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Fresh Peaches and Peach Coffee Cake

I managed to get the peaches this year before the bears did, and what a bumper crop for my little wild peach tree!! I harvested 21 peaches, nicely ripened. These are wild clingstone peaches, so the amount of actual peach is pretty small per piece. Still, they are organic, no chemicals used, and have a wonderful peach flavor.

Fresh Peach Cake at From My Carolina Home

The ones on the tree with nibbles from the birds or the squirrels were left there for them to finish off, or thrown into the cove. These peaches were lovely, only a few blemishes here and there, and no bugs at all.

Fresh Peach Cake at From My Carolina Home

So, I got to work, peeling and seeding them. I cut the flesh into pieces, so there would be nice chunks of peach in the coffee cake.

Fresh Peach Cake at From My Carolina Home

I pulled out my ingredients to mix up the batter, and realized with some irritation that I had grabbed self rising flour instead of all purpose flour on my last trip to the grocery store. Oh pooh, I already had the peaches peeled and ready to go!   I had more peaches than my original recipe for Fresh Peach Coffee Cake called for too.  So, I figured out what I needed to do to adjust the recipe. And in fact, using the self rising flour cut down on the number of ingredients and the amount of measuring to do. But it didn’t stop there!  I was also out of oats for the topping, so I just left them out. Then, I didn’t have all the sour cream I needed, so I put what I did have in a measuring cup, and filled in the space with half and half. Sometimes you have to punt more than once, LOL!!  Improvising is fun, isn’t it?

Fresh Peach Cake at From My Carolina Home

I mixed up the coffee cake batter, and added the peaches, folding those in by hand.

Fresh Peach Cake at From My Carolina Home

Dolloping the batter in the prepared tube pan, I topped it with half of the brown sugar and cinnamon topping, then repeated the layers.

Fresh Peach Cake at From My Carolina Home

It was baked for one hour, then it was set on the cooktop to cool for a bit.

Fresh Peach Cake at From My Carolina Home

It turned out just fine with the adjustments to the original recipe, nicely moist with a very fresh peach flavor. Actually, I think it might just be a bit more moist with the half and half addition. Isn’t this a gorgeous cake on my favorite art pottery platter?

Fresh Peach Cake at From My Carolina Home

So, don’t let the lack of ingredients get you down, where there is a will, there is a way!

Fresh Peach Cake at From My Carolina Home

DH approved.  Hungry yet?

Fresh Peach Cake at From My Carolina Home

Fresh Peach Coffee Cake

3/4 cup packed brown sugar
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 cups fresh peaches, chopped (about 16-18  medium clingstones, or 5-6 large freestones)
1 tbsp sugar

3 cups self rising flour
1-1/2 cups granulated white sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup sour cream
1/4 cup half and half

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, peel and coarsely chop fresh peaches, sprinkle with 1 tbsp sugar, set aside.  In another small bowl, combine brown sugar, 3 tblsp butter and cinnamon and set aside. Grease and flour a tube (or Bundt) pan, set aside.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl and set aside. Beat 3/4 cup butter with white sugar until well blended. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Stir the sour cream and half-and-half together and set aside. Stir 1/3 of the flour mixture into the wet ingredients in the bowl and mix well on low speed, followed by 1/2 of the sour cream/half and half mixture. Repeat. Add last of flour mixture and mix well. Fold in fresh peaches with any juice that has formed. Dollop 1/3 of the batter into prepared tube pan, spread evenly. Top with 1/3 of the brown sugar and cinnamon topping. Repeat two more times. Bake 50-55 minutes at 350 degrees until lightly browned. Cool 10 minutes, remove outer pan and allow to cool another 10 minutes. Remove to a wire rack. Serve warm or cool completely.

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Summer Chilled Corn Crab Soup

A luncheon on a hot summer day needs something cold and delicious!  I had an idea for a cold crab and corn soup, and decided to try it out on my friends at a recent luncheon.  They pronounced it good, and I liked it too.  I gave DH a bowl for his lunch, and he decided to heat it up in the microwave.  He said it was good hot too!  So, here’s the recipe for a cold refresher in summer, and would do nicely hot for a fall harvest soup too.  And it is gluten free too, as two of my friends have that dietary requirement.

Corn Crab Summer Chilled Soup at From My Carolina Home

Gather your ingredients, and chop some onions.

Corn Crab Summer Chilled Soup at From My Carolina Home

Reserve 1/2 cup of corn kernels in a covered container for garnish, with chopped green onion.

Corn Crab Summer Chilled Soup at From My Carolina Home

Sauté 1/2 cup chopped onion and 2 cloves garlic in 1 teaspoon olive oil until soft and translucent, don’t brown.

Corn Crab Summer Chilled Soup at From My Carolina Home

Remove from heat and put in blender.

Corn Crab Summer Chilled Soup at From My Carolina Home

Add one can of corn with liquid, and blend until smooth, pulsing as needed to get larger bits pureed.

Corn Crab Summer Chilled Soup at From My Carolina Home

Add 1 cup half and half (I used fat free), salt and pepper, and blend again until well blended and fairly smooth.

Corn Crab Summer Chilled Soup at From My Carolina Home

Add a second can of corn with liquid, and pulse for a rough chop of the second can of corn.  Remove blender jar from the base, and add 1/4 cup whipping cream (optional, but really makes the soup creamy and delicious, substitute more half and half instead if you want a lower fat content) and 2 cans of drained crab meat. Stir lightly with a spoon.

Corn Crab Summer Chilled Soup at From My Carolina Home

Cover and refrigerate at least one hour or overnight.

Corn Crab Summer Chilled Soup at From My Carolina Home

At serving time, ladle into small bowls, garnish with reserved corn kernels, a bit of green onion, and a few drops of white truffle oil (if you like). Enjoy!

Corn Crab Summer Chilled Soup at From My Carolina Home

Summer Chilled Corn Crab Soup

1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves Garlic
1 tsp olive oil
2 cans 15-oz each whole kernel corn, divided, liquid reserved
1 cup half & half
1/4 cup whipping cream (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
2 6-oz cans lump crab meat
1 green onion chopped
Optional – few drops of white truffle oil

Reserve 1/2 cup of corn kernels in a covered container for garnish. Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil until soft and translucent, don’t brown. Remove from heat and put in blender. Add one can of corn with liquid, and blend until smooth, pulsing as needed to get larger bits pureed. Add half & half, salt and pepper, and blend again for 30 seconds or so, until well blended and fairly smooth. Add the other can of corn with liquid, and pulse for a rough chop of the second can of corn. Remove blender jar from the base, and add the whipping cream and the crab meat. Stir lightly with a spoon. Cover and refrigerate at least one hour or overnight. At serving time, ladle into small bowls, garnish with reserved corn kernels, a bit of green onion, and a few drops of white truffle oil (if you like). Enjoy!

Download the recipe – Corn Crab Soup

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Chocolate! A Tasting, Recipes and a Book Review

I’ll admit to being a card carrying chocoholic, I love the stuff.  Most of the time I go for the dark varieties, but I won’t turn down milk chocolate if it is offered.  I like it best in its pure form, just chocolate, unadulterated with any other flavor.  Chocolate French Silk Pie is my favorite pie, and I love Chocolate Pot de Creme.  Give me a Lindor Dark Chocolate Truffle first, but I won’t turn down a Milky Way Midnight bar if offered, or any one of a number of other chocolate treats.  So long as it doesn’t have nuts, coconut, or raspberry, I’ll happily accept, and probably have a silly grin in anticipation of the delicacy to be savored.  Today is National Chocolate Day, too, the perfect time to show the Chocolate Tasting we did for a dear friend’s special birthday, also a chocolate lover.

Chocolate Tasting for National Chocolate Day at From My Carolina Home

We gathered six different brands of chocolate, all in the range of 72%  cacao, so the comparison would be more or less equal.  We had to go to different stores to find all these, amazingly enough the best selections were at chain drug stores, although the specialty grocery store here had several.

Chocolate Tasting for National Chocolate Day at From My Carolina Home

We settled on just six trying to get a good mix of expensive to inexpensive for comparison.  Our choices were Hershey’s, Ghiradelli, Fresh Market Store Brand, Lindt, Godiva, and Green & Black.  I wanted to get Valrhona as well, but they no longer sell to retailers and the shipping was too expensive.

Chocolate Tasting for National Chocolate Day at From My Carolina Home

Using the gold chargers to serve, the pieces of chocolate were placed in paper cups with any logos or writing face down to preserve the anonymity of the chocolate maker. Each cup was numbered in the bottom.

Chocolate Tasting for National Chocolate Day at From My Carolina Home

There is an art to doing a tasting, beginning with aroma.  Did you know that chocolate contains over 1200 compounds?  What you smell and taste is fully dependent on how it is processed. The chocolates were added to the cups, and water crackers are served as a palate cleanser.

Chocolate Tasting for National Chocolate Day at From My Carolina Home

Using the chart to help you describe the aroma, you’ll be amazed at the wide variety of flavors.

Fruit Notes – citrus, berry, tropical, cherry, apricot, peach, fig
Nutty – walnut, almond, hazelnut, peanut
Vegetative – grass, olive, tobacco, tea, hay
Spice – cinnamon, pepper, vanilla, licorice, coffee
Floral – rose, violet, lavender, jasmine
Earthy – musk, mushroom, truffle, soil
Silky – butter, honey, molasses, milk, butterscotch

Next, break a piece and evaluate the ‘snap’.  It is a crisp break or does it bend before breaking.  Higher quality chocolate has a crisp snap.  Look at the break to evaluate the overall texture of the chocolate, smooth to grainy.  Place a small bit on your tongue and let it melt on its own.  Rate the chocolate from bitter to sweet on a scale of 1-10, with very bitter at one, and too sweet at 10.  Now, concentrate on the flavors, what do you taste?  Use the scale above to help identify flavors.

Chocolate Tasting for National Chocolate Day at From My Carolina Home

Download a Chocolate Tasting tasting sheet for your party – Chocolate Tasting.  So which did I like? I picked the Lindt in the test, with Green & Black as a close second. Amazingly, the Hershey’s Special Dark scored well with guests, coming in third in my scoring.

Chocolate Tasting for National Chocolate Day at From My Carolina Home

On this subject too, I highly recommend this book. The Emperor’s of Chocolate.  It is without a doubt the most interesting non-fiction book I have ever read! The amount of detail and interesting storylines that are the history of chocolate, chocolate makers and the titans of Hershey and Mars are amazing. It reads so well, it is hard to put down! I learned so much about the industry and the process of making chocolate. The family dynasties of Hershey and Mars started out as friends, with Hershey giving Mars the technology to make the candy coating for M&Ms. The ‘M’s stand for Mars, and the executive at Hershey named William Murrie. But later, they became such rivals that they tried to destroy each other. Secrecy abounds in this industry anyway, but paranoia is present too, so much so that parts of the manufacturing process are divided up, so no one person on the line knows how the whole candy is made. Read this fascinating book, and have some chocolate nearby, you’ll want some!

Chocolate Tasting for National Chocolate Day at From My Carolina Home

In the mood for a treat now?  How about making some Chocolate Covered Oreos?

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It’s summer here, so the strawberries are coming in.  Here’s the easy way to do chocolate dipped strawberries. Using the chocolate candy melts, microwave a handful in a glass container for one minute on medium-high setting, then stir until melted and smooth.

Chocolate Tasting for National Chocolate Day at From My Carolina Home

Dip the strawberries and lay on wax paper to harden.

Chocolate Tasting for National Chocolate Day at From My Carolina Home

Add a chunk of dark chocolate to the remaining melted chocolate and microwave about 30 seconds, then stir until melted.

Chocolate Tasting for National Chocolate Day at From My Carolina Home

Using a fork, drizzle the darker chocolate over the strawberries to make a pretty design. Quick and easy!

Chocolate Tasting for National Chocolate Day at From My Carolina Home

After a party, I had some whipped cream left over. Taking it out of the frig, I whipped it by hand a few times to get the soft peaks back. Then melting some candy melts in the microwave, stirring until smooth, I added a bit of the whipped cream to the chocolate to loosen it up.

Chocolate Tasting for National Chocolate Day at From My Carolina Home

Then, fold the chocolate into the rest of the whipped cream, and viola, instant chocolate mousse!

Chocolate Tasting for National Chocolate Day at From My Carolina Home

Served in a parfait glass, an easy yet elegant dessert. Yes, whipped topping would work too.

Chocolate Tasting for National Chocolate Day at From My Carolina Home

Are you a chocolate fan?  Milk or dark?

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Summer Squash Casserole

I have been working on this recipe for quite some time trying to get it just right.  I usually make a recipe at least three times before I share it with you.  DH doesn’t really mind being the taste tester.   I have made this one now several times, each time tweaking this or that, trying to get the perfect balance of fresh squash to cheesy filling and crunchy topping.

Summer Squash Casserole at From My Carolina Home

The other limitation I put on it was that it had to serve two, not a huge pan that would last for days.  One of the most common positive feedback comments I get on recipes like this is they are small enough for two, not huge.  I find I really do prefer fresh food rather than leftovers most of the time, and this really does satisfy all the requirements.

Summer Squash Casserole at From My Carolina Home

The second time I made it, it wouldn’t fit in the small baking dish, so I had to use a larger one. The balance of flavor was better, but it made too much for two. It is easy to double a recipe, but a bit more difficult to cut one in half.  Plus, the crunchy topping gets soft overnight on the leftovers.  So, tweak the recipe again, eliminate one of the eggs and reduce everything else proportionately, and try again.

Summer Squash Casserole at From My Carolina Home

I finally got it where I was happy with the yield and the flavor, so here it is.  As always, I begin with gathering ingredients.

Summer Squash Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Wash squash, remove ends. Thickly slice, then cut slices into quarters. Steam lightly in vegetable steamer for about 3 minutes, until beginning to soften.

Summer Squash Casserole at From My Carolina Home

While squash steams, gently saute onion in olive oil until translucent. Remove from heat and add cream cheese, stirring until melted.

Summer Squash Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Drain Squash and mash lightly.

Summer Squash Casserole at From My Carolina Home

In a large bowl, combine onion-cream cheese mixture with cheeses, egg and milk. Add squash, salt and pepper, and mix well.

Summer Squash Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Spray a small 6×9 oval baking dish (or similar size) with no-stick spray. Pour mixture into dish. Combine crackers with melted butter, then spread over the top of the casserole.

Summer Squash Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, until top is lightly browned and casserole is set.

Summer Squash Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Serves 2 with large portions!  Or maybe four, but around here we like a lot of veggies.

Summer Squash Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Goes with ham really well! Especially the spiral sliced kind!

Summer Squash Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Summer Squash Casserole

2 medium yellow summer squash, thickly sliced and quartered
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 teaspoon olive oil
4 ounces low fat cream cheese
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella
1 egg
1/4 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper
12 buttery crackers, crushed medium size chunks (Club, Ritz or gluten free option)
2 tablespoons butter, melted

Wash squash, remove ends. Thickly slice, then cut slices into quarters.   Steam lightly in vegetable steamer for about 3 minutes, until beginning to soften. While squash steams, gently saute onion in olive oil until translucent. Remove from heat and add cream cheese, stirring until melted. Drain Squash and mash lightly.  In a large bowl, combine onion-cream cheese mixture with cheeses, egg and milk. Add squash, salt and pepper, and mix well. Spray baking dish with no-stick spray. Pour mixture into dish. Combine crackers with melted butter, then spread over the top of the casserole. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, until top is lightly browned and casserole is set. Serves 2 nicely as a meatless mail course, or four as a side dish!

Summer Squash Casserole at From My Carolina Home

The balance of protein and complex carbs make it a good selection for a vegetarian lunch, just heap into a bowl and enjoy.

Summer Squash Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Download the recipe – Summer Squash Casserole

Do you like yellow summer squash?

 

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Crescent Dogs and Patriotic Tables

Memorial Day weekend is here, a great time for some finger food to watch the auto races on Sunday, or to take to the park for a picnic, or pack in a warmer to go hiking. Even if you are staying home, the weather looks nice here for a meal on the veranda. This tablescape was from a lunch a while ago, and I might just do the same this weekend. The plastic star plates are set on paper patriotic napkins for color, and the white straw placemats.

Patriotic Ladies Luncheon on From My Carolina Home

Patriotic napkins are wrapped around plastic forks and tied with ribbon.  Placecards add a personal touch.

Patriotic Ladies Luncheon on From My Carolina Home

My Patriotic Table Runner is a tutorial that you can make in a day.   This tablescape was from last year when it looked like rain on the holiday.  More casual, this one didn’t have chargers, just white dinner plates and red salad plates on white placemats, and red napkins held with wood napkin rings.

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I have used this runner several times a year since I made it, as it goes for all the Patriotic holidays over the summer.  This one used my depression glass candlesticks with red candles and the little starburst weighted sprays I got at the dollar store.  Red chargers and napkins held with strawberry napkin rings sit atop white lace placemats.

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So, food!   Let’s make some Crescent Dogs for munching.  This is a great make ahead recipe for taking along to a picnic, potluck, or even hiking.  Start with separating the crescent dough into four sections, ignoring the diagonal perforations.  Press those perforations so the dough holds together.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Boil your hot dogs for a few minutes to be sure they are cooked through and hot.  The crescent rolls will get brown before the dogs are done, so precooking is essential.  Yes, you could grill the dogs for even more flavor.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Spread mustard on the crescent rolls.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Now place the cooked hot dogs on the rolls.  Using two dogs per section, cut the dough in half.  Add cheese if you like.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Wrap the dough around the hot dogs and place on a baking sheet.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Bake as directed on the crescent roll dough tin until golden brown. I have to admit that I cannot remember and didn’t write it down when I did these.  I think it is about 11-13 minutes at 425 degrees, but use the directions on the tin.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

Yum, nicely browned, and ready to eat.  Makes 8, two per person would feed four for lunch.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

If you are taking them to a party, just cut into bite size pieces.  You can get four nice bite size pieces from each one, for 32 appetizers.

Crescent Dogs at From My Carolina Home

While you are munching on Crescent Dogs, read about my Patriotic Star Mini Quilt, full tutorial with two quilting runs in different colors.

Patriotic Star Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

Back to the table, I’ll be using my neat large plastic tray I got in a silent auction some time ago.  I think Crescent Dogs will go nicely on this for passing around the party.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Or make my Perfect Deviled Eggs using the last recipe you’ll ever need, and serve with Ham Rollups.

July 4th Cookout at From My Carolina Home

These bowls were in the same silent auction win, and I haven’t had a chance to use them yet. Maybe this year.

Patriotic Tablescape 2016 ~ From My Carolina Home

Celebrate our Freedom this weekend, and remember those who paid for our freedom with the ultimate sacrifice on Monday.   This mural is a recent addition to our local art, finished in time for the Memorial Day weekend.  It is located on the side of an historic building on 4th street, and the mural faces King.

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Have a great holiday weekend!  What are your plans?

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Heirloom Tomatoes

One of the wonderful things about warmer weather is the appearance of lovely ripe heirloom tomatoes at my local produce stand.  It is on my way home from just about anywhere, so I can stop in easily to see if the tomatoes have come in yet.  She has fresh eggs and goat cheese too, so every visit will yield something yummy.  Recently, I got the first early pickin’s and made several salads and sandwiches with them.  Heirloom tomatoes just have more intense tomato flavor than the hybrids usually in the grocery store, bred for ease of shipping instead of taste.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

Heirloom tomatoes have a different look to the inside.  I can almost smell the fresh tomato aroma from this picture.  Heirloom tomatoes usually are not as pretty as the modern hybrids, but the flavor is just so much better.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

I’m sure many readers have made a caprese salad, using tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella like this one, and I like mine with multiple colors of heirlooms.  The purple ones aren’t in yet, but soon will be!

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

Sometimes the tomatoes are so big that making a stack and then cutting it in half is enough to serve two.  Fresh mozzarella is placed between the layers, with fresh basil leaves from the garden.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

Heirlooms are also wonderful on a turkey sandwich. They are so good that sometimes it is yummy to just have a tomato sandwich, spread thick with real mayonnaise.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

I wanted to expand the stacked salad idea with something a bit different.  I had an avocado that was ready to be eaten, so I decided to use it.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

I sliced up an heirloom tomato and the avocado, and started on the cheese.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

Here is one of those great kitchen gadgets that is just the thing when you need it, a cheese slicer. I get mozzarella in blocks and slice it medium thick for salads.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

I just stacked the avocado slices with the tomato slices and the mozzarella.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

Then a second layer.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

This salad actually was already so moist with the tomato and the creamy avocado that it didn’t need any dressing.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

Just a sprinkle of bold smoked salt and some cracked black pepper finished it off. Yum!

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

I made another one the next day to use another avocado, and this time made a Cranberry Vinaigrette for it, just for the extra flavor and sweetness.

Heirloom Tomatoes at From My Carolina Home

On another day, nothing better than a BLT with thick sliced, applewood smoked bacon and fresh heirlooms!

Heirloom Tomato and Bacon at From My Carolina Home

Topped with cracked black pepper, yum!

Heirloom Tomato and Bacon at From My Carolina Home

Add a generous layer of lettuce, on whole grain bread with sesame seeds, and those thick tomato slices make a filling sandwich that will keep me quilting all day.  No chips needed.

Heirloom Tomato and Bacon at From My Carolina Home

So good!  That wonderful tomato aroma as the tomatoes are sliced, bursting flavor in your mouth as you eat.  It is summer on a plate to me.  Are you a fan of heirloom tomatoes?  What do you like to do with them?

 

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Spring Chicken Tablescape and some recipe ideas

I promised a chicken inspired tablescape using the neat chicken planter I got in Myrtle Beach, and here it is!  I did seriously look for some chicken plates, LOL, but not to be.  Still, the spring green placemats look good with the green on the planter.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I do have some chicken napkin rings, so they came out for the spring green napkins.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The magnolia plates were a thrift store score. With the red and green and the pine cone, they could probably be used on a holiday table, but I think of spring with the lovely magnolia blooms in the middle.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Magnolia salad plates are stacked on white dinner plates. A magnolia saucer serves as a bread plate.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

For the centerpiece, I placed a schefflera in the middle of my thrift store, giant cup, chicken planter. The plant was a gift from a friend, and I just set it inside the planter without loading it up with dirt and actually planting it. This way I can use it on the table without worrying about needing a saucer underneath. The plant is inside another planter that doesn’t have any holes in the bottom, so no worries about water leaking on the wood table. This side has a white chicken painted on the side. My grandmother’s white chickens are placed on one side.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

These were also my grandmother’s, a chicken salt and pepper set.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I’ve had these little tiny chickens for many years. I think I originally ordered them from a catalog.  The back side of the planter has a painted brown chicken.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Very simple, this table is relaxed and easy, yet fun for everyday use.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Outside the window is lush spring green too.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Are you lucky enough to remember your grandmother’s cooking? I did a post on National Fried Chicken Day in 2015 as an homage to my grandmother and her wonderful, not to be duplicated fried chicken.

Spring Chicken Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Did I put you in the mood for a chicken dinner?  Here’s a few ideas for you, all my original recipes. –

Garlic Chipotle Lime ChickenGarlic Chipotle Lime Chicken

Slow Cooker Bourbon Chicken with MushroomsSlow Cooker Bourbon Chicken with Mushrooms

Sundried Tomato Stuffed Chicken | From My Carolina HomeSun-dried Tomato Stuffed Chicken

Chicken Florentine Lasagne ~ From My Carolina HomeChicken Florentine Lasagne

Chicken in White Wine with Mushrooms | From My Carolina HomeWhite Wine Chicken with Mushrooms

ChickenAsparagus-12Pan Roasted Boneless Chicken with Asparagus

Butterflied Baked Chicken

Hungry yet?  Have you tried any of my chicken recipes?  Do you have a favorite family chicken recipe?

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