Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pumpkin Pleasure

Cool crisp morning walks make me think about the shifting trend of baking with summertime berries to autumn pumpkin and cranberry recipes.

Welcome friends for tea today as we turn to pumpkin for our tea bread and refreshment.  I'm linking with Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday, Sweetology for Tea Party Tuesday, Bernideen's Tea Time Blog for Friends Sharing Tea and A Delightsome Life for A Return to Loveliness.
The tea is brewing, it's a Pumpkin Chai; cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, and the sweetness of caramel and pumpkin.  I've set out a pretty yellow teacup from Bavaria, Germany that is sitting on the autumn leaf cutout table runner in the dining room.
Some Indian corn and a couple of glittery pumpkins with the fall centrepiece behind that is a wire pumpkin with a candle inside.
Pumpkin nut bread that is the perfect accompaniment to the chai.  Sometimes I spread it with a little butter or marmalade but it's delicious plain too. (see Pages on left sidebar for recipe)
The new Tea Time magazine came in the mail yesterday and it has pumpkin cakes featured as you can see at the bottom of the front page.  Next to Victoria, this is a favourite magazine for recipes and tea time ideas.
Please visit my hosts and their guests for tea, you'll find shared recipes and good company.


  1. Sounds heavenly! LOVE that Indian Tree Spode on the front of your magazine... always wanted to have a tea set of it!


  2. Judith, Your tea cup is beautiful! A real stunner! The pumpkin bread sounds delightful. I've not made any for a long time. I've made zucchini bread several times this summer though. It's shifting, seasonally, from the days of homemade ice cream to the time for apple and pumpkin pie! Your chai sounds good, too. You have the most creative mixes of teas!
    Hugs, Beth
    p.s. My "What Master Gardeners Do" post is up now, fyi.

  3. Hi Judith,
    What a delightful Fall tea you share today. I love your centerpiece and table runner. Your teacup from Bavaria is gorgeous. I love the yellow on the inside. Your pumpkin bread looks so good. It would be so good with chai.

    Tea Time mag is also a favorite of mine too. Don't you just love the teapot on the cover this issue? So pretty.

    By the way, Topaz to the left of this comment looks so darling. What a beautiful boy. Love his scarf!

    Thank you for tea today. Have a nice week ahead.
    Hugs and Blessings, Celestina Marie

  4. Hello Judith,
    What a sweet and sunny teacup and perfect for your tea today. Mmm, your Chai tea sounds heavenly! The pumpkin bread looks delicious too and your whole post is very Autumn looking. My Tea Time magazine hasn't arrived yet and I am most anxious to read it. That Spode set on the cover is gorgeous, isn't it? Thanks for sharing your lovely post with us and enjoy your day.


  5. I love pumpkin bread and cookies but not pie for some reason. That magazine cover looks so beautiful. I like your pretty yellow teacup. Have a wonderful day. Pamela

  6. I bought at the superstore one of those pans that makes mini pumpkins but I have no recipe. Do you think that would work? Did you post the recipe. V

  7. Judith,
    I picked up some colourful corn today and will enjoy it indoors, then the squirrels or bluejays can help themselves when I put it outside later in the autumn. As for me, I'll take a slice of your pumpkin bread, please.

  8. Judith, your yellow tea cup is lovely....so delicate and I love the full bodied color!

    I love pumpkins...they are one of my favorite things in the world. There is just something so comforting and welcoming about them. Oh, yes, I will take a slice of the bread. Yum!


  9. MMMMMM...Pumpkin Chai sound divine.... especially with that yummy pumpkin loaf... Your cup is perfect for the seasonal celebrations... What a lovely post... Thank You for sharing... I'm your newest follower....You're so welcome to stop by for a chat at " The Grand Lady "...Hugs

  10. A lovely fall post! My Tea Time hasn't arrived yet, but fall sure has! A wonderful post. Thanks so much!

  11. Autumn is a favorite season for many reasons...this tea is lovely. I enjoy your cup and would love to share pumpkin bread and stories with you any day! I look forward to presenting some fun recipes from Tea Time..I have my eye on a few from this issue. best to you!!

  12. Judith - what a scrumptious tea you've laid out here for us all! I love pumpkin and baking with it is a treat. I shall have to start experimenting with some gluten free recipes this fall. Your cup is so elegant - the shape and lines are very unusual - lovely!
    A delightful teatime all around!

    Miss Kathy

  13. I'm the same as Pamela. I love to cook with pumpkin, but not pies. I enjoy it in a black bean soup. Yum. Funny how we don't feel like pumpkin in the summer, but now is the time, even with temps still on the warm side, (here) we just know it's coming on fall! I like your yellow teacup! Quite a pop of color!

  14. Such a beautiful teacup!! And your pumpkin bread really looks delicious!! This cooler weather just makes me want to bake!

  15. Hi Judith,

    What a wonderful autumn tea with delicious pumpkin nut bread! I have already decorated the inside of my home for fall. My favorite time of year. Glad to hear you enjoyed your stamping class.

  16. Oh yummy - I can smell the aroma! How fun!

  17. Beautiful! What a sweet invitation to usher in Fall :-)

    Jocelyn @

  18. This is perfect for Autumn! Just love your teacup - pumpkins are so versatile! Your dish looks lovely and the cake on the tea magazine looks lovely! Thank you for sharing with A Return to Loveliness,
    God Bless,

  19. WOW! Is there any left! That would be the perfect tea time snack for this afternoon! I need a pick me up! ♥


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