Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Let's Dish # 15~ Pre Holiday Luncheon

Since this  weekend, there will be so many July 4th celebrations, and by the next meeting of Let's Dish, the holiday will be over, I did a little pre holiday table. 
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I was having a few cousins over for lunch, so I went with a little red, white and blue.
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It was so windy I had to move the table on to the covered porch to give us a little protection.
I used a red and white cloth from TJMaxx, sq chargers from the Pfaltzgraff $ day sale, $2.00, Red square plates from the same sale, 1.00.
Stems are from Dansk.
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Flatware from HG, napkins from Kohls, and napkin rings from CTS,   .25
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Handled soup bowls by Hutchenreuther, Germany.

Simple centerpiece of blue hydrangeas in a white pitcher.

I just took a few quick pics before we ate, no time to fuss for a photo shoot!  :)

I had to keep it simple, 3 men were dining there and they don't like a lot of accoutrements, :)!

We had baked clams,  Long Island Clam Chowder, Spinach salad with apples, pecans, feta , red onion and

bacon.  Bow tie and snow pea pasta salad and sliced filet mignon.

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I made them in this pan by Wilton. Recipe here.  I subbed 2 xl whole eggs and cut the sugar back.
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Make a bunch of these and keep them in the freezer. Pull them out when needed for a great summer dessert filled with fresh fruit and whipped cream or some ice cream.

Thanks so much for your good wishes on our son and dil's 5th baby!  I appreciate them!
Here he is, a few  hours old!  Eamon. A little miracle for sure!

Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope to do a July 4th table for the weekend, hope you will come back !

Let's see what you have this week! Link back to this post, only one link, leave a comment, blog name first, and visit as many as you can!  Thanks!

***I am seeing double!  I have no idea why there are 2 link ups, the code is only inserted once!

I am joining
Stone Gable for T T and T , Triple T or Tidbits, Tips and Tutorials.
Susan for Tablescape Thursday
Gollum for Foodie Friday
Diann for Thrifty Friday

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Set Another Place at The Table! Baby Arrived!

Our dil and son had their fifth baby yesterday!

Eamon joins his sister Lily, and brothers, Michael, Seamus, and Declan.  We are blessed!  7lbs. 11 oz.  So far so good!

I'll add a pic tomorrow night.

We celebrated with a Strawberry Smoothie, made with my new Ninja.

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If you have a Ninja, and use it for things other than smoothies, I would love to hear!

It came with a big cookbook, but haven't had time to try it yet.

It also has a shredding blade, so I am anxious to try that too!

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I think I will bring it with me tomorrow when we go to meet our new grandson.

 I can make sno cones for the other 4.

Oh, the winner of the gift card for the AT THE BEACH table challenge is

ELAINE in Colorado
Please email me your preference , HG or Target, and your address.

Next month's  challenge will be a DESTINATION. July 18th!
A city, or state, or country, or just your back yard for a picnic! 

Trying to keep it broad, that way more people can join in.  

I know all the Texans will be getting out their Lone Star accoutrements, lol!
I love NY, Paris, Italy, Florida, anywhere, your choice!  Take us away!

Thanks to all who joined Let's Dish and left comments . 

 I visited everyone and enjoyed your take on the theme!

A few still have not disabled the word id, I really don't think they know they have it.

This Wed. there is no theme. 
 Show us your table, or collection or new table related  bargain. 
 We love seeing it all!

I am joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday.

Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

LET'S DISH! At The Beach, Use your Noodle!

It's official, SUMMER has arrived, and in a BIG way!

Let's Dish # 14 , very appropriate , AT THE BEACH!  It's HOT!

First for all the kids who got out of school today, esp. my gkids, :), Happy Summer!

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Inspiration for the first table is this great cotton quilt I got at Pottery Barn Outlet, for 6.50.  Double size, reversible, and very colorful!

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I also was looking at those noodles the kids use at the beach, and decided to make something table related with one.

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I slit it apart, this one had indentations all the way around.  Then I made an inner slit and fit it around a white charger plate.

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With the extra pieces I made place card holders, and napkin rings! Dollar Tree Noodle, 5 charger rims and name cards and napkin rings.  Pretty thrifty!

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I bought some beach toys at the end of the season last year, and used one as the centerpiece.

TIP:  Save those reels Christmas lights come on, they are great to elevate things on a table, just the right size.

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I used it on the Buffet table  Sunday to raise the centerpiece.

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Green swirl flatware on the blue part of the quilt, noodle charger, polka dot plate from clearance at CTS .75
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Beach chair salad plate, .50 CTS a few years ago.

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Blue flatware on the green part.  Both sets are from CTS and were 4.99.

Blue tumbler from CTS, little green fish ramekins from Home Goods, as are the napkins.

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Hand painted s and p from CTS, .84 for the set.

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A Happy Summer take home for the kids, aluminum water bottles, 1.00 from CTS.

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I love to do fun tables, but I did an adult one too!

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My blue hydrangeas in some blue water in a nice big vase from the .99 store.

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Silver charger with shell from Noritake, many years ago.  White plate, pale blue textured edge soup, white shell salad.

Blue napkin with a white one inside held by a starfish  napkin ring from WSonoma Outlet.

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The  shell shaped serving spoons and salt and pepper server from WSonoma Outlet, end of summer sale last year.
 Ceramic shell shaped votive holders from CTS, last summer, 1.00 each.

Bubble glass stems , Dansk everyday flatware.

Scallop shells I spray painted silver, from down the block, free!  :)

Little white beach pails filled with hydrangea from $ Tree.  You can write the names on them.

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Hope you will join me in the garden , and enjoy all summer brings.

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Sit for a while on the side porch and enjoy the breeze, or just shoot it!

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Please  enjoy the season, and take time to smell the flowers!   :)

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Now it's your turn!

Gift card give away tonight.

You have to be a follower to be entered in the drawing, and tell me if you prefer Target of TJ Maxx which is good at Marshalls and Home Goods. Leave a comment to be entered.

Winner announced in my weekend post.

I've got my sunscreen and water wings on so I will join you ...

Thanks so much for attending our meeting of Let's Dish!

***One link, no word ID, and please link back to this post. THANKS!

Visit as many as you can, I know you will!

I am joining Stone Gable for her launch of her new meme, Tips, Tidbits  and Tutorials. Share a tip or show us how to do something. :) From now on known as T, T and T or Triple T!  Yvonne is doing  a sweet give away, hop over and see!
Pool Noodle Craft Party at Fox Hollow Cottage
Susan for Tablescape Thursday
Diann for Thrifty Things Friday

Let's Dish!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Breakfast for 8 on the Porch

I hope everyone who celebrated Father's Day had a great one!  My dad has been gone a long time,  he died young when I was a teen.

I cherish the memories I have of him, and know I am blessed to have had a wonderful dad.

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We celebrated Father's Day  here in Southampton, with a late breakfast on the porch.

A little beachy look, we live near the Bay, and on an Island.
So the beach is never far away!  :)

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I used the tablecloths I made for our beach community's Covered Dish supper last summer.
The fabric is wonderful, almost like a canvas, and is from Duralee Outlet in Bay Shore.

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To cover the legs, I used a fitted tablecloth I got from linens and  It was a great bargain that week.
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I kept it simple, our party of 8 included my 4 young gkids!

I love blue and white, so nice and crisp!

The sailboat centerpiece is also the same I used for the Covered Dish, HERE.

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The dish is from Pier One a few years ago, a great sale, so I bought 18!  They are very versatile, coupe shaped and waves going through them.

My everyday Dansk flatware, napkins are new, from the supermarket, 100 % cotton.  I love how they go with this cloth.
 I know they were under a dollar each.

The napkin ring was .25 at CTS.

On the menu ?  Something to please picky palates!

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Those food covers from the .99 cent store came in handy!

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Fresh pineapple, strawberries, cherries, grapes.
Bacon, Blueberry pancakes and a big bowl of freshly whipped cream!
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Everyone was happy, and the kids especially liked having the whipped cream!

Oh, ds and dil expecting baby # 5 July 4th.  All prayers for a safe delivery and healthy baby appreciated!

No, they don't know, if it a boy or girl, they never do.  Makes it more fun not knowing.  They have 1 girl and 3 boys now.  :)

Since we didn't have enough fruit :) , I made a fresh peach cake with a cream cheese, sour cream topping.

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I used a white cake recipe, but subbed milk for the water, the juice from the macerated peaches and  a splash of apricot brandy .

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Slice the peaches , about 5, and macerate in sugar, cinnamon and another splash of apricot brandy.

When the cake is partially baked, place the sliced peaches on top of the cake.  Return to oven a few minutes, then spread a mixture of cream cheese, sour cream, sugar and vanilla.  (Soften the cream cheese, add the sugar , sour cream and vanilla.
 Mix together till smooth.)

Return to oven till the cheese mixture is set, and the cake tests done.  Don't over bake.  Let cool thoroughly.

I am joining The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday
On the Menu Monday at Stone Gable
Tabletop Tuesday at Marty's
You're Gonna  Love this at Kathe with an E
Shannon's Cozy Home Party


AT THE BEACH!  to welcome the official start of SUMMER!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

It's Raining Men~ Let's Dish! Shrimp & Crab Cakes

Oh, I meant, Man, is it raining!  Seems like every Wednesday, just in time to take pics!

JUNE 20th  At the Beach is the theme! Gift card give away too!

The table I had planned for outside got a rain delay.

Today, June showers brought lots of flowers!  In fact, when dh saw it he said it is very flowery! The man is so observant.  :)

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The topper is part of a lined panel I had left over from making curtains for the bathroom to match the bedroom drapes etc.
 It is by Ralph Lauren.
  You may have it on your bed right now, lol.

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I used a white lace placemat,from the .99 store.  The dishes my neighbor purged, Winchester by Johnson Bros. I used them HERE last year.

The glasses are by Gorham via Lenox Outlet.

Flatware from World Market.
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Wicker watering can with rosebud impatiens and some diamond frost.  It will go back on the front porch later.
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Old pink napkins folded.  First I did them like this...
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Let's Dish 760I have to start giving a tip so I can link up to Stone Gables new meme an hour after we meet here.

Sometimes I feel strange doing that, I don't think I know anymore than you do!

When I wash the napkins, I take them out of the washer, and press them out with my hands.

  Let them almost dry flat like that.
While slightly damp, fold them and smooth them, and leave them till they dry completely.

Earth shattering I know, LOL!

Let's EAT!

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Shrimp and crab cakes with a zesty horseradish mayo.

Served on my Crate and Barrel find at the Dollar Tree.

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I have only made them once, I needed a quick appy and I had some shrimp and imitation crab, so I whipped them up.

They were a hit, and I promised all those who asked I would make them again, and write down the ingredient measurements.

 I didn't , but I want to make them for Father's Day so I will.  You know, some of this, some of that !  :)

Please read!

Please link up ONE table related post. 

This meme is to show off your tables or collections, or table related bargains. 

  This party is all about the china, etc!  :) Showing food is fine, but please show the table setting , or collection of dishes you are using to serve it.

We don't aim to be the biggest party, just to have  fun!
Join us whenever you have something dishy to share, you are always welcome, no dues collected!  :)


Do  remember to link back to this party, one link, no word id.
Blog Name first, please.  :)

Let's see what you brought to the meeting tonight.

Thanks so much for attending for meeting of Let's Dish # 13 and for visiting so many entries. 
 I see you when I go to comment, and it is great to see everyone get  visits and comments. And of course, I so appreciate your comments!

I am joining Susan for Tablescape Thursday
Diann for Thrifty Things Friday
Bev for Pink Saturday
Gollum for Foodie Friday
Yvonne for On the Menu Monday


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