HAPPY EASTER 2015 TO YOU ALL! BLESSINGS.

HAPPY EASTER 2015 TO YOU ALL!  BLESSINGS.
A Spring-Easter Tablescape

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

FABBY: Girls Night Out


Hello sweet friends!

     My DD Alexandra is getting engaged this Saturday and we are making a reception at a beautiful restaurant for sixty family members from both sides; so I am very busy, but, Kathleen knows I just cannot miss one of her challenges and so I quickly thought I'd love to use my new Oriental dishes our siblings gave us for our 40th. Anniversary dinner party.

Trying to meet the challenge has relaxed me from all I'm doing and the guests I'm having; to the point of making me smile and enjoyed setting it with my new dishes, that are making a 'debut' for the first time.

Since they're blue and white, our fav combo, I also paired them with my red rimmed Oriental dinner plates.

With that said, here is my quick table, specially with my adorable Asian girls, that are out in town for a Chinese dinner.
 
I used to call them Christine and Chie, until lovely Vel showed up (for our luck), at our 'little blog community,' but couldn't make it...shocks!...maybe next time for sure!



My two lovely Asian girls on center stage for "Kathleen's Ladies Night Out Challenge."



My red dinner plates were bought at Macy's, NYC in 1980 with different blue, white and red pieces; but for this challenge I just couldn't help myself than to pair them with the 'new' Asian dishes for eight place settings we received from all our siblings for our 40th. Anniversary dinner party last March 11th.

Aren't they beautiful! I love the pattern of the blue and white dishes and they have many, many pieces more I haven't shared tonight.

The soup bowls with lids are so pretty, and the lid is used for putting the rice.
 
There's oriental spoons and a cute little bowls for sauces. The big serving bowls also have serving spoons in porcelain to match.


Love this floral blue and white pattern on the dishes.

The china is very thin, you can see through them!

Of course, the girls are having some Jasmine tea during and after dinner in this adorable mugs with lids.

In the backdrop you can see the tea setting in the pull out tray some antique pieces have, such as our Belgium buffet here... and our grandgirls love to play tea time on it too, lol..

Love the mugs with lids, which they gave us eight of them too, along with a bigger teapot. Here I'm using the smaller one mother gave me this past C'mas.

This small lacquered tea chest was my Mil's; she always had some jewelry in it, though.

Asian antique teaset and teacups.  Serving pieces from our old china as background.



Here you have it, my "Girls Night Out Challenge at Kathleen's, Cuisine Kathleen."

'Ladies Night Out-Let's Dish Challenge'    www.cuisinekathleen.com 
Thanks Kathleen for hosting.

Thank you so much for your sweet and kind visits my friend, you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY

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Monday, April 27, 2015

FABBY: Tea with a Friend



Hello my sweet friends!

     My life has and it's been so busy lately, I can't even answer your kind comments on my last table-post...but I will for sure after this week.

You see, my DD Alexandra is getting engaged this Saturday and it's been a last minute thing, although it was expected. Therefore, we are gathering lots of family, about 70 to help us celeb on a beautiful restaurant. 

The other day a good friend of mine announced me a tea in the afternoon visit.
I baked a delish cake and I had tenderloin slices for sandwiches, plus cheese and home made jam she likes.

This is what my simple little tea table looked like.

Now I'm off to prepare food for my DD and her fiancée for the following days, you see, they live in Madrid, Spain. My DD Sofia is also coming from out of town.




Here is my little tea in the afternoon I fixed for me and a good friend who announced me a visit the same day.

Home made jam. The cake is called 'The Best Homemade Pound Cake.'
Recipe is at the end of this post and you can pin it, if you wish.
It's very easy and yummy!

Recipe of yummy cake is at the end of this post if you would like to pin it... as it is from Pinterest.

My tea chest at the back and some white chocolate Bombons.

I love this tea chest a friend made for me several years ago...with a pewter design on top.

We also had tenderloin sandwiches on 'croissants' with cheese. 
Sometimes just with homemade jam with the 'croissants only.'

 


The afternoon was very dark as it rains everyday here because of the Spring season and flowers are blooming and gardens look gorgeous.



...and this is what happened after the rain, the most gorgeous 'rainbows' came out and I could take this pic for you as I was in main street at the time, in the historical part of 'Cuenca, Patrimony of the World.'


Thank you so much my dearest sweet girls, you know you make my day with your kind visits.

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY


"THE BEST HOMEMADE POUND CAKE"

Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 2 large eggs (or 3 medium eggs)
  3. 1/2 cup sour cream
  4. 1 1/2 cups flour
  5. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1 cup sugar
  8. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  9. Toasted Slivered almonds  (optional)
Instructions
  1. Let eggs, butter, and sour cream come to room temperature (about 45 minutes)
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter with the eggs and sour cream.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and beat just until well mixed.
  4. Pour batter into a greased and floured loaf pan (or a 9 by 9 inch square)
  5. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes clean.
  6. Cool before serving.
  7.  
  8. "VERY EASY and delish, indeed!"
 
 
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

FABBY: OMG, Another Dinner Party !


Hello sweet friends!

            OMG, another dinner party, for sure!

We decided on entertaining again, as we had to reciprocate to some more friends and yes, we do have lots of wonderful friends; so, since we made the dinner party to celeb our 40th. I haven't stopped the 'entertaining at home situation' lol..

I had sixteen friends, or eight couples including us for a dinner party, last night.

My menu was: Some horderves, such as a crab dip and some small hand pies.

The entré was a favorite of ours, nice, light in calories and simply delish, 'Zucchini Lasagna,' I've been making for a very long time, and the recipe came out from an old 'Good Housekeeping Magazine;' long before Internet or Pinterest was around! The recipe is at the end of this post, as it's great, low calorie and simply marvelous!

I've been making buffet dinners and serving it on top of my foyer's vintage French marble table, directly from the chafing dishes, as I've shown in my other posts.

Ok, here are the two tables I created for the dinner party last night. Hope you like them.


Some of the friends that follow me might remember I bought this Mandala Indian topper and it was too short in length for my large table, so I took it to my alterations lady and she cut a long strp from the sides, added it, sewed back the elephants and voilá!
She created a long table topper out of this lovely pattern.

I copied catted this apple and flower centerpiece from my Pinterest board; "Centerpieces of Various Styles and Seasons"

I loved it when I saw it with green apples, but I used the red ones because had I arranged it with the green ones, I was afraid it would look perfect for C'mas and with the red tablecloth.


The tablecloth is actually sort of a creamy-ivory color background, therefore, I used my reticulated ivory chargers, my dear Mil's vintage ivory china and the ivory flatware to sort of blend this kind of happy table, along with the linen ivory napkins.

I paired two different sets of Viennese hand etched glasses here.

The place set as I did it.


I love the long edge of the tablecloth with the elephants running thru it.

I also decorated the round breakfast vintage French table to sit six people, as between the two tables we were sixteen total.

I decided on mixing my two black and white china sets for six that I have. Here is the one place set.
 
I did buy them a few years ago with this idea in mind and I always set them together for Father's Day.

Here is the other mixed place set.


I always make a tea or coffee setting for after dinner and for this evening I chose my red transferware as opposed to my Mil's antique teacups from her china.


The stemware here was also my Mil's and it's French and they come in three different sizes.

Thank you so much sweet and kind friends for visiting me, you so make my day every time!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.
A special thanks to the generous and supportive ladies that have recently featured me.

Kathy for "A BOUQUET OF TALENT LINKY PARTY"
Angel for "WAKE UP WEDNESDAY LINKY PARTY"

LOVE,
FABBY


ZUCCHINI LASAGNA

2 very large zucchini, about 1 pound each
1 cup chopped onion
1 tsp. minced garlic
3 Tbls. olive oil
1-16-ounce jar chunky spaghetti sauce
15 ounces ricotta cheese
8 ounce mozzarella cheese, grated
2 eggs
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
Basil sprigs for garnish

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
Cut zucchini lengthwise into 1/8 inch-thick slices.
Parboil in three batches, 5 to 6 minutes.
Remove from pot and drain well on paper towels.

In heavy saucepan, sauté onion and garlic in olive oil over medium high heat until soft but not brown, 6 to 8 minutes.
Add spaghetti sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile combine ricotta and half of the mozzarella, eggs, parsley, basil, salt and pepper in large bowl. Blend with a wooden spoon.

Preheat oven to 375F.  Butter an  11x9x2 inch baking pan. Spoon a thin layer of sauce in bottom of pan. Cover with slices of zucchini, overlapping slightly. (cut to fit).  Spread 1/2 cup of sauce over zucchini. Top with half ricotta-cheese mixture.
Repeat a layer of zucchini, sauce and cheese mixture.
Finish with a layer of zucchini and remaining sauce.
Sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese on top.

Bake in preheated oven 40 to 45 minutes until cheese is melted and golden brown. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Cut into squares.
Garnish with basil sprigs if you want.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

FABBY: Spring Dinner Party


Hello sweet friends!

I hope you all had a lovely and blessed Easter weekend with your dear families.

About a week ago...actually, the Friday before Good Friday, we hosted a dinner party for some of Alejandro's school friends and their wives and we were 12. Therefore, I fixed two Spring tables,anyway.

Here they are, I hope you like them.

Have a wonderful Spring week enjoying good weather at your neck of the woods.

I used my dear Mil's beautiful hand crocheted tablecloth she had made so many years ago by a friend of hers.

I used a blue topper underneath to pick up the small blue flowers on the chine.

 
The butterfly napkin rings were made back at our Ceramic Co.

The pretty blue chargers were also made back at or former Ceramic Co.

The cloches and rabbits were here before my Easter table, hahaha..

Here you can appreciate the pattern of the china with small blue and pink rose buds.
I bought this china very many years ago to make big dinner parties, therefore, I have 16 complete place settings.

The dishes are: "Home Gallery"-Fine China.

I paired the setting with blue water goblets and blue napkin rings here, as well.


For the French round table I carried the same idea as the large dinner table, using an under cloth in orange and a lace white organza one on top.

Since I mentioned I have 16 place settings of this china, here it is again.


Here I used a brown charger and a green bird's napkin rings, paired with green goblets.

The centerpiece was a cloche with a bird's nest and some little sheep around it.

Here at the end of the large buffet I placed teacups just in case some like tea after dinner, or coffee instead.

Thank you so much for your sweet and kind comments my friends, you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY

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Sherry - No Minimalist Here
Debra - Common Ground
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Lynn - The Vintage Nest
Kelly - The Essence of Home
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Sunday, April 5, 2015

FABBY: HAPPY AND BLESSED EASTER


Hello sweet friends, here to wish you all a very blessed and happy Easter Sunday of Resurrection.







"A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act."
 
LOVE,
FABBY

 





 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

FABBY: Easter Tablescape 2015


Hello sweet friends!

      Easter is approaching us rather quickly it seems; therefore, I have set a table for six as I believe that's what we will be next Sunday.

I chose to set my Easter table setting, with what is our everyday china, which is a mix and match of colors and that makes it more fun and not boring for our everyday use and specially for Spring because of the pastel colors.

I'm also using a very springy runner and napkins to match; green organza placemats and as centerpiece my wooden tool box, for a change... and last, but not least, an assortment of different color wine stems, paired with green water goblets.

This time I didn't use chargers to sort of keep the table fresh and light...like Spring is.

With that said, here is my Easter table for 2015.

                                            HAPPY EASTER!


The napkins came with the runner, although you didn't have to buy them together and they were both on sale back in January...yeah, yeah, you guessed it! 

The other rabbit from the back and a turquoise wine stem here.

Since we will be six Easter day, I have this end of the table with enough space to set a teaset and teacups for tea...or coffee, after the luncheon.

German crystal basket from many years ago.


The dinner plates are green and yellow, salad plates and wine glasses, are all in various colors too. A pink stem here.

Purple wine stem with green water glass.

This is the cutest 'honeybee' container, because it's 'glass' and it has a little birdie on the tip of the lid.

This mischievous little rabbit looks like she's hiding the carrots from her buddy, lol!

Here are the color plates sets I used for a Spring-Easter tablescape:
Yellow with orange

Green with green. The sherbets are Italian.

...and finally, yellow with yellow.
Although the fourth color is blue, I didn't use that set cause we will be six for Easter lunch, anyways.



The boy rabbit just resting in the tool box...so cute. Since my mom gave them to me they simply make me smile.

Vintage iron cross that belonged to my Mil.
German crystal basket.

A high shot where the one end of the table is set with teacups and teaset to match, with butterflies and flowers, perfect for a Spring-Easter table.

I loved this runner and napkins I bought back in January, they were on sale... along with the green dinner plates...very much on sale, I mean cheap!

The three bird nests were made by a friend of mine who is very handy and talented...aren't they adorable?

The tool box is flanked by two small cloches with a nest and birdie inside them.

The other end of the table with the German crystal basket with Easter eggs.
The tall cloche with the vintage iron cross.

The teapot has roses and butterflies, you can see a couple on this side.
The lid has some as well, but on the other side, lol..

In the back a white salt and pepper little chick.


Happy Easter 2015 dear friends and thank you so much for your sweet and kind comments, as you always make my day.

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY

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