Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hydrangea Lunch & Ricotta Cupcake Recipe


I had planned to do a table with some new dishes I picked up when I went on a shopping marathon with The Tablescaper last week.  I left here at 10:30 and got back around that time that night!  We worked in cut and color , lunch and bargained our way through HG, WS/PB Outlet, Pier One, TJMaxx, BB&B  and Kmart. We left no dish unturned!

BUT, some of my hydrangea were hanging over due to a storm the other night, and needed to be cut.

Please join me for lunch on the deck.  There is a little breeze, and we are in the shade.

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A wicker basket overflowing with hydrangea is the centerpiece.

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Blue tablecloth, lavender mat, green swirl flatware.  All from CTS.

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The hydrangea plates are from CTS.

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The stemware is from HG.

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The last of the lilies in the background.

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The ceramic napkin rings are from Villeroy and Boch and the napkins are from Dansk.  They had some stains on them so I bleached them and dyed them lavender. They are a good size, so it was worth a try! They were trimmed in multicolor , but they came out fine.

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In my last post I promised the recipe for the Ricotta Cupcakes with blueberry sauce.

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You can see that a buttery crust is pressed into a cupcake pan, then filled with the ricotta mixture.  The blueberry sauce recipe is here

If you try them, I hope you enjoy them.  Dh did.  I really think the sauce makes them!

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Cake part:

3/4 unsalted butter

1 c sugar

2 lg eggs lightly beaten

1 1/2 t vanilla

3 1/2 c flour

1 t baking powder

1/2 t salt

freshly grated nutmeg, I use cinnamon


3 lbs whole milk ricotta

1 C sugar

4 lg eggs beaten lightly

1 3/4  t cinnamon

Preheat oven to 400 .  Cream butter, add sugar  and beat till fluffy.  Beat in eggs, one at a time.



Sift dry ingredients, add to butter mixture in 4 additions.

Cover loosely and chill.

When it is chilled pinch off walnut sized pieces and roll into 3 in rounds.  ( I flattened them with my hand and  pushed into greased muffin tin)

Now spoon the mixture into the cups and bake for 30 mins.

Let cool in the tins for 15 min.  Remove and cool thoroughly.

Makes about 36.

(I halved the recipe) The  recipe is from 10 yrs ago from a newspaper.

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I hope you are staying cool, and enjoying the flowers!

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I am linking up with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Gollum for Foodie Friday, Sherry at No Minimalist Here for Open House Thursday, (Sherry is showing us her beautiful beach house in Fla she has for sale, go take a look!)and Diann at The Thrifty Grove.

Thanks for visiting, see you Sunday!


  1. Kathleen -- gorgeous table al fresco :) I am loving your dyed napkins -- very clever and those cupcakes look amazing :)


  2. Beautiful table, love the lavender blue color scheme , those cupcakes look so good, wish I had one right now. xo

  3. You did a table for me...thank you! I ♥♥♥ everything about it from the tablecloth to the plates, to the napkins, to the stemware, to the flatware. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous...mine not so nice with all this 100° weather. The Limelights are doing okay, though.

  4. A beautiful table, Kathleen! You know how I adore hydrangeas! And those cupcakes look so very good!

  5. Gorgeous...the setting, the table and the dessert!

  6. Thanks for the recipe, they look wonderful and all that lavendar sure looks pretty and refreshing on your table. I envy you having such a shopping friend nearby. Joni

  7. You two have all the fun! Always fun to see what the shopping marathon yielded. Will we get to see photos soon?
    I love hydrangeas, and this table definitely offers a cooling sensation. Just what we need here! Beautiful colors. ~ Sarah

  8. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous, Kathleen! My flowers are wilting in this heat but your hydrangeas are gorgeous, as always!

    I know you must have had a fun escapade with The Tablescaper. I don't think I could have done a 12-hour marathon so I am duly impressed by your endurance.

    Thanks so much for the recipe for the cupcakes. I look forward to trying them!

    Hope you're keeping cool there!

  9. Hi Kathleen! I saw your comment and had to come right over and say hello! Although, your blog seems familiar, probably from when I did a couple of tablescapes and linked up to Susan's linky party. Your garden looks lovely ~ so much better than mine right now. It doesn't help that I'm in full sun and I don't think that rain the other night helped much. Just as a point of location, I am exit 63 off the LIE, so I don't think we are far from each other!

  10. Such a beautiful table and the flowers are breathtaking.

  11. A beautiful tablescape - those hydrangea plates are gorgeous. I enjoyed the tablescape but I also studied the background of each photo of the table to admire your beautiful gardens. I planted those same Muscadet lilies this spring and the blossoms are huge - I hope they overwinter.

  12. YUM!! You have set a beautiful, beautiful table! Such a lovely set of dishes. The colors are wonderful!

  13. When I was a little girl, my mama made me a beautiful circle skirt in the most wonderful lavender. Your gorgeous tablescape made me think of that special gift from my mama. You've designed a gorgeous table, and I'm excited to have the recipe for the Ricotta Cupcakes and the Blueberry Sauce. Thank you for sharing your considerable talents. Cherry Kay

  14. Your table is so beautiful as is your garden setting. I love the idea of bleaching napkins and then dying them.. and I love your centerpiece. The dishes are perfect. xo marlis

  15. Y'all are just killing me with these gorgeous tables!!!!!! The seaside setting and hydragea heaven! I can't stand it. Forget tables capes...when you two are at it, it's table toppers-you both keep outdoing the other and us readers are in table heaven! That shopping marathon sounds like a little bit of heaven too!

  16. What a stunning setting! The hydragea plates are gorgeous! This is heavenly..totally! Thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  17. Your table is as beautiful as your garden setting...such a pretty and inviting place to eat! thanks for the recipe.

  18. Oh, this recipe is just luxious, Kathleen, I think I love it!, must make it soon, thanks. Your tablescape in the beautiful garden it's just gorgeous! I love the basket center piece with the hydrangea. Your hydragea plates are stunning, the whole thing is! Love, FABBY

  19. No matter how hot it is, this beautiful table just cools everything down! It's wonderfully summery and very refreshing. Oh, and those cupcakes look fabulous!!!

  20. Hi Kathleen! What a pretty table! Love your pretty dishes and that was quite clever of you to dye your napkins to match!
    Thanks for the recipe.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  21. Kathleen, what a gorgeous post. Usually, I am not a huge fan of purple, but my goodness!!! Your table with the purple, blue, and green is too, too pretty!!!

  22. Your creativity knows no bounds, our most clever Kathleen! So you dyed the stained napkins in a way that enhances the beauty of the "hungover" hydraneas? And you're serving a real, delicious-looking, color-coordinated dessert? Does your dear hubby realize how fortunate he is??? If not you inform him immediately!!!


  23. Oh my goodness. This is absolutely gorgeous and beautiful. My favorite color is purple and your tablescape is just perfect. These ricotta cupcakes look delicious and match perfectly with your setting. Thanks for sharing.

  24. What a truly gorgeous table!1 I adore the patterned plates. I would love to be part of your shopping trips!!!

  25. So pretty in purple! Your table and yard appear so fresh and cool!

    Surprisingly, hydrangeas continue to do well in this extreme heat we all seem to be having.

    I especially like the purple stemware on your table. Just lovely!

  26. Everything is looking so good..

    The gardens.. the ricotta and blueberries..Bravo:)

  27. I really think you and the Tablescaper should make a movie about your adventures together! I adore the color scheme you've used in this stunning table. SO sigh-worthy! Thanks, as always, for filling us in on the details and sources!

  28. Wow, now that is a summery colour. Sounds like you two had a really full day. Lots of laughs I hope.

  29. This is one of the most beautiful tables yet, Kathleen! I love it. And it goes so nicely with the muffins and blueberry sauce. Even your food matches the table :)

    Stay cool, today feels the worst yet!

  30. You do have that talent to make everything look so beautiful Kathleen. Perfection!

  31. Beautiful table and hydrnageas! Wish I could join you for a cupcake!!!! Love those hydrnagea dishes!!!! And the swirly flatware! Thanks for the tip on dying the napkins!!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  32. Absolutely gorgeous!

  33. Love how the hydrangeas really set off your beautiful dishes. Love the goblets, too. Yum those ricotta cupcakes look real good! Hope you are staying cool...

  34. What a gorgeous hydrangea inspired table!! The ricotta cupcakes look delicious. The blueberries make it look extra yummy! A couple of years ago our daughter decided to try making a ricotta cake for our Italian Christmas Eve dinner. It was wonderful.

  35. We shopped til we dropped! Had a blast doing it. I didn't let my broken toe stand in the way.

    Love the table. You know I bought the same dishes. I think it's so neat how each of us can purchase the exact same items and come up with something completely different. And love both!

    When's our next marathon?

    - The Tablescaper

  36. Kathleen, this is such a beautiful summertime table. Those hydrangea plates are so pretty. How smart of you to dye those napkins. I'm going to try that with some of mine. Your garden looks so pretty. laurie

  37. Your table is so pretty K, love the colors and green swirled flatware! The lilies are beautiful, mine weren't too happy this year. Wish I had a cupcake:@)

  38. Your table is beautiful! Love all the colors together. I noticed the flatware...and the flatware in your blog them! The cupcakes look delish.

    I'm a new follower and will be checking for additional recipes!


  39. THIS is absolutely breathtaking, Kathleen! Your beautiful flowers are the crowning touch to those gorgeous plates & goblets. Oh my! *swoon*

    Sure wish I could have tagged along on THAT shopping trip with you guys.

    We both used purple on our tables this week but yours is soooo much prettier. I just love it!
    Maybe next year I'll have hydrangeas like yours.


  40. Oh, I've been waiting for this recipe! I can't wait to make it! Thanks so much!
    Love the pretty pretty table. Hydrangea purple and green, what a gorgeous combination. LOVE the dishes and the way you added a little hydrangea to the napkins!
    What an inspirational post!
    xo Yvonne

  41. Oh, my dearest Kathleen...what a beautiful table!!! The color is just magnificent!!! I LOVE shades of blue and purple together! Your flowers are really looking good. I didn't plant one single thing this year. The deer came in and snatched everything I planted last year out BY THE ROOT!!! I refuse to spend that kind of money again for them to feed on! How dare them! :-) Enjoy your new purchases!!!

  42. Just beautiful, Kathleen. I love the color of the flatware with the wonderful blues and purples. That's my favorite color hydrangea.

  43. Kathleen, It sounds like a fun day of shopping. Your table and flowers are beautiful and I appreciate you sharing this at my party.

  44. Your table is very pretty. I love the color combo. Your hydrangeas are gorgeous and I like the flatware very much, such pretty color....Christine

  45. Good to see that the deer left you enough hydrangeas to use in yet another winning tablescape. One of these days I'm going to have to come right on down to Long Island and join in one of your shopping adventures. Then I'd have to add another room on the house to put everything. Hope you are surviving heat. It's very hot in Maine,too.

  46. Now I want hydrangea plates too!
    Such a beautiful setting Kathleen!
    I love how you dyed the napkins, just a great idea!

  47. Your hydrangeas are beautiful and so is your yard! Lovely table and a great recipe:)

  48. I've so missed visiting you during my blog hiatus - you bring peace and beauty to my otherwise hectic days. Thank you! :)

  49. Oh I love those beautiful plates, and the fact that they are square makes me love them even more!! Love the colors of the hydrangeas too and they just bring everything together!! Gorgeous!!

  50. Kathleen- What gorgeous, gorgeous color you're showing us! The hydrangeas are lovely and your table is even more so! :-)
    hugs, Sue

  51. Now this table is beyond gorgeous. Love the hydrangea china and your lavender and greens. Beautiful.

  52. Oh, I can just imagine the fun you and The Tablescaper had; no dish unturned indeed!

    Your hydrangea table scape is just lovely. The dishes are gorgeous and the ways you have accented them are luscious. I love that you dyed those napkins; they turned out the perfect color for your 'scape. This is one refreshing table scape; makes me want to join you!

    Thanks for sharing that recipe, too. Sounds so yummy!

  53. Kathleen, you do a purple tablescape so well! (I can't get enough of those beautiful goblets.) I love seeing your gorgeous yard in the background, too!

    Stop by if you get a chance. I'm celebrating my first year of blogging with a Vintage Linen & Dish Auction ... going on now!

  54. Love the color of this have such gorgeous pieces. The hydrangeas and plates are so pretty! Screams summer...

  55. Well Kathleen, you know that I love the dishes! LOL I find it so cool how we can have the same dishes and create such different tables with them. Love the purple stemware! All of your flowers are gorgeous. This is scary....this past week, I dyed some stained napkins to match a set of dishes I just got! I can't wait to see what treasures you got from your shopathon! Thank you for joining TTF and have a fun weekend~!

  56. What a gorgeous hydrangea inspired table setting. I have ricotta with me at the lake, and I keep saying I am going to make pasta! I'd rather have the cupcakes, they look delicious. We have wild blueberries too, so what am I waiting for? LOL

  57. This is absolutely gorgeous!! Love those colors! Ever hear the (old) song "Lavender Blue." reminds me of it!

    I can't seem to get my act together to do more tablescapes. This week I had to deal with my husband's diagnosis of a blood disease (too much iron in blood) I think they can get it under control soon.


  58. i would love to watch you ladies shop together! It must be so much fun! Your hydramgea tablecape is so pretty, Kathleen. I also have purple hydrangeas and they are blooming like crazy but this heat of the past few days have made them limp.

    Thanks for this yummy recipe! I'm always looking for new ways to use ricotta.

    I'm staying indoors in the AC with all this heat. We did volunteer work this morning at Green-Wood Cemetery--indoors, thankfully!

    Stay cool!

    ♥ Pat

  59. What a charming summer tablescape, Kathleen. And what fun to go on a shopping marathon with The Tablescaper! No doubt you were exhausted but pleased when you got home.
    The ricotta cupcakes look lovely and moist...I can see any kind of fruit poured over them. Copied it already!

  60. I would love to dine with your lovely hydrangeas! Your ricotta cupcakes look wonderful!

  61. Kathleen, I LOVE your hydrangea tablescape. Everything is beautiful and the table linen colors you chose and the green swirl flatware are perfect. Very pretty.
    I'm going to have to check out CTS.

  62. Congratulations! You won one of the favors from the Ice Cream Social. Please email me your address so I can mail it out to you.

    Have a great week! La

  63. Kathleen, as pretty a table as you've ever done. I feel cooler just looking at it. Take care and hope you're keeping cool.

  64. Oh, such a beautiful, perfect summery table!!! I love the lavender/purple with the green.....and of course your fresh flowers are gorgeous!!!!
    I can't wait to see your new dishes from your shopping marathon!!!!

    Lana In Italy

  65. Beautiful tablescapes and luscious cupcakes. What more could you want? Thanks for visiting.

  66. I am overwhelmed with the lavenders and purples. Outstandingly beautiful! Susan

  67. Late to the party since I've been on vacation.

    I was about to tell you how much I loved that hydrangea table... that I couldn't decide which was lovelier, the purples on the table or the backdrop of the flowers in your lawn...

    Then, I saw those ricotta cakes and forgot about everything but saving that recipe. YUM.

  68. I can't wait to try this recipe, Kathleen! Your table is lovely . The napkins turned out great,brilliant idea to dye them.


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