Same Place, Different Look


daffodilsDaffodils were 3 bunches for $5 at the grocery today, a very good thing since last week’s tulips were done.

daffodilsNo need to use anything other than the same bottles which fit very nicely into the holes in this barrel stave which is actually a candle holder. (Ouch, the ISO was way high on this photo!)

daffodils Not too long ago I shared using burlap strips in a centerpiece, and they work perfectly here.  This is an idea I will use many times!

tablescapeThe bright yellow of the flowers highlights the same color in the handwoven  runner that has been on the bar the last few days.

tablescapeAs for the dishes, they were a spontaneous decision.  I was unloading the dishwasher and as I looked across to the bar, I thought there was no sense in putting them in the cabinet when they added such a playful touch to the runner.

tablescape I always love using this handpainted Italian pottery because each piece is different both in color and design.  I think it’s also a favorite of Michael Lee West at Rattlebridge Farm.

tablescapeNo point in going conservative now, so these wine glasses do their part to continue the energy of tonight’s setting, which, coincidentally goes right with our dinner of black beans and rice.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASpeaking of, this dish is always a favorite no matter to whom it is served and oh so easy to prepare.

Black Beans and Rice

1 lb. black beans

1 c. chopped onion

1 can Rotel tomatoes

3 cloves minced garlic

1 T. cumin

1 lb. smoked sausage 

salt and pepper to taste

Soak beans overnight.  Drain and add water to generously cover.   Add remaining ingredients except for sausage.  Cook over medium heat for about 2 hours or until beans are soft.  About 30 minutes before beans are done, add sausage sliced 1/4″ thick and adjust seasonings if necessary.

Serve with white or yellow rice and have cheese and salsa for toppings.  At our house, cornbread muffins are a must when we have beans and rice.

There you have it, another dinner at the bar!

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18 thoughts on “Same Place, Different Look

  1. Those flowers are beautiful. I’ve always wanted to try cooking with dry beans, but haven’t tried yet. Your recipe sounds easy enough to make. I’m here from the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.

  2. Nothing like gorgeous smiling daffodils – perfect touch to your wonderful dinner Lulu (which sounds delicious!). Fresh flowers bring the added “something” to a room that brings a beautiful spirit. Happy Spring to you Lulu.

  3. Daffodils are such happy flowers…and beautiful, too.
    I have been trying to think of something different for meals lately…black beans and rice sound delicious.

  4. Hi Lulu,
    Your flowers are so beautiful and those beans and rice would be a big hit here at The Cottage. Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and have a fantastic weekend!
    Miz Helen

  5. I love the daffodils and the runner is beautiful. The dishes are wonderful as well, such a pretty setting. My Joe had black beans and rice for dinner tonight. I am cutting back so ate the rest of my wrap from lunch:)

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