Spring is creeping in on us….perhaps I should have said Spring is transitioning, which would mean the season is slowly moving in as weather patterns are changing….and the Winter season is moving out.
Yes!!! I am one of those who delight in change. I am always looking forward to new decorating challenges and experiences of the new in-coming season. I use the opportunity to leap into the new season with all the excitement and anticipation of a child at Christmas. It doesn’t matter which season it is, I simply love to decorate my home as a joyful salute to the in-coming season, while fondly waving farewell to the out-going season.
For those of you who know me or have been following me on this Blog…you know I love decorating and that includes tablescapes! Yes, morning glories, today we are going to talk about Spring-in-the-dining room tablescape!
First off…I have to tell you that this particular tablescape is a transitioning tablescape. Meaning it will take on different aspects as we get further into the season.
You all know that each season doesn’t just happen all at once. There is a slow transformation. Compare it to the beautiful peony bush, which starts each Spring by slowly emerging through the cool, brown earth as new, tender maroon colored shoots! Far from looking like the finished bush with large, glossy green leaves adorned with heavy blossoms. No, it is gradual ….and my tablescapes and seasonal decorating are a gradual process too. It isn’t that the whole scene changes, as some things remain from season to season with perhaps a slight modification.
The beautiful faux pink and white peony branches and blooms that I purchased a few weeks ago at Pier 1 became my inspiration for the centerpiece of my Spring tablescape! The blooms are not real, however… they look amazingly real, and yes, they were a bit expensive. Luckily, I was able to get them on sale and I consider them to be an investment as I do the other faux flowers in my collection.
I would love to use fresh flowers in my tablescape, but my taste for certain flowers, such as the peony… is not affordable in Florida. Sadly, the large bushes laden with big, luscious, pink and white blooms will not grow in our warm climate. So even though I still use fresh flowers from time to time…my advice is do not shy away from using faux florals in your tablescapes or vignettes. Purchase the florals that look amazingly real and they will last for many years to come and they will make your decorating much easier.
I used a bright, white, lattice vase to hold my beautiful peony blooms and surrounded this centerpiece with lovely, soft, pink and white plates, pink cups and white candles.
The pink and white plates complete the “Welcoming Spring” centerpiece. My dear readers..don’t stash away your pretty dishes in the back of a cabinet, bring them out and display them. Stack them on a cake plate to better present them. You will enjoy the beauty they bring to your dining table as well as your home.
Aren’t these pink petal cups just perfect for the spring centerpiece? They just scream Spring.
Oh, and if you are busy rounding up Spring decor for your own tablescape….you might want to make easy chicken wraps! The chicken wrap recipe below is ideal because it is quick and easy to make. I am sure you already have the ingredients in your pantry…except for maybe the avocado….but your loved one can bring that home just before dinner. Right? 🙂
The handy dandy printable recipe is below:
I also have another confession to make. Last week I said to the Captain….“honey, all you have to do is…….” and he said it sounded to him like another project was about to start. All I will say is, I am very excited!
More to come…..:)
Have a great beginning to your week.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ red onion, sliced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 large chicken breast or 2 small, diced
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- juice of 1 lime
- 2 ripe avocados
- ½ finely chopped red onion
- ½ finely chopped tomato
- chopped fresh cilantro to taste
- squeeze of lime juice to keep avocado from turning brown
- 2 large flour tortillas
- sour cream
- salsa or pica de gallo (recipes in my recipe file)
- Add the olive oil to a heavy pan (I use cast iron over a medium-high heat)
- Add the onion, garlic and cumin...stirring to mix as you add the chicken
- Cook the chicken for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, add the lime juice and paprika
- Cook, stirring, for another 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked but not over done
- Remove from heat and prepare the guacamole
- Peel and mash the avocados with a fork and add in the onion, tomatoes, lime juice and cilantro and season to taste
- Heat the tortillas in cast iron skillet or the microwave just until soft
- Add the chicken and guacamole and wrap or roll the tortilla. Cut in half on the diagonal and serve with sour cream or salsa or both!