I wait all year for these to bloom.
We have 4 of them that we bought 10 years ago when we built our house. We knocked down our summer home here, and so there wasn't a tree left and we had to start all over again.
We bought them in Costco, little skinny things and they have thrived.
They are my inspiration for tonight's table.
I tried to do it outside, but the wind was not cooperating! So I moved inside. We aren't set up outside yet, we have to wait for the green pollen to finish falling. If you clean everything and put it out, it will be green in the morning!
Apple blossoms in my lion's head bowl is the centerpiece.
Hot pink ruffled charger, CTS, white Gibson dishes, paisley cloth and paisley napkin from WSonoma. I doubled it with a green napkin.
Green rattan napkin ring, PBarn outlet, under $1. The napkins and round cloth on sale also, I never pay full price.
Sprig of Lily of the Valley to please the nose, achoo!
Pretty green flatware a birthday gift from my friend Susan at Savoring Time in the Kitchen. I love it!
Glassware from Dansk, and pink ramekins for roll and butter from CTS.
One more shot, don't want you to get SCROLL FINGER FATIQUE, SFF, from scrolling through all the pictures. :)
Dinner is a simple one. Chicken Francese, Roasted Cauliflower and Hasselback Potatoes. There are recipes on the net, I sprinkled some freshly grated Locatelli cheese on top.
Roasted cauliflower with butter.
I make my Francese pretty much like this. I squeeze the juice of a large lemon into the sauce.
I know I promised the recipe for the Chocolate Ricotta Cake.
Make your favorite Chocolate cake recipe, I used Ina's. You can use a Duncan Hines Devils Food cake mix too if you don't mind boxed cake. Prepare the recipe on the box.
In a large greased spring form pan, pour in the choc cake batter.
Mix 1 lb of cream cheese, and one lb of drained ricotta cheese with 3 eggs, 3/4 C sugar. 1 teasp of vanilla.
Pour on top. Bake at 350 for 60 min. Ice with a chocolate glaze. This will make a very rich cake. I halved the cheese recipe for the small cakes I made. I didn't want it to be as heavy.
The more cheese mixture you add, the richer it will be.
I will try to make one in the spring form pan for this weekend's post so you can see it.
Thanks so much for visiting, and hope to see you for Favorite Things and Seasonal Sunday.I am joining Susan at BNOTP for Tablescape Thursday, and Gollum for Foodie Friday,Beverly for Pink Saturday and Diann for Thrifty Fridays.