Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A Berry Happy Valentine’s Day

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Susan at Between Naps on the Porch and Michael Lee West at Designs by Gollum have the “perfect pair”. Tablescape Thursdays and Foodie Fridays are a match made in heaven! Thank you ladies! I think I told you that Valentine’s Day is not one of my favorite holidays, but I just couldn’t let it pass without a little effort on my part. Since the big heart day falls on Sunday, I set a special table during the week.

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I saw a picture several years ago using strawberries instead of red roses. Red roses are not my favorite and I like the idea of using fruit in a centerpiece. I really wanted to pair the strawberries with white roses, but pink is what I could find. I used the good old white Gibson serving bowl for the flower container—just filled it with wet oasis.

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The strawberries were inserted with wooden skewers. One of the beauties of this arrangement is that you can decide on the number of roses and the number of strawberries…and strawberries are definitely cheaper than roses…even 1/2 price ones :).

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For a Tuesday night we’re keeping it pretty casual with Big Lots No-name square plates and Target melamine salad plates and placemats. The stainless (what is left of it :) is Louisiana by Oneida. I picked it out as a bride-to-be and I think a lot of it is buried in sand boxes and dirt piles in two or three states. The cute little Dollar Tree marshmallow suckers dress up the napkins, but I don’t think they count as dessert.

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In this last icy cold winter blast, I have learned something: 1.Cold weather makes me hungry and lazy. 2. This will not be attractive at the beach. SO we are having a lighter dessert-strawberries left over from the centerpiece. How economical is that? I’ll just jazz them up a little with the recipe below.

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Stawberries Romanoff

1 orange, for zest

4 tablespoons sugar

6 tablespoons water

4 tablespoons Cointreau or any orange-flavored liqueur

2 cups strawberries, quartered or halved

Whipped cream or topping

Peel wide strips of orange zest and cut into very thin strips. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Add orange zest; reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in liqueur and cool. Pour syrup over strawberries and let sit for 2 hours. Serve strawberries (looks cute in a martini glass) topped with whipped cream or topping.

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43 comments:

  1. Wow, what a beautiful tablescape. I love the strawberries instead of red roses idea. That dessert looks scrumptious. May have to try that one....Kim

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  2. G'morn, Susan ~ What a breath taking table setting ... the strawberries just make the bouquet 'pop'. Clever idea!

    Happy Valentine's
    Have a great week!
    Hugs, Marydon

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  3. How clever you are with your pretty rose and strawberry bouquet! So pretty. I think I'll "borrow" this the next time I use my straberry dishes. I know what you mean about the snow -- turns me into a "snow slug".

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  4. How pretty - You did good! Love the center piece.
    I found out just how non active I have been when I stepped on the scales recently!!! :(
    Another cold day, and I have got to get out in it in a little bit.
    Stay warm.

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  5. Oh, how pretty is this! Love it! I must steal the strawberry rose idea
    xoxo Pattie

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  6. Your table is so pretty and the strawberries are a good idea. Love your recipe. Happy Valentine's day.
    Joyce

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  7. What a cute idea using the strawberries in a floral arrangement! I love s'berries, so I'd be plucking them off and eating them every trip I made into the dining roome.

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  8. Hi Susan! Oh, what a beautiful table! Love those strawberries! How clever! I love strawberries!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  9. I love your centerpiece. Neat idea with the strawberries added in.

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  10. Pretty table, Susan! I checked out the strawberries at Costco..7.50 for a container..well I put them right back!
    I can wait!
    We rae having a blizzard, so I posted my table already too. Don't trust the cable co!
    Again, happy BAnniv!

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  11. Your table is to die for!! I just love it!! What a fabulous center piece.

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  12. Cheery...bright...and I feel a promise of FUN...
    What a brilliant centerpiece, Ms Susan...

    A big 5 star vote! nicely done :)

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  13. What a great idea with the strawberries. I like roses that aren't red also, but the red touch of the berries is perfect!

    Sue

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  14. A fun and cute table. Love the strawberries in the centerpiece! yummy desert!

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  15. For someone who doesn't like Valentine's Day, you sure set a cute table, Susan, and what a clever thing to use those strawberries like that. Neat! Love your plates you found. I love to find deals like that... makes me SO happy!

    Thanks, too, for that delish dessert...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  16. Thanks for stopping by my little blog. It is nice to know I was missed.

    Your centerpiece has my mouth watering. The strawberry thing is a great idea. I saw some biggies this afternoon at Publix and they would look wonderful mixed in with some flowers.

    Had to smile at the silverware in the sandbox comment -- don't I know it!

    Scribbler

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  17. Great idea with the strawberries in the centerpiece! I can relate to the missing flatware!!!

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  18. I love the strawberries mixed in with the roses!!! Beautiful!

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  19. I would never have thought to put strawberries with the roses...cool! Very nice table. Happy 1st blogging anniversary!

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  20. How clever to use strawberries mixed in with roses. Very creative. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

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  21. Very pretty! What a great idea to use the strawberries in with the flowers!

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Katherine

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  22. Strawberries and Cointreau are the perfect pair! Excellent recipe!

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  23. What a great idea to add strawberries to the centerpiece. It looks very pretty too. Wonderful and romantic tablescape!...Christine

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  24. Hi Susan,

    Beautiful romantic table for Valentines Day.
    I love the roses, gypsophila, strawberries in place of the red roses, nice idea.
    This recipe looks delicious and love the idea of strawberry and cointreau, thanks for the recipe.

    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  25. Those strawberries and roses are striking together. Your table is a beautiful one.

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  26. I am so with you on the weather and its effect! Beautiful table:-)

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  27. Strawberries are just perfect for Valentine's and they look so beautiful with the roses! I think your table is gorgeous!

    Happy Valentine's wishes,
    Natasha.

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  28. Hi Susan, what a pretty table, love the little suckers you found at dollar store, love the red and white, beautiful, thanks for sharing...Phyllis

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  29. sweet flower arrangement, love all the reds, you can always find neat odd & end things at Big Lot's & Tues. Morning stores

    Helen

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  30. BEAUTIFUL TABLE SETTING!! AND THE CENTERPIECE IS A GREAT IDEAL WITH THE STRAWBERRIES. THANK YOU FOR STOPPING BY MY BLOG.. YOURS IS LOVLY!

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  31. Roses & strawberries, what a clever idea! And that crystal is to drool over!

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  32. I love the recipe, but I HEART your dishes and the centerpiece. Strawberries! How inventive! This is beautiful and festive.
    XX00

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  33. Congradulations on your Blogaversary! The Valentine scape is cheery and so pretty. The napkin rings are so girly! And the rose and strawberry centerpiece is very very beautiful and different in the best way!
    Yvonne

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  34. Susan, dropping back by to wish you a Happy Foodie Friday!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  35. The stawberry recipe looks fab. Can't ever go wrong with liqueur and fruit. Your settings are so pretty and clever.

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  36. GREAT!!! post for Valentine's Day and the strawberry recipe is GREAT!!!

    Geri

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  37. How lovely! I hope I can remember to use strawberries in an arrangement someday....its very creative & looks so festive.
    I thought the marshmallow suckers were some type of modeling clay! LOL
    The whole scene is just delightful. I like your idea of tickets to an event & would have loved to attend that concert. GOOD THINKING!!!

    Thanks for the sweet anniversary wishes for us.
    fondly,
    Rett

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  38. I LOVE the idea of the strawberries in with pink (or white) roses. Just gorgeous!! Your tablescape is lovely :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  39. STRAWBERRIES! If you see my post today, you'll learn that I LOVE strawberries. I can't believe I've never thought to pair them with roses for a centerpiece. All I can say is — Brilliant! This centerpiece would go perfec with my Strawberry Mojitos Shrimp Skewers.

    Leave the table set, I'll bring my shrimp and you bring dessert. Deal?

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  40. Susan, I really thought I had left a comment of about your beautiful arrangement. Well, you read about my week so maybe I'm not too late. At least I got my computer back working. I love the pink roses and red strawberries. Really serene. Happy Blogaversary!

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  41. Susan, what a great give-away. I love Fifi's drawings. I arrived too late for the give-away but happy blog birthday/anniversary. Congratulations. So many people drop out. I'm so glad you didn't.
    Sam

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