Easter was last sunday and here's my little teeny table set for 6.
i did add glassware, silverware and removed the centerpiece for dinner. : )
my china cupboard is right behind the table, so we just passed the food
and then set it all back there.
it was cozy, that's for sure~
i bought deep pink ranunculus this week, but am on the lookout for the
soft pink ones that are my all time favorites.
i hold on to ranunculus till they are just petals on the table because.....
they just get prettier and prettier for days, swaying and drooping poetically.
now, the food. i don't like to cook right, so i asked lars if he'd like to
make the meal. (he does like to cook). i said i'd clean the house and
set the table and be his sous-chef.
he was up to the challenge and decided to make prime rib for the first time,
accompanied by mashed potatoes and gravy, roasted asparagus, ciabatta rolls and a
lemon torte for dessert.
(my manly-man-hunter-gatherer husband likes to make fancy desserts)
: ) for reals.
he baked a yellow cake and cooled it. then he made lemon pudding. a lot of
lemon pudding and cooled that, and then the construction began.
the sous-chef rustled up a pretty platter and lars cut cake to size and started
layering cake and lemon filling.
he got it 3 layers high, (i forgot to take a photo- HEY, don't judge, i was
setting the table and making a pasta salad). things started to slide, so he
refrigerated it and hoped it would set up.
well~~~~~~ it didn't.
he handled it like a champ. he took one look at it coming apart in the fridge,
and said "ok, i'm mad, get me a bowl- it's going to be a trifle"
i was trying hard not to laugh, but of course i did, but we both knew
it was going to taste amazing anyway, so he scooped it all
into a bowl and whipped fresh cream for the top and moved on.
(it was delicious by the way).
there was no horseradish in the trifle. that my friends was for the meat.
the head chef consulted with a butcher at lunds/byerlys about how to
best prepare prime rib and it started with a rub.
then it rested...(and so did he). what followed was a carefully
orchestrated roasting. you start with a very hot oven to get a crust on the
roast, then reduce the heat and cook slower to a precise temperature.
you don't want to screw this up.
the verdict was that the meat was done to perfection. good job hon~
i forgot to take photos when everyone was in the kitchen, but here's the lone one of
3 of the kids. chris was here too- i promise. eric wasn't.
sweet sarah brought me this beautiful bouquet and chris and adria
brought shrimp cocktail for everyone.
later in the day, cole worked on projects in the garage. sarah calls them
his "dad jobs". she patiently hung out till he was done with a shelf he made
for liquor bottles & mason jar glasses, then she got busy and wowed
me with her painting skills to finish it off.
cole's also making cool state maps from weathered pallet wood.
i'm in charge of marketing for him, so let me know if you want one!
they are 24" tall and can be stained, painted or left weathered.
you can also have a favorite location marked on them with a
heart or star.
before i end this, i have to show you the table and chairs i
found free at a drop off site last week.
two friends and i were driving out in the country to tour a remodeled farm house
and a parade home, and i saw all this furniture piled by one
of those metal dumpster deals that are for clothing and shoes.
i said "sorry girls, but i just have to swing in and see what all this
stuff is". being the junker i am- i decided to squeeze as
many chairs in my small jeep as we could.
3 fit- 4 was a stretch, but i thought 4 matching
chairs would be useful for one of my kids. lol
well, my big hearted friend cindy immediately said,
"we'll go home and get my van and come back for the table
and the rest of the chairs." she wouldn't take no for an
answer-- i felt bad because it was about 30 minutes from home,
but she said she didn't mind (bless, bless, bless her!) and so we came home,
dropped off my car, got hers and headed back and
praise Jesus, it was all still there!
can you even stand it? there are 8 chairs and two more boards
for the table too.
it's too big for my dining room, but it's going to be great for ad and chris.
it needs a fresh finish on the top of the table but otherwise it's in really
one man's junk is another man's treasure, right? what a fun find!
*hey! anyone need a box spring? free! please?
doesn't spring feel great? i had the windows open today and i raked
off one of my gardens. there are all kinds of bulbs peeking up
through the hard soil . i have a lot of yard work to do and i can't wait.
with adria's wedding last spring i was a slacker about the gardens both here and
up north, but i intend to get them shaped up this year. : )
it's so great how even if i neglect them, the perennials still come up and
bloom and it all just makes me happy.
have a good week,