Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Happy Birthday and Tablescape Thursday!

Today, Wed., is Susan's birthday. Susan at Savoring Time in the Kitchen..so no one gets confused!
I predict a very exciting year for her, with a handsome stranger coming into the picture after the summer.
He will steal her heart away, but unfortunately, will need to be burped and changed..and he may be a bit of a whiner too...But she will love him to bits!!!
And if it is a girl, her heart will be filled with love too! And lots of frilly dresses!
Happy Birthday Susan!

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Now if her name was Tulips, I would have something more seasonal! :)

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Thank you, Susan, for hosting, and to see more tables please go to Between Naps on the Porch, Susan's lovely blog...

Today I dug out the Easter decos, so I thought I would do a little Spring table..

I used a yellow mat, layered with a pink one. The polka dot plates are from Christmas Tree Shops.

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The pitcher is from Mikasa, yellow dotted napkins were my mom's, the little baskets I used as a napkin holder are from many moons ago, a store called Lee Wards..and they were 50 cents ea. I tied a pale purple ribbon on them..Little salt and pepper shakers came with an egg plate that was a gift.
The pink glasses are Lenox and the aqua stems are also ancient...

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These are little egg plates from CTS..I got diff pastels.

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Dinner was grilled lamb chops and roasted potatoes...

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And for dessert..Banana Chocolate chip cake...made some as cupcakes,

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And I baked one in a little round handled bucket. I got it at a yard sale a long time ago for .25, bet it is worth, oh, maybe .50 now, it even has a lid...:)

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And turned it in to a little cake...

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A few people emailed me for the recipe for the Apricot Cream Coffee Cake...

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Here is the recipe, from Land O Lakes Country Heritage.

Coffee Cake Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup LAND O LAKES® Butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
2 LAND O LAKES™ All-Natural Farm-Fresh Eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt

Filling Ingredients:

1/4 cup sugar
1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 LAND O LAKES™ All-Natural Farm-Fresh Egg
1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon peel
1 (12-ounce) jar apricot preserves

Glaze Ingredients:

1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 teaspoons lemon juice


Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour bottom and sides of 10-inch springform pan. Set aside.

Combine all coffee cake ingredients in large bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Spread batter on bottom and 2 inches up sides of prepared pan.

Combine all filling ingredients except apricot preserves in small bowl. Beat at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed. Spread evenly over batter in pan. Spoon preserves evenly over filling.

Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Cool 20 minutes. Loosen sides of cake from pan by running knife around inside of pan; remove sides of pan.

Meanwhile, stir together powdered sugar and enough lemon juice for desired drizzling consistancy in small bowl. Drizzle over warm coffee cake. Serve warm or cold; store refrigerated.


I have a few other things to show you, but this is long enough and I think I hear snoring!

Thanks for coming, I appreciate your visit!

46 comments:

  1. Beautiful table!!

    The meal looks delicious!

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  2. Kathleen I am going to stay awhile, your beautiful tablescape, cakes and lamb with roast potatoes are mesmerising me. Kathy.
    Happy Birthday to Susan too.

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  3. Very fun post K..Love all the ways you baked your goodies..The parchment's cute too..Yikes I miss the CTS..

    June trip canceled:(

    Love seeing all your goodies!

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  4. A beautiful table. Your food looks amazing and I love to decorate desserts with flowers!

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  5. That is a lovely table and I love, love, love your dotted plates! But that food - oh, my goodness, pass me a a plate full! And that chocolate cake - wow! Linda

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  6. I lOVE those polka dot dishes!!

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  7. Hi Kathleen,
    I really like all the layered pastels! So pretty! Oh my and look at all that yummyliscious looking food. That's a sweet cake you made for Susan! Thanks for giving us the heads up...

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  8. HE? Do you know something? LOL :) Happy Birthday, Susan! Great cake, Kathleen!

    Beautiful table, Kathleen, it always is :)

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  9. hey, I didn't get a word verification!

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  10. I got distracted by all of that wonderful food and nearly missed the tablescape! I loved your pretty cake with the white dollups on top and the pretty candies. So fresh and unexpected. Cute description of the little man coming into Susan's life. Happy B-day to her!

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  11. The tulips are simple delightful...They were the first thing to catch my eye...Cathy

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  12. Beautiful! I'm loving all the colors and the food! LOL!! Deb

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  13. Well, bring on the food. It all looks delicious and you've set a table for some serious ambiance. Love the spring colors!

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  14. A beautiful cake for SusanQ and a lovely Easter tablescape. I love the whimsy of the polka dots.

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  15. Kathleen you have the most delicious blog! From the food right down to the tablescape...everything is yummy! ;-)Bo

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  16. Oh, yum! Now I'm craving lamb chops! It's a little hard to read the amounts on the coffee cake recipe. Can you - pretty please -type this out for us?

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  17. What a pretty springtime table! And all that food looks so yummy, too. Can I come over for dinner? lol

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  18. Gorgeous table and scrumptious menu! Every little detail is so well thought of...Christine

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  19. Gorgeous table and scrumptious menu! Every little detail is so well thought of...Christine

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  20. Looks like Easter has arrived at your home! Good food and a pretty tablescape too!

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  21. I'm celebrating a friend's birthday also tonight. Your little cakes are to die for. Your table is lovely and I love the plates....my fav is the way you have the banana Choc chip cake and that bow...I could go on and on.
    Nice to meet you.
    Love Claudie @ Bubblin' Over
    xoxoxo

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  22. Beautiful cake ... the flowers certainly do brighten it up and make it very cheery.

    He??? ... I didn't know that. How wonderful ...

    I love all the Easter accessories ... the bunnies, pastels, and eggs. So sweet!

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  23. Pretty table and great recipe!
    xo...Kathy

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  24. What a beautiful table, and the cakes are so pretty too! You are quite talented.

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  25. Kathleen, very pretty cake for Susan!

    Love your Easter table. I went to CTS this week and all the polka dot plates were gone! Very cute.

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  26. Lovely table. Your food all looks so yummy too! Thanks for the recipe. Have a great day!

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  27. I love all of your Easter stuff Kathleen! You have so much to love too lol. I love the mini cake you made. I sure learn from you and do more mini things. I just make the whole thing and eat it all or let it go bad. Neither is a good thing lol. Pretty post. Thanks for the recipe. It really looked tasty.

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  28. Very festive tablescape. Love all the Easter touches. The food looks delicious too!

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  29. Such a pretty Eastery table. I love those polka dot plates! :D Jewel

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  30. Kathleen, you DO have the best tablescapes....I look forward to Thursdays so I can check yours out!

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  31. Looks like Hoppy Birthday and Spring all over the place. Yummy desserts served on cute dishes. CHEERS! and blow out the candles.
    Candy

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  32. Happy Birthday to Susan. The cake looks delicious along with the other food photos. Thanks for the apricot recipe.
    Joyce

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  33. What a cute tablescape...so festive! And the little cake is so yummy looking! I'll have some of those lamb chops and potatoes, please!!...Debbie

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  34. Your tablescape and the food you are serving look delicious.
    Happy TST.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  35. My gosh, I'm late to my own party :) Thank you, Kathleen! I laughed when I finally figured out the Black-eyed Susans and Tulips - LOL. No snoring here - loved the post!

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  36. OH, your meal sounds wonderful - mouthwatering is more like it! Yum! Love your spring table - it makes me smile. So fresh and happy. Love the egg shaped plates!
    Happy Spring.
    Alisa

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  37. So many blogs so little time! Your cake looks delish! Beautiful tablescape...:)Nancy

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  38. I just love all your tablescapes - especially these plates...
    pretty cake too!!

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  39. Beautiful table...and yummmmm....Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

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  40. A very pretty spring table! Love all the pastels. Happy Spring!

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  41. What a fresh and pretty table! The bunny pitcher is really adorable, and I love how you used your Mom's pretty napkins. Thanks! Cass

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  42. Where's the carrot cake?


    Kathleen, I think the Easter Bunny would do the Bunny Hop at the mere sight of your offerings!

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  43. LOVE your Easter pastels, and that meal looks delicious!!!

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  44. Love the polka dot plates, I don't think I know what CTS is?

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  45. So much creativity! I love all the unique touches, especially baking the mini cake in the basket, incredible! everything in this post was absolutely stunning!

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  46. Hi Kathleen...sorry I missed you last week...I am hopelessly behind each week now. I love this springy tablescape...beautiful pastel colors...adorable bunny, lovely flowers...it's everything I want for my spring table! :-) Your food is amazing...wow...to eat like this each night! Great Foodie Friday and beautiful TT! Susan

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