Don't you just love springtime? I use my gas grill all winter, but there is something fantastic about grilling after the temperatures start to warm up! Don't ask me to explain that!
Grilling venison steaks is simple enough to do. I always marinate mine and this one soaked in cherry balsamic vinegar and olive oil for a couple hours.
I grill my steaks to medium rare and these were cut thin, so it just took a couple minutes on each side ... on a hot grill. I topped the steaks with chopped green bell peppers pan seared in a little butter. That simple.
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It will not be long before Southern Illinois strawberries will be ready for picking! I can't wait! I also couldn't wait to get more of my red out on the kitchen buffet! So here goes! This cute tea set is Temptations and you know how Miss Phoebe loves her tea parties! I'm ready!
Here's a shot of the whole counter ... lots of Temptations and the towels are from the new Pioneer Woman collection! I love the big cups to this set of dishes ... they hold 12 ounces and they are perfect for 'swirling' coffee or hot tea on the back deck in the early Springtime mornings!
Look at the cute details on the dishes ... strawberries, flowers, lady bugs! What's not to love?
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I'm a big fan of the Outlander series of books by Diana Gabaldon and a bigger fan of the television series. You probably know that the second season premiered this past Saturday night! Last summer, I read the entire series of books ... and all of the novellas, too!
It doesn't take much for me to come up with a tablescape or special theme for meals. I'm sharing my Outlander theme with you today! While I was so enthralled by Outlander last summer, I also ran across some freebie graphics from Professionalfangirls.com, so I want to give them credit, since I used a couple of things from their site. The blue tartan background in these first couple pictures is my own family's Douglas tartan. The red and green plaid is the Fraser tartan. If you are not an Outlander follower, this post probably won't mean much to you!
I'm not going to share too much information about the things that are coming later in the story ... but my tablescape represents much of what is in the books/shows to come! Enjoy!
The table was very casual and the long strand of ribbon is actually the modern Fraser dress tartan. The leaves represent the title of one of the books ... Drums at Autumn ... I often showcase themes in composed centerpieces and in this case, I built it on the end of the table, so we would have plenty of space for platters of food. The wooden tote in the back is filled with additional pieces of the dinnerware that I used ... the whisky keg represents Jamie's Frazer whisky that comes when they settle in America ... the small baskets represent the many baskets Claire used to gather her medicinal herbs and garden vegetables.
The wooden tray is handmade and hand engraved. The wooden candlestick was a Christmas present this past year ... and both remind me of 18th century rustic items.
Tucked into the centerpiece is another item that my daughter gave me for Christmas. This is an authentic Scottish wooden porridge spirtle (or spurtle) ... used to stir the very thick staple on Jamie and Claire's table!
A note about my little whisky keg. It came from a cooper's shop in the Smokey Mountains ... possibly very near the location of Fraser's Ridge!
The dinnerware in the place setting is something I've had for years. The scenes in the center of the pieces remind me of the farm village in the mountains where Jamie and Claire eventually settle! Yes, they go from Scotland to France and then to America at the time of the Revolution!
Take a look at the farm scenes on this Memory Lane ironstone. It was made in the 1950s. I placed it on mats that are Paris streetscapes. There would be no way that Paris looked like this in 1745 ... but they are cute and fun. Everybody gets a place card at my table ... sometimes! This card is embellished with a round of heather! There is plenty of red in this tablescape ... because we are going to see Claire in a magnificent red dress at a very formal event in King Louie's Court! Just wait and see!
Here's the easy menu for our little event!
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