Southern Pinks

Submitted by Christi

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. marlis Says:

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

  2. sarah Says:

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

  3. Sheila Says:

    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 🙂

  4. Yvonne Says:

    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!

  5. Mid-Atlantic Martha Says:

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

  6. Barbara Says:

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

  7. Susan Says:

    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

  8. Mimi Says:

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

  9. Johanna Says:

    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

  10. Entertaining Women Says:

    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

  11. Linda Says:

    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

  12. Sue Says:

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

  13. Christine Says:

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

  14. Beth Says:

    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.

  15. Kathy Says:

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

  16. Jane Blackburn Says:

    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.

  17. Mama Zen Says:

    That squash sounds divine!

  18. Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful Says:

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

  19. Sue Says:

    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!


  20. Requi Says:

    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,


  21. Donna Douglas Says:

    I’m a big fan of the pink stripes!

  22. Danelle Says:

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

  23. Melodie Says:

    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!

  24. lulu Says:

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

  25. Susan Says:

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

  26. Joanne Kennedy Says:

    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.


  27. Nancy Says:

    Yummy recipe! Thanks! Happy Pink Saturday!

  28. Debbie Says:

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



  29. Marydon Says:

    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

  30. The Tablescaper Says:

    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

  31. caren Says:

    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!

  32. Kate Says:

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

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