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Sunflowers on a Rainy Day!

Rain has set in for a week in Southern Illinois, but that didn't keep us from having a nice pork burger lunch!  George Foreman came to the rescue!  I like to set a pretty table ... even when the table is the kitchen bar!  I also love these cute plates ... Pistoulet from Pfaltzgraff.  I think they call them buffet plates, but they are the perfect size for sandwiches.  I like them because they aren't the normal sunflower colors.  The green is more mint than grass green ... and the pink/purple dots soften the overall color scheme!  Love them!

Thought I'd get rid of some of the rainy day gloom and light a pretty candle on the end of the bar.  My lantern has a flameless candle in it ... and the sunflowers with the lavender pink accents came from my stash of silk flowers!

The place setting is simple, colorful and pleasant.  The soft green placemats set the pace for the greens in the plate ... and the small green leaf.  I bought these leaves as a set of five in a collectible shop.  They are not ashtrays because there is no indentation for a cigarette ... and they aren't large enough to be a coaster.  I finally decided they were intended as a mint dish ... or for tea bags or tea balls ... since they seem to be shaped like a mint leaf.  If you know what they are ... tell us!

The pink flatware picks up the pink dots in the plates and on the mugs ... and the pink/purple stemmed glasses brighten up the pinks!  Guess where I found the glasses?  No, not in my storage ... but at Goodwill!  Didn't pay much for them ... didn't need them .. but bought them anyway!


Somebody likes stemmed glasses!

I've always had my meat man grind pork for me so it is lean, but the other day he told me that now they grind all pork as 90% lean.  We like pork burgers as much as we like beef burgers .... maybe more.  I just season mine with one of my favorite bbq rubs and a little Accent.  We like ours with bbq sauce, but use whatever condiments you prefer!  I'm frequently asked for my recipe for macaroni salad.  I know that is hard to imagine, because we all make it ... and probably all do it a little differently.  Mine is extra good because I use home canned sweet pickle relish in it ... but other than that ... I use the simple recipe with mayonnaise, a little mustard, onion, relish, a couple boiled eggs, cheddar cheese chunks and something crunchy like frozen peas or raw cauliflower ... or both.   Pretty simple ... and any kind of pasta will work.

I might be sharing my post with some of these parties!  I've gotten kind of particular, though ... when they parties aren't up on a timely basis ... I skip them!  Click through to visit the other posts ... but visit my home page, first, so you can see my other posts.

Creatively Living for Monday  Funday Party 
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday 
Between Naps On The Porch for Metamorphosis Monday  
The DIY Dreamer for From Dream To Reality Tues  
Our Home Away From Home for Tuesdays @ Our Home 
We Call it Junkin! 
Knick of Time for Knick of Time Tues  Inspire Me Tuesday  
Creative Muster
Tweak It Tuesday The Scoop Wow Us Wednesdays 
Tablescape Thursday-BNOTP  
Thrifty Thursday at Living Well Spending Less
Vintage Thingie Thursday-Coloradolady  Inspiration Gallery
Alphabe Thursday-Jenny Matlock  


  1. I love the Goodwill glasses.I would not have passed on those either. I am your newest follower.

  2. Hello, I am visiting from Home and History Link party with Dawn. I shouldn't have looked at this right now, I'm starving and that food looks SO delicious! Your table setting is so pretty, love all the bright sunflowers and the bouquet!
    Have a great week,

  3. Wsh we could swap weather. We are hot and dry.

  4. I remember when Pfaltzgraff came out with that pattern. I loved it! But I had just bought Napoli, and the colors are about the same, so I couldn't see getting any. Love it though. Your table setting is so pretty with the addition of green and pink. I think the little bowls might be for dipping sauces, like tarter sauce, honey mustard... Thank you for joining the History & Home link party. So glad you did! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

  5. What a festive and summery table! Love, love, love those pink glasses! Thank you for sharing at What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great weekend!
    Blessings, Deborah

  6. I have never tried a pork burger, but it sounds like a great idea - what is not to like about pork? Your pretty table definitely chased away the dark clouds and I am totally jealous about your gorgeous pink glasses from Goodwill!!

  7. Beautiful table...love all the bright colors and how they work together. Very festive!

  8. Your table setting is so pretty and I love the flowers!


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