Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Log Cabin Thanksgiving

My brother and sister-in-law are blessed to live in a REAL log cabin, and yes, out in the country, on 13 acres:

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I was going to first do a peak at the inside “logginess,” but why wait? It’ll set the tone for you, for a Log Cabin Thanksgiving day…they’ve been hosting all 30-some of us for the last several years. Yes, it’s lovely to spend Thanksgiving there.

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DSCN9530 Of course this is the kitchen, but it’s the view from the great room, so it’s a very open, cozy floor plan.

DSCN9515 How about these carved logs? They are the ones you barely see in the picture above this one, as the “entry” into the open kitchen.

DSCN9520 Even the stairs are half-logs…and though I haven’t mentioned the decor, it’s perfect for the setting. They both have a lot of fun searching auctions and other interesting haunts for just the right pieces…

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DSCN9534 The island is of course the hub—with hors d'oeuvres on one side, and heavy cooking activity on the other.

DSCN9532 And of course, the back of the cabin faces west…how’s that for a view from the kitchen table and the window over the sink? I may not mind doing dishes with this view!

Because my SIL also suffers from the same china-and-silver-and-crystal addiction that so many of us do, she could not…WOULD not…give up her formal dining room—it’s in the loft! (For those old enough to remember Green Acres…she’s the Eva Gabor to my brother’s Eddie Albert—the gentleman who plays farmer.) And yes, it’s lovely to have such beautiful, dainty things in this rustic setting. That’s another post, but one I will surely do, because I know you will love it.

To host our huge crowd they move the feast to the walkout lower level, and does.she.set.a.table—well, tables. Take a look.

DSCN9590 Table #1 (round, front): Friendly Village

Table #2 (oblong, to the right): Whites Turkeys and Browns

Table #3 (top left): Cornucopia and Pinecones.

I know, I know…you want the details. Here are the close ups.

Table #1 – Friendly Village, with red and brown accents.

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Table #2 – White Turkeys and Browns

DSCN9548 Would you take a look at the crystal? And the bread plates? And the Pottery Barn white turkey plates? Oh…and the silverware? A table for 12 with all the trimmings.DSCN9584 DSCN9551 I think this year I will sit at the table where these figurines are…I just love them. Do you think she would know where to look if they went missing? ;)

And finally, Table #3 – Cornucopia and Pinecones

DSCN9561 Isn’t this an unusual (and beautiful) cornucopia? And a lovely mix she has incorporated into a centerpiece. DSCN9559 DSCN9553

As I look through my pictures I realize I didn’t take pictures of our fabulous meal—we’re a big cooking family, and there’s always way too much food. I was either taken by the table (very likely), or very hungry (very likely). Note to self: Take pictures of the food this year!!

I leave you with Mr. Turkey—my cheese ball appetizer—and their darling little grandson, perplexed by this goofy-looking turkey! :)

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Wishing you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving, surrounded by loved ones.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Fall Dinner for a Blog Friend

I’ve read about it plenty—bloggers who become virtual friends and eventually meet—and I thought that such meetings must be so fun! Well, Maria, of Dreams and Epiphanies, met in person last weekend! She and her husband, Lee, had a standing invitation for anytime they came to Ohio to visit their son in college, and she emailed me to say they would be in Ohio and would October 18 work? Of course! We’d make it work! We invited them to our home for lunch if they were up to it, because yes, we’re in Ohio, but not en route to Miami University, and the answer was “yes, we’ll come visit!” Yea, Lee, for being a good sport!!

My husband Terry and I decided a traditional Cuban meal was in order, and he chose the menu, based on his favorite meal: Roast pork chunks with Cuban seasonings, rice and black beans, and guacamole—Cuban guacamole…you’ll see that treat in a minute! We also had corn soufflé (recipe here), rolls and butter, and a good pinot noir selected by our son, the chef.

There was no lapse in conversation from the minute they arrived! I’d asked that they arrive hungry, and they said they had heeded my request, so first we had some appetizers ~

DSCN4652 I love to serve palitroques—bread sticks—especially with appetizers, because they were somewhat of a staple with my family, so I always think of them as a Cuban item, though I don’t know if other Cuban families enjoy them as much as we do. I forgot to ask Maria—we’ll need to get together again to talk some more. :)

DSCN4662 Our table (as well as the meal, really) was simple and fall-ish: Burlap runner, woven “straw” placemats and twig chargers, with simple white dishes and aubergine napkins held by twig napkin rings.

DSCN4663 The pork and the rice…and back to the tablescape~ funny how a table decor unfolds. All I had in mind was the burlap and twig things, and simple white dishes. As I was looking for these items I ran across this purchase from last year:

DSCN4640 Metallic gold leaves that I bought for a whopping $.97 on clearance last December. I actually thought they were golds and bronzes, but no, all gold. So there went the table—gold leaves on the burlap runner for contrast, and gold accents, including my “gold” flatware that my dear, sweet grandmother, who obliged me in every way she could, bought for me just because I wanted them, to go with the Lenox Holiday dishes she had also given me. She was such a sweet, dear, giving person, never, ever expecting anything in return.

DSCN4643 Originally I intended to use this Tea Leaf tureen—it was perfect—until I took the lid off and saw the crazing and damage to the porcelain. Not safe. I’d gotten it at an auction, and at the time I wasn’t concerned about the damage, since my intention was to use it for display purposes, but I’d forgotten about it. So off the table and back to just looking lovely, as she always does.

DSCN4665  And about that Cuban guacamole…ours consists of chunks of avocado and of fresh pineapple, with a bit of salt (some like to add extra virgin olive oil and a splash of vinegar and thin onion slices, but mine was sans, as I prefer it). As soon as Maria saw it she referred to it as guacamole. That was fun. And since pineapple is not exactly a fall dish, I compensated with the corn soufflé, served in a hollowed pumpkin.

And now for the BEST part~

DSCN4666 Two new friends—in person! Well, actually FOUR new friends…our husbands did join us at the table, but I have to admit, they were super nice, and super patient with these two ladies, talking incessantly about tables, and bloggers, and dishes, and….  It was a fun, fun day!

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Fall Decor Around the House

Well, fall DID finally arrive at Chickadee Home Nest, although not with the same oomph as in years past. It started with…hydrangeas, of course. Are you surprised?

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It was a beautiful early-fall day, and I found myself puttering in the garden. The hydrangeas were starting to turn their beautiful pink and green-ish speckled look, and I just had to bring some in. I wanted lots of them—I mean LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of them, and the sterling punch bowl, a {lovely} gift from my MIL, was perfect. Large enough, and shiny enough, but not too shiny. The bit of tarnish on it added to the charm.

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Once the hydrangeas were arranged I went back outside, and when I came back inside I was awestruck by the sunlight streaming through and highlighting our new centerpiece. No words needed; I’ll share some of the beauty streaming through our sliding glass doors~

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DSCN4271 You remember this favorite spoon, right? It’s from Table Art, I think, and it always makes me think of a tiny, coppery hosta leaf.

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DSCN4301 I’ve had this plant with the purple flowers for six or seven years—still in the same pot. Every spring I put it out in the screened porch, then take it to our office over the winter, where it’s not real happy, but it does manage to produce a few blooms once or twice. (Does anyone know what it is, besides beautiful?) This year, she has been especially happy, and has bloomed forever, with lots and lots of gorgeous blooms. I couldn’t resist mixing the purple and the white hydrangeas, even if just for a quick photo shoot.

DSCN4517 Even in our bedroom, hydrangeas prevail, in a silver “vase,” aka a salt shaker.

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And yes, I said I kept it simple, but not quite this simple. I did manage to add a few more touches.

Fall in the China Cabinet

I wanted to do something different than what I usually do, so I started by 1) Keeping things simpler, and 2) By using purples and oranges. In the china cabinet I used touches of white/milk glass for contrast.

DSCN4480 No sooner had I settled on the purple-and-orange theme than I walked into Kroger and the purple African violets—in purple pots, no less—were on clearance for $2.99 each. Needless to say, all but two came home with me. Here you can get a peak of the orange touches.

DSCN4486  Three of the African violets came with purple pots, and the others…in a terra cotta/orange shade. Could it be more perfect?! The Rouen antique dessert plates, made by Villeroy & Boch Mettlach between 1850 & 1899, add a bit of background color.

image My sweet friend, Shirley, sent me this picture, because she said it had reminded her of me. She knows me well—I’d seen it (I think in Southern Living?) and had already saved it!

DSCN4498 So this little silver cup, a takeoff on the tiny Revere bowl in the inspiration picture, is in honor of my sweet friend.

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Fall at the Writing Desk and Buffet

DSCN4466 Keeping with the simple theme has suited me well this year…it’s a calming touch, a nod to the now-not-so-new season.

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DSCN4514 The buffet got a simple touch of twigs and “berries” wrapped around the rusty wrought-iron candlesticks our youngest son, Todd, gave me years ago. It seems like fall doesn’t happen until these candlesticks that I love so much are out.

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Fall In the Kitchen

And finally, in the kitchen, the nod to fall was p-r-e-t-t-y simple:

DSCN4508 Blue and white and sunflowers in my Southern Living Ballard Designs tiered basket, with a further touch of fall in the Villeroy & Boch Mettlach dessert plates.

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So are you done decorating for fall? In October I usually add some Halloween decorations for the little chickadees, but now that the two older ones go to school every day, we don’t have them here as much (can you hear the pout in my voice?). I probably won’t do much along those lines. I think we’ll probably go straight into Thanksgiving with the current decor, then move right into you know what!!! That HAPPIEST time of the year!! Now, THAT’S a season I look forward to!  

How do you do your fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving decorating? Do you do it in stages as the season progresses, or all at once? I’d love to hear how you do it, and why you do it that way. You never know…you might inspire me to start fall decorating in August/early September (but I kinda doubt it!). :)

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Saturday, September 6, 2014

The Last Hurrah…A Beach Table

I’m not too late with a beach tablescape, am I? I’m seeing a big shift to fall—blogs, magazines, catalogs—but at the end of August, as our family got together to celebrate July birthdays we hadn’t been able to celebrate, and yours truly’s in August, I just had to have a beach table. I hope those of you who love the beach and its colors will enjoy one more glance at summer…

Beach table at Chickadee Home Nest It wasn’t a fancy table…it was a REAL table, for family brunch. See the empty spaces on either side? Those are reserved for two of the grandchickadees (#3 is still in his highchair in the corner), but since their dishes were going to be white, well…those place settings just had to wait till I was done taking pictures. The serving pieces were chosen for their colors, but also for their “wavy” edges.

DSCN4129 Psssst…the teal plates and “glasses” are (gasp!) plastic! They’re Zac Design, and yes, they refer to them as being plastic on their website (http://www.zak.com/) I got 5 of each at an auction—I so wish I could find at least 3 or 4 more of each, but the Zac website doesn’t show this color any longer.! (If you happen to know of some, please let me know!) I was able to use them for this gathering because one of our DILs was out of town. And the gorgeous goblets we used for blueberry shortcake?? A fabulous find (.50 each) at GW!! They look like they’re a very nice quality (glass); I bet they were pretty pricey when they were bought. I often wonder about the person who gives something like that to GW, and why they wouldn’t want them. Do you wonder, or are you just happy that they do?

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DSCN4139 The centerpiece was sweet because of the Gerbera Daisy our DIL sent over with the babies with an even sweeter note:

DSCN4130 You can bet that precious note is staying with the plant!! I’m babying it and hoping and praying I can keep it alive. I haven’t had much luck with Gerberas. Do you have the secret to keeping them happy in a flower pot?

DSCN4138 The baby Chickadees love, love, love blueberries, so when I found a huge container of them at Kroger I couldn’t resist.

DSCN4147 Add them to yummy Bisquick shortcakes (our absolute favorite recipe, though I add about 2 tablespoons of sugar to the mix), some half and half, a scoop of ice cream and a beautiful dollop of whipped cream and welll….it WAS a birthday celebration, after all! And we didn’t have cake afterwards (that doesn’t sound defensive or anything, does it? :)  ) Oh…and I forgot…the adults all agreed we wanted the blueberry shortcake FIRST! We’ve never done dessert first! The baby Chickadees were pretty excited about that!

DSCN4159 Shells, of course, for the salt from the sea (and the pepper). I started out looking for some beach-themed s&p shakers, and realized I had none (now that’s hard to believe!) then I remembered my clam shells, and was glad to use those, for something more authentic.

DSCN4135     No beach table is complete without a palm tree, right? (I know there are beaches where palm trees don’t grow, but beaches and palm trees go together in my book!) So my Nora Fleming dish (a sweet and relevant gift from one of our sons and DIL) and my Mud Pie fish plates completed the table. The fish plates were a must-have when I found them during a Hilton Head vacation several years ago—a set of 4, along with the shell spreader. During the summer months I keep one on the stove as my spoon rest.

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Maybe now I can make peace with fall.

Are you ready for fall? If you are, please bear with me. I actually love fall once the colors start to change and its beauty is once again revealed to us, but getting there is not easy for me.

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