Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Spring Inspired Table

Hello friends.  I think spring is finally here and after what seemed like a never ending winter, I am ready to put on my gardening gloves and work in rich soil, plant new rosebushes and herbs.   These days, I am content with planting, enjoying my garden and reading a book in my favorite corner of the house. 
 
I long for quiet leisurely days surrounded by pretty things and those that mean the most to me.  And the garden is now our favorite place to be.  With spring flowers and flowering shrubs suddenly waking from their long wintry rest,  it all adds to the peaceful fell of a welcoming home.  The effect is simply delightful and inspiring.
 
And what a better way to celebrate the season than with a garden inspired lunch that awakens the soul.  Tulips and roses are the main characters here followed by exquisite cutwork Irish linen and vintage china from Spode Copeland in the Billingsley Rose pattern circa 1930.  Glassware was purchased in Homegoods a few months ago.
 
I hope you enjoy my spring inspired table full of romantic feminine touches.  Thank you for stopping by friends.  Your sweet and lovely comments are truly appreciated.  
 
 










 
 
 




























 
 
 



 
 










 A Little Fact About the Vintage China Pattern Above:


Jewel Shape
The Jewel shape design originates from the 1850s when a sumptuous dessert service was made - possibly to the order of Queen Victoria - to the design of W. H. Goss, the Art Director at Spode. In this original service, each of the embossed rings on the border was fitted with a mirror-backed glass gem simulating rubies, emeralds and topaz. The service was for presentation in 1857.  Billingsley Rose pattern was the most popular design on Jewel shape.
 

 

Friday, April 26, 2013

Roses and More Pretty Plates

Hello friends.  I hope your week is a happy one.  It is a beautiful and bright sunny day here today.  Amazing clear blue skies and the perfect temperature for outdoor and a little bit of house cleaning.  It is days such as this that remind me that life is worth celebrating.
 
So windows are all open, house cleaning is started and friday night dinner Alfreco is scheduled with the family.  Great beginning for a wonderful weekend.
 
On to my post.  If you read my post from last week, you will know that I have been working on storing and organizing my growing collection of dishes.  Oh no..  Does this mean that I have become a an official Dishaholic????   I have made some progress but there is still lots of work to be done.  Taking a little break from the work, I put on my little tablescaping hat, grabbed my camera and put together another little vignette for you with a few of my pink and white floral plates.  Sorry, but I just couldn't resist!!!
 
A few fresh roses, pink and white dish towels found at Ikea and pearls finished the look.  Lots of beautiful vintage floral china here for those of us that love the Shabby Chic look...  I hope you find the photos pleasant and cheery.....
 
Thank you for visiting.  Your comments always bring me great joy.
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





















 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 







 

 


Sunday, April 21, 2013

Playing with Dishes

Hello friends.  I hope you are all having a fun weekend.  I have been organizing my dish collection a bit.  For me, it is more like play time with my dishes..  I feel like a kid in a candy store.  So much eye candy that I could not resist putting a little vignette together to share with you today.  So much fun and relaxing.  This is my kind of spring cleaning...

I hope you enjoy!!  Have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

 








 
 
 

 
 
 











 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Thank you to you all for stopping in and saying hello.  Your comments and visits warm my heart so much! I try to get to get back to each one of you but sometimes my hectic schedule gets in the way.
  

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Berries and Cream

Hello everyone.  It's been a very eventful and sad week.  The tragedies and losses have been far too many.  I can't help but think of the families that are grieving the sudden and unexpected death of their loved ones and the many people who were injured.  My heart grows with sadness. I can only ask that we all keep these families in our prayers.
 
Now, I would like to share something sweet and heart warming.  It is a very scrumptious dessert featuring fruits swimming in a silky-smooth cream.  This fresh and fragrant Berries and Cream combo mixes strawberries and raspberries with whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk.  It is a great summer dessert, weekend treat or simply just because.  Surprisingly, it is very airy and light.  I don't mean low calories girls.  It is ok to indulge from time to time don't you think....  
  
I hope you enjoy the recipe.  Thank you for your visit.
  
 



 
 
 
Recipe
 
Ingredients:

 
1 Cup heavy whipping cream
1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/3 cup of powder sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup of chopped fresh strawberries
1/2 cup of fresh raspberries
7 crushed cookies (any plain cookie)
4 Whole strawberries for garnish
4 Whole raspberries for garnish
fresh mint for garnish
 
 
Preparation:
 
 
In a medium bowl, combine whipping cream, vanilla and sugar.  Using a mixer at high speed,  beat until medium peaks form; set aside.
 
With a pastry brush coat dessert glasses with a thin layer of sweetened condensed milk.  Now coat glass with a dusting of the crushed cookies; set aside. 
 
Lightly fold the sweetened condensed milk into the mixed cream. (Do not mix, just fold)
 
Fill half of the dessert glasses with cream.  Add a few of the chopped strawberries and raspberries. and top with a sprinkle of the crushed cookie for a bit of crunch.  Fill dessert glass with more cream until you reach the top of the glass.   Add more of the chopped strawberries, raspberries and crushed cookies to finish. 
 
Garnish with strawberry and mint. Serve immediately. 
Makes 4 Servings

 
 
 
 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

First Garden Blooms

Hello blogger friends.  Happy Sunday..  On this beautiful and breezy Sunday I got to enjoy a little time in my garden to admire the changing colors of my flowering trees.  I am enjoying soft shades of pink and yellow in my garden right now. I picked a few branches to create a vignette and took a few photos to share with you today. 
 
A few pretty flowering branches in a pitcher, garden statue, lace and of course pearls add a touch of romance to the setting.
 
 
 



























A few quick shots to share with you today.  I hope you enjoyed them and thank you for your visit today.