Vintage Treasures

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I love thrifting. Since I started, about 6 years ago, I have found it harder and harder to pay full price for anything. My friend Jasmin and I joke about how we have both been “ruined” by shopping at thrift stores. Where I live, there are plenty of thrift stores and antique shops, so I visit frequently to see what treasures I will find. There is something about a vintage item, regardless of what it is that just speaks to my heart. I always imagine the journey that the item has been on. Who it belonged to, how it was loved, where it has been. I like to make up imaginary stories of lost love, tragedy, and joy.

On a recent trip to the thrift store, I found these three tea cups and saucers and I just had to take them home with me. Aren’t they so lovely? I really love the colors, patterns, and design.

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This Duchess beauty is in the Highland Beauty pattern with fluted edges and a mauve thistle flower.

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The next beauty is a Royal Vale with violets pattern. It is trimmed with gold on the rim of the cup and saucer. It is sweet and delicate and in mint condition!

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I think this is my favorite teacup of the three.

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These up close details show how pretty this little tea cup is. She reminds me of Spring.

The last little beauty is very special. This is one is perhaps the one I wondered most about.

You will see why…

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I found this lovely stashed away behind some larger vases in one of the shelves. Actually, it was my daughter who found it. She loved how shiny it was. She said it must have belonged to a queen because it was all gold!

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It wasn’t until we got home that I noticed the “Wedding Anniversary” written inside of it. From its color, I am guessing it must have been a 50th wedding anniversary present. I told my daughter she was right. This teacup probably did belong to a “queen”, the queen of some man’s heart! The maker of this lovely is a Royal Windsor special edition.

I am so thrilled to have these beautiful treasures to enjoy our afternoon tea in. Truly they are one of kind vintage treasures. Want to know the best part? I paid $2.50 for each! Seems like a small price to pay for the joy they will bring to our afternoon tea. What kind of treasures have you found while thrifting?

Enjoy!

~Ana

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Chunky Monkey Banana Bread~Vegan


Tea time for us, is the time of the day in which we take a break from all our duties and sit together as a family. As much as we love tea, and all the yummy treats that go with it, it can get out control with all the sugar in baked goods. At home, I do my best to make most of the baked goods we have for tea. Not only do I enjoy baking, it is also a way to include my daughter in the process and provide a healthier treat. This banana bread is one of my family’s favorite tea time treats. It is moist, delicious, and healthy. It is dairy free and loaded with fiber. What’s not to love?!!!! This can be made into a large loaf or into muffins, for on the go breakfast or snack. I hope you give this a try. Send me a message or a comment and let me know how you liked it.

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Chunky Monkey Banana Bread~ Vegan

1  3/4 cup, All Purpose flour

1  1/2 cup, mashed (over ripe) bananas

1 cup, brown sugar

3/4 cup, vegetable oil (I use coconut oil)

3 Tbsp, chia seeds

9 Tbsp, water

1  1/2 tsp, baking soda

1 tsp, salt

1/4 cup, chopped dates

3 tsp, vanilla extract

2 tsp, cinnamon

1/4 cup coconut flakes (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Heat oven to 350° and line a muffin pan with paper liners, or lightly grease the loaf pan.
  2. In a cup, add the chia seeds and water and mix together. Let it sit for a few minutes until it has bloomed and it is gelatinous. Omit this step and substitute for 3 eggs if you don’t want a vegan product.
  3. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda & salt. Mix well.
  4. In a separate bowl, add the mashed bananas, oil, vanilla, chopped dates, chia seeds mixture, and coconut flakes (if desired). Mix well to combine.
  5. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and mix until well combined.
  6. Using an ice-cream scoop or two spoons, pour batter into the prepared paper liners, filling them about 3/4 of the way, or pour into the loaf pan. If desired, top with coconut flakes.
  7. Bake for about 20 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, or for about 35 minutes for a loaf pan.
  8. Allow to cool for a few minutes before eating, or if you are like me, and have no patience, eat them while they are hot!

Enjoy!!

~Ana

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Pretty in Pink Tea

Just a few weeks ago, my friend’s daughter turned 5. She is a girly girl who loves pink, so her mamma and I set out to celebrate her birthday with an all pink tea party. My friend being so talented, decorated her dining room while I made the cupcakes, marshmallow pops, and other yummy treats. We set the table for the little ladies and served them strawberry milk for “tea”. They loved it! Here are some pictures of the Pretty in Pink birthday tea party. 10994878_1602643926615976_134452230202415814_n

Freshly picked pink tulips in a white vase for center pieces.

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Lace, floral china, and doilies brought a vintage flair.

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This floral tea pot is sure to make any tea party exciting!

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Vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream roses added a sweet touch. 

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Everything was so pretty and girly. Simple and sweet, just like the birthday girl.

Isn’t life better with tea? I think so!

~Ana

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Tea for 3

Most mornings I ask my daughter what she wants for breakfast and her answer is almost the same every time, “Tea”. Tea is something we delight ourselves with on a daily basis at home. In the mornings, we usually have English Breakfast or a Chai blend. Many times in the afternoon, we have something a little lighter, paired with a slice of banana bread, scones, or a biscuit or two. Evening ritual usually involves chamomile, fennel or mint. This is what taking tea looks like at home for us on any given day. 10959885_1596868533860182_1929510364340737958_n

I really love mixing all different types of china.


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Cucumber sandwiches are my daughter’s favorite. She made these open faced sandwiches for us to enjoy.

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Biscoff biscuits are always a favorite around here.

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What does taking tea look like for you?

Enjoy!!! ~Ana

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