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Aka Kuroguro Table for Two

This month I am sharing posts that are Oriental inspired, on a variety of subjects.  Although I like a full table, and I don’t mind a bit of clutter during certain times of the year, this Japanese inspired table for two begins with simplicity.  Aka Kuroguro means Red and Black, so it is the name of this tablescape idea.  In Japanese culture, colors have significance, and many meanings for each one. Among other meanings, red is the color of joy, happiness, and love, and black symbolizes mystery in this context.  I found this artificial bonsai at the store the other day, and knew I had to get it for today’s tablescape.  By the way, did you know that bonsai is pronounced “bone-sigh”, not “bahn-sigh”?  It came in a black vase, and I set it on a black lacquer serving tray with an Oriental feel.  A dark red tablecloth is the base of the tablescape.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The place settings begin with a thrift store find of red and black placemats.  These are plastic, but made like the bamboo ones.  I added black napkins with red napkin rings.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

In the Japanese tradition of using odd numbers, there are five dishes in the place settings, plus the sake cup and chopsticks.  Typically there would be two bowls, one for rice and one for soup, but I only have one bowl.  It will hold rice, since I don’t plan to have a soup course with this meal.  The two square dishes will hold the main course and vegetables, while the smaller dishes at the top left hold sauces.  Everything in the settings except the napkins were all thrift store finds at different times and three different cities.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

In proper Japanese table settings, the chopsticks are placed with the points facing to the left, with a holder to keep the points off the table.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The table is very simple, no flatware this time, just chopsticks.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Three red votives sit on a small riser with three levels to complete the centerpiece.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Light the candles and admire the form of the bonsai.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Lower the lights and enjoy the ambiance of the evening.

Oriental Inspired Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Now, all we need is a Japanese inspired dinner!  I’ll be giving you three new recipes and some additional meal ideas in the coming weeks.

Asian dinner at From My Carolina Home

For more ideas, see my Romantic Table for Two in Paris from last Valentine’s Day hop with links to recipes for a romantic meal, and Valentine Breakfast with my depression glass plates and white lace theme and a link to my Popovers with Black Cherry Creme.  Craftsy has put some of their Asian inspired cooking classes on sale, click on Craftsy Asian Cooking.  Or check out the unlimited access plan on Craftsy with the free trial, just click on the pic below.

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For even more romantic tables, visit the wonderful bloggers on the Romantic Tables for Two blog hop sponsored by Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate.  With my post on Friday, all the links are live to the participating blogger’s tablescape posts.  Have fun!

Romantic Tablescapes 2018

Monday

Home is Where The Boat IsBelle Blue InteriorsEveryday LivingA casa di BiancaPMQ for Two

Tuesday

Life and LindaKnock it Off KimMy French TwistRed Cottage ChroniclesOur Crafty Mom

Wednesday

Bluesky at HomeThe Painted ApronThe Little Yellow Corner StoreThe Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Living With Thanksgiving

Thursday

At Home With JemmaDining DelightPanoplyHome and Gardening with Liz

Friday

From My Carolina HomeMe and My CaptainThe Red Painted CottageCelebrate & Decorate

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Mardi Gras Tablescape

It is Carnival season, essentially the month of January all the way to Fat Tuesday, which is February 13 this year.  Another sewing day is planned, but I’m not quite sure when it will be. So far, we haven’t been able to figure out when we can do another for reasons of weather and dates not meshing.  However, it will be soon, and I know we will have a great pot luck lunch.  So, it seemed like a Mardi Gras Tablescape would do nicely for the time of year.  Any excuse for a party, LOL!!

Mardi Gras Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I found a lot of shiny bead strings last year after the holiday, so of course I snapped them up. I got out the crown I use for this holiday table, set it at an angle using a candle holder for a prop and draped the beads over it. The candles have metallic gold candles. Glittery gold and purple apples fill the lettuce leaf bowls on each end, the only green bowls I have.

Mardi Gras Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I added my purple gloves as a nod to the costumes generally worn during the street parades, and scattered some genuine Mardi Gras purple and green coins around.

Mardi Gras Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

For the place settings, I found these paper napkins last year as well, and snapped up 2 packs of them using one last year.  The purple was perfect for Mardi Gras, and I just threw them in my Mardi Gras plastic bin so I could find them this year. They are the long dinner style, and this year they were unfolded to use as placemats.

Mardi Gras Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Set on top are gold chargers.  The goldtone flatware is my newest addition to my tablescaping stash. Last fall I borrowed a friend’s gold flatware and just couldn’t get my mind off it. So, browsing ebay for several months to get an education on what was available, one came on the market at a steal and I snapped it up on a buy-it-now. The gold tones are wonderful with the chargers and the theme of the table.

Mardi Gras Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I added white stoneware dinner plates and the color block salad plates with the purple, green, yellow and blue edge. I think those salad plates will go on ebay after our lunch.  I’ve had them for a few years now.

Mardi Gras Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The gold napkins are held with gold wire napkin rings with green beads. Yes, these are the ones from the Amazing Story.

Mardi Gras Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

A dark green tablecloth is the base for the settings, and those light purple paper napkins contrast well.

Mardi Gras Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Crystal wine glasses for water, with the two ends getting the pretty ones with the gold trim.

Mardi Gras Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

So, now all we need is a date, and some food.  I’ll add place cards when I know who will be here.  I think a shrimp quiche would fit the them, don’t you?

Mardi Gras Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

So, all set.  If you like Mardi Gras, you can see my tablescape using my evening purses HERE.  Anyone want a cookie?    See my Mardi Gras Cookie Party.

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Make a Mardi Gras Mini Quilt with the free pattern on that post.

Mardi Gras Mini Quilt | From My Carolina Home

What are your plans for Mardi Gras?

Mardi Gras Tablescape at From My Carolina Home


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January White

After the richness and clutter of the autumn season and the holidays, I like to begin the new year with a clean and fresh look, simple and pure.  Last night we got about 3 inches of snow, and this morning the view out the front windows looks much like my header photo again, just not quite as deep.  Mirroring the scene outside, the snowflake theme comes inside with all white tablescape.  I am having a sewing day next week to work on the California Fire Quilts (Update post), and of course that means a pot luck lunch.  I am really grateful for all the help these ladies are willing to give, so I set the table with my best china and flatware.  The centerpiece is a white reindeer planter, with a white painted pine cone in the well, topped with a clear snowflake.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

All the settings are set on my white embroidered lace placemats, with the matching table runner under the centerpiece.  More white pine cones are on each end.  White candles are in small crystal holders.  White mitten ornaments with silver snowflakes are placed added too.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

The place settings are white on white china plates, with white porcelain leaf dishes for salad.  Crystal water glasses, silverplate flatware, and individual salt and peppers complete the settings.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

These porcelain bowls are so delicate, with pretty veining on the leaves and a graceful curve forming the bowl.  If you hold them up to the light, you can see your hand through them.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

I made place cards from white card stock, with a snowflake punched on one end.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

In the center, the floral garland of white poinsettias circle the reindeer, accented with a string of iridescent white beads.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

There is a contrast of textures with the knitted mittens, furry cuffs, shiny beads and silk flowers.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

The clear snowflake is just set onto the pine cone.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

One more view.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

All set and ready for friends to enjoy.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

Elsewhere in the decor, I put my White on White Crazy Patch Mini Quilt on the quilt stand with white candles nearby.  Click on the link for the whole story and how to make one for your decor.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

On the pub table, the matching larger porcelain leaf bowl sits atop the Snowflake Table Runner.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

On the kitchen counter, one more embroidered lace placemat is the base for a wonderful white candle with a fresh outdoor snowy scent called Winter Garden (Large Jar) (Winter Garden Small Jar). (affiliate links) The hyacinth bulb sits next to it, and is growing slowly, as there isn’t enough sunlight to stimulate it.  I put it down in the basement yesterday under the grow light to help it along.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

On the coffee table, a Fostoria Fenton candy dish and a white candle flank the Victoria magazines and the book At Home With White.  The books from Victoria are so wonderfully illustrated, the pictures are works of art.  There are lovely chapters on just about every room in the house, to add a feeling of gentility and quiet beauty.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

On the bookcase, more white items are collected together, little white chickens sit near white candles in clear crystal holders.  A white rabbit planter holds some votives, and a snowflake candle holder are in the center.  On the plate stand is a wonderful oyster dish that I got to actually bake oysters in.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

The detail on it makes it a beautiful piece for display as well.

January White ~ From My Carolina Home

How do you like to decorate in January?

January White ~ From My Carolina Home


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Happy New Year 2018

Another New Year begins, and once again I am going to spend this day doing the things that I want to do all year long.  I’ll be enjoying a nice breakfast with newly retired DH (that’s dear husband for new readers), watching the Rose Parade, doing a bit of sewing and maybe a bit of stamping, making a creative meal and having dinner at a pretty table.  I will not be doing any chores, although I may try to get in a walk on my treadmill so I can stay motivated this year.  I brought my money in this morning for good fortunes this year too.

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

My table is set with black and gold for the New Year.  We didn’t do a party last night, just spent a quiet evening at home.

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece is simple, gold candles in my Advent ring, a couple of gold horns, some gold star garland and a big piece of gold ribbon to hold a gold Happy New Year paper crown.  All are set on a black charger.

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I found these black and gold salad plates on ebay last year, and just had to get them.  I’ve been saving them for this table.  The design in gold on the black is striking, made me wish I had my friend’s gold flatware to set on this table too.  I put them on my white stoneware plates and set the stack on black chargers.

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

We had dinner at this table last night and will enjoy it today too.

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

Of course, we have to have some black eyed peas with lunch today.  My recipe for Jumpin’ John is like Hoppin’ John kicked up a notch!  Do you have a special good luck food for New Year’s day?

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What will you do today that you want to do all year? Did you hide money outside?

Happy New Year Tablescape at From My Carolina Home


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A Year at From My Carolina Home, and a plan for next year

Are you a planner? I have to confess that I am not much of one anymore. After spending many years in the business world and the medical field, using complex planners to keep track of appointments, travel arrangements, goals and objectives, this is the last thing I want to do now. For me, quilting, cooking, gardening, reading, and blogging are fun and I do not want to turn it into goals and deadlines. But last year, I did just a short overall goal list as part of an linkup for the new year. Here’s the list from last year with links to the some of the posts and projects from this past year too, and an overall plan for 2018, subject to adjustment, LOL!!

My goals and progress  for 2017 were –

Goal 1 – Do a mystery quilt for 2017 – Scrap Dance Two Step done.  Photo above.

Goal 2 – Plan another event during the 2017 year with giveaways from my favorite sponsors for readers – this was encompassed into goal #5.

Goal 3 – Be a stop on a Christmas in July blog hop, not a 12 day event this year like I did in 2016 – done.

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Goal 4 – Publish Scrap Dance Waltz – done, now on Craftsy.

Scrap Dance Waltz at From My Carolina Home

Goal 5 – Do another Autumn event, encompassing a wide variety of projects heavy on the quilting and sewing, with gardening, cooking, reading, crafting, card making, thrifting and recycling, and more thrown in for fun.  – done, Autumn Jubilee took the entire month of October in the second year of this event.

Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

There were prizes almost every single post which included a quilt-along free pattern for Stars on Autumn Lane, …

Stars on Autumn Lane Quilt Along for Autumn Jubilee ~ From My Carolina Home

sew along with a free pattern for this Tablet Cover, …

Tablet Cover Sew Along at From My Carolina Home

wool stitch along for the Pumpkins and Leaves Penny Rug, …

Wool Applique for Autumn Jubilee at From My Carolina Home

tablescapes, a new recipe for Mushroom Meatloaf, …

Mushroom Meatloaf at From My Carolina Home

stamping Thanksgiving Cards,…

Autumn Cards at From My Carolina Home

gardening with Saving Seeds and Crafting.

November cards at From My Carolina Home

For the coming year, I do have a few goals.  First, I want finish writing the the Scrap Dance Two-Step pattern, get the final testing done and publish the pattern.

In the middle of last year I decided to do a special charity event, with donations and cards made for the Safelight domestic violence shelter.  The response to The Safelight Project from readers was truly inspiring, and the bags we made together were so appreciated.  More cards and small gift bags were done for Christmas, you can see HERE.  I have an idea for a Summer Fun bag for this year’s project that will need Sunglasses cases made, if you can use up some scraps and sew a few.  If you are a card maker, I’ll need a lot of summer fun cards with inspirational messages inside.  More on this a bit later, as I am still in the process of working out some details.

Safelight Project at From My Carolina Home

There will be a new Scrap Dance mystery, and I am working on that design now.  I want to do something different each year, help us learn a new skill or way of doing elements like last year’s quarter-square triangles.   This next one will have something new too!  I have figured out how to do it easier than anything I found in online tutorials, and how to integrate it into a step process for the mystery.  I will promise that it will again be scrappy, as my thing is to use up the bits and pieces you have left over.  No cutting into new fabric with the anxiety of maybe not liking the end product.  After all, just using up scraps doesn’t require a huge commitment, and you can give it to charity if you end up wishing it was different.  This picture is the finish of Scrap Dance Tango from 2015, now available in my Craftsy store.  Links to the patterns are on my sidebar (smartphone users, scroll down past the comments to see the sidebar info and links).  I would like your input as to which day of the month you like best for the posts, last year it was the third Friday.

In February, I am planning to do several posts in an event that will be Japanese inspired.  I have been a bit obsessed with Japanese things lately – food, gardens, quilting and sewing, origami and more.   This beautiful meal was served to me at Sora’s in Pisgah Forest.  If you think you wouldn’t like sushi, know that there wasn’t anything raw in this one other than avocado.  I figured out that salad too, very different and delicious.

Japanese Food inspiration at From My Carolina Home

So I’ll be sharing some projects and recipes along with garden visits.  I have some beautiful Japanese print fabrics to play with, and several ideas on how to use them.

Japanese Fabrics at From My Carolina Home

Lastly, I hope to be able to do the third annual Autumn Jubilee.  I actually already have a couple of commitments for prizes for the event, now I just need to come up with three new designs (1 quilting, 1 sewing, 1 wool stitching), a new recipe and more crafting projects.  The Autumn Tablescapes are the easy part.

Autumn Tablescape at From My Carolina Home

I am joining the link up going on at Quilting Jetgirl’s 2018 Planning Party with some fun prizes to win. I am delighted to be a part of that, and will have two patterns to give away as part of Yvonne’s event.  Her link up is open for a few more days, and I have my eye on the Aurifil thread.  As much as I have been privileged to be a blog where Aurifil sponsors giveaways, I’ve never won any for myself.  I do buy a lot though, LOL!!!  Plus I’ll be linking with Cheryl’s Best of 2017 Linky.  Buttons on the sidebar.

Beyond that, we’ll see.  I promise to continue showing the variety of subjects you have come to know as part of my blog, quilting and sewing, free patterns and quilt alongs, tips and tutorials, travel and mountain living, crafting and stamping, cooking and gardening, tablescapes and decorating, reading and more.

Late July in the Garden at From My Carolina Home

Won’t you come with me for fun next year at From My Carolina Home?  You can follow by email by using the sidebar sign up, or Bloglovin using the sidebar link.  If you are a Facebook user, follow From My Carolina Home Facebook page.  I like interacting with readers too, and you can put your pictures on our Flickr Group for the quilt alongs and projects, and on my new From My Carolina Home Project Sharing Facebook group too.  This new group is for anything and everything inspired by my posts, sharing of projects and quilt alongs, sew alongs and stitch alongs, your tablescapes and gardens, and any project inspired by my blog.

What day of the month would you like to see the steps for the Scrap Dance Mystery Quilt steps next year, for example third Friday, or another week and day, or a specific day like the 10th of each month no matter what day of the week it falls?

Are you a planner?  What are your goals for next year?

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Christmas Breakfast – Tablescape and Recipes

I have another tablescape today and two special breakfasts for the holiday.  This is really the most fun time of year for special meals and pampering those we love.  Starting out with the stoneware Christmas plates, I set a table with a plaid tablecloth.  These plates are used a lot this month, and each one is different.  This one has the tree with the word Hope.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

A sleigh is pictured with the word Love.  My Christmas Cardinal bowls are at each place for cereal.  Crystal glasses for water or juice and coffee mugs complete the setting.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

A gift package with the word Joy is at another place.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

I use my little tree spreaders as knives for the breakfast table, great for butter on toast or biscuits.  The fourth plate has a stocking with the word Peace.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

These adorable Santa napkin rings were a thrift store find.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece is a simple red and green basket, with greenery and a candle with a topper of Christmas figures.  It is surrounded with my little glittery birdhouse ornaments.

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

I mentioned on a previous post that I was going to make some blueberry turnovers, and here they are. Simple, just puff pastry and blueberry pie filling.  There is enough pie filling for two batches of 8 turnovers in one can.  So a few days later I make a second recipe and freeze them.   I thaw the puff pastry in the frig overnight so I don’t have to wait for it in the morning.  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Open up the puff pastry sheet, and cut into four squares.  Top each one with two tablespoons of blueberry pie filling.  Dab the edges with water using your fingers.  Fold into triangles, enclosing the filling.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Crimp the edges with a fork to ensure a good seal.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Bake in a 400-degree oven for 15-17 minutes, until lightly golden brown and puffed.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Yum!  DH likes his without any glaze as he doesn’t like really sweet things (other than me, that is).

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

But a simple glaze of powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract makes mine a bit sweeter and more delicious.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Yum, a special breakfast for a special day, Christmas eve perhaps?  Yes, I know that Pepperidge Farm makes these, but the problem is none of my local grocers carry the blueberry.  They have apple, raspberry, cherry, and peach, but I like blueberry the best.  So, I have to make my own.

Easy Blueberry Turnovers at From My Carolina Home

Tonight, Christmas Eve, I’ll make my baked eggs for Christmas morning since you have to start the recipe the night before serving.  Breakfast on a holiday calls for something special, but not a lot of time. There are literally hundreds of recipes on the internet for this baked egg dish, and I really don’t think you can get it wrong. But, I mention it every year, and every year some readers ask for the way I make it. So, this year, here it is. I wanted to show this to you today, as you need to make it tonight to serve tomorrow morning.

Baked Egg Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

The great thing is that the measurements are not precise, they can take a bit more or less of this or that, add something in, leave something out, it doesn’t matter. In fact, I don’t think I have made it exactly the same twice. This time it was sausage, mushrooms and onion. But you could use bacon, leave out the mushrooms, add in peppers or something else, whatever you like.  I like this Buttermilk bread so I used that, along with about 1/2 a roll of sausage, two large mushrooms, and 8 ounces of Cheddar Jack shredded cheese.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Cook the sausage and onion until the sausage is mostly browned.  Add the mushrooms and cook until sausage is done and mushrooms are softened.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

That looks about right.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Whip your eggs with a fork to blend the yolks and whites.  Add whipping cream (or milk, or half-and-half) and mix well.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Cut your bread into cubes and add to the eggs. Some people just layer the sliced bread with the extra goodies (sausage, bacon, onion, etc) and pour the egg-cream/milk mixture over the top, but I find the casserole just works better using cubes. It is easier to get the other ingredients mixed into the bread this way. For the purpose of scaling up the recipe to feed more, use 1 to 1-1/2 eggs and 1 to 1-1/2 pieces of bread per person. I like a bigger breakfast on holidays, so for the two of us I used three slices of bread and three eggs.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Mix in the cooked sausage and a handful of the cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Mix well. Spray a small baking dish with no-stick spray.  Put the sausage-bread mixture in it and spread evenly.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Top with the remainder of the cheese.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

In the morning, remove the plastic and place in a COLD oven. After you put the casserole in, close the door, and turn the oven on, setting the temp to 350. Now, go have some coffee, take a shower, or enjoy your family for about 30-45 minutes. I run downstairs and pop this in the oven when I first get up. By the time I have finished my morning routine and had some coffee, it is ready.  Sometimes I get into my Christmas stocking while waiting for it to finish baking.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Hot and bubbly from the oven.

Holiday Breakfast Casserole at From My Carolina Home

Dig in to cheesy, eggy deliciousness. If there is any leftover, just refrigerate and reheat for breakfast the next day.  Enjoy!!

Baked Egg Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

Holiday Breakfast Egg Casserole

4 ounces sausage, or four strips bacon (or both)
two large mushrooms
1/4 cup chopped onion
8 ounces shredded cheese – Cheddar Jack or your favorite
3 slices bread
3 eggs
1/4 cup of whipping cream (or milk, or half-and-half)

Start the night before you want to have this for breakfast. Cook the sausage and onion until the sausage is mostly browned. Add the mushrooms and cook until sausage is done and mushrooms are softened. Whip the eggs with a fork to blend the yolks and whites. Add about a 1/4 cup of whipping cream (or milk, or half-and-half) and mix well. Cut your bread into cubes and add to the eggs. Mix in the cooked sausage and a handful of the cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well. Spray a small baking dish with no-stick spray. Put the sausage-bread mixture in it and spread evenly. Top with the remainder of the cheese. Cover with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator overnight. In the morning, remove the plastic and place in a COLD oven. After you put the casserole in, close the door, and turn the oven on, setting the temp to 350. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until casserole is set in the middle, and lightly browned. Enjoy!

Download the recipe pdf – Holiday Breakfast Egg Casserole

Baked Egg Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

I made another one just this week so I could photograph it on our Christmas plates. It is even better served on the quilted Nine Patch Star table runner from our quilt along! More quilting coming up, and the mystery design is almost done!!

Baked Egg Breakfast at From My Carolina Home

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Do you have a special holiday breakfast recipe?  Do you set a festive breakfast table for the holidays?

Christmas Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home


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Christmas Tablescape

Christmas is such a fun time for decorating, and doing special tablescapes for friends is at the top of the list.  I’ve been having sewing days to get a big quilt top done for Quilts of Valor, and we’ve been doing pot luck lunches.  I am blessed with a lot of friends, too many to have all at once, so I get to have more fun with more sew days.  Certainly we need a pretty table to enjoy our lunch, and I could take care of two goals at once, as I needed a new tablescape for today’s post, my day on a fun blog hop.  Last year, my focus was rustic green with gold, and the year before was red with gold.  Since I like to change things up from year to year, this year the color scheme will be more red.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Starting out, I put a holly berry tablecloth on the dining table, and set a stack of dishes down so I could gather more things for the centerpiece. The print was not enough red for what I had in mind, so I decided to add a solid red topper.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Red chargers provide the base, and I added Lenox Holiday Tartan china dinner plates and the large soup bowls.  We were going to have soup with lunch.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

But, knowing that everyone would be bringing a dish, and there is always too much food, I changed the bowls over to a smaller fruit bowl for smaller portions of soup.  I love this china, inherited from my mother.  She had exquisite taste.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

For the centerpiece, I placed a large sleigh in some greenery garlands and added poinsettia flowers on each end.  In the sleigh, I placed red ornament balls.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

A couple of pretty ornament balls are on each end adding a bit of shine.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Red apple ornaments flank whimsical reindeer taking a break.  I have two of these cute little guys, so there is one on each side of the sleigh.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece is low and full, so we can see each other and have conversation over it.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

I found some tiny tartan wrapped packages, and added those to the sleigh to echo the tartan pattern on the dishes.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Crystal glasses for water, coffee mugs, flatware and napkins held with red napkin rings finished off the settings.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Later I added place cards so all the participants had a special place.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

One more overall view.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

DH will be happy to know that not one new thing was purchased for this table, it is all done with new ways of using items I already had.

Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

And now, for more tablescape ideas, here is the link list for the blog hop.  Monday through today are direct links active now.  Thursday and Friday link to the blog’s main page, and will be updated to the individual pages each day so you can come back and see more through Friday.

Do you like to set a pretty table for the holidays?  Do you have special things or holiday china to use year after year?

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Christmas Luncheon Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

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