I'm recycling! I know I've been absent a bit lately, lots going on right now. And in the midst of all of the personal drama (gotta love your kids regardless!), we had a bit of an issue with the plumbing outside and our backyard was dug up in spots. Hope you enjoy looking at this post from the summer of 2010!
It's hot. Appetites wane. It's hot. Nobody wants to cook! But a great find at the Dollar Tree makes
the heat seem not as bad. I walked in last week and saw fabric place
mats. Lime green with white polka dots. They were destined to go home
with me that day! I mean lime green with white polka dots, who could
forgo such a find?? Really now. I had a set of white plates. Then the
fun began. Welcome and join me for a cool dinner on the patio.
Dinner plates: Wedgwood Windsor
pattern. These dishes have become a staple. The just play well in all
different 'sandboxes'. The salad plates came from TJMaxx and are labeled
Summer 2010. Oh did I mention the place mats were just a dollar each?
These colorful plates came in yellow, lime green, turquoise and orange. Still looking for additional turquoise plates.
up a bouquet of flowers at the grocery store. They came with the
glitter already on them. The dyed colors matched so well with the dishes
Turquoise napkins tied with a lime gingham ribbon. Napkins - Stein Mart. Stitches - Bernina. Thread - Isacord. Napkins are a perfect way to show off those sewing machine stitches. Pick threads in your favorite colors, use an Organ embroidery needle
and make sure to wind a bobbin in the same thread! This will ensure
that your napkins look equally good on both the front and back sides.
Do you recognize the stitches? Stitches from a Bernina 730 - lime green: #427 as is; orange: #411 SW 5.9, SL 1.71; yellow: #711 SW 5.1, SL 3.01.
green 'vase' is actually a larger votive candle holder purchased at Big
Lots. I loved the green color and the resemblance to mercury glass.
margarita stemware was purchased last year at World Market. Instead of
having a dark blue ring, this set has the lighter turquoise rim and
Once again the fish dinnerware from WMF. Sadly, it's no longer available. The whimsy lends itself well to the festive table.
citrus salsa served on a bed of lettuce. Grilled Trout with jalapeno
mayonnaise. Parselied potatoes. Healthy, yummy and is a great meal for a
still very warm evening.
in a margarita of choice. Over ice or served blended with ice.
Perfectly cool. The lime of the drink plays nicely off the lime in the
And if you gather all the stuff above.... then you too can make the citrus salsa and jalapeno mayonnaise.
Citrus Salsa from the Ultimate Grill Book.
1 large grapefruit, white membrane removed, cut into bite-size pieces
2 large oranges, white membrane removed, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped*
2 T lime juice
2 T orange juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 t sugar
Salt to taste.
Mix all ingredients. Can be made ahead and used the next day.
*Mr. Picky-eater doesn't like tomatoes. So I courteously omit these and serve them sliced on the side. ;~)
*Update: This is Regan's momma. We do miss her coming around. She was such a dainty little thing.
Priss lies in the "outer rim", close enough to be a part of the group,
but far enough away that no one could possibly touch her! She is just
waiting patiently for a taste of trout and I can't say I blame her.
She's also asking you to run on over to Susan's Tablescape Thursday!
It's a fun place to be inspired to use the things you have... just click
the graphic below.