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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Guess who's coming to dinner.... and white and red all over..
that's a newspaper, right ?
My little white, thrifted tea pot, full of prettiness.
Our good friends were coming over for dinner..
and a hot game of cards...
10 High
Ya'll ever played it?

White dishes from
Pier One
The Dollar Store
 I made my very first ROUND of Soda Bread for our dinner of
baked chicken breast
Hoppin John
Green Salad with Cranberries and Cranberry Dressing.
It was all sooo good and we all really enjoyed the warm soda bread with butter.
to tell her how much we enjoyed her recipe,
this was her reply.....
"You don't know how happy it makes me to hear that you all enjoyed the bread.  Thanks for letting me know.  I'll definitely be looking forward to your post."
-Lisa (Sweet as Sugar Cookies)
She has the recipe over at her place..
would you tell her bj said HEY.?
I had only two of the little ROOSTER napkin rings
so I just tied red checked ribbon full of cuteness, with a solid black napkin ring for the other two.
I, OF COURSE, set the ROOSTERS at the guys place settings..
They got a kick out of it.
 Since Mr. Kenneth is diabetic, I served
sugar free chocolate pudding with Cool Whip, also sugar free,
and topped them with fresh strawberry slices.
I used my thrifted little white ramekins and they were just perfect.
 THEN, the games began.
 Martha and I started 2nd grade together in Plainview, Texas, waaaay back when.
We are the best of friends now and  we really love getting together with this sweet couple.
Some of you may remember that she suffered a stroke several months back
and she has just STUNNED all of us with her fight, determination and success at
getting back to her normal self.
Oh..things are still slow for her..but..she's sure *gettin' there*.
I am very proud of her.
She's laughing so hard 'cause she beat the pants off all of us!
Her hubby had what we thought was a cold but ended up in the hospital the next day
with pneumonia.
He's out and doing much better.
I tell ya...
there's nothing like getting together with 
old friends for a good meal..
good visit..
lots and lots of laughter.
 I am linking:
Thanks so much to all the hosts..these are such fun parties.
Thank YOU for stopping in today.
Hope you will go over and visit a few of the hosts and their guests.


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh what a beautiful tablesetting and such a fun evening with great friends. It sounds like such fun. Such a blessing she is getting better and hopefully he is on the mend also. Thanks in advance for linking to TTT. Hugs, Marty

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Pretty table, Beeej. I love it when our friends come over for wine and dominos. We have so much fun. I am glad you gal pal is doing so well :)

Donnie said...

Loved your table and menu. Great time with great friends and I'm glad he's doing better, The menu looked delicious.

Rita said...

Lovely and whenever i see your daisies I get all excited; they have always been My favourite flowers.Sounds like you all had a good time.

Cozy Little House said...

BJ, you seem to be one of the happiest people in the world to me. Your smile is simply infectious. Can you believe I've never played cards in my life? I've never gone bowling either. I know, strange. I love your kitchen and someday hope to sit there and eat a meal with ya!

Madeline's Album said...

Lovey table setting and your menu sounded so good. Being a diabetic myself I would have really enjoyed the dessert you served. I am so glad your friend is on the mend I know what she is going through for I myself suffered a slight stoke last year and had other problems that kept me in the hospital for 2 months but I am doing fine now. Have a blessed evening. Madeline

Anonymous said...

Your table is beautiful, BJ.

Martha looks wonderful. She must definitely be a very strong Texas lady!

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

ooooooooo, BJ, that is one of my all-time favorite color combinations :D Black, red, and white! I love daisies, too. Ah-dorable table!!! Your menu sounds delish, and your soda bread looks really good! I thought soda bread was hard to make. I am glad your buddy is better. I have never played 10 high, and the guys getting the rooster napkin rings is too, too cute. Who won? I must have missed that part....I need to go back and see ;P

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your table was pretty for your friends BJ, it looks like you all had a fun night! Congrats on 1000 followers, that's really great:@)

Debby said...

Friends are special aren't they. Glad the pneumonia is better. Love your pictures as usual. Love the color combinations as well. (((((HUGS)))) Yes, I am sending you sme rain....wish I could.

Marlis said...

Bj, what a lovely post. I am praying for your friends, both of them. Speedy recovery! I love your black and white table. What a great looking soda bread.. So I'm in Lubbock, are you in Plainview? I noticed the Lubbock weather on your blog. Did you see the weird westerly sky this evening? Smoke or dust?

Shelia said...

Hi BJness! Oh, what a beautiful table you've set for your friends! Looks like y'all had a fun time. Hope you had a wonderful Easter.
be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Marydon said...

My hats off to you again, BJ! You have the most beautiful table settings & touches to your decor. Glad you had such a lovely time with your friends.

Lisa said...

Your soda bread looks so much prettier than mine. Thanks for letting me know that you posted it. I was so excited to come by and see it. Thanks also for the sweet words. You're a peach.

Home Made Quilts By Granny said...

What a good looking table...I like black and white I'm also draw to it. I have to go visit the lady with the bread recipe...see you soon. Blessing Trish

A Few Pennies said...

I loved your post! What a classic look and so pretty with black and white--gorgeous setting. Your friends having such a good time made me smile too! Have a great week. Patty

mississippi artist said...

What a cute tablescape, love the roosters for the quys!How wonderful that your friend is doing so well, she is an inspiration.

Emily said...

What a fun evening, and your very fortunate guest to such a delicious treat of soda bread and butter. Yummy. Love your black and white table setting and the centerpiece of daisies are so sweet. Sure glad your friend is better.......

The French Hutch

Aunt Amelia's Attic said...

So happy to hear that your friend is fighting her way back, from the effects of a stroke. Wonderful news.

Yikes, he had Pneumonia! Hope none of you caught it!!! I don't think you did, because "a little bird tells me" that this event happened, a bitty while ago. :-)

♥ ~ ♥

Theresa said...

Beautiful table AS ALWAYS! Love seeing the delicious food and fantastic card game with your sweet friends!

Have a blessed Monday, got any leftovers? I'm a bit hungry this morning:)


suzyq said...

BJ What a great table!! Looks like it's just waiting for good friends and lots of laughs!!

suzyq said...

BJ What a great table!! Looks like it's just waiting for good friends and lots of laughs!!

Mary said...

You set a lovely table for what sounds like a perfect evening. I hope you had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed the company of family and friends. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Dena said...

Morning BJ,

Thank you so much for posting the prayer hands for Mona. I haven't been in Blogland for a while and seeing this let me know that I needed to pray for her. I hope that all is well with you my friend.


maryt/theteach said...

Thanks for linking to Ruby Tuesday. Your table settings and decorations are lovely! :)

Diann said...

What a fun night! Your table is just wonderful. I love to get together with friends for card night. I am so happy to hear your friends are doing well. Great friends are one of life's most precious gifts!

Judi said...

Happy Easter BJ
Your table is wonderful in black and white and red all smart you were to tie a red ribbon around the napkin.

I will have to check out that reicpe. Sounds yummy and I will have to visit and say hey from BJ!

Hope your day is terrific!

Lolita said...

Hi Bj, Your blog is lovely, I like so much.
Thank You for share youy good moments with your friends, I LOve to see the people happy and share with otheres persons anda the lovely food you make.
Sorry for my English I tried to write, because I wants you dont miss my Message.
Thank you for visit my blog i hope you follow me.
many kisses from my costa Rica and from me.
Blessing a lot.


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good Morning my Dear friend..I knew if I came by you would have something good to go with my coffee ha ha!! Sorry I haven't been around much but with Len and all I have realy had my old hands busy..Please pray for him Sis..Love ya..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Karie's Chic Creations said...

Beautiful. .! Love the post :) How lucky you are to be blessed with such good friends. And how blessed they are to have you and your hubby. You pictures and everything looks wonderful, as always. . . Have a beautiful day sweet lady. Hugs, Karie

Ralph said...

The elegance of any table setting is in the details - the small yet not insignificant things stand out. The cost of the plates and flatware matters little. The checkerboard placemats and napkins stand out, a small touch. The berries offer the ruby here. Very nice!

Meghan said...

I just found your blog. The table settings are so beautiful! I have a little blog and would love for you to check it out!

Olive Cooper said...

I just read on another blog that y'all had some rain...Thank the Lord. The B&W is so pretty and crisp. Your soda bread sounds yummy. hugs♥O

~Pam~ said...

Hi BJ!
What a beautiful tablesetting! And sounds like a very fun evening with friends.
Your blog is very joyful, thank you!

Bellezza said...

Your table looks lovely, such delightful food and accoutrements! I loved seeing the photograph of your friends, too, perhaps one of the dearest things of all.

Kathleen said...
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Kathleen said...

What a great table, as fresh as a daisy.
I have made soda bread 1000's of times, but never with red pepper flakes. That is really different!
So happy about your friend, and I know YOU are a wonderful friend to her!

AshTreeCottage said...

What a pretty table! How wonderful to spend time with dear friends. I am glad you had so much fun.

Susan and Bentley

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

You always know just how to entertain us with your tablescapes. I love the black and white theme you've got going. Especially that you're playing dominoes. Wonderful photos and super post. It's always good to read that there is GOOD NEWS!

Here's my link: My Ruby Tuesday Do stop by if you get a chance.

Zoey said...

LOve the white on white centerpiece--daisies are always such fun!

anne said...

No doubts you just had fun filled day. I love the way you arranged your utensils. Mine is at Anne’s Sweet Life thanks

kayni said...

oh my, i love the set up and the photography. i wish i can make something like that. being with and supporting friends is the best :)

forgetmenot said...

What a beautiful table you set!! I can see you put lots of time and effort into making every meal an elegant one. Lovely to see all your photos. Mickie :)

Irish said...

OMG sooo beautiful! what an effort :)

Kathy said...

Lovely table setting ! Looks like you had a fun evening - we had a tornado coming right towards us, we were ready to go into the cellar - at the last couple of minutes it turned north - I kept saying Thank You Lord. It was definitely a terrible storm,