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Monday, January 10, 2011

"EPIC" Winter Storm Breakfast

The Pink Pagoda
The Pink Pagoda is such a lovely blog and I follow it regularly.  Jennifer is hosting a blue and white linking party and she's particularly looking for seasonal posts, so here's my offering.  It's an old post taken during a freak snowstorm here in Georgia.  We made the most of the event and snuggled in with lots of hot chocolate and fires.  I pulled out these blue and white snowman dishes that I hadn't used in a long time.  Here's the post:
You won't believe this, but we have more snow in Atlanta!!!  This is being hailed as historic, even EPIC by the weathermen and newscasters.  Mr. Pressed Pants even closed his business today.  Actually, he never opened, as the roads are truly impassable and he didn't want any of his employees to even try to drive in this.

So this is the way the (late) breakfast table looked.  To reflect the weather, I dug out some old pottery that I haven't used in years.  I've said before that I used to be a blue and white girl, but that has changed.  However, I still have a ton of blue and white, and even though it doesn't look too hot in our green breakfast room, I really wanted to use Mr. Snowman.

I started with a tablecloth that I made years ago from Pierre Deux fabric and co-ordinating border. 

Then I used these plates that I think I got at Macy's many years ago.  They say Cooks Club on the back.  Wasn't that Macy's house brand?

I used the two sizes of plates.....

and the matching bowl.

The flatware is from some discount store, and the napkin is from the Palm restaurant line of linens that Homegoods carries.  I've had the napkin rings for years, too.  It has Blue Willow designs on it.  As a matter of fact, I think I got them at the Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, Georgia.  (That could be another post!)

I'm really glad that I picked up these cute snowman glass coffee cups at Kroger the other day.  I just had a feeling that I "needed" them.  They were on sale for 50 cents a piece!

This thermos pot is another oldie.  I don't remember where I got it, but I love the Blue Willow design.

I served these delicious cranberry and orange muffins.....

from a box mix!!!!  I keep them on hand all the time.  They only take a sec to whip up and please note that they are "fat-free"!!!  Delish!!!  I also made hot oatmeal, but unfortunately I was out of our favorite oatmeal from Trader Joe's freezer foods.  They come two to a pack and they are the chewy, steel-cut kind.
With fat-free milk and Splenda, they are a low cal breakfast that REALLY sticks to your ribs.  You gotta try both of these!

Mr. Pressed Pants uses butter on his muffins, and I served it on this darling antique wooden butter dish with a Blue Willow china insert.  I am soooo careful of this little plate, because I know I could never find the right sized replacement if it broke.

This is cranberry apple butter in a white porcelain dish from Pier One, served with this cute white faux bois spoon from Christine's Creations.  It was a sweet store that has gone out of business in Woodstock.

After breakfast, we decided to take a walk in the snow and take some pictures of the "historic" event.  My mom sent this tray out for us with hot chocolate.  Sure wish she had known where the marshmallows were!

Sitting on the stone wall overlooking the lake, we couldn't believe how cute it was.  What's that?  Snowballs? 

 I had no desire to make a whole snowman, but couldn't resist a few snowballs. 

We wish that everyone could have stayed home today, safe and sound as we did, but by watching the news, it was obvious that that was not the case.  I hope that all those accidents were just fender benders.

So, after our brisk walk, here's what Mr. Pressed Pants did next.   

Z Z Z Z Z!!!!!!


  1. What fun!! Excuse me, but I think you have my drapes!!! Did you make or have them made?? Check out my blog, post before last. I love the blue and white in my new green/gold room.

  2. Days warm, nights freezing here in Northern California - I indulged in Cooper's Vintage Oxford Marmalade to warm me up!

  3. Oh, that last shot is fantastic. Perhaps that should be the Christmas card. LOL
    Beautiful photos. Your home and surrounding area are gorgeous! I'm supposed to fly into Atlanta tomorrow, but from the looks of things that may not happen. I'm just waiting to see what happens.
    Your snowman breakfast was perfect for the morning. Cute idea with the snowballs and the tray of hot chocolate. Stay warm ~ sarah

  4. Fun settings and great pics! How nice that Mr. PP gave everyone the day off, things like that are truly appreciated:@)

  5. I'm with Mr. Pressed Pants. I fell asleep waiting for the link to be up to connect to BNOTP...LOL. Only a trace of snow here...and warm weather tomorrow, but I've had the fire roaring all day every day for weeks now. Such a nice place to stop for a moment of contemplation...Z-Z-Z. The blue and white is so well conceived, and I really like the 'vintage' Pierre Deux tablecloth...great piece! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  6. It must be very different for you to have snow whereas here its pretty routine and we love it (skiers!) I really like your snowman dishes and those clear mugs are perfect - can't believe they were 50 cents! That pretty hot chocolate tray outside in the snow makes for great photo composition and especially beside the snowballs! I'd be asleep in a second too beside a gorgeous roaring fire like that!


  7. LOL! Mr. Pressed Pants is doing exactly what I would be doing, too. Loved this post, and I adore your Pierre Deux tablecloth. I knew that was Pierre Deux the second I saw it. Just as cute as can be and perfect to drive away the winter doldrums. Cute little snowmen, too. Loved this. Thanks for sharing.

    I hope you'll join me in a china drawing I'm having on my blog. Don't know what I did with my mind tonight, but I forgot to mention it in the linky.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday...


    Sheila :-)

  8. What a charming post. Love the tablesetting with the snowmen, sooooooooo appropriate. And what a great idea to take your hot chocolate tray out to get some photos. I especially like the snowman pitcher. I watched on the weather channel about what was going on in Atlanta. Mr. Pressed Pants made an excellent decision to close his office. I'm sure it was appreciated. BTW, love that you call him Mr. Pressed Pants.

    Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

  9. Looks like you had a lovely day. The breakfast table was gorgeous and I love Blue and White. So crisp and clean looking. Cute post.

  10. Linda, your table is so pretty and fresh! That tablecloth is gorgeous, and it's perfect for the blue and white dishes. Love the snowman glass mugs, too!

  11. Mr. Pressed Pants certainly deserved that nap! Your table is wonderful. I love the blue and white dishes and snowmen are my favorites by far!

  12. What a beautifully delightful Winter table, so cute. Love the tablecloth you made, very nice!
    and of course, I love the snowmen, so very cute.
    A fun table to enjoy. Like your tray sitting outside in the snow. Great idea, and your Hubby did work a bit for that nap!! lol
    blessings, Nellie

  13. What a darling table you've set today -- love the snowmen -- so cute -- I'm MUCH fonder of the snow on everyone's tables than I am of snow outside (unless, of course, I have no place to go...not often!)

  14. I'm so happy you linked this up, Linda! I love it! You create the best tabletops!

  15. A snow storm in Atlanta?! I am so jealous! Fingers crossed that there is another one this year that heads on over to Charleston! And what a GORGEOUS table--I love the Pierre Deux tablecloth...I love it all!

  16. I absolutely adore that blue and white table cloth and I know its not blue and white but I love your green gingham curtains... lovely! What a breakfast reminds me of my European vacations!!

  17. This is absolutely adorable! I need that thermos. What a fun change with the storm. Sounds like you definitely made the best of it. I'm you newest follower...not many Linda's on the Bloggesphere.


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