Happiness Is

tableDoesn’t it make you happy when you find something you forgot you had?  That’s what happened when I was going through a drawer of textiles and found this tablecloth purchased in Portugal last year.

tableThe primary colors made me happy, and I looked around the house to find things with those same tones.  I found a birdhouse, chickens and sunflowers that became, if not a matching, a complementary centerpiece with a lighthearted feel.

tableNo problem finding accessories that would work.  There are favorite square black plates from Ikea.tableA perfect addition is new black handled and very inexpensive flatware from Maine’s favorite store, Reny’s.  It’s amazing what can be found there!

tableFrom a favorite store in Camden, JoEllen, are these napkins.  They attracted me because they look handwoven.   For those of you who love French country, these would be perfect, but for today they are Portuguese.

tableThey are tucked into a black napkin ring, and at the last minute I added a sprig of parsley.

tableAdding redrimmed thumbprint glasses finished this table.  One thing led to another meaning it took only minutes to do, and just looking at it makes me happy.  Does that make me easy?

lobsterI can’t resist telling you about the delicious lobster quesadillas that were the starters for the evening meal.

lobsterI had a bit of lobster in the fridge and mixed it with corn, tomatoes, parsley and cheese that was placed on a tomato tortilla, topped with a second tortilla and warmed both sides on a griddle sprayed with Canola oil.

salsaThe warmed through tortilla was then topped with salsa

salsamade with tomato, jalapeño pepper, lime juice and a  generous amount of cilantro.  

Here’s where it gets tricky. I’d been so careful to take photos  every step of the way, but when it got to the finished quesadilla, it disappeared before I could snap even one shot!  Oh well, you can use your imagination both for how it looked and how absolutely delicious it was.

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21 thoughts on “Happiness Is

  1. What a great evening with fabulous food! This is a fantastic recipe and thanks so much for sharing it with us. Hope to see you again real soon at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  2. I am not very good at this table stuff. As a decades long bachelor my glassware, tableware and dishware don’t even match. But will bring lasagna to my daughter’s household today and I think I’ll at least drop by the store to pick up some colorful paper place mats for the table. Oh, see, you’re so inspiring. Big improvement for me.

    1. I’m happy to set the table and welcome anyone who brings food!

  3. I love it when I “re-discover” something…Your table is beautiful and “happy” and I am sure the ones who will eat those great lobster quesadillas will be “happy” too!!!…

  4. Happiness definitely is good food served up on a fun and eye-catching table! Lobster quesadillas? I’ve never had them, but they sound like heaven in a corn tortilla! This is the kind of meal I can appreciate. Of course, we don’t have lobster so readily available here in the middle of the country, but I’ll bet something like this with chicken would be almost as good. (Hey…we’ve learned to make do!) 🙂

    The addition of the parsley sprig was a great move! It livens up the place setting and brings in a little unexpected and colorful organic element. Well done!

  5. Love that tablecloth and what you put on it and fixed to eat. My eyes are happy and my mouth is watering!

  6. I love this whimsical table. The tablecloth is particularly wonderful, and the fact that you went to Portugal has me longing to go as well. Nicely put together, and now you have my mouth watering for lobster quesadillas.

  7. So glad to be back visiting my blog friends. The black does a wonderful job of creating an animated effect for your tablescape. So fun to find those not lost, but carefully stored away treasures. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

  8. A very pretty table! And like you, I often bring linens home as well!

  9. Lovely table! Those quesadilla look great…love the colors in your tablescape.

  10. Your table made me smile…I love it, even if it hadn’t included lobster quesadillas. 😀

    1. I like to think of making you smile. I’m in Houston this weekend and coincidentally there’s a blog conference. I’m attending one day…quite interesting.

  11. I love the way you put so much thought into each meal including the tablescape.
    Your amazing.

  12. “I had a bit of lobster left in the fridge” not something you hear from your friends in Texas! Sounds like a memorable recipe served on a very fun table.

  13. What a lovely Portuguese table! That table cloth is so charming. The roosters are crowing to be included in this table!! OOOOHHH the lobster – my mouth is watering! Talk about taking the humble quesadilla to new heights! And your food photos are stunning! Love it all!

  14. Lovely!

    Sent from my iPhone🌴♻


  15. tslef@earthlink.net Leffler September 25, 2014 — 11:57 am

    One of my favorite tables you’ve done!

  16. Liz @ Infuse With Liz September 25, 2014 — 11:37 am

    Wow that is a great tablecloth! Love the bright colors and how you did the napkins! The quesadillas look mighty good!

  17. That cloth is crazy cute Lulu! But really lobster quesadillas, you are killin’ me here!! I quite understand the disappearance!

  18. I am a total primary color girl!! Love that setting it’s beautiful. I have to tell you with 2 kids and only a kitchenette area in our house (no dining room), I have never decorated our table as it’s used all day long for homework, computer time, eating, etc. But I was shopping at Kirklands (a home good store) and I bought my first ever table runner!! Yesterday while doing homework the kids folded it to the middle and after dinner I placed it back on and later making lunches after everyone was in bed I looked at it and thought to myself…this makes me happy!!! I may sneak back and get a rustic candle to put on it 🙂

  19. You shall miss those tasty critters from Maine well unless you two have them shipped all winter long 🙂

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