Monday, March 19, 2018

St. Patrick's Day Tablescape 2018

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Welcome to my green tablescape. This one just makes me happy! I wrote this post on Saturday (St. Patrick's Day), but I'm just now putting it up. Hope you enjoy it!

I wanted to focus on green for St. Paddy's Day, but not get too literal. This scrap was leftover from Brack's nursery. I made pillows out of this over twelve years ago! It's been sitting in my stash just waiting to be used. It has some green, but the blue and yellow keep it from looking too theme-y.

Green placemats from Dollar Tree match perfectly. I got these several years ago, but Dollar Tree carries these from time to time in different colors. 

Next I layered these woven chargers. I can't remember where or when I got them...long, long ago, somewhere. But every time I use them, Gerald jokes about "passing the plate" at church. Oh, well. The color and texture is perfect in breaking up the blues and greens. 

I only have four of these plates. I got them for a $1 each a couple years ago. They are Johnson Brothers, but I don't have a pattern name. The style is called a "chop plate".

These apple green salad plates are "Rise" by Rachel Ray. They are one of the few things I've ever paid full price for! I bought four several years ago and liked them so much I bought four more. The wide white rim looks so nice with the white dish below.

This blue tea glass is "Gibraltar" by Libbey in dusky blue. I also have matching stems. I got about 12 of these for $25 at a thrift store. Adding a little blue breaks up the green.

I made these green napkins a few years ago for St. Patrick's Day, and I use them all the time. The brown wood bead napkin rings were .25 cents each at a yard sale.

Here's an aerial view. Doesn't that just make you smile? I'm so ready for Spring!

Closeup of a place setting.

This plant usually sits in a tray on my living room coffee table. I just grabbed it because it added height and an organic touch. Cut flowers are fine, but I like to use what I have or something that will last more than a week. 

The blue-patterned votive holders came from Dollar Tree a couple years ago. I think I got them for Brack's birthday party one year. It was an orange and blue Nerf-themed party. Check it out by clicking here.

The green tea light holders are also from Dollar Tree, I think. I've had them quite a while. The brown twig "orbs" are from Hobby Lobby. They get moved around a lot and used whenever I need an organic element.

You can see my "Leaping Leprechauns" seasonal hutch decor in the background. I love changing this up each month.

Even though I set four places, my sweet girl is at the beach right now, so there will just be three of us tonight. However, the blue and green tablescape is perfect not just for St. Patrick's Day, but for my two favorite boys who I'll be dining with tonight! 

I'm so glad you stopped by my neck of the woods!

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Leaping Leprechauns!...March 2018 Seasonal Hutch Decor

I know it's mid March already, and I'm a little late sharing my March hutch decor. It's been done since March 1st. I've just been so busy! I set my table this morning for out St. Patrick's Day dinner tonight, and photographed that, so I snapped some shots of the hutch as well.

Here's a sneak peak of our table for this evening. I'll share it in more detail soon.

I picked up the little leprechaun's tag at Joann's back in February when they were on sale half off. I already had the leprechauns from last year.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I love these green salad plates. They are "Rise" by Rachel Ray. They are one of the few things I've paid full price for! I bought them several years ago when I needed some green. I love the thick white rim that picks up on my whiteware.

This little guy managed to get caught! I have several of these glass cloches. They're just the right size to contain these mischievous little guys! They also work nicely on these small little plates I found for .25 cents back in December. 

I love the Irish Blessing. I filled the white IKEA tray with gold coins from Dollar Tree.

I've moved things around a little from the way it was displayed last year. You can check that out here. It looks a lot different since I've also repainted the used to be red.

You can also check out how I made the green garland by clicking here. It's super easy and used up a lot of ribbon I already had.

I'm headed back to the kitchen to start my corned beef for tonight. It's Brack's favorite! I'll share details of my tablescape with you tomorrow. Hope you have a great St. Patrick's Day!

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Individual Brownie Trifles

So this isn't really a recipe as much as a teaser. Or perhaps a challenge. You MUST make these. And they're so simple. These individual brownie trifles were the dessert for our family Valentine's Day dinner last month.

I simple made a pan of brownies the night before. (BTW - I only buy Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie mix. In my opinion, there is no other.) Then I cut them into small, bite-sized pieces. I had a bowl of these ready to make assembly easier. I also had a bowl of fresh raspberries and some homemade whipped cream.

The clear coffee mugs are from Dollar Tree. I had these in my stash already.

I simply placed a few chunks of brownie in the bottom of the mug followed by raspberries. Then I used a piping bag to get the whipped cream down in there without making a mess on the sides of the mugs. Repeat. I sprinkled some brownie "crumbs" on top.

Chocolate, raspberries, whipped cream. The end. Amen. Yum...

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Brown Butter and Garlic Green Beans

I know green beans can be kind of boring. They're everybody's go-to veggie, and one thing that most kids will eat. I'll admit it - I have several cans in my pantry. But I love fresh green beans, and they are anything BUT boring! Take these "brown butter and garlic" green beans. They are delicious!

These are what I served to my family as part of our Valentine's Day meal. They're simple and oh, so good. Let's go!

Begin by melting three tablespoons of butter in a non-stick saute pan. (I buy unsalted butter. That way, if I'm baking, I've got it. If I'm using it to cook savory foods, I can add and control the salt content. Just easier for me to use one kind.)

Add one pound of washed and trimmed green beans. (I buy these at Costco.) Toss well in the butter.

Add your "garlics". The recipe I had called for three cloves of finely minced garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, and one teaspoon garlic salt. I.LIKE.GARLIC. A lot! So I added extra. I would say I increased all three by about 50%. 

Toss well. Tongs are great for really mixing things up.

Saute over medium-low heat until the butter begins to brown and the beans soften a little. I still like them to have a little crunch though. Add a little water (a tablespoon or so at a time) if the butter gets too dark before the beans are done.

I did these about an hour before dinner then set them aside. I threw them on a hot eye to warm them up before serving. 

I served these with creamy mushroom chicken and a wild rice blend. I'll share the recipe for the simple garlic knots soon.

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