I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tablescape # 24

My Blue and White Dishes

Hello Everyone!
I was commenting to Pat over at the Back Porch that I would love to have Blue and White Dishes.  And about a week later I was in my favorite antique shop and found this perfect set of dishes just for me. 
Four dessert plates and Four cups and Four saucers.  I collect this combination for my tea parties.  I have 19 sets.  Some of the sets have more than one of the same design.  Ladies love to pick out their favorite place setting and enjoy discussing different tea cups or dishes they collect.
While making Lemon Curd I decided to use the seasonal lemons as the centerpiece for my 24th. Tablescape.

Lemons with Tea! 

I love to serve a fruit dessert as part of my tea menu. 

'Royal Delft'

I love this cup.  When I buy tea cups I want to love how it feels in my hand.  Not to heavy.  And the way it looks when I hold it to the light.  Also I look for the used cups to be in good condition... That's so important.

I love the presentation of the blue and white plates on a larger white plate.  I have a very nice wooden table that I have covered all the time.  But today I wanted the wood to show under the place setting. 

~Candle and Lemons for the Tea~

~Lemon Curd in a Pineapple Jar~
The Pineapple is the symbol for "Friendship"
I believe having tea is the most wonderful way to share friendship. 

 ~Tea Pot~
I bought this tea pot at the Save Mart grocery store last year when I was visiting  my mother.  I wish I had bought more pieces of this wonderful Blue and White dinnerware.

~Sugar and Cream~
The sugar and creamer I found in a little antique shop. 

My son gave the bowls to me as a gift many years ago.  They are such a treasure.  At the time he gave them to me I didn't collect any blue and white dishes.  How did he know that one day I would have so many beautiful dishes.


This photograph has the water glasses included in the Tablescape.

Water glasses were taken away.  Which look do you like?
Glasses or No Glasses that is the question.

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My Cottage Charm for Treasures and Trinkets Thursday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Simply Sweet Home for Friday Favorites
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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

What I Can Do With Lemons

Hello Everyone!

Today is a sunny day in California. 
I have some Lemons in a sunny yellow color.  While visiting my mother for her 90th birthday a few weeks ago.  I picked some lemons from her tree.

As usual I want to show you what I did with the big bag of Lemons we brought home.

I Love Lemons

Because I'm going to England in June I thought I would practice making Lemon Curd and Scones.

I started with the beautiful large fresh lemons from my mother's tree.

My Cozy Corner "Best Ever Lemon Curd"

"Blueberry Buttermilk Scones"
I had two hearts on this plate, but when I got up this morning Sweetheart was eating one of them.  LOL  I also made two bunnies  and a few  round ones too.

I loved the beautiful Lemon Angel Food cake 'StoneGable' made last week.  I took her tip and made one also.... I used a Angel Food Cake Mix and added 1tbs.fresh strained lemon juice with the water that was added to the mix before beating until fluffy.

Now we can't have scones without tea and lemon~

A little sugar with our tea~

And some cream too~

After visiting London for a few days, Three Ladies Go Traveling will ride a train to Scotland. I'm so excited to sit next to the window looking out at the English countryside drinking tea and eating cookies at a table with a little lamp on it and enjoying every moment of the experience. 

It's so nice to have a yellow vintage linen napkin to dab the crumbs. 

I made Four jars of Lemon Curd.  One jar for Sweetheart's breakfast.  One jar for my granddaughters tea party this weekend.  I have some unbaked scones in the freezer. I will bake the scones when the girls arrive so the scones will deliciously warm.  One jar I made as a gift for my mother.  I will take scones and curd for a tea party when we visit next month. And the last jar wrapped as a gift I gave away as a birthday gift to one of my dear friends. 

My Tea Set is called ' the Winrose Collection' I bought it at a little tea shop years ago.

A gift wrapped little jar of Lemon Curd

A handmade card for my friend's birthday.
The rose is from my garden.  'Graham Thomas'

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Friday, March 25, 2011

6th Cupcake Sunday

Hi Everyone!

Cupcake Sunday
Cupcakes for a Baptism

 I love baking cupcakes. But, I have discovered that being thrifty I like using premixed ingredients. This cake mix was on sale at the grocery store and the wonderful Whipped cream cheese frosting was on sale 4 for $5.00 dollars.   I just couldn't pass up a good deal like that.

Mini-Cupcakes for a Church Baptism

56 wonderful mini-cupcakes

Oh my gosh~did the kids have fun eating the mini-cupcakes with a Jelly Belly on top
Everyone was trying to guess what flavor each color was and the mother of the baby being baptized worked at a summer camp when she was young. She knew every flavor just by looking at the Jelly Belly....
You gotta Love it!

I  used craft tweezers to put the Jelly Belly on each cupcake.

This round cake plate I saved for my granddaughters to enjoy.  They loved the Jelly Belly on top too.  They also wanted to know how many mini-cupcakes makes a regular sized cupcake. LOL ~ I think they wanted to eat more than one small cupcake at a time.

 Cupcakes - Cupcakes and more Cupcakes

The sheet cake was white cake with strawberry filling
Chocolate cake YUM!!!
Mini-Cupcakes for everyone.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sandwich Making for a Crowd~Tutorial

Hi Everyone!
I'm so excited to share my experience of making sandwiches for a crowd.
Last Sunday it was my turn to serve the coffee hour at church.  It happened there was a baptism so I decided to make tea sandwiches and mini-cupcakes for the refreshments.

Here is how it went:
My tutorial on Sandwich Making for a Crowd

Yes!! Grandma knows best or (everything), but no one ever listens!
Yep that's me. LOL  
Now we can start: I think this sandwich making is the coolest thing since sliced bread. Great for Easter with the family coming for a visit and
easy to prepare the day before.

I placed one loaf of white bread (.89cents) and 1/2 loaf wheat bread at the same price on a large wooden board.

Spread each slice of bread with a very thin layer of butter or margarine before assembling the sandwiches.  This helps prevent them from getting soggy, which is extremely important when storing sandwiches overnight.

"My Cozy Corner Chicken Salad"

 Wonderful addition

Top half of the bread slices with desired fillings, then use the other half of the bread slices to complete the sandwiches.  Do not cut the sandwiches at this point.

Place the completed sandwiches in an airtight glass or plastic container.  I used a large metal tray lined with wax paper for protection from the metal pan.  Cover the sandwiches with a layer of wax paper, then cover the wax paper with a single layer of damp (not wet or dripping) paper towels.  Put the lid on the container and place in the refrigerator.  I wrapped the pan with plastic wrap. It worked beautifully.

Chicken Salad sandwiches

Egg Salad sandwiches
I also made the egg salad sandwiches the same way as I made the chicken salad.  The recipe for the egg salad and chicken salad will be at the bottom of this post.

I removed the trays from the refrigerator approximately two hours before I was going to serve the sandwiches.  This will give the sandwiches time to warm slightly.  Lay the sandwiches on a cutting board and cut off the crusts with a sharp serrated knife. Cut the sandwiches into desired shapes and arrange them on a serving tray. Cover them with more wax paper until ready to serve. I trimmed the crusts and arranged the sandwiches on Sunday morning in the church kitchen. Worked out beautifully*** 

I bought a bag of oranges and cut them into eight slices each and served them on this tray.

A dessert table was provided.  I baked the mini-cupcakes and the baby's family brought the other cakes.

12 to 16 boneless, skinless chicken breasts - baked
onion powder to taste - 6 green onions optional
1 lb red grapes sliced in half (the grapes give the salad a crisp taste)
4 stalks celery
Mayonnaise (enough to mix salad well)
salt and white pepper to taste
Bake chicken breasts. Cut up chicken in bowl (in pieces). Cut up green onion and add to chicken.  Cut up celery (small) and put in bowl.  Add enough mayonnaise until well moistened.  Add red grapes. Look to see if salad is mixed enough.  If not, add more mayonnaise until well mixed. Chill for 2 hours or so before serving.
Note: I had some remaining salads left after filling the sandwiches.
We had sandwiches for lunch on Monday

Egg Salad
18 large hard-boiled eggs
1/2 cup mayonnaise or more if needed
2 teaspoons of regular mustard to taste
salt, onion powder and white pepper to taste
Peel eggs and mash into a bowl. Add mayonnaise, mustard and salt, onion powder and white pepper; stir until mixed well. Cover and refrigerate egg salad until ready to use.


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