Sunday 20 May 2012

Tea Trolley and Scones!

Dear friends!
I wish you were here for tea yesterday afternoon!!!

The other day my friend Christine said she saw this amazing Tea Trolley on Craigslist, and it was close to my home. 
She said she did not want to "tempt me", but I could not 
resist and checked and ended up buying it. 
It came with the tray on top... Look at the little drawer, what should I store there?
I am not sure how I will be able to sell some of the things I buy because I went to this house and the lady told me this Tea Trolley belonged to her grandmother, and that she served tea in it for 25 years. When she passed the Tea Trolley was inherited by her mother, and she served tea in it for another 25 years... and now it is MINE. How can I NOT serve tea in it???
It has a "scalloped" edge on each side, like a "pie" edge?
I have been waiting to make scones the same friend Christine served with tea in her house, to eat with her homemade marmalade she gave me a few weeks ago. I love orange marmalade!
The scones turned out WONDERFUL... I have made scones (or biscuits??) twice before but I have to say Christine's recipe is the best one.
Christine' s Scones
4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup softened butter
1 1/4 cup of buttermilk or cream (I used whipping cream)
4 eggs
3/4 raisins or berries (I chopped apricots and soaked them in warm water - drained them then added to batter in the end)
I also added some orange zest just to "match" with the apricots. Christine told me she "plays" with the recipe, so I did that, too!
She said she uses her mixer, so did I.
In the mixer, first the dry ingredients. Mix.
Add the butter, it will look like bread crumbs.
In low speed, add eggs and cream.
At the end, orange zest (if you want) and apricots.
Now in the summer I will try with fresh berries.
Line baking sheets with parchment paper.
Scoop batter with ice cream scoops.
Sprinkle with sugar.
Bake 350 for 15-20 minutes.
It yields 20 scones, 2 baking sheets and a half.

I have to add a few more photos of the little things I have been collecting in my "antiquing" trips:
I love this little butter dish...
I filled it with mascarpone cheese.
The sugar and creamer... and the little sugar spoon... my grandma had a spoon like that, that's why I bought it.
This was my 
first silver teapot!

It made me so happy to finally have my tea with a scone, served in this beautiful Tea Trolley... 
I need to have Christine over and do all this for her!

Today I am partying at:


Furniture Feature Fridays


  1. What a pretty tea trolley! Great find!

    1. Dear Deanne!!! Thank you so much for coming over!
      I cannot believe how much you do!
      I had so much trouble just baking these scones and taking the pictures, LOL!

  2. Oh everything looks so beautiful and the scones look delicious!!

    1. Dear Alicia, welcome!
      I am so glad you found me here!
      These cones are so good, I had them yesterday for breakfast AND lunch!!!

  3. I think I need your tea trolley! And the scones are distracting me from it's beauty because I can't resist a good one! Where do you find all of your good stuff?

    1. HAHAHAHAHAHA! Thank you, Sarah!
      All the things you see in this post were found on Craigslist. The napkins and butter dish, the plate I out the scones and the little spoons I got from a lady I bought a mirror from, and she had all this stuff that belonged to her mother... I cannot sell any of this stuff as I got emotionally attached. The teapot and sugar and creamer I bought for two different guys that were dealers. But all on Craigslist. I just don't think they are good to sell, because I bought them for me. I did not know I would start a business until end of March this year. SO now I have to buy cheaper stuff and I find Salvation Army or garage sales are better for that. Try the scones, they were easy to make! I froze the in ziplocs to eat them later.

  4. Such a pretty tea service and trolley. Love it all! I saw a tea table in antique store the other day that was just $15. I really liked it, but there is no where to put it. Yours is just beautiful.
    Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

    1. I am so glad you liked it Sherry! You make the prettiest table settings...
      I also did not have space for the tea trolley, I had to re-arrange stuff here! That's how much I loved it!
      My Goodness, $15??? I saw one in a vintage store close to me, $430... no tray and no scalloped edges...
      I look forward to your party every week!

  5. Hi Claudine, your tea trolley is just adorable!!! I would had made tea just to be able to use it. Your scones look delicious, I will have to give them a try. Hope you have a marvelous week ahead!


    1. Dear Kristel, thank you so much!
      Please try the scones and let me know!
      Yes, that's exactly what I did, made it all just to use the tea trolley!!!
      Have a wonderful week, too!!

  6. Everything looks delicious!! You have a wonderful taste, love the setting. Have a great week! ~ Vanessa

    1. I am so glad you liked it Vanessa!!
      I am trying to get better at table settings!
      I wish I was not lazy and ironed all my tablecloths... I find myself putting the dishes on the table fast so nobody notices the tablecloth is wrinkled, LOL!!!
      Have a wonderful week, too!

  7. Claudine your trolly is beautiful and the history behind it is touching. Your scones look delicious; I wish I was there having tea with you :-) Take care

    1. Awww, that was so sweet!!!
      I wish you were here!!!
      I would put the tea on the trolley again!!!
      And take the scones out of the freezer, LOL!
      Christine (the friend that gave me the recipe) freezes them in ziploc bags, so I did the same!
      I know, I am so bad at getting attached to people's stuff... Then I cannot part with them!!! Have a great week!

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    1. Thank you, Marci!
      I am so glad you found me!
      I am now following you!

  9. OMG!! That is THE prettiest tea cart I've ever seen!! How lucky you were to find that beauty. I found one at a sale a few weeks ago, but it's a ho-hum one compared to this one. I'd have to keep it myself.

    1. I KNOW!!!! It is SO GREAT you like it as much as I do!!!
      We have the same taste!
      I had to re-arrange my living room to fit the cart!
      Thanks for coming over, Beth!

  10. The first thing I said when I saw the trolley was wow. It's lovely as is what is on top of it. You seem to have lovely friends

    1. Hi, Carolyn!!!
      See how much better I am getting at setting the table???
      I remember the first time I saw one of your table settings... it took my breath away!
      I am so glad I have something you like, too!
      Oh, and those scones!!!! I out in the freezer downstairs otherwise I would be eating them all day long...
      Yes, I got great friends, I feel so blessed! Here is a funny story: I met Christine on Craigslist!!! Yes, I bought a table from her (the one I painted blue in my bedroom) and we loved each other! Life is full of surprises!!!!

  11. I would have to say that this tea trolley is a definite keeper. I can see you serving tea from it for another 25 years.

    1. Awwwww... Laura!!!
      I want to serve tea on it for another 25 years!!!
      Sending lots of love and speedy recovery!!!

  12. Hi Claudine, The tea trolley is gorgeous! Thanks for visiting my church pew post and leaving such a lovely comment. Have you considered cutting down a church pew to the size you need? Blessings, Tammy

    1. Hi, Tammy!
      You are very welcome!!!
      No, I never thought of cutting it!!!
      Next time I find one, I will see if it can be cut!
      Thank you so much for coming over and commenting, too!

  13. What a fun party! Love your tea cart. My sister just refinished one like it.

    1. Thank you, Mary Ann!!!
      I had to go to your blog and see your home pictures again!
      I am your newest follower!

      Just a curiosity, did your sister paint her tea cart?
      I am always worried about painting antiques or old fuirniture!

      Thank you so much for coming over!

  14. It all looks so sophisticated. Makes me want to come over and have a cup of tea with you.

    1. Awwww... THANK YOU, Rose!
      This is funny because I froze the scones and put in the freezer in the laundry otherwise I would eat them every day...
      Thank you so much for coming over!

  15. I wish I was there yesterday, too. I love tea and scones. Your tea trolley is adorable. Hi, I'm a new GFC friend, I would love if you stop by, and be mine, too.
    Thanks for sharing your scone recipe.

    1. Hi, Connie!!! I am so glad you found me here!!!
      Yes, I will come and visit you!!
      If you like baking, these scones are awesome!!!
      Talk to you soon!

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