Teacups and mugs and I’m In Hiding

The last few days has been beautiful, and yesterday I stopped at Savers for a quick look.  I found some pretty teacups and mugs and I'm in hiding this week!

Last Saturday Mr. C and I went to my nephews wedding, and we did not have fun.  The bride and groom looked wonderful, and are such a happy couple! But unfortunately we were seated at a table with a couple who were quite obnoxious, and made the night anything but enjoyable!

Since then life's atmosphere is continuing the same way.  I don't  understand why people put so much time and effort into making life difficult and so much more complicated then it needs to be.  Just relax, loosen up and hang with others who enjoy life!

So I'm in hiding, hiding at the Charmer where life is sweet, simple and uncomplicated!  Quite frankly the less people I seen this week the better.

Have you ever felt this way?

To help get my spirit to a peaceful, happy place I looked out my kitchen window that is outside my prepping station counter...

Cottage Garden

So I feel better already!

OK, enough about that, let me share the sweet teacups I found.....

Stafforshire England Tea Cup

Sorry a little blurry, W.H. Grindley Staffordshire England tea cup, pattern English Country Inns.

Rose Teacup

A very pretty pink and rose teacup, no marking.

Tea Cups

These two cuties didn't come with saucers, but that's OK. The bottom rose is made in England bone china, with a marking 4860A  on bottom. The blue dish on top is also bone china from England , Aynsley

Vintage Tea Cup

This is a very large vintage tea cup, made in Germany!  It's almost big enough to eat soup in.  I wonder why it's so big?  Or was it for someone who liked really big cups of coffee!

Vintage Tea Cup

Mr. C has been calling me a hoarder lately, I choose to look at it, that I'm a person who has MANY collections.

Vintage Tea Cups

The photos were take on our mantel, and I tied a vintage hanky around the candlestick.


Every time I need "a feel better" happy feeling I walk over and look...

Oops, I almost forgot...

Cottage Cups

to share these cute cottage cups. I call these tea cups, but I guess technically they aren't. But since I use them to drink tea, and Mr. C wouldnt' be caught dead drinking coffee in them, they are my tea cups.

The white one was made in Bavaria, and the pink one is bone china.

I'd headed to my craft room to start my first quilt in over 25 years!

Ahhhh, the simple pleasures of life!


Canning/Preserving: Claussen Refrigerator Pickles

The last two weeks pickles have been showing up at the farmers market so I decided to make a batch.  I enjoyed Canning/Preserving: Claussen Refrigerator Pickles seemed perfect since we just ran out of them.

Canning/preserving: Claussen Refrigerator Pickles

I love anything pickled....but I shouldn't be eating them since I am allergic to yeast!  That means yeast bread, vinegar, soy, mustard, olives, etc!  Ugh, I can't help myself and try to limit, but when it comes to pickles...no way!

I've combined several different recipes to come up with my own version.

It is a beautiful day and I took some photos out on our newly updated front porch...

Claussen Refrigerator Pickles

The pickles are very easy to pull together and a batch can will keep for four months.

The hardest part is waiting 7 days to eat them.

They are crunchy, garlicky and oh so good!

Claussen Refrigerator Pickle
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4 cups water ( I use distilled/purified water)
1 cup vinegar
3 Tbsp. kosher salt ( use only kosher salt)
2 lbs small pickles, thoroughly scrubbed since we eat the pickles with skin on
1/2 to 3/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh dill (I love dill so I added 3/4)
8 large fresh garlic cloves
1 whole chili de arbol pepper (unseeded) or chili pepper to your liking
1/2 tsp. pinch dill seed
1/2 tsp. pinch dill weed
1 pinch turmeric
1/4 teaspoon sugar and 1/2 to 1 whole carrot
8 whole black peppercorns


1) Clean the glass jar and lid thoroughly in your dishwasher or with hot soapy water.
2) Combine the water, salt and vinegar in a saucepan; bring to a boil over medium heat. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature.
3) Pack the cucumbers and the remaining ingredients in a 2-quart (2 litre) glass jar, and pour brine (water/vinegar mixture) over them, covering the cucumbers completely.
4) Store, covered in the the refrigerator.

The pickles will be ready in 7 days, but the longer you leave them in the refrigerator the better they will be and will keep refrigerated for months (but they won't last that long).


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Climbing Hydrangea Vine

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