If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors
to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.

~ Henry David Thoreau

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Lunch with Girlfriends

Two of my high school girlfriends joined me for lunch a couple of weeks ago, and I actually served food on my first set of dishes purchased after discovering Susan's blog party, Tablescape Thursdays, over at Between Naps on the Porch.  You've seen these dishes before, but I really didn't have many followers back then.

Lunch began with Cream of Asparagus soup, a wonderful recipe I found at StoneGable.  Thank you Yvonne! I followed your recipe and added a hint of cumin which is one of my favorite spices. Yummm!

Next came a fresh salad with Priscilla's dressing...so fresh and light.  One day I will share this recipe.

The entree was a creation of my own and I didn't get a picture of it...grilled portobello mushroom sandwiches (p.mushrooms marinated in homemade Italian dressing, garlic toasted whole grain baguette, slathered with fresh pesto, fire roasted red peppers, provolone cheese and romaine)  I must record that recipe before I forget how to make it!

So here is the dessert....individual lemon souffles with real whipped cream.

A lovely day on the lake with good friends (and Annabelle keeping us company)
placemats ~ Kohl's
napkins ~ TJMaxx
plates, bowls, mugs ~ 222 Fifth ~ Belize from Marshall's
salad plates ~ Pottery Barn clearance years ago
Goblets ~ Christmas Tree Shop
individual teapots ~ Christmas Tree Shop
flatware ~ Gorham Studio (my every day stainless) 
dessert plates ~ vintage (does anyone know what they are?  They were left here in the cottage by previous owners)

Thanks for stopping by ITLLDO.  Now head on over to Susan's Between Naps on the Porch for lots of great tablescapes.  Thanks, Susan, for hosting such a fun blog party ~ Tablescape Thursday.


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Cynthia, I love your table and the setting is gorgeous! How nice of you to have your girlfriends over to enjoy part of the day and a yummy lunch.

YOur red and white with touches of upscale green is fresh and goes so well with your beautiful surroundings.

I hope everyone like the Asparagus soup and thanks for the shout out!


Kathleen said...

No bad seats at that table! The table looks pretty and lunch sounds delicious!

Sherry said...

That lake looks more like the ocean. So pretty! I can't say enough about this food! It all looks so wonderful!! I like the salad you created I create salads too. Yours looks great.

Kathy said...

What a wonderful summertime, girlfriends luncheon...
every course = delish!
Such a happy scape,
I would have loved to have been there!
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Your table is very lovely and with a view like that it's about the most perfect setting ever! Love the wicker too~

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a gret setting for a friendship luncheon -- and the food--WOW!

GrannySue said...

Oh how comfortable and inviting. I think I have a couple of those dishes and now I have a great inspriation for using them.

Shelia said...

What a lovely setting. I'm sure your friends felt so special sitting here! :)
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Cynthia, what a wonderful table... and that food! That salad is magazine worthy it's so colorful and pretty! I love how your table has chairs of each color. That looks so cute and adds so much to your tablescape. The dishes and linens are cute, too. This looks like a great place to gather.

Happy Tablescape Thursday...


Sheila :-)

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

What a beautiful tablescape to share with your friends...luv all the colors! Do you mind telling me where you got your green chairs?


Rene @ cottage and vine said...

Your table is beautiful Cynthia. I love that sun filled with touches of red. I hope that your day with your friends was enjoyable.

Don't you love Yvonne? I must check out the asparagus soup.

Barbara said...

What a beautiful table! Your dishes are so pretty and the food looks delicious! It's so much fun lunching with old friends.

Tricia said...

Just gorgeous! I love the red and green together -- such a cheery, welcoming table! And I never get tired of seeing your incredible view. The menu sounded divine -- the individual lemon souffles are mouth-watering!

A 2 Z said...

Hi Cynthia,

Nice to meet you! Thanks for visiting my blog. I was in Toronto last weekend visiting my new grand-daughter and told my husband how everyone is so friendly in Ontario. I love your home/cottage right on the lake. This would be a dream come true for me. My in-laws have a summer cottage in Upstate New-York with a cosy veranda like yours. I love the 4 different color chairs and of course the view....so magnificient. I'm a new follower!


Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Cynthia...your table is so fun and festive! I LOVE green & red together. What a lovely setting for a girlfriend luncheon...and the food looks devine :)


Mimi said...

Cynthia, love your table...222 Fifth is one my favorites for dishes...I am so cheap that I wait until TJMaxx has them on the clearance table.
I would never get anything done with that gorgeous view from your dining room!

Joyce said...

Pretty table and a great view with good food and friends always makes for a sunshine type of day. I love the colored chairs!

Mary said...

What a beautiful table and sensational view! Lunch looks yummy :-)


Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Gorgeous....the tablesetting and that view!!! Wow...a beautiful place to enjoy a meal!!!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi Cynthia, What a lovely lunch you prepared for the girls. Looks like lots of fun. Your windows look out to the lake, lucky you. I'm so glad that you stopped by and I found you.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Wonderful tablescape...I can't take my eyes off the view and sweet Anabelle. :-)

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

"Gorgeous", I found myself drifting into wishing I was there and THEN you served and WOW! Did you make the lemon souffle??? "Could I PLEASE get the recipe"??? "Pretty Please"??? Yes, look at that view!!!! WOW!!!!
Your table setting is SO incredible, your whites make your colors POP, and I LOVE that pantry of yours keeping all your goodies at hand and easy to "SEE"...