Monday, January 19, 2009

Tablescape Tuesday: Breakfast on a Snowy Morning


Snow days cry out for a leisurely breakfast: coffee, orange juice, apple-cinnamon cake, and fruit. Since Dr. Gollum and I were the only ones up this early, and since it was snowing, I "shopped" the house and pulled together two cheery place-settings.

You've seen all of these dishes, except for the dessert plates, but the white Ironstone works its magic, and old things suddenly seem fresh.

The basic bones didn't take long.



The sun kept darting in and out of clouds, and the crystal played tricks in the shifting light.


In my mind's eye, I baked cheese grits in the figural bowls (I'll have to wait for the cooktop to dry out). Then I added salt-and-pepper shakers. Just to shake things up, I pulled out the Lenox dessert dishes. (They're actually Christmas dishes, but I use them year-round).


Here's the darling pig--and a view of the tomato salt-and-pepper shakers.

A view from above.


The dishes have two designs--"Anjou Pear with Chinaberry"


and "Lady Apple with Bittersweet."



Treble clef flatware--I love how the tight curls seem to suggest that spring will be here soon.


"Dr. G! Yo! Breakfast!"


You've gotta love a man who lets you take pictures before he has a chance to sip his morning coffee. The tureen is Fitz & Floyd. I also used it in a tea party on a previous Tablescape Tuesday.



After we cut the cake, the berries spilled down like dark pearls...




Hold that pose, Dr. G!

"Do I drop the fork while you take the picture, or what?" he asks. :-)


The sun hit the cake and washed over the berries


After Dr. G left, I pulled out my faithful (and eternally in style) silk paperwhites. By this time, Mister smelled the cake and came over to investigate.


Having a bad hair day, Mr. Mister?
Nothing a little cake won't fix.


A view of the farm, showing a dusting of snow.

Apple-cinnamon coffee cake--from the Kroger bakery. :-)

Just one more slice won't hurt.Forget that--here's half for you, half for me.

Now, let's work off those calories and take a walk around the blog. Since it's Tablescape Tuesday, we can go "Dish Spotting" with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.

58 comments:

  1. Wow..your food looks delicious...I love the paper whites in the pitchers & your flatware is awesome!

    And as I have said before...I love those window treatments!! Gorgeous!!

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  2. Yummy, Yummy, Yummy, Did I say Yummy. Save me a piece,please! I'll be right over. The flatware reminded me of a fiddlehead fern. I stopped at B&N to scan some decorating books today and I picked up Mermaid in the Basement. Can't wait to curl up with a spot of tea for a little read.
    Kathleen

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  3. Its almost 1am in the morning, and now I am craving coffee cake, orange juice, blueberries and cheese grits - in no certain order. LOL Some of these shots were magazine worthy. Mr Mister is always a welcome sight. The china, as always, is spell bindingly beautiful. Oh to go thru your home for a few hours with no one home. (heehee) Can I come over for breakfast next time if I promise not to take anything? Hugs, Barb

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  4. Paperwhites so lovely! I love the cake, with Dr. G, hubby would have ran with his. lol Mister is just too cute! Love the setting with the snow! What a great view, to have at such a lovely table set for Breakfast! I love the little pig! Did you say you had grits in it? If so what a great idea. You are making me look at dishes in a different way! Just love the tablescape and the Breakfast story.

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  5. I think Tuesday is my favourite day of the week now, I love seeing everyones artistic talents and getting lots of inspiration. Dr G is such a good sport :) and Mister too, the cake looks yummy and your Lennox plates are so pretty. Happy Tuesday Gollum.

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  6. I LOVE your idea of exercise! The figural bowls are precious! Love those Lenox plates too! Can't believe I haven't seen that pattern before! Now, I'm hungry! :O)

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  7. Hi Gollum...I love those Lenox plates! I am not familiar with that pattern and it is gorgeous...easily could be used all year. Isn't it funny? My family has learned to wait to eat, too! Anything for the blog! The coffe cake looks yummy! Mister is becoming quite the tablescape aficionado! Have a great day...Debbie

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  8. "NObody does it b-e-t-t-e-r..."~~~~ (BUT, do you think you can you sloooooow dowwwwwwn long enough for us to CATCH UP with YOU??? Holy guacamole, you are FASTER than a speeding bullet!)~~~ It's ALWAYS so F-U-N to visit "Michael's Mansion"... Everything is FAAAAABULOUS, daaaaahlin', from "soup to nuts"! (And I have the same flatware... DH likes it because it's so heavy & I like the looks, so, we're both happy with it!) XO
    (BTW, have I ever told you how I love your dry sense of humor??? Loved your comment re your diet!!! Well, just love your WRITING!)~~

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  9. No, I was just imagining the cheese grits--my cooktop is broken, so I must either microwave or bake.

    I went wild posting pictures of the coffee cake...I am slightly obsessed with carbs. LOL

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  10. P.S. That coffee cake is soooo mouth-watering!!! Do you have champagne with your breakfast sometimes??????? XO

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  11. No. But a Mimosa would be delightful on a lazy Saturday morning, wouldn't it? My mother would love it.

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  12. You do the most amazing tablescapes! It is an absolute delight to view them. Thank you for the time and effort you put into your presentations. I don't know how all of you girls do this each week, but I'm glad you do. It's such a nice escape and such FUN for your readers!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  13. Yum, yum, yum. thats all i can say. ! mishelle

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  14. Nice tablecloth today, Gollum. I really like those dishes. Tell Dr G. thanks for letting us interrupt his breakfast!

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  15. I love it all. The tablescape is just lovely. The food looks amazing and the view of your farm is just glorious. I'm in total envy.

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  16. Beautiful tablescape, as always! The coffee cake and fruit look yummy. I'll take a helping of the virtual also! Love seeing Mister popping in to view the action.

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  17. Gollum - Beautiful! Very patient hubby to assist in the photo taking..love your table setting - tureens - and delicious coffee cake!!
    Mister is adorable..just willing to help out !!

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  18. The whole time reading this, I'd thought you'd cooked that little breakfast cake yourself! You're a fraud! LOL!
    I just don't know where you find the energy and the motivation to put so much into setting your table, especially just for breakfast. Does Dr. Gollum think you're a little soft in the head from staring at your computer for countless hours? Well hell, why would he complain? He's got the gorgeous table setting, the gorgeous wife, and the gorgeous cake. From Kroeger.

    Justine :O )

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  19. You got me with , "the berries spilled down like dark pearls"...mmm...is there such a thing as carb-porn? You're such a tease!

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  20. I'm loving that Lenox pattern. I think it would go nicely in my hutch. Mister is as cute as ever and Dr. g. is such a sport. That coffee cake looks yummy! It's time to wake Jacob for school. ~ Robyn

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  21. I loved your comments about Dr. G what a nice man. Your breakfast cake looks so yummy. I look forward to seeing your table each week. Thank you!
    Roberta Anne

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  22. Oh Gollum, this is awesome. I love your little animal tureens.. that is a "wonderful" idea..The coffe cake looks delicious.. and I agree a Mimosa sounds pretty good as well. Sure hope you get the cooktop repaired soon..Have a super TT Tuesday. hugs ~lynne~

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  23. Beautiful tablescape~ I just love the flatware, I've never seen anything like it. Very unique.

    The view of the farm with the apple-cinnamon cake ( from Kroger? Wow )is gorgeous!

    Hugs~ J

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  24. Ironically this morning my hair resembles Mister's, a bit mussed up with blonde highlights. lol

    It's all so beautiful, the breakfast, the tablesettings and your husband's patience

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  25. YOu got some really great shots of your coffee cake so it paid off "going wild".

    Lovely breakfast!

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  26. Gollum, What a beautiful breakfast. The cooffecake looks so yummy with the fruit topping. I love your flatware and china. You are so good at making everyone feel welcome. Have a beautiful day!
    Hugs, Terrie

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  27. How lovely and what great pics! I love what you write, too! You sound like a fun person!
    Thanks for sharing the beauty in your world with us!
    Blessings,
    Becky :)

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  28. Another gorgeous tablescape, and the menu sounds yummy. I love the turene, it is just so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing again, always full of inspiration. Marty

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  29. WONDERFUL post, i loved it! IF only that was homemade, you would be ready for fg/ts in a heart beat! all your pics were super, great dishes and who doesn't love a food story with a cute dog finale! loved your little animal tureens too. great visual start to my morn!

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  30. omg, YOU DID GET TS! congrats all the way girl, i told ya super pic!
    off to add you to our hall of fame!

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  31. Gollum, I am dying for a piece of that coffee cake. It's so nice that Dr. Gollum plays tablescapes with you and let's us into both your lives and even stops and let's you take that perfect picture of the cake and the berries falling ever so slightly.
    blossom

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  32. I just love that fiddlehead fern shaped flatware! You have made your cake look so nice with the fresh fruit. A very cheery morning breakfast.

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  33. That tureen is gorgeous.And the dishes,but the little tomato salt and pepper are so cute...Ann

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  34. Dear Gollum, you have the perfect 'extras' in Dr. G and Mister. As per my penchant, the flatware is calling out to me. P.S. I was overbid on a cake stand during the night and will hold firm to my original bid.

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  35. Beautiful table and yummy food...what a great way to start the day!

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  36. Another lovely tablescape today...and I really wish the walk around the blogs would burn those pesky calories...LOL ;-) Bo

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  37. You take the most amazing pictures.I can taste the fruit and smell the coffee.Your photos read like a good book.It must be the writer in you. Always a delight!! Kathysue

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  38. Lucky you to have such a patient husband and patient dog! Lucky them to have such a beautiful table setting. laurie

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  39. That just makes me want to sit down, enjoy a relaxed breakfast. The food looks oh so yummy!
    Hugs, Bobbi Jo

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  40. Everything is just beautiful and the food looks so yummy! Mmmmm good.

    Thanks for sharing
    Wendy

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  41. Everything is gorgeous...as usual! Dr.G is quite a tolerant man...waiting to sip his coffee for pics...sounds like what I subject my Prince to!
    That cake looks amazing...it is nice to find such goodies at the grocery store, isn't it?!
    that tureen is beautiful...I love Fitz & Floyd!
    Have a happy day!
    ;-D

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  42. Lovely post & now I'm craving carbs too... I'm in love with your F&F tureen! Have you had a long? The Lenox plates are amazing too. Everything is so perfect. ♥ Diane

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  43. That's a very pretty pattern on your dishes. Everything looks so pretty.

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  44. Beautiful as always!!!!thanks for sharing...Pat

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  45. Very pretty! I would use the dishes year round also - love the covered bowls. Yum! That cake looks so good (and I just had lunch). We had a good dusting of snow this morn. also.
    Glenda

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  46. I really enjoyed your post today...your dishes are just wonderful. The addition of the yummy coffee cake just took it all over the top!!
    xo bj

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  47. Yum, blueberries are my favorite fruit! I bought the biggest, fattest ones at Publix the other night...on sale! :-) Dr. G is sucha good sport. My friends stop by sometimes and I have a table set for a future or past TT and they just LOOOOOK at me. They don't even ask...they know IT'S THE BLOG! :-) Beautiful table...love that ironstone tureen. BTW, I think your china looks like "winter" china and not just Christmas china...glad you use it all winter...it's gorgeous! Susan

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  48. Wow, you set a real mood, I felt as if I were there just by your description and photos. Lovely!
    Linda

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  49. Oh, Dear Gollum, there you go creating beautifulness again! What a lovely breakfast table you've set. The china is so pretty as well as you glassware. Now those little individual tureens are to die for!! I too, love the little piggy! Your stem ware looks like a baby fern not opened up yet!
    The food! OH, my goodness! The food! That cake is beautiful. It's okay that you didn't bake it! And what a wonderful Dr. Gollum you have to understand all about blogging pictures! lol
    Be a sweetie and I'll be right over for my half!
    Shelia ;)

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  50. Oh G, I just LOVE that china and have never seen it before. It is perfect for all winter! You are a genius with this and Dr. G. is such a GUY to let you snap away while he WAITS for that YUMMY looking cake....I would have been fighting for a piece!!!! Thanks for another inspiration! Pinky

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  51. Again Gollum,( :) ) perfection!
    I do feel compelled to point out how strangely, yet miraculously, the sunlight peered over the carb cake...I mean coffee cake! LOL
    I could almost hear a heavenly choir and little voice in the back ground saying .... "careful"! LOL

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  52. Very Lovely! I love how you includ food in your tablescapes! Deb

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  53. Oh I do love how you put this all together and Oh my you even have food to tempt me with. Such a great combination with your plates and the white. I love the stemware!! My eyes are very happy here...

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  54. Hi Gollum,

    Another great post, the stemware that you served the fruit in reminds me on the ones I have for you. Did you get my email last week? Waiting to hear from you.

    Have to run, it's our anniversary and we are going out.

    Hugs
    'D'

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  55. You have outdone yourself, yet again, What a beautiful post.

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  56. wow - your breakfast looks divine !
    Infinitely better than the peanut butter and strawberry jam toast that I ate this morning LOL

    French reccommended that I visit your blog so while I had a bit of time I mosied on over. So glad I did - it's stunning! I'm still relatively new to blogging and the talent of some women out there still amazes me.

    Would love to check back when I have more time.

    Cheers,
    Bre
    http://chantillygrace.blogspot.com/

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  57. Your things are lovely and your presentation as well. You definitley have the touch. I am anxious for more. Thanks.

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  58. Goodness gracious! Dr. G. is a lucky man! I love the food presentation...and I love the china! Everything is just perfect, as usual:-)

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