Southern Sunny Table

It is hot, hot hot here! As I write this, the heat index is 101 – down from 105 today! So, summer is in full swing. What makes me think SUMMER? The sunflower!

Earlier this week I posted this pic of a sunflower about to bloom.

Now it looks like this:

I love those colors and it reminded me of some of my china that has sunflowers on it.

So, of course, I braved the heat and set the table for a late evening supper on the back porch.

The sunflower china (Spode – Reynolds) with golden flatware and some summery flowers.

See the bird feeder in the background. The doves that were feeding flew off when I went out. Hated to disturb them 🙂

A close up of the summer flowers:

And, of course, my table doves were invited too!

Happy summer evening! Hope you enjoyed this tablescape and will go and visit a lot more at:

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

Today’s Lagniappe:  Smothered Okra
Found some okra, along with some heirloom tomatoes and some other delicious treats at the Farmer’s Market today!

1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 pounds okra, washed under cool water, stemmed and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch slices
3 cups chopped onions
2 cups chopped bell peppers
1 cup chopped celery
2 (1-pound) cans whole tomatoes, crushed with their liquid
3 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne or Cajun seasoning
3/4 cup water or chicken broth

Preheat the oven to 350º F degrees. Pour the oil into the bottom of a large roasting pot, not cast iron. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to mix well. Cover the pot with a lid. Bake, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Reduce the heat to 300º F. Continue baking, with the lid on, for one and half to two hours, or until the slime has disappeared. Bake, uncovered for the last 15 minutes of the cooking time. The time will vary according to the tenderness of the okra. Remove and cool completely before storing in freezer containers. This is excellent to serve as a side dish or to use as the base for okra gumbo. Makes 10 servings.






17 responses to “Southern Sunny Table”

  1. mary Avatar

    You really did a great job putting everything together. I really like your dishes. Have a nice weekend, Mary

  2. Bill Avatar

    Love the photos of the sunflower (pre- and post-opening)! Perfect transition into showing us the pattern of your pretty plates. The table doves are great!

  3. Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful Avatar

    What gorgeous china — and just perfect with your sunflowers! I love those first two pics — before and after blooming — spectacular! It’s way too hot to eat outside here, too, but your table looks inviting!

  4. Barbara Avatar

    Those dishes are so pretty! I love your sunflowers.

  5. Linda Avatar

    I’ve never seen those Spode dishes before but I love them! And your sunflower is beautiful. Will you show us another picture when it turns to seed in the center? Linda

  6. Johanna Avatar

    That is a very colorful and summerly china pattern. So nice. Love the doves.
    Greetings, Johanna

  7. Debbie Avatar

    What a colorful set of dishes you have! LOVE the pic of the sunflower waiting to bloom…so cool.

  8. bonnie morgan Avatar

    Thank you for the gorgeous picture of the sunflower beginning to open. I have only seen opened sunflowers. I think they are so pretty and highlight your great dishes.

  9. Rachel Avatar

    I love the dishes, so fun and fitting for your beautiful sunflower!

  10. custom seamstress Avatar

    I love sunflowers also.

  11. Beth Avatar

    The Spode china is just gorgeous, and your floral arrangement and table doves are a great add to your table. Very pretty!

  12. Sandi Avatar

    I absolutely love those dishes. Living in Kansas, I am most particularly drawn to anything sunflower! Have a wonderful week. Sandi

  13. Mimi Avatar

    Beautiful, beautiful plates! My sunflowers are pretty small this year, hope the wild ones do better than my cultivated ones. I just love those birds!

  14. Jeanette Parsons Avatar

    Such a summery table. It all blends so beautifully.

  15. Lacy @ The Inspired Nest Avatar

    I love the china! That is a happy cheerful summer setting!

  16. Delores Avatar

    I have been in love with those Spode plates forever. I actually have the “wannabe” plates that are very similar. The sunflowers really work well with the plates

  17. Happier Than A Pig in Mud Avatar
    Happier Than A Pig in Mud

    Beautiful sunflower! The last time I had fresh okra had to be over 20 years ago, I grew it in my garden-think I might have to correct that!

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