January 31, 2011

Super Bowl Sunday

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The Day My Husband Wants Designated a National Holiday


He believes that a national holiday should be
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(2) a day whose national significance is understood by young and old alike,
(3) a day that is celebrated across the nation in much the same way by everyone.

He points to Independence Day and Thanksgiving as examples of good,
sound national holidays. Applying his criteria, he further argues that the
Super Bowl deserves holiday status over a number of other already-designated national holidays.

He REEEEALY likes football.

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Here's our Super Bowl XLV bar set-up.
Yellow napkins (penalty flags), are wrapped with referee whistle napkin rings.
Personal football-shaped dipping bowls allow for double dipping.

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Soon after purchasing a set of
Football Penalty Glassware,
we realized they were terribly awkward to use
(too heavy, even when empty).

They ended up being more of a decorative item,
sitting on a high shelf with other seldom used glasses.

The glasses have been brought out of retirement with the addition of brown paper bag cones, and now serve as French fry holders.



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Synthetic grass placemats, originally made last April for an Earth Day tablescape, are used to represent the stadium's artificial turf.PhotobucketPhotobucketThe raw edges around the grass material are a bit raggedy. You can remedy this by edging the perimeter with cording.
Attach it to the mats with hot glue.



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A paper garland and some small lights hang above the television.
(For The Evolution of a Pennant Garland, from OK to OMG, visit My Life Among Three Stooges.)

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The snack table is set up a few steps away.
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To March Madness

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Stadium Cake Pan: Nordic Ware, Solutions.com
Dinner Plates: Sandalwood, coupe design, Heathware
Football Player Centerpiece: Cabbage Patch Kid, Toys R Us
Football Bucket: Easter bucket, Dollar Tree
Snack Plates with vintage football images: Pottery Barn
Large Football-shaped platter, large and small bowls: Boston Warehouse Trading Corp, Amazon.com

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I plan to link to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
and
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesdays.

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January 30, 2011

Two for the Road

A Movie with a Memory Attached
Vintage Inspiration V

When the 1967 movie..Two for the Road..first debuted, the critics were not kind.
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Still, it earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay and has, over time, developed somewhat of a cult following.

It holds one other distinction:
It was the first movie my husband and I
saw together when we began dating.



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Fifteen years ago, I acquired an original Two for the Road  lobby poster.

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Valued by only the two of us, it hangs in a small dressing area off our bedroom.



Every now and then,
when it catches my eye,
I remember . . .



(Two for the Road ranks 57th on AFI's list of the Top 100 Greatest Love Stories in American Cinema.)


Got a movie with a memory?

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I'm linking to
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays,
I Heart Nap Time for Sundae Scoop and
Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.
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January 26, 2011

How much wood can a woodchuck chuck

if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Groundhog Day is just a week away!
I'll meet you on Gobbler's Knob at 3 am. Bring plenty of hot apple cider.
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On second thought, it's too early and too cold. Let's wait and watch the outcome
on Good Morning America.
Later we'll all meet back here for dinner.
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We're having onion soup, panini chicken sandwiches with a side of chips and big cold drinks.
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A bit of raffia ties around each napkin.
Light blue napkins work as placemats.

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Although it's still dark out, Punxsutawney Phil
awakens from his winter sleep
and pauses to get his bearings.

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To see or not to see,
that is the question.


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Tea lights and place cards are supported by an old felled log.
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PhotobucketAnd for dessert there's Groundhog Sundaes
(an idea posted on a number of cooking sites).
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Punxsutawney Phil
pops up through the snow
and spots his shadow.


Phil = Spicy Groundhog Cookie
snow = vanilla ice cream
shadow = chocolate sauce


A link to the cookie recipe
can be found below.



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Placemats: Blue napkins
Dinner plates: Sandalwood, Heathware, Coupe design
Apothecary Jar: Delpina Large Covered Jar, Crate and Barrel
Log Tea Candle Holders and place card holders: homemade
Clear Acrylic flatware: Can't remember
Glass steins: Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, Pasadena, California
Pip berry garland: Craft Show, Crafters Unlimited
Punxsutawney Phil figurine and cookie cutter: Punxsutawney Phil's Official Souvenirs
Official Punxsutawney Spicy Groundhog Cookie Recipe: recipe can be found here.

Note: This is a great gingersnap recipe - very tasty, yet not too strong for young children. BUT . .
If you ever make these cookies, you should know that "chill overnight" is not good enough. I had to put the dough in the freezer to get it firm enough to hold its shape while transferring to a cookie sheet. In the end, I pressed the cutter into the chilled dough and then pulled the dough away from the outside of the cutter. With the dough still inside the cutter, I moved the cutter to the cookie sheet, and only then did I lift the cutter away from the grounghog-shaped dough inside. It was a pretty slow process for a woman who's as hyperactive as I am.

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I plan to link to:
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
and
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesdays.

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January 23, 2011

A Mad Tea Party

Chapter VII

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Charles Dodgson was born in England on January 27, 1832. Although he lectured in mathematics and, under his real name, wrote books on the subject, he is better known by his pseudonym Lewis Carroll. His most famous writings are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, and the poem "Jabberwocky".

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As you scroll through this post, follow the Mad Hatter's insightful instructions:
"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end; then stop."
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Illustration from the original 1865 edition by John Tenniel
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The Beginning
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"We're all mad here," said the Cheshire Cat. "I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."

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I must be mad too.
It's the dead of winter and my table is set for a
SUMMER Tea Party.
Where are the snowflakes? Where are all the blues and whites?
I must be mad.
Yes, yes. I shall be mad!
And you must be too "or you wouldn't have come here."

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There was a table set out under a tree in front of the house,
and the March Hare and the Hatter were having tea at it. . .
"No room! No room!" they cried out when they saw Alice coming.

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Photobucket"Take some more tea," the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
"I've had nothing yet," Alice replied, "so I can't take more."
"You mean you can't take LESS," said the Hatter: "it's very easy to take MORE than nothing."
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She heard the rabbit say to itself, "Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!" Then it actually TOOK A WATCH OUT OF ITS WAISTCOAT- POCKET, and looked at it, and then hurried on.
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Photobucket"Is there a reason SO MANY tea-things are put out here?" she asked.
"Yes," said the Hatter. "It's always tea-time, and we've no time to wash the things between whiles."
"Then you keep moving round, I suppose?" said Alice.
"Exactly so," said the Hatter, "as the things get used up."
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Soon her eye fell on a little glass box that was lying under the table: she opened it, and found in it a very small cake, on which the words "EAT ME" were beautifully marked. "Well, I'll eat it," said Alice.

So she set to work, and very soon finished off the cake. "Curiouser and curiouser!" cried Alice.
She was now more than nine feet high.
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"If I had a world of my own," said the Hatter, "everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't."
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Below is the Tea Party clip from the 1951 animated movie, Alice in Wonderland.
Though you may not have time to watch now (You're late, you're late, you're terribly late!), it is interesting to see how Disney Studios wove the original text into its version of the Alice books.
Actually, it's more than interesting. It's curiouser and curiouser.




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China: Normandie, KPM (K├Ânigliche Porzellan-Manufaktur, Prussia), inherited
Sterling: Burgundy, Reed and Barton
Tea set: M601, silver plate, Wallace Melford, inherited
Clock: Pottery Barn, gift
Clock chain: Lowe's
Napkins: cotton blend fabric, JoAnn's Fabric
Napkin rings: Pier One, gift
Cloche Domes: 10.5 inches high cloches, domes only, Sur La Table
Mad Hatter's hat: made from paper grocery bags and glue.
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Lady Katherine Tea Parlor for Tuesday Tea Parlor,
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesdays,
The Plumed Pen for Tuesday Tea for Two and
Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.

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