Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sage and Pink Tablescape & Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin

I was going to post this yesterday but I had a problem.  Sleep deprivation.  I did not sleep one wink the night before and all day yesterday I had the worst time trying to stay awake.  I think I might have fallen asleep sitting at my computer a couple of times.  I have this habit of keeping about 10 or more internet pages opened at once.  Seriously.  It drives everyone in my house bonkers, especially Shawn,  when they want to get on the computer and they have to close a bunch of stuff out.  I tell them I am multitasking.  I was so tired all day yesterday that I couldn't remember what I was doing half the time or I'd realize I was typing something meant for a post into an email.  I couldn't even single task, so I decided to call it quits for the day.

Now that I've had a good night's sleep I am ready to share my scape.
I pulled these plates out the other day to set the table with.  I love the sage green color.  It works with so many colors.   Originally I was going to pair them with blue, and most likely will do that at some point but with the lovely weather and it being Spring and all I suddenly decided on pink.

Sometimes, if not most times, when I put a table together I just start with the plates and then build around them.  I have always liked this pattern, Avondale.  I usually have pieces in blue, red/pink and green in my shop.   It is by J & G Meakin.

  I've been wanting to use the burlap again since I used it last Fall.  I pulled it out, spread it over the table and then added a dressier curtain in an sage/olive jacquard that I scrunched up in the center, in place of a runner.  I hardly ever use a 'real' tablecloth but choose instead blankets, throws, drapes, fabric, clothing...yes clothing, etc. 
Over that I laid out a pink lace vest that had been Kalyn's and then set a floral arrangement in the center.

The pink lace shows just enough.

We love candlelight so I added some sage green taper candles to the arrangement and filled used some pink thumbprint cordials for tealights.   They look very peach colored in every picture I took though.  I really need to learn to be a better picture taker!

I got this little lamb for $3 on clearance at Steinmart and wish now that I'd bought the two that were left.  Isn't it cute? I could start a collection of sheep.  I shouldn't have said that.  I'm thinking about how cute several would look grouped together beneath my sheep painting.  Stop it Nancy.

Some of my favorite glasses are thumbprint...we have some that we use as every day and I use my Cranberry flash occasion.  These work  so well with pink and red alike.  The cut glass goblets came from Tuesday Morning.  They were on clearance for about $3 a piece.

I love to mix things that are formal with the informal, casual with the dressy...so I chose these handled willow chargers to add a little bit of an earthy, casual look.

I think the napkins turned out nice.  I have a set of six of these vintage, rectangular shaped placemats/doilies that I wrapped around pink damask napkins and then sort of fan folded to really show off the lace.  I tied them with a pretty sage ribbon.  If you all like this, I can do a little post on how I folded them...it was very easy.

Ultimately they wound up placed at an angle above each setting.

 I played around with the centerpiece at one point and swapped out the flowers for the grapevine balls.  This is more casual but I liked it also.  What do you think?


For dinner, we made one of our favorite meals.  It is a heart healthy dish called Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Vinaigrette.   I serve it with Spinach salad (the same vinaigrette that goes over the pork makes a delicious salad dressing), rice pilaf and croissants with a honey butter glaze.  This time I used the thin cut, boneless pork chops and it was every bit as good as the tenderloin I've always used in the past.  I'm sure it would be good on chicken as well.  Ashton requests this quite often;  it's one of her all time favorites.   

And she helped prepare it as well.  It's sort of a non official rule here with the kids that "we'll make what you want but you help prepare it".  They never complain and it's a good way for them to learn how to cook and a good way to for me to spend time with them individually.  

If you want the recipe for this you can find it HERE.  It is the first recipe and first tablescape I'd ever posted.
Each time we have it we are all left asking one another why we don't have it more often.  I really don't know why.  It's easy to make, it's super good, and it's good for you! 



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33 comments:

  1. Wow what a beautiful table...and that meal looks heavenly!! Love your pretty helpers...so much beauty all in one post.

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  2. Beautiful, Nancy! I love the pink and green together. Your little lamb is precious! I've always told my kids that I would love a pet lamb. :)

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  3. Nancy, your table is stunning. I like the way you layered the textiles under the flowers. Pinks, greens, delicious food, beautiful dishes ~ sounds perfect!

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  4. Oh...this is my favorite table you've done. Love all the colors.

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  5. Very pretty and the recipe is a must try

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  6. Beautiful dishes, Nancy! I love the pattern. Cute little lamb. I've done that often, where I've wished I bought what was left of something, especially when it's been on clearance. Of course, it's gone when I go back! That meal looks so delicious. We had a pork tenderloin roast last night. I don't make pork too often, but I was wanting something out of our routine. I really need to learn to do some sauces; while it wasn't overcooked, just the fact that it had no sauce or condiment {for lack of a better word}, it seemed a bit dry to me.

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  7. Nancy: We absolutely love pork tenderloin. I usually fix it with a honey/black pepper glaze, but your's looks so good I will try that. Please do post how your fixed the napkins. they are so pretty. I love your tablescapes especially because you eat off them too..Happy Thursday..Judy.. Sweet little lamb. That would be a good collection to start.

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  8. Oh, I love those dishes. You did such a great job layering everything. The pink and green look so nice together.

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  9. Beautiful, as always! Can't wait to try your recipe! And I hope you've recovered from your sleep deprivation!

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  10. Those dishes are just stunning! The whole tablescape is really beautiful.

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  11. It's so pretty and those plates are gorgeous!

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  12. Nancy, this is gorgeous!
    I don't like green (even though I'm Irish, ha ha!) but I love pink and green together.
    I was convinced your cutglass was Waterford! can't believe they were only $3 each, wow!
    I'm off now to check out your pork recipe, I love both pork and pecans!

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  13. As always a beautiful tablescape!

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  14. How pretty! Sage is one of my favorite colors!

    xo,
    RJ

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  15. Nancy- That is your first tablescape? Girl! You have a knack for it! It is gorgeous....just gorgeous! I love the green dishes. They are fresh and lovely for Spring and I love the way you tied all the little elements into your table. It is beautiful. Now...what time should I come for dinner next time? xo Diana

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  16. Your table is beautiful. I love those colors together.
    Looks like a great dinner. Pork tenderloin is a favorite of mine.

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  17. Gorgeous as always!! Thanks for the meal plan - looks yummy and I'll put it on my list to try!
    Please share about the napkin fold --- looove it and my mom is always asking me to fold napkins!

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  18. Please post on how to make the napkins -- my mom is always asking me to fold napkins and these are especially pretty!

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  19. A lovely table and the pork looks fantastic. I do like that green -- it's a pretty green!

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  20. Pretty color transferware. Although I'm not crazy about this green, it's also lovely and your tablescape is as always stunning Nancy. HAPPY EARTH DAY!
    FABBY

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  21. I love these dishes. Some greens just 'pop'. Your tablescape is beautiful once again. Thank you Nancy for dropping by to identify the little egg-cup I bought at a shop for $4.00. I love it and now that I know what it is I can hopefully find more. I am just back from an auction and although I missed out on a few beautiful dishes I did end up with a box full of tea-cups. I have had a chance now to sit down and really look at them and I am happy with many of them. Whole box cost me $7.00. I'll post some of them soon. Love you blog. Hugs, Deb

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  22. So lovely, Nancy!
    Visiting from Tablescape Thursday

    Greetings from Australia♥
    ~Pernilla

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  23. Nancy, you know I love your gorgeous table setting, and the dinner looks and sounds delish, too.

    I hope I'll be seeing you soon for Pink Saturday.

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  24. Oh Nancy, I love your pink and sage together. Also like the bits of casual with the formal. You are so creative. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Beautiful! Love the sage green, too. I ordered the square wicker chargers that you used in this tablescape from a local home decor store and just found out that they are discontinued. Can you tell me where you got yours? Thanks so much Nancy!

    camorrison5@gmail.com

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  26. Its good to know other bloggers have the same problem I do. Like right now I have nine windows open plus two other programs. But thats just the way I work.

    Hey I love your tablescape and I'm particularly delighted that you took an overhead view looking down. That way we get to see the whole picture And I love it. I love doing it that way too. I feel it gives a whole new dimension to it. Hope you'll do it with each new tablescape you do too. Love the sage green and with the pink....its just so pretty. And I adore the sheep. Absolutely adore him (or her.) I'll remember what you don't want us to remember about him. (Big Smile) But I like sheep too.

    Nann

    PS So fun seeing your cute daughters. My daughters and I often cooked together too and most of them have turned out to be really good cooks. And your pork tenderloin...oh yum!! I am going to try. It looks delicious!

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  27. Another beautiful table, Nancy! The sage green plates and the cut glass goblets are just so lovely. And I do prefer the flowers over the grapevine balls... The pecan-encrusted pork sounds delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe, and the beautiful table setting.

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  28. Gorgeous table setting Nancy.
    I've so much enjoyed my visit.
    You have the most amazing transfeware.

    rita

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  29. This is such a pretty tablescape. I adore your green transferware dishes. What a wonderful shade of green.

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  30. Simple, yet very beautiful. You always have fabulous centerpieces, Nancy!

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  31. You just don't want me to shed any weight at all, do ya? :-) That plate of food looks like heaven! Honey butter croissants.....mmmmmmmm!!! It all goes so well with the great table setting! Wonderful job on the napkins...very creative!

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  32. Love the green transferware! The meal sounds just wonderful! Those chargers are the best!!!

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