Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Tablescape Thursday & Foodie Friday … Tea for Two

 

Welcome everyone to my addition to Tablescape Thursday & Foodie Friday.. I’m double posting again this week so this is gonna be a bit long and may take a bit longer for all the photos to load.. so please be patient .. I promise it’s worth the wait.

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This week I’m featuring a few pieces from a set of china that is very dear to me.. It was a gift given to me by a special friend Connie.  While visiting Connie in Pennsylvania 22 years ago.. I spotted these on display at her local grocery store. They were sold in pieces… and each week they would feature a different piece for sale. Well since I was just visiting and knew we didn’t have this particular grocery chain in Georgia.. I left empty handed.  At that time I was stocking up my Hope Chest.. and I had already bought a really pretty set of china.. so I knew I didn’t need these.. but that didn’t detour me from lusting over them. Pink, blue and all things flowers was my thang back then lol.

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Anyways... Six months later Connie came down to Georgia for a visit and with her she brought me the complete 8 piece setting along with every coordinating piece to the set. I was in complete shock!  Every time I think of or use this set I’m reminded of Connie.. and how diligently she worked to collect all of these pieces just for me. I will… just as I have these past 22 years… cherish them and the love that went into getting each and every piece for me.

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The beautiful Teapot is not part of the set.. but I’m featuring it today because for those of you that haven’t heard.. This is the Teapot I won 2 weeks ago from Applestone Cottege!

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Cindy was doing a give-away.. which she does often.. and I was blessed with winning this new treasure.

  • Crystal Vase holding fresh geranium blooms:  Mikasa from Mikasa Outlet located at Tanger Outlet in Locust Grove Ga.

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I love it.. and it goes so beautifully with my “Connie China”.

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China..

  • SOMERSET by EXCEL
  • Description: BLUE FLOWER BAND, BLUE RIBBONS, FLOWERS
  • Flatware: Cambridge Cocktail Forks & Tea Spoons .. Linens–n-Things *purchased a year ago*

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  • Blue Table linen .. Martha Stewart Collection: Purchased at Kmart after Christmas sale.

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  • 2 Tier Silver Server .. A Goodwill find from last week.
  • White Chippy Butterfly Votive .. gift from Cindy @ Applestone Cottage.

Food:

  • Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds: Dove brand .. Target
  • Pinkish Gem colored candy: M&M’s Premium Raspberry White Chocolate Covered Almonds .. also from Target.
  • Cookie Bars: Murray .. from Target.

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  • Sweet Peach Tea: Green Mountain .. Box of bags purchased recently from Ross.

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  • White Napkins & Black Flower Napkin Rings: Pier1.
  • Silver Server Tray: Goodwill .. recent find.
  • White Ruffle Dessert Plate.. Ross.
  • Peaches: Fresh Grown Georgia Peaches .. local produce stand.
  • Bolero Almond Wafer Sticks: Ross .. recent purchase but can be found fairly reasonable online at Greek Gourmet.

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Homemade Peach Ice Cream:

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/2 pounds fresh peaches - peeled, pitted, and chopped
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 pint half-and-half cream
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole milk, or as needed

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DIRECTIONS:

  1. Puree peaches with the sugar and half-and-half in batches in a blender or food processor. Do not just use chunks of peaches.. they freeze.. and it’s not tasty. You can always add fresh slices once you’ve finished as I did in the picture above.
  2. In a gallon ice cream freezer container, mix together the peach mixture, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla. Pour in enough whole milk to fill the container to the fill line, about 2 cups.
  3. Here’s a lil tip.. Cooling the container mixed with ingredients first in your frig for about 45 minutes will help the ice cream harden faster .. just give it a quick stir to redistribute the pureed peaches before placing into your maker.
  4. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for your maker to freeze the ice cream.

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It only took a couple of minutes in this Georgia heat to start melting.. but it was still delicious!

Thanks for dropping by .. and make sure you head back over to Between Naps on the Porch & Designs By Gollum and visit them and all those participating in their parties this week.

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Hugs Y’all,

Debbie

 

46 comments:

  1. I just love your china and the thoughtfulness and love of a friends makes it so precious and priceless. What a treasure. YOur GW silver finds are wonderful too. I love to use silver, it just makes everything so pretty. Your nibbles and ice cream are to die for. Such a pretty table. It is wonderful the way your pretty new teapot goes so well with your china. What a lovely gift. Very pretty. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Oh your table is so pretty...the china is fabulous and that teapot is absolutely divine! I love it!

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  3. Love the blue, and that teapot is a GEM!

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  4. Debbie what a truly wonderful setting you have put together there.....so peaceful and reflective of the day. If you have a tiny moment I think you will enjoy the phots I have on my blog of a hight tea for 140 ladies I put on with my vintage china.

    Lee-ann

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  5. As usual, beautiful tables and great stories. How sweet of Connie to love you so much and do that for you! But I SURE DO KNOW WHY!!! And all that food....oh my word. I'm so hungry now.

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  6. SO much to love! The china and its story is wonderful and your teapot from Cindy matches so well. Your recipe sounds Great!!!! Nice relaxing setting also. :D Jewel

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  7. I love that shade of blue. So beautifully done and making me hungry for peach ice cream! Looks wonderful. What a joy to visit this delightful scene you created :)

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  8. Hi Debbie! Your Connie china is so pretty and so meaningful that Connie collected it for you. What a wonderful testimony to friendship!! Lovely setting and great looking food!
    Happy TT to you!

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  9. What a beautiful and special friend you have! Your tablescape is just lovely. And the recipes sound divine!! Thanks for including them!

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  10. Oh what a beautiful table! Your china is lovely and how special to know it came from your friend! Love that beautiful tea pot! Oh, yes I do! Now I would come over and eat the leftovers if you just say the word! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :0

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  11. Hi Debbie,
    How lovely! The teapot looks just perfect with your Connie China. What a beautiful table, just lovin that tablecloth and centerpiece. That dessert looks just so yummy, I don't know how to stay on a diet anymore because everyone has such wonderful food on their blogs! Thanks again for your sweet comments about me and I am so glad to know your enjoying the teapot too. Hugs my friend, Cindy

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  12. What a gorgeous tea pot and china. The table and food look great.

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  13. Hold those memories close and enjoy. -
    The Tablescaper

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  14. I love anything with cameos so I'm naturally drooling over your cameo teapot! How gorgeous! Happy TT to you!

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  15. Everything looks absolutely beautiful. Your photographs are amazing!

    Laura

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  16. I love your table! I can't believe how much information you've got packed into one post! Great job!

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  17. The pictures were beautiful and the peaches to die for!
    Love,
    Kelly

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  18. Your a lucky girl to have a friend that would give you such wonderful china!!! Also lucky to have won the darling teapot!!! I love the shade of blue that is is in your dishes...it is so cool and fresh!!!

    Beautiful tablescape!!!

    Enjoy!!!
    XOXO
    Cathy

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  19. Hi Debbie, haven't been by in a while... sorry about that.

    That table is just lovely and to think that your friend collected each one for you, that makes it more precious! Wow... I love great friendships like that...

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  20. Oh Debbie, your friend Connie is the sweetest. The dinnerware set is lovely and the teapot from Cindy is so pretty and perfect to go with the set. But I love the peach ice cream the most! Yummy!...Christine

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  21. The china is so delicate and beautiful!
    You've created a very pleasant atmosphere to share with others.
    Yum.
    Blessings,
    d

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  22. Oh my goodness! That tea pot is a perfect match for your pretty china. It is so unique and beautiful. Looks like a lovely tea!

    ~Liz

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  23. So beautiful! Love the delicate blue color on the dishes.

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  24. What a wonderful table. Georgia peaches - wow -what a treat. Great on a hot day. They really do say summertime don't they? Jennifer

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  25. What a delightful post! I love your Connie china too. What a great friend! And that pitcher is so elegant and pretty. The setting for your tablescape is so full of wonderful outdoor light and the foliage gives it an extra boost of color.
    Brenda

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  26. Very pretty and yummy looking too! Love those little chocolate covered almonds.

    Christi

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  27. Your table is so pretty ~ and your china will forever be a keepsake for you. What a special friend you have in Connie.

    I also love your teapot, it is gorgeous! It is the perfect addition to your table.

    Beautiful post!

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  28. Another DLEIGHTFUL table!
    BTW... I received a BLANK email from you... would love to know what it was supposed to say!
    ENJOY!
    Fifi

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  29. That china must be a special treasure to you since your friend diligently bought it weekly for you!

    Everything is just beautiful!

    Katherine

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  30. Peach ice cream is to die for!
    I love it and especially home made : )
    Have a great weekend

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  31. No worries the pictures loading fast.
    Now that is a good friend.

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  32. So pretty and the ice cream looks yummy. It looks like a beautiful day too.

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  33. wow, what a sweet friend you have in connie. everything looks lovely! i have been reminding myself and then forgetting to add you to my blogroll, but i'm off to make that happen. that way, i won't be so random with my reading. i look forward to more good reads:)

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  34. That is truly a beautiful table. Love all the silver you found at GW. And that teapot is just gorgeous. Lucky you!!! Love your china, it makes a wonderful table. The homemade ice cream made my mouth water! Love those peaches.
    Shirley

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  35. Hi Debbie,
    The story of how you acquired your beautiful "Connie" china is very special (OK, I'll admit it ... brought tears to my eyes). Everything looks so beautiful and your photographs show it off to perfection. Great recent GW finds!

    Hope your weekend goes well!

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  36. Debbie, this is a lovely, lovely table! You "Connie" china is still pretty after all this time- a classic traditional. And I just love how that tea pot fit right in with it. I just bought an ice cream maker today! Can't wait to get the bowl into the freezer and make a frozen treat this weekend. hugs, Sue

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  37. Hello Debbie, your post is pretty and also delicious to look at. It is all so good. Love the tiered dish.

    I think I want my dinner. Big smile.

    Hugs...Jeanne

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  38. DEAR PRECIOUS DEBBIE,
    I WANTED TO TAKE THE TIME TO THANK YOU FOR SHARING ABOUT PRAYING FOR AMY.
    AMY IS IN NEED OF A MIRACLE...TODAY WE DROVE HER TO OKC TO MEET THE THORACIC SURGEON DR. MARVIN PEYTON...HE SAID THEY MAY HAVE TO DO A CAROTID BYPASS AND IF THEY DO THEY WILL MAKE AN 8" INCISION IN HER LEG AND HARVEST A VEIN...IF IT DOES NOT WORK THEY WILL USE AN ARTIFICIAL ONE BUT THEY ARE NOT AS HEALTHY. HIS PART OF THE SURGERY WILL BE ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF WITH NO COMPLICATIONS.......THE SURGERY WILL BE A MINIMUM OF 8-10 HOURS AND THEN SHE WILL GO TO ICU...WE HAVE TO HAVE HER AT PRESBIE HOSPITAL BY 1130AM AND THE SURGERY WILL START AT 1:30PM ON MONDAY...RIGHT NOW SHE IS IN BASS HOSPITAL IN OUR TOWN RECEIVING HYPERAL UNTIL ABOUT 0800 DISCHARGE ON MONDAY TO DRIVE HER TO THE CITY...MY HUSBAND IS SPENDING THE NIGHT WITH HER.....THE PET SCAN YESTERDAY REVEALED THE TUMOR ON THE LEFT SIDE OF HER NECK IS 5.2CM X 3.1CM......NO WONDER SHE IS IN CONSTANT PAIN.................
    HER METABOLIC ACTIVITY WENT UP FROM 10-16 WHICH DEFINITELY TELLS THEM IT IS CANCER AND NOT SCAR TISSUE.
    I WON'T GO ON AND ON BUT I TOO KNOW GOD HAS PLACED HER ON YOUR HEART.
    I WANTED TO ASK YOU HOW MATTHEW DIED BUT I DIDN'T WANT TO BRING YOU PAIN BUT I LOOK AT THIS, HE IS JUST AWAY AND YOU WILL SEE HIM AGAIN THROUGH THE BLOOD OF JESUS......IT MUST BE THE MOST HORRIBLE THING TO GIVE A CHILD BACK TO GOD, WHEN HE ASKS FOR THEM BACK
    BLESS YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR PRAYERS FOR AMY.......
    I PLAN WHEN AMY GETS WELL TO CREATE A BLOG THAT NOONE IS EMBARRASSED TO PUT ON THEIR BLOG ROLL........ALOT OF PEOPLE WILL EMAIL ME TO PRAY BUT WON'T COMMENT OR JOIN MY BLOG.....IT KINDA HURTS BUT I WILL NEVER MISS AN OPPORTUNITY TO PRAY FOR ANY ONE...IT IS THE LEAST I CAN DO.
    ANGEL HUGS
    debbie

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  39. What a stunning feast for the eyes!

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  40. Your tea table is just beautiful, Debbie. I feel as though I'm there, having tea and dessert with you. The teapot you won is gorgeous...you are so fortunate to be the lucky winner. Thank you so much for the recipes, too! Such a lovely post, I just love everything!

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  41. I hope to see you at Crock Pot Wednesdays at diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com this week. Mr. Linky is up and ready for you.

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  42. Your blog is awesome! I'm a huge lover of blogs with a lot of pictures and yours are just lovely. You are definitely a kindred spirit! You like beauty in your life. :)

    It was so nice visiting - thanks for the invite.
    Lynnette

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  43. HI Debbie,
    How pretty! I love, love your blue china and your table looks amazing. I don't think your guest are going to want to leave your table. They will be there in the morning looking for eggs and bacon.
    Take care and enjoy your day,
    Elizabeth

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  44. O, I remember this china from the groc. stores. I have a friend that bought some of it. It is, indeed, lovely!
    Everything looks just great...

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  45. BEAUTIFUL <3 THANKS FOR SHARING <3 BLESSINGS OF PEACE AND LOVE TO YOU <3

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Have a Blessed Day!
~Hugs
Debbie

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