Monday, September 12, 2011

Autumn Almond Tea & Dreams

Welcome to Tea Time Tuesday and welcome Autumn, maybe, hopefully, sometime or someday!!
Well we saw some cooler temps last week, then today the heat was back at 103 degrees again. We are hoping this is the last of it as we are so ready for Fall days. Anyway, I am dreaming of cooler weather and in hopes of times to come, I am serving Almond Tea today with cinnamon almond vanilla cookies drizzled with vanilla glaze.

My tea cup for today was my mother in laws and given to me when she sadly passed away 20 years ago. I was thrilled to own the 4 piece cup and saucer set with 4 luncheon plates including sugar and creamer. I am not sure if there ever was a tea pot, but that's okay as I team it up with one to celebrate the season. Since rusty orange is a complimentary color to blue, I am serving tea in my pumpkin tea pot found at Home Goods a few years ago. It all goes nicely together. I love this set because I know it meant so much to her and in my care I honor her memory.

Not sure what the marking or maker is as it is worn and hard to see, but it is a type of luster ware in a creamy ivory and gorgeous blue with gold trim.

Love the rusty rose bud topping the sugar bowl.

Serving tea from my pumpkin tea pot. Nothing fancy or vintage, just a cute tea pot for the season.

Our tea today is set on my hutch with decor for Autumn. Friends know I am a "stager" and can't help but pull a few treasures together to set the mood.
Behind the setting is a pretty painted platter and to each side, copper tea lights with candle rings and I used the luncheon plates behind those.

Our treat for today is cinnamon almond vanilla cookies topped with a drizzle of vanilla icing. They are so good and light. Perfect for our almond tea.

Now let's enjoy some tea and share the recipe.

The directions are to brew tea and combine all ingredients together except the 3 pints of water. Just before serving add the water.

So enjoyed tea with you today. I'll go back to dreaming of cooler days and looking forward to tea with the list of participants hosted by our gracious Sandi, from Rose Chintz Cottage. Have a wonderful September day and Blessings Always.


Anonymous said...

You have inspired me to go heat up the tea pot and enjoy a bit of self indulgence. Thank you for that. I love your pumpkin teapot!!

? My pumpkin, do you do the smaller ones as well in the colors I have it in? LMK...


Anonymous said...

Lovely, Celeste. And what sweet memories are attached to all of your beautiful china.

I adore the teapot. Pumpkins are special to me for some reason. Our needlework shop was called The Pumpkin Basket. My favorite time of year.

I so wish you had cooler weather!!

Hugs, friend.


Susan said...

Celestina I so enjoy your staging!! Your teacups are so pretty. I had some tea last night, however I brewed it using my Keurig. I need to start treating my self to some nice tea and use my pretty dishes. My excuse has been that I am just too tired to bother with setting things up nicely just for me. I have to change that thinking. Hope you have a wonderful rest of the week my friend!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hello dear Celestina,
What pretty teacups and the tea sounds delish! You can send some of that warm weather our way, if you wish. We didn't get much of a Summer this year, to our dismay! Strange how one place is sweltering with the heat and another place is cool and wet. Not looking forward to Autumn. But these days, I am just thankful for sunshine. Thank you, my friend, for sharing your lovely post with Tea Time. I wish you a delightful rest of the week.


Ginny said...

Well, we are having cooler weather here. By Thursday they say it may only go into the 50's. I have already started into my Fall mode. I have put out my fall decor and switched my summer dishes for the plain white ones, burning my wax burner with the scent of cinnamon and changed linens. I am sad to say good bye to summer, but, since the kids have already started back to school, I guess it's time to hang up my flip flops:(
Lovely post today, Celeste, and I like your vignette with all the fall things.

Julie Marie said...

Hi Celeste... your teaset that belonged to your mother~in~law is so pretty, and holds such precious memories besides tea...your Autumn decor is beautiful, all of my favorite colors!... and your little pumpkin teapot is just adorable!... sorry the weather is hot again, I will wish real hard tonight for Fall to arrive in Flower Mound...thank you for the yummy tea and delicious cinnamon almond cookies... much love to you, xoxo Julie Marie

Anonymous said...

Mmmm! Just reading your title made me salivate for tea this very moment - almond!! My favorite extract and flavoring for cookies, cakes, and breads. I like to put it in my hot chocolate, too! Now, to try it in tea . . .

Joy to thee . . .

1CardCreator said...

Thank you so much for sharing your tea set and your fond memories. The almond tea sounds scrumptious, thanks for sharing the recipe too. And the tea set is lovely, I do love to see how you stage it too.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Celestina Marie,

I love your beautiful blue and cream teaset and what special memories you must have of your dear Mother-in-law.
Thank you for sharing the recipe for the tea, and would like to try this.
The cookies look delicious and was delightful to come and take tea with you today.
I do hope the weather will cool down, so it is more pleasant for you.

Happy new week

Tina said...

Beautiful tea set. Have a nice day,xx tina

LuLu Kellogg said...

I love that gorgeous teapot and the wee rosebud!

I hope your week is off to a great start!


Barb said...

Celestine Marie, the teacup and dishes are so lovely. The color is so heavenly and soft. I know you were thrilled with them.

I'm dreaming of cooler days, also. Lovely post!!

Barb ♥

Unknown said...

Oh Celeste, I just love this post!! You know how much I love tea :) The tea set that was your sweet mother in law's is so beautiful. I love the color, and it would go with so many different things. Your teapot is so cute too! Thank you for sharing the tea recipe, I am definitely going to try it as the days are getting much cooler.

The boo sign you made is too cute for words! And I love love love the Autumn barn piece. It makes me feel all warm and cozy and think of the small town my grandma lived in :) Such good memories there!
Love reading your posts so much :)
Big hugs,
PS, thank you so much for your kind encouraging words on my new shop items! I value your opinions so much!

Mari said...

Celeste~what a beautiful and ohhh soooo yummy post :)


Sheryl Parsons said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the way you put this all together. Very inspirational. :-)

Joy Hall said...

How delightful. Would love to join you for that cup of Almond Tea and delightfully tempting cookies!

I just have to head for the kitchen and my myself a pot of tea to enjoy!

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Celeste,
How special to have that set from your MIL. I love the soft color and the rose on top is adorable.
Thanks for the tea recipe. I'll have to try it.
Your pumpkin tea pot and platter is perfect for the Fall season. (I know it's hard to think Fall at 103). We have cooled a little and I put out the outside decorations a couple of days ago and finished inside yesterday.
It's always a job but nice when it's done. It's nice to get over 2 mos. of enjoyment out of the Fall decor. Makes it worth the effort.
Hope you're feeling well these days.
Enjoy those cookies! Wish I could join you.

Createology said...

This is a lovely setting for Autumn tea and cookies. Your staging is beautiful with the colors and decor. Happy sipping...

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Celestina Marie,

So thankful that I got to read this lovely post with your talented display of beautiful cups & saucers and some yummy tea recipe! THANKS dear friend.
Glad too that I now can catch up on blogs and leave a comment. Time was often not permitting any visits while in Europe.
Love to you,


Kerri said...

Hi Celeste, love stopping by your blog to visit. Very nice tea set and love your fall decor. Sure hope you get cooler weather real soon! We haven't had a bad summer here in Florida, but I am dreaming of cool days.

Have a blessed day!


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Celestina Marie
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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..