Repeat….almost


tablescapeA couple of weeks ago this table, inspired by a beautiful arrangement from a wedding reception, was posted.  What I liked about it is that it uses some of my favorite things, a vintage French cloth and cranberry dishes from the 1940s, so why not use them again?

tablescapeToday, the flowers are all but gone, however, being one who recycles as much as possible, I plucked the ones with life left and arranged them in individual vases surrounded again by the pears. 

tablescapeMaking a few changes is a quick and easy way to prepare a table for guests, and I confess to doing that often, especially when I like a particular look.  Here, the napkin is off to the side and the cup and saucer is on the plate for a first course soup.

tablescapeWine glasses are added,

tablescapeand voila, a new table is created with minimal effort.  I don’t know about for you, but that works for me every time!

The same is true for food.  I don’t want to spend all day(s) in the kitchen, but I do enjoy preparing tasty food like for this dinner which included butternut squash soup and a pork roast.  Both were simple to prepare and delicious.

Butternut Squash SoupRoasted Butternut Squash Soup

butternut squash, 1-2 pounds

2 carrots, thickly sliced

1 large sweet onion, quartered

olive oil

3-4 c. vegetable or chicken broth

1/2 t. cardamom

1/2 c. half and half

salt and pepper to taste

Cut the squash into quarters lengthwise and place on a rimmed baking sheet with the carrots and onion.  Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and roast at 400 until vegetables are soft.

In a food processor or blender, puree the veggies, half at a time.  Pour puree in a saucepan with broth, add seasonings and heat through.  Right before serving, add half and half.

To serve, add a dollop of yogurt, sour cream or creme fraiche and a sprig of parsley.  What is wonderful about this variation of butternut squash soup is roasting the veggies.  That was a last minute idea that really added flavor.

pork roastFor the pork roast, I slathered it with dijon mustard and coated it with a mixture of toasted walnuts and sesame seeds, 1/2 c. each.  Roast at 325 about 20 minutes per pound.  

pork roastLet the roast sit for about 10 minutes before slicing.

There you have it, a simple table with an easy to fix meal which leaves time for a walk on the dirt road!

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29 thoughts on “Repeat….almost

  1. Love your table – and I agree about keeping things easy. Totally! Your recipes look so good…I was all set to make the squash soup, but I have an acorn squash, not butternut. Drats! Hey, but I do have a pork roast in the freezer, so after my next run to civilization, I’ll pick up some Dijon and make your delicious roast! 🙂

  2. If I could draw, I would love to draw each of these frames. There was such beauty in each frame. The progression was brilliant! And the soup…I could never say enough about having a new soup recipe.

    And lastly, love, love, love, the plates on the wall as an art piece. ~ Thanks for sharing!

  3. Lulu, your table is gorgeous and the food is simply mouth watering! I want to try both! I collect red glassware. Have a pretty nice collection, but have not been fortunate enough to find many large plates.
    hugs,
    Jann

    • The plates were an expensive way to fill a wall, and it has gotten lots of attention. A couple of weeks ago I did a post on the process if you want to take a look.

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