Monday, January 30, 2012

Tuesday Cuppa Tea, Moorland Heart Mug, Heart Necklaces, Heart Cookies

Happy Tuesday! Time to join Tuesday Cuppa Tea and the other wonderful tea related blogs. Because Valentinr's Day is fast approaching I have a heart theme.

This is a neat ironstone mug from Moorland Potteries in Staffordshire, England, a contemporary English potter. The mug was made in 1988 and I love the stenciled heart design. So simple but cute!

And what about heart necklaces?

 Perhaps a 14kt gold one with 8 diamonds?

Or perhaps a vintage Wedgwood jasperware and sterling silver necklace featuring the cherub Eros? Lots to think of....You can see more of these items and more at Time Was Antiques by clicking on the photos.

Or maybe just a heart cookie...Cardamom Spritz with pistachios from Stylish Cuisine?

Cardamom Spritz Cookies
Recipe by Mary Ellen Rae, printed in the Los Angeles Times
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup superfine sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 egg yolks
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 cup sparkling decorative sugar
1/4 cup chopped pistachio nuts
Heat the oven to 375 degrees. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter until smooth. Add the sugar and beat for one minute. Add the vanilla extract and egg yolks and beat an additional minute.
Sift together the flour and salt. Spoon the flour mixture into the butter mixture and add the cardamom. Beat on low speed, then increase to medium and mix until the batter is combined.
Spoon the dough into a cookie press and press out onto ungreased baking sheets. In a small bowl, combine the sparkling sugar and the pistachio nuts, then sprinkle some on each cookie.
Bake just until the edges of the cookies start to turn a pale golden color, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the cookies from the baking sheet immediately and cool on a wire rack. The cookies will firm up as they cool. When they are completely cool, store in an airtight container. They may be kept frozen up to two months.
Yield:  ~ 5 dozen cookies
Hearts are definitely the thing! Enjoy visiting the tea related blogs I am joining below3 and have a great day!

Ruth ~
Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Teacup Tuesday
Tea Party Tuesday
Teatime Tuesday
Victoria - A Return to Loveliness
Teacup Tuesday
Bernideen’s ~
Friends Sharing Tea Wednesday
Tea With Friends


Trish - Sweetology101 said...

so pretty! Love the cups and the recipe looks awesome - I love Valentine's day

Cindy F. Adkins said...

What a lovely Valentine's Day post! I love, love, love that Wedgewood necklace! The cookies look yummy, as well as pretty. Thanks for following my blog! I'm following you now too!
Cindy @Art,Books,Tea

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Lovely necklaces, Ruth! The jasperware one is quite unique although I would choose the gold with diamonds since I am a 'gold' girl. Your mug is cute and perfect for Valentines Day.


High Heeled Life said...

I think we are all ready to see the cold winter behind us and the arrival of Valentine's with the promise of spring close behind..

Sounds like these are fabulous cookies ...and the angel on the blue heart gorgeous.. Happy TT xoHHL

Terri said...

Very cute heart mug! Perfect for this time of year. The Cookies are delicious looking too! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe to make them.

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