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Welcome to Slice of Pie! I'm glad you dropped by to visit. You'll find a variety of life styling ideas on my blog ... and lots of grand daughter pictures, too! Miss Phoebe is my best helper and we do lots of special things together. Make sure you take a look down my sidebar! Under the "You're Invited" icon you'll find picture links to dinner parties I've hosted. Under the "Good Food" icon, you'll find picture links to food posts I've done. I usually post a sidebar picture link to magazine articles I've written. You'll find something you like! Hope you enjoy and stay around for awhile!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Sedona Tablescape!

I've been selling lots of sets of dinnerware in my antique mall booth ... but not enough to justify buying a new set.  Oh well, I bought a new set of Pfaltzgraff anyway.  I just needed some bold color for everyday!  So, I got online and ordered 12 placesettings ... so I could enjoy them while entertaining ... and use them everyday, too.  I love the bold colors and had place mats and napkins already ... and a set of flatware that works well with this pattern!

So, the really big dinner plates are kind of simple ... but ... the "pop" comes later!

Don't you just love the primary colors? Looks like a Fiesta!

The homespun napkins repeat the colors of the bamboo place mats and someplace, I have a big tablecloth that matches those napkins!

Yes, I have all kinds of things stored and en route to the antique mall booth, so if you are ever at the St. Mary's Antique Mall, in St. Mary, Missouri ... just south of St. Genevieve ... look for Booth #272 ... Rolling Red Truck Treasures.  You will probably find something that you need ... that I don't need anymore!

These fabulous salad plates are where the color really pops.  This is a "southwest" pattern .. .but it also reminds me of the 1950s ...  Either way, I love it!

I can see it set with cobalt blue glassware ... or red glassware ... or big wine glasses with yellow stems ... and yes, I have all those!

The soup bowls are also extra large ... and I need them for this menu ... We're having ...

Manhattan Clam Chowder
with
Sweet Potato Focaccia

Chicken Parmesan 
with Spaghetti and
Homemade Red Sauce

Served with a Side Salad of 
 Greens with Braised Brussels Sprouts,  &White Asparagus in a warm
Balsamic Reduction 


Doesn't that sound incredible ... and Oh, did you notice that this dinnerware works for an Italian theme, too???



This deep oval plate is actually called
a dessert plate, but it works so well for a side salad that you want your guests to eat along with their entree.

It is deep enough to keep the salad dressing in the plate and fits nicely into the overall place setting.

Following this picture is one of the flatware.  This is Cambridge and I've had it for several years.  I just love the shape of the handles and the multiple colors.

Papa Joe tried to teach Miss Phoebe her primary colors using this flatware, but she was in her "blu-u-u-u-" stage and she didn't care about any of the other colors!



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Monday, February 11, 2013

Cactus on the Kitchen Table!

I'm tired of winter ... and it isn't over.  I needed a big dose of bright colors, so I treated myself to some new dinnerware, which you'll see in time for all the tablescaping and dishing parties this week!  Right now, take a look at my new centerpiece for the kitchen table!























I seldom set a table without some little pig slipping around behind a coffee cup or tucked into a composed centerpiece!   This time, I decided to put a couple center stage ... filled with faux cactus.  Miss Phoebe has been real interested in cacti lately, and although she has a real one growing in a little pot at home, I didn't want to have to take care of real ones ... or deal with the stickers in her little fingers.  She will, of course, handle all these when she sees them.



I love my big candle hurricanes.  I fill the bottoms with different things and enjoy wrapping the simple white candles with ribbon or raffia to bring it all together!  This is burlap ribbon ... (Hope these qualify this post for the cloche party!!)


I'm sharing this post with Tabletop Tuesday and the cloche party on the same site ... so make sure you visit the parties and check out some of the other posts!  But, before you go ... look around my site!


Sunday, February 10, 2013

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

I worked on my newspaper cooking column today, so I wanted a crock pot supper that was easy to throw together!  My mother used to make the most wonderful barbecued pork ... long before there was a BBQ restaurant on every corner or even before we had crock pots!  Mama would bake a big pork roast on Saturday, then chop it up; cover it with BBQ sauce that she made herself (with plenty of brown sugar); and throw in chopped onion.  She'd put it in a covered roasting pan and bake it while we were at church on Sunday morning.   I'm sure the old gas oven was barely on ... because that meat just melted in your mouth and made the best sandwiches!


So, I decided that I'd do the same thing today.  Almost.  Mama was cooking for seven people ... I was cooking for one!  I placed 4 chicken tenderloins in my tiny crock pot with 1/2 cup of bottled BBQ sauce and some chopped onion.  I added a dash of Worcestershire sauce, ground pepper and a pinch of brown sugar.  It really just took about 2 hours on high ... The meat was frozen when I started it.  Oh, it was good and all I needed after tasting cooking column goodies all day!

I'm posting with Mix it Up Monday!   Make sure you visit the party to see all the other yummy foods!

If you want to see my cooking column from last week, here's a link to the newspaper column!  Good Food: Local Cooking Column

Friday, February 8, 2013

Prayers for the Folks in the Northeast

Thoughts and prayers to all our blogging friends experiencing this winter blast in the Northeast ... Maybe this will be the last storm of the season.


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Little Red Pepper Poppers!


Here's a quick video that shows you how to make mini peppers stuffed with corn pudding ... great little appetizers or side dish!   





I'm posting with Red Wednesdays, so be sure 
you click through the favicon on my 
idebar to visit other red posts!

Blue Winter Days!

This will be my last wintertime post ... maybe!  It will have to snow again to get me to set another winter tablescape!  I'm ready for Springtime, you see!

I have many sets of blue and white china and several sets of blue collectible plates.   The beauties are Royal Copenhagen and are intended to be used as 
decorations, but I have frequently served salads in them and nobody 
died from the lead in the paint!



This china is Nikko and it is called Heartland.  The patterns reflect the four seasons.  I have 16 place settings and enjoy using it year-round when I entertain.  


My followers are going to think that I've started dealing in rags!  Here are the kitchen table rag decorations I made for Christmas!  Love the colors.  
The centerpiece looked great with everyday dinnerware and looked even 
better with my  Spode Winter's Eve!


In addition to the trees and wreath, I wrapped Styrofoam balls in the matching fabric to put in the bottoms of my candle hurricanes.



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