Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Hot Tea & Grandma's Cake Just For You

A cheerful good day to you, lovelies!
It's Wednesday and sometimes it's easy to get the middle-of-the-week downs.
Join me for a cup of tea and cake that is sure to leave you smiling 
and ready to conquer the remainder of the week :)

Grab your favorite tea cup, fill it with tea or coffee, sit somewhere comfortable,
and relax - cake will be served shortly.
And if you did grab a tea cup than I would love to hear the story behind it - why is it your favorite?


Here is my tea cup and this is its story.....

I saw it at the consignment store and was waiting for the price to drop.
When I went back to purchase it, it was gone!
I kicked myself for being "cheap" and walked away empty-handed.
Several weeks later my mom told me about this beautiful blue tea cup 
she found at the Thrifty store and as she was describing it 
I thought to myself that it sounds just like the one I had my eye on.
Well, she eventually showed it to me and guess what?
It WAS the same tea cup!
The consignment store never sold it so they took it to the Thrifty 
where my mom was blessed to come across it.
She never even knew I had seen this tea cup or that I had planned on buying it.
Anyway, dear, sweet mama gave it to me as a gift
and now it's even more special :)


Now, how about some banana cake?
This tasty cake is my precious Grandma Betty's recipe and has always been a favorite of mine
which is interesting since I do not like banana's.
My Grandma would always make this when we visited her...
when I eat it, it brings back so many memories.
And I must confess that when I made it for the first time I cried thinking of her - is that odd?


Let me serve you a slice as you sit here enjoying your hot drink while you relax :)


The recipe is quite simple and I would love to share it with you.
Let's pull out the original recipe written by Grandma and take a look at the ingredients....


2 cups (Cake and Pastry) flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup mashed bananas
2 eggs, unbeaten
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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease a 9 x 13" pan
or two cake pans.
Place flour in a large mixing bowl and add baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar;
stir until combined.
Add shortening, milk, vanilla, and bananas and mix until damp,
then beat for 2 minutes at low speed.
Add eggs and beat for 1 minute.
Bake for 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool.
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Icing
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup mashed bananas
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar

Mix all ingredients until well combined than icing the cake and enjoy!


I hope you enjoyed this calm and quiet moment
and may your day be beautiful, just like you :)

My dear friends, your visits and comments bless my heart and I just want to say thank you
for always showing such sweet kindness.

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And before I say goodbye I wanted to show you
a few of the items I have been working on. . .

A lovely pillow with lace and more lace :)
You can add a picture of your loved one into the pocket or leave it empty.


Several hanging pillows that are loaded with lace and pearls.




And embroidery hoops with a sweet pocket that are perfect for holding letters or pictures.



Hugs and blessings to you!

"The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights
in the stormiest of nights."
~ Giotto di Bondone ~

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47 comments:

Denise said...

A warm cup of tea, and a slice of that delicious tasting cake with you my precious friend, would be such a priceless gift. I love you.

Miss Val's Creations said...

What a funny story about the tea cup. It sounds like it was meant to be in your family! Your grandmother's cake recipe looks and sounds divine. Perfect with a cup of tea.

Your hangings are so beautiful! I love how you created pockets in some of them. So unique!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You're making so many lovely things for your shop! I'm off to look....again! Enjoy your day my friend! Sweet hugs!

Simply Linda said...

Oh what a lovely post. Thanks for the tea and cake. I don't have a favorite tea cup, I like them all. I do have a fav. tea though, Earl Grey or Irish Breakfast Tea. Blessings

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

This is such a wonderful story! So pretty!

Debbie Harris said...

I so enjoyed my cup of tea and banana cake with you! Seeing the tea cup and hearing of the story behind it just bessed my heart all over again.
I loved the way you displayed the recipe that is hand written by grandma, just lovely. I always loved her hand writing.
This was a beautiful post today Stephanie.
Have a blessed day even though it is the middle of the week. :-)
The Lord bless you!

Sylvia said...

That banana cake looks so yummy, banana nut is one of my favorite's That teacup was meant for you! How blessed you are that your Mother found it and then gave it to you. All your items for your shop are so pretty, hope they are selling good for you. Have a great rest of the week..
Sylvia

Debby Ray said...

Oh my goodness, Stephanie...I don't know where to begin! What a sw3eet story bout that beautiful tea cup...a sweet blessing from God :) The cake looks amazing and thank you for sharing your Grandmother's recipe with us... and no, it was not silly for you to cry. And finally, the adorable pillows and hoops are just PRECIOUS! This was such a lovely post, all the way around!

Billie Jo said...

So much to love her, Stephanie!
First, the story about that beautiful teacup. : )
How sweet!
And joining you for tea. Thank you for inviting me.
I'm having honey lemon.
And lastly...thank you for sharing your special cake recipe!
We shall try it soon! : )

Betty W said...

A very beautiful teacup and saucer. I can see why you wanted it and it was meant for you. Love your little hanging pillows.

lynn said...

What a nice story and a beautiful tea cup and the new stuff you are making oh my I love it all! What talent you have. The pillow that holds photos is just to sweet. Love love! I had a latte today and a orange and now time for work for a few hours. Have a great day. Lynn

SarahGeorge said...

Oh, that's an amazing story behind this beautiful cup! Love love love your pillows :)

vicki said...

Oh this is such a lovely read! Love the teacup and thet banana cake looks amazing! Gorgeous pillows too I love all the beads and lace very pretty!
Hugs to you
Vic x

Debbie Borthwick said...

How lucky are you that your Mom found the same cup you were wishing for! So pretty, too.
I love those little pillows you made! Have a wonderful day, Stephanie.
Debbie :)

Gail Dixon said...

If my mother were still alive I'd buy her those lace pillows. Beautiful!

pinks said...

Hello! Thank you very much for following my blog! Its so lovely to meet someone who has the same passions- Christian and a flower enthusiast! I have been looking through your blog and I love it. The photos are brilliant! How do you make them look so good!?! Also Id like to say I love how you've dedicated your blog to your grandmother - my grandma has definitely inspired (and helped) me a lot in my blog. Grandmas are the best. Its special and beautiful that you have done that :) Hope you have a good rest of the week, forgetmenots121.

Sarah said...

Stephanie,

What a special story behind your beautiful tea cup! The cake looks delicious. And your Etsy shop is filled with so many pretty creations!

May you have a blessed day!

-Sarah

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Stephanie! I love your beautiful new tea cup! What a precious gift from your dear mom, and then to have banana cake with tea...well, what a delight! I agree...your photography is splendid, and I actually just breathed a sigh after reading your post today! Thank you!! We all need more of those! You are a blessing...warm hugs!

Desarae said...

It was lovely having tea with you, Stephanie. Your tea cup is darling, the print is so pretty, and I enjoyed hearing the story behind it. Your Grandma's Banana Cake sounds yummy, thank you for sharing a family favorite. Now I think I'm off to brew myself a warm cup of tea...probably Sugar Plum Spice... since it is a cool, rainy day here, I think it will hit the spot. :) Blessings!

Charlotte Wilson said...

What a wonderful story and such a good ending. I love your pretty cup and saucer.

Charlotte

Merlesworld said...

Pretty pillows and yummy banana cake.
Merle...............

janice15 said...

I'm going to write that recipe down right now it looks so inviting.. and your tea cup is adorable... with love Janice... hugs

Blackberry Lane said...

That is an awesome story of how this teacup found its way to you! It is so cheerful. The banana cake looks delicious and how special that you shared your grandmother's recipe with us. There are certain foods/recipes that remind me of my family members. I love your new items in your shop. Everything is beautiful!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Your posts are always so sweet and relaxing to read. The teacup story is just precious, the cake sounds delicious and your new pillows are so pretty! Pinning and going over to your shop to take a closer look. I always love seeing your post pop up in my email! <3

Teri said...

Dear Stephanie ... such a sweet tea cup story ... just meant to be! Your Banana Cake looks delicious and it makes it so special being a recipe of your precious Grandma Betty. Thank you for sharing! Blessings & Hugs ♥ Teri

Vicky Hunt said...

Love the story behind the beautiful teacup! So sweet...:) That cakes looks really tasty...especially since I haven;t had one morsel of anything sweet in three days. I am sugar fasting for a week and it is tough! I will make it though...:) Love the new products in your store....so feminine! Have a blessed Thursday.
Hugs, Vicky

Jazzmin said...

As always, it was a blessing to come and feel the coziness and warmth of your sweet friendship and relax :) What a delightful post!! I could taste that banana cake. Oh, does it look amazing! How sweet and special to see your Grandma's written recipe. So beautiful. I know how you must feel about it- I know I cherish every little note and recipe I have tucked in the books I have that were my Grandma's. It is healing and beautiful to miss our Grandma's this way, to taste their recipes and think of them. What a gift.

And about your gorgeous teacup, what a neat story! It's so amazing when something like that happens. I love that it is now more special to you than if you would have bought it since it came from your Mom.

I hope you are having a wonderful week so far, dear friend!

Huge hugs and love,
Jazzmin

vintage grey said...

Beautiful tea cup and saucer and yummy cake! Thanks for sharing the recipe! Congrats on your new Etsy shoppe! Such beautiful makes!! Have a lovely week! xo Heather

magnoliasntea said...

I loved the teacup story! The Lord truly does give us the desire of our hearts. :)

Conniecrafter said...

Wow you have us commenting on a lot of stuff :) First I really don't drink much hot stuff, don't care for coffee or hot tea, in the winter I have a mug of hot chocolate a couple of times but that is about it, my hubby collects mugs from our trips so we have them galore :) He is a coffee drinker.
Your Grandma's recipe sounds delicious, I like how the frosting even has banana's in it, I can so understand the crying, some days I can look at the things my mother and father have made me and it will put a smile on my face and other times I just cry and wish so much that they were both still in my life, how they are so missed.
That is just so neat that your mother just happened to pick up the tea cup that you were keeping an eye on at the shop, I feel someone may have had a hand in that one ;)
Ok I had better end this before it turns into a book, have a great rest of the week!

Delvalina said...

Thank you for sharing the little story here. I'm very touched by what you have written here.

I love the blue tea cup!
And look lace, pearls and such things you have on your ornaments. As always- Beautiful. Thank you for talking to me last night.

You are a blessing to me sister. :)
Eva

Jen Ham said...

Ah...Steph! Lovely story! I'll be write over for tea and cake! ;) Again, your work is just beautiful...jaw dropping beauty! xoxo Jen

Sola Scriptura said...

What a lovely story about the tea cup! Thanks for the recipe, it looks delicious!

Georgia Ehrmann said...

Stephanie,
What a delightful blog you have :) I am so glad that you came upon my blog in your travels as it brought me to yours! Your tea cup is beautiful and brought a smile to my face as I remembered my mother in law buying me a bone china teas cup for each of my birthdays while she was on this Earth. I treasure them and think of her with my cup of tea each day. Thank you for sharing your story.
I am your newest follower...
Hugs,
Georgia

kitty said...

Oh how I would love to join you for some of Grandma's cake and a cup of tea, my friend. The teacup is such a pretty pattern and your cake sounds heavenly. I love the original recipe! What a treasure that is. Your handmade items are just beautiful and so romantic with all the pretty lace. Have a wonderful day, sweet girl. xo

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Oh what a great story! Love the banana cake recipe and the fact that it has banana in the icing. Your pillows are lovely.

Ida said...

What a special story about your lovely blue tea cup. - The cake recipe sounds yummy. I don't like bananas much either but if you like it then I probably will too. I'll let you know if I try it out.

Stacy @ Sweethearts + Sweet Tarts said...

Your and your tea cup were meant to be together! I don't really like bananas either. Which is too bad because they are so good for you.

Billie Jo said...

Stephanie! I wish you could hear us all here now! Peyton and Flynn just made your Banana Cake!!!!!!!!!
We love it!!!!!
It is sooooo good!
Thank you so much!
I would love to post a picture on my blog and link back to you.. Please let me know if that is alright.
Thanks again!

Kate M said...

What a beautiful story about your lovely blue tea cup.
I love your latest additions to your on-line shop - especially lacy and the hanging pillows - it would be difficult to choose a favourite from this fabulous selection. xx

Laura Lane said...

What a beautiful cup and story. God is so very good to us, isn't He?

Blessed be the Lord Jesus Christ who daily gives us so many blessings.
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

Hope said...

Dear Stephanie,

Your items are truly lovely! I thought you would like to know that the two links on this post to your Rose Petal Blessings are not linking properly to your shop.

I did pop over to your shop by scrolling up to your link on your sidebar. I so wish you the very best in your venture.

:) Hope

Norma Ruttan said...

my first time here; I came by lovely Ida. I think your cake would taste delicious with one of my favorite herbal teas. your whole site is so lovely as well as your creations!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What perfect timing for this banana cake recipe! I just used 3 of the 6 overripe bananas I have to make my favorite (my husband and son's favorite also!) banana chocolate chip bread. For a minute I considered making two loaves just to use the extra 3 bananas. I decided against it hoping to find a different recipe I had not made before......and here you are!! Your lacey pillow and hangings and hoop are just so pretty! They have so much love and patience in them!

Jann Olson said...

Stephanie, I loved the story about the cup! I make this exact same cake but my frosting is a cream cheese frosting. I'll have to try yours for a change. It's one our families favorites. In fact, my dil just asked me for the recipe because my son has requested it for his birthday, which happens to be Valentines Day. Love your gorgeous pillows! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Mrs. White said...

Your pictures and writings are so peaceful and pleasant. The banana cake looks wonderful!

Blessings
Mrs. White

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

This post happened to be a related one at the bottom of your bread pudding post, and I wanted to check it out. I didn't know that you don't like bananas either, sweet friend. That's another thing we have in common! I can eat them in baked goods, but not raw. I think it's so sweet that you shared Grandma Betty's recipe and cried when making it. Food memories just remind us of our loved ones, don't they?
You're so dear, and I love you!

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