Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Nothing like spring and the beautiful blossoms and the renewal of all the beautiful gardens to awaken your spirit of friendship.  How about a nice luncheon for some friends?  
One of the first things I did was to take the spring arrangement out of the rabbit jar (Link) and put in my old friend the cachepot - it was too easy, lifted out of one and put into the other!

Nothing too heavy, a sandwich, some fruit and chips and of course a sweet treat at the end.
Mostly old friends on the table but the cherry blossom salad/dessert plates are new - could not resist as they just screamed "SPRING!"

Chicken salad is one of those things I have never had a recipe for so when I was making mine I jotted down a couple of things to show how I put my version of chicken salad together. If you know your guests likes this is also really good with a little curry powder added - I never serve curry without either knowing a guest likes or asking because it is not a universal like. Omit the juice and sweetener and raisins and make the dish more savory - adding diced avocado, sunflower seeds and small cubed jalapeno jack cheese makes a very good chicken salad too.
 A really sweet table and hopefully inviting for friends.

 Just a few simple ingredients.....
These are so good.  I love Madeleines, little bites of delicious,
moist cake, just enough sweetness. If you do not have a Madeleine pan you could use a mini-cupcake pan - they would of course not look the same but in a small well in a mini-cupcake pan I think they would cook okay.  The pans are not expensive - I only have one so I have to bake the first batch, cool off the pan and then bake the second batch.
 Out of the oven, cooling and then a dusting of powdered sugar....
These silver spoon napkin rings are an old buy from Nell Hill's fabulous store in Atchison, KS. One of those things she had in buckets at a reasonable price.  One thing I love about them is that when they need to be cleaned I drop them one at a time in my ring cleaner solution, then wash and dry with a lint free cloth and voila - they are nice and shiny.
One more new item on the table - the two candle holders one cream and one verdigris - both on the table.  They are from Antique Farmhouse and there was a set of (3) the third one being brown - I'm thinking they will show up on many a table, many times.

After lunch a Madeleine or two and.....
A nice cup of tea...


White dinner plates and chargers, IKEA
Cherry blossom salad plates, Oxford & Thyme, Cherry Blossom pattern
Pink Cabbage Plates, Bordallo-Pinheiro, Portugal
Wicker place mats, Pier One
Cachepot, Horchow
Candle holders, Antique Farmhouse
Checkered tablecloth by LA Linen
Pink napkins by Linen tablecloth
Gingham heart plate, my collection
Napkin rings, Nell Hills, Atchison, KS
Dotted flatware, HomeGoods
Madeleine recipe from Victoria Magazine
Madeleine pan Chicago Metallic 26631 12-Cup Nonstick Madeleine Pan
Tea set, Hartley Greens & Company, Leeds Pottery
Tray, Emma Bridgewater
Glasses Villeroy & Boch, Bernadotte pattern

Thank you for stopping by.



  1. OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!!!

  2. Thank you Anonymous. Yummy stuff. Thank you for stopping by! j.