The cherry blossoms are in full bloom in Washington, DC! If you have never seen this pink profusion event it is worth the trip. As a tribute to Pinks in the Tidal Basin, I set my Nani's little table on the side porch.
The best I can estimate, this table is edging close to 100 years old. It has never been repainted and is a real chippy mess! But that made it perfect for eating al fresco.
The table is set for dessert~ YUM!
The plates are stacked to reflect the pretty pinks, whites and greens of the CHERRY BLOSSOMS!
Homemade vanilla cupcakes frosted with strawberry icing and embellished with pretty pink pearls rest in a pink nest of paper grass. Dessert under glass! This makes the humble cupcake much more elegant!
Look for the cupcake recipe in an upcoming post... the icing is delicious!
Pink napkins are overlaid with netting and caught up in a Cherry Blossom inspired napkin ring. The netting adds a soft layer of fluff! The napkin rings are from Wm-Sonoma.
The table may be old and chipped but fine Waterford glasses hold a refreshing pink libation.
The tall white vase is filled with pink and white cherry blossoms. I literally have boxes of them. They were recycled from my daughter's wedding. I have made so many wreaths with them! See the Cherry Blossom Wreath on my side bar for a Tutorial.
A little nest is also dressed up with these charming flowers.
Cherry Blossoms are so sweet and delicate, and so is the feel of this table.
Things may start getting ugly around here! The first week of kitchen renovation was not so bad! Just a couple of cabinets and doors came down. Little things that did not disrupt my life too much.
But, this week... YIKES! Remember I told you that I would only be without my stove and microwave for a day... not so! I guess I heard that because I only WISHED it to be so! So I am cooking until they are gone! Hopefully I'll make it through Wednesday! Then I have a plan to use my slow cooker, large toaster oven and grill. And there is always no cook meals, takeout and dinner invitations from my friends.
Okay, friends! Our calendar is OPEN!
Monday: Soup's On Southwest Cream Of Chicken Soup Homemade Tortilla Chips
Recipe: Southwest Cream Of Chicken Soup
I can't wait to make this flavorful soup. It promises a big punch of Southwest flavor! If you want a soup that says OLE' please visit DEBBIE DOES DINNER,,,HEALTHY AND LOW CALORIE for this yummy and HEALTHY recipe!
Recipe: Pistachio Crusted Pesto Salmon Thanks Katie for telling me about this wonderful and impressive main course!
4 salmon individual fillets
2 cups chopped pistachio nuts (please make sure they are shelled)
1 cup pesto ( click HERE for StoneGable pesto)
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Salt and pepper salmon and put on a large rimmed baking sheet. Spoon pesto over salmon. Pack nuts on top of each salmon fillet, pressing down into the pesto and salmon. Make sure the pistachios are compact on the salmon.
Wednesday Tagliolini all'Amatriciana Arugula, Shaved Parmesan, Toasted Pine Nuts In A Lemon Vinaigrette
Recipe: Tagliolini all'Amatriciana
My good friend from The French Basketeer, http://www.french/ basketeer.com, is on a trip in Italy and is keeping us all posted about all things Italian! She e-mailed me the most wonderful recipes from her Italian cooking class and I am making Fresh Homemade Tagliolini all'Amatriciana (Fresh Homemade Pasta with Bacon Sauce). I am sure she will post and make it when she returns. (I am not making homemade pasta though, just the sauce.)
Recipe: Arugula Salad With Shaved Parmesan And Toasted Pine Nuts In A Lemon Vinaigrette TRY THIS RECIPE! Even if you don't like the sound of it, DO IT! I have never served it to anyone who did not LOVE it! How is that for a shameless endorsement! I just don't want you to miss this one!
1 bag of FREST baby arugula
1/4 cup shaved good parmesan
3-4 TBS toasted pine nuts
1/4 cup good olive oil
juice of 1 juicy lemon
1/4 tsp dijon mustard
good dash of kosher salt
Put the bagged arugula in a large salad bowl.
In a small jar add oil, lemon juice, mustard and salt. Put lid on jar and shake to emulsify. Pour just enough dressing over arugula to coat. Refrigerate the rest.
Thursday: Apples Of Gold Brunch Hard Boiled Casserole Ham And Spinach Quiche Blueberry Bread Pudding Fruit and Skewers With Vanilla Fluff Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
Friday: Slow Cooker Day Red Wine Short Ribs Mashed Potatoes Spinach
Recipe: Red Wine Short Ribs
1 cup dry red wine
2/3 cups ketchup
3 TBS soy sauce
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, pressed
2 TBS dark brown sugar
1 large onion, chopped
4 lbs short ribs
Combine wine, ketchup, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, brown sugar, onions and pepper in the slow cooker. Add short rib and make sure the ribs are totally submerged to coat. Cook on low for 7-8 hours, until very tender. Printable Recipe
Saturday: Grill Day StoneGable Hamburgers Fixins' StoneGable Baked Beans
Recipe: StoneGable Hamburgers I LOVE these hamburgers! They are just fabulous!!!!
1 lb 85% ground beef (no lower fat content)
1 package Lipton Onion Soup Mix
3 TBS water
3 TBS Worcestershire Sauce (or more... we like lots!)
Freshly ground pepper
Pinch of salt
Put ground beef in a large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and GENTLY mix. Do not smoosh or your hamburger will be tough. GENTLY form into hamburgers. We love large hamburgers so I usually double the recipe. Grill until done to your liking. DO NOT press hamburger down with spatula! We want all those wonderful juices to stay IN the hamburger. So yummy! Printable Recipe
Recipe: StoneGable Baked Beans This recipe is not rocket science. I never measure, I just DO! So follow my lead and dump, squirt and pour!
2-4 large cans of great northern beans or butter beans or both ( I also use cans of regular baked beans, too)
1 large onion, finely chopped
8 (or more) slices of bacon, cut into chunks
a big squirt of ketchup ~ about 2/3 cup cup
a smaller squirt of Dijon mustard~ about 2 TBS
a big dollop of dark molasses~ about 4 TBS or more
a clump of brown sugar! about 1/4 or more
a few shakes of Worcestershire sauce~ about 2 TBS
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Put all the ingredients into a large bowl. Add to a baking dish and cook for 1 hour, until bubbly.
OR Put everything in the slow cooker and cook on low about 6 hours. Delicious! Printable Recipe
Sunday Southwest B-B-Q Chicken Salad
Recipe: Southwest B-B-Q Chicken Salad
Using BBQ Chicken puts this recipe over-the-top! Visit Emily at FRILLY DETAILS for this yummy recipe.
Other Goodies This Week: Lemon Poppyseed Pound Cake
Recipe for Foodie Friday
When Kellie, atThis Blessed Nest, asked me to do a product review of her TO MARKET, TO MARKET TOTE I ran right over to her ETSY shopBag Full Of Posies. OOOOhing and AAAAAhing I checked out all of her attractive and creaive totes and other goodies! And there I found the TO MARKET TO MARKET TOTE... Oh my JIGGIDY JIG! I was thrilled she was sending it to me.
So, when it came in the mail (all sweetly wrapped up with a note) what did I do? I went to market! And not just any market, the oldest continually operating farmer's market America.
Lancaster Central Market has been a part of my local community for over 250 years. You can read all about our number1 tourist spot by clicking HERE.
Even though I did not buy a pig at Market, I did buy 1 pound of naturally smoked bacon...
...a giant Jicama, 2 bunches of asparagus, 2 crusty baguettes, a head of lettuce, 3 beautiful leeks, 1 pound of white mushrooms, a pound of great Canadian sharp cheese, 1 shiny eggplant, 2 zucchinis, 3 heads of cabbage, a bunch of tulips and a couple of sprays of stock.
All of these goodies fit comfortably in my TO MARKET TOMARKET TOTE along with my camera's telephoto lens, sunglasses and wallet. I was able to securely tuck my cell phone, lipstick and loose money in a zippered compartment inside my tote.
As I was meandering through market taking pictures and collecting fresh produce I had 6 strangers comment on the cuteness of my TO MARKET TOMARKET TOTE. It was so much fun to brag about it's quality, leather straps, sturdy construction, 100% jute fabric and the very very jaunty french pig on the front of the bag!
I handed out all the little business cards Kellie sent along. She must have known that my TO MARKET TO MARKET TOTE would be the center of attention!
I can happily and highly recommend this chic and useful tote.
Kellie wanted to share my joy and delight! She is offering a
on her beautiful and reasonably priced totes and other goodies to my DEAR readers!