Sunday, March 31, 2013

~~~Leslie's Dip, for Easter~~~

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Happy Easter evening, my friends. I hope you all had a wonderful day. I am sharing the dip I took to our daughters for one of our snacks. My best friends daughter originated this dip, that is why I call it Leslie's dip:) It is very yummy! Start out with a layer of cream cheese and chives, the tub. Then add a tub of hummus, I use the Sabra original.
Next I add one cucumber, chopped then a layer of cherry tomatoes chopped.

 Next is a layer of SLICED black olives. Just the tiny can. I only had a can of the chopped but it still tasted the same.
 On the top goes some crumbled feta cheese.
Serve it with Scoops and ENJOY!!!! I am linking to:
On The Menu Monday-StoneGable
Tutorials Tips and Tidbits on Thursday at Stone Gable
Potpourri Friday at 2805

Friday, March 29, 2013

~~~Dinner With GOOD Friends!!!~~~

 Hello! On Monday we had SNOW all day long. I was having 4 girl friends for dinner that night but I stayed calm and set my table and got dinner cooked. I wanted to share my table here today. We DID have dinner, everyone made it here. The roads actually were fine so it worked out. Since it is Easter week, I set an Easter table. My centerpiece is these faux tulips, placed on my clear glass cake stand and surrounded by some tiny pastel eggs.
 The tulip candlesticks are the perfect pairing. I have sweet candle rings for these candlesticks that I just found TODAY:( I am STILL finding things:):)

 At each placesetting I had a small box with a bunny on top that can be filled with CANDY....or whatever you want! The place setting is on my cutwork tablecloth. I placed my basketweave chargers on the table first, then a cabbage leaf placemat, my polka dot dinner plate, my green and white patterned salad plate and a clear glass bowl.
 I used my green handled flatware.

 Here is a shot of the whole table. There were 5 of us so we sat across from each other to make it cozier. I also switched out the middle place setting to the other side to make more room since that side is open to the foyer.

 These chargers always remind me of an Easter basket so I use them every year. I just got the cabbage placemats, I had been SEARCHING for them and found them online.
 Here is the corner of the tablecloth. The dots on the dishes perfectly match the colors in the tablecloth.

 And the detail of the top.
 I also had a bunny placecard holder at each place. And a tiny tealight holder.
 Yvonne gave me the idea of putting the dessert dishes onto the table if room allows. So I placed the egg shaped, polka dot plates on another cake plate, then  some extra napkins and the dessert forks.

 I only have a setting for 4 of the green flatware so mixed my ivory handled flatware too.

 These are the napkins I got at Yvonne's shower for her almost daughter-in-law (who she calls her daughter in love)!!!!

We all had a really nice evening. Our menu was:
Pasta with artichokes and spinach to which I also added chicken  (I will share the recipe soon)
A broccoli casserole
A garden salad
Bakery bread
And for dessert, wonderful cupcakes!!!!
The hostess provides the main dishe and each girl brings something. It makes it much easier for the hostess!!! We try to get together once a month at someone's house.
Thanks so much for your visit. XO, Pinky
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Sunday, March 24, 2013

~~Pork Chops in Golden Mushroom Sauce~~~

 Good Sunday afternoon! The other night I made oe of our VERY old standbys for dinner. This is a super easy but DELICIOUS recipe that I have been making for MANY years!!! You can use regular bone in chops or boneless as I did here. Start by seasoning the chops with Salt, pepper and garlic powder, then brown on each side.

 When both sides are browned, deglaze the pan with a little water (or wine).
 Then, add in the can of Golden Mushroom soup and some dried minced onion. Cover the pan and turn the heat to LOW, and let simmer for about 45 minutes to an hour.  The chops become VERY tender and tasty!!!!
 I usually serve them with mashed potatoes and brocolli. This is an easy weeknight dinner. Hope you enjoy it if you try it.
XO, Pinky
I will be joining:

StoneGable for On the Menu Monday~

Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday~

2805 for Potpourri Friday~

The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays~

Thursday, March 21, 2013

~~~Easter Breakfast Bar~~~

 Hi everyone! Well, it is the second day of Spring and we woke to SNOW!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was coming down fast and big, fat flakes!!! But it didn't last too long and is now all melted and just a memory. I decided I wanted to set the breakfast bar and it has gone through some additions along the way so I thought I would show you all of it. I started out pretty simply but then as I remembered things, added them. It starts with a pretty runner rather than placemats. I love this runner and this is a good place for it. Then I put my favorite square green dishes topped with a pretty cream scalloped salad plate. They are topped off with a green candle ring, recently purchased and a bunny!!!!
 The tulips are faux in faux water.  The bunny S and P and napkin holder came from KMart several years ago. Geez, please excuse the step ladder in the background, I just saw it.

The 2 ends of the runner have this pretty painted end.
 I also used my green handled flatware.

 I recently got these clear bubble goblets that I have been wanting for a long time.
 And then I remembered I had gotten these egg candle rings in Florida last year!!!! So I topped off the plain green ring with the egg ones!
 I love it!!!!

 My egg embroidered napkins are perfect here.

 I was worried that pastels wouldn't "go" in my kitchen but I really am loving them for Spring and Summer.

 The other day when I went to buy supplies for 2 wreaths I had to make, they had these bunny mugs on sale for 75% off!!!!!!!!!!! They had been $5.90 and so I got them for $1.47 each!!!!
 So cute and perfect for coffee or tea.

Thanks so much for your visit! Please leave me a comment, I try to get back to every one. Happy Spring everyone!!!!! XO~Pinky
Linking to:

Motivated Monday at Be Colorful

Making the World Cuter Monday at Making the World Cuter

More the Merrier Monday at DIY Home Sweet Home Project

Savvy Homemade Monday at Home Savvy A to Z

Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life

Tutorials and Tips Tuesday at Home Stories A to Z


It's A Party on Thursday at A Creative Princess

Show and Share on Thursday at Southern Lovely

Open House Party Thursday at No Minimalist Here

Share Your Creations on Thursday at Kristen's Creations

Remodelaholic's Anonymous on Friday at Remodelaholic

Addicts (not so) Anonymous on Friday at Addicted 2 Decorating

Inspiration Friday at At the Picket Fence

Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

Potpourri Friday at 2805

Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors

Sew Darn Crafty Sunday at

Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming

Paula and Patti at Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
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