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Monday, July 19, 2010

Ooooh, MR. SWEEEET...BREAKFAST IS READY

I hope this is going to be a FABULOUS day for all of you.
Mine has started out wonderfully...with a pretty morning table
and a delicious breakfast, shared with MR. SWEET..
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This is a thrifted SILVER PLATED tray I bought at a yard sale for a dollar...
and those are the hard working hands of the man of the house...
shining up this tray to be used on this fine morning...
so shiny, it looks like a mirror...
THANKS, MR. SWEET...it's lookin' goood.
I always say, "A girl can't have too many SHOES or too many TRAYS!!"
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I do love the RED, WHITE and BLUE..
be it 4th of July or ANYtime..just a pretty summertime combo to me..
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See how pretty the tray looks, holding a beautiful vintage glass cruet for oil or vinegar
that belonged to Mom....
I use it more to hold candles than anything else..
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Those cute little rooster napkin holders...:)
I'm not sure just where I got them...HOBBY LOBBY, maybe ?

Vintage plates....
from my mother...
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I think I told you once about her letting me eat from these beautiful plates
when I was very young because...
I didn't like my food touching...
I still am not crazy about it, either !!
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COUNTRY LIVING MAGAZINE
had these bottles with FERN fronds....(theirs on the left)

I LOVE THAT !!...so, of course, I had to find some bottles
and put a few fronds of BOSTON FERN in them for my morning table...(no asparagus fern around my place)
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Now I am on the search for a tall vintage MILK bottle...
well...I'd even like a reproduction and I'll bet I can find one of those a lot easier !
It sure would look great with fern or wild flowers....
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don't you just love the sparkle of glass and silver..?
O....I sure do..
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OH, and in the same COUNTRY LIVING...
I noticed they had THEIR flatware with the handles DOWN in the glass...
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OOPS....MINE were turned the OTHER way, so OF COURSE................
(boy...talk about shallow!!) (awww...it's just all for fun, anyway!! ) ;-)
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A burning candle...shiny silver...clean glass....texture of tealights in the jar... ferny green...
how good it all works together......


I love using JARS...and I love putting neat stuff in them....
just something a little different..love to change things up.
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I never have a FORMAL table setting...they are so beautiful and I've had the
pleasure of drooling over some beauties here in Blogland..
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but SWEET NOTHINGS cottage is so informal...and our tables are informal
and I delight in finding new and interesting things to use on my table that others may not use..
Just the fun of BEING DIFFERENT, I think....
I love the informal ways magazines like BETTER HOMES and GARDENS...
COUNTRY LIVING...
ROMANTIC HOMES...
show casual table settings...
and great CATALOGS are a wonderful source for ideas..
Pottery Barn being one of MY favorites.
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OK, I've got the table set....
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NOW IT'S TIME FOR....
BREAKFAST
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Time for BUTTERMILK BISCUITS again...
I'll swear..... if they weren't loaded with calories, we could eat them 3 times a day...!!!
MR. SWEET'S mother actually DID make them 3 times a day...can you believe it ?
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She was a fabulous cook...never anything fancy...just "down on the farm" stout foods...

She smoked a cigarette ever so often and she would hold it in her mouth sometimes while she was cooking...and those ashes would get almost as long as that cigarette...

I was always really watching that because I kept thinking they might fall in the food...and I sure didn't wanna eat ASHES !! :)

They never did tho...Strangest thing I'd ever seen !!.......funny, the things we remember....she was such a sweet lady and had a really cute sense of humor...we all loved her very much..
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GRAVY...!!
Well, my gosh!!
...we love it, too...but we have to limit ourselves to only about
once a month...sometimes every couple of months....
We sometimes have the PIONEER NO FAT GRAVY but....
FACE IT....it's not as tasty as the real thing...and even the REAL thing isn't as good as
it used to be 'cause we no longer use BACON GREASE...daaaang !
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Wonder why someone can't come up with something good for us that
has the TASTE of bacon grease ??
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We love POLANER ALL FRUIT ...
I can just eat it with a spoon !
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Sparkle and shine...A hot biscuit with GRAVY.....and another with JELLY...
A terrific way TO START THE DAY....

Please have a beautiful day...and know that you are loved !!
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I'm good and full and....thinking about taking my lazy self back to bed for a little tiny nap.......
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I'm linking with these fine memes....


THIS is also a fabulous breakfast, on our balcony..

aboard the beautiful SAPPHIRE PRINCESS, cruising into SKAGWAY, ALASKA.

(if i have already shared this photo, please excuse and chalk it up to a SENIOR MOMENT!:))

40 comments:

shannon i olson said...

What a lovely table, I love silver, and ferns and candles and glass..and ... oh my! I had my dad polishing silver for a resent tea, he was not impressed!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

BJ,
I was wondering when we were going to get to those biscuits!!! Boy, are they good. The tennis girls will be tasting them at my dinner in Sept!
xo
Robin

Annie Joy said...

Beautiful! I'm so happy I found your blog. I'm with you -- casual table settings are so much more inviting and there are so many creative things you can do with them. I have the blue and the white to go with your red flatware -- hope to get some of my own someday. Annie

Ralph said...

Goodness, the place setting is complex, but beautiful - the place setting arranges ad spokes is really inviting! Biscuits are fine eating, and those that look this nicely deserve additional fat calories in the form of butter. Or jam, no additional fat but plenty of sugar. If invited, I think I could find Lubbock...

FLOWERSHOPGURL said...

Hi BJ, Wow what a beautiful tray, I love the pretty candles, glass and the touch of the delicate ferns in your vignette. Thank you for sharing!
Hugz,
Kim

Nana's Fun Stuff said...

Your table for breakfast looks absolutely adoreable. Every little detail :) Love the rooster napkin holders and the way you used all your glass items. BJ, you're one talented woman. Mr. Sweets is a lucky man!! Have a great day!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

BJ, Can I borrow your husband? I have many silver trays that need a big muscle!
Your breakfast with of biscuits and gravy is right up my alley! It is my absolute favorite! And your Mom's pretty plates. WOW! they are a true treasure.
I honestly like your ferns better than Country Living Magazine! Such a great idea.
Wonderful post~ full of inspiration!

xo Yvonne

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

Love, love, love all of your table settings BJ! And boy oh Boy,,,, can you lovs biscuits you see in a blog (I think Sheila would say yes). They look yummy!!!!!
Hugs,
Penny
p.s. I loved the picture of your breakfast on the ship...

Debby said...

You should have a
B and B. Your dishes and place setting are so wonderful.
Did you see my post about a "Baby" girl can never have enough shoes?
Love all of those magazine. I would love to live in the Pottery
Barn catalog, hah.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

BJ, he sure did shine that tray good. It is gleaming in the photos. I love the bottles with the fern fronds in them. Just a simple, but pretty display.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your table setting is wonderful. I love the silver tray and the glass together. Putting the ferns in the bottles is just ingenius. So pretty. The divided plates are so pretty. I think my mom use to have some, but plain white. Breakfast looks fabulous. I love biscuits and gravy and homemade biscuits are the best. Great post. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Mr sure did a great job shining up that tray, it's beautiful! Country Living is my favorite mag, and I see biscuits and gravy on the menu for this weekend-yummy:@)

Blondie's Journal said...

I love the pretty silver tray, all dressed up with candles and ferns {love that idea!}. And those biscuits look heavenly! You do have a way with breakfast. And...I love your mothers pretty dishes!

xoxo
Jane

salmagundi said...

Didn't you want to steal those blue and white rope plates from your cruise breakfast? I'd love to have some like that. Also, I had to laugh about you turning your silverware upside down - I always thought you were supposed to put the utensil side down, so you could grab the handle and not contaminate the utensil part. What does Country Living know?? Have a great week. Sally

Julie Harward said...

This is the kind of food my husband loves1 I love the old/new tray..it looks so beautiful! Love the rooster napkin holders too..so cute, wish I had some of those! :D

Sarah said...

BJ, I make biscuits on Sunday mornings. My husband loves biscuits and gravy, but I don't make gravy. :-)
Your table looks lovely and so inviting. The crystal and silver and all those red accents make for a happy table. ~ Sarah

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Oh My! You always set such a lovely breakfast table... You would be great with a B & B :)
( And then the bacon grease comment made me smile... my dad tells of homemade bread dipped in bacon grease & then covered with syrup for breakfast, on the farm :)

PAT said...

Deliciously beautiful, BJ!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

When I saw those plates I thought to myself...those are my kind of plates. I still do not like my food touching...I admit it...I need divider plates!!

Mimi said...

I love the grill plate...it even looks better with breakfast on it! I hadn't thought to use cruets as candle holders...great idea, have two curio cabinets full of colored ones. Oh, and that silver tray is fabulous!

Deb said...

Oh BJ, now I want one of those biscuits with jam on top. My mom used to make biscuits all the time, I just loved them. Your table looks so inviting. You sure 'do up' breakfast at your house. Lucky husband. I'm sure mine would be jealous. Have a great week. Hugs, Deb =^..^=x5

reg said...

Fantastic silver and service displayed here. I am so blessed to have a lot of my Grandmothers things as well

Diann said...

What a fun post Miss BJ! Everything looks so inviting and pretty! I would love to sit down at this table and enjoy some yummy breakfast!!

Stephanie Savors the Moment said...

What lovely photos! Love the silver and vintage treasures - thanks for sharing:)

Kathleen Grace said...

I can't remember the last time I had sausage gravy BJ. It looks so good on your pretty table. Mr Sweet is one lucky guy:>)

chubskulit said...

The grapes looks so sweet, lovely setting.

My Ruby Tuesday

sewingseeds4U said...

Oh my goodness, you can make the simplest meal look amazing, girlfriend! Have you printed the recipes to those amazing looking biscuits...please point me in the right direction! YUMMY! Beautiful table, too. Blessings, Patty

Sue said...

BJ, I cannot believe you and your cooking posts! And you tie it all in with pretty table settings, as well. It all looks so very pretty. Love the red, white, and blue. Crack me up about the food not touching. My son is that way. Me- I shovel it all in together. yummers.... LOL
Great purchase on that tray. I have so much silver to polish- where is the maid? *chuckle, grin*
Stay cool, girlfriend. It's hot here in OH.
hugs, Sue

stan said...

go easy there w your flood of great food items! I just had lunch! :)

The Wired Angel said...

OK.. here's the deal.. You adopt me.. and I'll make biscuits three times a day... I can cook! I even polish silver..and I do windows!! I'm not anywhere as good as you with table decor, but I can be a good under-study. Blessings to you BJ!! Hugs, Peggy x

Diana said...

Oh my, I will be right over for breakfast! What a beautiful and sweet setup you prepared! And what af ind with that tray - LOVE it! Thank you for the beautiful beginning to the morning.

And may I say the photo in the sidebar of you and the mister on your 5oth is so cute and fun! You both look much younger than being married 50 years!

Visitng from SITS! Have an awesome day!

******Shelly****** said...

Goodmorning! We are on vacation this week and just now on our way to breakfast! Hope they have biscuits! :)

XO

Suzanne said...

That looks soooooo delicious. I learned from my grandmother that presentation is everything. And thanks so much for taking us along on your cruise. The next best thing to being there.

Suzanne

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

Oh My Dear, you do spoil that Man of Yours!

:-)))))))))))))))

Bonnie said...

It is always fun to stop by and see you gorgeous tables and the fun breakfasts you conjure up. it is just a lovely way to start our day vicarious! Thanks BJ, you have a wonderful flair for going the extra mile and making things so lovely and special.

Hugs, Bonnie

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

You'd sure be a wonderful hostess at a bed 'n breakfast! This looks both beautiful and delicious. Love the trays and jars too! Thanks BJ...

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Lovely...I catch myself wanting to get to the end of your posts to see what we are having to eat!

I brought home several silver pieces from my mom's collection...I wonder why it took me so long to love it?

Marice said...

oh my goodness that is soo amazing! it really shows how much love you have put into it :)

u may view mine here

AshTreeCottage said...

Hot biscuits and gravy oh my!!! Love it!!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

Kathleen said...

Whoa, that was some post! Chocked full of good things! Loved the cigarette story, LOL. I guess a little ash wouldn't kill us!
Any table of yours is a welcoming one, and that is the best!