Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Apple Blossom Time~Dinner Too!

I wait all year for these to bloom.

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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. 

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We bought them in Costco, little skinny things and they have thrived. 

They are my inspiration for tonight's table.

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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!

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Apple blossoms in my lion's head bowl is the centerpiece.

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Hot pink ruffled charger, CTS, white Gibson dishes, paisley cloth and paisley napkin from WSonoma.  I doubled it with a green napkin.

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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!

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Pretty green flatware a birthday gift from my friend Susan at Savoring Time in the Kitchen.  I love it!

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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. :)

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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.

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Roasted cauliflower with butter.

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I make my Francese pretty much like this. I squeeze the juice of a large lemon into the sauce.

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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.

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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.


  1. Lovin' the great tablecloth and napkins K, paisley is always a favorite! Every time I see those potatoes they catch my eye, I haven't tried them yet but-so fun! And your trees are just beautiful, thanks for sharing the pretty pics! I think/hope the pollen will be over soon, my truck has been chartreuse for a couple weeks now. The rain this weekend will help:@)

  2. We have the same trees..same porch.. same year of construction..
    Have a lovely spring..Pink is perfectly pretty.

  3. Wow, what beautiful inspiration! I know what you mean about the pollen. Fortunately we are past that part of spring. Everything turns stays lime green for a few weeks. ;-)
    Love the pink and green table, and the food looks amazing as always!
    ~ Sarah
    Been thinking of you all day. Send me an update.

  4. Kathleen, your setting is warm, inviting & the meal is deelish! Paisley is an all time favorite of mine ...

    Have a beautiful day ~
    TTFN ~

    5-Day GIVEAWAY, pop over

  5. The trees are gorgeous. Beautiful table, Kathleen...I really do like all the's not that pale baby pink. Those are my favorite napkins...I have them in yellow, thanks to you!
    The menu also is one I could dig right into.

  6. Your trees are so lovely, I can't believe you found them at Costco! Love the table, the paisley is great. Dinner looks great, too. xo,

  7. Love seeing your yard. Those trees are beautiful. Perfect set up for your pretty tablecloth and napkins!


  8. Love the tablecloth and napkins.. how wonderful. Great colors too. Your table looks so very pretty. Love the blossoms! Can hardly wait till you can scape outside to see more of your lovely yard!

  9. Love this table, Kathleen! So pretty! And the trees are so nice, they are thriving nicely! It really is such a nice time of year, my lawn has never been so green. And so is my car from the pollen.

  10. I can see why you wait all year for those pink beauties. Love this table and I love those napkins and green flatware. Joni

  11. I lov e the flowering trees..really brings Spring to life!
    The table is gorgeous as the pink and greens...
    The cake does sound rich, perfect to take to a gathering!

  12. Gorgeous tree and table Kathleen. I would love to set an outdoor table. Perhaps one day soon.

  13. What a beautiful yard you have, Kathleen! Those trees in blossom have to be spectacular to see every day, even if they do give off lots of pollen. I know, I'm sneezing like crazy right now.

    BEAUTIFUL table with all that pink & paisley! I really like the ruffled chargers & that GORGEOUS flatware. I must go back & find out when your birthday occured, as I missed it. Belated Best Wishes, my friend!!


  14. What glorious trees! The only thing growing in my yard are the weeds so I am envious of your lovely garden!

    I adore the bright and cheerful. And the food looks amazing. I think I gained weight just looking at the picture of the cake. Yummy!

  15. The green grass and pink apple blossoms are just gorgeous together! What a lovely spring scene and table, Kathleen. Great way to use the flatware :)

  16. Oh, PINK and PAISLEY, is PERFECT!!!! I love your table, K. It is all so pretty and springy! LOVE that green flatware, do you think she would send me a set????:):):) Never saw the riffled chargers at CTS! I will keep looking though, I love them! XO, Pinky

  17. Look at that cake!!! Wowzer!

    Pretty table and gorgeous trees!

  18. Love it! So bright and cheerful. Great table. Wondrful to see you using the tablecloth. When you lent me your cloths I didn't have the heart to be the first one to use these, they were still in the bags. The apple blossoms are worth waiting for. Simply gorgeous.

    - The Tablescaper

  19. Gorgeous -- I must make that cake!

  20. Where to start? Where to start? APPLE BLOSSOMS!!! They are beautiful!!! My parents have apple trees in their orchard, but I never seem to be able to catch them in bloom! What a magnificent sight!!! I am just blown away! I'm not familiar with the green pollen phenom, but it doesn't sound like anything I would want to mess with. The good Lord has spared me with the allergies this year for some reason (maybe He thought the move was enough torture in one year for me!), but I'm not sure I could survive that green pollen thing! The table is beautifully set, and the food....those potatoes...fabulous! You even made the cauliflower look good to me!!! :-)

  21. Oh your trees Kathleen and your pretty, pretty table!
    I love the pink blossoms! We aren't that far along here but we are catching up after a couple of days in the mid-eighties!
    And that cake is like to die for!

  22. Can't wait to try your cake!! Beautiful table.

    Cathy's Cupboard Calamity

  23. What pretty blossoms! You used your inspiration wonderfully, such a lovely table! The paisley cloth and napkins are gorgeous and a great combo of dishes with them. Yummy food too - the cakes make my mouth water - what a great pan!


  24. A lovely setting and delicious looking meal. I always enjoy your posts.

  25. Beautiful!!!! The color scheme is so rich and I LOVE the linens! The cake looks a standard bundt pan workable-big enough?

  26. Oh Kathleen, It looks delish and I do not mean the menu and the chocolate! Love the colors

  27. I love your apple blossom, Kathleen. I wish I could have a flowering tree with full of blooms like that. Your tablescape is so pretty, love the pretty colors, and the food as usual, look so delicious. When I gorw up, I want to cook just like you!...Christine

  28. Kathleen,

    Your apple blossom trees are so beautiful. They are stunning. I can see why you love them so much and what a wonderful inspiration for your table - with that pink paisley tablecloth. Always love anything from WS. And your menu always makes me hungry! lol

    Hope you had a nice Mothers Day! Mrs. S

  29. Giardino stupendo... come letue bellisme tavole!
    E' sempre un piacere passare di qua!
    iao : )

  30. One of my all time favorite table settings you have done! So beautiful, the apple blossoms are a great inspiration:>) I'm looking into those recipes too. Thanks!

  31. Your tablecloth is beautiful! I just love pink & green! Your trees are beautiful too! Enjoy the spring.....
    Blessings My Friend,

  32. Hi Kathleen,

    This is a GORGEOUS post!! Your apple blossoms are stunning and your lawn is so pretty. What a nice place to wake up to every day. I love these table linens -- paisley is one of my favorite prints, and I'm glad it's so popular now. Love your lions head bowl; it's perfect for the pink apple blossoms. We're on vacation so I don't have a tablescape this week, but I did a post on the nearby historic houses if you're interested. Your meal looks delicious; I know you'll enjoy it.


    Denise at Forest Manor

  33. Wow, your trees are gorgeous. And how divine those blossoms look on your beautiful table! They look great in that cool lions head bowl! Food is making me so hungry, delish! Your tablescape is gorgeous, I love those linens! I enjoyed your post!

  34. It all looks so good and pretty and scrumptious! I do particularly love that green flatware.

  35. a beautiful table and a delicious looking dinner again! you need to be careful, or I won't stop inviting myself over! :)

  36. Oh Kathleen, your apple blossom is so beautiful. I love your table, the china and your green flatware, I'd like that in blue for my dishes. Beautiful your lions head centerpiece with the pretty blossoms! The food, well, as always I go hungry when I s ee it, I should open your blog when I'm full! I like your linens too.
    Hugs from Queens girl.

  37. Kathleen, your table setting is divine and the food looks scrumptious!

  38. So nice that blogger is back up! I lost most of my comments on my tablescape, so I am running around trying to visit again. Your blossoms are absolutely unbelievable. What color. I love your linens, they are perfect with the background. It is so hard to find beautiful dark pinks. The dinner looks fabulous too. I haven't ever made those potatoes. They are so fun, we will have to have them at a dinner party.

  39. Your yard is beautiful, Kathleen, with all the gorgeous blossoms. I've never tried making those potatoes and they look delish.

  40. Hi Kathleen - I don't know what's yummier, your food, or those gorgeous apple blossoms! They are stunning!! As usual, you serve the most tempting food on the most beautiful tablescapes. Hope you have a great weekend!

  41. Love the appleblossom...very pretty and your potaoes are making me hungry.

  42. What a beautiful table setting! I can't help it I love red, even tho I use lots and lots of pink, I have a touch of red, mostly in my kitchen! I read once that only brave people used red. Do you suppose that is really true?

    Your apple blossoms are so graceful in the bowl and your food made me hungry even though I just finished dinner! Especially the potatoe! lol!

  43. I like your use of hot pink and green with the white to tone it down a bit. Very nice! My favorite is the little Lily of the Valley sprig tucked into the napkin. Love that!!

  44. Your table is so gorgeous and the food. Oh, my goodness! My tiny mouth is watering!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  45. Beautiful tablescape and the food looks delicious!

  46. Everything is beautiful Kathleen, I love your pink tree! Well, just wanted to tell you I have everything ready to make your Choc. Ricotta Cake for this weekend that I will be having some friends for cards playing...I will let you know how it went! I'm at PINK SAT. too.

  47. All looks delicious and festive, so pretty setting!

    Happy Pink Saturday!


  48. What lovely pink, green, and paisley dinnerware! And your trees in your landscaping designs are GORGEOUS! A delightful visit for this Pink Saturday! Thank you :)

  49. Oh I wish I had apple blossoms to snip! Love your table cloth & napkins...such gorgeous pink & green! We are still taking our Zrytec, there's a new layer of pollen deposited every morning, hopefully just a couple more weeks. Your dinner looks delish!

  50. Oh my, your blossoms are gorgeous! And what a pretty table you have set for dinner! Dinner looks and sounds yummy! Thank you for stopping by for a visit and enjoy your Pink Saturday weekend.


  51. Such pretty pink trees and I love your table too. I love the ruffled plate on the bottom. Really jazzes the table up. .so pretty.

  52. Oh how prettty! I love the blossoms and all the pretty pinks and greens on your table. That cake...I would just love a piece (or 2) of that right now!

  53. Bright pink and green is such a pretty combination, Kathleen! Your apple blossom trees look gorgeous!

    I made hasselback potatoes at Easter and they were a big hit. Thanks for the cake recipe looks like a very special treat.

  54. So pretty...thanks for all the great ideas!

    HaPpY pInK sAtUrDaY!

  55. After a long winter I know you must be enjoying such anprofusion of color. We had dinner withna friend last night who served potatoes done your way. Have a good week.

  56. Beautiful table Kathleen. The trees are gorgeous and a perfect inspiration. I love the linens and the flatware is gorgeous!! Thank you for joining TTF. Have a fantastic day!


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