Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A Bushel of Apples

It is Apple Time!  Time to dig out the old apple dishes, a bargain purchase from Christmas Tree Shop years ago.

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Not the best quality, but at 15 dollars for service for 12, I got my money’s worth from them!

I had A LOT of trouble with the light today, don’t know why!

They are more a burgundy than red, so I layered a black cloth, a burgundy topper, black charger, rattan charge and then the plate.

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I decided to add in the natural charger as I was using a wicker rocker filled with apples as the centerpiece.

 

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There’s a band of green on the plates, so I used apple green candles.

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Apple salt and peppers sitting on little green glass leaves.

Little resin apple scatters on the plate. My friend Marigene at In the Middle of Nowhere gave me the idea to use them as knife rests!  So that’s what they have become!  :)  And I found them at CTS.

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Black napkin

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I used a green bee stem and a tall clear with black bottom stem glass. There is black in the basket and around the apples on the plate.

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An apple pick marks the place.

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For dinner, panko fried chicken with apple gravy. I just made the gravy with apple cider and some chopped apples, a few minced onions.  Brown the onions and apples in some butter, add the apple cider and some chicken broth, thicken with a bit of flour and simmer.

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And an Apple Tart.  So easy!table 320

Here’s last  year of the apple table. Light was much better that day!table 199

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54 comments:

  1. Great table, fun plates and cute centerpiece! Would love to join you for dinner, that chicken and gravy sounds fab!!!
    PS-Headed to CTS with Ma on Sat, should be fun:@)

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  2. Oh Kathleen! How cute! So very comfortable and warm and welcoming- you got a great deal! I LOVE your kitchen
    xoxo Pattie

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  3. Your table looks so sweet...I'm just f~a~l~l~ing for it!! lol. Love the dishes and the pretty basket/chair. And the napkin ring apples are darling.

    Your menu and pictures are great! You make the prettiest tarts!! :-)

    xoxo
    Jane

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  4. How fun for fall! That pie looks delicious. I'm heading to the apple cider festival this weekend. Can't wait!

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  5. Mike must wonder if you now own shares at CTS:) So cute!!

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  6. Oh, what a wonderful dinner at your place tonight. Fried chicken sounds soooo good! Cute table, Kathleen. Love the check border on these plates and that sweet wicker rocker. An apple for the teacher! ~ sarah

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  7. I think the Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn People are going to get jealous :) You've done well at CTS lately!

    Pretty table! and dinner looks delicious, especially that pie!

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  8. Great table and delicious-looking dinner, Kathleen! The apple gravy/sauce sounds wonderful.

    I love the apple bushel plates and your wicker apple centerpiece.

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  9. So beautiful and delicuos apple setting, love the cute centerpiece, amazing!

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  10. My favorite part of all is the apple pick with the initials for place *cards* (you know what I mean.) That just adds the perfect detail to me.

    Loving the rocking chair centerpiece and everything else on the table which went together to carry out the theme just perfetly. I'm so theme oriented that I just love a table like this!

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  11. I love the apple plates Kathleen and your apple display in the little rocker is adorable..

    Sonny

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  12. G'eve Kathleen ~ Your autumn table is sooo rich & warm. The menu is inviting. I'm ready for dessert now, big will do, please.

    Have a lovely eve ~
    TTFN ~ Hugs, Marydon

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  13. I love apples this time of year and your table is just perfect. I really like how you used the chair for the centerpiece...cute!

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  14. I love it when you bring out the "apple" dishes, Kathleen. They are perfect for this time of year and must also remind you of your "back to school" days. What a deal you go on them! I like how you changed up the colour combo by adding the black. The cutest part are the individual apple cores at each setting - never seen anything like that!

    DD

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  15. I love your apple table, those dishes make me smile whenever I see them. What are those little apple cores...are they knife rests?
    The apple tart looks delicious!

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  16. You set the prettiest tables, Kathleen. My mom used to have the old Apple Pattern. I would give anything to have a set of it now. Your apple cider gravy sounds sooooo good.

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  17. What an adorable table!! The dark linens provide such beautiful contrast and dinner??...looks so yummy!

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  18. Love your apple setting and your apple menu and those cute little apple cores. How cute!

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  19. This is so pretty. I really like it with the dark linens. That food looks delicious!

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  20. Very cute Table, Kathleen. And what a deal on those dishes!Great idea for marking the place. Your food always look so attractive....Christine

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  21. Neat apple tablescape! Love those apple cores for knife rests! You know I love the little chair centerpiece! The black gives a nice pop to the red color scheme!

    I need those dishes, I have a cute little boy and girl figurines (with apples.)

    Katherine

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  22. The perfect September table. I have been looking for apple dishes and yours are adorable! And that food - wow, it looks so yummy! I love all your apple collectibles.

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  23. P.S. - the food looks soooo good!

    Katherine

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  24. Lots of fun apple accessories, well done!

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  25. Kathleen --
    Very cute. I especially like the apples in the chair centerpiece. Great header, too!
    Linda

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  26. The table is lovely, but I am starving now that I have seen the food.

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  27. Love this delightful early fall table..My light for my table tonight wasn't very good either.

    I love these cute dishes..you DO have a bunch of dishes, dear lady...and they are all beautiful.

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  28. Hi Kathleen....Cute centerpiece..and your dinner looked delish...I never would have thought to make a sauce using apples and cider...

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  29. Fabulous. I love the check pattern. I have some rooster plates with the same edge. We could set a combined table but I will let you bring the food. Yummy.

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  30. Can't believe that you got such a great deal on those plates. The checks are wonderful and whimsical. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

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  31. Wonderful table, love the way you layered everything! The centerpiece is just tooo cute!! Thanks for sharing and for visiting.
    Sandy

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  32. Just beautiful Kathleen!
    I think I should be doing an apple table too but I just haven't felt the tablescaping urge lately.
    But I sure love your's!
    Hugs,
    Cindy

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  33. What a pretty table! I love the black accents and your cute centerpeice! Thank you for sharing!

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  34. Your apple table setting is so cute! I used apples this week, too! Your centerpiece is fabulous, and the apple picks with monograms for place markers are so clever! I love your recipe for the chicken with apple gravy. It sounds great!

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  35. Oh, Kathleen this is so warm and lovely. I love the black napkins with the warm colors. I also love the use of the berries and your monogrammed apple is awesome. Very nice.
    Sherry

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  36. Now Kathleen, you are SO BAD for me -- I just adore your table settings, and then I get to thinking, Hmmm... I need me some NEW DISHES.

    Love the apple tables -- both of them! The centerpiece with the little wicker chair is charming -- and the chicken with apple gravy? Sounds great; I've never used apples with chicken, only with pork -- so YUM gonna try this for sure.
    Cass

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  37. Oh, this table is so cute. The apple theme is carried through every element, even the entree. I'm going to have to try that panko fried chicken and apple cider gravy, an interesting twist.

    All the Best,

    Requi

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  38. How cute! I just love all the apple-themed items. Everything looks wonderful.

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  39. Kathleen, this is adorable! I love the rattan and wicker accents -- they're perfect with the baskets in the apple plates' design. I also enjoy reading about how you selected various items to go with the pretty apple dishes. Thanks for sharing!

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  40. That tart looks so delish! Love your beautiful tablescape...centerpiece is soooo cute!

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  41. Boy Kathleen, you've done good with the apples....I can almost taste them. Apples are plentiful here right now, and I use every excuse to make something with them. All your accessories are dear. L

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  42. Lovely table...how did apple season swing back around so quickly? Not complaining, I love apples and most recipes that include them. Cider gravy I will have to try.

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  43. This is so festive for September's apple picking time Kathleen! Do you go out to the apple orchards there? One year a friend that used to live in East Quogue had us all out to her house to go apple and pumpkin picking..I believe it was somewhere in Riverhead. All our kids were young then and they had a great time.

    I love the wicker chair centerpiece you made!

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  44. Kathleen...great apple tablescape and that chicken looks YUM!! I make a cider gravy for pork roast but never thought of using it for chicken until now.

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  45. Looks wonderful. wonderful time for apples for sure, your chicken looks just divine.

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  46. Kathleen,
    You set a cherry and pretty table to go along with your apple inspired dinner! I just love all the apple elements. But I must admit, those knife rests are so very creative!
    Using the natural colored chargers and the black napkins along with the colorful berries gave your table quite an elegant touch, and kept if from being cutsie! Perfectly done!


    I am thrilled you posted the recipe for the Panko Fried Chicken with Apple Gravy. I am making it the week of October 3rd. I'll put it on StoneGable's weekly menu with a link back to your post.
    I just cant wait to make this taste of fall!
    Yvonne

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  47. I can't wait to try that recipe also, K. It looks & sounds delicious!
    Your table it just delightful. My older sister's kitchen is all done in apple motif & she would just LOVE seeing this. I'm sending her the link.

    GREAT bargains, you lucky stiff...LOL...I'm going off to google CTS & see if we're going to be getting any near me soon. ~insert crossed fingers & toes~

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  48. I love that apple time of year. I wonder why you had so much trouble with the light. Sometimes it just seems to happen. Lucky that Mr. Cuisine was there to help.

    I really like how you put the intials on the apple picks for place cards.

    - The Tablescaper

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  49. Love the beautiful apples, on the table and the dishes. I love how you pulled it all together. Perfect.

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  50. Kathleen, this is just so warm and inviting I can mell that tart all the way here! LOVE your table! I love those apple plates and how you used the little chair! Too cute!! Now I've got to borrow my mom's apple dishes to do an apple table! Beautiful!!

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  51. Ok I can "smell" not "mell." Obviously I cannot type!

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  52. I'm reading some of your pasts posts! Enjoying your blog. Love this table. How cute is that wicker rocker for a centerpiece! Yummy food!

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  53. You know I really need to buy some more plates so I can do some tablescapes. And that wicker rocker centerpiece is very ingenious.

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