Teatime Rain of Roses

What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
      By any other name would smell as sweet;
William Shakespeare
from Romeo & Juliet

Tuesday Teatime and Roses do seem one in the same in many ways.  Fragrant beauty that warms the heart, delights the senses, and restores beauty to one’s being when the trials of the day scrape against the skin like a thorn.

Celebrating our dear friend, Sandi’s, second Teatime Tuesday Anniversary at Rose Chintz Cottage can find no more perfect symbol than that of the glories and artistic splendor of a rose – and the multitudinous rose patterns that have made it the single most popular pattern in the centuries of design and craftsmanship in fine china.  To be sure, this week’s teatime will be a veritable “rain of roses”!

Actually, when I peruse my own modest collection, I have to note that my eye is drawn to roses more times than not.  Traditional roses with Queen Anne . . .

Very vintage roses from Georgian China’s Tutor Rose . . .

Footed roses . . .

Chintz lusterware roses . . .

Mother’s beloved Moss Roses . . .

And, this unique delight of a teapot – shared just for you, Sandi – pretty in pink wild roses sprinkle about this design as though fallen in a soft petal rain – with the handle on top rather than on the side!

I just love the shape of this pot!

A rose pattern is so very versatile.  Even though I do not have matching cups and saucers to go with my pot – let alone a sugar or creamer – I have put this eclectic series of  rose patterned pieces alongside each other to blend for a splendid teatime!

Not to mention the sweet rose-rimmed bread dish of delicacies . . .

To compliment the tea leaf of choice with grapes, dark chocolate mint, and this week’s pastry fave-rave – a good-for-you Banana-Almond Mini-Muff with Blueberry Stuff!

Banana-Almond Mini-Muff with Blueberry Stuff
1 ripe banana – mashed
1/4 cup fresh ground almond butter (I get mine at the Amish Farmer’s Market!)
4 tsp. applesauce
2 eggs (use organic – or egg beaters for cholesterol conscious)
1/2 cup honey
1 cup ground golden flax seed 
1/2 cup spelt flour (easily digested for a GF diet)
1 cup GF whole oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup raisins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Mix banana, almond butter, applesauce, eggs, and honey together.  In a separate bowl, mix flaxseed, spelt, oats, baking soda, and raisins.  Add dry mixture to wet mixture and stir.  Drop by teaspoonfuls into greased mini-muffin tins.  Bake for 12-15 minutes.  Should yield a little over two dozen healthy, wholesome, guilt-free tea-cakes.
To Serve:  Slice off top and dollop blueberry fruit spread.  I only use Dickinson’s or Polaner All Fruit brands.

Mmmm . . . it looks like our good Lady Cordelia in the background – ever presiding over my teatimes –  heartily approves of all our roses and tea treats today, too!

Though we are in the middle of a cold winter, sipping a favorite tea blend from a rose patterned cup via the elegance of a rose patterned teapot warms one through with thoughts of late spring and early summer blossoms against a lush green wild rose foliage . . .

Remember last season’s roses . . .

Hope springs eternal in the petals of a rose, the first sip of a soothing cuppa, and inspiring words upon which to ponder . . .

Joyful Teatime Anniversary to you, Sandi!

Sharing this Rain of Roses with:

Sandi on Tea Time Tuesday at Rose Chintz Cottage
Trisha’s Tea Party Tuesday at Sweetology
Kathy’s A Return to Loveliness Tuesday at Delightsome Life
Terri’s Teacup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations
Teacups and Tea Things at Antiques and Teacups
Trish’s Simply Sweet at Lily-Rose Cottage

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. Greetings,

    I love all of your beautiful rose patterned china. I believe Lady Cordelia would fancy your tea time and your tasty Banana-Almond Mini-Muff with Blueberry Stuff…looks delicious! Hope you will visit Magnolia Cottage.


  2. Hello Kathryn
    Beautiful roses everywhere for your tea today. The teapot is special and I’m sure pours very easily with the handle on top.

  3. Oh Kathryn, I love all of your beautiful roses. And your mini-muffins look delicious.

    Jocelyn @

  4. MMMM….I am hungry and this recipe looks delish! Do you have the nutrition stats for this? I just bought some flax seed (love it!) to use in baking. My daughter made oat choc chip cookies with flax seed the other day and we are enjoying them. I have not tried spelt flour yet. ENjoy the end of January, Kathy!

  5. Hi Kathryn,
    all your rose cups are gorgeous. I love he tea pot also for its beautiful shape. Thank you for sharing this beauties and the yummy muffins.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  6. Oh me too! I love teacups with roses and yours are gorgeous!! I do hope Lady Cordelia can make the dress form ball, it won’t be as much fun without her! Thank you for pinning my bouquet, I love pinners!


  7. What a wonderful post! Wonderful roses teacups. I an going to try the recipe…I am on a no milk diet at the moment…my respiratory allergies have flared up…I’d gotten sloppy with the milk products! Thanks so much for linking with Tuesday Cuppa Tea. Your posts are always a treasure!

  8. Roses and Tea Cups, wonderful….and Ms Lady Cordelia how indeed wonderful as well….
    Thank you for sharing I just love visiting with you. I hope you have a wonderful new week…with love Mz Witherspoon Janice…

  9. Kathy,all of your rose patterned china is so lovely. like you said,it’s always a favourite. I think my favourite is your lovely white and gold with the single rose inside. I have never seen one like that before. It’s so nice.
    Your last years roses are lovely too,as are the verses
    xx jeanetteann

  10. Kathy, your ‘rose tea’ setting looks fabulous – such pretty things you have there!
    The teapot is unusual and very lovely indeed.
    Your muffins sound delicious and healthy and they look great too!
    That wistful rose quote from George Elliot is one of my favourites 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your tea with us at Simply Sweet!
    Have a wonderful week of blessings, my friend.

  11. Hi Kathy, I am delighted with your gorgeous tea today and drooling over the muffins.

    I am happy to meet you.
    Hugs, jeanne

  12. The Tutor Rose is my favorite teacup,and this post is really a celebration of roses and tea time, perfect for each other.I can see why roses on teacups are so popular!

  13. I’m another one who thinks that roses (pink roses, specifically) and a girly tea just go together like peas and carrots. I love every cup you shared, and my favorite item of all is that beautiful teapot.

    The tea cakes look delicious too. I have never heard of spelt flour so I’ll be not only googling it but on the look out after I do.

  14. You tea cups are just beautiful…I love the one with feet..thanks for sharing, I now stop and pay attention to tea cups.

  15. Good morning dear Kathy,
    What a beautiful ‘Rose Tea’ you have served us today! Such loveliness in each cup and oh, the teapot is a sweetheart! I love the style of it with its handle on top! A veritable feast for the eyes is your post as well as the mini muffs and other tidbits on the pretty plate. Thank you for helping to make my Tea Time celebration such a delightful occasion. It is simply lovely to have you.


  16. Hello Kathy,
    Everything looks beautiful on your tea table! Each cup of yours is very lovely! I too love roses on a cup. You can mix up many patterns when you have all roses!
    The muffins looks very tasty to me!

  17. Your writing is amazing and so enjoyable. The tea table of rose china is so tempting so which cup and saucer would I chose! Any one of them would be great. The blueberry spread in the mini muffin is very yummy to behold. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Happy Tea Party! Pam

  18. I just love all your rose pattern china! They are just lovely. It is always amazing to see the varieyt and all beautiful!

  19. Hello Miss Kathy…lovely roses, I do think I can smell the dainty scent drifting through my living room right now. Oh, I am missing my flowers so.
    The muffins look yummy and your teacups are so very pretty.
    Have a great weekend.

  20. Hello Kathy,
    I LOVE your teapot with the handle on top and your beautiful footed teacup. The vintage Tudor Rose set is so delicate and pretty. Lovely post.
    God Bless
    Barb from Australia

  21. What a beautiful tribute to roses… at teatime! I too am drawn to them on china and linens.

    Blessings, Debbie

  22. What a lovely teatime! Your rose-patterned teacups are so pretty! The teapot is really unique and beautiful. It is such a pleasant post today,
    you are warming our hearts these chilly winter days.
    Be blessed!
    Love, Linda

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