Monday, February 16, 2015

A Pretty Violet Tea

Oh the weather outside is frightful... well very very cold anyway though we didn't have the awful blizzard conditions some to the north of us and even to the west of had.....   So lets have a pretty little tea party inside!

 


Today's tea party features a Violet Tea Set I bought awhile back.  I was going to save the pictures I took and use later in the Spring but I sold the set over the weekend so might as well show you what it "was."  Also I am including a picture of the special cookies I made for my husband as a Valentine treat.   The little centerpiece above was something I received in a swap a couple of years ago. 

  This tea set was bought his past summer and I was tempted to keep it because I do love violets but decided I had plenty (if that is possible) of Violet things so decided to pass it on.  And this weekend I did just that to a customer that I know will love it!




  The set was made in Japan and here is the mark.

 This cup and saucer is one from my collection. Handpainted, it was made in Japan. But no mark on the bottom.  Must have had a sticker at one time.
                                   I think it has an interesting and different than normal shape.

  

And finally the cookies I made.  These are special.  Actually the cookie part is basic sugar cookie recipe and the frosting is home made cream cheese frosting.  But the topping is the difference.  When we go to Canada every summer we generally stop in at Ganong's Candy factory and store in St. Stephen, New Brunswick.  A few years ago we found some VERY special candies called Chicken Bones.  (Not to be confused with the "chicken bones" they sell in the US.)  They are Ganong Original Chicken Bones ™, made since 1885. A delicious semi-sweet chocolate center inside a hard spicy cinnamon flavored pink candy shell.   Well this past summer I decided to make some cookies and "spice" them up a bit by taking the candy, breaking it up a bit and adding it as a topping on the frosting.  It was a HUGE success.  My husband loves them so I decided they would be a perfect Valentine's gift for him this year so I made a batch just for him.


               And here is a picture of the Chicken Bones as taken from an ad on line....................

Here is the plate I am using to serve the cookies.  It is from my personal collection.  It was probably bought a number of years ago in Saint John, New Brunswick at Hayward and Warwick, a china and gift shop in the heart of the city.  Every time we go to Saint John I try to sneak in a visit there.  You never know what goodies you will find!!!  Over the years I have found MANY.

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It is from Hammersley and below is the mark

                                                I hope you have enjoyed this week's post.


Here are the tea parties I will be joining this week.  Hope you will visit them too.

Remember, these may not be available every week so check to be sure.


20 comments:

Rita C. said...

I did enjoy your post, Beth. We placed several pieces in our booth spaces in January that had violet, pansy and forget-me-not motifs on them - we just love the dainty look, so bright for an otherwise glum winter.
Your dessert cookies look really good! I've not seen those candies, but I think my husband would like them too. Enjoy your week.
Rita C at Panoply

kathyinozarks said...

good morning-I love love your violet tea set. last spring I made a violet jam-which I am enjoying with my toast this morning
happy monday Kathy

Margie said...

Love the beautiful violet teawares, especially the cup and saucer (that one's definitely a keeper!).

I've never heard of Chicken Bones but will definitely keep an eye out for the interesting candy in Ontario.

Ruth W said...

Well, you know I love Violets! Such a pretty teaset and I love the teacup. I have never heard of that sort of Chicken Bones, but they certainly sound tasty! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
Ruth

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Love your violets, Beth! I was planning a violet tea this week but my posies had me choose other china. Those Ganong chicken bones are very popular here. My hubby and my mother love them. Our son who lives in IL. had looked everywhere for them for his father for Christmas and couldn't find them so he emailed me and asked me to pick up some for him. I guess they are only made here in Canada. Thank you for joining me for tea today and have a wonderful week.

Blessings,
Sandi

Snap said...

Hi Beth,
I enjoyed your violet tea post. I'm sure its new owner will love it -- gorgeous. Your cup and saucer is lovely -- and the shape of the cup ... no wonder it is one of your favorites in your collection. I've never hear of Chicken Bones candy! Happy Tea Day.

Gail said...

Violets always remind me of spring. So glad you and others decided to do violet posts this week.

Kim said...

Love, love, love the sweet fragrance of violets. The violet set that has gone home with your happy customer, Beth, is very sweet. My favourite pretty from your lovely post is the hand painted tea cup in your collection. The design is sweet and the shape is so dainty. What better way to spend an icy northern hemisphere Winter's day than indulge in a cuppa and a sweet treat. Stay warm!!

kitty said...

Ill bet your customer was so happy to receive that pretty tea set of violets, Beth. I've never heard of the chicken bones candy, but it sounds very interesting. How sweet to make the cookies for your hubby.

Parsimonious Perfection said...

Your tea is so cheerful it makes me long for the warmth of Spring!

Carrie said...

Hi Beth! Great minds think alike this week--there are quite a few violet posts (including mine!). That set is really pretty, as is that hand painted teacup. Those chicken bones sound really interesting--and what a great name!

Amy at love made my home said...

It is such pretty china! I really like the unusual shape of the cup too, it is nice to be different isn't it! xx

~ Dixie said...

What a gorgeous tea set. I love violets!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Beth: I love violets! I think I will share mine in April. So many beautiful tea cups to look at, My favorite is the last one from Japan, you are right the shape is amazing. Sending hugs your way, Martha

doodles n daydreams said...

What a beautiful set, and the cup and saucer matches perfectly.

Diana

Deborah Montgomery said...

Your violet tea set is very pretty. I'm sure whoever got them will love it. Seems so dainty and spring-like, perfect for dreaming of days to come!
Not heard of chicken bones, but they sure look tasty!

Bernideen said...

Love your handpainted teaset and cup and saucer. Also, your Hammersley plate is lovely. Violets are just around the corner......well a while off for us but soon to arrive in the south. So glad you shared at Friends Sharing Tea.

Mom Wald said...

You can never have too many violets. How nice of you to share with your customer, and with us!

Jann Olson said...

This tea set is darling! I love Violets and had lots at my previous home. Nothing says Spring like Violets.
hugs,
Jann

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Oh I just loved the violets tea set - so sweet and spring-like. Perfect for a spring tea.