Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage is celebrating five years of online tea parties (congratulations Sandi!), and has asked us to share our favorite teacup for Tea Time Tuesday. I have many teacups that I love, but this beautiful Lady Carlyle by Royal Albert takes first prize.
This was a Christmas gift from my daughter, so it probably looks familiar, as I just shared it. I have always admired this pattern, but this is the first Lady Carlyle piece I've owned. This is a vintage cup, made in England. The colors are gorgeous, and the pattern so romantic and feminine.
From what I understand, Royal Albert started outsourcing their china to Asia around 2002. The china made there is heavier, and not the same quality, even though the patterns look identical. I learned this the hard way, ordering the Royal Albert Polka Rose teacup for what I thought was a great deal. As they say, you get what you pay for. It's a pretty cup, but much thicker than the older, made in England china.
I'm so glad my daughter knew to get me a vintage Lady Carlyle.
It's tea in front of the fire today with some pretty dried yellow roses in a blue transferware pitcher.
I'm having some pistachios with my tea.
Nuts are a great snack, full of protein and fiber and good fats, and with a low glycemic index (they won't spike your blood sugar levels). They're also highly caloric, so you have to be careful.
I saw an interesting chart here, which shows what 200 calories of nuts looks like. It was really eye opening.
Did you know that for 200 calories, you can have . . .
8 walnuts halves, or
10 pecan halves, or
29 almonds, or
Can you guess why I'm having pistachios?
I sat and counted them out just to see, for future reference, what 62 pistachios looked like. A little less than a cup. (Except I had my numbers wrong, and this is 69, so picture 7 less!).
Once shelled, they equal a little less than 1/2 a cup. Quite a nice little snack, and very satisfying to sit and crack them open in front of the fire.
|You have to admit, she's a real beauty. Thank you, DD!|
Be sure to stop by Sandi's and see all the lovely teacups that are being shared.