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Showing posts from November 27, 2011

Lavender Transferware Snowflake Tablescape

Stay, season of calm love and soulful snows! ~ from the poem To Winter by Claude McKay~   Do any of you remember my bird cage dining table   I made from a broken bird cage?   Well,  this table has  become one of my favorite pieces of furniture.   I envisioned something outside of  the traditional red and green color scheme for this setting.  I envisioned a tablescape of silver and white snowflakes and ice crystals with a little bit of soft, pale color added.  I've always liked periwinkle and in fact had a previous homes bedroom wall painted a very light shade of this color.   My  inspiration were these gorgeous, ever so light pe riwinkle / lavender  / purple transferware plates in the Asiatic Pheasants Pattern.    I think this is a beautiful pattern depicting pheasants fluttering amongst a lush floral bouquet.  They seemed to be a perfect match for the table.   These transferware plates are not the typical English pieces I include in my tablescapes,  rather they a

Bacon Wrapped Chicken in Sour Cream Mushroom Sauce

My friend, Tonja, gave me this recipe some years back and it's been a family favorite ever since.  I make this several times a year.  If you're reading this Tonja, I don't know what this dish is called so if you do, let me know!    I think, for me, this comes in a tie for my favorite chicken dish along with Oven Fried Parmesan Chicken (click to get the recipe).   I have to admit though, it isn't the most attractive dish in the world.  In fact, when it comes out of the oven it looks kinda gross, but it doesn't taste that way! Bacon Wrapped Chicken in Sour Cream Mushroom Sauce 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2 jars dried beef slices  16 slices bacon or 8 thick slices 2 cans cream of mushroom soup or 1 lg family size can 16 oz. sour cream (sliced mushrooms, optional) For 8 chicken breasts, Layer a pan with 2 jars dried beef slices Wrap the chicken breasts with two slices of bacon or one slice of thick bacon and place