Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Variations on a Spring Tablescape

For this week's Tablescape Thursday, I started with the basic St. Patrick's Day theme, which has been there for a while, and did a little design math: subtracting/adding. Each day, I changed the tablescape a little.

The moss-lined tray was used in a BIRD THEMED Tablescape Thursday. I removed the birds, kept the eggs and moss, and added peepers and tulips.

Evenings can be quite dramatic on the farm. I've always loved "the gloaming."

My friend JULIE gave me this gorgeous, green rabbit (below). I moved the tulips and used the bunny as the centerpiece.

The white "Gibson" dishes are from Big Lots; the chargers can be found at Horchow.

The egg plates weren't bought together; I love how they're different sizes and don't match.
The gold egg...

Pink and yellow egg...

Green and purple egg...

Royal blue egg

What an adorable bunny!

The smaller bunnies are made by Bethany Lowe. She also designed the bird-themed Tweet & Chirp dishes that were used in a previous Tablescape Thursday, when I was longing for spring).

Linda (Mom of a German Shorthair) sent me this gorgeous Majolica bunny. He hops all over the house.

A cute, green bowl I found at Big Lots.

Now, we're back to the tulips.

Dr. Gollum and Bandwith have gotten acclimated to Tablescape Thursday; they are specially suspicious when the camera is near a plate. They've done the gentlemanly thing--they've been eating at the kitchen bar this week, which can be seen in the background. Now that the tinkering is over, we're sitting down to a family meal, complete with the Lindt chocolate bunnies.

The napkins were a gift from Debbie at Confessions of a Plate Addict. Aren't they gorgeous!

I posted early, because I'm about to get lost in the tulips for a few days.

Tablescape Thursday is like sitting down with a design magazine that's devoted to Dishaholics. To peruse other tablescapes, check out Between Naps on the Porch for Susan's Tablescape Thursday.

Tablescaping Notes:
"Gibson" dinnerplates, Big Lots
Egg plates: "Gold Egg," Centurion Collection; yellow/pink egg "Email de Limoges" by I.Godinger; green/lilac egg "Email de Limoges" by I. Godinger; royal blue egg by Muirfield.
Vintage napkins : Debbie, Confessions of a Plate Addict blogspot
Plastic lettuce placemats, antique mall
Green bunny pot and caged peeps, Big Lots
Flatware, "Avalon"
Yellow daffodil bowls/plates -- Horchow
Chargers -- Horchow
White Rabbit cookie jar-- Mikasa

Large rabbit centerpiece, Raz Imports
Smaller rabbits with baskets--Bethany Lowe Designs
Swirled, luncheon-sized plates--Myott "Olde Chelsea," Staffordshire
Green Depression glassware -- My pantry
Green napkins -- DII for the Home (Design Imports)
Lindt chocolate bunnies -- Publix

A reminder about "Foodie Friday" ... No theme this Friday, April 3rd. Just food, glorious food. The same rules apply: No Rules. Mr.Linky should be online around 8 PM central, Thursday night (a bit early because I always shudder when I add the 2-column Linky winky code--and usually do something wrong).

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Foodie Friday: Fast Pizza, A Tad Burned, But Edible

  • Welcome to Foodie Friday!

    When I'm frazzled and knee-deep in a book, I like to buy a pizza and add fresh ingredients. Here, I started with a plain cheese pizza and added chopped veggies. (Note the Excedrin--not a pizza topper, but for poor Gollum and Dr. Gollum.)

    I'm a long, long way from my old life. Disorder rules. Disorder even seems normal!

    Fresh basil, oregano, and a bit of thyme will go on the pizza.

    Bandwith says that adding the veggies while cooking adds up to a soggy crust. Sometimes, though, soggy is okay.

    Well, I burned it a little. ("A little?" Bandy said.)
    But a minor scorch is okay with me.

  • bacon
  • ham
  • pepperoni
  • extra cheese
  • apples
  • sun-dried tomatoes

Gosh, I miss you guys.
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Monday, March 23, 2009



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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Foodie Friday: Trainwrecks & Bloopers

Welcome to Foodie Friday's "Trainwrecks & bloopers!"
Some of you may remember when this sweet, innocent apricot tart

dripped all over the bottom of my oven, carbonizing into an impenetrable shell. It took many applications of baking soda and lemon juice, and, finally, Bandwith plus Brillo Pads. I was just too weak from lifting cookies rather than weights. Sigh.
Why did this happen? Because Gollum used the WRONG PAN.
Gollum will not do this again. Ever. But still, trainwrecks will happen.

Some trainwrecks happen all by themselves. This morning I took random pictures of the kitchen. I thought I'd show what happens to my kitchen when I'm writing a book. Things get skewed. Contrasts appear. Note the hairbrush next to the apples, so the author can detangle her hair while eating apples.

Trashbags and an empty salad bowl.

Doughnuts and Cascade.

Bandwith's Bobby Flay sauce was actually good, but it trainwrecked the cast iron (cast iron HATES tomato based sauces).

The leftover sauce was frozen, the pan cleaned by Bandy. I found it put away neatly in the pan drawer. Bravo, Bandwith!

I would have posted earlier, but I spoke at a local book club, and we started eating cake and drinking wine, and the next thing I knew, it was ten o'clock! Tomorrow, back to writing!
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