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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I love it.. and it goes so beautifully with my “Connie China”.
- SOMERSET by EXCEL
- Description: BLUE FLOWER BAND, BLUE RIBBONS, FLOWERS
- Flatware: Cambridge Cocktail Forks & Tea Spoons .. Linens–n-Things *purchased a year ago*
- Blue Table linen .. Martha Stewart Collection: Purchased at Kmart after Christmas sale.
- 2 Tier Silver Server .. A Goodwill find from last week.
- White Chippy Butterfly Votive .. gift from Cindy @ Applestone Cottage.
- 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.
- Sweet Peach Tea: Green Mountain .. Box of bags purchased recently from Ross.
- 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.
Homemade Peach Ice Cream:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions for your maker to freeze the ice cream.
It only took a couple of minutes in this Georgia heat to start melting.. but it was still delicious!