A Chilly Day Tea

Hi Everyone!

Well, the weather here really turned chilly this past weekend. Of course, with that Autumn coolness came rain. And Autumn rain is best enjoyed from inside the house with a pot of hot tea and a good book or movie!

Saturday morning the princess and I headed out to a local thrift store early to take advantage of their "Everything 50% off on the First Saturday of the month" sale. By the time we got there, the parking lot was completely full. We had to park on a side street.

I had dropped by this store earlier last week to donate a bunch of stuff and I had spotted a few things that I wanted. But, knowing that everything was going to be 50% off in a few days, I resisted shopping. So, when I got there and the store was packed with customers, I was sure the items I wanted would be gone.

When we walked in, there were no available shopping carts. But, the princess grabbed "her" Playschool shopping cart and told me, "Okay, Mama! I'm ready to do some bargain shopping!" So, with just a little childs shopping cart we headed back to the things that I had wanted to get.

Fortunately, it seemed everyone was there to shop for clothes and Halloween costume stuff. So, my things were still there.

One of the things that I had wanted was this 4 piece brown teapot set. I don't have a brown set and with the Fall upon us, This would be a pretty and fun addition to have. So, into the little shopping cart it went! LOL

Finally I was able to snag a free shopping cart. Good thing because all of my items were breakable and being in a playschool shopping cart manned by a exhuberant 2 year old wasn't exactly safe shopping!

I ended up getting several wonderful bargains for myself, the Princess got a toy and we got 4 Christmas presents. All for under $20.00. So, it was a fun and successful thrifting adventure.

When we left, the sky was getting darker, the wind had really kicked up and the temps were dropping. So, we made a quick stop to visit Troy at the Farmer's Market. All the folks selling at the FM, were all bundled up and freezing. Most were trying to keep their canopies from flying away. There were no customers and they decided to go ahead and close up early.

The princess made her rounds to say hi to all the sellers and to get her free stuff from each of them. She is like the Farmer's Market mascot. All the sellers there adore her and she ends up getting free cookies, muffins, honey sticks, kettle corn and veggies. LOL

It started to rain so, that was our cue to head home. By the time we got home, we were both chilled to the bone. I made us a hot lunch and then put the princess down for a nap. I washed up my new teapot set and made myself a pot of hot tea to try to take the chill away. I grabbed my book and a quilt and cozied up on the couch to just warm up and relax.

I think I read 5 pages before I realized Troy was waking me up!

Here was my tea setting with my newly acquired teapot and accessories.

I started with this beautiful brass tray that I also picked up at the thrift store. The original price (at a retail store) was $33.50 then marked down to $16.75. The thrift store price on it was $4.99 but, it was 50% off day so, I purchased it for $2.50. I didn't have any brass trays and I love the warmth of brass during this time of the year.

The tray was in pretty good shape when I bought it. However, it did need some cleaning and shining up. So, here is my thrifty "shining up" brass tip for you.

Yup, that is a packet of taco sauce and a soft rag! Just squirt some of the taco sauce on the rag and scrub the brass item. You get a beauiful shine after you rinse it off and dry it!

I added a beautiul vintage doily and then my new teapot, creamer and sugar. The sugar bowl was missig the lid. I can deal with that for the price I paid for everything. There is also a matching butter dish with lid.

I used this little bone dish (Ridgeway) that I purchased for .75 cents at the thrift store. It was perfect for the teaspoon and the heart shaped tea inffuser.

We are having fresh banana bread & butter with Sassafras tea.

A little infrmation on sassafras.

Culinary uses
The dried and ground leaves are used to make filé powder, a condiment served with some types of gumbo.

The roots of Sassafras can be steeped to make tea and were used in the flavoring of traditional root beer until being banned for mass production by the FDA. Laboratory animals that were given oral doses of sassafras tea or sassafras oil that contained large doses of safrole developed permanent liver damage or various types of cancer. In humans liver damage can take years to develop and it may not have obvious signs. Along with commercially available sarsaparilla, sassafras remains an ingredient in use among hobby or microbrew enthusiasts.

In 1960, the FDA banned the use of sassafras oil and safrole in commercially mass produced foods and drugs based on the animal studies and human case reports. Several years later sassafras tea was banned, a ban that lasted until the passage of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act in 1994. Sassafras root extracts which do not contain safrole or in which the safrole has been removed are permissible, and are still widely used commercially in teas and root beers.

Sassafras tea can also be used as an anticoagulant

Source: Wikipedia

I also got this little wicker pumpkin and a sunflower candle ring at the thrift store for .50 cents each. Both still had their original store price tags on them. I also got the bronzy wheat metal candle holder for $1.00

The teacup and saucer set I am using today is Royal Dover China.

Banana Bread Recipe:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

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  1. Very pretty Diann and the bread and hot tea sounds just YUMMY!! the taco sauce tip is a great one THANKS...Hugs and smiles Gloria

  2. Love that brown teapot! That is a really sweet set! I love Banana bread! You again had a great thrifty time. I love how the Princess is such a great helper!

  3. A festive tea table. The brown set with the flowers is sweet, pefect for your chilly autumn tea.

  4. Hi, Diann,
    I enjoyed hearing about your shopping excursion and your little helper sharing her shopping cart with you. I am glad you were able to get that great brown tea set. It is perfect for autumn, and I love all the other items there on your tea table that adorned it all so perfectly. Enjoy your week, dear friend, and thank you for inviting me to your tea. Love and blessings~Vicki

  5. I love your Royal Dover tea cup and saucer. It is such a fall cup with its lovely coloring.
    I am amazed at all the great bargains you find. All your settings are so pretty, and your food looks so tasty.
    Thank you so much for your beautiful post.

  6. The brown set fits the season so well. I love the teacups. Thank you for the Banana bread recipe. I am sure it's perfect for this time of year. Happy Fall. Linda

  7. Hi Diann,

    Thanks for stopping by. Love Royal Dover China. What a beautiful teacup. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  8. Hi Diann,
    I am really amazed - I never polished my brass with Taco-Sauce. Sounds so funny, but I will do so. Your result looked great.
    I am totally with you that a brass tray is nice to combine with everything in autumn and winter. Your tea tray looked very inviting, with the pretty tea set, the wonderfull cup and the delicious banana bread. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Greetings, Johanna

  9. Great finds, Diann. What a deal! Just the perfect color for fall and even the banana bread matches...Christine

  10. Hi Girlfriend...

    Ohhh...I'm so happy for you, my friend! You really did find some great treasures while shopping! I love your pretty brown tea set and you're right...it's perfect for autumn! The brass tray...gorgeous! What a great deal you got on it too! Wow...taco sauce??? That's a great tip for cleaning brass! Does it only work on brass...or will it clean other metals also? Just curious. Well my sweet friend, you certainly found some great things and they set a beautiful autumn tea table! Thanks for sharing your goodies with us today!

    You know, I don't think I have ever tasted sassafras! That was really interesting...liver damage is not a good thing! Talk to you later, my friend!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  11. Lovin' your new brass tray Diann, and the teapot is really cute!

  12. You scored on those pieces! Teapot is so cute. I have this same banana bread recipe. It's one of my favorites. You've got me thinking banana bread.

  13. Hi Diann..what a sweet story and i LOVE that tray..what a gorgeous find!!you have decorated everything with your magic touch again...fabulous..love the rich autumn colors...yummy recipe..I could really go for a pice right now!! I'll take one to go please!!
    Beautiful post! Have a happy week!

  14. Mmmm, yum! I LOVE banana bread! Your tray is just wonderful and your tea is so pretty and just right for the season. Very cute teapot! I always enjoy coming here and reading your stories and peeking at your photos. It's been a treat; thank you. Hope you have a lovely day.


  15. Aaaahhh....sassafras tea! It has been SO long since I've smelled that wonderful fragrance! Thanks for reminding me of that to fill the air (and my tummy!) for the season! Taco sauce? Really??? I've never heard of that, but I'll have to try it! That's amazing!

  16. OK, I'm not even a tea drinker, and now I want some sassafras tea! That's all stuff I didn't know.

    You didn't even mention my very favorite of your finds from that trip, you must be saving it for its' own special post.

    Thanks for linking up, like always, you managed to transform a few dusty pieces of dishware from the shelf of the thrift store into an elegant and enticing table.

    You are so talented!

  17. Hello Diann, that is a beautiful tray, and I have never heard of using Taco Sauce to help shine up silver! See, you learn something new every day here in blogland! Beautiful fall themed tea, which I have been seeing quite a bit of today, and your banana bread looks delish!!

    wishing you a lovely Tea Tuesday!

    Warmest hugs, Brenda

  18. What a lovely post~ I just adore your Autumn tea and banana bread Yummy! Happy Tea Tuesday to you~ I am having a Autumn blog hop/ link up feel free to post your link in my side bar to share your lovely post! ~Theresa

  19. How very nice of you! Everything is set up quite perfect. Love the colors and my fave bread is banana bread. Hmmm...I wish I could grab a slice from my screen :-)
    Stopping by from Tea Tuesdays.

  20. I love that teacup. So pretty. I also like your brown teapot and accessories. Great tip about taco sauce, but I also want to know if it works on other metals. (I don't have any brass.)

  21. I always look forward to seeing your table decorations. This was especially pretty with the brown tea set and the pretty wicker pumpkin. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Diann,
    My goodness!! This is such a warm and inviting Fall teascape!! From the brown tea set and the gorgeous Fall tea cup and saucer!! All so beautiful and just perfect for the season!!


  23. Me again!! Thanks for the great tip on cleaning brass. I have a lot fo it and I always hate to clean it as it is not an easy job!!


  24. You found some great things at the thrift store. I like your fall teaset and tablescape. The brass tray is lovely too. Thanks for the banana bread recipe.

  25. Your Royal Dover teacup is beautiful!! And, wow, you got some fabulous bargains at the thrift store. Good for you!!! Especially a big thumbs-up for waiting the few days until sale day...that took alot of self-control.


  26. ooh! I have some banannas I was gonna make bread with but your recipe seems easier so I will try it tonight! Tfs! (Hopefully I don't mess it up!) =)

  27. I have used toothpaste before, but never taco sauce! The next time my son goes to Taco Bell, I am going to swipe some of his sauce so I can clean a few of my trays! Thanks for the tip. I love your fall teascape! I love the flowers on your new brown set. I also like your pretty Royal Dover tea cup. Hmm. Banana Bread sounds good. I have not made any in a while.

    ~ Tracy

  28. Taco sauce?! Amazing! I love your tea cup and the tray is stunning. Everything looks so good. I wish I was there. Thank you for sharing was beautiful things with us. Blessings, Martha


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