Hello any of you cute pink little pigs!
And the cute little black piggie salt and pepper shakers below.
I loved the book and movie “Charlottes’ Web” and all the effort it took for Charlotte to spin her web to send messages to the family to save Wilbur from the chopping block, so to speak.
Folks, I was raised on a farm and in my adult years, had my own ranch in the mountains of New Mexico where I have carried on the tradition of raising animals of all kinds.
Pigs, horses, cattle, sheep, ducks, geese, turkeys, chickens and even peacocks.
So, when I found these cute salad plates with a pink pig on them…I couldn’t resist them.
You might remember this pig…the one I painted and named Wilbur ……..click here if you missed the post a couple years ago.
His color originally was a blackish brown and I decided he should have a little pink on him so I dry brushed a terracotta chalk paint onto him and although I wasn’t completely satisfied with his color…I left him be.
And yes, I named this little piggy…his name is Wilbur and he has been moved from table to table and room to room over the years!
His current residency is above my kitchen cabinets.
As are the chickens….sigh!
You can take the girl out of the barnyard, but you can’t take the barnyard out of the girl.
I decided to use Wilbur in a centerpiece for the pink pig barnyard plates.,,,but he was not pink enough in my opinion, …
so out came the pink spray paint.
And I gave him a quick once over with a light coating of spray paint.
I compared him to the salad plates and didn’t feel they were compatible, if you know what I mean.
Wilbur is still not as I would like him, but I will work on that later…for right now, I would like to share the rest of the tablescape.
I started with a burlap table runner and burlap placemats topped with a “loopy” rattan charger.
I used hay bales, of course…and milk jugs with pink straws for milk.
I also used a plate stack that included the blue bubble depression glass and a pink dinner plate topped of course with the pink “Wilbur” salad plates.
The flatware looks a bit like straw or hay, but they are actually bamboo handled flatware.
The napkin ring is a giant sunflower over a blue napkin.
The sunflowers in the galvanized pitcher pick up the sunflower napkin rings.
A white lantern with a brown two-toned candle is at the other end of the table.
I especially love the little white pig name card holders…those little piggies seem to peek out from everywhere with little mischievous looks on their little faces.
A barnyard table would not be complete without mason jars, right?
As you can see in the pictures, “Wilbur” changes color right before your eyes…one minute he is a dark pig with terra cotta highlights and the next he is pink with darkish highlights.
Who knows what color he will be the next time you see him.
And now I am going to talk about a recipe.
A pork recipe.
Give me ten lashes with a wet noodle, but being raised on a farm and ranch….one has to live with the inevitable that farm animals sometimes make it to the dinner table.
And not as a guest or decor but as the main dish. 🙁
I LOVE bacon.
And I love sausage.
And I love making my own home made breakfast sausage!
Sometimes I make large patties and sometimes I make small patties…that is the option of the patty maker in your kitchen. 🙂
You may have a favorite home made breakfast sausage recipe, but in case you don’t and would like to make your own… the recipe below is a good one.
And just so you know….Wilbur is safe on my table….;)
If you prefer a coffee cake to a country breakfast…grab the milk and coffecake for sure.
Have a great and blessed day.
- 2 pounds of ground pork
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 minced garlic clove
- 2 teaspoons dried sage
- 1 /2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Combine pork. maple syrup, garlic, sage, pepper, salt, thyme, and cayenne pepper in a large bowl.
- Mix until combined trying not to overmix the meat as you don't want tough sausage patties.
- Divide the meat into 12 patties or the number and thickness you prefer.
- Using a non-stick skillet, melt the butter and cook the patties until well browned and cooked through...about 10 minutes, five on each side.
- Drain on paper towels and serve
- You can make these patties ahead of time and freeze in freezer bags for up to 1 month.
- You can also adjust the seasonings to your preference.