Sunday, March 4, 2012

Bird of paradise on Izmir Tray

My friend, Debjani and I, were not feeling too well but weren't really that sick so we decided to just rest and might as well have fun while resting. We did karaoke!

Not a good time to sing for me since I had a raspy voice due to my cold, but that did not stop me. I thought I would get some hot drink to help. And we decided on hot apple cider.

I love this chelsea bird on the teapot. The pattern is Bird of Paradise by Hammersley. I also like the shape. I've had it for a while but never used it till now. I just kept it in the china cabinet. I have the sugar and creamer too but did not need them this time since the apple cider was already sweet.

I made these chocolate bars. My daughter, Tina shared the recipe with me when I stayed with her last Dec. All that is needed to make them are 4 ingredients: saltines, butter, sugar and milk chocolate morsels, my kind of recipe. Email me if you want the recipe.

I think the shape is very graceful.

I am feeling much better now. I am glad we took the time to relax and just take it easy,

I wanted to show you my Villeroy & Boch porcelain tray. I really like the colors and the pattern called Izmir. I am on a hunt for more pieces in this pattern but everything I have seen so far is more than I am willing to pay, so I will keep looking.

Thanks for all your visits!
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I think a cold is seasonal so I will link with
The Tablescaper's Seasonal Sunday at
and also
Kathy's A Return to Loveliness Party at
Lady Katherine's Teatime Tuesday at
Martha and Terri's Teacup Tues at
Marty's Tableop Tuesday at
Bunny Jean's Bunny Hop at
Miss Spencer's Teacup Thursday at


Susan said...

Christine, I hope you feel better soon! I am a little under the weather myself. I absolutely love your Bird of paradise tea set it is gorgeous. So is your Izmir tray!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Christine, your teaset is beautiful and the chocolate bars are wonderful. So sorry you are under the weather. Seems like this cold spell that has come through has taken a toll on everyone. Hugs, Marty

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Very pretty set! Hope you are feeling better soon.

Richard Cottrell said...

Well if the chocolate bars don't make you feel better, looking at the beautiful china will. This is not like you, you usually are on the go. Get better soon. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Debjani said...

Nice blog! It was another fun day filled with nice dishware, tasty food, and just good old fashion fun!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Hope your feeling better. Karaoke, that sounds like fun. I love the tea set and the pot is beautiful along with the platter. Yes those goodies are very good. Made them last Christmas. Have a great week.

Donna Heber said...

What a pretty tea setting. Your teapot is delightful and your chocolate bars looks delicious! Hope you are feeling better.

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Christine,
I hope, you will feel better soon. You combined the china very pretty. The tea set and the Izmir plate are going so well together. Here in Germany exist a lot of that pattern. What you are looking for exactly?
Best greetings, Johanna

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Christine
The teapot is pretty and the simple chocolate treats must have made you girls feel better. Even when you're not well, you're entertaining!
Judith said...

So sorry you are not feeling well, hope it does not get worse. I love the tea pot and those cookies look delicious.

Antiques And Teacups said...

I hope you are all feeling better. I love the Bird of Paradise teaset! Lovely! The chocolate looks wonderful, but off limits for me at the moment with my allergies. Rats! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea.
R pattern

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Christine,
You are quite the lady! You entertain even when you're not feeling well; nice for your friend Debjani! Your tea set is lovely with the matching mugs. The chocolate bars look yummo! Would love the recipe! I like easy too. I'm happy to have you to tea today and I hope you're feeling much better by now.


Unknown said...

What beautiful China! And chocolate too... you are my kind of girl!
XO Cindy

Decor To Adore said...

Oh those chocolate saltines look SO good!

I hope you'll stop by my blog. I am hosting a giveaway for a $50 Kirklands gift card.

Unknown said...

Sounds like a fun afternoon and I have that same recipe. :) Your tea set is gorgeous. Hope you are feeling better soon.


Aledia said...

Sounds like a wonderful afternoon, I would love to have your dessert recipe!( I love your tea set and your tray. Beautiful vignette!

Have a wonderful evening!


xinex said...

Yes, I am feeling better, Johanna, thanks! I am not looking for anything in particular but I would love to have more in the Izmir pattern, maybe a cup and saucer and even a coffee pot.

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

What a beautiful teapot, Christine. I would feel better just enjoying something hot poured from that beauty. Those chocolate bars are addictive, too! Hope you and your friend are both feeling better. Take care!

Bonnie said...

Your teapot and cups are so pretty. The napkins are extra special. Great looking tea party with special dessert.

Hope you are feeling better. Tea is such elegant dishes I would think would help.

Zinnia said...

Not fun to be cold. Hope you feel better today. But setting the table nicely and eat a good cake is a great way to take care of themselves. What a beautiful tea set you have. In particular teapot. Have a great Tuesday! Zinnia

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

loved looking at your tablescape and wish I'd been there for tea.

Traci said...

The teapot is gorgeous! I love the shape. You crack me up. Singing when you're not feeling well! I'd be laying on the sofa. The chocolate looks amazing!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Gorgeous teapot. Great post, thanks for sharing. I like those blue and white napkins.

CEO Lisa Anne - L.A said...

Hi Christine,
What a very delicate and elegant tea set. I love the bird design. Hope you feel better soon. Have a wonderful evening.


Vicki said...

I would LOVE to have the chocolate bar recipe! Thanks!!!

xinex said...

I do not have your email address so I will just leave it here.
here's the recipe.

1 package saltines crackers
2 sticks butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 bag milk chocolate morsels or any other melting chocolate.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a cookie sheet with foil
place the crackers on the foil, layer them side by side.
melt the butter and mix the sugar with it.
Pour over the crackers and spread evenly.
Bake for 15 min at 350 degrees.
When done and while still hot, pour the choco morsels on top. The chocolate will soften. Spread evenly on top once it's softened.

Place in the fridge until the bars are hard enough to break into squares.


Kathy said...

Hello - so sorry you weren't feeling well - wonderful way to rest and while away a day! I couldn't sing whether well or ill! Lovely, lovely teapot -the shape is gorgeous - I first tried these treats last Christmas - very creative!
Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

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