Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Transitional Fall Tablescape

Hello friends.  It is finally sinking in.  The autumnal equinox is tomorrow and with it come the much anticipated pumpkin spice lattes, cozy interiors, favorite pumpkin picking farms, and the overwhelming urge to decorate for fall.

As much as I love summer, I do have to admit that I love fall and all the cozy comforts that it brings.  There is something very appealing and welcoming in the burnished color palette that the season brings.

I am slowly transitioning our home into fall.  I have put out a few fabric pumpkins, door wreaths, throws and floral arrangements.  But the front and back entrances remain undone.  I feel the temperatures are still a bit warm to bring in the real pumpkins and mums.  So I will wait a week or two before I decorate our two main entrances.

Today, I want to share with you a transitional fall tablescape.  I did not use anything new here.  The table setting was put together with items that I already own.  


I decided to style this table using a soft color palette with lots of layers and textures.  My colors of choice were a pastel yellow and navy blue.  I began with a simple cream tablecloth and added round yellow placemats as my first layer.  I then placed a wooden plate charger on top for texture and to accentuate the blue dinner plates.  My fourth layer was the pastel yellow accent plate and the pumpkin tureen was the final piece that completed my little masterpiece.



An elegant faux silk flower arrangement in shades of burnt oranges, browns and greens bring provides a focal point and brings a bit of harmony to the look.  Simple stemware and flatware complete each place setting.


















An equally beautiful silverplate teapot adds a bit of elegance and charm to the table.






A cherished heirloom adds a bit of visual interest and femininity to my table.  


SOURCE LIST

  • Dinner plates, tea cups, cream and sugar:  Johnson Brothers - Devon Cottage pattern.
  • Yellow floral accent plates:  Grace (Home Goods)
  • Ceramic pumpkin soup tureens:  Grace (Home Goods)
  • Brown Flatware:  Home Goods
  • Placemats and chargers:  Home Goods
  • Stemware:  Crate and Barrel 
  • Floral arrangement:  Made by me 
  • Bust:  Gift 

I will be sharing more fall tablescape inspiration in the next few weeks.  Fall is the perfect time to share wonderful seasonal fare with family and friends.  So I hope to inspire you to dress your table this season. 

What is your favorite part of fall??  Is it the decorations, delectable foods, autumn colors, or entertaining?  For me, it is all of the above.

Thank you for stopping by.

Fondly,

Janet

  






Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Laduree ~ A Parisian Tea Room In New York

I have wanted to make a visit to Laduree for sometime now.  A few weeks ago, I finally had the opportunity to visit this beautiful establishment.  

Laduree is a Parisian tea salon that began as a bakery in 1862 on the Rue Royale, Paris France and has expanded its locations which now include New York City.  One on Madison Avenue and the other one at 396 West Broadway, New York which is the one I visited.

It is a macaroon shop with a full-service restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.  This "tea salon" is gorgeous. 











From looking at its entrance, the place does not say much at all.  It is only when you step inside and pass the retail area that you begin to feel like your are in a very special place.  The first room is a bit dark. Decorated in deep shades of blue, pale green walls and darker lighting.  My favorite area is what I refer to as the grand room or the "Pompadour Salon".  It is brighter, very elegant and exactly what the the Parisian experience should be.  A place that invites comfortable conversation, elegance and good manners.  






The "tea salon" is decorated with heavy framed paintings, ornate mirrors, crystal chandeliers, silk curtains and velvet furniture.  There are a lot of architectural details in this pretty space.









Our visit began with a light lunch.  I ordered the Salade Cesar au Poulet (Chicken fillet) with a side salad and my husband ordered the Club Laduree.  To be honest, we were both disappointed with our dishes.  They both lacked flavor.  But we were there for the experience so we made the best of it.










The pastries however were another story.  The options are amazing and they are as delicious as they look.  The hot chocolate was creamy with lots of intense flavor.  Incredibly decadent.










But the macaroons are the star of the show and so many to choose from.  As I was told, the macaroons are imported from Paris everyday.







This is the open garden area in which you can enjoy the tea experience also.  It is a very pretty space during the warmer months.




I will definitely go back to this lovely tea salon.  But it will be for afternoon tea and sweet treats which is the better choice in my opinion.  

Thank you for visiting friends.

Have a great week.

Janet


Sunday, September 13, 2015

Homemade Peach Scone Recipe

Happy Sunday to you.  I hope you all enjoyed your weekend.  We have been very busy around here these days.  We have been working on a makeover of our master bedroom.  It has been a large undertaken.  Walls have been painted, floor removed and replaced, lighting has been changed and even our bedroom set is being painted.  My poor husband is working his little tail off.  Lost of work for sure.  I must admit though, it is looking fresh and pretty already.  We still have to add window treatments, trim and finish painting a few more of the bedroom furniture so I say we still have a couple of  more weekends before it is complete.

But today, I am sharing this simple recipe for Homemade Peach Scones.  These scones have a soft center, crisp edges and crumble lightly.  I also like that they turn out moist and flaky and have a chuck of juicy and sweet peach with every bite.   




























RECIPE

INGREDIENTS


  • 2 cups all-purpose flower
  • 1/3 cup of white granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
  • 1/2 sour cream
  • 1 large egg lightly beaten
  • 1 cup of chopped fresh peaches, cut into dime size pieces

DIRECTIONS

  1. Adjust oven rack to lover-middle position and preheat over to 400 degrees
  2. In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.  Place butter into flour mixture; use fingers to work in butter.  (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in peaches.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth.
  4. Using fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form.  Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball.  (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press the dough, it will come together.
  5. Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into 7 to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick.  Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles;m place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Be sure to place about 1 inch apart.  Sprinkle a little sugar on top of the scones and bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes.  Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

I served mine with my homemade peach jam.  (see link with jam recipe)  http://rosemary-thyme.blogspot.com/2015/09/homemade-peach-jam.html 

I am certain that you will enjoy these scones very much.  They are delicious.  What is your favorite scone recipe??








Thank you for visiting my blog.  I am happy you came.

Fondly, 

Janet

Friday, September 11, 2015

Homemade Peach Jam Recipe

Thank goodness that peaches have a long growing season.  Most grow from May through October, which gives us plenty of time enjoy this delicious fruit.  I get pretty excited when I see a bucketful of of beautiful fresh peaches.  And making them into peach jam lets us enjoy them even longer.  So today, I am sharing this easy and yummy Peach Jam Recipe that I made a few weeks ago.


The peaches I purchased from out local farmer's market were very ripe and sweet, so I was able to use less sugar.  If your peaches are the same, be sure to start out with a bit less sugar and give them peaches a little taste test, and you can add more if needed. (Rinse them really well)



I like to cut the peaches in small cubes for cooking.




Cook over medium heat.










Enjoy with a delicious peach scone of toast,  It is simply delicious. (Recipe for peach scone pictured below will be posted shortly.)  




Homemade Peach Jam Recipe


Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 pounds of peaches (peeled, pitted and cut into chunks)
  • 2 cups of sugar (you can start with less sugar and add gradually if needed, just do a taste test)
  • Juice of one lemon 
  • 1/4 spoon of cornstarch (I like to add this step to help the jam set just be sure to mix it with the lemon juice before adding into the sauce pan so you do not get any clumps)

Directions:


  1. Add peaches and lemon juice mixture to medium size sauce pan.  Bring to a boil over medium high heat.  Use a spatula or masher to crush peaches to desired consistency.
  2. Add sugar.  (Be sure to stir frequently)
  3. Continue to cook and stir, until peaches reduce and reach desired consistency.  (This can take anywhere from 15 to 25 minutes.  Jam should stick to spoon when lifted and turned.)
And that is all friends.  It is that simple.  Now enjoy your delicious homemade peach jam.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Colors Of Provence Tablescape

Hello everyone.  I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful holiday weekend.  It is almost impossible for me to think that it is September already.  The temps here still feel like summer so I am not in any rush to transition into fall decor yet.  I will enjoy every bit of sunshine and summer days while I can.

The other day while shopping at Costco, these gorgeous sunflowers caught my attention.  To no surprise, they ended up coming home with me.  And when I see such bright and rich colored blooms, I cannot help but imagine the enchanting landscape and picturesque villages of Provence.  Sadly, I must admit that I have never had the pleasure of visiting this amazing place but my imagination takes me there all the time.  Thought of its delightful cuisine, fresh herbs, warm climate, fields covered with lavender and sunflower live in my mind often. 



My table begins with a gorgeous bright patterned striped and floral square cotton Jacquard tablecloth from Provence which I purchased with a set of 4 napkins at the Philadelphia flower show a couple of years ago when the shows theme was France.  Side note:  What a spectacular show it was that year. The best one so far in my opinion. 



To add a bit of textures, I used wood chargers and topped with bright these yellow plates that have been in my collection for many years now.  They were originally purchased from Home Goods.  The pattern is called Petit Jardin by Culinary Arts


A lion head white soup bowl is placed on top of the dinner place which I used to serve a fruit salad. Finally I accented my place setting with decorative Ivory handle flatware from Sur La Table



Look at these gorgeous blooms.  Can't think of any other palette that paints the bright and warm colors of the French countryside.



















I hope you enjoyed the photos sweet friends.  That is all for today.  Have a fabulous rest of the weekend.

hugs,

Janet