Wednesday, April 29, 2015

FABBY: Girls Night Out

Hello sweet friends!

     My DD Alexandra is getting engaged this Saturday and we are making a reception at a beautiful restaurant for sixty family members from both sides; so I am very busy, but, Kathleen knows I just cannot miss one of her challenges and so I quickly thought I'd love to use my new Oriental dishes our siblings gave us for our 40th. Anniversary dinner party.

Trying to meet the challenge has relaxed me from all I'm doing and the guests I'm having; to the point of making me smile and enjoyed setting it with my new dishes, that are making a 'debut' for the first time.

Since they're blue and white, our fav combo, I also paired them with my red rimmed Oriental dinner plates.

With that said, here is my quick table, specially with my adorable Asian girls, that are out in town for a Chinese dinner.
I used to call them Christine and Chie, until lovely Vel showed up (for our luck), at our 'little blog community,' but couldn't make it...shocks!...maybe next time for sure!

My two lovely Asian girls on center stage for "Kathleen's Ladies Night Out Challenge."

My red dinner plates were bought at Macy's, NYC in 1980 with different blue, white and red pieces; but for this challenge I just couldn't help myself than to pair them with the 'new' Asian dishes for eight place settings we received from all our siblings for our 40th. Anniversary dinner party last March 11th.

Aren't they beautiful! I love the pattern of the blue and white dishes and they have many, many pieces more I haven't shared tonight.

The soup bowls with lids are so pretty, and the lid is used for putting the rice.
There's oriental spoons and a cute little bowls for sauces. The big serving bowls also have serving spoons in porcelain to match.

Love this floral blue and white pattern on the dishes.

The china is very thin, you can see through them!

Of course, the girls are having some Jasmine tea during and after dinner in this adorable mugs with lids.

In the backdrop you can see the tea setting in the pull out tray some antique pieces have, such as our Belgium buffet here... and our grandgirls love to play tea time on it too, lol..

Love the mugs with lids, which they gave us eight of them too, along with a bigger teapot. Here I'm using the smaller one mother gave me this past C'mas.

This small lacquered tea chest was my Mil's; she always had some jewelry in it, though.

Asian antique teaset and teacups.  Serving pieces from our old china as background.

Here you have it, my "Girls Night Out Challenge at Kathleen's, Cuisine Kathleen."

'Ladies Night Out-Let's Dish Challenge' 
Thanks Kathleen for hosting.

Thank you so much for your sweet and kind visits my friend, you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.


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Monday, April 27, 2015

FABBY: Tea with a Friend

Hello my sweet friends!

     My life has and it's been so busy lately, I can't even answer your kind comments on my last table-post...but I will for sure after this week.

You see, my DD Alexandra is getting engaged this Saturday and it's been a last minute thing, although it was expected. Therefore, we are gathering lots of family, about 70 to help us celeb on a beautiful restaurant. 

The other day a good friend of mine announced me a tea in the afternoon visit.
I baked a delish cake and I had tenderloin slices for sandwiches, plus cheese and home made jam she likes.

This is what my simple little tea table looked like.

Now I'm off to prepare food for my DD and her fiancée for the following days, you see, they live in Madrid, Spain. My DD Sofia is also coming from out of town.

Here is my little tea in the afternoon I fixed for me and a good friend who announced me a visit the same day.

Home made jam. The cake is called 'The Best Homemade Pound Cake.'
Recipe is at the end of this post and you can pin it, if you wish.
It's very easy and yummy!

Recipe of yummy cake is at the end of this post if you would like to pin it... as it is from Pinterest.

My tea chest at the back and some white chocolate Bombons.

I love this tea chest a friend made for me several years ago...with a pewter design on top.

We also had tenderloin sandwiches on 'croissants' with cheese. 
Sometimes just with homemade jam with the 'croissants only.'


The afternoon was very dark as it rains everyday here because of the Spring season and flowers are blooming and gardens look gorgeous.

...and this is what happened after the rain, the most gorgeous 'rainbows' came out and I could take this pic for you as I was in main street at the time, in the historical part of 'Cuenca, Patrimony of the World.'

Thank you so much my dearest sweet girls, you know you make my day with your kind visits.

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at their great parties.



  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 2 large eggs (or 3 medium eggs)
  3. 1/2 cup sour cream
  4. 1 1/2 cups flour
  5. 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  6. 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1 cup sugar
  8. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract
  9. Toasted Slivered almonds  (optional)
  1. Let eggs, butter, and sour cream come to room temperature (about 45 minutes)
  2. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter with the eggs and sour cream.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and beat just until well mixed.
  4. Pour batter into a greased and floured loaf pan (or a 9 by 9 inch square)
  5. Bake in a 325 degree oven for 60 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes clean.
  6. Cool before serving.
  8. "VERY EASY and delish, indeed!"
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