Friday, August 15, 2008

Tea & Cupcakes

 

I love afternoon tea. I know this isn't particularly unique -- lots of people love tea, but it seems that until recent years, it was more of a UK kind of thing to do. I guess I first ever heard of afternoon tea around the time the Beatles

 

became known here in the U.S., and of course Mary Poppins,

 
 
and all the rest of the British invasion landed here strongly influencing my girlfriends and me. I remember reading an article about the Beatles in which one of them (must have been Paul ;-) mentioned liking his 'cuppa' very much. Well then, that was all it took -- I must have tea.  Proper English tea.  In a teapot. At that time, my mother would give me all her green stamps to save (as long as I pasted them in the book), so I saved my stamps and went with her to the Green Stamp Store where I found the teapot you see in the picture above. Well, actually, not that exact teapot -- the one I bought back then got broken or lost years ago, but I found the very same teapot on Ebay a couple of years ago. I was so happy -- my long lost teapot returned at last. Sounds silly, I know, but I loved that teapot. It was all things cosy and British to my adolescent self. Anyway, to this day, I love tea and look forward all day to teatime when I can have two (just two!) of these scrumptious 'Fig Newman' cookies (another addiction -- so good) and sit with my little dog as the end of the day becomes the beginning of the evening.
And here's my finished cupcake (first finished knitting project!) -- from it's good side -- ready for it's close up ^.^.

 

The free pattern is here.

3 comments:

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

Hi Gorganne!!

It was delightful to meet you today....thank you so much for visiting!

Please come back soon....can't wait for you to see the store for Christmas!

Again, thanks so much for sharing our opening day with us! You're a doll!

Smiles

LaurieAnna

Kj said...

I love Newtons too, but you can't have a good cuppa without some fresh baked scones with whipped cream and strawberry jam -- or a Victoria Sponge Cake... or some tea biscuits for dipping. Hmmm I'm getting all nostalgic now. Brewed tea, scones, cake, biscuits, friends, comfy chairs....

Tell me do you add the milk before or after your pour the tea and is you milk warmed or cold? Traditionally, ettiquette calls for warmed milk before the tea is poured. Not so much these days.

moonlight_fairy said...

Geez Mom, you have been really productive. Love the cupcake. So cute. You are ambitious and so creative.

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