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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Let's Dish up some coffee!

This coffee set is really, really old. 
It belonged to my maternal great-grandmother.
It survived being in a home that was hit with bombs not just once, but twice..
I cherish it very much.

Who says you cannot have cookies for breakfast?
And why can't you sip your coffee from some nice china?
In the living room, whilst the early morning sun drops in for a visit.

I buy a fuchsia every single year.
My grandmother planted this color in her planter boxes.
She knew it was my favorite, and I was her favorite grandchild.
Oops Marilyn, Mark, the cat is out of the bag now... ;-)

There is only a very simple marking on the bottom of these pieces.
1711 17
Written in gold.
so I have no clue who the maker was.

I love this French spoon.
It needs polishing.
Regardless, it makes me smile.
I won it on Corey Amaro's blog - Tongue in Cheek (which was featured in Victoria magazine!!).

Oh gosh, doesn't this lid make you happy?
Curvy, embossed and so pretty.
I fancy a hat like that.
How about you?

A pretty linen napkin.
With a lovely two tone crocheted edging.
A gift from my mom.
Using them is like a hug.

All on a silver tray.
With a wonderful patina,
scroll motif'd,
and a delicate rope handing and edging detail.

Cannot wait on that first bite of cookie.
My favorite is white chocolate macadamia nut.
What's your favorite?

Thanks for dropping in.. linking up with Cuisine Kathleen's Wednesday party - Let's Dish!
Also for Tablescape Thursday over at Susan's! See you there. Be blessed.


Anonymous said...

The coffee set is amazing, Marlis and what a history! Beautiful heirloom.

Alycia Nichols said...

I enjoy an occasional (OK...you got me...MORE than just occasional!) cookie for breakfast. It's the breakfast of champions! I'm partial to oatmeal raisin, but I really like those Macademia nut ones, too! It's amazing that the china survived TWO bombings!!! It's unfathomable that such violence exists in this world, but the fact that this lovely china survived it is proof positive that good outweighs bad EVERY time!!!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Such a pretty setting Marlis, your GGM's set is beautiful and I love your pretty napkins!

Entertaining Women said...

Cookie? Isn't that one of the four major food groups? Thought so! Every time that we stop at a Subway, while traveling, I always choose the white chocolate macadamia nut cookie....great minds, and all that. The bombings in Berlin? Wow, what a special, beautiful and historical treasure. Thanks for inviting us for coffee. Cherry Kay

The Tablescaper said...


Your post is filled with so many special memories of your Mom and your grandmom. The coffee set is beautiful. It's hard to imagine that it survived not one, but TWO bombings.

Love your new header!

And hey, who hasn't had a cookie for breakfast?

- The Tablescaper

ellen b. said...

Coffee and cookies! Very nice especially in a pretty cup! What a great survival story for the coffee server set...

Liz@A Dish Here, A Glass There said...

First of all I adore white chocolate and macadamia nuts! YUM! You got my number on that one!
Love the china...and how precious your connection with the family. Amazing that it survived two bombings?
I'm up for coffee and cookies, just tell me when!

Kuby said...

The coffee set os gorgeous! Near and dear to my heart though are those fuchsia. When we purchased our first house, there were two beautiful pots of fuchsia. Leaving those pots were a deal maker. When we moved out to Santa Cruz, they were growing all over the backyard and I knew for sure this was going to be *our* house.

Scribbler said...

Cookies are one my breakfast faves! As a single mother I was often harried trying to get us out the door in the morning, and occasionally in desperation, I would let my son have a cookie. It came back to bite me when he wanted cookies for breakfast at my mother's house. I got a stern lecture about my (lack of) parenting skills!

This coffee set is a real treasure, and it is just exquisite. The napkins are perfect with it, too.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What charming dishes! Love this set with the coffee pot and I too love cookies for breakfast1

Marigene said...

Your coffee set is so beautiful...it is amazing it wasn't damaged beyond repair going through 2 bombings. How wonderful you have it to pass on to a loved one.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Marlis, I think it is wonderful that your beautiful china survived the bombs and that your grandmother passed it on to her favorite :) grandchild! I hope all your family was ok after the bombings too. On a happier note, my favorite cookies absolutely are chocolate chip! Dark chocolate. No nuts, although I like nuts on other things! Like pumpkin bread and almond biscotti! Linda

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Marlis, your maternal great-grandmother would be so proud of you.
I can understand why you cherish her china. If I had to pick a favorite cookie, I would choose chocolate chip cookies with walnuts right out of the oven. Sometimes the chocolate is still very warm, and I love them that way.

Dianne said...

Marlis, this china is so beautiful and I love the personal history behind it. What a treasure for you to be able to drink coffee from the same cup that your great grandmother drank from. Dianne

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh how lovely your heirloom china is. So wonderful that such a delicate thing like china survived those bombings. Wouldn't your Great-Grandmother be delighted to know that you were using this.

Danielle said...

Beautiful set. I would love to have coffee with you anytime! Lovely napkins too. Such nice memories ~

Danielle xo

PS my favorite cookie is oatmeal raison, but I would not turn down chocolate macadamia nut : )

Sarah said...

What a beautiful coffee set. Those details are gorgeous, Marlis.

Kathleen said...

What an amazing story, surely a treasure. It is beautiful,, Marlis! I love fushia too, my mom always had them in hanging baskets.
You mean we aren't supposed to have cookies for bfast? How about on top of my raisin bran? Healthier that way!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Debbie said...

Even if that set didn't have such a great story about it, I would love it. I love the colors and style. When you add the fact that it has really SEEN family history, it's a double treasure.

And cookies are a basic food group all their own, aren't they? Yeah. I think so too.

Mary said...

I adore your heirloom coffee set~ how wonderful it survived! The curvy embossed lid makes me happy too~ Beautiful, what a treat to sip & serve from :)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a very lovely tea service. And what special memories it holds. Cookies? Did someone mention cookies???

Jocelyn @

Johanna said...

Hallo Marlis,
ist es nicht erstaunlich, dass so schöne empfindliche Sachen Kriege überstanden haben. Wie schön, dass dieses kostbare alte Erinnerungsstück bei dir ist. Ich liebe Kekse zum Frühstück und von diesem feinen Porzellan mit Spitzenserviette wäre es ein echtes Sonntagsfrühstück.
Schöne Grüße, Johanna

A Cottage in the Clouds said...

What a precious table, full of memories and family and love. Beautiful Survivor China.

Sweetladyelaine said...

Beautiful! I love using things from my mother, grandmother and aunts! How wonderful it is to sit and think of her as you are using her tea set. The napkin is beautiful too!
I love apple pie in the morning!
Blessings My Friend,

Leslie's Garden said...

Just gorgeous! The coffee set is lovely, I know you must enjoy using it as you think about it's family history! Chocolate chip macadamia nut is my favorite, too! Love the fuschia, too. It gets too hot here for them to grow well. They peter out when the heat comes.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

I love your spring table with those beautiful colours! Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)
Have a nice day.

Maria said...

Marlis, the stories that go with these treasures are fantastic! I wish my family had been able to rescue some of their treasures when we left Cuba. Oh, well, I guess we were lucky to get out alive - and together. Many families were separated during the exodus in the 60s. It's so nice that you have these beautiful things and that you are using them and making your own stories with them. God bless!

Tanya@takesix said...

Marlis, your coffee set is beautiful, and such a treasure. I used to have hanging fushia's on our front porch, and every year a mama bird would make her little nest and raise her new family in that swinging basket. :)

Robin said...

How lucky you are to have that beautiful set that was your great-grandmother's and cookies for breakfast sounds good to me!

Robin Flies South

bj said...

I LOVE cookies for breakfast...and coffee in pretty cups. :))


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