Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Quiet Valentine's Day Dinner

I hope you all had a wonderful and romantic Valentine's Day! I am finally back home from almost 2 months of spending time with the ever growing grandkids but I am still in a daze, not from the trip but from coming home and walking into a war zone! Yep, I guess 2 months of being away and leaving a man alone will do that to your house. But that is another story. I am sorry if I have not visited you yet but I have been cleaning non stop until my back cannot take it anymore. I thought I would take a break and post my tablescape, which I did while on a break too.

John and I had a quiet dinner at home. I did a quick dinner fix cause I was too tired to go out and too tired to cook something fancy. I had a frozen chicken stuffed with boudin in the freezer, which I bought from a Cajun market before I left for Florida, so I baked that and cooked some corn. Our fridge is empty. John throws everything out when I am away for a prolonged time and I have not had time to go grocery shopping, Luckily, one of  his patients gave him a bag of sweet potatoes so I baked some of that too. And good thing he left the freezer alone, one of the few places that he did not touch in the house. He probably would have if I extended my absence for another week.

For my place setting, I started with a basket weaved hot pink heart shaped placemats that I bought from HG in Fort Myers and the pale pink salad plates, also from there. The pierced plate charger came from Ebay, one of a few packages that came in while I was gone. Did I say few? LOL! I will tell you more about that later. They are made in Portugal. The dinner plates, I have had for a while. They were just convenient for me to use cause they were in a bin that was sitting on the kitchen floor. Nope! I have not unpacked the dishes that I stored in bins before my trip, to prepare for the replacement of our floors, which by the way is 95% all done. I will show you a room on Monday for MM.
 I could not decide which napkin holder to use so I used both, a brass with pierced heart and pink and red beaded ones. I also bought the "love" napkins form HG.
 John gave me this teddy bear for Valentine. Last year, he overwhelmed me with presents. This year, I got this precious teddy and overwhelming packages that I picked myself. He did not buy them but he is paying for them, ha!ha!
 Do you see the jar with tulle and a bow with a rose in the foreground? I made those for my stepdaughter's wedding favors. The jars are filled with honey. I kept 2 of them.
 And here is the table without the food. I set it for 4 even though it was just the 2 of us who ate.

While I was gone, I went on an uncontrollable shopping spree on line. John moved all the boxes to the kids' guest room because there was no room left in the living room and foyer. We hired someone to help me open and empty the boxes for 2 days and here are some of the empty boxes, just so you would know what I meant by overwhelming, lol. I couldn't even get all the boxes in the picture and if you look closely, smaller boxes are piled up in bigger ones to make room.
Thank you so much for stopping by. I will try to visit soon. I am probably 50% done in putting stuff  away but I stilll have to work on putting dishes back in china cabinets. It is a lot of work but the floors turned out beautifully.
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