Monday, July 13, 2015

A Lovely Gifted Teacup and No Bake Cookies

 Today as we sit by my waterfall, I am excited to show you my new teacup!  We will have some Touch Organic green tea that came along with my teacup.  The daisies came from a border on the side of my house and they're a variety that does well  in Texas.


 My dear friend Barbara, from Two Birdies and a B, sent me this gorgeous teacup because she was thinking of me when she saw it.  Now Barbara and I have never met, as she lives in New York and I live in Texas. However, like most blogging friends who are drawn together, we "know" each other and are kindred souls. I could not believe my eyes when I opened my package.  If a teacup could be made for me, this would be it!  Long ago, when I attended Ohio State University, and was a Home Economics Education major, I took a Home Furnishings course.  In this course we had to pick a home design, furnish, and decorate it.  My favorite colors then and have always been red, blue and green, and look what Barbara chose for me!!! 


 Don't you just love the scalloped edge around the teacup rim and saucer,  the pretty basket weave embossed  design, and the lovely floral border??  The surprise of flowers inside the cup is an added bonus.


 Here's the pattern name and one that I've never seen.   Thank you, Barbara, for this most thoughtful gift and for the tea that you sent, too.  I'm in teacup heaven, and it suits me perfectly to a TEA!


I've made some No-Bake Cookies for us to share, while we admire my new teacup.  These cookies are an old recipe that were loved by my kids while they were growing up.  Both the  chocolate and peanut butter flavors are subtle and it's a perfect cookie to make in the summer months, when you don't want to turn on the oven.

Chocolate Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies

1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups oats
2 teaspoons vanilla

Mix butter, milk, sugar, and cocoa; bring to a rolling boil and boil 1 minute.  Remove from heat and immediately add peanut butter, oats, and vanilla.  Stir mixture well and then drop by spoonful onto waxed paper.  Cookies will harden as they cool.  

Makes 24-36 depending on size when dropped

Update on my son, Mike:
Back on June 5th, Mike had the "trial" spinal cord implant done by the pain management doctor.  Through a series of ups and downs, in finding a surgeon and facility that was in his insurance plan, he is finally going to have the spinal cord transmitter implant procedure done this coming week.  I know he's looking forward to moving ahead.  Thank you so very much for your concern, prayers and well wishes. 


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Thank you for your visit!  xo

44 comments:

  1. Beautiful tea cup! Barbara is very discerning and a sweetheart. Oh those No Bake cookies bring back aome fun memories. My kids and I loved them, alas, the grands and John do not so I do not make them anymore. Enjoy your tea!

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  2. Good morning, my lovely friend! My, what a pretty and unique tea cup! Your friend Barbara sounds like an absolute sweetheart just like you :) It's truly amazing to be able to "connect" with so many precious women around the world thanks to blogging.

    Your no bake cookies look very tasty, my friend, and they are perfect to make during these hot summer days :) Love to you!

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  3. Soon as I saw your lovely new teacup I knew it was Copeland Spode. I love their designs, and don't they feel good when you hold them? What a sweet friend! The cookies like great too. Haven't made them since our kids were still at home when I sued to make them often as the kids loved them. But my honey is not a fan of peanut butter, so...thanks for the memory! Have a wonderful week and thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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  4. Oh, I will certainly be praying for your dear son Mike. Do you mean this week, as in the next four days?
    And what a lovely tea cup. I'm going to go visit your friend. She sounds like a sweetheart, just like you Kitty. xo

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  5. Hi Kitty, wow how exciting to receive such a pretty tea cup from a blog friend you never met. I love this recipe for the no bake cookies too. Thanks for sharing this at our Cooking & Crafting with J & J!
    Julie xo

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  6. Your teacup is so pretty on your table scape. The teapot reminds me of my best friend. She has one like yours that she uses nearly everyday. I have been praying for your Mike and will continue to do so. May God steady the hands of the doctor and may Mike heal quickly and be free from pain.

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  7. What a sweet teacup from a special blogging friend! The scalloped rim of the cup is adorable along with the basket weave on the saucer. The blogging world does bring so many kindred spirits together. It's always so much fun to receive "surprise gifts" in the mail. Thanks for your no bake cookies recipe-so perfect for hot summer days when everyone is craving sweets. Sending prayers for your son's procedure this week.
    Blessings,
    Nora

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  8. Wishing Mike well. I know all of this has been difficult for everyone. Love your new teacup -- it's a beauty! The scallops are wonderful. Happy Tea Day!

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  9. What a treasure that teacup is, Kitty! And it's Spode too! Isn't your friend Barbara a sweetie to gift you with that? Your cookies look good. Pity my hubby doesn't like sweets with peanut butter in them. I especially like peanut butter and chocolate together. Thank you for sharing the update on Mike. I'm glad he will have his procedure this week. Praying for him and that he will have super results. Thank you for joining me for tea and have a beautiful day.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  10. Kitty, I am so pleased you like the tea cup. Wish I was there to share some tea and those no bake cookies! Good luck to Mike this week.

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    1. Beautiful tea cup and saucer! You are so special ~

      xo
      Pat

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  11. What a pretty teacup Kitty! Your no bake cookies sound wonderful especially in this heat! Sending well wishes and thinking of your son this week. ♥

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  12. I love the shape of your teacup/saucer. It is so feminine. I may be able to make your cookies since the use cocoa powder.

    Hope you are having a good week. Hope your son is doing well also.

    M.

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  13. Lovin' those no-bake cookies! Although, I think it's steamy enough outside to bake them naturally... Enjoy your pretty new cup and I'm wishing Mike well this week:@)

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  14. Oh what a gorgeous teacup and saucer. And your favorite colors to boot!!?? How I LOVE the scalloped edges...such a thoughtful gift. (I have some of those too you know=). Your cookies look perfect too...great for summertime. Will continue praying all goes well with Mike's proceedure...sure has been a long journey, and I trust he's getting relief from pain with the help of these drs. Hugs to you. XO

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  15. Pretty, pretty cup. Thanks so much for the recipe for summer cookies

    Cindy

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  16. What a lovely teacup, Kitty! I'm also smitten with the scalloped edges and basket weave pattern. Gotta love how the internet brings together people from across the globe!

    You always have the yummiest snacks and now I'm craving chocolate peanut butter cookies! I'm not gonna lie--I always enlarge the photos so I can salivate over a bigger food image. Hee!

    I will continue to remember your son Mike in my prayers.

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  17. Such a sweet gesture by Barbara! Beautiful tea cup and saucer and perfect colors for you. I know you're going to enjoy them! The cookies sound really good, especially *not* using the oven right now. :)

    You're always in my prayers and I will certainly add Mike and his medical team. With the back issues I have, I understand. I so hope the procedure is effective and he's out of pain.

    xo
    Pat

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  18. What a beautiful teacup, Kitty! I also love the perfect spot chosen to enjoy your tea besides the calming and wonderful waterfall! Wishing your son all the best with his upcoming surgery. May he finally be comfortable and pain free!

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  19. I love your new teacup, Kitty - it really is a very pretty design! Such a sweet and thoughtful blogging friend <3 Your table looks pretty, too, and those no-bake cookies are going in my recipe box. I think I have everything to make them this week! I am sending your son all my prayers. Hugs xo Karen

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  20. This is a very attractive teacup, I love the colours. What a thoughtful gift.

    Diana

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  21. I can see why you are in tea cup heaven! What a thoughtful gift from Barb! My mom made the no- bake cookies every Christmas. They are so good! Thinking positive thoughts for your son. xo

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  22. What a beautiful tea cup & thoughtful gift from Barbara! Enjoy!

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  23. What a lovely gesture. I am sure your spirit is lifted when ever you look at this pretty cup. The no bake recipe is perfect for mid summer.

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  24. Hi Kitty... What a beautiful day to enjoy life ...Your Spode tea set is so lovely and looks to be vintage...I remember seeing Spode when I was a little child, although one doesn't see it much these days.. Your cup is soooo friendly and soooo YOU ...ENJOY it and please do save a cookie for me ...Hugs

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  25. I wonder if my 'Fairy Dell' teacup from Spode is part of a series that includes your 'Hazel Dell' as the flowers and shape are similar? A nice gift to receive, and chocolate anything is good for me. :-)
    I continue to pray for your son, I hope all goes well Kitty.

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  26. Hi Kitty,
    What a sweet spode teacup and what a dear friend to give such a lovely gift. How I wish I could sit by your waterfall with you and visit. Happy Tea Day Dear Friend! Have a wonderful week! Karen

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  27. Hi Kitty,
    What a sweet spode teacup and what a dear friend to give such a lovely gift. How I wish I could sit by your waterfall with you and visit. Happy Tea Day Dear Friend! Have a wonderful week! Karen

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  28. What a darling teacup...so perfect for you, Kitty & what a nice gift from a dear friend!
    I remember making those 'no bake' cookies long, long ago. I had forgotten all about them. They would be perfect for today, as it is hot & muggy with storms brewing.
    Your outdoor waterfall looks so inviting about now!

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  29. Hello Kitty. How wonderful to receive a teacup that so perfectly fits in with your taste. It's lovely. I remember those unbaked chocolate cookies - love them, and they are perfect for summer treats.

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  30. How sweet of Barbara! Pretty teacup, too. I've made those cookies many times and love them. They are very chocolatey. Easy too. There are a few different versions of them, for example, no peanut butter; another example, add coconut. Prayers for you and Mike.
    blessings, Beth

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  31. I love that adorable teacup dear Kitty. What a sweet gift you got. I love this cooky recipe, I will soon try it and let you know.
    Prayers been sent for your dear son and for you, sweet Kitty.
    Big hugs,
    FABBY

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  32. It's nice to receive pretty things in the mail.. I just love your new teacup.. It's lovely.. and I don't mind saying I think that no bake cookie would be great for tea with the grandbabies.. One of my favorite things are Daisy's I just love them.. earlier this year I had baby Daisy's.. lovely post with love Janice

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  33. Ha! This is such a great idea! I love this!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  34. I loved reading about your teacup. These no-bake cookies look - and are - delicious! I love chocolate and peanut butter and have made these before. So easy and tasty. Prayers for your son!!

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  35. Those plates are beautiful! I hope everything goes well with your son! It sounds like he's been through a lot. I adore no bake cookies, and these look delicious!

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  36. Lovely tea cup, Kitty. It's been years since I made these cookies. ;-)
    Wish I had some tonight.

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  37. What a beautiful surprise Kitty! And no bake cookies sound summer perfect! Good news about your son, medicine is unbearably complicated these days~ I will be praying for you all.
    Jenna

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  38. Such a pretty teacup from Barbara. She is a lovely woman. Love the idea of no bake, especially when it's hot. Happy Friday dear Kitty. xo
    P.S. Thanks for telling me about receiving my blog update. I don't understand why it says noreply@blogger.com I checked.

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  39. Kitty, what a sweet friend! Love the teacup! The colors are so cheerful! I've never made no bake cookies before. Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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  40. What a darling gift Kitty! Perfect choice, indeed. We use to make no bake cookies and I loved them. Haven't made them for years. Better makes some soon! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  41. Aww! What a darling little tea cup dear Kitty...how perfectly splendid of Barbara to think of you and send it to you...oh...blogging is such a joy, especially when we meet kindred spirits with such caring, thoughtful hearts!
    I love the scalloped edge of the tea plate...and oh! The colours are just gorgeous! I know you must be so delighted to have this lovely in your collection:)
    Oh my! And what scrumptious looking no-bake cookies! Hmm...
    Sending you hugs and my dearest love today...
    Kelly-Anne

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  42. What a wonderful treat and at a glace I though Copeland Spode. It is lovely. I loved your recipe too and posting about your treasure. Sorry to arrive at comments so late - my last couple weeks at my store have been time consuming. Almost retired though!

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  43. Hi Kitty,
    What a beautiful Tea Cup from a very special friend and a perfect treat to have with your tea. I appreciate you sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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