Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A child's memories and muffalettas

  I had these packed up, but decided to set them out to play a bit in honor of my godmother. Marielle Slaughter. She died long ago, but I got sentimental since my birthday is coming up. She painted these dishes for my brother and me the year I was born. She was an AMAZING artist. I still stare in amazement at the detail.
This is my set...a dinner plate, a bowl and a cup. I used my JB Regency White saucer and my grandmother's coffee spoon. The plate is resting on my Walmart rattan charger and set between my grandmother's silver and silverplate...all different styles.
This is my brother's set. My mom had a Siamese cat when we were little. I'm guessing this is her! The napkins were a great estate sale find (12 for $4)
my dinner plate

Murphy's dinner plate
My little cup
Murphy's little cup

I used my Spode sandwich platter (estate sale find) for the muffalettas, my usual goblets and my grandmother's carafes. My mom just gave these to me. I love them.


the whole set
 
Our names are on the bottom of each piece
 

She signed each piece

love the bluebells!
 
Muffalettas
Super easy and super yummy recipe
I made my own relish with tomatoes, olives and marinated feta cheese. Just chop it all up finely. Traditionally you would use Giardiniera in your relish, but I did not.
I found these great flat bread sandwich rolls at my local grocery. You could use focaccia or another flat bread of your choice.
I layered thin sliced deli ham, roasted turkey, hard salami, provolone, and mozzarella, added the relish. I would suggest putting a heavy pan on top to flatten them, but we were to hungry to wait!
I served these with chips and Boursin cheese & berries and vanilla yogurt. It was delish!

I'm linking up with 

 Marty from a stroll thru life for table top tuesday

Susan from between naps on the porch for tablescape thursday

miz helen for full plate thursday

sherry at the charm of home for home sweet home

MLW from designs by gollum for foodie friday

ekat's kitchen for friday potluck

the tablescaper for seasonal sundays

 smiling sally for blue monday

19 comments:

Marisa said...

How special are those plates! WOW! I can hardly believe those are hand painted....such a treasure.

Marlis said...

What a treasure in those dishes. I think I have a cake plate that is handpainted by someone my in laws knew. I should get it out. Lovely table thanks so much for sharing.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

What a lovely and quaint table.
Your dishes are so detailed and pretty, a treasure for sure.
So neat that they are handpainted.

Blessings, Nellie

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh, I'm in love with your plates and your Spode sandwich dish too! I do believe they're hand painted as I've worked with such incredibly talented people at my hubby's ex-ceramic factory, so I can definetelly appreciate it! Your plates are a treasure and so congrats for having them! Great table setting.
Hugs
FABBY

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh, I forgot to invite you,so go directly to my blog and see one more china that was designed by us! I couldn't join Susan's, just didn't go thru...thank you in advance!
FABBY

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What a special set of dishes! How amazing that your grandmother painted them for you and your brother, they are so pretty-enjoy the memories:@)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What an amazing treasure those dishes are! She was so talented. This is a sweet tablescape and the muffalettas look wonderful!

Entertaining Women said...

Family treasures are always the very best. I love that your godmother cared enough to give you a personal part of herself when you were so young. Thank you for sharing your darling design. Cherry Kay

Luncheons at the Junction said...

WOW! These dishes are amazing. The artistry is breathtaking, and the amount of love and thought that went into each one to make them personalized is so heart warming. This tablescape is a beautiful tribute to your godmother. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you, a Mom of two little ones an early Happy Mothers day!

Martha said...

What special and pretty dishes! A true treasure!!!! And I love the fact that "your" cat is on the dishes!

Marigene said...

Meredith, your godmother was a very talented lady, the dishes are beautiful. I haven't had a muffaletta in a couple of years...I am salivating!

Miz Helen said...

Hi Meredith,
Your hand painted china from your Godmother is a real treasure. She was a very talented lady and must have loved you very much. We just love muffaletta's and always have them when my Cajun daughter In law comes to see us. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you next week!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Your dishes are just wonderful. I still have the tea set from when I was a little girl and it is cherished.

Delicious looking sandwiches!

Sherry said...

How sweet is that china. It is a lovely pattern. The muffalettas look delicious also. Thanks for linking it up!
Sherry

SmilingSally said...

You have a real treasure here. I'd keep them out and on display! Thanks for sharing your blues.

Happy Blue Monday, Meredith.

Kathleen said...

I can't believe those are hand painted, they are just beautiful. What a tr4easure. Your boys are just adorable!

chubskulit said...

Just beautiful!

Blue Hyacinth, hope you can come and see. Thanks!

The Tablescaper said...

How neat to have dishes painted just for you. The detail is simply amazing. Thanks for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Meredith, I'm finally home and doing some blog catch-up... I'm glad I didn't miss this post! What beautiful dishes -- and what wonderful memories! I know you treasure these, and I'm so glad you shared them.

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