One Last Time

white tablescapeWhen I like something, I really like it!  So it is with the collection of white pumpkins and squash that have appeared here and here.  I couldn’t bear to leave them behind so they traveled from Maine to Houston and have found themselves surrounded by all new things.  

tablescapeFor a different look, the pumpkins and squash rest on a glass top table atop two pieces of burlap used as table runners.    Add a bit of fall colored ribbon and candle holders gussied up with the same ribbon and here is a new look using the whites, now sporting a slight yellowish tint, one last time.

tablescapeAdding a little kick to the table is handpainted pottery from Ravello, Italy.   Each plate has a different critter, but what the plates have in common is a touch of orange that goes right with the ribbon.

tablescapeWith such fun pieces on the table, it need not be fussy so nothing more is added except for napkins that again repeat the colors in the ribbon as well as complement the pottery.

 pumpkin tablescapeLight the candles for a soft glow

pumpkin tablescapeand  there you have it, a table using the whites one last time unless, that is,  I decide to do something with them for Christmas.  Think they will last that long?

As I set the table I was thinking about what to have for dinner.  Chicken breasts are in the refrigerator, and with a little cool snap headed this way, I’m getting out the Cuisinart multi cooker to prepare Moroccan Chicken with Couscous.  It’s simple, tasty and fills the house with wonderful aroma as it simmers away.

Moroccan chickenMoroccan Chicken with Couscous

8-10 chicken pieces, bone in

2 T. olive oil

1/2 large yellow onion, chopped

3 bay leaves

5 garlic cloves, minced

1 t. ground cumin

1/2 c. dry white wine

1/2 c. chicken stock

Season chicken with salt and pepper; brown on both sides in hot oil.  Remove and sauté onions, bay leaves and garlic until softened.  Add cumin, 1/2 t. salt,wine and stock.  Transfer to slow cooker and add chicken.  Cover and cook on low setting for about 3 1/2 hours.


Bring 1 1/4 c. chicken stock and 1/2 t. salt to a boil.  Pour hot stock over 1 1/4 c. couscous.  Add 3/4 c. raisins, cover and let stand about 5 minutes or until stock is absorbed.  Fluff with a fork and add 1 can of chickpeas, well drained,  1/2 c. lemon vinaigrette, 1/2 t. cumin and 2 T. chopped parsley.

To serve, mound couscous in the center of a plate, top with chicken, drizzle with pan liquid and top with toasted, sliced almonds.


Combine 1 t. Dijon mustard, 1 T. white wine vinegar, 1 t. lemon zest. 2 T. lemon juice, 1/4 c. olive oil, salt and pepper.

Savor every bite and don’t be surprised if seconds are requested.

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14 thoughts on “One Last Time

  1. Hi Lulu,
    I just love your “Whites”, the tablescape is lovely and the chicken divine! Thank you so much for taking the time during this busy season to share your wonderful post with Full Plate Thursday. Have a wonderful weekend and hope to see you again real soon!
    Miz Helen

  2. Forgot to say thanks so much for sharing with Share Your Cup!

  3. Lulu, I love white pumpkins too! They look so pretty mixed in with the plaid ribbon. The chicken sounds yummy. Pinning to give it a try.

  4. Wonderful posts, love the photographs and recipes.

  5. OH I love your pretty candle light shots and you are making me hungry as well 🙂

  6. If you painted the pumpkins gold, would they last longer? That would look cool for Christmas!

  7. Very pretty table setting. I like t he white pumpkins in the center…

  8. I would have traveled with the gorgeous pumpkins too…the table exquisite and the dish sounds delectable!…Glad you had a safe and fun journey back to Houston…Have a wonderful weekend!!…and p.s. I love the dinnerware!!!

  9. The plates from Ravello reminded me of visits to a wonderful little restaurant there. We spent a few holidays in Amalfi and Positano and would make a point of eating at this place at least once on each visit. All I remember now is a beaded curtain and the charming old lady who ran the place.

  10. I love that photo with the candles lit, your white pumpkins really steal the show there from your gorgeous plates!!

  11. I love those cute white pumpkins, just so beautiful!
    Your table is just gorgeous!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  12. I would love to see what you’d come up with for those pumpkins at Christmas, and the chicken just went on to my menu for next week.

  13. Ha! That is so something I would do, take my pumpkins with me! I am so glad you did, what a great table and those dishes, swoon!!! Gorgeous! Love the ribbon and I do hope your pumpkins last for Christmas, wouldn’t that be a world of opportunity!

  14. What time can I be there? Your table is so beautiful!! Dinner sounds delish! Enjoy every bit! I hope the pumpkins last!!

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