“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”
Everyone has heard the saying, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”! The phrase is meant to encourage optimism in the face of adversity. Lemons suggest bitterness, while lemonade is a sweet drink-according to Wikipedia!
May I suggest a different attitude about lemons. I have discovered that adding a hint of lemon juice or zest to vegetable dishes brightens the taste and adds a unique freshness! So, what do I do with all the lemons? I will make lemon ice box pie, lemon poppy seed cake, lemon zest will be added to pasta, asparagus, and spring peas, and of course, I will make lemonade! Lemons certainly brought freshness to our dining room! The new tablecloth is the inspiration for this setting! The centerpiece is a simple one. When we were at Blackberry Farm in February, Butch bought me this wonderful charcuterie board. It is made from old European barn wood. (You can read more about it here: It’s Not What You Think!). I placed three hurricane vases filled with lemons on the board and voila…an easy centerpiece! Glassware with amber base, amethyst stem, and peridot bowl complements the setting! The Italian tablecloth is made in a shop in Florence and is very good quality for a very reasonable price!
The charcuterie board lends a rustic feel! Detail of the old wood! Simple setting…rattan chargers, white dinner plates, and chevron cotton napkins! My often used resin tortoise flatware! A couple of things I really like about this tablescape…the texture of the rattan chargers mixed with the old wood of the board and secondly the chevron pattern of the napkins juxtaposed with the tablecloth! I love to mix it up! I have ten of these vases which I have used for flowers, candles, and, of course fruit! Practical and inexpensive! Fruit makes a great centerpiece! I will enjoy using this tablecloth on the patio when our outside project is completed! You can see progress here: Backyard Beginnings. What is your favorite way to use lemons?The Details:
Tablecloth and napkins – TJ Maxx
Charcuterie Board-Blackberry Farm
Hurricane vases – Hobby Lobby
Rattan chargers – I don’t remember
White dinner plates – Home Goods
Stemware – Tuesday Morning
Flatware – Horchow.com
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver”
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