Monday, June 13, 2011

Tea Time Tuesday~Afternoon Break

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday, hosted by the dear Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage.
Today I would like to invite you to tea in my kitchen as I take an afternoon break from a very busy creating day. Summertime gives way to lots of breaks when the temps are soaring and while it is 100 degrees outside, it is cool and cozy inside.

I have set my table with a gorgeous vintage set given to me from my mother, when I married. She enjoyed it first in the 50's and then passed in on to me when I married in 1973. Called Luster ware, the design is so pretty and hand painted on each piece including the teapot, cream and sugar, cups and saucers. The china is thin and nearly transparent. The colors still brilliant after all these years. I remember how proud I was to display this set in our first little apartment 38 years ago. And, I am still just as happy to include it in my decor today. It is a sweet reminder of the love my mother had for me when she took the pieces off her hutch and passed them on to me.

So let's enjoy tea with my pretty white rooster and my fresh picked flowers from my garden, just for you!

Recently, I added two little bowls I had for some time, with two of the cups and saucers making a trio which I love together. The tea set has 4 cups total, so now I will be on the look out for 2 more bowls to add.

Love the floral tea cup design.

Love, the pretty bowl pattern.

The markings on the tea set from Japan and the bowls Pegasus, made in the USA.

With our table set and a rooster pillow for your comfort, let's enjoy Earl Grey tea and my banana tea bread topped with strawberries.

In my treasure hunt recently I found a set of 4 very pale pink water glasses. They are in perfect condition and I wish they had more, for I would have snapped them up.

Here is my recipe for the banana tea bread. I have been baking this for over 30 years and it has always been a hit.

Tea Bread

2 1/2 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons veg. oil or canola oil.
1 1/4 cups milk~ (I use skin milk)
1 egg
1 cup finely chopped nuts optional (I have used pecans, walnuts and peanuts at different times and all give an individual flavor)
Ready to be baked this way or by adding the bananas it changes slightly~~

For Banana bread as I have made today, decrease milk to 3/4 cup and add 1 cup mashed bananas, about 2-3 med. I have learned using 3 average size bananas makes for a more moist bread.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Mix all ingredients and pour into a greased and floured tube pan or loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 55-65 minutes.
Makes approx. 16 slices.
Also freezes very well.

Thank you Sandi for hosting our Tea Time Tuesday. To visit more participants, travel HERE to Sandi's and view the list of more tea parties to attend.

I'll send you off with my bouquet of flowers and many thanks for coming to tea today and taking a break with me this beautiful afternoon. As I put away my tea set in my kitchen hutch till next time, I hope you enjoy a beautiful rest of the day and all good blessings be yours.

Smiles from Texas,
Celestina Marie


Gone said...

I'd love to join you for Tea Celeste!! The Banana Tea Bread looks yummy...I'll have to try the recipe. I love the pale pink glasses, too!

Jan :)

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hello Celestina Marie,
thank you for this nice tea time with the wonderful Tea Bread. All looks so great, the china is marvellous. I enjoyed my visit very much.
Best greetings, Johanna

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I LOVE the lusterware tea set. I collect lusterware and have similar pieces!!

Very pretty!!


Unknown said...

Love the rooster theme through out ;0)

Love Dawn xx

Susan said...

Celestina your little teacups are adorable! But that rooster pillow..........yummy!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Lovely post my dear! I love the's just beautiful!


Snap said...

Thank you for the tea bread recipe. Everything is just lovely ... from the flowers, to the trio, to the wonderful pillow. Delightful! Happy Tea Day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello my dear friend,
What a lovely tea you have set for us today. I would love to sit and sip a cup of tea with you and have some of your lovely banana bread. The lusterware is just so pretty and very special having once belonged to your mother. I am always charmed to see a rooster and your fellow is very handsome! Love the rooster pillow too and the delicate pink glasses are gorgeous. I am so happy you have joined me for Tea Time today and I wish you a delightful day, my friend.

Blessings and hugs,

Jenna said...

Hi Celeste! what a beautiful tea set you have and I do like the bowls as well. Your fresh flowers are a wonderful compliment to your table. Have a nice evening! hugs, Jennifer

Julie Marie said...

Hello Celeste... what a beautiful setting for tea... I love your gorgeous lustreware that belonged to your mama, and now you... your nutbread sounds delish!... and the flowers from your garden are just the perfect touch... I always love visiting with you!... enjoy your gorgeous summers day... xoxo Julie Marie

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,

What a lovely tea set indeed. Love those Japanese cups with lovely floral design. Perfect setting for savoring tea, even on hot days.
As a matter of fact, I do have a cup of fresh mint tea right now. Very appropriate to read your blog!

Lots of love,


Kathy said...

So happy to join you today - your tea looks so lovely! Gorgeous tea sets! Love banana tea bread -
Hope you have a marvelous day,

Honey at 2805 said...

This is a beautiful tea set and a wonderful gift from your Mother. Thanks for the Tea Bread receipe.

We met at the Wedding Party. I am a Texan too. So pleased to meet you & have happily just become your friend and follower. Hope you will consider same.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

Tea at your place looks lovely and was great to be able to visit you today. The Luster ware is beautiful and love the pretty design.
The flowers are a lovely touch.
Glad that you are cool and cozy inside, that must be so hot outdoors.

Hope that you are having a lovely week

Doris Joa said...

I just love how you have set everything. All looks so beautiful and it show how much you love to do this Tea party. Have a wonderful day.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Celestina! Your Luster tea set is beautiful and the pillow is so cute! Thank you for the sweet note you left on my wedding in Venice.

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Gorgeous blog and I love your flower arrangement!

Tina said...

wonderful tea set,i love it

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

What a beautiful post, Celeste! I love your Luster Ware and will keep my eyes peeled for the extra bowls you are needing. Such a pretty setting for afternoon tea ~ love your pretty floral arrangement, too!

Love you,
Angelic Accents

Anonymous said...

Come on over to my blog as I am having a Southern Belle Giveaway!!

romance-of-roses said...

Celestina, Tea set is enchanting and the bread recipe sounds so yummy. Think I am ready for it so will have to bake it, thanks. Lovely flowers. Oh I almost forgot, love the glasses.

Post a Comment

Thank you for stopping by. Your visits and comments are always welcome and I look forward to visiting you in return. Have a blessed day!

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Celestina Marie
Celestina Marie

Welcome To Rose Garden Market from Celestina Marie Design. It is so nice to meet you. My name is Celestina Marie named after my grandmother and my friends call me Celeste.My creative journey extends over 30 years enjoying the love of painting and redesigning vintage and new treasures. I love to go treasure hunting and the fun of finding great vintage pieces to redesign..