Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Tablescape Thursday and Foodie Friday

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      This morning I was inspired once again by blue and white and the idea of my favorite yet simple breakfast.Foodie Friday (11) IMGP0226

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        Creating this single place setting for today’s Tablescape Thursday , hosted by the amazingly talented Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, gave me an opportunity to combine one of my favorite color combinations: blue, white, and yellow.

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      I started with one of my new dessert plates from Pier I and a Kennex Lace dinner plate.  I first saw the Lace dishes on Marty’s wonderful blog A Stroll Thru Life.  They are from JC Penney’s, one of the world’s best secrets for sale priced tabletop and linens.  Thank you Marty.  They were on sale , and I have wanted bright white dishes with texture for a long time.  I love that the lace looks like fleur de lis, one of my all-time favorite symbols.

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     I have these Franciscan Tiffin crystal goblets in avocado green, but I collected them in yellow off of EBay.  Although they are from the early 70’s, I think their chunky, interesting shape is timeless.  They are heavy, so shipping costs can be a deterrent.

PS.  I originally wanted them in amethyst, a deep purple color, but I said enough already. (unless you know of a bargain set somewhere…)

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     The sterling flatware is my mother’s pattern, Damask Rose. I love ornate flatware, but the simplicity of this pattern is so beautiful.

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     The other table accessories are my bird salt and pepper shakers from Pier I and my hob nail milk glass butter dish that I found in Round Top.  I have had the linens for years. They are from Stein Mart.  When Stein Mart has a sale, there are always some red dot table linens back in a corner somewhere.

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     What’s for breakfast?  Something really simple and delicious.  Take a look. I have never named this recipe, but it is so good , it is almost like eating  blueberry cobbler for breakfast.

Foodie Friday (14)       Microwave 1 cup of frozen blueberries for 3 minutes.  I buy frozen blueberries because I eat this often and frozen is just easier for me.

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     Next microwave 3 tablespoons of oat bran and enough water to cover the bran for 2 minutes.

     Remove from the microwave and add the warm blueberries.  Sweeten with 2 tablespoons of sugar free syrup. At this point I add 1 pat of butter. Stir and enjoy.

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     I also squeezed some fresh orange juice. It was delicious.

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     I bought these juice glasses for my grandsons to use.I hope you have a wonderful weekend. 

     Go to the wonderful Designs by Gollum blog for other incredible Foodie Friday ideas.

58 comments:

D said...

Yum! Love the table. Love the hobnail butter dish, and love your little measuring spoon!!!

D

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, this is a beautiful post. Loved the blue and yellow themed tablescape, and those white dishes are show stoppers. Love the rim. And the Pier I bird plate is as cute as can be. Love Steinmart, too, and I will remember that they have good linens tucked in the back at good prices! :-) Thanks for the tips.

Happy Tablescape Thursday...

XO,

Sheila :-)

printersdevil said...

I love the yellow glasses. You will hate me for telling you this, but our Salvation Army Family Store had a set of 8 of the amthyst ones recently for only $15. I passed on them because I have another set of amthyst goblets that are similar.

printersdevil said...

Forgot to add:

Don't forget to join us on this weekend for the final Christmas in July Tablescape Party on Saturday (some may spill into Sunday since the 25th is Saturday. I am having a real CIJ family dinner on Sunday, but will post my table photos Friday night and Mr. Linky will be up and ready at Playing Dishes.

Amy said...

I love the color combination. The birds are beautiful and I very much like your milk glass butter dish. Wonderful! ~amy

kate said...

Oh how beautiful!!! i love the yellow (gold) with the blue and white!!! love your butter dish, and also your new bird plate.
best to you
kate

Entertain Exchange said...

Love the bird plates and the yellow glasses...pretty table.

Susan

prof en retraite said...

Hi Laura! I LOVE blue and yellow...which describes alomst my whole house! I'll have to head on over to Pier 1 to see those pretty bird plates. I also found some chunky Franciscan goblets in pink that I love to use! Your breakfast looks yummy! Enjoy your weekend...hugs...Debbie

trash talk said...

Thank goodness for 60's and 70's when it comes to glassware! I love the brown in the fall.
The yellow and blue is just wonderful. Those plates are tutu cute.
BTW, what time is brunch?
Debbie

Anita said...

Love your new yellow bird plates....also sounds like I need to make a trip to JC Penny this weekend and checkout their tabletop items...hope I find a sale as well. Beautiful table.

Frugal Fine Living said...

The blue, white and yellow is so pretty together! I love the bird plate and your silverware.

Jane

Blue Creek Home said...

I love the yellow, blue, white color combo. And the Pier I bird plates are so pretty - I may have to get some! Also, love the hobnail butter dish.
My biggest thrill was seeing your yellow Franciscan Tiffan crystal - I have the juice glasses in purple and I had no idea what they were.
Rhonda

Dixie said...

Laura... you did yourself proud this morning.. I love this tablescape.. just beautiful!

I'm thinking that recipe is going to be mighty good on my table this weekend... mmmmmmmmmm...

how's hubby doing? he must be doing better since I haven't read any "new normal" posts lately... hope all is well..

hugs. Dixie

cathleen said...

How pretty your table looks. And the yummy food. That is enough to put anyone in a good mood for the rest of the day!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Laura! Thank you for visiting my blog and deciding to follow it! Well, after reading yours I was so entertained with your writing and found it so interesting witht the fact that I used to live in Laredo, TX! We were stationed at Laredo AFB....and have such memories of the area. My husband lived there for 4 years and I lived there his last year which was our first year of marriage.(1972-1973)I really enjoyed your post on going to Laredo! We want to go back to visit one of these days and see how much has changed. I hope your husband is on the mend!
~Hugs, Patti

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

There are tons of things I love about your tablescape today! The hobnail milk glass butterdish is so cute! The yellowish colored glasses are very unique-I've never seen anything like them. And the yellow and blue is one of my favorite color schemes! Great job and happy TT to you!

Cathy said...

oh Laura...this is so pretty!!! I love the color scheme!!! The little brd plates are wonderful!!! I see a trip to pier one in my future;)!!! All of the special touches on your table are beautiful...I love the hobnail butter dish!!!

I would love to have breakfast with you anytime!!! Yummy!!!

Happy TT!!!

Enjoy!!!
XOXO
Cathy

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I might eat breakfast more often if I sat at a pretty table like that. :-)
Glenda

Janie's World said...

I love your nice twist on the blue and white. Those little bird plates just pop off the table!

Jadehollow said...

Laura I love the Pier1 dessert dish!! So bright & Cheery and perfect with those darling yellow goblets.
Debbie

Vickie said...

I'm ready to jump right into those berries and oats! Looks yummy - your tablescape looks great, too, with the yellow/blue & blueberries!

A Bushel and Peck and Pigtails Paper Trails said...

those plates are gorgeous!

Domestic Designer said...

Love your color combo! The berries look yummy!

Dirt Princess said...

Great breakfast! I love the blue and yellow tablescape

The Stylish House said...

Laura,
These birdie plates are wonderful what a great color. I love the look you pulled together; it has so many interesting elements and textures. I have been a hard "working dog" of late, so I have not been visiting as much, but wanted to drop by and say hi.
Cathy

Lori E said...

I would have never thought to cook the oat bran in the microwave. Hmm.
I love blueberries all year round. I take frozen ones and stir them, still frozen, into a non fat vanilla yogurt and it ices up the yogurt. Better than eating ice cream.

Eileen said...

Thank you for your kind comments to me on my blog.

Your post here looks great! I have to try it!

I've been reading back a little and I love your flea market finds and I like your sense of humor!

I'm so sorry about your milk glass (no I don't know the value, but I think it just hurts to lose anything you held dear despite the financial cost). But the thing that struck me most about that story was the value of what you have that is so much more dear than anything in your cupboard, and that is your husband watching golf and yelling to you not to move because he knew you were barefoot! Isn't that the best feeling in the world?!
God Bless!

Beautiful blog!
All the best,
Eileen

Mary said...

Hi Laura, Oh, the blue and white is so classic. Great minds think alike! LOL! I chose that this week, too, but I like your addition of yellow - adds just the right touch. That hobnail butter dish is so special! Very nice indeed!

Blondie's Journal said...

Laura,

I will have to run to Pier I tomorrow to search for those dishes. They just "squawk" breakfast!!

Everything looks so pretty on your table. I love JC Penney online. Great deals and they are so stylish. I love your tablecloth too.

I have to write down your little breakfast routine. I live for blueberries. And I just read an article in Weight Watchers magazine about adding oat bran to just about anything for all of it's fiber. (I am taking my first reluctant steps to possbly joining Weight Watchers, starting with their magazine and some of their store bought products.) So I will give this breakfast a try.

Lovely tablescape. Have a wonderful weekend, Laura!

xoxo
Jane

Terry said...

How healthy your blueberry breakfast sounds. Your Tablescape is lovely.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Laura! I thought this looked familiar! LOL! And mine is the same as well. I enjoyed it again, and love all of your blue and white. I took a pic of mine the other day, and I could just look at it for hours. Don't you love it? And the blueberries sound just as tasty this go around, too!

Happy FF...

XO,

Sheila :-)

abeachcottage said...

love the tablescape, the blue with the white, mmm mmmm

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Laura, I love the yellow bird designed plate and your hobknob butter dish. It all looks so pretty. And I'm a true lover of blueberries. Eat them most every morning with yogurt or oatmeal sometimes. You know, they are good for you too!

susan said...

Laura- I love your glasses. They almost have a hobnail look themselves. The do look REALLY heavy. I love oatmeal, but save it for the winter, but it does look good with the blueberries!

Marguerite said...

Laura- You've really outdone yourself, on this one! Love the blue, yellow, and white color combo and especially the milk glass butter dish. I have a large collection of milk glass that were all gifts from my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law. Your tablescape is just beautiful!! Breakfast looks yummy, too.

ellen b said...

Hi Laura,
Those dessert plates are so great with the blue and white. A favorite combination for me, too.
I think I might have that same tablecloth in a round...
Have a great weekend!

Dining Delight said...

Very pretty! Cute birdie plates and love the white lacy dinner plate under. Your bird S&P shakers are adorable. Must try that easy blueberry cobbler!

DD

Maryrose said...

Very pretty and the blueberry treat looks yummy.
Maryrose

ivoryspring said...

What a beautiful breakfast setting. One never goes wrong with blue and white! :)

Really Rainey said...

I'm going to have to try that berry-bran breakfast with my granddaughter she just loved blueberries and they are SO good for you too! Thanks for sharing that recipe with us! Have a wonderful weekend!
~Really Rainey~

Poppedijne said...

Oh, that bird plate is gorgous.I see so many beautiful plates on all these American blogs that I am becoming quit envious.The blueberry breakfast sounds wonderful.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a wonderful tablescape. I love the blue, white and yellow combo. It's always so refreshing. I adore your bird plates. I've never seen any like them.. yes, visiting all these beautiful tablescapes can sure get a gal's wheels turning with ideas and wants.. thanks for the visit.. I hope all is well your way... hugs ~lynne~

Ashley @ AshleysBusy said...

WOW, those bird plates are awesome!!!! And I LOVE JCPennys for home stuff. Got my bedding there, LOVE their American Living collection. :)

Mary said...

I love the sound of that bran-berry breakfast. We are major fans of blueberries in this house. Thanks.

Nicole Feliciano said...

Gorgeous pictures. I hope you'll swing by my recipe exchange too. I shared a yummy baked flounder recipe and love collecting other inspired ideas:

http://momtrends.blogspot.com/2009/07/friday-feasts-baked-flounder.html

Patti Cakes said...

Look at my post for today. "Look what I found"

Bill said...

Hi Laura,
You combined everything beautifully! Blue and yellow work extremely well together, don't they? Your mother's sterling is just beautiful! It's really nice that you're using and enjoying it.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving the nice comment. Good luck with your quest!

Bill

Graceful Moments said...

The classic color combination of blue, white and yellow is so cheerful. Great for a breakfast table. The blueberry oat bran cereal sounds tasty and healthy. I'll have to try that one!

The Fajdich Times said...

Love your bird plates:) Your table looks very pretty. Nice breakfast:)

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Love the hob nob butter dish! Such a pretty table. I'm off to Penny's.~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

I'm always on the lookout for amethyst glassware, too. Not easy to find!

Pretty tablescape and delicious-looking breakfast. Anything with blueberries is a winner for me!

Bobbie said...

Beautiful white and blue and yellow. The white dishes from JC Penny? I have never even looked! I am going to go look for them.

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Kathleen said...

Beautiful table, love those glasses..I have to stop myself too, enough already!

Joyce said...

Your butter dish is awesome:)
Joyce

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I love those yellow plates with the birds. Blue and yellow are just such a wonderful color combination, and that tablecloth is so pretty. Love this tablescape a lot! laurie

imjacobsmom said...

Laura, I'm loving your tablescape - I hope our Pier One still has those yellow bird plates and JC Penney's still has the white ones. Your little measuring spoon is darling! Your breakfast is so quick and simple I may even take the time to eat it before work. ~ Robyn

Anonymous said...

I know I'm late posting here, but I just bought those yellow bird plates at Pier One this week and the clerk told me they expect to get them in red as well.
*James Lee Burke is one of my favorite authors as well. Have you read Mary Kay Andrews?

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