Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Blue and Brown Stoneware for Fall

I love earthenware. Homemade. Hand-painted. Beautiful one of a kind pieces of pottery. 
Don't get me wrong, I love china and I will one day get some of my great-grandmother's Mason China to use for family gatherings and holidays, but I still love earthenware.
I've seen several of you use dough bowls and fall fruits in your tablescapes recently, so this is a nod off to all of you and your beautiful ideas. My dough bowl was from the same garage sale that I found my Johnson Brothers Regency White cups and saucers! It was a great sale! 
  Sweet handmade creamer used for serving sour cream
A family friend hand carved these two candlesticks. I think they are stunning and perfect for fall.

  Rattan Chargers--Walmart
Cobalt Blue Dinner Plates--Wedding Present
Oasis Fountain Stoneware Soup Bowls--Tested by Fire
Fall colored napkins--World Market
Iron Napkin Rings--Pier One
Heavy Iced Tea Glasses--HEB grocery
Glass Carafes--my grandmother
  Fall floral tablecloth from HomeGoods bought last year.

Dinner is served...
Chili with zucchini and white beans
Topped with Avocado, Sour Cream and Cheddar Cheese

I'm linking up with
Nest of Posies Fall Festival
BNOTP for Tablescape Thursdays
***dgmills*** Please email me your address for your prize!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Giveaway Winner!!!

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Congratulations!!! You won the Table for two!! I'll email you this week for your address! I can't wait to see you set a table for you and your husband! 42 years! Congratulations on that!!!

 Thank you all for participating!!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Simple Rosemary Pork and Potatoes with Broccoli Salad

Simple Rosemary Pork and Potatoes
1 Pork Roast
1 baking potato peeled and sliced
chicken stock
Rosemary, salt and pepper
In a large dutch oven, sear pork (seasoned with salt and pepper) on all sides in olive oil. Add chicken stock and a few rosemary sprigs and put in oven on 300 until done. Add potatoes (seasoned with salt and pepper in the last 30-40 minutes. Enjoy!

Broccoli Salad is almost always at potlucks and get-togethers. I was just craving its goodness this week.  It makes for a great fall and winter dish to brighten up any dreariness...my uncle grows broccoli in his winter garden, so I'm hoping for a fresh salad in the future!

 1 head of broccoli chopped
handful of red grapes cut in half
1 small can of pineapple  (save the juice)
pecan halves
handful of golden raisins
1 heaping spoon of mayonnaise
1 tsp sugar
salt & pepper
red onion chopped (I forgot to get this at the store)
In mixing bowl add mayo, reserved pineapple juice, sugar, salt and pepper, Whisk til mayo is thinned out. Add all other ingredients and stir to coat. Refrigerate one hour before serving. I'm serving this with Rosemary Pork Roast and Rosemary potatoes.

 I'm linking up with 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall soup & salad brunch with Johnson Brothers & Giveaway!!!

 This morning, both boys woke up with runny noses, so I got out my bulb syringe and benedryl and took these pictures after they both fell asleep. One is still out on the couch while his little brother is watching a Cars DVD right next to him! Oh to sleep that soundly!
 I'm using the same tablecloth, (1. to remind you that you could win two place mats from the same design HERE and 2. I can't find my fall tablecloth...it must have been packed with winter linens or something. I'll search before Thanksgiving!!) 
I had this pedestal bowl, from my mom, that I used to give the centerpiece a little lift. It's usually on top of our armoire that holds all my linens and the boys' toys!
This is the glass I used to toast our wedding. Sadly the second one broke when I was washing it that same night! Didn't last long, but sure is pretty.
I used kitchen towels as napkins. I just bought these from HomeGoods and I love the crisp clean look. The brown check plays off the dark brown rattan chargers from Walmart. 
I used my Johnson Brothers Regency White cups and saucers (garage sale!) and my grandmother's Tiffany & Co. Sterling coffee spoons.
  I used my red glass plates again, with Johnson Brothers Old British Castles salad plates, and  white stoneware bowls I bought from Target years ago. They have embossed pumpkins and leaves on them. The s&p and gravy boat I am using for salad dressing are from the same collection. The two red flutes are from Pier1 years ago and sadly they only had 3 went I bought them. I also used my Romanian glass water goblets from Marshall's, bought years ago.

One of my Romanian friends searched for one like our wedding flutes and bought me the other flute in this setting. You can see it is similar, but not the same. I still love it.
cream & sugar on top a white stoneware pedestal plate
The salad bowl is from Tuesday Morning years ago and the salad serving pieces are from World Market
Happy Tablescaping! 
Please stop by and leave a comment on yesterday's post HERE for the chance of winning a Table for Two tablescaping giveaway!
I'm linking up with Susan from BNOTP
for Tablescape Thursday!
No minimalist here for Open House Party

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tablescape OR Muffin Tin / Bento lunch supplies GIVEAWAY!!!

I have loved corresponding with many of you over the last year since finding all the fun blog parties and linkies that I participate in. 
This is my way of saying thank you for taking the time to read and comment! 
All you need to do is become a follower or tell me you are a follower in your comment and tell me which prize would you choose.
This giveaway ends Saturday, the 24th. I'll announce the winner next week! 
Good luck!!
**I ship in the US only**

Table for two please: is TWO linen and macrame place mats from Romania, TWO embroidered napkins (estate sale) and TWO iron scroll napkin rings from Pier 1. Perfect shades of linen and brown for fall!

The muffin tin / bento supplies choice includes mini forks, 2 hippo cups with a spoon (love these for apple sauce in my boys' lunches!), assorted paper cup liners and 6 umbrella picks!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Rain Rain Rain muffin tin monday

This weekend was glorious for most of South Texas and yesterday was the icing on the cake. We had a beautiful storm last night, so this morning we are celebrating with a rainy breakfast muffin tin meal! If you noticed my last post, I am celebrating the rain with a giveaway...Stay tuned!

Toasted rain clouds, sausage mud puddles with a frog pick, golden honey nut chex, cheese rainbows and strawberry umbrellas (sort of...I don't have the cute Japanese picks I've seen, so I used swords!!)
Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

Friday, September 16, 2011

RAIN!!!! I'm celebrating with a giveaway next week!!!

It rained today for about an hour and it's supposed to rain for a few more days next week...
so I'm celebrating! 
I'll be posting a giveaway next week...
Since some of you read my blog because of muffin tins and bento lunches, I'll have fun supplies as one choice and...
Since some of you read my blog because of tablescapes and decor projects, I'll have something beautiful as another choice...
The choice will be yours!!!
Tune in next week to see pictures of the giveaway. 
In the meantime, if you don't already follow this blog, please become a follower and wait for the giveaway post next week. 
Have a great weekend!
Disclaimer: I can only ship in the US.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Heirloom china for fall...

  Tonight I used some of my mom's china. Her birthday was Monday, so this week I am thinking of her.
The boys and I took her a cake and flowers on Monday. I think my 4 year old sang at least 3 times the 'happy birthday song' and his Ludee wasn't present every single time. He made sure I brought candles with me to their house (we now live 1/2 a mile from my parents) and he even helped by blowing them out!
These salad plates all belonged to her, or my grandmother or my great grandmother. I have 4 of the fruit plates and 6 of the pink floral plates, so I mixed them this week. I love the fruits for fall. I used red wine glasses from Pier One and amber/blue wine glasses from Pier One...both bought years ago. The crystal plates were both from different estate sales. 

I love these...so dainty. They also belonged to my mom.

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