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Monday, July 15, 2013

Tea Cup Tuesday

Happy Tea Cup Tuesday!

Richard E. Miller (1875-1943) Afternoon Tea 

Hello Every One
It is good to see you!
This past week we have had even more rain,
I may start to build an ark...

So with our soggy wetness,
Bertha continues to wait
until the day she can fulfill
her duty : )

I felt Inspired by the beautiful vibrant art of Mr. Miller,
He chose blue and white china tea cups for his tea table.
I chose this pale pink beauty, and think she may
look good on his table too.

Doesn't she just sing Summer?

I baked this cake inspired by images on Pinterest.
I had to improvise...
I used a gluten free cake mix base,
as well as pureed strawberries
and lemon juice for the liquid.

The cake reminded me of the healthy bread
my mother first brought home in the 70s.
But I must say, my strawberry buttercream frosting
was really something amazing.

The heat and humidity caused the cake to droop quickly,
so my tea on our back deck was swift.

I enjoyed a lovely cup of steeped herbs... chamomile, lavender, rose, mint....
Somehow I do not mind hot tea on a hot day.
Do you?

Delicious tea...but not so tasty cake!

Thank you for stopping by for tea.
The summer has been beautiful so far,
Even though the rain has been so persistent
I do not tire of it at all.


If you would like to join Martha and I in Tea Cup Tuesday, just create a post with the tea cup in it that you would like to share...then come back here and link that post up below.
We would enjoying coming to visit you : )


Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Terri: I was waiting for you to post. Love the tea cup today. Everything looks so pretty in pink. Sending lots of love. Martha

Elaine said...

What a lovely cup Terri and a super picture. I am sorry Bertha has not been able to have another outing, our weather is the opposite, hot, hot, hot and I am spending as much time sitting in the shade on our swing seat as possible! Your cake looks very beautiful, and after all your effort of assembling those layers what a shame the cake layers didn't quite "cut the mustard"! At least the frosting was nice - really the "icing on the cake! That tea sounds very refreshing too. Elaine x

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Dear Terri,
thats a wonderful painting. I can see the sunshine and the heat on it. Your tea cup would look great on this table, too. And your cake looks beautiful like a wedding cake. Would be perfect to be served in the lovely Bertha tent. So sorry that the weather is not good enough. Thank you for this wonderful tea time and for hosting this sweet event.
best greetings, Johanna

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Terri, I love that Miller painting. It's so wonderful that so many beautiful paintings are on public display, isn't it? That reminds me, I should make a trip to London and visit the National. I'll see how many tea paintings I can spot. :) Your beautiful tea cup really does say summer and hopefully she will shine so brightly that the rains will have no choice but to dry up. (Before you have to build that ark.) Actually, could you please send some rain over here to England? I'm getting a little worried about my garden here. (Can't believe I'm actually wishing for rain in my second rainiest country in the world!) Lol. Hugs. x

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

So beautiful!!!

Clara said...

Hi Terri!
Your teacup is so lovely and would surely look pretty on the artist's tea table. The cake certainly looks good. Thank you for hosting and enjoy your week.

Tazas y Cuentos said...

Hello Terri! Your teacup is lovely. I always like flowers and pink...so femenine and romantic. I specially love its handle. And your cake looks yummy!
Besos and thank you very much for hosting!

Unknown said...

I have never seen that painting before and it is gorgeous - thanks for sharing it! Going on my PinBoard right now! Hope you are having a great summer!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Terri,
Your cake looks lovely although it may not taste the way you had hoped. I am loving your soft pink teacup filled with charming posies! Your tea of herbs sounds delightful.
I drink hot tea in the summertime, yes. My hubby cannot understand it but I enjoy my tea even on the hottest of days. Yesterday broke records but I still enjoyed my cup. Thank you for sharing your pretty teacup with us and have a lovely day.


Marianne said...

Happy Tea Day, dear Terri! Yes, your tea cup does sing out "summer!" It's so very lovely. The blush pink and the floral design brings on a calm sigh. The tea sounds delicious and the cake, at least, looks yummy and pretty...so I'll pretend it's as yummy as the tea sounds.

I, too, enjoy tea, anytime, even when it's hot. It's just a cozy thing. My mother always loved her cup of tea, too.

We FINALLY received rain. Here south of Houston, we've been in almost drought mode. But it's been raining these past two days, which has made the temperature divinely drop some, but the humidity is absolute, as are the mosquitoes. But, all in all, it's a divine day.

Thank you for sharing, my dear. May you have a sweet day.

Sending hugs,
Marianne xo

Edith DUTERTRE said...

cette faience ou porcelaine
ressemble beaucoup aux service
vaisselle de ma mère
j'aime beaucoup ces motifs
à petites fleurs
je suis trop malade pour faire un
billet sur le thé , dommage
à très bientôt
edith (iris) France

Jeannie and Linda said...

Terry, I can't believe that gorgeous cake didn't taste good! Just sit and look at it! It's amazing! Your teacup is so pretty! Check out the tea cups my sister Jeannie DIDN'T BUY! I can't bear to think about it...
Thanks for hosting the party!
Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest

Jeannie and Linda said...

Terri, your cake is gorgeous! You should have told us it was delicious! It's so pretty it doesn't matter! Your teacup and table setup are so pretty! Check out our post and see the teacups my sister Jeannie DIDN'T BUY! I can't bear to think about it...
Thanks for hosting!

Linda and Jeannie at The French Hens Nest
(hope this doesn't appear twice- the first one disappeared- I think!)

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

There is something good about a hot cup of tea on a hot day. When we lived very near the Mexican border we discovered that the Native Mexicans NEVER drink cold drinks on a hot day. They leave their water in the sun to make it even warmer - they say that drinking warm or hot beverages on a hot day brings up your internal temperature - which then makes you perspire - and that is nature's cooling system - very smart, those Mexicans.

They also don't use air conditioning in their cars, even when the temperatures are over 100 - they say that you get chilled in the AC car and then when you step outside the car you can faint from the drastic change in temps. We who are more spoiled with comforts don't try and take the time to adjust and live in harmony with the weather around us - it sure is a good lesson for us all - cooperate with the weather.

Your tea is very lovely - the dishes are amazing - and the price - that is super great. Love the flowers in your garden too.

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

Lovely, Terri!
I have that same pastel cup in pink, yellow, and green versions =) definitely says summer !
EnJoy your teatime today..

Maria Andrade said...

Hi Terri,
I loved the way you introduced this post, with a beautiful painting portraying a tea drinking scene.
And your china is so delicate, those little flowers on a pink ground such a delightful decoration!
Thanks for hosting this lovely tea, dear Terri.

The Junque Seeker said...

Your cake looked lovely, even if the flavor wasn't what you expected. But then, the frosting is always the best part anyway in my opinion!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Terri, your cake looks gorgeous. You did a pretty amazing job decorating it too. And just adore that lovely tea cup. So summery as you say. Thanks for hosting.

Karen said...

Hi Terri,
Thanks so much for hosting Tea Cup Tuesday today. I just love that pink teacup with the coloured pink icing on your delicious looking cake. That pale pink colour is my favourite colour ever! Beautiful post! Have a wonderful week and Take care, Karen

Victoria said...

Wow Terri.such a gorgeous post...that cake looks fabulous..the pale pink tea cup is sublime...so enchanting. I have a pale pink cup too..
The painting really captivated me, so very beautiful..I love it!Always so dreamy visiting your tea posts..totally magical!You are the tea-goddess!
HUgs..Wishing you a magical day!

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Hi Terri, your teacup is such a pretty soft pink. Lovely indeed! The cake looks pretty darn tasty to me and the icing sounds divine.

Tea in the Library said...

Such a lovely cup and I do agree hot tea is refreshing even on a hot day.

Tea in the Library said...

Just lovely! And so many lovely posts.

Two Cottages And Tea said...

What a beautiful cake you made! It sure looks good from the picture! Love your sweet teacup and it is so perfect for a summer day. Beautiul painting, too! Thank you for hosting and have a blessed week!

Createology said...

You certainly have had a very wet summer. If you didn't have your lovely lacey Bertha it would be dry and perfect for an outdoor lawn tea. Instead your porch tea is quite divine. The cake looks beautiful. I usually drink my tea iced when it is warm. Beautiful painting for tea inspiration. Sweet Sipping Dear...

K J D said...

Terri your tea looks lovely today....

I still LOVE tea on a hot day. I find it really refreshing. Earl Grey, Lady Grey or Peppermint or my new favourite Peppermint Green Tea (Twinnings)

Sorry to hear Bertha is still not getting out... we have had extremely hot and unpleasantly humid weather. I'm expecting a hose pipe ban any minute!

ps I totally LOVE the painting you shared by Miller. I love the dresses but the thought of wearing one in this heat :(

Karen x

Unknown said...

Terri the cake looked amazing sorry it didn't taste as good as it looked (it's because of the gluten free mix I suspect) But what lovely china a delightful cup& saucer such delicate colour and flowers beautiful Dxx

Francesca said...

I so enjoy your sharing these Teacup Tuesdays. And I agree it's been a beautiful summer. I'll take the heat, humidity, rain and SUN (!!!) over ice and snow any day.

Schotzy said...

That delicate rose bouquet on the cup and saucer is so sweet and it does make me smile with these lovely summer days!

Antiques And Teacups said...

I just love the tea painting. That's so lovely! And your blushing pink teacup is so pretty as well. The cake looks wonderful....even if it maybe was not a s expected taste wise! A lovely post!

earthen-magic said...


Marfi-topia said...

Another beauty!!!
Adore the pink. Your cake looks yummy, even if the humidity got to it.
Love dropping by and seeing your lovely teacups!!
Thanks for sharing:)

Tuire Flemming said...

Lovely painting, and what a beauty is the tea cup! I have to confess, that I'm a coffee-addict...
Thanks for visiting my blog! I'm very impressed, that you have read even my Finnish postings - the google translator don't work very well with Finnish... ;)

Micupoftea said...

Hello Terri,
Too bad the cake wasn't what you hoped for, but your icing sounds wonderful! No, I don't mind hot tea on hot days at all. Just for fun, last summer I poured some lukewarm tea from my mug into a glass over ice (even though it had milk in it) and it was great- reminded me of chai. However, I drink hot tea year round. Your cup is so lovely and I really like the painting. I'd not seen Mr Miller's art before.
Thx for hosting,

Frieda Oxenham said...

Thanks so much for sharing that beautiful painting with us. Love the cup you're using and the cake is a gorgeoys colour match. As always your photography is just delicious.

karen hess jewelry said...

Lovely painting, sweet teacup, and yummy cake ~ perfect recipe when weather is against you! xoxo Karen

karen hess jewelry said...

Lovely painting, sweet teacup, and yummy cake ~ perfect recipe when weather is against you! xoxo Karen

Kathy said...

Too funny, Terri - the cake is very pretty. There's so many applications there! I have heard so much about gluten and wondered if it is something like salt, coffee, etc. that they'll find new data or change their mind on. I agree, tea is marvelous no matter what the weather! I am so delighted to join your party and appreciate you sharing,

Lady Linda said...

Pink is just the perfect color for dainty tea time. Love the cake, I think I just slobbered all over my computer. You sure have had a lot of rain.
Pop over to see how my studio is coming along.

Dorthe said...

Your cake looks so wonderful dear Terri, but obviously you did not like it much :-) I though think you made a fantastic job doing it.
The cup is the loveliest ,sweetest ,romantic piece - and I love the painting showing the beautiful lasies having tea in the garden!!
I`m so sorry for you that the weather is still most rainy, and hope you will soon se more sun my dear!!
Hugs and love from Dorthe

Laura said...

Lovely tea cup (and blog!). Would you by chance be able to tell me the maker of the cup and saucer?

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