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Summer Luncheon

Last week I wanted to have some friends over for lunch and chat time.  It has been a while since I had some gal time, so I planned a nice day for the veranda.  The pots were all planted, flowers blooming all over, and I thought it would be nice to have a meal on the outdoor table.  So I invited some friends, planned a menu, decided on a color scheme for a tablescape and got excited about two new recipes I was developing.  And then, it decided to rain on the day of the luncheon.  So, instead of setting up outside, I set the table in the library in front of the sliding doors so we could have a view.  Better to have the meal inside than not at all!  So, I  spread a tablecloth over the table, brought the pots with the pink flowers inside, and cut some pink hydrangeas for vases to complete a centerpiece.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

I wanted pink and green to be the main colors.  The green napkins I have were either too dark or too yellow, so I decided to go with white.  Pulling out the white ones, I found I only had four.  But, I can sew, and I have white fabric.  I went down to the basement and whipped up six white napkins on my serger.  Do you need to do this sometime?  I have a tutorial on Serging Perfect Napkins for you (and also tells how to do it with a sewing machine). These only took me a half hour to run up.

Serging White Napkins for Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

I tied pink ribbons to the acrylic napkin rings to add a bit more pink to the table.

Serging White Napkins for Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

The colors were pulled from these wonderful salad/soup plates that I got at the thrift store. They are deep enough for a light serving of soup or salad, yet shallow enough for use as a lunch plate.  I love the design and the scalloped edge.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Green chargers were set on the table, topped with my white stoneware and the pink salad plates. Individual salt and pepper shakers go at each setting, along with everyday flatware and pretty wine glasses.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Can you tell that it is raining outside?  At least it was light enough to get some pictures of the table.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Place cards had a small bird, and a sentiment “Your friendship is like a song of spring”, from a Stampin’ Up set.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

The wine glasses were a thrift store score, Gorham lead crystal for 25 cents each, and they came with the little wine charms too.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Our luncheon began with a new recipe I developed for a chilled corn crab soup.  Recipe shared HERE.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Spinach salad was one of the main course salads, with fresh grated Parmesan cheese, tomatoes and blueberries.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Blueberry vinaigrette for the salad is another new recipe, but that one will have to wait as I am going to enter it in the State Fair competition. I’ll share it after the competition is over.  Ranch was also provided so guests had their choice.  I use this cut crystal sugar and creamer set more often for dressings and condiments than I do for their intended purpose.   I set the blueberry vinaigrette in a depression glass dish to keep the drips off my white tablecloth.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Asian chow mein noodles were passed in a separate dish so my gluten free friends could skip the crunchies, but the others could add them to their salads if they liked.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

The other main course salad was a pasta salad with bacon, cheese and tomatoes (not gluten free). This lovely glass bowl was my mother’s, one of her favorite dishes for serving. It holds memories as well as food.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

Dessert was a frozen strawberry treat made with fresh strawberries, strawberry yogurt, and bourbon. I found the recipe on the internet, and it was nice to do once, but I doubt I’ll do it again.  I added fresh whipped cream and a chocolate dipped strawberry on top to make it a bit more special.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

The hydrangeas stayed fresh for several days past the luncheon.  We’ve enjoyed them on the pub table since the luncheon.

Summer Luncheon at From My Carolina Home

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Blue Ridge Drive July 2014

We did a drive with our car club yesterday.  The weather was just perfect, a beautiful sunny day in the 70s.  The recent rains had cleared the air and the views were spectacular off the Blue Ridge Parkway.   We met in a parking lot near the entrance to Pisgah Forest.



This was a Progressive Drive, a fun drive that has a lot of stops.  With each stop, the passengers change cars, so everyone gets some time with a lot of different members of the club.  It is a way to have some social interaction while enjoying a drive.


We stopped at the highest point on the parkway for a couple of pictures.  I was pretty far back in the car line by this photo.  We had 14 cars participating in the drive.


I just had to try to get a couple of pictures as we drove, the mountains were so gorgeous. We drove a total of 58 miles, so there were lots of beautiful views. This one is a bit blurry.


This one came out better.


We stopped and had a picnic lunch near Mount Pisgah. It was such a beautiful day, I don’t think anyone wanted to go home!


There will be another drive in a couple of weeks to an Amish farm.  I’ll share that with you, too.


Late May Morning

It is the last day of May, everywhere the garden and land are all so green!!  The view this morning is sunny and bright.  Last weekend, hubby and I got out on the veranda to scrub it down.  No sense in doing this until the forsythias and azaleas are done blooming due to the layer of pollen on everything.


The rhododendrons are still going, and now the honeysuckle is coming out. I haven’t been into the woods to get those yet, but their sweet scent fills the air. The gorgeous dogwoods have changed from pale green to bright white, lovely! The hostas are getting big and they will bloom later!


Up on the veranda, the flowers are really coming in. The torenias in their baskets are starting to spill over with flowers. A hummingbird came by yesterday but was gone before I could grab the camera.



Here’s the long view of the clean veranda.  The torenia baskets are one to an arch. I moved the little yellow and white striped trumpet flower to the rail to get more sun.


I had to deadhead the geraniums, but they are coming on again for blooming in a few days. There is another torenia in that pot with them. I like the combination of pink and purple together.


The pale yellow petunias and the verbena also seem to be growing bigger. We have has a little rain everyday for the past week or so, so everything is growing! But I still don’t remember what is in the floral ceramic pot, LOL!! Still waiting to see if it blooms!


Enjoy this beautiful day!!  Hi to Joyce, my mother-in-law, who says the flower posts are her favorites.