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Cinco de Mayo!


This weekend was all about the girls!  Son-in-law was out of town, and that left the three of us to do whatever we wanted to do!   So, Miss P and I had a slumber party on Friday night in front of the television at my house (and my bad knee keeps telling me I need to stick to sleeping in the bed) ... then the three of us went junkin' on Saturday and visited one of our favorite little foodie shops, too!   Saturday night was a little Cinco de Mayo celebration 
on my back deck ... easy and fun!


Nicole recently made some really good Chipotle Chicken in her electric pressure cooker.  We both love our pressure cookers!   She froze it in meal size portions, so we started our food preparations with that.  I made a stacked casserole with the meat, cream cheese, half and half, corn tortillas and lots of Jack cheese on top!  We added corn on the cob, a nice green salad ... and Miss Phoebe had a couple crunchy tacos, too!  It was all delicious ... and quick to prepare.  If you'd like the recipe for Nicole's chicken, check out her blog post at Rooted in Foods!

My daughter has a really interesting blog.
She has combined her love for genealogy with food heritage.
You'll enjoy it!


Sometimes we tablescape in huge, very detailed ways ... and other times we just throw the table together!  I had done a little preparation for this table
and want to show you how it started!

I really love using burlap.  I like the wreaths and I have enjoyed adding different burlap elements to my very casual home decor.  The tablescape began with a recent purchase at our favorite museum shop ... the napkins!


Don't you love the little colored beads on each corner of the napkin?  After purchasing the napkins, I went to the fabric store to purchase a bag of colored wooden beads, so I could make matching napkin rings ... and they didn't have any.  I ventured into another shop next door and found the cute burlap napkin rings ... so, I went back to the fabric store to purchase matching burlap ribbon or fabric!  I had a couple big burlap flowers from another project!


I used my burlap to make a wreath that can be used as a ring around a candle hurricane ... or around the patio umbrella pole!  I added my flowers and twisted their stems around the pole.  I just matched the colors to the napkin rings!  Easy!


All of the table decor matched my Pfaltzgraff Sedona everyday dinnerware!  
I found plenty of other things that matched the theme ... 



I was working in my storage unit the other day and found this cute basket!  I don't know how long I've had it ... and 
I didn't remember having what I found tucked inside!   
I opened the lid and found this cute  set of miniature rattan furniture!


I have several cute ceramic pots filled with faux succulents!   I bought the Sedona pattern a couple years ago ... just to add bright colors to my everyday kitchen life!  I've found that it is a 
perfect dinnerware for several themes ... and can 
be easily changed because of the variety of colors.


I'm crazy about the painted glass salad bowls!



The Cambridge flatware is perfect with this pattern!



Our busy fun-filled day ended with a pretty table and good food!


Our casserole was delicious and our dessert of cantaloupe and grapes was perfect!   We sampled two of the cheeses we had purchased ... one was Gouda steeped in dry red wine ... and the other was a yellow 
farmer's cheese with studs of 
dried apricots and candied ginger in it.  
A fantastic combination with our fresh fruit!


The most fun ... was watching Phoebe pour her root beer!   No sugar ... no caffeine ... but Sudsy Dudsy Root Beer!


I'm going to party with this post ... so make sure you check
out these blogs and enjoy the fun!

Creatively Living for Monday  Funday Party 
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday 
Between Naps On The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday  
Rain on a Tin Roof for Give Me The Goods Monday  
The DIY Dreamer for From Dream To Reality Tues  
Our Home Away From Home for Tuesdays @ Our Home  
Knick of Time for Knick of Time Tues  Inspire Me Tuesday  
Tweak It Tuesday The Scoop Wow Us Wednesdays 
Tablescape Thursday-BNOTP  
Thrifty Thursday-Tales from Bloggeritaville  
Vintage Thingie Thursday-Coloradolady  Inspiration Gallery
Alphabe Thursday-Jenny Matlock  
Full Plate Thursday-Miz Helen's Country Cottage   

A LA MODE WINTER 2018

A New Magazine!

You asked for it! A new series of online magazines to feed your creativity! You'll find good food and great ideas to entertain your family and friends! Hope you enjoy the tablescapes, ideas for celebrations, recipes and a pinch of food history!