Monday, November 19, 2012

Afternoon Tea and Muffins

Hello everyone,

It is a sunny but cool November day here and after doing some outdoor Christmas decorating I enjoyed some baking time in a warm kitchen.I have been without an oven for the past few weeks so it is a treat to finally have it working again. My Mom had a stove that still worked like a charm when it was 30 years old and my was just over the year when the timer and all the wiring had to be replaced. They sure don't make things to last anymore!

                                         Anyway,it is time for an afternoon tea break.
                                      I love this black and cream transferware teacup.

                                                           I tried a new muffin recipe-pear and date muffins and we really enjoyed them so I can recommend them to you.

                                        I packed a few up for my Mom to enjoy.
  And I have included the recipe in case you would like to try them too. The only change I made was I used honey instead of sugar and I added a teaspoon of cinnamon to them.

  There is a pot roast cooking in the oven now so I am enjoying the sunshine streaming in the kitchen and the wonderful aroma of supper cooking as I savour a cup of afternoon tea.

I am joining Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday and A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness. today.

Thank you for visiting,



Bernideen said...

Can we all come for pot roast - just kidding of course! Lovely post and muffins!

jeanetteann said...

Carolyn,I can relate to problem ovens. Mine was bought in August 2011 and I have had the repair man out 5 times Ugggh. You're right,sure don't make them like they used to.
Love your pretty cup. I have taken down the recipe for the muffins. It's a must try. I've never used pears and dates together before,sounds nice.

Jonell said...

I think I just must try that looks/sounds delicious..btw would love for you to see my OLD STOVE..on my blog scroll down on the right sidebar there's a small picture. I am 71+ and it's about as old as I and YES I do use it-have no other..if you are interested in "the story" go to another blog DOWN THE LANE


Like Gramma's House

Olive said...

The B&W tea cup is too sweet. The muffins look lovely. I know you are in Canada but I am starting all my holiday cooking in the morning. I have so much to do but there is much joy involved in the cooking. xo, olive

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

You set the most beautiful tea table! Love the soft colors and delicate florals... and that toile cup and saucer is lovely!

Susan said...

Hi Carolyn...You described everything wonderfully.

The pear date muffins sound like a very nice combination.

All looks super! Susan

Linda said...

Hi Carolyn,
Midge just booked a flight to your kitchen! lol We can smell the pot roast cooking in the oven. And, WoW! Those muffins really do look pretty good, too. :-) I am going to include these in my Christmas brunch file. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Is this the same oven that was acting up last year? I cannot imagine you being without your oven for weeks. :-)
I have been enjoying Franciska's book and will be doing a post soon...I'm thrilled. XO

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Ha!Ha! I had pot roast today too. Just the thing for a cool day on the Island! I'm glad you got your stove working again. My last stove was 26 years old when I replaced it. I had gotten a new fridge because it finally quit and the gold stove was getting old too so I decided to treat myself to a new one. Your muffins sound wonderful and they look lovely packaged up in the pretty box for your mother! I do love your teacup. Thanks for stopping by for tea and have a lovely week.


Shelia said...

Hi Carolyn! Oh, how pretty and I wish I could pop in for a spot of tea with you! :)
Be a sweetie and hope you're doing okay.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Martha said...

Those look like good muffins!

Antiques And Teacups said...

Your tea setting is lovely! I love the muffins...they look so yoummy!
Happy Thanksgiving.

Manuela Albanese - Cross Stitch Designer said...

Your photos are really lovely !!!

Johanna said...

Hi Carolyn,
the tea setting looks gorgeous with the transferware cup. How nice the muffins turned out. What a nice idea to have "Get up muffins". Would make a lovely start for the day. Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe.
Best greetings, Johanna

Loraine Living said...

I love the muffins... Nice setting... I d'ont think the make it into the box at my place, hmmm ;)
Greetings Diana

Snap said...

Carolyn, what a lovely post. I love your black and cream transferware teacup ... how elegant! Thank you so much for the recipe. I love pears and I have a can in the pantry! I'll have to get the dates. My Mother made a date bread every year for the holidays. Memories!!! Happy Tea Day and Happy Thanksgiving!

Two Cottages And Tea said...

Thank you so much for the recipe. I love pears and seeing it calls for canned pears is a plus. Can't wait to make some! Love your teacup and pot roast for supper sounds perfect!

Maria C said...

Such cozy winter activities going on in your house! Those muffins look wonderful. How nice that your mother got to taste them, too. Now I want some pot roast.