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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Pumpkin hues

Welcome to another Tablescape Tuesday...hosted by the always gracious Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch.

This is a table I did this weekend...it was just hubby & I for dinner but I didn't care.... I was in the mood to have a nice meal @ a nice table. I loved the shabby chic elegance of this table! I love the pumpkin hues w/ the white, I love the glam & I love the vintage feel. The candelabras were a garage sale find that I painted. You can see a before shot here . I still need to "bejewel" them but they look pretty good bare too.

I bought these pumpkin-hued plates last year, while antiqueing w / my father. Then I brought them home, stuck them in a cabinet & forgot about them. Sometimes cleaning out my closets & cabinets can be like Christmas....I am always finding things I had forgotten allll about! I've never been able to determine the maker but they're depression glass of some kind, I think. The scalloped plates are Sauvignon in Blanc de Blanc pattern (thrift store find) & the chargers are Lace (I got them through JCPenney.com). The goblets are Noritake but I don't know the pattern (another thrift store find...8 for $10!!!).

The mirror I "stole" from my entry wall. LOL


Recognize this guy? I posted about him in my previous post. I just love him!



For dinner, hubby & I had a wonderful, seasonal meal....Caramel Apple Pork Chops (don't let the name throw you off...they're wonderful!) & roasted acorn squash...the sauce from the chops is great on the squash too so they go great together. And look! All pumpkin hues going on in the plate too....am I weird or what? ;o) I wish y'all could have joined us for dinner!



Caramel Apple Pork Chops is an allrecipes recipe that I have greatly modified so this version is my own.

4 (3/4 inch) thick pork chops
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 tablespoons brown sugar
garlic powder
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 med. onion, chopped
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tart apples - peeled, cored and sliced
3 tablespoons pecans (optional)
Turn oven to 350°. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brush chops lightly with oil, sprinkle both sides w/ garlic powder, salt & pepper and place in hot pan. Sear quickly, on both sides. Transfer to baking dish & set aside. Saute onions & apples in half the butter until onions are just tender. Add the rest of the butter & the brown sugar, salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg to apples & onions in skillet, stir in brown sugar mixture and vinegar. Cook quickly until brown sugar is dissolved then spoon apples, onions & sauce over chops. Cover w/ foil & bake for 30 minutes, remove foil & bake for another 10 minutes. Sprinkle w/ pecans, if desired.

Stop in @ Susan's to see all the other lovely tables!

28 comments:

HoneyB said...

Beautiful! The chops look yummy too!

bj said...

What a delightful and romantic table for you and your sweetie.
I especially love those candle holders..just beautiful

Somewhere In Time- Christie (yardsalequeen) said...

Beautiful table setting...very sweet, everything looks wonderful and yummy!
xoxo,
Queenie

Stacey said...

Very pretty. Romance at it's best.

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Beautiful! I LOVE your candle holders! They are amazing! ~Rhonda :)

brettinsky said...

Those candelabras are stunning! And those little glass covers for your mini pumpkins are too cute!

I am hosting a Trim the Tree Thursday to show off everyones holiday decor-all holidays not just Christmas-if you want to join just comment me on my blog!

ann said...

AND THERE'S YOUR LITTLE MAN.SO PRETTY.NICELY DONE.AND THAT DINNER MADE ME SO HUNGRY.I WILL HAVE TO TRY IT.YUMMM...ANN

ellen b said...

The mirror is a genius idea. I like it. The golden dishes on the white look very nice! Enjoy...

Somewhere In Time- Christie (yardsalequeen) said...

Hey Cami!
Thanks so much for stopping over with your encouragement and thank you for sharing your story with me, it made me feel better to know I wasn't alone in what had happened to me. Hope you have a great day...I am gonna make it the best it can be!
xoxo,
Queenie

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Wow, simply gorgeous. Thanks for visiting my blog today and I truly enjoyed your creative ideas and pics. Especially enjoyed the recipe. Until we blog again, Rita

ceekay said...

Hi Cami...your table is beautiful. I had to read the part of forgetting what you had to my hubby...he said, boy that sounds familiar! Looks like you both had a wonderful quiet meal together.

Susan (Moonlight and Magnolias on RMS) said...

Cami...love your table! Very romantic and I just love the white china with those great chargers! Everything is just beautiful...great recipe, too! Susan

Shelia said...

Hi Cami! Oh, what a beautiful table you've set! Your candlelabras are so lovely. I went and looked how they were and they look completely different painted white. You're good. Now those dishes - the little amber ones just fit perfectly with your other ones, which are equally beautiful!! Yummy, how special for your hubby to be treated to such a nice table with scrumptious food!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

MizSmoochieLips said...

Beautiful table-scape! All your tables (and meals) look delicious all the time! I am sooo going to drop in at dinner time one of these years. =]

MizSmoochieLips said...

Beautiful table-scape! All your tables (and meals) look delicious all the time! I am sooo going to drop in at dinner time one of these years. =]

Miss Janice said...

I love the chic romantic autumn look of this table. Everything is lovely. The recipe sounds delicious. I will drop in again.
Miss Janice

Liz said...

What a very pretty table! That recipe looks delish! I love the little domes on each plate!

~Liz~

salmagundi said...

Oh, this looks so good to eat, plus your table is wonderful! Sally

Carrie said...

Very lovely table setting...the food looks great too.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Pretty table and those pork chops sound delicious!

Bo said...

Hi there...Oh, my...I want those chargers & your candelabras!! I just found those chargers online at JCP...and didn't order them because you never know if they will look that great in "person"...
but wow, after seeing them in your Tablescape...I'll have to rethink that idea! LOVE this! ;-) Bo

Melissa Miller said...

The mirror is so beautiful. Lovely job!

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

What a lovely table and boy do those pork chops sound so yummy!!

Hugs,
Dena

laurie said...

Those candelabras look so romantic and beautiful with white paint, and I love the mirror on the table, reflecting the pretty candles. Lovely tablescape. laurie

tardevil said...

And a recipe to boot...we must be really special. The food looks good. Your table is BEAUTIFUL...I like it all. The candleabra is gorgeous, and I love the pumpkin colors & beautiful plates...especially the glass ones. And how lucky are you to have your dad to go tikin' w/ you? If my dad went with me, I would think the world was coming to an end!!! :O) My mom...now that's another story!

Glenda said...

I think your candelabrum can out extremely well sans jewels. Whatever you have under the dome on the salad plate looks luscious.
Thanks for the recipe.

Debbie said...

Okay this is a little funny. I have almost that same arrangement of candles in my kitchen on a glass tray. I even have the matching sherbet glass with a candle in it (found it at a thrift store last month during my Halloween Blog Party)
Talk about creative minds crossing paths I am going to set my vintage figurine next to it. Right now I have a one only vintage turkey salt shaker sitting in the grouping. LOL what a coincidence. Deb

imjacobsmom said...

Thanks for the delish recipe and I love your tablescape. Isn't it fun to "find" things you forgot you had. And your bargains are fab. ~ Robyn