Our Anniversary dinner

Wow, I think I have the very best "bloggy" friends, seriously THE BEST!  Thanks to all who left such sweet comments about my anniversary.  I spent most of the day packing &/or cleaning & weeding out, so when The Man called & asked where I wanted to go for dinner, I was very tempted.   But I already had an idea for a simple dinner that we both really enjoy, so I said I'd prefer to eat in.  Since blogging time has been so limited, plus nothing to blog about, I decided to put together a little "dinner-for-two" tablescape.  Please bear in mind, that all the china, stemware, candles, vases & pretty much everything beyond the basics have been packed, so I was doing the "minimalist-thing" for this dinner.  Even the dining room table has been covered with sheets & has become the staging ground for things to be packed -- no, not pretty!

At least I hadn't packed these pretty placemats & matching napkins that I got on sale at Tuesday Morning a few months ago.  There is also a matching tablerunner & they reverse to a sweet little check.  They are made by Waverly, so the quality of the fabric is very nice.  Anyway, I pulled some FiestaWare that worked, went to the yard & cut some stems from the Vincas & stuck them in a small glass (remember, all vases are packed).   

A candle would have been nice -- oh, right, they are packed!  

I used some jute twine for a napkin ring because.......well, you know!

I just love this toile print.  

My little stemless wine glasses will be the last things to get packed.....because, well, you know a little "vino" is good for the soul & the nerves.  I just can't drink wine from a water glass, can you?

I served tortellini with a marinara sauce, Italian bread, & this salad.    

This is my own concoction of ingredients & is our absolute favorite salad.  I use baby greens &/or spinach, chopped apple, dried cranberries, crumbled bleu cheese (feta or goat are other options), & glazed pecans (if I have them).  I toss it with a dressing that I also concocted using olive oil, Balsamic vinegar, red wine, orange juice, honey, salt & pepper.  I just make this up as I go, so there is no actual recipe with amounts -- sorry.  We have this often as a meal by adding chopped chicken.  This is soooo good!

The Man had already started when I grabbed the camera to take this picture, so only my setting was available for a photo-op.  The Man doesn't quite get the whole "take a picture of every single detail thing" that we bloggers do....lol!

Anyway, we had a nice & quiet Anniversary dinner & enjoyed every morsel.

Many of you have asked how things are going with our house sale & moving, etc;  I'm not trying to be vague, but there are things I'm not at liberty to discuss just yet.  I'll just say we are moving in a positive direction on everything, & ya'll will be some of the first to hear as soon as I am able to share.  I truly do appreciate all your kindness & words of encouragement.  Again I say, "I have the BEST bloggy friends!"

Thanks for stopping by, & please continue to hang in there with me.  I do prowl around blogland when I need a break, but haven't had time to do much commenting.  Hope ya'll understand.  I truly miss it!  That's it for now.  Thanks for stopping by and please stop by again soon.

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  1. Hello Cas! Nothing beats dinner for two at home. From the decorations to the food, everything is a labor of love. Everything feels good and I'm sure your home is full of love wherever place you will be. It's the people that matter anyway. Have a great day!

  2. Oh, what a lovely dinner! I know you had a wonderful anniversary. hang in there with the move. I can't wait till you're all settled and we get a glimpse of your new life!
    Have a great day!

  3. I'm glad y'all were able to have a nice dinner. The food & table looks great!

  4. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! What an awesome dinner to spend it at home. Hope it was a great evening for you two.


  5. What a lovely dinner. My husband would pick staying in instead of going out all the time...congrats on the anniversary!

  6. Happy Anniversary! We just celebrated our 1st anniversary in the spring so a huge congrats to you on so many years. I loved the place mats you have they are beautiful.

    Thanks for stopping by our blog.

  7. Happy Anniversary :D Moving is such a *pain* I hope you can get settles soon and have some normalcy!

    Ricki Jill

  8. How nice! Happy Anniversary to you Cas!~

  9. What a lovely dinner for two. It's not a fancy table that matters, it's the love and thought that was put into it.

  10. I am so sorry that I missed your anniversary. I was too busy celebrating my 53rd anniversary on 6-15.
    We too stayed home.
    I love your tablesetting. Anything toile gets me going especially the red. The wine was a great addition and the food looks delish.
    I hope you had a wonderful anniversary and that you celebrate many more. Ginger:)

  11. CAS, I love the idea of your "table for two" tablescape. Thanks for the inspiration...not to mention that salad looked so yummy! :) The toile placemats are so beautiful. I'm so glad you found my blog through Ally's. I'm your newest follower! :)

  12. Happy Anniversary!! What a special evening you created even with just using what you had on hand. :-) I love the toile linens and it sounds like it was probably a nice break from all of the craziness of moving. It was so great to see your link pop up and we are just thrilled you shared this at Inspiration Friday this week! :-)

  13. Happy Anniversary! Love the placemats and yes we use water glasses for wine all the time, even though we have beautiful stem wine glasses! May your love go on and on..............


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