Southern Tablescape Thursday on the Porch

Submitted by Christi

We have been enjoying the porch all week. If you’ve missed it, check this weeks posts on A Southern Life. Today, we’ll have lunch on the porch. Yes, I braved the wind. Sorry, it wrinkled the tablecloth a little, but, those things are okay when you are enjoying the porch. Y’all check out how my little dog, Bailey (the ham) managed to get in the picture.

All ready for soup first, then an entree and bread.

All ready for soup first, then an entree and bread.

Wheat grass in a garden.

Wheat grass in a garden.

The squirrel is having lunch at the bird feeder.

The squirrel is having lunch at the bird feeder.

Ready to eat.

Ready to eat.

The dishes are Mikasa's Garden Bloom for Studio Nova.

The dishes are Mikasa's Garden Bloom for Studio Nova.

This bird is shy.

This bird is shy.

This bird is trying to hide behind the pretty purple glass.

This bird is trying to hide behind the pretty purple glass.

This bird thinks it has found something to eat.

This bird thinks it has found something to eat.

Glad you could join me.

Glad you could join me.

Wish you could all join me for lunch on the porch. Life is just better when you can sit on a porch.

Ya’ll go on over and see the other great tablescapes at Between Naps on the Porch.

Today’s Lagniappe: Spring Soup
This soup looks and tastes delicious and takes advantage of the abundance of Spring asparagus.

* 1/4 cup butter
* 1 pound leeks, chopped
* 1 onion, chopped
* 2 quarts water
* 3 large potatoes, chopped
* 2 large carrots, chopped
* 1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
* 1/3 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
* 4 teaspoons salt
* 1/2 pound fresh spinach
* 1 cup heavy cream

1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the leeks and onion, and cook until tender.
2. Pour water into the pot. Mix in potatoes, carrots, asparagus, and rice. Season with salt. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes, until vegetables and rice are tender.
3. Stir spinach and heavy cream into the soup mixture, and continue cooking about 5 minutes before serving.

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28 Responses to “Southern Tablescape Thursday on the Porch”

  1. margaret Says:

    Where on where did you get such beautiful birds?

  2. [email protected] Porch Musings Says:

    Your table beautiful.

    My table setting is on the porch, this week, also! The weather is perfect for dining on the porch.

  3. Charla @ For the Sake of Time Says:

    An absolutely lovely table. We hope to “dine on the deck” at the lake this weekend. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Rainey Says:

    What a pretty porch! My tablescape is on my patio also! That’s so awesome… Did we have a theme? Thanks for the recipe! I can have that!

    ~Really Rainey~

  5. Lana G! Says:

    The sure sign of spring! Outdoor tablescapes! Love it!

  6. Crystal Says:

    Lovely table. Charming dishes. You are so right, eating outdoors is way better. I love this time of year. Great job! Crystal

  7. Dream Mom Says:

    Love the pretty dishes. I like how you set up the place settings so both people can have a great view on the porch. Your squirrel is cute-I love it when they feed. No worries on the wind~ you are right-when you are out on the porch, who cares! Nice job!

  8. Joyce Says:

    Lovely purple glass. Thanks for sharing the delicious recipe.

  9. Nancy Says:

    Very nice! :)Nancy

  10. Linda Says:

    * Wonderful birds (so sweet!) and your pruple glasses are DIVINE!!! Thank you for sharing! Linda/ “Mom…”, in AZ*

  11. Christine Says:

    How nice to be able to eat lunch out on the porch with a beautiful tablescape!…Christine

  12. Janie G Says:

    Love your beautiful flower dishes, they are so sweet and lovely. How nice to eat on the porch – Spring is here!

  13. Mary @ Boogieboard Cottage Says:

    Beautiful table setting, I like the center piece, very original. :O)

  14. Linderhof Says:

    I always love eating outdoors! Love your birds — I’ve got a couple but they don’t have the personality of yours!

  15. Kammy Says:

    Beautiful – outdoor dining – I am ready for Summer ! Hugs ~ Kammy

  16. Marty Says:

    How wonderful to be able to sit outside and enjoy the beautiful signs of nature. The table looks fabulous. I love the birds, they are just gorgeous. Wonderful soup recipe. I will have to try it. Hugs, Marty

  17. Michelle Says:

    Love the gold flatware…so pretty. I would have snapped up those birds too!

    Have a great day!

  18. Robin Says:

    A lovely spring table…and your Bailey is adorable. Thank you for sharing the recipe with us.

    Have a beautiful day.

  19. Nola at The Bloom Girls Says:

    I love the plant and birds you used in your tablescape. I am anxious for spring weather to arrive so we can enjoy the patio. Your recipe sounds delicious!

    Nola at The Bloom Girls

  20. mary Says:

    It’s a little too cold here in NJ for lunch outside yet. I live in hope… lol. Love your tablescape, and the centerpiece is wonderful!

  21. Shelia Says:

    Love your table setting on the porch! Your dishes are so pretty!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  22. Linda Says:

    You just can’t beat an outdoor setting! Is that a terrarium? Love it. Linda

  23. Amy Says:

    What an absolutely gorgeous porch area. I just love what you have done. The dishes are so springy and colorful too. Nice job. Amy 🙂

  24. margaret Says:

    The instructions for the flowerball are now on the webpage.. thanks for visiting..


  25. Ivory Spring Says:

    Hi Christi,

    What a lovely blog you have. I enjoy reading through your posts, and especially your recipes.

    Do you mind if I added your blog to my blogroll?

  26. Carrie Says:

    Your tablesetting is lovely…I enjoy the pretty floral dishes and the glasses add a nice splash of color as well. The birds and cage is a whimsical touch.

  27. Kathleen Ellis Says:

    Oh, I just love eating outside! Your table is so inviting! I hope you enjoy many meals “al fresco” in the months to come!
    Have a fabulous week!

  28. Fifi Flowers Says:

    LOVELY setting… the squirrel likes it too… soooo nice of you to invite him/her!

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