Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tablescape Thursday and Foodie Friday To Go

Can you feel it? The rhythms of summer are already changing. The "what-shall-we-do-today?" days are almost over. Even if you aren't involved in the back to school rush, your life is probably evolving back into a routine. Garden clubs, play dates, and Bible studies, put on hold for the summer, will resume. Fridays and Saturdays will be reserved for high school or college football. But before the rush begins, let's have one last picnic.





In the spirit of "going green" I'm pulling out the china. No, not the good china--the melamine plates made in China! These plates and cups are at least ten years old and previously matched the deck furniture and cushions until we changed it this year. They are from Target and Costco and are both plenty big enough to hold lots of fried chicken, sandwiches, and lemonade or tea. Don't forget the versatile beach towel. It can be used as a tablecloth or cushion. I bet you have them in lots of colors!



I've tucked the Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby napkins down into the glasses so they will be easy to find when we reach our destination.




A small galvanized bucket makes the perfect container for our centerpiece of hydrangeas. Like summer, these will soon be gone too. We'll be using the flatware with white handles instead of the throwaway kind. Don't worry. I've packed a plastic bag for the dirty dishes.





The picnic won't be complete without dessert! I prepared banana pudding in a Mason jar tied up with a scrap of pretty fabric and a ribbon. This will pack nicely in the cooler! Banana pudding is a favorite of ours. I am truly shocked at the number of people who make and eat it with instant pudding. They don't know what they are missing! I use the recipe right on the bag of Jackson vanilla wafers. Lots of banana pudding connoisseurs, including us, think they are the best vanilla wafers. Here's the recipe. It's not that much more trouble and worth every minute!

Homemade Banana Pudding

In a medium saucepan or double boiler stir together 3/4 cup sugar and 1/3 cup all-purpose flour. Gradually stir in 3 cups of milk. Cook and stir until the mixture thickens and boils. In a small bowl beat 3 egg yolks. Gradually stir in about a cup of the hot thickened mixture. When mixed, pour the egg yolk mixture into the saucepan. Cook and stir gently until the mixture boils for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla. Alternate layers of vanilla wafers, bananas, and pudding ending with pudding. Top with meringue if desired and bake at 350 until the meringue is slightly browned. Chill at least 2 hours before serving. Baking is not necessary if meringue is not used.


Thank you to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting Tablescape Thursday and to Michael at Designs by Gollum for hosting Foodie Friday. You can click on their button in the sidebar for the fast track to beautiful tables and tempting food!








77 comments:

  1. Oh what a fabulous picnic. I love banana pudding and the dishes and accessories are all wonderful. Have a super rest of the summer. Hugs, Marty

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  2. What a gorgeous basket - and yummy treat! You're so right, homemade is the only way to go.

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  3. Oh I love the colors of all your pretty dishes and napkins and such! Yummy! What a treat!

    Thanks for stopping by my place and seeing our first pic of our little grandson expected in a few months:)

    Linda C

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  4. Susan, I adore your colorful basket filled to the brim! (Love those colors...) :)

    Oh and the Banana Pudding in the jar ~ it looks soo good!

    Excellent post ~ Happy TT!! xo~m

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  5. What a wonderful picnic. I really love the green polka dots. What a great idea to put the pudding in a mason jar!! Note to self...now don't forget self!! Happy TT to you, Susan!!

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  6. Oh, I love this! The colors are so pretty together! I've never heard of banana pudding in a jar! Oh, I love this stuff!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  7. Love the green "china"! I have always made banana pudding with instant but I think I will have to try your recipe. Thanks so much for sharing! :D Jewel

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  8. Great picnicscape! Really pretty basket, and really pretty colors! Such a fun idea! And thanks for posting the recipe, I love anything banana!
    All the best,
    Eileen

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  9. Beautiful colors you used!

    Picnics, such a fun theme year round!

    Glad to be able to stop by today, computer's still on the fritz!

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  10. Gorgeous picnic!!! I love all of the color!!! Everything looks so pretty all gatherd up in the beautiful basket!!!

    Your recipe for banana pudding is going to be put to good use in this house!!! We love it!!!

    Happy TT!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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  11. How fun! That's a great idea putting the BP in the mason jar! My grandma use to make amazing pudding!

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  12. A picnic sounds like such fun! Your dishes and napkins are so pretty. Love the idea with the mason jars.

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  13. Summer isn't over yet! Let's go fo another picnic! Even in the fall, when those gorgeous hydrangeas will have faded to a lovely mellow tone. - The Tablescaper

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  14. I love picnics and banana pudding in a jar sounds perfect!

    Christi

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  15. I love this picnic! All your things do look summery, fresh and crisp. AND what a great idea with your banana pudding. I love it in the Mason jar and to top it off with fabric and ribbon? TOO CUTE!

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  16. How cute is this! I particularly love the banana pudding in the jars! Happy TT to you!

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  17. What a sweet ideas for TT!! I really love the napkins and dishes! And I will have to remember your tip on bringing along a plastic bag for used dishes. Now this is going GREEN!!

    My daughter just started making banana pudding.I I had never had it. She was using the pudding, so I will have to write this down.

    Very original and clever tablescaspe idea...

    xoxo
    Jane

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  18. Hi Susan,

    I love your bright and pretty picnic, also the hydrangeas.
    Enjoy the rest of Summer.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  19. Very pretty! The banana pudding sounds so good. I had some the first time in years at the family reunion back in May. Not sure who made it, but it was so good. Hope you are having a great week.
    Glenda

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  20. What a beautiful picnic and a great recipe. I may have to make banana pudding this weekend!

    Laura

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  21. Yummy - nothing like a picnic for casual summer fun! My hubby loves banana pudding, so I'm trying this tomorrow, then we might pack a basket and head on out!

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  22. This is so cute! Great idea to take banana pudding in a jar! I've never heard of Jackson's vanilla wafers (I'm in FL!)

    Katherine

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  23. Love the bannana pudding idea!
    This is great.
    Blessings,
    d

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  24. Oh I saw that banana pudding idea in Southern Lady and thought it was such an adorable idea. Your picnic looks wonderful!

    ~Liz

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  25. I love how you packed the banana pudding. Those plates, napkins and hydrangeas are so pretty....Christine

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  26. Fun, green themed tablescape to celebrate the seasons, lots of inspirational ideas there, thanks for sharing.

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  27. There's nothing like a picnic with "real" things -- love the hydrangeas and the banana pudding!

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  28. Love the flowers...and the colors...and the banana pudding is adorable in the mason jar. How cute would tiny individual servings be in mini jars! Hmmm...I feel an idea brewing!

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  29. Yes, iced in a beverage tin would be cute or even one of my larger baskets with a plastic liner.

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  30. Wow! REAL Homemade banana pudding! awesome!
    I love your melamine dishes. I have a picnic planned in the near future, too! ;)

    your plastic ziploc for dirty dishes is brilliant!

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  31. What a beautiful picnic that looks like!

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  32. I love green and blue, your picnic is adorable and I'm going to have to try you banana pudding, it looks really simple and really good! :O)Mary @Boogieboard Cottage

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  33. Great set-up for a picnic! Love teh 'nana pudding in the mason jars!

    I also enjoyed Jessie's birthdya party...what fun!

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  34. This looks so pretty, and your pudding sounds yummy. I haven't joined in with the tablescape yet, I might have to give it a try one week, but I don't think I'm very good at it when I look at all the other beautiful posts too!

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  35. I just love the way you've put together your dessert! How creative! I'm one of those people, that, though I haven't made banana pudding in years, didn't even think of another way to make it but from instant pudding. My girls loved it when they were young, always asking for it. (You can tell I'm not the most inspiring of cooks here.) This is beautiful!
    Brenda

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  36. Hey! I just noticed there's another Laura out there! Guess I'll have to stick with Lauralu! I love your music! And your "table" is perfect! I love the colors! My fav banana pudding is from the Paula Dean cookbook but I just might have to try this one! I just saw the pic of the smashed car!!! Oh my! I hope and pray her insurance is helping her out on this one and she's not going to lose money! I'm still on cloud nine from our "meeting"! I had such a good time! Let's not wait too long for another! Sadly, this weekend I will probably be in New Orleans for my aunt's funeral. She passed last night very peacefully from cancer. You take care girlfriend! God Bless! Lauralu ;)

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  37. This just looks like so much fun. Those napkin and plate, and drinkware colors are so fun, and that banana pudding is packaged so cute for the picnic. We should have just let you fix us a picnic instead of going out to eat! Susan, I can't find your email on your profile page, but I do see a place to click to email me on my profile page??? I hope it doesn't just show up for me! I don't need to email myself! laurie

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  38. Plates made in China, that had me chuckling. Love the hydrangeas, looks like so much fun.

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  39. OH I love banana pudding!

    Glass bottom boat is a soft aqua blue. For the best soft blues I adore the Martha Stewart paint line at Lowe's. Go see.

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  40. This is outstanding and my Hub loves the banana pudding. I will try out your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. that is a beautiful basket!!!
    in my two tiered pot...there is marigold, alyssum dusty miller and petunia....there is also some ivy, but the alyssum took it over! I will try to find a photo to post before and afters soon!

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  42. This is so pretty and I LOVE the hydrangeas! They are my FAVORITE flower!! The banana pudding sounds delish!!

    Thank you for visiting my blog! I will take Sue's frog and your cricket over these Giant Grasshoppers anyday!!! YUCK!!!!

    Have a great day!

    Lou Cinda :)

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  43. Beautiful basket & even the plastic plates are pretty. Love that banana pudding....cute way to serve it. Linda

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  44. What a colorful picnic. I'm jealous of the hydrangeas. They quit blooming here a long time ago.

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  45. Me again. It says right on the listing "no returns accepted." LOL!

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  46. What a beautiful picnic you've put together! I'm LOL about the china made in China. It's so cute that we both used Mason jars this week. Your banana pudding sounds delish!

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  47. Why NOT use china and such for a picnic? A bag for the dirties...I usually bring a bag for the garbage and that's a shame....to have a big bag of garbage after the picnic! I love the mason jar idea! Someone else today used them to bring along quarts of sangria with fruit in. Nice!!!

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  48. How beautiful and delicious! Banana pudding. I could use a big bowl of that today. A lovely post.

    XOSue

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  49. Hi Susan! What a GREAT post!! LOVE "the china"!!! And I love that you shared you shared your Banana Pudding recipe! Should I hang my head? I have never made Banana Pudding before! I don't even remember my mother ever making it! But I've heard of it, and it certainly looks delicious, so I would LOVE to try your recipe sometime! The brand Jackson wafers does not sound familiar to me, but I will try to purchase the next best thing I can possibly find! (0; ~tina

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  50. Come on over. I'm pleased to give you an award for your blog:)

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  51. I love your "China"!! What an interesting idea to do Banana Pudding in a jar! Too Cute!

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  52. I love that you put your banana pudding in a jar ~ how inventive!

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  53. Great colors, and you put it all together very nicely! I'm so glad to see a "real" recipe for banana pudding. Nothing against the people who use pie filling mixes in theirs ... but yours is like Mom used to make! Bet it's delicious!!!

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  54. Now, if this setting doesn't scream SUMMER, nothing does! I LOVE it! Those colors are so gorgeous together and make you feel good, don't they? I love the idea of the banana puddin' in a Mason jar. You are something else! Thanks for the ideas and recipe! Donna

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  55. Definitely a Stoned Soul Picnic. The hydrangea is such a great colour. Food always tastes better outside at a picnic.

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  56. Thanks for stopping by. I always notice the oldies music. I am a 60's music fanatic and even post music from the 60's (with a bit from the other decades too) on blip.fm
    I am all about the rock and roll.

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  57. That looks like the picture perfect picnic!

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  58. Great picnic, love the color combo!

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  59. The perfect picnic! And great music!!!

    Jane (Artfully Graced)

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  60. So love that you did a picnic!! love the colors! LOVE the hydrangeas!!!!

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  61. What a pretty picnic basket! I love the color combos. I just acquired a picnic basket and hope to use it before the summer ends! You have inpsired me to get on that!! Hugs!

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  62. What a great picnic basket. I just love the way you packe the banana pudding, so cute.

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  63. What a beautiful setting for your pcnic and unusual--not the typical red and white. It looked so inviting I almost thought I was ready to take a bite of that pudding! Have a happy day!

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  64. Hi Susan...
    I visited your earlier posts...the wedding was gorgeous! God was so gracious to bring that sunshine into the wedding. What an amazing photo! It was as though God smiled on this union. A perfect memory... I also loved reading about your friend, the author. I'm heading out to find the book today.
    Blessings,
    Jane (Artfully Graced)

    ps...Your "granddog" Charlie is adorable.

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  65. Susan, your pudding sounds just delicious. I'm looking forward to trying it. I hope you're having a wonderful day.

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  66. I love the colors for your outdoor tablescape. Beautiful. Love the recipe....banana anything is one of my favs!

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  67. This was just too cute for words.. I love your dishes in the picnic basket... what fun... thanks for sharing the recipe.. it sure looks yummy.. I appreciate you swinging in to see Mr. P on his tractor.. those days are far and few between so I try to capture all I can.. I hope you're having a super Friday.. hugs ~lynne~

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  68. Lip smacking good post:) Love the way you decorated to jar of pudding. What an excellent idea for me to give to my neighbors for Halloween this year as I am sort of over the top with Halloween each year and they expect me to make it better each year and your idea to put pudding into the jars is the little magic I need this year to amaze my neighbors. Thanks so much.
    Joyce

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  69. Yummo ! That looks inviting ! Beautiful colors ...when can I come over ?
    Kammy

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  70. Wow, this is beyond easy. In the past I have used cornstarch pudding recipes for banana pudding. I'm trying this. Thank you. Your picnic sounds like fun in the sun and I am all for fun and good food.
    I love the banana pudding in a jar idea. the best part is the thrifty and pretty dishes. Going green is a good thing.

    Hugs...Jeanne

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  71. Your picnic basket is just lovely! I love china for Everything! I don't use paper at all. I just like the feel of a heavy plate in my hands. Pudding looks great I must give it a try~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  72. Gorgeous basket! The pudding...omg!

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  73. Hi Susan! Thanks for popping in to see me! These little doggies of ours! Jesse is a little precious thing!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  74. I would love to come to one of your picnics. I hope to see you at Crock Pot Wednesdays at diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com this week. Mr. Linky is up and ready for you.

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