Friday, May 21, 2010

Evening Sun Dishes and Dinner

I moved to Georgia less than two months ago. Since I arrived I've been busy unpacking boxes and trying to get everything to fit in my new SMALLER space. Needless to say, I'm sick of unpacking and I'm sick of boxes, bubble wrap and those annoying Styrofoam peanuts that have a life of their own. I'm sick of breaking down the boxes and dragging them out for the recycling guy each week. With that said you'd think that when this arrived at my door yesterday, I would have run screaming into the woods.

Well, you may think this, but you'd be wrong. I was waiting for this box; I was eagerly anticipating its arrival. See, I even had a spot ready for its contents.

What could it be, you ask? After fighting with the best-wrapped box I've ever seen, this is what was revealed:

Yes, these are the hand-painted Pfaltzgraff dishes I won from Cindy @ Applestone Cottage's Giveaway! When I saw the photo of them on her blog I thought they were gorgeous, but as I unpacked them, one word came to mind — LUSCIOUS. The name of this collection is Evening Sun and the colors are just that — the reds, oranges, yellows and golds of a setting sun and all ya'll know how much I love sunsets. The other thing I love is Earthenware. As a young bride, while all my friends were signing up for china patterns, I was registering for Franciscan Earthenware in the Sundance pattern.

Don't they look luscious? And they're mine I tell you, they're all mine!

Thank you Cindy, so much!

Your taste is impeccable and I am thrilled with my dishes! I love dishes and having a new set for my new place is just a wonderful feeling. This place is slowly starting to feel like home and this gift has made it even more special.

Just look at these bowls…

…and the mugs! Can I tell you how much I adore these mugs? They have a real girth to them and I could already picture myself sittin' out on the front porch with a mug full of my Chicken Chili My Soul and a big, ol' slice of cornbread. Or I could be on the back porch with a latte and a chocolate chip scone, watching the sunrise.

I quickly washed these lovelies, so that I could use them that very evening. One of the things I decided about my new place is that I want it to be very casual with a cottage feel. Since the eating area of my kitchen doesn't have a window, I put my kitchen table in the front window. Sounds a little weird I know, but hey, it works for me. In the evening I can sit on the right and watch the Cardinals in my birdfeeder. If I sit on the right, I can see the sunset when I have dinner on the late side.

The bowls made perfect serving dishes for my pineapple coleslaw and mashed Yukon Gold potatoes; don't you just love their buttery taste?

I know I was bad, but I was really in the mood for hush puppies, so I whipped up a few.

I added a piece of grilled chicken that I had rubbed with fresh garlic and a little sea salt, let set in the fridge for a few hours and then marinated it in Lawry's Caribbean Jerk Sauce with papaya juice. Mmmm…moist and bursting with flavor.

As I was unpacking these dishes I noticed that the colors in the pattern perfectly matched this picture that hangs above the table in my kitchen (you can see the corner of it in the upper left area of the photo with the box).

I love this piece of art; I call it skinny girls. They look so graceful as they walk the beach at sunset with their umbrellas. (Note: Please excuse the reflection of my camera and my hand in the glass.)

After doing up the dishes and getting everything in its new home, I went outside to watch the sunset. Now a couple of nights ago, the setting sun looked like this:

Last night it looked like this:

It was as if the sky was reflecting the colors in my dishes!

So, here are the dishes, filling up the space I made for them on my pine shelves.

Pineapple Coleslaw

  • 1 1/2 cups non-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)
  • 4 teaspoons celery seed
Whisk together well.

  • 1 package tri-color coleslaw from produce department (or 1 small head cabbage)
  • 12 baby carrots, shredded (I love carrots) 
  • 2-8 ounce can pineapple tidbits
Mix slaw and carrots together. I then put it all on the cutting board and chop it fine (think KFC). Add pineapple tidbits and dressing, mix well. Chill for at least two hours, but longer is even better.

Now you think that would be the end of this post wouldn't you? Sorry, you're wrong. As I retired for the evening, I was in the mood for a little snack. Since I didn't get to go to Crooked River last weekend, I still wanted to get back to Michael's book, Mermaids In The Basement. Strawberries and Mint-Chocolate Cookies served on my new plate and a wonderful novel were a perfect ending for such a fabulous day.

Want to make your day fabulous? Then get on over to Michael's @ Designs By Gollum and see who else is participating in Foodie Friday this week.

21 Thoughtful Comments:

Loui♥ said...

G'morning Shelle!
I so wanted to win those dishes..
but I'm even happier knowing they found the perfect home!With YOU!
this was such a super post!
made my heart sing!
have a beautiful day!
warmest hugs..laughing smiles to!
ps? Crooked River in Fla?
My daddy and I used to fish there!♥

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

They look fabulous there Shelle!! I think they found the perfect home. What a beautiful post! I loved those dishes so much and you have really showed them off beautifully! And, your food looks fabulous! I think you are a very good cook cause those hush puppies are calling me! Thanks for sharing and I am so happy they made it to you safely. They fit so perfect at the Tiki Hut! (58 hours of labor) that's tough!
Hugs and Happy Weekend,

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

Congrats on your great win -love the dishes, have orange here and there in my house as well, such a cheerful color! Enjoy!!

rjerdee said...

Wow, you hit the jackpot!!! What a generous giveaway! You've been a winner quite regularly this month!

Have a great weekend and I'm glad to see you settle the idea of sunsets at your table in the living room. Smart girl.

The Fajdich Times said...

Love the new dishes! The Pineapple Coleslaw sounds so summery. Have a great weekend. I hope to enjoy some warmer wheather hear in's going to be in the 90's:)

Lori E said...

They really are a ray of sunshine aren't they. Glad you won them. Someone who really appreciates their beauty.
You skinny girls do fit right in with the design on the dishes. See it was meant to be.
Have a great weekend.

susan said...

I am sure that was one box you did not mind unpacking! Great prize from Cindy! I love the colors and they do look like the sunset! I also love your title for the art :) Pinapple sounds like a good added kick for the cole slaw!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I am absolutely thrilled for you that you won those dishes! They are SO cute! :-)

And your meal looks delicious.

I am going to call you soon. I had a pretty bad fall, and I'm still recuperating. One day at a time.


Sheila :-)

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

Ha - you've never seen a package wrapped one of my family members. She lives in the city and is convinced everyone who comes in contact with her packages will automatically be tempted to open them, so she literally wraps every inch of cardboard with tape. You need a degree to open them when they finally arrive.


PS - love all your wonderful dishes!

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Wow, I don't know what is more beautiful, the sunset or the dishes, they were made for each other. Thanks for the coleslaw recipe it sounds fantastic.

Kat said...

Congratulations! I love those dishes, the colors are beautiful. Sounds like you are getting settled in, how wonderful to see those amazing sunsets. Will have to give the coleslaw recipe a try, it sounds great! Kathy

RottenMom said...

Oh, the dishes are beautiful!

I love this post, the dishes, the slaw recipe, the sunset, the happiness!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

I'm lovin your dishes and I am so hungry, that pineapply coleslaw looks yummy! I like your organized pantry shelves too, great storage and pretty too.


Alice In Wonderland Rocks said...

So pretty,love the design,never seen anything like them. And now I'm hungry :) The food like so yummy!!! )

Jane said...

The color of these dishes...and the so "you"! Congratulations! I have to say, those sunset photos are exquisite!
Glad to see that you are settling into your new life in St Mary's. It is a lovely area...

Thanks for your sweet that I am not seeing swirling colors behind my eyes, I can finally get back to my painting (without the Jackson Pollock style!).
Have a special weekend...
Jane (artfully graced)

gayle said...

You were so lucky to win those dishes!! I just love them!! You did a great job arranging them and posting!! Love all your pictures!!

Magdalena said...

Dear Shellbelle, I am so happy you have that beautiful new set of dishes to enjoy in your new home! They are gorgeous, pure sunshine. I love the pictures of the sunset and your shelves and table look great set up the way you have them. I love your idea of putting your table near the window. It is fun to mix it up. All your food looks delicious and the coleslaw sounds amazing.
I hope all is well and you are taking a few minutes to rest and relax
Much Love

Aimee said...

Those dishes are gorgeous. Arent you super lucky? They fit perfectly in with your kitchen.

Food looks yummy. I am jealous

Lillian Robinson said...

It's like she hand-picked the style and color just for you! Congrats on winning. It was a perfect house-warming gift.

I remember moving into my ranch in the burbs. Every treasure I unpacked matched its new surroundings perfectly. I knew I was home.

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Hi Shellebelle! :) How have I never been over here? Thanks for stopping by today!
(Great dishes you won!)

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hey Rhonda
Well you lucky girl.. a bit of sunshine in your new home.. and you are right!! they are luscious!!! and such a generous giveaway win.. but worthy of you my dear!!! I can just see you sitting at your breakfast table and enjoying these colours to start the day... Have a wonderful week xx Julie

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