Saturday, February 26, 2011

Hurray for the Weekend!


Friday night found us worn out from a frenzied week.  And... it was our night to host our church's Supper with Friends.  But, as I moved through preparing the food and setting the table... the stresses of the week began to melt away... I do enjoy a good meal with friends.   


Mixed Greens with Oranges, Blueberries, Dried Cherries, Candied Walnuts and Feta Cheese
with a Raspberry-Orange Balsamic Vinaigrette
Braised Brisket
from Ree Drummond's Pioneer Woman Cooks
(my friend, Kathy, gave me this book.  thank you, Kathy!)
Creamed Mashed Potatoes
PW Cooks
 Peas with Onions and Mint
Rue Tatin Sweet Crescent Rolls
Chocolate Delight Ribbon Cake


I tried four new recipes and OH, MY GOODNESS!  I loved them all; but, Mary's minted peas and crescent rolls were my hands down favorites!!  Those peas tasted like Spring!!  Amazing. Her One Perfect Bite did inspire more than One Perfect Bite to be exact.


The Braised Brisket was really good, too.  And, it might have been even better when we heated up leftovers for a late lunch today.  The potatoes were creamy and rich.  So, all four new recipes were big keepers and will be repeated here at the Bungalow.


I love old silver... mixed dishes... simple wood...


Shiny glass beads... a glass of good wine...


Festive new drinks...


And hot coffee with my dessert...


And, today... I finally had time to paint a little... and to blog... to do the fun things I enjoy... =) 
Gotta love the weekend!
Hope you are doing some fun things, too!

36 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Tanna, it is so nice to get to see inside your home. It is beautiful. I love that cupboard. What a pretty table and the food sounds wonderful. We need recipes.

linda said...

What a gorgeous home you have my dear! Just beautiful! I have alot of the jewel tone colors in my home also.

It sounds like your dinner party was a complete success, and the recipes delicious! I've never tried any PW recipes and think I'm missing out. I need to pick up her book soon.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Mary's recipes are linked in the post! Try them!! Yum!

Wanda said...

Beautiful Bungalow...lovey table, scrumpious food, good friends, new recipes that turn out perfect...What a lovely tour of your home and table. I have to agree, I love mixed dishes, and old silver.

Glad you had time to paint a little. I got my Theme Tuesday for Mr. Toast done yesterday. Yeah ahead of time, it not due until March 1st.

Dana said...

Your pictures are great! Wish I had been there for dinner. Sounds YUMMY! Your house looks beautiful and I LOVE pioneer woman recipes!

Susan said...

Praise the Lord!! That was one fantastic church dinner. Mary's peas are on my list!! Real comfy, homey setting!!

Artist Terri Smith said...

Sweet Tanna..What A Gorgeous Setting! And That Menu..Goodness Gracious Alive! Your Dining Area Is Sensational! Looks Like A Page Straight Out Of "House Beautiful"! So Happy You Had Some Time To Paint Too! Creating Changes The Entire Day! Thanks For Dropping By My Place Earlier! Your Generous Words Encourage Me More Than You Know. Have A Wonderful Week! Hugs, Terri

Amanda said...

Hmm. I'm trying to decide if I'm more jealous of the people who got to come eat that fabulous meal with you or those photographs you took! The menu and the table setting sure did make me homesick. You always have a way of making your guests feel special to be dining with you. I love that about being home with you.

I must know (1) which lens(es) you used to get your photos (2) how you got the light to look so bright and (3) did you do any retouching. On the agenda when we talk next. Love you!!

The Little Adventures of LueLee said...

Before I write let me wipe the Drool from the side of my mouth hehe you talking about all of the new dishes made my mouth water... yuuummmmmmmmmmmy :)

Well I am glad to see that the weekend has been great I have other news, The little dress is now in a BIG Cedar chest for the far future :) and its the only thing in there mom says :) Thank you soooo sooo sooo much for bringing it down :) I enjoyed getting to see yall and wish we lived closer so it can happen more :)

xoxoxoxoxxoox Love you!!!

Debbie said...

Your table looked so pretty. I really like that china pattern and I don't think I've see it before. I agree; eating with friends is very pleasant and I don't think I do it often enough now that our kids are gone. I think I've gotten a little lazy! All this space, and not a clue. :D Delish menu!

Chatty Crone said...

Glad you were able to live and enjoy and breathe. It was breathe takingly beautiful. Sandie

Along A Widowed Road said...

I just love your blog. I live through all you gals that are married and get to host dinner parties. Ahhhahhh to be married again.
Your dinner menu sounds fantastic I hope everyone enjoyed their food.
I too love being in the kitchen cooking, I get taken away preparing a meal I know will feed everything and they will enjoy.

Have a terrific rest of the weekend.

Viola

Christine said...

You have a great way of honoring your guests!
Your table, food and especially your gracious hospitality.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Vickie said...

Tanna, your home is lovely! I just love those old craftsman style homes! All those recipes sounded wonderful and I know your church group thought they were dining in high style! Have a wonderful weekend!

From the Kitchen said...

We travel in the same culinary circle (although you didn't invite me to that wonderful dinner) and I have Mary's pea recipe sitting in front of me right now.

I love seeing more of your bungalow!! Beautiful setting, beautiful table and delicious menu.

Best,
Bonnie

Deb said...

Tanna I bet your guests did not want to leave..everything looks beautiful...and the food I could almost taste myself...

Snappy Di said...

What fabulous looking dining chairs! Your blog is beautiful and I'm glad a took a few moments and stopped by.

Di

Katie said...

Sounds delish!! And, your table setting is beautiful!

nanny said...

Your table is exquisite! The menu is shall I say...to die for! I love the brisket and the mashed potato recipes....now I have to have Mary's peas and crescent rolls. (I'll have to eat the peas alone...(no green on husbands' plate) but that doesn't sound like a bad thing to do....they look wonderful! Aren't fellow bloggers recipes so great? I trust them as tried and perfect!
I'm with Amanda, your pictures are so bright and clear! Good Job!

momneverstops said...

Beatiful Table - love the centerpiece. I am glad you had fun cooking for friends and now have time to relax for you.

Have a great week!

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Tanna,
What a beautiful glimpse into your bungalow! Your table is gorgeous and the food sounds delicious! So nice to be able to share in your evening via blogging!
Best,
Susan

Katherine said...

What a fun night you guys must have had...the table settings, the decorations, the menu. All perfect. But I expect nothing less from you...you do it all so very well!! :-) Glad you enjoyed how all the new recipes turned out. And glad you enjoyed your weekend so much. That's what it's all about!

Solar Powered said...

This just made me happy...almost like I was there :) I'm drooling over your house - love it!

Stacey said...

I have to say your house is just gorgeous! Everything looks so nice and inviting. I am sure a good time was had by all.

Debbie said...

Ok, yep, I'm coming...maybe for the azaleas, too. Set a plate for me! It's all just too tempting! :)

Lauri said...

WOW!! That sounds a like a dinner to die for! Just add "awesome dinner hostess" and "tablescape designer" to your long and growing list of talents that never cease to amaze me!

Jill said...

Oh Tanna! Eating a meal at your house is TEN TIMES better than a restaurant! You think of everything! It is refreshing to look at EACH photo! I am with Nanny...getting recipes from fellow bloggers is a PLUS...tried and true. I have PW Cooks but will have to try the other links you gave!
YUM! Thanks for sharing in all the fun. GORGEOUS!

Mary said...

This is beautiful. Every frame of it. Your home, your table and your food are a delight to the eye and I'm sure your friends had a wonderful time. Thank you for the link and your kind words. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Catherine said...

Your table looks exquisite and the food sounds wonderful and perfect. Mary does have a beautiful blog, I agree. Blessings, Catherine

Carol............. said...

Well, I am totally impressed...what a gorgeous dining room and setting. Your menu sounds delicious.....invite me next time!!! LOL

Have a good week.

theUngourmet said...

Your table settings are just gorgeous and the menu sounds divine...especially the minted peas. I hope you are having a lovely week as well. ;)

Tammie said...

Your photos are absolutely gorgeous! they should be in Southern living! Y'all have lots to pick from to paint!

Tammie

podso said...

Tanna--Oh my how did I miss this post? I've been busy with a deadline I guess. What a treat to enter your home and "sit" at your beautiful table! All so lovely. And the food sounds great ... you are brave to try new recipes on guests...I can if they are really good friends, but often I need to practice first. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend, and now another is ahead of us, Have a good one!

dotsie

podso said...

P.S. I took a closer look at your candlesticks --they must be vintage, as I just got the same ones--or very similar--from Mom and I believe she got them for a wedding present 68 years ago,

Velva said...

This is absolutely the best way to melt away the week's stresses by sharing a meal with friends. There is something very rejuvenating when you sit down with family/friends and share a grace of a meal together.

Velva

Sandy said...

Wow, what a beautiful home and your menu...and...

I will eventually get through your archives. I love your blog.

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