Lazy Summer Days, Raindrops and Sunflowers!
Yes, it is still Summer but the days are waning fast….and I think I have a sunny tablescape to illustrate just that.
I am seeing more and more signs of late summer and a slow ease into Fall!
Here in Florida, we are still getting the daily raindrop or two, usually in the late afternoon.
My dear readers, I must say it is a heavenly respite from the heat of the sun…as the cool breezes that accompany the rain, gently caressing my skin. The gentle rains really do feel good, it is the torrential downpours that really dampen one’s spirits. 🙂
But for today, it is sunny skies and prevailing winds with this sunflower tablescape!
Afternoon rains (or monsoons as they call them here in Florida) leave these little puddles of water, which remind me of my childhood days…when the need to jump and splash in each puddle was a necessary child-hood compulsion. I mean, you just had to jump in them! Right?
The birds love the puddles of water and it is enjoyable for me to watch as the mockingbirds do their own splashing, fluffing their wings and feathers.
As I put the tablescape together, I remembered the four little bird figurines that I had purchased over a year ago from an on-line shop.
I thought they were so cute with their little yellow raincoats and rainboots….and my fingers uncontrollably clicked on the “buy” button before I could give the purchase another thought. 🙂
However, all four of them sat on the shelf in my dish pantry, one of them holding his umbrella in anticipation…waiting for the perfect Summer rain and the perfect tablescape!
And here it was!
The perfect day with the rain lasting about 20 minutes…. as I excitedly pulled dishes from my dish pantry.
Centerpiece? Why sunflowers of course….if I was going to capture my puddle splashing activities of my youth, Kansas sunflowers had to be in the mix, along with my sunflower salad plates.
Yellow bamboo flatware and “loopy” woven chargers…..started the stack of plates.
and sunflower drinking glasses were quickly added to the tablescape.
I tucked bright yellow napkins between the white dinner plates and the salad plates for a more casual look, no napkin rings needed.
And then I carefully placed my little raincoated birds around the white ironstone vase holding the sunflowers.
One little bird is holding the umbrella while two of the birds are drinking hot chocolate and the last little bird….well, he appears to be getting ready to jump into a rain puddle! His wings are held back and I am sure he sees a puddle somewhere just waiting for his little yellow rain boots.
Perfect in my mind and eye…..nothing too fancy, just a simple little tablescape that makes me smile.
The simple things…that is what life is all about isn’t it?
And speaking of simple things….I also have a simple recipe that has been around for years and years.
Comfort food at it’s best, recipe below.
Have a great and blessed day!
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- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1/2 cup of chopped onion
- salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 small can of green sweet peas (drained)
- grated cheese for garnish (optional)
- Mashed potatoes
- Brown the ground beef and onion until no longer pink. Drain if there is excess grease from cooking the ground beef.
- Melt the butter and stir in the flour to make a roux or paste. Cook for about a minute to rid the gravy of the flour taste and add the milk.
- Stir the gravy as it thickens, adding more milk if wanting a thinner gravy
- Add the drained peas just before serving
- Pour the hamburger gravy over the mashed potatoes and add grated cheese.
- Serve with fresh sliced tomatoes or a garden salad
- There are many variations of this recipe. If you want a Mexican flavor, add 1 tablespoon taco seasoning...if you don't like onion, leave it out. Some prefer a brown gravy rather than a cream gravy....and you can vary the veggie to whatever you have on hand. The sky is the limit.