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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

TABLESCAPE THURSDAY AND FOODIE FRIDAY...DOUBLE FEATURE

Thanks to
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for this lovely day...Please stop at her PORCH and see her offerings
and the growing list of others that want to show their BEAUTIFUL tables..
THANKS, SUSAN....
and
THANK YOU for stopping by SWEET NOTHINGS cottage...
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I am also wanting to thank GOLLUM for this divine and always DELICIOUS
FOODIE FRIDAY...
when you leave the PORCH, you will be hungry
so be sure to stop by GOLLUM'S place and see
all the good foods and fabulous recipes.
I think this Friday is
FINGER FOODS...
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only PART of my luncheon has FINGER FOODS
but enuf , I think, to qualify ....
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I HAD SUCH A HAPPY DAY WITH FRIENDS...
I WANTED TO SHARE....
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there was a LOT more color involved than THIS, tho....
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Wouldn't you KNOW it would be RED !!
such a happy color...
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FIVE of us.....4 of my best friends in the whole world...
2 others were sick with a tummy virus but, hopefully,
will feel better soon....and THEN, can be with us next time...
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we had the BEST luncheon....just right for a light meal between FRIENDS ...
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CHEF SALAD with Honey Baked Ham and Baby Swiss Cheese
BACON, CHEESE & TOMATO CRESCENTS (finger food #1 )
POTATO SMASHERS
and
RASPBERRY ICED TEA
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* these crescents were the BEST tasting things...you should try them...
1 can Crescent Dinner Rolls
4 oz. pkg. Creme Cheese, softened (I used Onion & Chive)
1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup finely chopped RED bell pepper
4 slices bacon, crisply cooked, drained and chopped or broken, into little pieces.
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just spread creme cheese on each triangle, sprinkle with ingredients, roll
and bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden....
8 servings
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these are really full of flavor and fabulous with a good salad....
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the little potatoes...just bake new potatoes (i used microwave),
then flatten with a saucer, put into a skillet with 2 Tablespoons of
SPICY ITALIAN DRESSING, fry on one side until brown, turn over
and brown other side....
then sprinkle each potato with Extra Sharp cheddar cheese and
crumbled bacon....stick under broiler until the cheese melts...
*while these were under the broiler, we all were talking
a mile a minute and MARTHA said, "Is that something burning
in the oven?"
GOOD GRIEF....
i pulled that oven door open so fast, it nearly fell off...
WHEW.....just in time, Martha !!
i just knew i was in for another TRAIN WRECK in the kitchen
for GOLLUM'S FOODIE FRIDAY !!!
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THESE sweet ladies are always teasing me about all my dishes
and how I always serve them lunch on REAL dishes and not PAPER...
OK, I said, dessert today is on PAPER PLATES...but...
not your everyday, run of the mill paper.. no sir ree.....
they have to be CUTE...they have to be RED AND WHITE POLKA DOTS !!
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FUDGIE BROWNIES, HUGH RED RIPE STRAWBERRIES..
RED SEEDLESS GRAPES.... (finger foods #2,3 and 4) heehee...
AND FRUIT DIP
just TASTE better on RED POLKA DOTS, don't you think ?
ooo, yes...they do !
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THAT good fruit dip is the old standby...
marshmallow creme and creme cheese'
O HONEY !!
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we even had a taste of BLACKBERRY wine...
in the middle of the day....
HEY....it was five o'clock SOMEWHERE !!
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OOO, yes....WE DID HAVE SUCH A GREAT TIME...!
AND I DO love my friends SO SO MUCH....aren't they all so pretty !
I am so blessed and I try to NEVER, EVER forget it !!!!

BLESSINGS, bj

50 comments:

Kathleen said...
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Kathleen said...

What could be better? Good food, good friends and a pretty table! Sounds like a lovely afternoon..
Happy Memorial Day!

Shauna said...

Thanks for your sweet comment!
♥ HUGS ♥

The Muse said...

RED!
ok, can you tell I like that color? :)The table setting just fills you with anticipation!

Goodness me~good food, good friends (wait~am I plagiarizing Kathleen?)
LOL LOL

Chandy said...

Love your red and black and white table BJ. So fun and yes, happy! Glad you all had fun!

Fifi Flowers said...

Looks like ladies having FUN!

abeachcottage said...

woot woot!

love this and I would LOVE to have been there to share all the colour and the friendship

looks like you had a great time, happy days!

Sarah

Amelia said...

Food and Friends equals "FUN".

I bet the laughter was continuous.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

Kathleen Grace said...

What a lovely way to spend the afternoon! Your table was beautiful, the food looks mouthwateringly delicious, and your friends look like they are having a great time:>)

Stacey said...

BJ, I feel like I've been to lunch with y'all! Your table and your meal looks amazing. What a fun time!

Your blog looks really pretty too. I love the picture of your West Texas Cottage on the sidebar.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a wonderful tablescape! Look at the beautiful red!!!! All of your food looks so yummy too BJ.

What a wonderful day spent with friends.
Hugs,
Penny

Joyce said...

What a nice tablescape to share with your friends. Thanks for adding the recipe. They look delicious.
Joyce

Debbie said...

It just all looks so great!

Smilingsal said...

Your friends even LOOK like nice people! I do like the happy color of red, and you know, that pitcher that you have the red flowers in looks exactly like the one my cousin gave me with the pink arrangement.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Looks like so much fun! and those potato smashers...oh they sound delicious! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

Shelia said...

I know a good time was had at your lovely table, BJness! Love the setting, the food and the happy faces!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Your guests seemed to have enjoyed themselves and why not with everything looking so pretty??? Stop by and see my table setting, if you like what you see, be sure to subscribe to my blog by clicking on "Follow" in the right hand column. This way we can inspire one another frequently! Be sure to stay a while when you're there and enjoy the experience!

marty39 said...

Oh I love your tablescape. The red is just so gorgeous and I love the checks, plaids and polka dots all mixed. Such a pretty setting. The menu sounds wonderful. Makes me hungry. Hugs, Marty

Brenda Eason said...

Oh BJ I love it. most of all I love the friends sitting around the table.
I can see the love in their eyes. How sweet. your things always look pretty,but feel so welcoming.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi BJ, oh how fun and your table looks wonderful. Oh, I love red! Isn't it such fun to gather with longtime and dear friends? I love your recipes also...everything is just delightful.

By the way, I have an antique secretary exactly like the one you have shown in blue. It has been in my husband's family forever.

Hugs, Barb

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

Looks like a fantastic afternoon with wonderful friends! Oh your table is set so pretty with all your red and polka dots and I am going gaga over that two tiered serving tray! How pretty! The food looks absolutely delicious. I may have to try your recipes some time! I'm glad you got together with your friends!

Kady

The Raggedy Girl said...

What fun and it looks like a gala party and the recipes you shared sound great. I am going to make those potatoes as I have everything I need to do it!

The Raggedy Girl

Beverly said...

You girls are so lucky to have each other. Our friends are our treasures.

Allidink said...

What a great little party you put on :) That is absolutely fabulous! All the food looks delicious and the tablescape is so pretty! I love that you used fancy paper plates :) Glad you had a nice time! Everything looks awesome!

All the best,
Allison

Carrie said...

Colorful table setting for a fun time with friends. Everything, including the food, looks wonderful.

Kim @ Manning Family Tree said...

Great post! Great tablescape. The food looks yummy. I'll have to give your recipes a try.

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, Miss Jean; I can still taste that delicious food and all the visiting we did was so much fun! You always make us feel so special! It is just such a joy to come to your beautiful cottage. You are just full of talent, talent, talent! Your post is good and brings back memories of a wonderful day!

Love you much!
Martha

Barbara said...

Bj, What a greatt post for both days. Everything looked great and I know the food was good. Isn't it great to have friends over and enjoy time with them.

Maybe one day I will get close enough to you to drop in for lunch.

Have a great Memorial Day Weekend. You are right about eating outside in Texas, ours is not only heat but bugs.

ButterYum said...

The red and black are scrumptious together.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Your table is beautiful and the food looks and sounds like it was delicious!!

I did our lunch with Jeanne and her husband, for Foodie Friday. No cookin'!

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Your friend look so happy and having such fun..... well of course with you as the hostess..
HUgs
Linda

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Nothing says fun like good food and good friends!

xinex said...

What a wonderful get together, BJ! I can imagine you all laughing and talking and just having too much fun without any worries. The food looks delicious and the tablescape is gorgeous....Christine

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Oh I love your table setting Bj.And the fruit dip sounds so good too. Those poka dot paper plates are so cute !

Gollum said...

It pains me to think of all the good food, and the fun, that I am missing by not being your next door neighbor! I just love your dishes, the food, and the great guests. I wish you and your family a safe, food-filled Memorial Day weekend. My little granddaughter, Annabel, will be here Saturday! I can't wait.
Hugs,
G

Blondie's Journal said...

BJ,

It looks like you had a smashing party! Wow, those were big roses!! Your tablesetting was so cute and the food looked delish. I am going to try the cresents and the potatoes, new recipes for me. And up here, we do the same fruit dip but sometimes add chocolate sprinkles or cinnamon, or lemon zest~gives it a little flavor & color!

Your frinds look like such sweet ladies. You are so lucky to be able to get together with them.

Have a great weekend, BJ! :-D

xoxo
Jane

Martha said...

A very pretty table and a great luncheon -- not a better afternoon.

Really Rainey said...

What a lovely lunch! Everything looked yummy and so did your fantastic red tablescape!
~Really Rainey~

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

What could be better than a lovely group of friends and yummy foods with your beautiful tablescape! ☺ Diane

Mary said...

There is something about a red table that just makes me happy. Yours is a beautiful red table and all your guest seem happy, too. Enjoy the long weekend.Have

mbkatc230 said...

Wow, this all looks wonderful! Your table is just beautiful, love the red. And those are the cutest paper plates I've ever seen. Will definitely be trying those crescent rolls, they sound wonderful. Kathy

Sandi McBride said...

Gee BJ, just when I was about to shout out, "BUT WHERE'S THE FOOD ON THESE BEAUTIFUL TABLES????" there it was...and a lovely recipe to boot...what a doll you are!
Sandi

Happy To Be said...

GM BJ, How special this was today...I just loved seeing your friends..loved the dessert glad I can't gain weight reading this ha ha!! may you have a wonderful memorial weekend my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria ps loved all your whited painted prjects you are doing...I need to repaint my old school desk on my porch...

Rhondi said...

Hi BJ
You set a beautiful table for your friends and then served them with delicious food. What a wonderful time you must have had.
Hugs, Rhondi

Brenda said...

Your table and dining room are just beautiful. And I'm really enamored of that quilt, for I've made many over the years! Your place just looks so cozy. Lucky women to be invited there!
Brenda

Amy said...

Good food and good friends. That makes for a wonderful time!

amy@maisonbelle

imjacobsmom said...

BJ, Looks like fun was had by all. Too bad your other friends missed out on a great luncheon. I am definitely making those crescents and the smashed potatoes. Both are right up my alley! ~ Robyn

Lady Katherine said...

Food sounds wonderful! Looks like a fun time! I love the black with the red. I also loved the photos of your dining room. You have some great pieces of furniture. Love the quilt. Just love how you did the place setting on the end of the table.

Lady Katherine said...

I love the black and white harlequin dish! I want one! lol

glimpse of my world said...

Hey BJ.. what a great table, great food, served up by a great hostess! Hugs.. think of you often..