With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: Mother's Day Vintage Tablescape and Brunch Menu

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Mother's Day Vintage Tablescape and Brunch Menu

I love this quote. It brings back so many sweet memories for my husband and I as we remember our Mothers this Mother's Day. Gathering many old rose pottery pieces and boopie glasses from our childhood, I created a vintage tablescape and a menu any mom would enjoy.

 A pretty pink and green table of vintage pieces with the sweetest design of pink roses and tiny blue forget-me-not bring back memories of my childhood.

These three dinner plates were used when I was growing up.  They are melmac and I remember well standing by a sink full of suds, washing each plate and thinking how pretty they were.

Through the years, I have collected pottery pieces with the same pretty bouquet of roses.
I now have two dinner plates, a pie plate, a deviled egg dish, an oval platter, two small bowls, a candy dish, a pitcher and a covered tea/coffee pot.

The sage-green cloth napkins belonged to my mom and are displayed in vintage etched Boopie glasses. A scattering of childhood photos personalizes the table with sweet memories.  To add a special touch to your tablescape, add pictures of favorite family moments. There are various types of prints that you can make on Shutterfly.

 ~  remembering a mom's love for her son  ~

~  treasuring a lifetime of love  ~

All atop a pink and green table cloth that my mom said (if I remember correctly) was a wedding gift from her mom.

Pain Perdu (French Toast) was one of the very first Rachel Ray recipes I ever made and one we have enjoyed many times over the years, especially when we are having breakfast for dinner.
It is the berry compote that makes this French Toast extra special.
It is so good!

Pain Perdu and Mixed Berry Compote
Recipe courtesy Rachael Ray

2 eggs
1 cup sugar (it is really good with 1 cup sugar but I have reduced it as much as 1/3 cup with good results)
1 tablespoon cornstarch dissolved in a splash of water
1 cup whole milk
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
8 slices stale white bread or 6 slices thick cut stale bread (my favorite is sourdough bread)
Butter, for griddle pan
Warm maple syrup, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar and/or fresh berries for topping

Preheat nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat. Beat eggs very well, add sugar and beat again. Add cornstarch in water and beat that in; add milk and nutmeg.

Coat bread thoroughly in egg-milk mixture. Lightly butter hot pan with butter. Add bread to the pan and cook slowly, 3 or 4 minutes on each side, 2 to 3 slices at a time. Serve hot with your favorite toppings or Mixed Berry Compote. 

Mixed Berry Compote 

1/2 cup sugar
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 cup water
1 pint strawberries, sliced
1 cup raspberries
1 cup blackberries or blueberries
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey

Combine sugar, lemon and water in a small sauce pot. Over moderate heat, dissolve sugar into water. Stir in fruit, coating it in sugar water and bring the fruit and water to a bubble. Reduce heat and simmer 7 or 8 minutes.

Remove fruit with a slotted spoon to a serving dish and add maple syrup or honey to the pan. Continue cooking to thicken syrup, 5 minutes; pour over fruit. Serve with French toast, pancakes or waffles.

Strawberry Muffins
In bowl combine:
2 cups of all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a second bowl combine:
1 egg
1 cup fat-free milk
1/3 cup oil

Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients, just until moistened.

fold in:
1 cup chopped fresh strawberries

Spray muffins tins with baking spray or line with baking cups.  Fill 3/4 full. If desired, sprinkle a little cinnamon sugar on top of each muffin. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes then remove from muffin pan and enjoy. Yield 1 dozen (or 24 mini muffins)

 Pink Sparkling Punch

1 12-ounce frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
4 cups white cranberry juice cocktail, chilled
1-quart club soda, chilled
raspberries and mint to garnish

Stir together; garnish pitcher/glasses with berries and mint.


Melanie said...

I love that little verse too! It is so sweet. Love thie dishes, they are so feminine and pretty. The menu sounds perfect and the strawberry muffin recipe looks like something I must try. Wishing you a lovely Mother's Day this Sunday!

Snap said...

The recipes look delicious. I loved the story behind the dishes and the tablecloth. Lovely memories.

Debbie said...

Oh how I love your pretty, pretty table setting and dishes...perfect! And all the memories and feelings that go with it. And the recipes just sound divine! yum....Hope your mother's day is a good one!

Jennifer Hicks said...

LOVE all of this.

Lorrie said...

Your tablesetting is so very pretty. I love the vintage table cloth, and by the way it drapes in the photo I can almost feel it. It reminds me of the ones my own mother used to use that are worn out and long gone. Such pretty roses on those dishes.

Gail Blain Peterson said...

A beautiful table and a beautiful meal!! What a lovely tribute to Moms :)

Love your boopies -- I have a large collection of them and use them pretty often.

Happy Mother's Day!


Blackberry Lane said...

Happy Mother's Day. I enjoyed your pretty tablescape, recipes and memories of your and John's mothers.

Ann said...

The tablescape is so pretty. I love how you used the pictures of both of your moms.
Delicious menu.

Lynn@Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your setting is so pretty and look at that beard!!! Gorgeous punch with just the slightest blush:@)

Sue said...

Absolutely stunning tablescape, filled with not only love, but wonderful memories Lorraine. Thanks for sharing beautiful thoughts, and your delectable recipes

Wishing you much happiness on this Mother's Day,

Cheryl said...

What a beautiful table, set with memory and meaning. (And with luscious food...can't forget that!)

Happy Mother's Day to you!

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

Lorraine, I love your eye for details. Your posts are always a feast for the eyes. And what a wonderful tribute to your lovely mom.

Lea said...

What an absolutely delightful post with gorgeous photos. Love the dishes! A most wonderful Mother's Day to you!

Just a little something from Judy said...

So pretty! So inviting! The sentimental meaning of it all, makes it even more special. I must admit, anyone invited in to sit at your table, would be blessed beyond words. I enjoyed every part of this post so much.

I wish you a wonderful Mother's Day!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

What a beautiful table and wonderful sounding recipes :) Those plates are gorgeous--I love them! I hope you have a lovely Mother's day. :)

Nancy's Notes said...

What a beautiful post, brought tears to my eyes. That verse is just beautiful too. Oh my, I'm just in awe of your tribute to your mom, how special, sweet, and gorgeous. Every detail is beyond perfect!

kitty said...

What a lovely tribute to both of your moms, Lorraine. The dishes are such treasures and how wonderful to find pieces to match them. Your menu sounds wonderful and perfect for a Mother's Day celebration. Happy Mother's Day to you!

Susan said...

Oh Lordy Lord, LDH. That French toast with compote sound terrific!

Your rose dishes are SOOOOOO pretty.

Hope you have a beautiful Mother's Day. Susan

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor said...

What a beautiful table from beginning to end...what a great way to say Thank you mom.
Happy Mother's Day to you.

Shelia said...

I love your sweet table and I want to thank you for popping in to see me and wish you a Happy Mother's Day!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Debbie Huffaker said...

Yum, Yum, Yum! It all looks so delicious. HOPE you have an awesome Mother's Day. I'm so grateful that my Mom is home for us to celebrate with!!!

SarahGeorge said...

Loved everything!!! The post, the sweetest dishes and the memories of your child hood, especially washing those dishes thinking how pretty they were :) And those special delicacies you've prepared. Happy wonderful mother's day to you my dear Lorraine

Melissa @ My Recent Favorite Books said...

I love the verse, and you have such a Beautiful table! =)
Everything looks so pretty!

I hope you had a wonderful Mothers Day!

backroadjournal said...

What a lovely post and tribute to your mothers. I hope you had a wonderful day. Your menu sounds great.

Joy said...

Your photos are so beautiful, the food looks delicious, and the recipes sound wonderful, easy to make! The little poem about Mothers makes me sad as just recently, my daughter told me, "We aren't close." (sigh). I guess it wasn't enough that I gave birth to her and breastfed her, took care of her. Yet, I will always love her no matter what. Your blog is always beautiful, a delight to look at, thank you!

Sarah said...

Beautiful Mother's Day post. Every detail from the table to the menu is just perfect. I think it's sweet that you found dishes like the ones you had growing up. '-)


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