Southern Evening

Submitted by Christi

Oh, how I love these cool fall evenings! The sun is slanting at a different angle and there is just a hint of coolness in the air!

How about a little bite to eat on the porch for

Tablescape Thursday with Between Naps on the Porch

with Between Naps on the Porch

Spode - Reynolds

Spode - Reynolds

Purple Grape Glasses

Purple Grape Glasses

The sun is going down

The sun is going down

A fall centerpiece

A fall centerpiece

Time to light the candle

Time to light the candle

The sun is sinking below the horizon

The sun is sinking below the horizon

Oh, how I love these cool fall evenings!

The candle is flickering in the evening dusk

The candle is flickering in the evening dusk

A quiet Southern fall evening

A quiet Southern fall evening

Sorry to be so lax about posting lately. Life has been very busy, but in a good way. That means lots of work for us which is a very good thing. I have missed being a part of this wonderful blogging community this week!

Today’s Lagniappe: Pear, Blue Cheese and Walnut Salad
The pears at the grocery store are perfect right now! You can use the vinaigrette here or check out this past post for some other vinaigrette ideas. I used the classic vinaigrette with a touch of honey. Delish!

* 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
* 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
* 1 medium shallot, minced
* 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
* 1/2 cup olive oil

* 1 5-ounce bag mixed baby greens
* 2 large ripe pears, halved, cored, thinly sliced lengthwise
* 1 cup crumbled blue cheese
* 1 cup walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped

Whisk first 4 ingredients in small bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in oil. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.

Toss greens in large bowl with enough dressing to coat. Divide greens among 6 plates. Top with pear slices, dividing equally. Sprinkle with cheese and walnuts. Drizzle lightly with remaining dressing and serve.

19 Responses to “Southern Evening”

  1. Andrea at Opulent Cottage Says:

    Such gorgeous china! I will have to try your lovely recipe, we love anything with blue cheese!
    Cheers, Andrea

  2. Teri Says:

    Your Spode dinnerware is beautiful! The pumpkin centerpiece is really cute!

  3. Miss Merry Says:

    Your dishes are adorable! How wonderful for a fall table. I can’t wait to try your recipe, too. Pears, blue cheese – sounds delicious.

  4. Debbie Says:

    I’m not sure what I like better, the dishes or the centerpiece. I’ll just call it a tie. I agree that these fall southern evenings are really wonderful!

  5. Barbara Says:

    I love your centerpiece. It is just lovely with all the fall things and that candle. Everything looks so pretty on that red cloth.

  6. Slice of Pie Says:

    Love your Spode! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Slice of Pie Says:

    Love the Spode! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Celeste Says:

    Beautiful fall table! That china is so pretty! I have made a similar salad with apples, so I’ll have to try the pear!

  9. Mimi Says:

    The birds are back…I have missed them! Beautiful china for this time of year.

  10. Yvonne Says:

    It looks like a wonderful fall day to have a table outside! I love your centerpiece. THat wirey pumpkin filled with all of falls bounty looks gorgeous!
    And your china is absolutely the most beautiful!
    I love to visit your blog and visit.

  11. Sweetladyelaine Says:

    I love your centerpeice! Just a perfect tablescape for outside. Thank you for sharing.

  12. Mid-Atlantic Martha Says:

    Love those pretty dishes. This is a perfect fall tablescape with the fall colors, pumpkins and birds. Thanks for sharing your delicous sounding fall salad recipe too.

  13. Alycia Nichols Says:

    I really like those birds!!!!!! What a great find!

  14. Carol at Serendipity Says:

    I love the Spode. Reynolds was my mother’s pattern. Very pretty.


  15. De Anna Says:

    I would love to be the second person dining with you on your deck…what a wonderful time of year we experience here in the South!

    I loved your place setting and was especially drawn to the glasses….beautiful!

  16. Linda Says:

    Lovely tablescape and perfect for outside dining. Your centerpiece is charming. I will try your recipe…sounds yummy. Linda

  17. marlis Says:

    great spot to enjoy the evening. I love your centerpiece. I’ve never seen that spode pattern before, it’s delish!

  18. Entertaining Women Says:

    I love Spode Reynolds….and the metal pumpkin is perfect for your al fresco tablescape. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  19. chie Says:

    Love your wrought iron pumpkin as your centerpiece.

    Have a pretty Friday.

    Greetings from Stockholm,

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