Southern Summer Bounty

Submitted by Christi

What a wonderful summer it has been. I’ve been enjoying harvesting things from my garden for some time now. Today, I want to celebrate Summer’s Bounty.

I’ve set the table with Spode’s Reynolds pattern (one of my favorites):


A lace tablecloth and some summer fresh flowers:


Stemware with rims of gold:


Cream colored candles in crystal candle holders with gold rims:


Crisp linen napkins with lace:


Bread and butter plates with a sweet gold butter knife:


All set to enjoy summer’s bounty at the table:


“The LORD bless you and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you;

the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace.”
Numbers 6:24-26

It’s another Tablescape Thursday with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. Enjoy!

Today’s Lagniappe: Vegetable and Goat Cheese Salad
A great salad to start the summer’s bounty celebration!

12 small red-skinned potatoes, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds (about 14 ounces)
1/2 cup pitted Kalamata olives or other brine-cured black olives
6 anchovy fillets
1 garlic clove
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
4 green onions (white and pale green parts only), thinly sliced
4 medium-size ripe tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges
1/2  cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded, sliced crosswise
4 ounces soft fresh goat cheese,  crumbled
Fresh basil sprigs

Steam potatoes until tender, about 10 minutes. Cool completely.

Blend olives, anchovies, and garlic in processor until coarsely pureed. Gradually blend in oil, then lemon juice. Transfer mixture to large bowl. Add green onions stir to blend. Season olive mixture with salt and pepper. Add tomatoes, cucumber and potatoes to olive mixture. Toss to coat. Season salad to taste with salt and pepper. Sprinkle goat cheese over salad. Garnish with basil sprigs and serve.

24 Responses to “Southern Summer Bounty”

  1. [email protected] Porch Musings Says:

    I love the Spode pattern and the lace! Beautiful table!

  2. Ann Messick Says:

    So pretty! Love your recipes… could I just hire you to cook for me?

  3. Eileen Says:

    Tablescape and recipes, both fabulous!
    ‘Love the Bible verse too!
    All the best,

  4. Reid Says:

    Love the tablescape! Very Southern and very nice!

  5. Martha Says:

    Such a lovely tablescape — I do love that pattern and how you’ve put everything together. Beautiful.

  6. Marsha Says:

    Beautiful plates and tablesetting!

  7. The Tablescaper Says:

    Awesome plates!
    – The Tablescaper

  8. Maryrose Says:

    Oh your plates are so pretty. Love your tablescape.
    Thanks for sharing and have a great day.

  9. Sarah @ Hyacinth Says:

    Lovely table! It was a real treat to visit today.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday and hope to see you at my place to toast Susan on her anniversary.

  10. Ms. Sharlotte's...Southern Reflections Says:

    Everything is so pretty! I love your dishes!

  11. Michelle @ Sweet Something Says:

    The spode looks wonderful! Summer bounty…just beautiful! Can’t wait to see what Autumn brings!!:)

  12. Lillyb Says:

    Very inviting table!! Have a great day!!!

  13. The Blushing Hostess Says:

    Well done, pretyy gold rims everywhere!

  14. patsy Says:

    Beautiful table, and the recipe looks good also!! Have a blessed day!!

  15. Debbie Pearson Says:

    Lovely tablescape, everything is so beautiful. I especially love the plates you chose.

  16. Shelia Says:

    How lovely. I adore those pretty Spode plates.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  17. Dining Delight Says:

    Love your Summer’s Bounty ‘scape. Your plates really reflect that theme!


  18. Linda Queen Says:

    Very pretty table, those dishes are to die for.
    The centerpiece colors compliment the place settings so nicely.

  19. ellen b Says:

    These dishes are so lovely. The whole table looks very inviting. I didn’t post a tablescape this week. Busy with family at Disneyland :0)

  20. Marty Says:

    What a gorgeous table setting. I love the china and the crystal with the gold trim is just perfect with the lace. Beautifully done. Hugs, Marty

  21. Bill Says:

    Your Spode dishes are beautifully complemented by the flowers. Your stemware is spectacular, and the gold flatware really accentuates the wide gold banding/rims of the glasses. Very warm and appealing overall!


  22. Gloria Says:

    Just beautiful my friend…love the china it’s a real WOW!! factor…thanks for sharing this…May you have a GREAT weekend…hugs and smiles Gl?ria

  23. Brenda Kula Says:

    Oh goodness, I am in love with those plates! So beautiful. Rich with color and texture. And stemware is equally gorgeous and very elegant. A wonderful table to dine and enjoy family or friends.

  24. Katherine Says:

    This is all very, very pretty!


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