Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Newest Tea Finds

In the post about my visit to the Royal Eagle Tea House last Friday, I promised I'd share what I bought in their gift shop, and at La Belle's antique store.  

My built-in living room shelves are full, but I keep finding more blue and white things to put on them, like the small milk pitcher in the Blue Willow pattern. I knew my purchase was going to a good cause at the monastery.  [How's that for rationalization?]

And I did manage to find a spot for it on one of the shelves with other Blue Willow pieces. 

At LaBelle's I found four vintage hand embroidered linen napkins.  Shown below is a sugar bowl, but the other three have a cream pitcher, teapot, and teacup embroidered on them.

~ A small blue and white tea set ~

The tea bowls remind me of the size used in the 1700's, holding only a few small sips.

And there was, indeed, a spot for it on a shelf.  

And lastly, vintage salt and pepper shakers with a mustard jar.  

The front and backs are different.  Zout is Dutch for salt.

My search for fall dishes in the Harvest Festival pattern continues.  Yesterday I went to another Marshalls store and found one salad plate, and a set of four napkins to match the tablecloth I purchased.

On the clearance rack I couldn't resist an oversized teacup that holds 15 oz. for just $6. 

That concludes my latest finds.  Have you been shopping lately?  What did you purchase?

Monday, October 5, 2015

A New Recipe and Fall Tablescape

Last Friday I went to Dollar Tree to purchase four leaf place mats.  I had seen them on a previous visit, but was in a hurry and passed them by.  Of course, when I returned they were all gone.  After stops at two other Dollar Tree stores, I finally found them. A few doors down from Dollar Tree was a Marshalls, so I had to make the trip worthwhile!  ;-)  I found a pretty fall tablecloth, and four matching 222 Fifth dessert bowls in the Harvest Festival pattern. Then I spied a pair of ceramic acorn salt and pepper shakers that went nicely with them.

You've heard the saying one thing leads to another... well, Saturday morning when my hubby and I picked up our youngest granddaughter for the day, a HomeGoods store was right near where we met our son.  A quick visit yielded the teapot and footed cake plate in the Harvest Festival pattern. Now I'm on a quest to find the dessert plates and cups and saucers. 

[Footed Cake Plate]

Temporarily, I substituted a cornucopia filled with fall leaves and flowers on the cake plate.

The lovely teapot is why I want to acquire the other pieces.

In the meantime I'll use my amber Tiara Sandwich Glass dishes by Indiana Glass.

I baked a cake to go on the cake plate yesterday afternoon. I discovered at my high school reunion website that one of my classmates is also a blogger.  She posted a pumpkin pound cake recipe with brown butter glaze that I just had to try.  Making brown butter was a first for me. The cake and glaze are delicious, and the recipe says the cake gets even better after sitting for a couple of days.   Harney & Sons Cranberry Autumn tea goes perfectly with it.

The recipe can be found here at the Red Painted Cottage blog.

October was a beautiful month at Green Gables, when the birches in the hollow turned as golden as sunshine and the maples behind the orchard were royal crimson and the wild cherry trees along the lane put on the loveliest shades of dark red and bronzy green, while the fields sunned themselves in aftermaths.

Anne reveled in the world of color about her.

“Oh, Marilla,” she exclaimed one Saturday morning, coming dancing in with her arms full of gorgeous boughs, I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers. It would be terrible if we just skipped from September to November, wouldn’t it? Look at these maple branches. Don’t they give you a thrill—several thrills? I’m going to decorate my room with them.”          ~ Lucy Maude Montgomery in Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 16.

My Anne of Green Gables tea party can be viewed here.

Happy Fall!

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Royal Eagle Tea House / Restaurant

Tucked away in a Harper Woods [MI] residential neighborhood - about ten miles from my home - is St. Sabbas Orthodox Monastery.  They serve a tea luncheon on Tuesdays and Thursdays in what they refer to as the Royal Eagle Russian tea house, and dinner on Thursday evenings from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m.  when the tea house transitions into a restaurant. 

I went to a tea luncheon there in September 2010, before I started blogging, but shared the visit in June, 2012 after I became a blogger.  You can read the post here.  They've changed their menu and serving procedures since then.

A visit to the monastery is like stepping back in time to Old World Russia. In today's society where "anything goes," it's refreshing to see an establishment with a dress code - no shorts, short skirts, or tank tops.  At the entrance gate a greeter asks that all cell phones be silenced.

~ Below is the entrance to the tea house/restaurant ~

I met up with seven friends, and as you can see it was a beautiful fall day for our outing.


[Linda and Louise]


[Our Servers]

Tea Menu

A peek at the interior of the tea house/restaurant.  Below is an ornate, wooden, handcarved piece. Is it an altar?  I'll ask next time.

~ Samovars galore, in all sizes and styles of metal and porcelain.  ~

We each had our choice of tea from an extensive list.  I selected blueberry black tea.  We drank from a Russian tea glass and holder called Podstakannik.  I love the Blue Willow teapot.

~ The meal began with Russian Borscht ~

~ Black Forest Ham, Cucumber and Lox, and Brie ~

~ Cucumber  Sandwiches ~

~ Tender Chicken Kabobs and Salad ~

~ Scones and Dessert ~

~ The bill was brought to the table in this box ~

~ Mural painting on an alcove wall ~

It was a lovely way to spend a fall afternoon and enjoy Old World charm.  The monastery has a gift shop, which I visited and made a purchase.  After the monastery we went to my favorite antique store La Belle's [which I've blogged about several times].  More purchases... they'll be shown in an upcoming post.  None of us left the store empty handed.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Brooke and Tea-themed Gifts

Happy October!

For the past three days I been staying with my granddaughter, Brooke, while her dad and mom are away on a Pastor's and Wives Retreat in northern Michigan.  Brooke's in the 8th grade this year, and on Powell Middle School's Dance Team.  Tuesday was the first football game where the dance team performed at half time.  Her papa and I were there to give support, and take pictures to send to her parents.  Gotta love modern technology!

Dance team lined up waiting for their turn to go onto the football field.

Also... I recently received two tea-themed gifts I've been wanting to share with you.  A beautiful blue and with picture for my living room with the verse from I Timothy 6:17 "God has given us richly all things to enjoy."

 I hung it right by the front door.  Lovely!

~ Nesting jewelry boxes ~

[Largest box]


[Inside Tray]

Under the tray were two more boxes.  Only a jewelry lover would think of a lovely gift like this.  The lady who gave it to me is, indeed, a HUGE jewelry lover, and has even formed a jewelry club. 

Pictured below are all three nesting boxes, and each one has a tray.  The boxes are called Tea Party made by Revelations.  Thanks Linda and Barb for your kindness!

Lastly... For those of you who might be giving a gift to a tea lover, as I was recently, Hallmark has an adorable tea-themed gift bag.  Thought you might like a heads-up.