Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Let's use the pretty stuff....

I am not sure why we don't use the "pretty stuff".
Maybe because they need to be hand washed?  
Or maybe because we don't want to chip or break any pieces?  
Or maybe we are to lazy to pull them out of the china cabinet.

But today I decided to use these pretty dishes!!

These were my Mom's and they have been in the basement, in boxes, for a few years!

The label is unfamiliar to me - BUT we all were born in the Boston area!!

The bread dishes are from Crate and Barrel, and the flatware is from Pottery Barn:

The dishes are a beautiful, royal navy with gold trim:

The butter dish is from Anthropologie:

I decided I better use the platter under the soup tureen as I am going to put beef stew inside!


And WHY no wine glasses on the table?  Because we decided to have a glass before dinner - - in the "pretty" glasses:

How often do you use the "pretty stuff"???

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Friday, October 21, 2016

My October tablescapes....

I've had lots of company this month and had fun setting the table with some of my favorite dishes!

This table was set for breakfast for 4....

...quiche was baked in my favorite pie dish from the Pioneer Woman...

(find the recipe at the end of post)

...and I served sparkling cider punch with a caramel and cinnamon sugar rim:

Another breakfast was served using my Courtly Checked dishes...

...scrambled cheesy eggs, apple cider donuts, melon and caramel kissed apple cider...

...these donuts are to die-for and we can't wait for them to be baked every fall!

This was a quick setting for dinner....

...where I served pork roast with orange salsa, garlic/parmesan roasted potatoes and grilled herbed zucchini.

A table set for a buffet dinner where I served turkey and all the fixins':

This table was set for lunch....

...and I used my old Lillian Vernon vases for each place setting....

...and a pumpkin topped with fresh succulents as a centerpiece....

...and of course, we had Caramel Kissed Cocktails!

This table was for a luncheon I had last year.  
The Courtly Checked dishes really work well in a Halloween themed table!

It's always fun to use the "black and whites" in October!!

Recipe for QUICHE!
4-5 large eggs
3/4 can evaporated milk
4 oz grated cheddar cheese
1 box frozen spinach, defrosted and liquid squeezed out
6 slices bacon, cooked and chopped
3 tablespoons chopped onion
S & P
pie crust

Line the pie crust with cheese:

Beat eggs with eval. milk and add spinach, bacon and onion.  Stir well and pour over cheese.

Bake at 350' for an hour and enjoy!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Butternut Squash...

Other than Apple Cider, Butternut Squash is what I look forward to most in the fall.

It is so easy to prepare - cut in half and scoop out the seeds....

....put 1 1/2 T butter in each cavity....

...add about 1 1/2 T brown sugar in each cavity...

...sprinkle some salt and pepper...

...add about 1/2" water to baking pan...

...cover with foil and bake for about 1 1/2 hours!

Scoop the squash out of the skin....

...and ENJOY!!

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday afternoon happy hour......

Today was a beautiful autumn day in NY - The foliage was at peak, the sun was warm and a perfect day to sit on the porch and enjoy an autumn cocktail!

This drink has only 2 ingredients, Kissed Caramel Vodka....

...and apple cider!

Chill with a few ice cubes....

...and serve with a little snack for happy hour!

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Monday, October 3, 2016


Perfect for a Sunday Brunch:

1 bottle Pinot Grigio
4 cups apple cider 
1 cup rum
1/2 cup bourbon whiskey
1 apple, chopped 1 orange, sliced,  2 cinnamon sticks
Champagne (or a liter of seltzer water)
Serve in a punch bowl

To dip rim of glass, dip in melted caramel and then into cinnamon sugar!

There's a quiche in the oven!




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