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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A GOOD FRIEND'S VISIT....

It was a rainy, cloudy, dark, most delightful day....see how wet the pumpkins in my yard are?
I ADORE RAIN....CLOUDS....LIGHTENING....THUNDER....
The phone rang and it was a good friend from out of town...
"I'M IN TOWN....MET ME FOR LUNCH SOMEWHERE"....
I said, "Get over here, girl. I want to fix lunch for YOU!!"
"Oh, goody...I'll be right over!"
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Now, I LOVE a pretty table...and I LOVE something different for a centerpiece...
I have these beautiful, olden goblets, just covered in the most beautiful etching...and golden rimmed.
I used these as my candle holders...and LOVED the effect....

With the candles , they were magical....
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A beautiful golden tassel was added...
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I quickly set places for my friend, Mr. Sweet and myself...
all the while, my microwave and oven were hard at work...
I used my new fall dishes and the vintage golden flatware...
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Adding my little bunny gave the whimsy I love....


Then I quickly lit the little candles in the fireplace...
Vintage mantel that is my pride and joy...
NOW...these candles add NO heat....No, no, Nanette (sorry, SHEILA...I used your favorite saying!)
O, but the atmosphere they add is priceless....
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Mom's vintage green goblets gave me the needed color for my table.
Just as I got the dining room all ready, the doorbell rang...
"Come on in!!"
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We started our lunch with a hot bowl of Tomato Soup, with
freshly grated Parmesan Cheese and shredded celery and my favorite crackers.
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Since I didn't have a single, solitary tomato in the house,
our salad consisted of little baby carrots and celery on a bed of crisp lettuce...
Ranch dressing....OF COURSE !!
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Stuffed Anaheim peppers, fluffy baked and buttered potatoes, black-eyed peas
and a hot buttered biscuit...
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We girls decided to just turn our chairs around, gaze at the candle light, have dessert and just talk and talk and talk....
*****nSome of you might remember that last week, I made Orange/Cranberry muffins...
I froze a few and sure was glad to get them out of the freezer and into the microwave while the
DUNKIN DONUT coffee was making.....
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It turned out to be a great meal and the BESTest part ??
Having it with a very good friend..!!
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My thankfulness:
Having the food, comfortable home and the time to spend with good, good friends.
I AM LINKING WITH:
SUSAN for TABLESCAPE THURSDAY
and
MICHAEL for FOODIE FRIDAY

55 comments:

Sandi McBride said...

Your table is so inviting that I found myself reaching for a fork to try try the blackeyed peas...the warmth is palpable.
Sandi

Justine said...

BJ, this post was just fantastic. How wonderful that out of the blue your friend calls and you insist on making lunch! And no ham sandwiches for you girls! Wowee. At least tell me the soup was from a can, k? It was a very unusual lunch but everything looked so delicious!

So now, that isn't a real fireplace? I do love the look of those candles in the logs! Oh! And your goblets are gorgeous! Hmm... one could take that the wrong way. LOL

Justine :o )

Shelia said...

HI Dear BJness! Oh, what a wonderful post! I love your glorious table, your food and you were able to share it with your friend! That's such a nice touch those little candle lights in your pretty fireplace! Just perfect! I'm thrilled you would use my silly verbage!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Lee said...

That is what it is all about... the sweetness of a warm meal and friendship... fellowship and breaking bread together.
Lee

Janera said...

What fun! You know what? Those friends are best who don't need an advance invitation, aren't they?

Loved this post!

Blondie's Journal said...

BJ,

Your post just gave me the warmest feeling inside. All that good food on your pretty table with all the candlelight while the weather was terrible. Oh, comfort!!!

I love your new dishes. And I love what you served. Grated celery in tomato soup is a new one for me and I will have to try it. And do you serve black eyed peas often? Do you just boil them and serve or do your put something on them? Boy, do I sound like a Yankee or what??!

Beautiful tablescape. You have a lucky friend, indeed! :-)

xoxo
Janie

Kathleen Grace said...

What a lovely post:>) You have a very lucky friend!

Sandi McBride said...

BJ I just had to come back at look at that loving setting with the black eyed peas, cauliflower and wondering what is that next to it, is it a stuffed pepper? LOL...it made me hungry!
hugs
Sandi

Stacey said...

BJ, I am certain that your friend enjoyed that meal way better than any restaurant food. :) Your table and your home are beautiful.

Kimberly-mytoesareclaustrophobic said...

Darlin' post. So glad you were able to catch up with your friend - after all, there's nothing like old friends.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I keep meaning to tell you how much I like the new header or picture at the top of the page...whatever we are supposed to call it here.

I love what you did with the table. The new dishes are beautiful and I love the fireplace candles. Great post!

Laura said...

What a beautiful post- your home looks so lovely and inviting and the meal you prepared- oh my gosh!

Enjoyed visiting,
Laura

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

OOOO, how pretty those goblets look with the candles flickering in them. Your table looks so pretty, and I love your mother's green goblets. Food looks great too-what a wonderful spur of the moment hostess you are! I would have been ordering pizza! Love the candle logs in your fireplace. laurie

Kammy said...

Super beautiful BJ ! I love all your new fall dishes and all the sparklies !
Kammy

Brenda Eason said...

That is a blessing to have a friend come into town like that .Another blessing is that you can fix and table and meal that fast. It all looks amazing and I to want the peas and bicuit.
I hhave the goblets and yes they are old. I have to fing mine I wrapped and out them up. They were my late aunts and she was 75 when I got them and that has been years.

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

Oh I love this post; I almost felt like I was right there!! I love the idea of the candle in the stemware--what a neat look that gives!! The table looks so pretty and love the candlelight in the fireplace!! Cool meal too.

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Hold on I will be right there, what an invitting little meal for your friend...those black eyed peas sure look familiar, and I do love the tomato soup...wow those glasses you used for candle holders was a wonderful idea, they are perfect...

♥Mimi♥ said...

OK, that's it, I'm coming for lunch, tomorrow☺ You set the prettiest tables of anyone I've seen. Always so thoughtful and comfy.

Jane said...

I can just hear that Texas accent saying "get over here, girl". Sweet memories....

Your table is so inviting. And the meal looks scrumptious. I am intrigues by the candles in your fireplace. What a wonderful idea to have the logs (are they real) filled with the candles.

Thanks so much for sharing. (and for visiting me today)
Jane (artfully graced)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Okay, BJ... I want to know if I call you when I visit Texas, do I get a lunch like that??? Oh, YUM!

Everything looks so festive and pretty, too.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Robin said...

I was feeling all warm and snuggly inside and then the snow started falling and it just got better! Loved this post that shows a little of your wonderful hospitality.
Robin
All Things Heart and Home

Barbara said...

BJ, How warm and inviting and delicious looking food. One day I will come to your part of TExas just to have lunch or something with you. I felt like I was there this time. Everything was great.

Barbara

Theresa said...

What a warm and inviting posts! I can guarantee you that if I am EVER in your area, I want to sit at your table:) Love the music... we have a lady at Church who sings that song and it warms the old ticker! Have a blessed day dear friend!

Mrs. G said...

What an inviting tablescape you have set up for your good friend. I love all the sparkle and the candle thing in your fireplace is really a cool idea.
Happy TT.
Hugs,
sue

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh what a wonderful meal and table you've set for your special friend -- and beside the fireplace too! So warm and welcoming this is.

Ramona said...

Good Morning BJ ~

This is a lovely post! Your lunch looked so delicious...I can almost hear the delightful pitter~patter of raindrops outside...pure bliss.

Thank you for sharing a bit of your cozy afternoon.

Smiles ~ Ramona

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Such a pretty room and the tablesetting is just gorgeous. So warm and inviting. Your menu looks fabulous. Love it all. Hugs, Marty

Sarah said...

BJ, I agree it is so much nicer to lunch with a friend at home....more leisure time to visit. Your table looks perfect and so inviting. The lunch looked to be delicious. I think your candles in the fireplace are a great touch. Your large goblets that you used for the centerpiece may be buttermilk glasses. When I was recently visiting at a friend's in Dallas, she had some of these that had been her grandmothers. She called them buttermilk glasses. I want to find some of these. They add such interest to a table. ~ Sarah

Darlene said...

I LOVE your beautiful table and you whipped up a fabulous meal for your friend. It looks delicious! Those fireplace logs look so neat! What fun having a gab session with a dear friend!♥

Mimi said...

BJ, such an inviting table. I ♥ your new plates with the green goblets, perfect pairing. All of this in front of a cozy candle-lit fireplace, how much better could it get.

Sue said...

Bj-What a lovely post! You set a wonderful table-I'm very jealous of your dishes. I have nothing but my old Corelle's.
Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I agree with you-I do love a cloudy rainy day.....but 10 days worth---not fun!
Have a great weekend
Sue

Pam said...

I would love to be invited over to dinner too. The food looks yummy and the table is beautiful.

Maryrose said...

Hi BJ,
Great post. How wonderful to put together such a gorgeous and welcoming lunch for your friend. It looks just perfect and I absolutely love those dishes. Where did you get them? Did you say...I must go back and look.
How lucky to be your friend.
Maryrose

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Lovely, and yes it is magical. This is a very enchanting table at which to enjoy a meal.
Susan

Anita said...

Beautiful post, as always... the food looks amazing...

Kathleen said...

What a lucky friend you have! A perfect afternoon, the table, the ambiance and the food..just great!
Love your candleplace..:)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Very Pretty BJ and the lighting is gorgeous! Your food looks so delicious that when I saw the little sparklies I thought it was steam! Love the china too! Cindy

NM said...

i love reading your posts-so warm and inviting-I feel like I am there with you. Thank you for making me feel welcome!
Best wishes, NM.
PS I love the snow falling on your blog...so pretty.

Jackie said...

Oh BJ I just love the way you used the goblets as candle holders. How magical.

God bless.

Janean said...

everything was so cozy and homey! Yay!!!

Lori E said...

I bet your friend was so pleasantly surprised by the lovely table and great lunch you prepared. You work well under pressure don't you. The key is always to make your guest feel like it was no trouble at all to have them over.

Shirley said...

I bet you had a wonderful time at your beautiful lunch. All looks so cozy. You set a beautiful table and your photos are great. Love the candles in the fireplace.

Sherri S said...

Yummy down home cooking! Your table is beautiful and I LOVE that fireplace with candles. Did you make the logs? I have a fireplace I won't use but THIS would be PERFECT!

Mary said...

The table food and company are all perfect. This was a lovely post BJ. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

honeysuckle said...

Your table looks so inviting. Candlelight makes everything more romantic. I have some antique goblets kind of like yours and I will have to see if they lend themselves to candleholders. Thanks for the idea!

Beverly said...

It all looks comfy, cozy and delicious.

BJ, you're the best for making everything special.

The Fajdich Times said...

This was such a relaxing blog. Your pictures are amazing. Love the fire place with the candles:)

heartnsoulcooking said...

I love all the candles, they add a wonderful sprinkle to the table. Everything looks GREAT!!!
Geri

sarah { abeachcottage } said...

G'day!!! sorry I've not been by for a while...:-)

this is lovely, the table looks just divine and the candles are a twinkly and warm, (I'm really into having heaps of tealights for christmas this year)

the frienship is the best thing though!

Sarah

Brenda @Cozy Little House said...

Looks delightful, BJ! All so pretty and the candlelight adding such ambiance. I'm sure she was quite grateful for the display. I just now checked UPS and it said your package was delivered. This is Friday afternoon. Hope you got it!
Brenda

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

I like the lighted logs in the fireplace.

Rettabug said...

BJ, you are a woman after my own heart! There is nothing better than opening your home to a friend & providing warm, comforting food!
This looks like it was an outstanding success, from beginning to end.
I'm amazed at how perfectly your new fall dishes match those pillows on the chairs! Good job!

I ♥ your stone bunny on the table! I have 2 that are outside at the moment but must come in before our Ohio winter freezes & cracks them. I will give them a good bath & they may be on a TT soon. Thanks for the idea!

I also think your candles inside the fireplace are a wonderful idea. I HATE, HATE, HATE my gas log fireplace!!! This would be a perfect solution if I can find something similar & it will fit over the existing faux logs. Off to google!

Thanks for sharing such a homey & welcoming setting with all of us.

fondly,
Rettabug

Miss Janice said...

Goodness gracious girl, you just whippped up this fancy lunch and set that beautiful table in a snap, didn't you. Of how fun to be able to do this...especially to be with a good friend!

Lady Katherine said...

lovely,yummy, log candles Yes! I OK, just lot pain. lol I sneaking on computer.

Dena said...

OH BJ, you sure know how to make a friend feel welcome :) I love your table and the yummy menu and the cozy fireplace...okay, that's it, I wanna come visit! Love your hallway bench by the way...need to go show hubby that piece and bat my lashes ;)

Hugs,
Dena