Friday, December 16, 2016

A Pink Transferware Christmas Photoshoot


Raindrops and roses
and snow covered mittens...

With a nice break in the arctic breezes
blowing across 
the midwest and down south lately
I took this opportunity to go outside 
and play...





On Monday I found a lovely set of pink transferware dishes
that I am grateful to have found at an antique store.
They are called the Constable Series by J. Broadhurst.
I think they are pretty plentiful and can easily be found 
online or in shops ~ they are quite beautiful to me and 
were exactly what I have been looking for.
{I'll share more on where I found them and more about the china itself soon.}


On Tuesday, as Christmas music 
played quietly in the background,
I spent the morning baking my favorite
banana chocolate chip muffins
and washing up 
the remaining pieces
of this lovely transferware.
{that weren't washed the moment I walked in the door the night before!}



I love what look to be morning glories
traveling around the edges of each piece!
Also making their way around 
each piece 
along the transferware's border are:
stalks of wheat, blackberries on the vine,
acorns and oak leaves.


Sorry this is a little blurry... I took this up at the front counter as the young ladies were beginning to
wrap all of the pieces up!  This does give a better shot of the centers ~ because I haven't done this yet. :)
Sorry it's upside-down!


In the center of each piece, there is 
a lovely country scene.
The large serving plate sports moment in time 
at the end of a long day gathering in the hay:
Two boys are inside the hay wagon
{probably supposed to be stacking the hay but goofing off!}
while their father walks upfront 
with the horses as they head home.
Their trusty dog is waiting nearby
for the wagon to pass and their 
home and barn 
are in the background to the left
with beautiful tall trees 
near the house.
Everything in this scene just speaks
to the heart about 
harvest and home!
:)


This is a married set of transferware so some pieces
 have a different scene ~ so wonderful!
A few of the other pieces have a
fishing scene on them.
Men are pulling in a fishing net 
chock-full of the
day's fish catch
using horse-power to pull the 
heavy net ashore.
Lovely, ethereal!
:)



I like how even the pieces I had
collected before
{the Christmas mugs from HomeGoods}
all play well together.
Sooo pretty!

I posted this photo out on Instagram a while back ~ these cinnamon chip scones are good, too!

I have a photo to share with the recipe for 
Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
but
it is refusing to transfer 
from my phone
so...
Here is the recipe anyway with a 
different {but close!} photograph.
I think I've shared this recipe before but 
I couldn't find the post
to link to
and
It's a good one 
to reshare and it's perfect for baking 
during this wintery time of year!
;)




Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
from
The Muffin Cookbook ~ Muffins for All Occasions
Beekman House, Crown Publishers
ISBN 0-517-69334-8

2 extra ripe med. bananas                    2 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
2 eggs                                                   2 tsp. baking powder
1 c. packed brown sugar                      1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 cup butter, melted                          1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla                                        1 c. chocolate chips
                                                             1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Puree bananas in blender. In medium blow, beat pureed bananas, eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla until well blended.  In large bowl, combine flour, baking poweder, cinnamon and salt.  Stir in chocolate chips and nuts.  Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients.  Pour in banana mixture.  Mix until just blended. Spoon into well greased large 2 1/2" muffin cups.  Bake in 350 degree oven 25 to 30 minutes.  Remove from pan.  Makes 12 muffins. 

My adaptations:  Use any nuts you like ~ today I used chopped pecans.  I also mix dark chocolate chips with regular milk choc. chips as I like the dark flavoring!

If using mini muffin pan  ~  cook 15 minutes
If using medium muffin pans ~ cook 20 min.





 The hills are alive...
Well, sweet, soft pink china is anyway...
;)

A happy addition to my collection and this
transferware will be featuring in many more 
posts to come.
Definitely music to my ears!
Blessings to you and enjoy this recipe


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