Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Tablescape Thursday and Foodie Friday..Spinach Salad

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch is hosting her 51st Tablescape and Michael at Designs by Gollum is hosting Foodie Friday. I'm so glad these two lovely ladies invite us on consecutive days. They work so well together--especially for us at our house. When I set the table, we usually eat :) This past weekend we had 16 gathered at our house for dinner on Friday night--not a big fancy dinner party--just family and several friends. Tablescaping was in short supply, but food was plentiful! By Tuesday, I was ready for something more intimate. A table for two on the deck seemed just the answer.




The little bistro table in the corner is the perfect size for two. I found these turquoise and yellow flower plates in my cabinet last week---I'd forgotten them! I bought them on sale at Steinmart months ago and put them away just a little too well :).



But it was meant to be! Without a definite plan in mind, I seemed to have been drawn to turquoise this summer! I had bought the place mats earlier because I love the stripes and polka dots together. I think it's just happy, and I like happy!


I even had this adorable firefly just waiting to light on our birdcage (as if we needed more bugs!) . See this little nest inside? I won this as part of a lovely giveaway from Tam at The Gypsy's Corner in the first month I started blogging! (note to Susan at BNOTP: I have not won anything since--hint, hint :) The little eggs in the nest are pale yellow and pull out the accent colors on the table. The Target birds came by to visit the nest.



I found these little containers for the daisies in the glassware section at a locally owned dollar store. They look like small milkshake glasses, but I have lots of ideas for them. Today I used them at each place setting as vases. Later I think they will be perfect for little amuse-bouches before dinner. I've even spray painted a couple for a future tablescape--very versatile little glasses indeed!


We'll be eating a fresh spinach salad tonight. Even the eggs are cooperating with the color scheme!



Dessert is being served in crystal sherbet glasses. These belonged to my grandmother and I have no information on them. They are delicate with beautiful flower etchings in the crystal. Beloved and I ate homemade blackberry cobbler with homemade ice cream this weekend, so we are both cutting back on dessert calories, at least momentarily! I found this frozen lemonade by Nestle in the ice cream section. It tastes like gelato and is a perfect light dessert! But just because Beloved and I are feeling a little "fluffy" (Beloved thinks this sounds much more positive than "fat"), doesn't mean you can't have dessert --Have a big piece of birthday cake to wish Susan a Happy Blog Birthday on the 18th !


The spinach salad is truly one of the best I have ever had. I get requests for the dressing recipe every time I serve it, but let me warn you: I don't think the recipe sounds good. You'll just have to take my word for it until you try it.



Fresh Spinach Salad Dressing


Mix 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon dry mustard, 1 teaspoon poppy seeds, 1 tablespoon onion juice, 1/3 cup cider vinegar, 1 cup canola oil, and 3/4 cup small curd cottage cheese. Serve over fresh spinach topped with crumbled bacon, sliced mushrooms, and sliced boiled eggs.


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58 comments:

  1. What a lovely setting for two. I love the petty turquoise colors and all the accessories are so pretty. The birdcage and eggs are wonderful. I just love spinach salad, so I will definitely try your dressing recipe. Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Marty

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  2. I love your grandmothers sherbet glassware. It is all so pretty with the polka dots. Thanks for sharing the recipe.
    Joyce

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  3. What a pretty table setting, and the salad does sound good. I need to "spiffy" up my table a little, but right now it is covered up in "stuff", and probabley will be for a while.
    Have a great evening.
    Glenda

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  4. Love the dragonfly & birdcages!! Very adorable!

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  5. What a beautiful table setting,I just love that big dragon fly on that beautful bird cage,reminds me of the large ones I saw as a kid.
    Happy Bday to Susan.
    I'll try the dressing,thanx.
    Gracie

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  6. Yummy ! Susan ! I love your nice setting and that recipe does sound goooooood ! I love the twist of lemon in the glasses....did you say blackberry cobbler ??? I love blackberries...cobbler sounds wonderful....
    Thanks for the yummy thoughts and beautiful visions !
    Kammy

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  7. Happy Birthday to Susan! The cake is amazing! Love your cheery table! So pretty!

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  8. Love the polka dots and flower dish! The blue and the yellow are perfect together! Love it!

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  9. It all looks so pretty. I think Thursday (and Wednesday night) are my favorite part of the week now, I love seeing what everyone is putting together on their tables :)

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  10. Love those flower plates. They are fantastic. Beautiful!

    Christi

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  11. So festive - I'm going to be looking out for some of the frozen lemonade - yum! This looks delightful.

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  12. Susan - everything just screams summer - beautiful color combo. Love the dragonfly!! Isn't it great to find something you have forgotten about..the plates were perfect for your table.
    The cottage cheese in the dressing threw me a bit but I will give it a try!!!

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  13. What a summery, cool, fresh table! I love the colors and whimsy. That frozen lemonade sounds great about now!

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  14. I love it all, the food and the tablescape! Also, your pool looks so refreshing in the background. The firefly is so cute. I love anything that's "buggy." I'll have to give your spinach salad dressing a try. I love spinach salad but I've never made my own dressing for it.

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  15. Blackberry cobbler! May I have seconds? Enjoyed your post.

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  16. This is such a fun tablescape! And you're right, it is happy! I love the blue and white, I love the polka dots, and I love the daisies! It's all so pretty and joyful!
    All the best,
    Eileen
    PS ~ I like 'fluffy' too! I'm NOT fat, I'm just fluffy!

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  17. Oh Susan, it's gorgeous! I love the iced lemonade in the glasses with the fresh lemon wedge ... mmmm, that could be in Food and Wine Magazine! :) Oooo, the black cabinet, yes - I purchased that for the unit. It came from Christmas Tree Shop, and it was $129.99. I had to put it together, but it was relatively easy. Hope there is one in your area! :)

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  18. Very pretty~ I love the blue and white, the daisies are so cute and the plates are darling! Cindy

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  19. Cheerful and fresh! Thanks for having us.
    -The Tablescaper

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  20. Hi Susan,

    Lovely setting for two ~ it is so pretty and fresh looking.
    Happy blog birthday.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  21. Love the tourquoise polka dots!!

    Sooo refreshing

    Happiest of bday!

    thanks for sharing.
    I couldnt make tablescape thrusday but stop by and say hi if you have a moment. :)

    TTFN~~Claudia ♥ ♥

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  22. Hi Susan! Just HAD to say what a sweet tablescape you have today!! LOVE the dragonfly as part of your centerpiece!!.. Can't wait to try your recipe too! Thank you for sharing it! ~tina

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  23. Looks so beautiful!! Very summery! I love the top aqua plates!

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  24. Beautiful cake, tablesetting, and thanks for the Spinach Salad dressing recipe. How unusual is that?! Cottage cheese in the dressing!
    Lisa

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  25. Your table is adorable and that salad looks SO yummy! I love your little white plates from Steinmart, too cute.

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  26. Hi Susan! What a summery tablescape! I love spinach salad! The frozen lemonade is so pretty. I kept waiting to see what it was! And what a pleasant setting for a nice. quiet supper! Enjoy the rest of your week!...Debbie

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  27. Great table and I quickly "borrowed" your salad dressing recipe. I love spinach salad and yours look delicious. Love your table, and isn't it fun to pull out dishes you forgot about. I agree about the turquoise... I have been drawn to it too... it is very relaxing and summery. Thanks for the recipe and the great post.
    Maryrose

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  28. Just lovely! Spinach salad looks delish too. I found the hummingbird pics on your blog. Truly amazing! We've had some up close and personal experiences w/ hummingbirds as well. One year on Father's Day we sat in the yard as each of our family passed the feeder around & hummers followed & fed while we held the feeder. Best entertainment we've ever had, I think! :) You've inspired me to try for some good hand feeding pictures. Thank you for the visit! Love your blog! -Tammy

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  29. A cold icy drink would be so nice right now...your tablescape looks yummy...and for 2...my favorite number!

    I love summmer...don't you?

    Best,
    Michelle

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  30. Love your polka dots too!!! Your salad looks so yummy and the frozen lemonade looks so refreshing!!!!

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  31. Your table is just beautiful. I love the colors and the polka dots. That salad is to die for and i am going to make it very soon.
    You are about the 5th or 6th person that has lost their followers. Most say it returns, tho. Hoping your's will.
    I have lost my signature...where the heck do these things go?? :O)

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  32. What a cheerful and deightful table. Everything is too pretty to use! Our Steinmart went out of business and I miss it so much. Thanks too for the recipe. Hope your day is a good one.

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  33. Susan, I love this bright tablescape ~ I can't help but smile when I look at it; it's so cheerful!

    I love spinach salad and yours looks delicious!

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  34. Love, love love your table. It is so airy and refreshing looking. Thanks for the recipe as well. hugs ~lynne~

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  35. So hard to believe you forgot about those precious little plates! But then, I hide things coming in the door a little too well, even from myself, if you get my drift. You set a heavenly table. And you even have food! (As opposed to me; I've got to get cracking on that!) I love the dragonfly, and the stripes and polka dots are just too cute!
    Brenda

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  36. That is so pretty! Love the color combo...how could you forget those plates..:)

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  37. Your tablescape just makes me think...pretty, fresh, welcoming. I love the blues and yellows. I also see you love polka dots...I love how your placemats show them with the stripes! Thanks for stopping by my polka dot tablescape!! Oh...and yums on that spinach salad!! Hugs!

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  38. Such a pretty tablescape! I love the aqua with the white. Those sherbet glasses are beautiful. Spinach salad is a favorite of mine. It's healthy and delicious!

    Jane

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  39. What a pretty table! Lovely dishes.

    I think I shall try your spinach salad over the weekend. Thanks for sharing!

    Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

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  40. Hi Susan, Love the color that you used today...
    Love the dragonfly Happy TT

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  41. Very pretty colors! The spinach salad looks delicious!

    Katherine

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  42. The little turquoise and yellow flower plates are really cute. This tablescape came together very nicely.

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  43. Yum! That spinach salad looks delicious!!!
    I love the turquoise napkins and placemats. Your table design is perfect for a summer meal.

    Turquoise was my color of choice this summer, too. I changed all my artwork, pillows and accessories to reflect it. And I even found turquoise plates on sale at Steimnart...for $1. I will hate to put these lovelies away for fall. Then again, I live in FL. I can use these colors year round. Hmmmm...the maple leaves change color in January...maybe that would be a good time to decorate for "fall"....then there's Christmas...

    Jane (Artfully Graced)

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  44. I adore polka dots! And the turquoise is so summery and fabulous! That cake is to die for!

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  45. Your table is lovely and that spinach salad is luring me to your table. The "whole" post is a treat for the eyes. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

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  46. Love your little table for 2, so perky !
    Thanks for visiting me !

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  47. Hi Susan,
    It all looks so fresh and inviting! Nicely done as always!

    Have a wonderful weekend!
    Bill

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  48. Hey, save some of that salad, because I'm headed over for lunch with you on the deck--it all looks so delicious and so pretty.

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  49. Hi Susan - Just wanted to come see your blog (love that little birdcage!) and to thank you for entering my giveaway! Having lots of fun with it so far! :)

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  50. A great tablescape.....always love visiting your blog....love the music too

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  51. Thanks for sharing. We're sharing peanut butter ideas and Elvis stories at diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com. I hope you will come join us. Or, join us for Crock Pot Wednesdays. Mister Linky will be ready for that on Tuesday.

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  52. Susan, this table IS so happy. I never use Love the turquoise and the stripes with the polka dots. I'm such a hick, I had to go look up that French word (you smarty!). Your grandmother's stemware that you served the dessert in is beautiful. laurie

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  53. Susan...what a scrumptious looking dessert! I want to try you salad dressing recipe...your salad looks so yummy! Love your Steinmart plates...that sounds like me putting things away a little too well. :-) Thanks so much for the blogoversary wishes! The cake was delicious! :-) Susan

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