Mixing It Up

Until recently I never thought of using these vases on the table, but once they landed there they’ve inspired several settings.  The colors lend themselves to many options and it’s so easy to refresh the flowers.This time around a table runner with some of my favorite colors is the background.

With these pieces on the table, it was easy to add others for a simple at home dinner with friends. Perfect color matches are in these dishes from Target. 

Though I often mix and match, this time I’m sticking with the coordinating salad plates and adding a napkin that introduces a variation in pattern but is true to the color way.

That’s all there is to it.  In less than 10 minutes, the table is set made easy by what was already there.  That is why I rarely leave a table top bare, and it doesn’t bother me at all if the same pieces are used multiple times. It’s fun to see how many different looks can be created from the same elements.

This dinner was preceded by a busy day, and that’s when a slow cooker comes in real handy.  Not only does it provide the freedom needed to do other things, it fills the house with tantalizing aroma.  For sure that was the case with these Asian Style Short Ribs that you just might want to try.

Asian Style Short Ribs

6 lbs. short ribs

salt and ground pepper

3/4 t. 5 spice powder

1/4 c. each hoisin sauce and ketchup

2 T. rice vinegar

2 T. soy sauce

1 T. fish sauce

1 T. honey

1 small yellow onion, finely chopped

1 T. minced fresh ginger

5 cloves mince garlic

Season the ribs with salt, pepper and 5 spice powder.  Brown on all sides in a multipurpose cooker or broil until nicely browned.

Mix together remaining ingredients and place all in the cooker being sure to coat the ribs well with the hoisin mix.  Cover and cook on the low setting for about 6 hours or until the meat is very tender.  If the ribs are boneless, cooking time will be less.

For serving, place the ribs in a bowl or on a plate and moisten with some of the cooking liquid.  Garnish with Italian parsley or cilantro and chopped roasted peanuts or cashews.

Serves 6

I can assure you there will be no leftovers!


Tablescape Thursday

24 thoughts on “Mixing It Up

  1. You always have the most unique pieces Linda! The vases are gorgeous and I can’t believe those plates are from Target, they look like antiques! Lovely, and I have a similar short rib recipe for the slow cooker and it’s always a hit! Love your color palette too~

    1. I think my eye is always drawn to the unusual which may explain the many offbeat pieces I have.

  2. I love those vases and your Tablescape. I so agree it is fun to use the same elements but in different ways! The ribs look and sound amazing!

  3. Simply gorgeous Lulu! If only I could decorate my table like you! 😌

  4. The Target dishes are beautiful! They remind me of the vivid designs of Iatalian pottery for the Amalfi Coast. Lovely table setting and great short rib recipe!

    1. Yes, the pottery reminded me of the same. See you soon.

  5. Copied your recipe, which sounds delicious. I love your talent of mixing colors rather than always sticking to traditional settings. I am so traditional, you give me inspiration to branch out❤

    1. The ribs are a big hit at our house so I don’t think you’d be disappointed.

  6. such interesting vases and I love the color scheme…I have always enjoyed seeing those dishes at Target so it is nice to see them being used.

    1. Target has some good table things at very affordable prices.

  7. Love the table! You can’t tell how tall the vases are until the end and I think they look great!! I’m a total slow cooker person and will definitely get some short ribs soon to try this recipe!

    1. I love the vases no matter where they are. Your guys would like the ribs.

  8. Love the table setting, beautiful and perfect!

  9. Wow, great vases and so unusual! Love your recipe and dining room as well. Happy May.

    1. Thanks, Teresa. So far May is happy!

  10. Lovely and welcoming ! Do you know the name of the flowers you used on the table this time? My Mother’s Day flowers has those in it; mine are yellow.

    1. Dang, I can’t remember, but they last forever!

  11. You have the most beautiful and unique items to enhance your table and your home..love those vases!….I love using my slow cooker often!…and those short ribs look amazing…thanks for the recipe! Have a great day!

    1. Your sweetie would like the ribs unless, of course, he prefers lobster!

  12. What a perfect inspiration for this early warm morning! Thank you.

    1. It’s good to hear it’s warm as we are heading up next week. Hope to see you soon.

      1. We are too. We arrive the 25th. Let’s do something together before time gets running away too quickly!!!

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