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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tablescape #8

I have a confession to make. I'm fickle. Why? Because I only watch Baseball games in October.  During the playoffs and The Championship World Series I watch every game. The talent and experience the ball players bring to the
plate is amazing.
Well speaking of a Plate.  I have a full Plate today with this post. 

I'm joining 
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday 

I entertain one night each year during the World Series.  It has been a tradition to invite our friends who lived next door to us for 10 years to come over for an evening and enjoy supper and watch the baseball game together.  In the past we have eaten Hot Dogs and Cracker Jacks and many other Baseball related dinners.  So, this year I have prepared the table and the main dish with a Hearty, flavorful and satisfying Italian Minestrone Soup.  Our friends will be bring the Bread and Salad.
I will make the dessert. Which is very Italian.  As we fell in love with Tiramisu on our trip to Italy this summer.  Fall is in the air, we are so close to Halloween and the San Francisco Giants love Orange.  I thought, I would have a pumpkin theme.

And, as you know, I'm trying to be very thrifty during this economic downturn our country is now experiencing. 

 So, I will be joining
Tales from Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday  
Coloradolady for Vintage Thingies Thursday

 The glittered pumpkin I had last year and I added more glitter this year. The Rust Mums are from my garden and the black candle sticks I painted black for more punch and the box I painted black too.

 This tablecloth is 50" by 96" since I have a very large table in the dining room and I usually buy two tablecloths. One for the short version of our table and add the second tablecloth 50" by 72" when the table is extended to seat 14 people. I decided for this post I would cut the small tablecloth up and make 6 napkins to match.  I found the pumpkin napkin rings at the antique mall for .50 cents each.
And, the gold 12 place setting of flatware I bought at the antique mall. It wasn't expensive because it's coated stainless steel.  I thought if I washed it the gold would come off, but it didn't. 

Pumpkins and jewels are from the DT

The little green juice glasses I used for my tea lights.  I bought them 20 years ago at the GW.  They are festive for Christmas morning .

I'm trying to photograph night shots with the reflection of the candles flickering. 

 I have owned the Soup Tureen since 1970.  More Vintage !!!!!!

The Soup Bowls are part of my everyday dishes I bought from Ballard's in 1990.

The Dinner Plates I purchased at Safeway Grocery Store in 1975

The larger Dinner Plates I bought at World Market.  We use them when we have BIG MEAT.

I love these chargers .99 cents store.

 I'm joining
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Southern in My Heart for Inspiration Friday.

Soup's on
Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday

Italian Minestrone
There's a version for every town in Italy.
Cook together in kettle (3 to 4 hr.)....
1 cup dried kidney beans or white beans.
2 cups Brown Stock (Bouillon)
6 cups water
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
3 large carrots, finely diced
3 stalks celery (with leaves). diced
1 cup diced raw potatoes
2 tbsp. olive oil
Add sauteed vegetables to beans in kettle. Cover, cook slowly
 30 mins., stirring often.
1 cup cooked macaroni in 1/2" pieces(1/2 cup uncooked)
1 tbsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 cup cooked tomatoes. (I use our canned tomatoes from our garden)
Simmer 15 min.  If a thinner consistency is desired, thin with water or Brown Stock
Amount 10 servings. 
Recipe from Betty Crocker's Picture Cook Book
Revised and Enlarged. Published 1956.

I'm joining 
How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday-Autumn edition
Sister Saturday for Soup Exchange
Bargain Hunting with Laurie for
A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
Please link back to the hosts of these wonderful parties
Thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween


  1. The tables looks great and the minestrone looks delicious. Tiramisu is one of my very favorite desserts. Have fun! La

  2. Love your fall table seeting. I would not know how to eat that fancy. I would take a bowl of the stew anyway I could get it.

  3. Hi Betty! I absolutely love everything about this post and had to scroll up and down to make sure I didn't miss anything! :-) I'm so thrilled you are going to be joining in BOTH parties this weekend! It is totally an honor to have your gorgeous tablescape and your delicious soup making an appearance. Thanks so much!

  4. Looks beautiful- so welcoming and colourful.Reaally amazing- love it !

  5. Betty everything is so beautiful! I had to take a moment at each picture so I could take in all of the details. ANY guest would be proud and honored to sit at your beautifully decorated table. Kuddos!

  6. Lovely table!! And what a great sounding recipe!! Thanks for sharing. Happy VTT!

  7. I want to sit at your lovely table and enjoy that delicious soup! Oh my goodness!

  8. Your table's very pretty, love the green glasses-and the soup looks fab!

  9. Your table looks so pretty. What a great idea to make napkins from the smaller tablecloth! Love your pumpkin with bling. That photo of the soup is making my mouth water. It looks delicious. Thank you for linking this post to Favorite Things Sat. laurie

  10. I love your table linens. What fun to host a party during the World Series. Go Giants!

  11. Your table setting is so pretty and the soup sounds and look yummy!
    Enjoy your evening.

  12. Lovely. I find candles and glitter are particularly difficult to photograph. I like your tablescape very much. Happy FF.


  13. Beautiful fall table and I love the glittery pumpkin. The minestrone looks delicious, too. A perfect Autumn recipe!

  14. Beautiful tablescape Betty! Many times when I find a great deal on table cloths, I will buy one to make into napkins. It usually is less expensive than buying the ready made ones.

    Your soup looks devine :)


  15. Lovely Autumn tablescape, Betty! I love the colours and I have the same silverware! Thanks for sharing and Happy Pink Saturday.


  16. I'm with you....I've been known to buy extra tablecloths and combine two of them to create a large round cloth. I can make napkins with the remnant of the fabric. Your tablescape is lovely. Is it up against the window? Do you all have a neat view while you're dining with your dear neighbors? I love that you've 'collected with a purpose' over the years. Everything works together so well. The tureen is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your recipe for the Minestrone Soup and your lovely table design. Cherry Kay

  17. What a fabulous tablescape-just absolutely beautiful for fall in every way!

  18. Hello, Fellow Gemini!!! Beautiful table, and that soup tureen....FABULOUS!!!

  19. I had missed this on BTNOP. I had a busy week and didn't get to as many as I like to. I'm SO GLAD I stumbled back here from the Sister Saturday Soup party!

    Your minestrone looks delicious, and I think your table is so pretty! I love the table cloth and napkins, and that centerpiece is lovely. Just a great post from beginning to end.

  20. Hi Betty! I just had to come back over and say thanks again for linking this up to the party today! It was fun to go through this post again and I noticed more details this time...like those gorgeous little green glasses. Those are so sweet and I may have to keep my eye out for something similar for the holidays!
    Thanks again!

  21. Loved your Pink Fall Saturday post. Everything was so beautiful. The recipes look delicious.

  22. Beautiful fall tablescape...perfect for the season and the soup looks so delicious!!!

  23. Love the tablescape and the soup sounds wonderful!

  24. I love your glittery pumpkin with the flowers. Great idea for a vase!

  25. What a beautiful tablesetting and I love the pumpkin napkin rings. That soup looks absolutely fabulous. Thank you for sharing.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  26. What a wonderfully table.

    Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  27. Love the table! very brave to cut up a tablecloth for napkins! I've even purchased another tablecloth when napkins weren't available!! That soup looks amazing.. thanks for sharing.


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