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Saturday, May 29, 2010



Veteran’s Day Prayer
Dear Lord,
Today we honor our veterans, worthy men and women who gave their best when they were called upon to serve and protect their country.

We pray that you will bless them, Lord, for their unselfish service in the continual strugglet o preserve our freedoms, our safety, and our country’s heritage, for all of us.

Bless them abundantly for the hardships they faced, for the sacrifices they made for their many different contributions to America’s victories over tyranny and oppression.

We respect them,
we thank them,
we honor them,
we are proud of them

and we pray that YOU will watch over these special people and bless them with peace and happiness.
In Jesus’ name we pray;
By Joanna Fuchs
The grandkids LOVE going on picnics..
so do I !
Sometimes...we do picnics INSIDE...
especially when the wind is blowing so hard.....
or it's too HOT outside to enjoy eating.
Here is my version of the RED, WHITE and BLUE for this year's MEMORIAL DAY luncheon.
There's my vintage BLUE PICNIC BASKET...
I bought it so long ago at a great GARAGE SALE
and a few years back, came REALLY close to painting it RED.
My youngest grand, DEEDS,
said, "O, NO...MEMAW...I love it BLUE !"
so, OF COURSE, it IS and will always BE
this perfect shade of BLUE.....
I'm using my GREAT
RED and WHITE ( with a tiny little line of the best YELLOW)
tablecloth that my good blogging sister friend, JEANNE, over
sent to me in a LOVE PACKAGE not long ago.
There's those RED POLKA DOT dishes I love...

TINA over at CHERRY HILL COTTAGE told me where
to buy these adorable plates and I ordered 12 before I could shake a stick !!
NOW, however, I can't find that company...... I'll ask TINA....
They are the melamine that is HARD to break...or can you even break it ??
ANYway...I use them ALL THE BLESSED TIME !!
" Melmac is the name for plastic dinnerware that was created with the use of melamine.
First developed in the 1940s, melamine resin is easily molded into a number of different shapes and is extremely durable. During the middle of the 20th century, Melmac dinnerware could be found in just about every home in the United States, owing to the low cost and easy care of the dishes."
Just look at all this REDNESS...
is it any wonder that MOST folks in the world
LUV this color !!
Yellow and red....
This little tiny candle was sent to me from the SWEETEST NANCY that had SOUTHERN LADY blog.
I am not sure she is still there.... but I am checking.

SHE said she saw this little candle with my name on it and just HAD to get it and send to me.
I was TICKLED PINK when I received it in the mail.
Such a thoughtful thing to do for a blogging buddy.


This setting sure puts me in the mood for

BLACKBERRY WINE...heh heh's 5 o'clock SOMEwhere !

MR. SWEET said I could have my ole PIMENTO CHEESE SANDWICH if I wanted to ...
BUT HE would rather have a GRILLED STEAK and ONIONS with POTATO SALAD...

I said " PHOOY on a sandwich...PLEZZZZZ make me a steak, too".....

and .... HE DID ..!!


Our family, like yours, will pause on this MEMORIAL DAY to offer thanks to our GOD for HIS grace and glory. We will thank our veterans from the bottom of our hearts and souls for ALL they have given .


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A little thrifted wooden box in the





Sarah said...

BJ, wonderful use of the red, white, and blue with a touch of yellow. Cardinal and straw - Chi Omega colors! :-)
Your table is perfect for the holiday. I need to get one put together. We'll have my husband's brother and his wife here for dinner. Both my husband and his twin are veterans, so the evening will be in their honor.
Have a great weekend! ~ Sarah

Julie Harward said...

What a fun table you have set! I love red too and I love those dishes!!! The steak looks good to me too. Have a wonderful Memorial day. Come say hi :D

Lynn said...

Hey BJ, steak and potato salad for me too please! Happy Memorial Day weekend!

Laura @ The Shabby Rabbit said...

Thanks for the great post! The luncheon looks soooo delicious! Love the polka dot plates!! ;)


Miss Janice said...

Your header is bringing back a lot of memories for me...I worked on cruise ships for many, many years...ooh we, ooh we baby!!! Well your setting is just my style. I love the reds, the polka dots, and the plaids. It's tres french country chic!!

Kathleen Grace said...

Such a beautiful, cheery table today BJ, you know how I love red:>)! Happy Memorial Day, I know you and your family will have a wonderful day together!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

BJ- I prayed that prayer this moring for our brave soldiers. Thanks for posing it! I am always very emotional on Patriotic Holidays! God has been so good to us! And we have so much to thank Him for... and we must remember the families of our fallen with such gratitude too!
Our family goes to a Fort Indiantown Gap National Cemetary, where my father rests to visit his grave and remembering him for being a faithful soldier and a wonderful dad. Then we are having a big family picnic! And I see that you are ready for one too! Your red, white and blue is so heartwarming and patriotic. I love the use of the fun plates and the big blue vintage picnic basket!
Have a fun day full of family and love!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

It all looks wonderful! Have a great holiday.

Michelle, All Home and Love said...

That looks great! So festive. Happy Memorial Day!

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Kissed by an Angel said...

Loving the red, white and blue!! Your meal looks wonderful!!

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a fabulous holiday table. Everything looks delicious and the table itself is a real treat. I hope you have a wonderful holiday. Blessings...Mary

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Ohhhh those red & white polka-dotted plates!!!

All gave some... Some gave all...

May you have a peaceful Memorial Day!

Gentle hugs...

Lori said...

Luv the polka dot Plates!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for a beautiful tribute to Memorial Day and the reason for the holiday.

My wonderful hubby served 22 years in the Navy. Tomorrow we will visit Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. It is a very beautiful place, but a bit sad when you do a 360 and see all the grave markers. Hubby volunteered for the funeral detail there for many years.

May you and your family enjoy your day tomorrow.


Salmagundi said...

What a festive table. I'm so glad you didn't paint the picnic basket even though I love anything red. Now, I'm hungry for pimento cheese sandwiches - my mother made them all of the time for my lunch. Enjoy your weekend. Sally

Laura Quaglia (Fun With This and That) said...

I love the red whire and blue I have a room that way and I'm also started to add yellow LauraQ

Lady Katherine said...

I love your picnic! Oh the dishes, tell Tina to tell me where!! I would just love to have some! I thought they were china! They are just wonderful! The steak looks delicious!
What a wonderful post for Memorial Day! A great way to honor our soldiers! I do love those dishes, wish they $60.00 card would come with the dishes! lol You should use your picnic with iced Tea on Tea Time Tuesday this week! I know everyone will just love it! I love the basket, the flatware in the glass bowl. Those glass bowls come in handy I have many, left over from an outdoor wedding I have not been on the computer much, the last 3 weeks. Hoping to feel better soon! Doc gave me another medicine for my asthma. That makes six different meds! lol Hope you have a wonderful Holiday with the wonderful picnic!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

I just love your red and white tablescape!! It is so bright and cheery!!

I did my first tablescape yesterday! I never had the chance to do them because my hubby loves to read his newspaper on the Dining Room Table !! And with 2 sons, they would look at me as if I lost my mind. LOL!!

I wanted to tell you that I adore your header!! Is it a Thomas Kinkaide???????


SmilingSally said...

BJ, I'm so glad that you didn't paint that blue basket! I love the pop of blue on your table. Happy Blue Monday.

Anonymous said...

Happy Memorial Day, sweet BJness! Oh, how I love your picnic table. Love those polka dot dishes and the picnic basket! Oh, it's darling. I love it that vintage blue too! You've thought of everything! Now Mr. Sweets steak looks mighty good!
Have a blessed day, sweetness,
Shelia ;)

From the Kitchen said...

BJ, it's a beautiful table! I love those polka dot plates! And your menu sounds delicious! We used to have huge picnics over on Tech Terrace!


Unknown said...

What a great post! The colors, as well as the message, were beautiful!

Have a wonderful Blue Monday!


Ann said...

Oh BJ, this is absolutely heart melting. The version from Ray Charles sends chills all over me. Your patriotic blues are wonderful. Hope you and yours has a fabulous holiday.

Kim, USA said...

I couldn't believe our Pres. skip memorial day?? What's going on there? I think he is the first Pres who skip this VERY special event. Sound fishy to me!!
Happy Memorial day!!

BM-Memorial day

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi BJ!

Happy Memorial Day!

I love everything about this table! It is all just perfect! Well, except for the fact that now I am starving after looking at this yummy food!!

Decor To Adore said...

Oh I adore Ray Charles and your sweet tablescape.

Try Cath Kidston for additional lovely plates.

Debby said...

"Blessed" what a great way to describe Memorial Day. When I was doing my Memorial Day post....happy didn't seem appropriate.
I love all your red, white and blue. So beautiful.

Melissa Miller said...

Thank you for this amazing post BJ. It's just beautiful and heartfelt.

Blessings sweet friend. ~Melissa :)

annies home said...

what a lovely picnic display I love all the red white and blue not only patriotic but looks very homey as well.

Annesphamily said...

I am new here today! Glad I stopped by! I am loving it here! You have a terrific blog and great Memorial Day post! Blessings to you and yours and come join me too! Anne

I bet you will like my giveaways too! I have 4 currently!

Ralph said...

The finest ruby there is is set within the stars and stripes!

That said, the tablescape sets the tone for the meal, so the care in its crafting lets us guests feel as honored as we do. Fine eatin' too, and I must say those fried onions are divine! Happy Memorial Day!!

Stacey said...

BJ, I knew you'd have a beautiful post for Memorial Day. :) Everything looks beautiful and delicious, of course.

We just got back from the Great State of Texas a couple of hours ago. Loved it!! It's always so good to be home.

Here is the link to Nancy's blog:

Nancy's Notes said...

Your prayer is beautiful, Amen.
Now that is one beautiful and patriotic table, wish I could have joined you on that picnic! I love the polka dot dishes, oh I want some of those!! Thanks for stopping by to see me and your comments were so sweet, I appreciate is so very much.


Nan said...

Oh this table is so nice can I come over too?
Nice to visit you again it's been awhile and getting harder to visit all my blogs I love to see.
Take Care

Hootin' Anni said...

I too love the stars and stripes!!! Your tablescape is great.
And the food? When do we eat?

My Ruby Tuesday is RED ROSES for a Blue Gent!! I do hope you can drop in for a visit; if you have the time.

Unknown said...

Wonderful post, and your tablescape is great. I love all the red, white and blue. Thanks for sharing.

nannykim/spindleocttage said...

looks like a grand time. I love those utensils!