Sunday, July 12, 2015

Shelley Summer Glory at Lunch



Welcome Tea Friends and new readers, 

Lately I've been doing a bit more entertaining than usual.  I enjoy the energy of parties. The warm summer weather lends itself to casual get togethers by our pool.  
On Saturday I had two friends over for a casual lunch and a swim.
Originally we were going to meet late morning and I planned to serve tea with some cookies and pastries, but the time changed to two o'clock so my menu had to change. Instead of hot tea, we drank iced tea and the table setting became a bit more laid back.

The initial table setting included Royal Albert Blossom Time series teacups along with my featured teacup which sums up the gardening spirit of summer for me...



Summer Glory by Shelley
Cambridge Shape
Pattern  13456


Blue, white and pink hydrangeas make up this chintz pattern on a pale pink background. The word "chintz" comes from the Sanskrit word "chitra" meaning bright or variegated. 

It is my first and only chintz teacup and pink one at that. I found it on ebay for a reasonable price.


The backstamp indicates it was produced from 1940-1966 but most likely in the 1950s.
Chintz patterned teacups were best sellers for Shelley in the 1950s. Other Shelley chintz patterns are Rock Garden, Primrose Chintz, Melody and Maytime. Summer Glory comes in other colors as well.


While Summer Glory and the other teacups were interchanged for iced tea glasses, the following was served:

Trader Joe's Irish Breakfast iced tea
Havarti Cheese Tray with Fig Preserves & Sliced Baguette
Couscous with Sauteed Mahi Mahi & Summer Vegetables
Berry Salad
Fudge Crinkle Cookies


Couscous with shaved Parmesan



Fudge Crinkle Cookies

I made these cookies last Christmas and they were well received. I found the recipe online and someone posted that the cookies were "embarrassingly simple" to make.  I agree, but I'm not complaining. This is an easy recipe when time is tight.

This recipe is based on an old Betty Crocker one I found here. After reading others' comments on the site, I made some adjustments.


Ingredients:

1 box of Betty Crocker super moist Devil's Food Cake mix
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2 large eggs
Powdered sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Stir (by hand) cake mix, vegetable oil and eggs until dough forms

Dust hands with powdered sugar and form dough into 1 inch balls.
Roll balls into sugar and place on a cookie sheet/s.

Refrigerate for ten minutes. (This helps to give the cookies the crinkle look and not absorb the sugar.)

Place or replace cookies two inches apart on a cookie sheet and bake for 10-11 minutes or until the center is just set.

Remove cookies from pan after one minute and cool on wire racks.

Yields about 30 cookies


Hope your week brings you tea and happiness!
Teacup Tales will take a break the following week and then return with a tearoom review.
~Nora

24 comments:

  1. Your Summer Glory teacup is a beauty, Nora. I'm so glad that you found one and at a reasonable price.
    What fun to have friends over for an afternoon of fun and friendship. Your menu sounds perfect! I've been making a similar recipe of those cookies that I found in a Farm Journal Christmas Cookbook, back in the 1970's. They are a family favorite and aren't they great?! Happy tea day to you!

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  2. One of my favorite Shelley Chintz patterns! I have one in the Ripon shape. I am not so fond of the yellow colorway. The menu looks perfect for a summer lunch. I'm going to try the crinkles...they look so tasty! Have a great week and thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  3. Your luncheon sounds and looks divine! Thank you for sharing that cookie recipe. I believe that I will try it soon. It looks delicious and I love that it is 'simple'.

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  4. I am coming to your house for tea next time, as everything looks and sounds yummy.

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  5. Your summer glory teacup is gorgeous. Your luncheon looks and sounds delicious. Thanks for the cookies recipe ... I love simple and it's even better when it's chocolate! Happy Tea Day!

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  6. Your chintz teacup is gorgeous, Nora! I don't often see hydrangeas on china. What fun to have a party by the pool! Your cookies look good and they do sound very easy to make. Thanks for sharing and have a beautiful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  7. Your beautiful Shelley teacup is the embodiment of summer gardens. I'm not much of a cook or baker so in my humble opinion, the easier the recipe, the better!

    Enjoy your break! I look forward to reading about your tearoom visit upon your return.

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  8. Beautiful photos and thanks so much for the recipes! Hope you have a nice week.

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  9. This is a lovely chintz teacup, I have never seen them except in photo's.

    Diana

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  10. Enjoyed seeing your lovely tea cup. Such a pretty pattern. I'm sure your friends felt very welcome indeed. Visiting from Antiques and Teacups. Your newest follower. Enjoy your break.

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  11. Such beautiful teacups..." Apple Blossom" is one of my all time favourites...I don't think those cookies will last long... I'm going to make them when the grand children come..( Yum)..Thanks for the teatime recipe...Hugs

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  12. oh my goodness that is an absolutely beautiful cup. I really like your table runner as well. it's very cheery.

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  13. Hi Nora,
    Your pink chintz shelley is absolutely gorgeous! I just love it! It's so dainty and pretty. I would love one! Happy Tea Day! Karen

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  14. Hi Nora,
    Your pink chintz shelley is absolutely gorgeous! I just love it! It's so dainty and pretty. I would love one! Happy Tea Day! Karen

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  15. Now that is really beautiful. I also loved the recipe! Thanks for sharing your wonderful cup and saucer.

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  16. Yummma great sounding cookies. I love the fabulous teacup.

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  17. Beautiful teacups ! I love shelley also !

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  18. A very pretty table setting. I love the table runner. Everything is perfect for that summer lunch. I will make those cookies when time is tight. They look yummy.

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  19. Your teacup is simply divine - and your table and menu for the afternoon party are wonderful. What fun to gather with friends.

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  20. Good morning, sweet Nora! It's always a delight to visit you, my dear. I love seeing your pretty tea cups :)

    Thank you for the tasty recipe and thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs and blessings!

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  21. What a beautiful way to enjoy a visit with your friends! I adored your Shelley pattern china, and what an amazing lunch you put together too! Your recipe for the chocolate cookies looks amazing, and simple too! You can't go wrong with chocolate and china :) Have a beautiful day my friend!

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  22. Hello Nora, so nice to meet you, your summer lunch looks and sounds delightful, hydrangeas are a favorite flower of mine,seeing them printed on your tea cup was a delight.
    Thank you for visiting me and for leaving such a sweet comment!
    Blessings,
    Sue

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  23. Your cup and saucer posted last week are lovely. I generally refer to chintz as "fully covered" with design. Yours is so pretty. I am sorry to arrive here commenting so late but closing my store has been very hectic. I loved your posting!

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Thank you for visiting my blog today. I really look forward to reading your comments. Have a nice day! ~Nora