake Sunday.  Why is this important? When you include a link back to Cupcake Sunday, it ensures your regular readers/visitors will find the other awesome "Cupcakes" linked for this Cupcake Sunday.

Please do not add your link below, until your CS post is actually published to your blog.

Looking forward to seeing your fabulous Cupcakes.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Tea for One

I found this darling Tea Pot on Sale.  I just can't pass up a Thrifty buy.  And, I have another vintage silver piece to Show and Tell.  My Inspiration for this post was an advertisement for 'Lenox' Dinnerware Accoutrements Stackable.  The pink and lavender colors were tugging at my heart. And because of my weakness for lavender is so shameful I almost put some dried lavender in this post.  But, I stayed focused on the presentation I was following. I hope you enjoy Tea for One and a few of my favorite things.

Top this! the teapot stacks atop the teacup.

I love my little tea bird.

Everyone needs lemon with tea.

A nice big cup of tea.

The twisted handle on the spoon is just beautiful.

Pink Flowers are always nice.

It not only creates a uniquely beautiful presentation, it keeps the poured tea warm.

The vintage linen is also a nice touch.

Thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner
It's now time for me to have some tea.

Please link back to the wonderful blogs I am joining:
Coloradolady for Vintage Thingies Thursday
Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday
Southern in My Heart for Inspiration Friday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Bargain hunting with Laurie for
 A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday 

Please join me Sunday October 24th

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


I have some wonderful news.  I have set-up an on-line shop Etsy.com.

I'm so excited.  I have many things from My Cozy Corner in the antique mall downtown in my posts and I have wanted to start the on-line shop for some time.  But, as you know with the traveling I've been doing lately, I couldn't  be a good merchant.  So...................


Please stop by and check out the vintage and handmade things I have for sale.

And, thank you so much for visiting my blog.

You can now visit My Cozy Corner by clicking at top of the page.

Please continue to comment and become a follower.  I hope we all will have some fun, learn and be inspired.


Fall Garden

I'm joining Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer.  Lots of things to see in the Fall Garden.  With the clean up chores in the garden, I took out some time to photograph what's happening outdoors.

Hot !!!!! Red Peppers

Roma Tomatoes
Very Italian

How about a Beef Steak Tomato?


Cool Red Peppers

Delicious Pesto in the Freezer 

A Big Black Eye

A Bumble Bee

Autumn Flowers

I created this mosaic to capture the lingering colors of Fall .
The Roses are fading quickly, but hopefully they will last until mid November.
And, Thank you so much for visiting today.
 Please link back to Outdoor Wednesday for more outdoor enjoyment.

Remember!!! October 24Th

This Sunday

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