Cream Soup for One Tablescape

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I set a cream soup tray for one since I was dining by myself:

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I absolutely loved the shape of the cream soup bowl.  The handles make me want to sit up a little straighter and mind my table manners a little better.  Here, the cream soup bowl is sitting on a cream soup stand, which in turn sits on a salad plate, which in turn sits on a silverplate filigree tea tray for a layered effect:

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Of course, with a pattern like Lady Carlyle that exudes the beauty of an English garden, we have to have some kind of rose accent!  I am sorry I only have blossoms from my one and only Jude rose bush to impress myself and you.  It would have been nice to have a St. Cecelia, or Queen of Sweded to match that cupped rose in the center of the soup bowl.  But for now, my Jude would have to do:

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Some accessories to go with the tablescape – a Florentine glass goblet, Lady Carlyle salt and pepper shakers, and Lady Carlyle napkin.  I had bought the Lady Carlyle fabric in my pre-quilting days.  Now, I wish I had bought more of the fabric to make a quilt:

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Of course, when I eat alone, I have to have something to read… in this rosy setting, what can be more apt than the David Austin rose catalog?

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Just to set the record straight, I rarely set the table when I eat alone (or Vicki would surely prohibit me from ever joining her Craft Week, hehe.  I am just giving Vicki a hard time).  But once in a blue moon when the mood strikes…. I do indulge and make myself feel extra-special by setting the table just for ME!

Thank you for stopping by.  I wish you a wonderful day!

Setting the table just because…

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… I felt like doing so, even though I was only serving roast beef, green beans and homemade rolls for dinner:

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Peeling off the layers:

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The rose sprigs are Baby Blanket from Jackson Perkins.  They are groundcover roses that have vigorously blossomed this year:

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The centerpiece was quickly assembled from my Italian brass pheasants on a framed picture that I haven’t hung on the wall, fluffed up with a bit of English Ivy from the front yard.  You will notice that you have probably seen the tablecloth before.  I don’t have a large repertoire of tablecloths.  The tablecloth you see is actually my quilt that has appeared “The Quilter”:

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Let’s get started with our comfort food dinner before everything turns cold, shall we?

Thanks for stopping by – Have yourself a lovely day, won’t you?  Blessing to you all!

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Wiesbaden Napkin Fold

Some of you have asked me to demonstrate how to do this napkin fold:

It is called the “Wiesbaden” because this napkin fold adorns many dining tables in the beautiful resort town of Wiesbaden, Germany (from Linda Hetzer’s The Simply Art of Napkin Folding).

[I find that for the best presentation, you would have to use quality linen that has a bit of a “body” and is not too “limp”, or else your folds won’t stand up as nicely. For the “real” thing, I also press and starch my linen before performing the fold. I also found that a larger fork (Continental size) works and looks best.]

First, fold the napkin in half diagonally to form a triangle:

Fold up the bottom edge about 1-1/2 inches:

From the center, fold three one-inch pleates and insert the pleats in between the tines of the fork. There you have it – Simple, simple, simple!! You may choose to display the napkin with or without that “front” fold depending on from which direction you insert the pleats between the tines:

I hope you have enjoyed this short tutorial, and that it has given you some ideas for your Thanksgiving presentation this year!

Have a great day, everyone!

Autumn Tablescape

To get geared up for the fall season, I am showing you a few of my autumn tablescape pictures. Please keep in mind those pictures were taken before blogging, so you would have to excuse the quality of some (*grin*):

I have truly enjoyed reading the holiday traditions you have left on my giveaway post. I will be sharing between now and the holiday season the different traditions we have at my house – one of which is that we do not serve turkey at any other time during the year except during THANKSGIVING (or maybe Christmas). It makes it all the more special when we walk through the house on Thanksgiving Day and smell the turkey roasting deliciously in the oven!

I wish my bloggy friends in the Northern Hemisphere a very beautiful and safe autumn! Till next time! :)

Click the following links for more autumn tablescapes:

More Autumn Accoutrement

More Autumn Tablescape

Autumn Dessert Presentation

Click here if you are interested in the napkin presentation.

Easy Pesto

For some reason, I have recently started liking some white/cream simple china. I even found myself doing research on the internet looking to possibly add a set of plain white china. These are antique pieces that I had come across at a resale shop last year from the Johnson Brothers Heritage White collection:

Shown here are the Heritage White pieces on Spode Chargers used to serve a pesto dinner. I am rarely a “mix-and-match” person!!! What is happening to me?

To make the pesto, you need:

1 cup firmly packed fresh basil leaves

1/2 cup firmly packed parsley sprigs with stems removed

1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

1/4 cup pine nuts, walnuts or almonds

1 large clove garlic, quartered

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 Roma tomatoes, diced

Shelled Uncooked Shrimp (optional)

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1. Combine basil leaves, parsley, cheese, nuts, garlic and salt in blender container or food processor bowl.

2. Cover and blend or process with several on-off turns until a paste forms.

3. Gradually add oil and blend or process to the consistency of soft butter.

4. In a separate pan, saute shrimp and tomatoes. Salt and/or pepper to taste.

5. Toss with cooked pasta and pesto.

6. Garnish with extra pesto and grated cheese.

7. Enjoy with warm bread! YUMMY!!

p.s. We have never planted vegetables. Thanks to my husband, we have a very mini vegetable garden patch. I had actually picked the leaves from the basil we have for my batch of pesto this time!!!!

Have a wonderful day everyone. I will be back again tomorrow!

Christmas in July: Part 2

We have had company, so I am relying on my “archived pictures” for my post today.  This is from my Christmas table setting in 2004.  The seating arrangement was determined by placecards on each placesetting.  Each guest received a “table gift” placed by the dinner plate.  It’s these little things that lend to the atmosphere of “grand-ness”, and so,

… we had a grand time.  We also had a very special guest from Holland that year.  She brought us an antique cuckoo clock that is just precious.  The weights of the cuckoo clock are the real heavy metal ones, unlike the plastic ones that are used in the newer models.  They were mistaken to be grenades going through security check at the airport.

Have a wonderful day, everyone.  I am off to doing some cleaning…