I Love Tea Cups

I Love Tea Cups

Monday, May 4, 2015

Peony Tea Time

Good morning, 
Happy Monday. I hope you had a nice weekend. I was busy being an assistant to Sweetheart as he was installing our new French Door in our Master Bedroom...To see the new door and the inspiration for our update go here
The weather has been fabulous the past two weeks and since we have our house open and in construction I decided to take my tea time outside under the pomegranate tree, I found a beautiful Peony designed tea cup at an estate sale awhile back and  I've been waiting until my peonies bloomed to share the new tea cup and saucer with you.
The peonies are not red or pink. I tried to do some research on the web for maybe a match, but not luck.  When my mother was alive she had the most beautiful peonies blooming in the back yard. When she passed away I dug up some of the plants and brought them home. These are the blooms from my mother's plants. They are so beautiful. THANK YOU MOM!
I found the blooms do not last more than a day after cut. The little buds are going to be sweet when they open up in a day or two. 

My tea cup is made in England by Hammersley and Co. The tea cup is completely covered inside with the design of peonies. The gold trim is lovely and the saucer has huge flowers, stems and leaves covering the entire saucer. I couldn't find our the pattern, but I would be interested to know if any of you tea cup lovers have an idea about the name of the tea cup and saucer.  
I was at the thrift store a couple of months ago and found this little pitcher and tray. It has the grape motif just like the larger one. Now I have three pitchers. Bring on the bouquets. 

I went outside about 3:00 o'clock to have a cup of tea and a cranberry and pecan muffin with lemon curd on top.  Delicious. I'm always ready for a break about three in the afternoon. 

Cranberry and Pecan Muffins

Beat slightly with fork............................1 egg
Stir in..............................................1 cup milk
                  1/4 cup cooking (salad) oil
                    or melted shortening
Sift together and add...........2 cups sifted flour
1/4 cup sugar, 3 tsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. salt
Stir just until moistened. Batter should be lumpy.
Do not overmix.  
Mix in a hand full of dried cranberries and about 1/4 cup of chopped pecans. 
Fill muffin cups 2/3 full.  
TEMPERATURE: 400° (mod. hot. oven).
TIME: Bake 20 to 25 min.
AMOUNT: 12 med. muffins.

Thank you so much for visiting My Cozy Corner today.
Linking to:

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideen's Tea Time Blog 
Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday
Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage 
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
A Return to Loveliness  at A Delightsome Life 
Tuesday Cuppa Tea at Antiques and Teacups
The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse 
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
A Stroll Thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday 
Katherine's Corner for Thursday Favorite Thing 
No Minimalist Here for Show Your Style Thursday
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday and Everything Else 
 The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday 
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday 
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
The ROSEGARDEN for Showoff Saturday
Rustic and Refined for Table It Link Party - Sunday 
post script:
Just as I was about to take my first photo of 'Peony Tea Time' a bird pooped on my white tablecloth...dark purple and white. Yuk!!! I know that's way to much information. LOL 


  1. Beautiful flowers and tea settings :-)

  2. A truly lovely tea! I enjoyed it.

  3. Hi Betty, Your peonies are so lovely and I'm sure quite fragrant as well. It will be a couple of weeks before ours open and I look forward to that. Peonies are amazingly beautiful flowers. It is special to have a plant from your mother. :)
    Love, love, love your peony teacup! wow!

  4. I do love peonies and I can almost smell yours! What a scrumptious colour too. They are about the same colour as my roses. Your teacup is a beauty and that muffin with lemon curd looks delicious. Such a pretty posting, Betty. Thank you for sharing and joining me for tea.


  5. The most beautiful peonies because they were your mom's....

  6. Your cup is pretty, but goodness, those flowers! Gorgeous, and what a beautiful tribute to your mother to bring them from her garden!

  7. How pretty! Love the vibrant colour of the beautiful peonies!

  8. I always feel connected to other women that have tea around 3pm every afternoon as well and you found a sweet peony teacup to use this week. Several of my peonies are divisions from friends so I know how special your plant is that was from your mother's peony.
    The vase of buds is pretty and will make another beautiful bouquet.
    Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday Betty.

  9. Oh peonies are my favorite flower and your are just perfection. What a lovely setting for tea. Your tea cup is just lovely and the muffin recipe sounds yummy.

    Have a wonderful week.


  10. Your hand painted teacup and saucer are striking! Your peonies are a marvel. I am sure you are totally enthralled with them.

  11. You are so blessed to have your Mother's flowers. What a wonderful memory for you. Love your hand painted tea cups. It is perfect. Have a wonderful Mother's Day. Hugs, Martha

  12. Your peonies are just gorgeous and I love how you situated everything. Thank you for the pleasant read! I found you via the Scoop :)

  13. I love teatime too! We recently bought a Brown Betty teapot in addition to our Lenox teapot that we've had for years!

    There is also a peony garden nearby that I need to visit! Thanks for reminding me ;)

    Anyway, your teacups and setting are just beautiful!

    Hopping by from Thursday Favorites :)

  14. This is such a lovely setting for tea. We are waiting for our peonies to bloom, yours are beautiful!. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. Watch for your feature on Monday xo

  15. Everything looks so lovely. All your photos are stunning. What a great time to relax!

  16. Hi! Just found your blog from Northern Nesting's link up and I'm your newest follower :-) I love everything to do with tea and I enjoy tea parties with my daughters. This is one of my favorite flowers, everything turned out so nice, thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend.


  17. Calling by today from Pink Saturday, Perfect Pink Peonies.

  18. Oh my, the pictures are just gorgeous! I love your tea setting and looks like the sun is shining so cheerfully that day... its gloomy where I am right now and this just brought me some sun! Thank you.

  19. Love peonies! Thanks for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

  20. Hi Betty. Popping back to let you know this post is my pick of the week for Pink Saturday. Feel free to grab my feature button.

  21. Your peonies are gorgeous! The ones around here are just still peeking bronze foliage! Perfect with the teacup and teapot. HPS!

  22. Your peonies are gorgeous! The ones around here are just still peeking bronze foliage! Perfect with the teacup and teapot. HPS!

  23. Just beautiful, the color is magnificent!

    - Alma, The Tablescaper


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