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Friday, September 26, 2014

Countdown to Halloween!

Halloween is a holiday all about fun...and sugar! What's not to like?
While I rarely use orange in my decorating, I go "whole-hog" when it comes to Halloween. I look at my decorations, and I think, yes, I think I can squeeze 12 more pumpkins in there.

This tablescape uses tangerine, sunflower, and poppy Fiesta, as well as vintage yellow.

I found these striped glasses at a First Fridays antique weekend and loved them. They coordinate nicely with Fiesta. If you are ever in Kansas City during the first weekend of the month, be sure to check out First Fridays (really it is the whole weekend) in the West Bottoms antiquing district.

There is so much to see and do. You will find many bargains and have a blast. And, did I mention there are FOOD TRUCKS??? Yes, my favorite is the Crave truck.  Yummmmmm!

This overhead view kind of disorients me. I am not sure why I took the photo at this angle, but it gives you a glimpse of the whole table.

The tablecloth came from a thrift store. I rarely buy new linens. I prefer garage sales, estates sales and thrift stores.

See those black napkins? Here is a little secret--they aren't really napkins. I have discovered Hobby Lobby sells hankerchiefs for 99 cents apiece. You can have a multitude of colors and change them with every tablescape.

Happy Halloween and Happy Tablescaping! Now, go scare up some dishing fun of your own.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Roasted Tomato Sauce

This sauce is very easy. I originally saw the recipe on, and loved it.

Roasted Tomato Sauce

3 lbs. Roma tomatoes, slice in half lengthwise
1 red bell pepper, sliced in half lengthwise and seeded
1 white onion, peeled and cut into large chunks
6 cloves garlic, peeled
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Place all ingredients on a large sheet pan. I cover mine in foil for easier clean-up. Salt and pepper the veggies. Drizzle olive oil over the veggies. Roast at 425 for 1 hour. After it is done cooking, place ingredients in food processor and pulse until you have a nice sauce.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Salsa Time!

Pico de Gallo

You might be looking at this pic and thinking, "Where's the cilantro?"

After I took the pic, I realized I forgot the cilantro, not to worry though, it has been remedied.

This recipe made a big batch of fresh salsa. You can adjust the ingredients if you like.

Pico de Gallo

8 tomatoes (fresh summer tomatoes are the best)
2 jalapenos (seeded if you don't like it HOT!)
3/4 of a red onion
2 tablespoons of cilantro, chopped
1 lime, juiced
salt to taste

Dice everything in a small dice. Add all diced vegetables together. Add half of lime juice and a little salt. Taste it! Add more juice and salt if desired.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy 4th of July

This tablescape features a vintage tablecloth with a bold blue and white floral.

The red and blue glasses came from Dollar General. They are similar to an old Avon pattern of glassware.

I doubled the napkins, a white on the inside and a red on the outside. I have seen Pottery Barn do this, and I love it.

I mixed vintage Fiesta with Post-86 Fiesta. The cobalt cake server is one of my favorite vintage pieces.

Yes, Homer Laughlin made a 4th of July pattern. I have 4 cups and saucers of this pattern.

Fiesta vintage cobalt sugar bowl and vintage ivory creamer.

HLC made George and Martha mugs for the World's Fair. These are small, a mere two inches. I found an additional mug (Andrew Jackson) that I don't think is HLC.

Hey Martha!


The flatware came from Tuesday Morning.

Sharing at Between Naps on the Porch!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Poppy Paradise

Homer Laughlin China Company introduced a new color of Fiesta, and that color is POPPY!

It is a brilliant orange that goes with both Post-86 and vintage Fiesta. I have set this table on a hibiscus print tablecloth and Post-86 Fiesta, vintage Fiesta, Harlequin, and Riviera.

Sharing at Savvy Southern Style and Between Naps on the Porch!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Bold, Graphic Floral

This tablescape leans toward Fall, but I couldn't wait to share it because it was so pretty. 

I am sharing at Between Naps on the Porch and Savvy Southern Style.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Go Bold for Summer!

I thought I would celebrate the start of summer by sharing a tablescape from my mom, Mary. Her table includes post-86 Fiesta, vintage Fiesta, and Homer Laughlin Ovenserve. The table cloth is vintage, an estate sale find. The colors are so bright on this cloth, it just makes you happy to look at it. One of the highlights of the table is the vintage Fiesta relish tray in the center of the table. Relish trays are coveted items among collectors.

The small Fiesta heart bowls are available at independent retailers. Love the shape. HLC also makes larger heart bowls available at many retailers, such as Dillards.

The small green ramekin is ovenserve. It is a vintage HLC piece. The outside of the ramekin has an embossed floral design on it that can be seen in later pictures.

The glassware is Fiesta. They can be found with various colors of stripes, but this striping is my favorite.

This item is called the ice lip pitcher. It might be used for iced tea.

I am sharing at Between Naps on the Porch.