Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Tablescape Thursday & Foodie Friday for One…


Welcome to another double duty post.. Tablescape Thursday & Foodie Friday. I had so much fun last week with my first addition to Foodie Friday and second addition to Tablescape Thursday .. that I thought I’d jump back in the pool for another swim at it. Thank You all so much for all of the wonderful encouraging comments you left.. I tried to make my rounds in thanking each and every one.. but there were a few that I couldn’t find a route to get back to thank you.. so for those that I wasn’t able to find through a profile.. Thank You so much for the words you left.. Each comment touched my heart and was so appreciated.


Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch is our Hostess for this fun party.. Please head over and visit her and her always beautiful blog and check out all those participating in today’s Tablescape Thursday.  Just click the button below.TableScape Tuesday Logo2[1]_-_Copy

A Table for One..


Since Jeff and Ashley both traded time with me this last week for fun in the sun at Wildlife Camp.. I was left alone at dinner time.. so I decided a nice dinner alone out on the porch would be less of a mess to clean up for one than for 3 nice and peaceful.


Ice cold homemade lemonade hit the spot on this hot Georgia evening..

  • The green stemware is from Target


  • Dinner plate.. Bordallo. My set of Bordallo has been collected in various spots.. Most of my pieces I picked up at Ross & TJ Maxx.


  • Ivory Charger.. Davco Silver LTD. These I got at Tuesday Morning .. they were regularly $19 ea.. but Tuesday Mornings price was $6.99 but that day they had them all marked 50% off so final price.. $3.50 ea.


  • 14” Rattan Charger … Pier One


  • Crystal Pitcher… Crisa from Dillards

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  • Yellow Handle Flatware… Cambridge Jubilee Yellow from Ross.
  • Yellow Place Mats.. Better Homes from Wal-Mart.
  • Flameless Ivory Candle and Stand.. from Kirklands.
  • White & Yellow Napkins.. Home Trends from Target.
  • Bamboo Table Cloth.. Better Homes from Wal-Mart.


A quick climb up the ladder for a better shot.. See that table.. it’s in the middle of a Met Monday transformation.. It’s an old Singer Sewing Machine stand that I’m redoing with a granite top.


  • Doggie Salt & Pepper Set.. were a gift a long with a matching cookie jar.. not 100% positive but I think they came from Wal-Mart.
  • Green Flameless Candle.. Kirklands


  • Bead Napkin Rings.. I made these .. keep scrolling I’ll show you how.


I get the beads from Michaels .. They have hundreds of colors and styles to pick from..


The prices range from $2.99 to $9.99 each pack.. The larger beads are packed with 2 strands  like you see above. The smaller beads are packed with 4. Both of these sets are red tags .. so they were $2.99. I usually pick these up when they are on sale for 50% off .. which is usually every other week. The great thing about these are.. they are already strung on a heavy strand which is tied off at a perfect length for making napkin rings.. so all I have to do is connect the ends or twist in another color and you have a cute napkin ring.


Aren’t they perfect for this tablescape.. 


On To The Food…

To see more delicious treats.. Head over to Designs by Gollum and see what Gollum and everyone has cooking.

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A main course of Stuffed Cabbage.. with homemade french bread topped with fresh picked tomatoes.


  • Italian Stuffed Cabbage
  • Cake Ball Bites
  • Homemade Lemonade




Italian Stuffed Cabbage:

  • 1 large head green cabbage, core removed
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1/3 cup rice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 qt jar home canned tomatoes or *substitute with 2 16 oz cans of diced or stewed tomatoes
  • 1 16oz tomato sauce
  • 1/2 bag of frozen mixed peppers.. yellow, green & red
  • 1 tsp  Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 large garlic cloves.. diced
  • salt & pepper to taste



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cut out Core from bottom of cabbage. Insert a large fork into the bottom of the cabbage. Place the cabbage into the boiling water for about 30 to 45 seconds… Just enough to make the cabbage bendable.  Remove from water and peel off the leaves. Place the leaves in a large bowl and set aside.
  • Combine ground beef, uncooked rice,  Worcestershire sauce, onions, diced garlic, chopped peppers and eggs. Stir thoroughly; set aside.
  • Remove cabbage leaves from the bowl and cut off white thick stem part. Line a  9 x 12 baking dish with the smaller inner white cabbage leaves.
  • Place 2 tablespoons of meat mixture in the center of a leaf. Fold over sides and roll up. Repeat with remaining leaves and meat. Place cabbage rolls seam side down in cabbage leaf lined pan. .
  • In a small bowl, stir together tomato sauce and diced tomatoes. Pour over cabbage rolls and cover pan with foil. Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour.
  • Serve hot with sauce.


 Cake Ball Bites:

These I have to thank Bakerella for.. I found the recipe on her blog. Click here to visit.


  • 1 13X9 baked cake *cake mix from box or homemade.. I used Red Velvet Duncan Hines*
  • 1 can cream cheese frosting
  • 1 package white chocolate almond bark
  • bowls for dipping
  • wax paper
  • sprinkles


  • Bake a cake from a mix or from scratch and cool completely.
  • Crumble cake into fine pieces.
  • Add can of cream cheese frosting and blend together using the back of a large spoon. Blend thoroughly.
  • Roll mixture into 1.25" - 1.5" size balls and lay on wax paper. You’ll need to wash your hands quite often.
  • Cover with aluminum foil or plastic wrap and chill in refrigerator for several hours or for 15 minutes in freezer. This makes it easier for dipping. Remove from freezer when you’re ready to start dipping.


  • Follow the instructions on the almond bark package for melting.
  • When you are ready to dip, remove cake balls from freezer and set up another sheet of wax paper.
  • Dip each ball into chocolate melt.. I used a wooden skewer to hold balls for dipping.
  • Just after dipping.. sprinkle with candy sprinkles.. then lay ball on wax paper. The little hole from the skewer can be easily covered with chocolate melt.
  • Since the balls were frozen .. the chocolate melt sets up within a few minutes.

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Viola.. There ya have it. Serve with some ice cold milk. Yummmm!


Thank you so much for dropping by for my addition to both Tablescape Thursday & Foodie Friday.. I hope you’ll try some of these recipes.. they really are delicious.. especially those Cake Ball Bites.


Special Thanks to Susan & Gollum for always graciously hosting these fun weekly events.. Make sure you drop by and send em both a lil love.

God Bless & Have a Great Weekend Y’all !



  1. That stuffed cabbage looks absolutely mouthwatering! YUM! And, I love the personal touch of the handmade napkin rings. That is such an awesome idea!

  2. This was a fantastic post - I love everything...The plates, The flowers, the food. I want to be you when I grow up! LOL

    I love stuffed cabbage and I'm going to try your recipe. The cake balls from Bakerella are already a staple at our house.

    I'm so glad that I found your site;-)

  3. What a perfect setting out on the porch. The table is set so beautifully. I love it. The charger and cabbage plate are both stunning. Your menu just sounds so wonderful, makes me really hungry. Everything is so pretty. I really love it. Hugs, Marty

  4. An absolutely lovely table for one, Jade. It is so inviting and looks just delicious. Your recipes all sound like something Mr. Sweet and I would love.
    Thanks so much for sharing...

  5. Everything looks wonderful! I will be trying those cake balls just as soon as I can! And I LOVE those doggie salt and pepper shakers.........

  6. Your table for one is beautiful and your meal looks delicious!! Thanks so much for the bead napkin ring idea!

  7. Debbie, your pictures are just absolutely amazing! GREAT color and contrast and clairty! You get an A+, and I love your tablescape. Thanks so much for sharing with us the way to make those neat napkin rings AND for the recipes. This is a winner!

    Happy Tablescape Thursday...


    Sheila :-)

  8. Love your table and your recipies! And those dogs caught my eye right away -- how cute are they? What great finds -- love everything!

  9. The stuffed cabbage looks so yummy-- my grandma used to make "cabbage rolls"-- they look so much alike.

    What a nice table for one!!

  10. Your glass of lemonade looks so refreshing and your stuffed cabbage makes my mouth water. Wonderful table for one... how appropriate to use "cabbage" plates for your dinner!

    Dining Delight

  11. Your table is so inviting! Too Bad its just for one! :)

    The cabbage looks so good. I am going to try this out and I might even try the brownie bites too!!

    Thanks for sharing!

  12. What a lovely table for one! Everything is so beautiful! I especially love those darling little doggie S&P sharkers, too dang cute!

    The food looks so delicious! A lovely treat that anyone would be thrilled to enjoy!

    Thanks for sharing!


  13. Love your little table. The napkin rings are exquisite. I guess you could make them to go with just about everything! I love the little salt and pepper shakers, so cute. Very, very pretty.

  14. Loving that yellow silverware! I think I'll try out those cake balls this weekend for my Hubby's Bday!
    Thanks for sharing!

  15. Hi Debbie!! I love your table for one. The doggies are very cute. Your crafty napkin rings are very nice and are calling to me!! I'm closing my eyes while I scroll past the food!! I have got to take off a few!!

  16. my mouth is absolutely watering. Recipes too! what a wonderful hostess you have been.

    and the yellow handles on the flatware were like icing on the cake I thought!

  17. Wow Debbie! Love your table for one! Love your mixing of color and texture! And the table looks great too!! ;) LOL

  18. Thanks for the recipe, Debbie! The yellow flowers, the green goblets and plates, the dee-licious food - it's just lovely! What a treat to see such darling items to grace a dinner/lunch table. I just love it!

  19. Howdy Debbie
    Oh my how beautiful !
    Thank you for such a delightful double post / double blessing.
    I loved the recipes .
    I have never made these cookies before can't wait to make them :)
    Thank you so very much for all the fabulous photos .
    You are so talented.
    Have a wonderful rest of the week.
    Happy Trails

  20. Thanks for the recipe for cake bites. They have become quite popular for showers and teas here in Birmingham.

  21. Hi Debbie, your tablescape is gorgeous. I love the freshness of the setting and the food is out of this, I am hungry. Ha.

    Thanks for following Bella will be lovely to get to know you.


  22. I love the little salt and pepper shakers and the yellow flatware. I am laughing at the cake ball bites as I made them and posted about them a few months back when mine fell off the sticks so I am glad you just made the balls and not pops:) They taste good!

  23. I am so impressed...what a delightful table for one! Our family adores those cakeballs...they are easy to make but so yummy too. Blessings to you!

  24. Hi Debbie,
    What a gorgeous tablescape for one. Every detail has been considered. I love your attention to detail. The cake bites look incredibly yummy. I am definitely going to give those a try. Thank you so much for sharing! Amy :)

  25. EVERYTHING looks great... great setting and yummy food!

  26. Debbie: Answer the door, girl becaue I am ringing the bell. Dinner time! Oh that looks so absolutely beautiful. You really outdid yourself. I am so thrilled you shared, and I am so jealous for you to have those beautiful tomatoes. I love fresh tomatoes and out here in Phoenix, I have yet to eat one good tomatoe this year. You just can't find them. This is an awesome combo post. Thanks for sharing. Thank you also for stopping by and posting the beautiful comment about my Lemon Tree story. I will be back soon to visit, please do the same. Country Hugs, Sherry

  27. Looks like a very relaxing, lovely setting to relax and enjoy your yummy meal. Thanks for your recipes. The cake balls look divine!


  28. Wow, that's an amazing table for one! Lovely table! And the food, mmmmm....

  29. What great inspiration. I love the idea of the napkin rings. I'm always there with my children so why not add a few more items! The cake balls look so yummy. I think I'll give them a try for this weekend.

  30. Debbie: This is beautiful and I LOVE those ivory chargers! I gotta check out Tuesday Morning more often! We just recently got one!

    And that stuffed cabbage recipe and cake bites I have already saved in my computer! I'm gonna make'em!

    Have a great day!

    Lou Cinda :)

  31. I'm so glad to see people using those grand old Singer sewing machine stands! So sturdy and versatile! On to your tablescape. Simply stunning! Oh, I loved the yellow flatware, the goblets, the plates which I've been pondering getting. A lovely setting and good food to boot!

  32. Debbie, this is a gorgeous, delicious post. The dishes are making me swoon, and the cabbage rolls look like they have my name on them, along with the cake bites. Just what I need this week to keep me going.
    Bandwith and I were in North Carolina, and we saw a fainting goat--just precious. I don't know if they are like my pygmys, who should have been named Houdini Goats. Have you thought about a miniature donkey?

  33. What a delicious-looking meal! The setting and location are very beautiful. I really like your leaf plates and the flatware ... and those chargers were a steal!!!

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving the thoughtful comment.
    Bye for now,
    Bill @ Affordable Accoutrements

  34. Oh man, now I'm hungry! I hadn't heard of the tablescapes Thursday before! I think I might try to do this as well. I absolutely love how a pretty table can be so inviting and such a good way to provide simple, lovely moments for a family to come together. I so rarely remember to do that for my own kiddos, even though I grew up with a virutal Martha Stewart for a mom. :)

  35. I'm writing down these recipes! I had already eaten, but now I'm hungry again! Lovely post! Have a wonderful weekend, and stop by to visit my small town post sometime, I'd love to see you there!

  36. Very pretty table for one. The food look delicious. I am out of ink, but copied and pasted the recipes in to a Word document and saved them.

  37. Table for one is beautiful! Love the white charger from Tues Morn!

    The food looks delicious!

    Great job!


  38. Debbie - you are amazing. Truly! What an inspiration of beauty and gentility. And to do something so lovely for just one....what a GOOD thing. Ahhhh.

  39. Hi, Debbie, dropping back by to say, "Happy Foodie Friday!"

    I just noticed your forsthyia, and is is GORGEOUS. That is one of my favorite flowers... love to have branches of this when we can get it in Florida.

    Again, love your attention to detail, and I'm helping myself to one of those sweets! Oh, it's good!


    Sheila :-)

  40. What a way to treat yourself! I love your tablescape and I haven't had stuffed cabbage in a good long time. Thanks for sharing your recipe it sounds an awful lot like the one we make around here. I was always going to try those cake balls but I think that you have inspired me to go for it! YUM! ~ Robyn

  41. You know, I don't participate in Tablescape Thursday (Sis and I usually eat in the living room in front of the TV), but I love seeing all the double posts! Your table for one is just lovely.

    Cake balls? A sure winner!

  42. Debbie - I am so glad you drobbed by my blog! I have enjoyed looking over yours. I was born and raised in Georgia and all of your photos really made me feel like I was back home!!

  43. Debbie, I'm tickled at your comment. I'm giddy alright because I'm hopped up on sugar from eating those cookies and ice cream. And Mr. Crab? Mr. Crab is crabby because he got not one single bite. ;-)

    Still eyeing those sweets in your post...


    Sheila :-)

  44. Good Morning Debbie, My Blessed Sister. I wanted to stop by this morning and ask you to come for a visit. I have left something on my blog for you. I am always so uplifted when I drop by here, and you share so much of yourself, including your heart. You make me smile. You are so deserving. God Blessed me when he led me to your site. Country Hugs, Sherry

  45. This is a terrific post. The tablescapes are gorgeous and your food looks delicious. What always impresses me is your photography. Thanks for sharing it all with us. Blessings...Mary

  46. Debbie your tablescape was beautiful. I loved every thing on your table and especially the napkin rings.

    Now on to the food. I have never had stuffed cabbage I am definitely going to have to try it. And those cake balls - yummy!

    So glad I stopped by today. I came by earlier in the week but couldn't leave a comment. I just wanted you to know that I am reading just for some reason my boss seems to walk in every time I try to leave a comment. lol

  47. Your tablescape and your food both look terrific. I've yet to make cake balls, but I have eaten them. They are really addictive. Beginning August 5, I will be hosting Crock Pot Wednesdays at I hope you will plan to join in the fun. Thanks. Debbie

  48. So very pretty! I love everything about your table. The yellow flatware would be mine in a heartbeat :) I wish we had Ross here in the Midwest.

  49. Wonderful place setting! Thanks for the tip on the beaded napkin ring, smart idea.

  50. What a beautiful post. I absolutely love cabbage rolls and this looks like a really good recipe.....can't wait to try it! Love your tablescape all looks so refreshing.

  51. Your table inspired moi... come take a peek...


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