Sunday, February 3, 2013

FABBY: Valentines Table, Flowers and Vignettes

Hello sweet friends!

I've been looking at lovely Valentine's tablescapes, vignettes, etc....all over blog land, all the way from January! I decided to make a simple Valentines tablescape for four, specially cause I have some gorgeous roses from my Bil's Rose Farm, Altaflor. February is romance month, so I wish you all a wonderful and Happy Valentine's, even if it's just spending with our misters, family or friends. In Ecuador people call Valentine's Day.. "Day of Love and Friendship,"which I think it's just the perfect title for it, as for many people it comes in different ways and meanings. 

                                      HAPPY VALENTINE'S !!

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    Here is the link to a post I did about ALTAFLOR, my brother in law's prefessional rose farm.

 I did this simple tablescape around this tablecloth I had made with a cute piece of material I found on sale and it has hearts in red and blue, little flowers and butterflies too, which was perfect for the romantic month of February..Valentine's month!
 I used for this setting my red chargers and the dishes are Polish, almost vintage, as my mom just gave them to me from her old china stash, lol...She didn't give me the gorgeous teacups, which got me swooning, since she still uses them for her tea parties with her school friends and Bible Reading high teas she hostesses. I guess I have to wait for those, lol.. Mother has a few and pretty complete dinner china sets, still.
 A close up of the table topper that has among flowers and hearts, some butterflies too. I paid $4 for the material, $1,50 for the pretty trimmings and $1 for the confection, as I don't have a sewing machine anymore...I gave it away several years ago.
Here is the trimming, which finished the tablecloth nicely.
 My mother's recipe for this delicious bread, I sometimes like to bake and it's easy, really.The recipe is at the end of this post, in case some of you would like to give it a doesn't disappoint!

My mom just gifted me with this set of pretty dinner china and it says, Wawel, Made in Poland and it has a W with a crown on top of the writing. My mother had them forever. I will have to wait for the lovely teacups. The edges of the plates are in platinum-silver and it has cute little blue flowers around the plates and go well with the blue hearts of the table topper.
Dinner plate and soup bowl.
The stems are Italian from my Christmas stash. Two kissing doves on top of the bread.
 The crystal heart with some candies.
I used this china cause it's new to me, you know I adore china and I feel like a little girl with a new Barbie doll, lol... and because the tablecloth also has blue hearts and flowers, among red hearts, butterflies and pink flowers, as well.
This tablecloth will look nice for spring too.
 A vignette with the gorgeous green roses from my Bil's Rose Farm, Altaflor. The crystal base is  Czech-Bohemian crystal. The silver lamp is a "Bourgie, Kartell"...for the touch of modern, although the lamp form is indeed a classic.
A close up of the base and the lovely green roses.

In the antique English buffet, among my English red transfer-ware tea set, are the lovely Cabaret Rose; white-red roses, also from my Bil's farm.
 A close up of the lovely and romantic roses. The flower base is Japanese porcelain.
Here is a gorgeous bouquet, with the green ones and rose-red roses together. This is my vintage French foyer table, where I arranged it with "couples," like my small vintage French busts of a girl and boy, two antique, French bronze dogs, the Capodimonti tray with putis and a crystal heart with red candy...very romantic, lol
This roses are too gorgeous!!
The crystal flower base is Italian.
HAPPY VALENTINES my friends..however you celebrate it, hope it's in a wonderful way, even if it's just staying home.

Thanking you so much in advance for your sweet and kind always make my day!

Thank you lovely ladies for having me at your great parties.

                                                            GOLDEN BREAD LOAF

4 Cups of all purpose flour
2 fresh eggs, at room temp.
1 Tablespoon dry yeast
1 1/2 Cup milk
1 teaspoon sugar
2 teaspoons of salt
1/2 Cup margarine, melted
1 egg, beat slightly for brushing the top of the bread and sesame seeds for the two loafs; (this recipe yields two loafs). This part is optional. I like how the bread looks so I do it, like in this post's picture.

Preparation:   Melt the margarine in the microwave. Warm the milk a little and add there the dry yeast and the sugar; let it stand for a while. Put all the rest of the ingredients in your Kitchen Aid, with the hook attachment to it...or in your favorite machine. Add all the dry ingredients, the margarine, the eggs one at a time and the yeast with milk...beat well for 5 minutes.

Grease and flour 2 loaf pans. The dough, is very loose and elastic, so distribute half in each loaf and place in a warm place, covered. Let it raise until double. Pre-heat oven to 375F. When the bread has raised, brush the egg on top and sprinkle some sesame seeds, if you want.
Put loaf pans in the oven for 25 minutes. Let them cool in the pans for 5 minutes and than take them out and let them cool completely. This bread is delicious toasted too, with butter and marmalade...very decadent, lol    "Whenever I make it, the scent and aroma of this bread all over the house, is my fav comfort food..because of the memories of my childhood and my young mother..and my dad, who loved this bread! "

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