From The Bottom of The Stack

Vietnam tableDo you have things that find their way to the bottom of a stack and rarely see the light of day?  That often happens at my house, so today I wanted to go through and find something  remembered and seldom used.  That’s how the table runner and accessories from a visit to Viet Nam two years ago found their way to the table.  I like both because they were purchased at a state run facility where products were made by physically or mentally impaired people who could be taught to work with their hands.

Vietnam tableAs are most of my tables, this one will be simple for a week night dinner with friends.  Wannabe Fiesta plates and orange placemats are chosen to complement the accessories

Vietnam tableand blue stems, a daughter’s wedding present in my temporary care, are perfect for the blues in the runner.

Vietnam tableWith azaleas being in full bloom, I couldn’t resist gathering a few and putting them in little terra cotta pieces that are from Italy.  Hmmm, is this table now taking on an international flavor?

Vietnam tableThat’s it, simple, warm and inviting for a week night supper.  Oh, and did I mention that the candle holders with their French flair are from Target?

For dinner, I’m thinking we’ll have Vietnamese chicken curry with a salad I’m making up.  I don’t think it’s Vietnamese, but it will work.  See what you think.

Edamame/chickpea saladEdamame/Chickpea Salad

1 pkg. frozen edamame prepared as directed on the package

1 can chickpeas rinsed and drained

1 c. cherry tomatoes, sliced in half

1/2 c. sliced black olives

1/2 c. chopped red onion

1 c. artichoke hearts quartered

salt and pepper to taste

vinegarette dressing

Mix all ingredients together.  Add dressing to taste and refrigerate for an hour or so to let flavors blend.

That’s all there is to it and from the sample I tasted it’s pretty good and would be an unexpected side for other menus.

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18 thoughts on “From The Bottom of The Stack

  1. Yes, this happens to me all the time and I love your colorful table!

  2. That salad looks delicious and perfect to go with your colorful table! Love the Azalea blossoms! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  3. Hi Lulu,
    Your table settings are always so special and this salad looks fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. You are the best when it comes to acknowledging participation in your party. Thank you.

  4. Looks like a great table setting Lulu, do like the story of how the table runner came to be.

  5. A colorful and fun table! Love it! Makes me smile! I also love that you buy to help others. I do the same thing!
    Blessings My Friend,

    1. Thank you, Elaine. I was quite impressed by the opportunity in Vietnam. I just hope they were fairly rewarded and not taken advantage of.

  6. Your tablescape looks lovely with it’s international flair. The blue wine glasses are perfect with the table runner. The salad sounds very tasty too. After having spent the better part of this afternoon looking through a dozen or so containers of table linens to try and find my yellow placemats I am ready to ditch at least half of my linen collection as soon as possible.

    1. Going through my drawer I realized that it not only needed to be organized but pared down!

  7. Always love the stories behind your table settings.

    1. Thank you, Diane. Most of what I own does have a story.

  8. Your table is so colorful and definitely has an Asian flair. I may try this salad…I’m venturing out of the ordinary.

    Jane xx

    1. Do try the salad, Jane. It’s a little something different and very good.

  9. I like that idea of digging to the bottom and being inspired by what you find. It might be time for me to get rid of the tops of a few stacks so I can get to the bottom more easily. 🙂

    1. I found the same thing true of my stacks. For now, everything is well organized, but that isn’t likely to last long.

  10. Such a cheery looking table and that salad looks amazing!!

  11. Good thing you have those blue glasses because I have zero storage space in this farm kitchen! You make them look good. I still remember who gave them to me. 🙂

  12. How very colorful and beautiful is your table…Yes I have things at the bottom of the stack…too many things..but working on doing lots of donating….Love the gorgeous table and the salad looks wonderful!!…Have a great week!

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