Saturday, October 3, 2015

Hello from Team Oolong

Happy Saturday afternoon from Tennessee! The fall weather has arrived here this has been cool and rainy all week. Today it is rainy and the temperature is 53 degrees. I reread some of the older posts from our team and I believe the original teapot's name was Dudley. So I am calling the new one, Dudley Jr. 

Today I decided that I would surprise my husband when he gets home with a tea of scones, lemon curd and mock clotted cream! I owned a tea room for 5 years and made these recipes at least twice on most days. 

This is my fall table setting.

I really enjoy the inspiration I get from Susan Branch. She is an author and artist. Making everyday life beautiful is what she does best. I saw on her blog a banner made of fall leaves so that is what you see draped on my windows. Find her at On the window seal is beach glass that I picked up from Icey Strait Point in Alaska this past July.

We will be enjoying Earl Grey Creme from Teavanna. (I just had to have a cup while I wrote this!) I love it on cold rainy days with sugar and milk. The tea cup is Queen Anne bone china, that was made in England. The leaves are a beautiful depiction of fall leaves in Tennessee.

To warm the table up I have a Yankee Candle in Chai Spice smells heavenly!
I also have a dish of demerara sugar cubes to sweeten the tea. They are my favorite sweetener for hot tea.

This will put a smile on my husbands face! Cream scones, homemade lemon curd, and mock clotted cream!
Dudley Jr. is settling in nicely; however, he is packing his bags for the next adventure! Stay tuned for the next post!

Homemade Lemon Curd
3 eggs 
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 stick melted butter
1 cup sugar
Beat eggs in a glass bowl until frothy. Stir in lemon juice, sugar, and melted butter. Microwave on high for 3 minutes. Remove and stir with a wire whisk. Microwave again for 3 minutes. Whisk again. The mixture will thicken as it cools. Store in fridge for up to 2 weeks. Very easy and very good!

Cream Cheese Scones
3 cups self-rising flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick of butter
4 ounces cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
Mix flour and sugar. Cut in butter and cream cheese until coarse and crumbly. Add vanilla and buttermilk. Stir until well blended. Turn out onto a floured board and knead until easy to handle. Pat to a 1 inch thick circle. Cut into any shape desired. Put on greased cookie sheet. Bake in a hot oven 400 degrees 10 to 15 minutes until lightly brown on the edges.

I attended a seminar by Magnolia and Ivy before I opened my tea room and this is where the recipes are from.

Until next time....happy fall and happy sipping!


  1. Very nice !
    Rochelle, ATAA

  2. Sounds like a perfect day for tea. It is rainy and dismal here in Ohio as well. I didn't make any scones, but I did make a couple kinds of tea. I'm looking forward to trying your recipes. Thanks so much for including them.
    Sips and Smiles,

    1. You are so welcome for the recipes. I am hoping the rain will pass soon and sunshine will fill the air!

  3. What a wonderful and cozy post! I love your decorating. The Susan Branch inspiration shines through. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes. What a treat! Keep having fun with Dudley Jr.

    1. The fun continues this week! Thanks!

  4. Pretty table setting. I love Fall! I bet that candle smells heavenly. Susan Branch is my absolute favorite! Looking forward to reading your posts.

    1. She is my favorite too! She is like a friend that I truly treasure, only I have never met her!

  5. Oh Diana, I love your fall leaves inspired by Susan Branch. I was inspired last year by her and did the very same thing. They are hanging now above my fireplace. Thanks for the delicious sounding recipes too. I am amazed as the two of us have these sweet blue teapots this month and I also had training with Magnolia and Ivy many years ago. What fun to know this little tidbit about you.

    1. Oh my, it sounds like we are kindred spirits! I love the idea of putting the leaves above the fireplace! I think I will make another and do that. Thanks for the idea!

  6. What a lovely setting to enjoy homemade scones and tea.
    What fun beach glass pieces!
    Looking forward to your month of tea times with Dudley Jr.

  7. Wonderful fall post, gets me in the mood for lemon curd, our lemons should be ready soon.

    Susan Branch is a delight, just received her new book on Saturday and couldn't put it down.

    Your fall table and dishes are lovely. I bet your hubby appreciated the treat.

  8. So glad to see Team Oolong is back up and running! What a wonderful fall tea post. Enjoy your time with Dudley! I think the name changes with every hostess honestly, we're all calling them different things it seems :-D

  9. love the post, was hoping Dudley jr. would be getting around. Susan Branch is a favorite of mine as well.

  10. Love homemade Lemon Curd and your tea surprise sounds lovely