Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Quest for a Child's Tea Pot Set ~ Part 2

Tea Sets..... Tea Sets..... Tea Sets.....
Miss Katelyn Grace has been so fascinated with my silver tea set that sits on the dining room table... from such an early age.  I knew that I would need to find her one of her very own.  She would try to climb up into the dining room chair to get to the tea set when she wasn't even walking yet! 
Then when she was able  to climb up into the chair... it was all over.  Nana gave in and let her play with it with supervision and continued to look for a child's silver tea set.
Wm Rogers and Son "Paris"
(estimated age late 20's)

As you can see by looking at the picture... I've been busy making some more fragrant soap wedding favors.

While looking for a silver tea set for my granddaughter, I found many very pleasing tea sets.  Here are just a few I'll share with you here below.
This is a Charming Little Tea Set

The Trianon Pattern by International Silver Company

Mulholland Bros

I really like this pattern, it is a art deco design from Rogers Co.  I've never seen it as a whole tea set.... just this pitcher.


 252 by Hardy & Hayes
3-Piece Mini Tea Set (includes mini tea pot, creamer and open sugar bowl) 

Vintage 5 Piece Sheffield Art Deco Silver Plate Coffee Tea Service with TRAY

This is a beautiful Nouveau tea set .... a nice spiral pattern! 
I have always like the art deco and nouveau styles.

We'll just found Miss Gracie silver child's tea set on Etsy..... Oh how I just love Etsy!
At a really nice price too!
When I gave the tea set to her she got so excited... she started singing tea party, tea party and dancing around the family room, saying Nana let's have a tea party..... fill it up, fill it up! 
I think I made her day... that day!
Gracie and Nana will have many tea parties in the garden with the rabbits and squirrels this year!



Saturday, February 1, 2014

Blueberry Scones w/ Lemon Glaze

Here is a recipe that I found and just had to try.  This on I found on the Food Network site, it is a Tyler Florence recipe.   I decided to finally make it a couple of a few weeks ago.  I thought I would share it, so here it is.....

Blueberry Scones:
2 cups all purpose flour
1 T. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
2 T. sugar
5 T. unsalted butter, cold and cut into chunks
1 cup fresh blueberries
1 cup heavy whipping cream, plus a little more for brushing the scones
Lemon Glaze:
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 cups confectioners sugar, sifted
1 T. unsalted butter
1 lemon zest, finely grated
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Sift together the dry ingredients, the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.  using 2 forks or a pastry blender, cut in the butter to coat the pieces with flour.  The mixture should look like course crumbs.
Fold the blueberries into the batter.  Take care not to mash or bruise the blueberries because their strong in color and will bleed into the dough.  Make a well into the center and pour in the heavy cream.  Fold everything together just to incorporate; do not overwork the dough.
Press the dough out on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle about 12 x 3 x 1 1/4 inches.  Cut the rectangle into half then cut the piece in half again, giving you 4 - 3inch squares.  Cut the square in 1/2 on a diagonal to give you a classic triangle shape.  Place the scones on a ungreased cookie sheet and brush the tops with a heavy cream.  Bake for 1 - 20 minutes until beautiful and brown.  Let the scones cool a bit before you apply glaze.
You can make the lemon glaze in a double broiler, or a simple alternative, you can zap in the microwave.  Mix the lemon juice with the confectioners sugar until dissolved in a heat proof bowl over a pot of simmering water for a double broiler method, or a microwave safe bowl.  Whisk in the buttered lemon zest, either nuke the glaze for 30 seconds or continue whisking in the double broiler.  Whisk the glaze to smooth out the lumps then drizzle the glaze over the scones.  Let it set a minute before serving.