My friend Diane came to tea – and just look at what she brought me!
Ain’t he sweet? A retro whimsey KITTY teapot holding fast to his fishy find in retro shades of teal and orange! Too FAB! I shall have to name him, of course. And, plan a whimsey teatime with my kindred bunny, doggy, flamingo, duck and Queen Bess teapots. That will take some imagination – look for it in anticipation of spring!
But, for now, I am just loving this wide-eyed kitty-cat for teatime fun. Especially distracting with the cold temperatures we’ve been having! That is why, when Diane and I planned our teatime repast, I made sure it would be reflective of our springtime dreaming.
I set the table – ON PURPOSE – with a spring green tablecloth, pastel yellow damask napkins boasting pretty pink florals, and a pink and yellow roses teapot.
OH! And my vintage Universal Ballerina three tiered tea cake serving tray in – you guessed it – SPRING PINK!
I’m trying to send a message to the frigid temps and too much snow blowing around these parts. I do love my winter snowman decor – but – just in the house, please. No matter, harbinger of spring though I might have hoped – my super-sized, hand painted glass snowman hovered over our festivities and conversation, reminding us that he in NOT ready to leave for the season.
I’m serving in one of my vintage finds – that I am presently loathe to part with for its retro appeal! It’s from a set of Hazel Atlas Glass Luncheon Plates designed with a sturdy molded ribbed body and outlined in a ball pattern.
The square shaped cup sits in its own appointed section, but you’ll notice I have the spoon resting in a section, too – originally designed as a SNACK, SIP AND SMOKE TRAY – sporting a built in ASHTRAY with a place to stow your cigarette while you made trump at the Bridge table during an afternoon card game with the girls, circa 1950’s.
No cigarettes getting in the way at this clever angle of a Norman Rockwell Bridge game. Maybe they already had their tea. But, I ask you – a BUILT IN ASH TRAY? Right next to the tea cakes and sandwiches you’re going to eat???
Gah! We’ve come a long way, baby . . .
These days, I’m striving for healthy things on my table – and in the air that I breathe. These retro glass luncheon plates are re-branded for my teatime with the former cigarette holder re-purposed as a spoon rest! My real KITTY ~ Copperfield ~ is intrigued. Or, perhaps he is just in hopes of a crumb or two from my Honey~Molasses Tea Bread!
I made another batch of my gluten free Anise and Almond Cookies – Recipe HERE – complimented by my gluten free tea bread experiment, which seemed the perfect combination. With appropriate spreads, of course: Raw Honey, Lemon Curd and Clotted Cream.
Diane gave each rave reviews! So, to that end, I decided to share the Honey~Molasses Tea Bread recipe that I morphed from a couple of other bread recipes I’d had – repeating my love for Anise and Almond flavors.
I think the coconut oil makes it a bit crispier on the outside – but, oh, so delish with a garnish spread! You might try a Ginger Jelly – or perhaps your favorite fruity blend.
Honey~Molasses Tea Bread
1 3/4 cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
6 Tablespoons Bob’s Red Mill cornstarch
1 teaspoon Xanthan Gum
1 1/2 teaspoons aluminum free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup raw honey
1/2 cup molasses
6 tablespoons melted/cooled Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil
3 beaten eggs – room temperature
1 teaspoon Anise extract
1 teaspoon Almond extract
1/2 cup Almond milk – room temperature
3 Tablespoons sour cream
3/4 cup crumbled sliced almonds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5 loaf pan. Whisk together all the dry ingredients: flour, cornstarch, xanthan gum, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, blend the honey and molasses together. Add the coconut oil and mix well. Add the eggs and mix well. Add the sour cream and remaining liquid ingredients or extracts and milk and blend thoroughly. Make a well at the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the liquid ingredients. Use a hand mixer to completely blend the liquid into the dry – on top setting. Toss in the almonds and stir evening in with a wooden spoon. Pour the smooth, thick batter into the loaf pan and bake for 40 minutes. Cover the top with tin foil (to avoid burning) and bake for another 15 minutes, testing with a toothpick at 5 minute intervals til it comes out clean. Allow the loaf to set in the pan another 15 minutes before turning it onto a cooling rack. Slice and enjoy with your favorite spreads!
Once we’d eaten our fill – it was time to dig into the other prize Diane brought me – a collection of price guides and identification books to help me sort through the glassware, china and other vintage goods I am putting in my Etsy shop.
The grand-daddy price guide, a KOVELS’ edition – was much welcome, in addition to many specialty publications.
Diane is a true KINDRED spirit – a lover of beautiful things, antiques, history and all such loveliness! She had her own antique shop some years back – grown out of her collecting hobby. Her advice to me starting out in vintage goods was to just have fun!
Well, we certainly had fun thumbing through the books, discussing our love of antique dolls and china patterns while trying to ID some of the pieces I’d shown her. Lots of collector glassware and seasonal vintage joys. Fun work ahead for me – but, I sure have a lot of reading to do – and she’s promised MORE books on the subject, too!
Oh, well – that means more tea.
Perhaps, by then, I’ll have a name for my very retro looking tea kitty in orange and teal. Stay tuned!
Sharing Kovels’, Kitties and Kindreds this week with:
Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage Tea Time Tuesday
Kathy at Delightsome Life’s Return to Loveliness
Terri at Artful Affirmations Tea Cup Tuesday
Martha at Martha’s Favorites
Friends Sharing Tea at Bernideens Teatime Blog