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Sunday, March 21, 2010

TEA FOR TWO and TWO FOR TEA...

TEA TIME....
how fun it is...
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Ladies have been having TEAS for a long long time...
and, here in BLOGLAND, it is so much fun to
PRETEND and PLAY...


Today, I will be using my vintage beautiful
BLUE AND WHITE TRANSFER WARE...
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Mr. Sweet bought this set for me at a FLEA MARKET...
so so many pieces....and
ALL for FORTY DOLLARS...
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I just nearly passed out when the lady said $40.00..
They are RIDGWAY STAFFORDSHIRE ENGLAND, OLD ENGLISH BOUQUET
and just 2 plates at REPLACEMENT LTD. costs more than we paid for the entire set.
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I wonder and wonder why these beautiful pieces ended up in a FLEA MARKET, of all places....
The two covered "bowls" or tureens on that shelf really don't "match" the set but, o, they really
go well with it.
I found these two pieces at a thrift store and will tell you all about them later..
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I'm slicing FRESH PINEAPPLE for
a fruity treat with our tea today....
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I don't know very much about giving TEAS...but I am learning.
Now, if I have my facts straight, I BELIEVE
LADY KATHERINE says that if you are serving
lots of foods, it is called a HIGH TEA...
*is this right, LADY?
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The tiny table is set...
come have a seat and I will pour the tea...
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The creamer and sugar bowl are from another set of blue and white transfer ware...
and the snowy white napkins are wrapped in creme colored crocheted pieces...(from my mom)
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O MY...
there's RUM soaked FRUIT CAKE...one of my favorite treats with tea...
and hot buttery rolls with APRICOT FRUIT jelly .....
Vanilla scented candles....
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Grilled Brown Sugar Glazed Fresh Pineapple slices....
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If you've never tried these, PLEASE do...
Just slice your fresh pineapple,
sprinkle with a little butter and BROWN SUGAR,
pop beneath the broiler until sugar is melted...
Eat while they are warm.
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I never core my fresh pineapple because we LOVE the slightly hard centers....
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TEA AND CINNAMON TOAST...ummmm
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My mother used to fix this for me when I was such a little girl
and I, to this very day, can still see and FEEL myself sitting
at the dining table with her....freshly brewed hot tea, full of sugar and milk,
and a BIG beautiful plate of warm CINNAMON TOAST.
bwaaaaaaaa....can you even imagine how much I would love to sit with her again?
I'm so glad you came by SWEET NOTHINGS for tea today...
hope you will come again very soon...
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PINK ROSES FOR YOU...
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linking with:
BLUE MONDAY with SALLY
MOSAIC MONDAY with MARY
TEA TIME TUESDAY with LADY KATHERINE
TABLESCAPE TUESDAY with MARTY
TEA FOR TWO TUESDAY with WANDA LEE
TEA TIME with RHONDI
TEA FOR ME AND THEE WEDNESDAY with WANDA LEE
3 OR MORE TUESDAY with TAM
2ND TIME AROUND with DIANE FIX YOURSELF A GREAT CUP OF TEA...
YOU'LL FEEL SO SO GOOD !!

58 comments:

Miss Mustard Seed said...

I can't believe that entire set for $40! Great find! All of the food and the arrangement of it looks so great.

nancy said...

Wow you joined a bunch of challenges. Love the color and what a bargain..Food are yummy and I don't know what to serve with tea eaither. Happy blue.. Nancy

Nancy said...

Dearly love your blue and white! So crisp and lovely! Get out, can't believe your sweet paid only forty dollars! What a buy!! All of your photographs look just wonderfufl!

So, you are a Texas girl too? I love it!

Nancy

Nancy said...

Oh and again, thanks for dropping in on me! Appreciate it so very much. Will check out your busy schedule and may try some of them, am new to so many of these happening's!

Tennis Girl said...

BJ,
What a great find! Your tea looks lovely. I love blue and white. All your food looks yummy. If I were close, I would be right over!
Robin

Hannah Howard said...

I love the post and tea! What a wonderful set of dishes you have and, every time I see your blog I feel so happy!

Bobbi said...

Hi, Happy Mosaic Monday and Happy Spring! Wow...$40, that's incredible!
I love your Mosaic picture! I hope that you have a wonderful rest of your evening.
Hugs...
Bobbi

Ann Creek said...

That is one fantastic buy. It couldn't be any prettier. Love the way you put everything together for the dining table. Food looks great. Happy Blue Monday.
Ann

arkie said...

Love the dishes! The memory about your mom and the cinnamon toast/tea was sweet. Memory's like that are priceless!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

What a wonderful deal, and it all looks so beautiful.
Blessings,
Marcia

Theresa said...

Gorgeous setting BJ! Love the blue and all of that delicious food. You always make me hungry:) Have a blessed day and I enjoyed having tea with you!

ksarra said...

Hi BJ, I LOVE the way your sweet Momma is part of so many of your posts, your love for her is beautiful. I bet she's smiling down on this lovely tradition she passed down to you. One of my favorite memories of Momma is seeing her sitting on front steps, sooooo pretty in her starched and ironed dress, waiting for us to get off the school bus. And inside, the smell of freshly baked gingerbread for our afternoon snack. PS Those dishes are sooo pretty!

Justine said...

Oh BJ, those dishes are sooooooooo beautiful and your high tea looks like perfection! Well, except for the fruit cake. Don't you know that no one likes fruit cake? Heeheehee

Justine :o )

gengen said...

Oh this are pretty...happy blue Monday.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

What a lovely post and what lovely dishes!!
Debbie

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Your dishes are beautiful! I used to wonder how things wound up at flea markets and yard sales, and I would feel terrible if I saw something wonderful that I really didn't need or want but felt that it was hard to pass up. Since I have started reading the blogs, I have learned that there is always someone to appreciate a bargain and who will love something as much as or even more than the previous owner. That makes passing up a wonderful bargain easier to deal with. It made me smile that you enjoy and appreciate those dishes.
♥, Susan

Deb said...

I can just taste that tea and the food looks delicious. I, too remember sitting with my mom having tea from a very young age and cinnamon toast was a staple at our home. I think you have a beautiful home and always delight us with your photos. Have a great Monday, BJ. Deb

The Happy Homemaker said...

You certainly lucked out on THAT purchase!This is really a very elegant and lovely post.I have thoroughly enjoyed it.Thank you for sharing your beautiful table:)

SmilingSally said...

BJ, your mother certainly taught you well. I miss my mom too, so I know how you feel. Love the blues. Happy Blue Monday.

Dena said...

Everything always looks so cozy at your house BJ, I can feel the love and comfort from here :)

Hugs,
Dena

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♥ Kathy said...

Those are beautiful dishes and I can't believe you got such a great deal on them! Happy Blue Monday!

Meri said...

Such a bargain! such lovely treats served with love and flair.

maria said...

You have a beautiful collection. May I join you? :)

Happy Blue Monday.

Mine is here.

A 2 Z said...

What a great deal BJ. I love going to flea markets in Florida, nothing compares. I love the way you organized the tea party. Its super beautiful and bountiful. How do you stay so slim? Link me up for your next one. Are yours on a Monday. I also go to Wanda Lee's. Enjoy! I'm having a Rosebud Monday on my blog. Who said Mondays are blue? Best regards,

Anne-Marie

Marice said...

wow what a great deal that was BJ! lovely photos! Oh can you hand me some of this: Grilled Brown Sugar Glazed Fresh Pineapple slices? thanks!

u may view mine here

kim said...

What a deal of a lifetime on those beautiful dishes. I too love cinnamon toast!

Mary said...

Your table is stunning and I love your transfer ware. I can't get over what a bargain you found. Your food display has also made me way too hungry for my own good :). Have a great day.

Betty said...

Everything looks so pretty BJ. I do enjoy sitting down each evening with my hubby and having a cup of tea together.

Wanda Lee Of The Plumed Pen said...

Hello there sweet lady,

This fabulous post is just pure delight!

Oh my,and oooh my!.., I was just tickled pink when I saw the vison of warmth, refined elegance and loveliness that you have created with your delightful and exceptionally, artistically created teatime tablescape vignette my dear!~ And oh that blue and white china!.., Lovely!

Why I'm in 'dish and Afternoon Tea heaven' my dear!~ The food looks oh so yummy and beautiful as well!

Thanks ever so much for joining in this week as well with my 23rd,'Tuesday Tea For Two' blog tea party meme!

Cheers and hugs from Wanda Lee @ The Plumed Pen

Kathleen Grace said...

I love this set of dishes, and everything looks so good. I have never tried pineapple that way but it looks great. It is so sweet to hear you expressing love for your mother, even after she is gone. I hope my girls speak of me that well when they are grown.

9405018--Pat said...

What a great find..your food looks so yummmmy. i to remember my mom fixing cinnamon toast for me so many years ago....thanks for sharing....Pat H

32˙North said...

Blue and white dishes in different patterns always seem to work so well together. My mom has my great grandma's set of blue and white transferware and she mixes it seamlessly with Spode.

You've set a beautiful table!

Amanda

Beth said...

This is an absolutely beautiful tea party!!! I love the transferware - awesome find and your photos are gorgeous!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Girl I would have been doing my Happy Dance getting that whole set for $40.00 tell Mr.Sweet he did GREAT...oh girl I love cinnamon toast and still eat it to this day...it was a reat treat as a young girl to me...Loved your whole post today BJ, as always you do a wonderful job...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Sue said...

Oh to have blue transferware! I love your set, BJ. And I would love to be sharing tea, pineapple, and cinnamon toast with ya! It is a favorite of mine and I always keep a little sugar bowl of cinnamon sugar in the pantry just for me - No one else likes it.
Cannot remember, but are you anywhere close to Hereford? My best gal friend from high school grew up there. Her daddy was a Baptist minister. Take care, my friend. Hugs, Sue

Susie Q said...

$40!!! Wow! Your sweet man is a hero! You can never go wrong with blue and white!
And look at all the delicious goodies on that pretty table! That pineapple makes my mouth water!
You are such a joy to visit BJ!!
Love,
Sue

Kathleen said...

It is funny how certain foods remind of us loved ones! I love your tea setting, and I too loved grilled pineapple. Does the center get soft when you grill it? I have always cut it out. Blogging is so educational!
Going back for another look...
you are the queen of link ups, lady!

Lady Katherine said...

Yes, BJ you are so right, High Tea is for a meal! What a lovely high tea you have set! I can't believe the price of your lovely blue tranferware! Did you grab it and run? I would have! It is so lovely! But then I do love blue and white! I do love the memories our Mother's shared with us, just like your Mother's Cinnamon Toast! My Mother did the same for me, Cinnamon Toast! I love the pink flowers mixed in! I do love the fruit cake! I usually say I do not, but I use to make one, that my Mother-in-law loved! I made it always for her, but after she died, I never made it again! After seeing yours today, I going to put it on my list of baking! Soon as they let me do a little more! lol I am having fun coming up with food already made! So I can have more fun playing dishes! This is such a lovely tea! Thank You for joining me today for Tea Time Tuesday! I loved so much looking at all your treasures! Oh, and I just want to try the grilled pineapple! I love pineapple, but never had it grilled! Love your wonderful find of the blue tranferware! So lovely!

Linda said...

Beautiful dishes and wonderful food. Looks like a nice time for tea!

Picket said...

Morning BJ...this is just beautiful and what a deal you got on all those pretty blue and white pieces..I love seeing and hearing you talk about all the treaaures you have from your mama and the memories she left with you...this is just beautiful girl..just like you..inside and out! Take care my friend..~Picket~

Natasha said...

BJ that was just the cutest post! You really made me feel so welcome.

How lucky you are to have found that beautiful set of blue and white china! I can't imagine why someone would give something so gorgeous away!

My kids love cinamon toast. I think I will make some for their breakfast in the morning.

Best wishes,
Natasha.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I felt like I could really just come right in and sit down and for a visit with you. The photo's, your display and all your decor items are stunning. Cant wait to see what you do next.
Sonny

nannykim said...

Oh, all I could do was groan groan groan BECAUSE it was just so beautiful . What a deal on such gorgeous dishes!!! Such a pretty setting . I have heard from others that pineapple is great on the grill!

nannykim at http://spindlecottage.blogspot.com

PAT said...

Beautiful post, BJ! I love the blue and white, of course. I need to make some cinnamon toast, yum! Haven't done that in awhile.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, this is stunning. I love your blue and white transferware. Such beautiful pieces. All of your yummies look sooooooooo good. I would love to sit with you and enjoy this wonderful tea and visit. What a treat. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Carol said...

Beautiful!

Rhondi said...

Hi BJ
I always love to come to your house because I know there will be a great spread of good things to eat. And you know I am loving the blue and white china. What a deal!
Thanks for tea.
Hugs, Rhondi

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi BJ,
Absolutely beautiful! The blue and white transfer ware was an amazing find for sure!.
I do love cinnamon toast! my favorite. Mom use to make it for me too when I was a little girl.It just warms the heart!.
I so enjoyed your post today, take care and have wonderful week!
Big hugs, Elizabeth

Diann said...

Hi BJ!

Oh, that gorgeous dish set for only $40.00? And at a flea market no less! What a great find!

love your table. Everything is so pretty!

We LOVE grilled pineapple!

have a wonderful day!

Beverly said...

BJ, you have made everything perfect. I so wish I could come have tea and fellowship with you.

T's Daily Treasures said...

How wonderful! I LOVE blue and white and CANNOT believe you got that whole fabulous set for $40. Fantastic! Thanks for setting such a lovely table for us. Have a great rest of the day. :) Tammy

Denise Marie said...

Love it!! The Lord smiled on Mr. Sweets for all that loot for his lovie!! Who cares if any of those pieces match. They look fantastic together. I think these orphans end up dumped off for $$$ by family members that think it is junk.

Sailing Simply said...

Oh My! I shouldn't have looked at this so late in the evening! Looks delicious and very pretty too. I would come to tea at your house anytime! Looks gReat!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I came for the dishes but what caught my attention is the fact that you also are so concerned for our country. Prayer is mighty so we must keep trying.
The dishes are beautiful and that food looks so yummy, now I will have some cinnamon toast for breakfast tomorrow!!!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

How strange. I commented on your post..I was positive. Came back today to see if there was anything new...and to ask about "chargers" as that is one of my problems in tablescapes, and I do not see my comment at all. I didn't think you used chargers and am wondering if you ALWAYS have to used them..or rather ..SHOULD use them.
I just don't have chargers except for the cherry ones. Now I have the two birds nest ones...

Ok..now..Your post is precious. Nothing is more striking than a blue and white beautifully laid out table..
I never find sets of china at garage sales...and if I do they are way expensive or something really ugly.
I tell you bj, you have that magic touch! I try to copy you and mine just does NOT look like that.
Of course I give up and walk off...and say "to heck with it!"

As for leaving my comment..I think I write it and check it for error on preview and then leave. :( I'm an idiot! No doubt about it.

Hugs and I LOVE your table. I always do~

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a wonderful tea table! The china is gorgeous and such a bargain! I enjoyed every detail of all this! Great job!

Katherine

© Jennifer Raley said...

Beautiful blues! Yummy servings! I had come by earlier and couldn't see photos (anywhere I went) but they're there now. BUT I saw your other post, the one about the shelf. Well, my husband was in the truck running errands and had some stuff for Goodwill/Salvation ARmy. I called him, hold up on that wooden divider thing ... I want it back. Just when I was about to get rid of it - it's not a shelf it's a divider thing that goes in a secretary (very deep "shelf" but not big)... you gave me some ideas. Thanks! Jenn <><