Special Delivery Autumn Teatime

Sunday afternoon this week – and we’re expecting company!  Cousin, Jill from Bella Rosa Antiques, is stopping by on her way home to Pennsylvania with hubby, Bebe – and my new Shelly teacup I purchased from her Etsy shop – a special delivery!

So, when she called to say she’d be here in an hour, I knew just what to whip up for a casual afternoon quick-tea!  A recipe I had just found for Raisin Oat Scones – with my own personal gluten free/dairy free twist!

They were simple – about 20 minutes of prep time and a little less than that in the oven – and yum!

Gluten Free/Dairy Free Raisin Oat Scones
1 cup packed spelt flour
3/4 cup gluten free oat flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
2 tablespoons organic ground golden flaxseed meal
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
1/2 cup organic applesauce
1/2 cup raisins (can also use cranberries, cherries, etc.)
1 lemon
2/3 cup organic almond milk
1 beaten egg
cinnamon sugar
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and be sure rack in in the middle.  Mix all the dry ingredients together.  Add the applesauce and use a wooden spoon to cut it into the flour creating a crumb mixture.  Add the raisins and mix well.  Zest the lemon into the mixture and stir.  Cut the lemon in half, then squeeze the juice into a small cup.  Measure the 2/3 cup of almond milk, and add just a little less than a tablespoon of the lemon juice – this creates a faux buttermilk.  Stir and set aside for about 5 minutes.  Prep a baking stone with organic olive oil spray.   Pour the almond milk mixture into the flour mixture and stir well.  Add small amounts of flour as needed to be sure the batter isn’t too sticky.  Drop in small or large spoonfuls onto baking stone.  Brush with the beaten egg and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Bake for 15 to 18 minutes.  Serve warm with your favorite all fruit jam.  If you’re feeling decadent – spread with clotted cream – sweet!

Actually, I’m really trying to cut out sugars – as much as I love a sweet treat.  Even though this recipe depends on the natural applesauce and raisins for sweetness, you can add more with the spreads as noted – or about 1/4 cup of honey after the almond milk.

So, finding a bread basket, and setting out my newest find of bread dishes from Ridgway Staffordshire England in the “Windsor” green pattern, of which I have seven dinner plates, too – using it for Thanksgiving and hoping to collect more – if you have any good leads within a reasonable budget . . .

I decided to put out my green mugs – matching the plates to perfection – that were also a thrift store find!

All was ready for coffee, tea, and scones – and a Sunday afternoon visit with family, friends, and fellow antique-lovers!

Upon arrival, I couldn’t open the packing on the teacup fast enough!  We just had to pose in my office/studio to commemorate the occasion!

A lovely little bit of fine bone china from England by Shelley.  The pattern features a beautiful landscape of an Autumn scene – golden leaves on the trees at peak foliage, keeping watch by a stone bridge over a stream, rimmed with pink heather.

Note the markings – on the cup . . .

And, on the saucer, the pattern name of “Heather”. . .

The sweet gold trimmed handle and lip – with little tucks along the edge and a surprise painting just inside the top.

After a lovely visit and shared stories of antique finds and family news, Jill and family was on their way home. I posed my new cup and saucer so you could get a better look!

And, it looks like you wouldn’t be the only one getting a better look!

This time, it was our own Emma, curiously circling about the table, investigating the new addition to teatime.  She got her sniff and then sat for the subsequent photo-shoot.

She’s a stunner and knows it.  Camera in the vicinity and cat poses to be expected.

We are not disappointed – in either the teacup OR the cat!

Such a sweet new addition to my fall teacup collection as we venture on towards the end of harvest displays and look forward to Christmas joys – as noted in the sweet vintage postcard Jill so thoughtfully had tucked into the teacup box as a special treat – dated 1924!  Thanks, Jill – and Bella Rosa Antiques!!! 

Later this week I will begin posting my Thanksgiving series – the story of the Plimoth Plantation Thanksgiving – in a number of segments featuring poems and songs from the era, recounting the trials our Christian forefathers suffered in their quest for religious freedom.  I never tire of these inspiring true stories and pray, as we look to Thanksgiving celebrations in less than a fortnight, that we might learn from their accounts anew – knowing where we came from, so we know who we are, giving us direction for where we should be going in the future . . .

Sharing my Special Delivery Autumn Teatime this week with:

Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Wanda Lee’s Tea for Two at The Plumed Pen
Wanda Lee’s Tea Pots & Tea Things Tuesday at The Silken Purse
Trisha’s Tea Party Tuesday at Sweetology
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Thursday Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups

P.S.  I’ve had some requests for my recipes.  Not that I’m any expert in the kitchen – or on gluten free cooking, for that matter – I like to experiment.  I’m pinning my growing collection of gluten free what-nots  to my GLUTEN FREE RECIPES BOARD at my PINTEREST account.  Stop by and re-pin or like as you choose.  Feel free to play around with ingredient exchanges to make your own originals, too!  And – DO FOLLOW ME on PINTEREST!!

About Miss Kathy

"I teach families how to restore their God-given authority as the primary educator in their child’s life through the experience of reading together as a family. Learn how to use literature to create teachable moments, build strong minds, and bind loving hearts."

Kathryn Ross, writer, speaker, and dramatist, ignites a love of literature and learning to equip young and old towards developing a Family Literacy Lifestyle—reading together, learning together, loving together. Her works challenge families to deepen their literacy skills and grow into the greater things God has purposed for them. She’s taught in Christian and homeschool circles, trained in the Principle Approach® through the Foundation for American Christian Education. Miss Kathy owns Pageant Wagon Publishing, producing homeschool enrichment materials, devotional works, study guides, and theatrical dramas for church, school, and community production. She podcasts at TheWritersReverie.com and blogs at PageantWagonPublishing.com.


  1. Love the dishes … good luck on finding more. Looks like they are perfect for Autumn. Your new teacup is wonderful. I love cups with scenes. Emma looks like she approves! Happy Tea Day!

  2. Oh Kathy, your new teacup is so pretty! Tea and scones ~ my favorite! Wish I’d been there! Thanks for the recipe and I love Emma! What a cutie!
    Hugs, Cindy

  3. Very pretty tea-cups and Emma is for sure a stunner. hugs, Deb=^..^=x4

  4. It wouldn’t be a Tea Party without the perfect teacup and something delectable to eat.
    You sure do know how serve with style.

  5. Gorgeous tea cup! The scoes sound great too and Emma is a sweetie!
    Hugs, Beth

  6. Wonderful! Shelley is my favorite manufacturer! The shape is called Old Cambridge. How nice to have special delivery and be able to share tea and scones with a friend!

  7. Your teacup is so gorgeous! Love it. And the scones sound delicious.

    Jocelyn @

  8. What a nice afternoon, Kathryn. Love the cup….pretty bridge and scenery. Emma is a beautiful calico! Your scones sound good. I like almond milk, flax ssed, oats and applesauce. Ever use mashed banana instead? I have never tried spelt.
    On another topic…have you participated in the Nanowrimo? My daughter just told me about it 🙂

  9. Lovely tea cup!


  10. How pretty is your kitty, very handsome. the teacup is sooooo lovely too. I must try your delicious scones too. xx

  11. Of course the lovely Emma seems to just KNOW it is all about her.I just love the self-confident house cat, and Emma seems to be a real jewel, as is your new teacup.

    I am looking forward to your upcoming posts.My husband and I have been to Plimouth Plantation and learned so much, plus enjoyed ourselves in New England where he discovered so much regarding his own family genealogy.He is reading a copy of an old family memoir now and we are amazed at how simply our fore-fathers and their families endured terrible hardships I don’t think this generation can conceive, and the hardships were usually endured with thanksgiving and praise to God for His blessings & mercies…may our generations and those to come learn from this.

    How sweet to have tea and your scones with a friend, the best way to take tea!

  12. I think I would love to just visit your home and see all your tea cups!

    As to that pattern, I need to look at the back of a plate that I have hanging in my living room. I looks very similar. I wish it were a dinner plate. It’s just a little dessert or saucer.

    And I can NOT NOT NOT wait for the Plimoth Plantation post(s). I have a huge fixation on those “pilgrims” and the whole story and colony. It was one of my favorite vacation visits ever.

  13. Good mornig Kathy,
    I do love your new teacup! Shelley makes such beautiful china and how lovely to have it delivered to you by family who could stay for tea. Your dishes are wonderful with the green mugs and I hope you are successful in finding more pieces. They are perfect for Autumn!
    It is always a delight to have you join me for tea, my friend, and I wish you a most beautiful day.

    Blessings and hugs,

  14. Nothing like a tea cup from England…what a treasure….”spot on” as the Brits would say. To think, I have been to England a couple of times and never bought a tea cup???
    I’ll be taking a copy of your gluten free scones, thank you for the recipe…
    and your kitty is adorable!!!

  15. Such lovely teacup and saucer…and I thought so before I read that the pattern is the same as my name!

  16. Hello Kathy,
    that new Shelley tea cup is very nice made. The painting is wonderful. May be Emma was in a former life a lady with taste and style, now she is a cat with taste and style! Very cute.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  17. Lovely Kathy .. What a lucky treat to have such a beautiful teatime set delivered via a family member… and … What a great excuse for teatime ( ha ha) …I see you definately got into the cups ( green) of course… one of my favorite colors … It seems Emma is not ordinary teatime cat … She not only knows good china but spends the time to enjoy a gluten free scone.. Now that’s a smart feline ( ha ha)

  18. I love your lovely new teacup and saucer! Your dishes are really pretty too! I would love to stop and see your cousin’s shop next time I go to Lancaster!
    I hope you have a wonderful time of Thanksgiving with your loved ones! Love, Linda

  19. Hello Kathy,
    I can just imagine your home smelling wonderful while the scones baked. You set a lovely, casual tea time! Your new teacup is just beautiful! I love your curious Emma! I look forward to your Thanksgiving posts – we have such a blessed country that I am concerned so many don’t truly understand God’s blessing of America!
    Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    God Bless,

  20. Beautiful! Wish I loved close enough to stop in for a visit 🙂

  21. Ooops! I had tried to leave a comment a couple days ago, but I see it didn’t work even after 3 tries! Oh well, I am here now. I love this Shelley pattern, and you are so lucky to get it! The scene is so pretty as well as the corset shape.
    It looks like you two had a lovely tea together!
    be back for your story series! Yay!

  22. I would love to attend this tea – on one condition. I HAVE to sit next to Emma!

    The new addition to “The Teacup Family” is a stunner!


  23. Oh my! I have missed out on getting my comment in earlier…better late than never as they say, eh? Thanks for the “shout out”! The teacup is a real beauty and I think Kitty Emma has great taste. What a Princess!

    Thanks again for the tea and scones!

    I can’t wait to scroll up now and read the Thanksgiving posts…

  24. Love your GF scone! The autumn teacup is so awesome, I have seen those and the next time I am going to snap it up to come home w/ me!! Thx for linking up last week, sorry for the delay in visiting but sure glad I didn’t miss this!

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