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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Table Scape Thursday

EASTER TABLE
Hi everyone I am hooking up with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for another exciting Tablescape Thursday.

My table this year is a simple one. I am reusing all my decor from previous years. It is just my immediate family for dinner. This florals and little bunnies are the center of attention on the table. I have hung my children's three Easter ornaments that were given to them by my brother many moons ago. You can see one in the photo below.

I just love those little bunnies. Last year's purchase at Pier I imports.

My biggest delima and not much of one is how to fold the napkins. The photo above is one option.
The photo below is another. Any one have a preference? You can help me choose or give me another option. I ahve in the past used rosemary as napkin ring for a spring setting.
Here is another view of the table. I found those yellow napkins in a storage box. They are my mom's and must be at least 50 years old. I thought the colors were spring like and the polka dots were a little whimiscal.


Here is another cute little bunny I purchased last year and it is displaying in the living room on the coffee table surrounded by easter eggs. I need to add a little more Easter grass to this.

Thanks for stopping by, look around and don't forget Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. There are some wonderful tables.

Expressively

Sofia

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

EASTER BRUNCH

Hi All. It has been way to long. I am sorry I have been so amiss with my blogging. I promise to with it from now on. I found this recipe on the Better Homes and Gardens site and it looks good.
What a fun way to kick off Easter Sunday than with a beautiful brunch especially this quiche.

Look below at this beautiful table setting outside for your Easter Sunday for the gals that are in the warmer areas. It is lovely. This is set in Carolina but can be anywhere in the warmer climates.


EASTER BRUNCH IDEA

Bread Pudding Quiche with Berries and Bacon

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Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 40 minutes
Bake: 64 minutes
Cool: 15 minutes
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Bread Pudding Quiche with Berries and Bacon

Ingredients

  • 7 to 8 slices cinnamon swirl bread cut in 1/2-inch cubes (about 5 cups)
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 5 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1-1/2 cups finely shredded Gruy√©re cheese (6 oz.)
  • 2 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup chopped cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 cups assorted fresh berries
  • 4 slices bacon, crisp-cooked, drained, and broken in large pieces

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spread bread cubes in single layer on large ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until dry. Set aside 1 cup of the cubes.

2. For crust, place remaining bread cubes in food processor. Cover and process until reduced to fine crumbs. With food processor running, pour in melted butter until combined (mixture will be crumbly).

3. Increase oven to 375 degrees F. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and 1-1/2 inches up sides of ungreased 9-inch springform pan or onto bottom and up sides of 10-inch quiche dish. Bake 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned; cool. Reduce oven to 325 degrees F.

4. In medium bowl whisk together eggs and milk. In small bowl toss together cheese, flour, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Add to egg mixture. Fold in reserved bread cubes, ham, and green onions. Pour into prepared crust.

5. Bake 50 to 60 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. If necessary, after 30 minutes tent with foil to prevent overbrowning. Cool on wire rack 15 minutes. Remove sides of springform pan, loosening sides with a knife if necessary.

6. To serve, top with assorted mixed berries and bacon pieces. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 8 servings
  • Calories 366,
  • Total Fat (g) 23,
  • Saturated Fat (g) 12,
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g) 7,
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g) 2,
  • Cholesterol (mg) 191,
  • Sodium (mg) 725,
  • Carbohydrate (g) 23,
  • Total Sugar (g) 6,
  • Fiber (g) 3,
  • Protein (g) 18,
  • Vitamin C (DV%) 16,
  • Calcium (DV%) 35,
  • Iron (DV%) 13,Beth Dreiling Hontzas / Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey / Food styling: Marian Cooper Cairns,
For those in the cooler climates you can improvise and set this table indoors next to the outdoor window. Set this beautiful table to celebrate with family and friends in a casual setting that certainly brings spring to life.

A pitcher filled with lemons and limes, even mint and strawberries make for a delicious flavored water. Home made cookies, of course Easter eggs, fruits , cheeses and the quiche makes for a delicious farm fresh brunch.

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Carolina Casual Easter Table

Set a beautiful table to celebrate the holiday and season with family and friends.


Tomorrow Easter eggs dying tricks. See you then!

Expressively,
Sofia

Saturday, January 9, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE

I am back from the holiday tour on the East Coast. We spent 6 world wind days visiting family and friends and catching up with everyone. We even had a white Christmas. Here are some pictures of the snow. A snowman made in my mom's yard in Connecticut the day after Christmas


Also a snow elephant also my in Connecticut.


After arriving home from Christmas, we turned and went right back out for a wedding in San Diego on January 3rd. The wedding was located at the Prado in Balboa Park. For those who do not know the park it is beautiful. The setting was lovely and the reception was equally lovely and lots of fun. The bride's mom paper mache and hand painted all of the horses. She did a beautiful job.




The setting for the ceremony was very beautiful outside in the park. It is set up with a fountain and wishing well. Very pretty.
Everyone had a blast.
I hope 2010 will be good to everyone. So let's get organized. I am trying to do the same by de-Christmasing. January is a good month for organization and cleaning out those closets. Sorry for the delayed posts. Hope to get back into the swing of things in January.

Expressively,

Sofia