Friday, December 31, 2010

My “All Fired Up” Blooper

I’m joining Susan’s Blogging Bloopers Party 2010 over at Between Naps on the Porch.  I had to laugh when I read Susan’s comment that at least she hadn’t set a single thing on fire this year…cause that’s just what I did!

When I set the table using my Glimmer of Gold setting (you can see the photos here), I didn’t show any of the photos that I took of the table by candlelight.  After my family left and the dishes were cleaned, I had reset the table for our dinner that night.   Since it would be after dark when we sat down to eat, I had added pillar candles in lovely crystal hurricanes and several votive candles around the table.


All the candles were burning and I was busy taking photos…when all of a sudden, I noticed this r—e—a—l—l—y big hole (and getting bigger by the second) in the ribbon on my centerpiece.  Apparently I didn’t put the candle as far away from the ribbon as I thought I did…said ribbon deciding it was a nice night to be highly flammable.  Talk about snatching that ribbon out of the way!SANY6291

At least it happened AFTER my luncheon was over!  My family would STILL be teasing me about it if they knew. 

Ribbon and Fire…they don’t mix well. 


I can’t wait to read everyone else’s bloopers for 2010!



Thursday, December 30, 2010

A Glimmer of Gold

Wow, it’s so great to be back!  My computer hard drive decided it was time to fry about a week before Thanksgiving and I was computerless until Christmas when my sweet family gave me a new laptop.  I’ve been slowly learning how to use it and trying to get used to not having a mouse.

I’m so happy to be able to once again join Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for another Tablescape Thursday.  Don’t you want to join us too? 

A few days before Christmas, I invited my mother, two aunts and a cousin to have lunch with me.  Today, I’m sharing photos of the table I set for the luncheon. 


I started out with a dark green tablecloth and then layered a white lace tablecloth on top.  For the centerpiece, I began with a golden sleigh filled with pinecones and greenery.  I placed it in the center of a plain wreath.  Then I began adding greenery, berries, golden ornaments and feathery birds.  Golden swirling ribbons are the final touch to the centerpiece.




The place settings consisted of gold baroque chargers, forest green dinner plates, and swirled glass soup bowls.  Individual green butter dishes with crystal handled butter servers were placed next to each plate.  Anchor Hocking Forest Green iced tea glasses and sherbets completed each setting.


A Forest Green depression glass tea pitcher was placed on the end of the table.  Alongside the pitcher, I placed a bowl containing small gifts for each family member.  Each received a Christmas ornament that I chose to compliment their styles of decorating.


The island in my kitchen was set up for desserts.



It was was cold and rainy, but sitting down to lunch with my family members warmed up my day.  We laughed, we gossiped, we enjoyed a delicious meal …it was wonderful sharing this moment in time with family!


I hope that each of you had a wonderful Christmas!  Thanks for visiting!




Ambrosia…in Greek mythology, it’s known as “the food of the Gods” and was thought to bestow immortality to all those who partook of this divine food. 

About 30 years ago, my future husband and I were visiting his Grandmother in Georgia before Christmas and she made Ambrosia for us.  This was the beginning of my love affair with this delicious indulgence.  After my husband and I married, it became a tradition for  him to make Ambrosia to serve at our Christmas morning breakfast.


Ambrosia can be made with basically any fruits that you would like to use, but oranges are a must have ingredient.  Chopped pecans or walnuts can also be added.  Some people like to add in sliced bananas, grapes or cherries, but we like to keep it simple with basically oranges and coconut.


Start out by putting sectioned pieces of oranges and the orange juice in a bowl.  Add in some coconut and any other fruits and chopped nuts that you like.  Then add in sugar to taste and …voila, you have Ambrosia.  How simple is that!


Do you make Ambrosia?  What fruits do you like to add to it?

Thanks for visiting today.  I’m joining Designs by Gollum for another Foodie Friday.  See you there!