Southern Pinks

It is still really hot here, but I still try to brave the back porch whenever possible. Today, while I was out, a small rain shower moved in and cooled things just a tad. The sun was still out while the rain fell. Norvelle Turner, who helped raise my husband used to say, “the devil is beating his wife” when it rained while the sun was shining.

We may have to have our meals earlier in the morning or way later in the evening to enjoy them outside, but still, I love to be outside and watch the birds and the rabbits and see the wind blowing the trees. Here is my pink outside tablescape:

Pink Flowers
The inspiration

pink tablesetting

pink table setting with purple charger

Pink table with pink stem glasses

boy statue

girl statue

overhead shot of pink tablesetting

complete tablesetting

A pink table for:

Tablescape Thursday with Between Naps on the Porch
with Between Naps on the Porch

Some pink for:

Pink Saturday
Pink Saturday with Beverly at How Sweet the Sound

And today’s lagniappe is a summery recipe for:

Foodie Friday
With Designs by Gollum

Today’s Lagniappe:  Summer Squash and Cherry tomatoes in Basil Butter
From Dining by Fireflies: Unexpected Pleasures of the New South – The Junior League of Charlotte, North Carolina

1 lb yellow squash, thinly sliced
8 oz. cherry tomatoes, halved
2/3 cups basil butter, divided

Saute squash and tomato in 2 tablespoons basil butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat 10 minutes or until squash is tender. Serve with remaining basil butter.

Basil Butter

3 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, minced
3/4 cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup butter, softened
freshly ground pepper to taste

Process all ingredients in a food processor until smooth,  stopping once to scrape down sides. Cover and chill until ready to use.

Save any leftover basil butter to slather on hot corn on the cob.



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32 responses to “Southern Pinks”

  1. Kate Avatar

    Yum-can’t wait to make this one! The Junior League cookbooks always have the best southern recipes 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  2. caren Avatar

    Christi ~ Can’t wait to try your recipe, sounds delish! There is nothing like eating outside in the summer – unfortunately is has been too hot to do that here.

    Happy Pink Saturday!

  3. The Tablescaper Avatar

    Ahhh…so pink and pretty – even if you have to play games with the weather.

    I host a weekly meme called “Summer Sundays”. It’s all about what summer means to YOU! It’s neat to see everyone’s different take on summer. Hope you’ll come and join the fun!

    – The Tablescaper

  4. Marydon Avatar

    What a luscious garden to enjoy as you dine … your table is beautifully presented … such lovely pink & green.
    Have a lovely PINK weekend ~
    TTFN ~Hugs, Marydon

  5. Debbie Avatar

    What a pretty tablescape!!
    I love the plates!!
    So pretty!!



  6. Nancy Avatar

    Yummy recipe! Thanks! Happy Pink Saturday!

  7. Joanne Kennedy Avatar

    Love the pink stripe plates. Very cute. I have not done a pink tablescape yet but you have inspired me to do so. Maybe next week.


  8. Susan Avatar

    Mmmm, that basil butter sounds wonderful! Such a beautiful pink table setting and it looks cool and refreshing for the hot weather.

  9. lulu Avatar

    Basil butter….good idea for dressing up veggies. I’m going to try it on others as well.

  10. Melodie Avatar

    Your recipe sounds delicious! I could really sink my teeth into something like that right now. I invite you to link up to my Vegetarian Foodie Fridays carnival. Hope to see you there!

  11. Danelle Avatar

    I am imagining all kinds of vegetables that would be good with that basil butter. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Donna Douglas Avatar

    I’m a big fan of the pink stripes!

  13. Requi Avatar

    Adorable pink plates and stemware. I love pink. It goes so well with the green tablecloth. Those figurines are darling. I heard that same saying about the sun shining and rain, LOL.

    All the Best,


  14. Sue Avatar

    How lovely! I really like how you put the touch of green netting in with the flowers. Everything looks so fresh and summery.

    I also think that anything with something called basil butter would have to be delicious!


  15. Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful Avatar

    Love all the pink! Those flowers look great with your pretty plates and pink glasses!

  16. Mama Zen Avatar

    That squash sounds divine!

  17. Jane Blackburn Avatar
    Jane Blackburn

    Oh, your tablescape looks like it’s waiting for a summer breeze to pass by! I was lucky enough to find two striped plates like yours at GW a few years back for a dollar each and have been able to do a lot with them. Still looking for at least two more Mine are TIENSHAN Stoneware, Prima Rosa. Even bought a pink and green tablecloth bordered with identical stripes from Williams Sonoma just to go with my two plates!!!

    Thanks again for such a cool tablescape.

  18. Kathy Avatar

    Love your pink patio tablesetting! The dishes are gorgeous and the inspiration is too!
    Stay cool,

  19. Beth Avatar

    Flowers are just the right inspiration. That is pretty clever to put all those link parties into one post. I guess that means I’ll see your link a few more times. Thanks for sharing.

  20. Christine Avatar

    I love the pink and green combo, looks springy and it cools me off just looking at it. Beautiful table!..Christine

  21. Sue Avatar

    What a pretty table – pink and green is a favorite color combo! And I especially liked the pink striped plates.

  22. Linda Avatar

    I am always attracted to a pink table, and yours looks very pleasant for a hot evening! I am definitely going to try this recipe! Linda

  23. Entertaining Women Avatar

    Ahhh….a pink and green girl after my own heart. Such a treasure to be able to dine al fresco. I particularly admire the pink and white striped plates. Do you know who makes them? The pink goblets are wonderful, too. Thank you for sharing your talents! Cherry Kay

  24. Johanna Avatar

    yes, I agree, this plates together look so charming. And the flowers are beautifull. Squash is something what grows here very nice. I will save your yummy recipe, too.
    Greetings, Johanna

  25. Mimi Avatar

    Your pink table is really very pretty…the salad plate looks great against the pink/white stripes. Your flowers are beautiful.

  26. Susan Avatar

    Christi, I love your tablescape and what a beautiful view for dining! Gorgeous flowers! Don’t you just love those funny sayings…I grew up hearing the one you mentioned, too! Thanks so much for being a part of TT! :)n

  27. Barbara Avatar

    What a lovely inspiration! I love the stripes with the florals. It is just a wonderful combination.

  28. Mid-Atlantic Martha Avatar

    What a pretty pink table. Beautiful dishes, I love your combination.

  29. Yvonne Avatar

    The combination of your plates are pink confection! They are so pretty together. And I can see why you were inspired by the sweet pink bouquet of flowers.
    The squash in my garden is almost ready. I’m saving this recipe!
    Happy TT!

  30. Sheila Avatar

    Lovely tablescape. I am in love with your pink stripe plates. Oh, those are SO cute! Love your recipe, too. Jr. League cookbooks are always the best, and that basil butter sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing that lagniappe with us.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday!


    Sheila 🙂

  31. sarah Avatar

    Your pink table offers a cooling respite to the heat. Love those pink striped plates. ~ Sarah

  32. marlis Avatar

    thanks for the recipe I will be trying this weekend! the table looks delightful with the stripe and flowers..

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