“You Are My Sunshine” Tablescape

 

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You have out of town guests visiting for the weekend and you’re looking to “up your game” for breakfast but don’t want to “fuss” over the table decorations too much or…AT ALL!  Then follow my lead and get ready to host like the pros!  This tablescape is a cinch to create with it’s cheery orange florals and fruits of peach and grapefruit that perform double duty as decorations and food. “But I’m not a floral designer” I can hear you murmuring from here.  Look closely at the pretty rose floral centerpiece in the picture.  Now…take another look.  I simply took the pre-made bouquet that I bought from my local grocer and placed it atop a pretty bowl.  That’s it!  Simple enough????  Are you humming “You are my Sunshine” yet???  Serve up your favorite quiche (or my Sexy Eggs found here), some tasty muffins you purchased from your local bakery and a creamy cafe au lait and you’ve got yourself a great start to the weekend!  (And the wow factor you were hoping to give your guests!)

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What you’ll need for this look:

  • Table Runner
  • Coordinating Place Mats
  • Cloth napkins (I used a black stripe for interest and “pop”)
  • Bowl for Floral Centerpiece
  • Store bought floral bouquet in coordinating color
    • Hint:  Maybe you want a bowl of strawberries instead of grapefruit?  Then coordinate the color of your bouquet accordingly.  Likewise, your placemats and napkins.  Just have fun with it!
  • Bud vases (these do not have to match as mine did).  Use greenery in individual bud vases from the floral bouquet.
  • Set each place setting with dishes from your own collection.  Include a juice glass and coffee cup.
  • Sugar and creamer

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“You are My Sunshine” tablescape appears “designer” but not fussy.  The singular bud vases with simple greenery and platter of peaches lend a more contemporary design to the table.  Place the flowers (that have been hanging out in water) atop the bowl the morning of your breakfast and they will last through the afternoon without wilting.

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Pink, yellow and orange accents

 

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“You are my Sunshine” Tablescape lends itself to a sophisticated ease and informality…and conversation!

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Overhead View

 

Sexy Eggs | Valentine’s Breakfast in Bed

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I know, I know! I can hear you thinking it from here! “What could possibly be sexy about eggs?” Well, dear ones…I’m about to blow your mind with this simple, sexy and mouth watering five ingredient omelet (six if you count the garnish) that will have your lover, your friends, heck, even your pastor! (gasp)…rolling their eyes back in their head with delight and longing for more! Serve these gorgeous eggs in bed (minus the pastor…duh) with a bit of dark chocolate (my fav is this one) and your favorite Prosecco and you’ve got yourself a (fill in the blank)! I’ve even put together your Sexy Eggs playlist with Paula Cole’s “Feelin’Love” at the top of the shuffle and on heavy rotation!

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Sexy Eggs start with a simple omelet recipe. The Frugal Gourmet taught me how to make the perfect omelet when I was in college and you can find his tutorial here. That said, I use cream in my eggs for the richness…he uses water. The only prep you will need to execute in order to speed up the “sexy egg” process is roasting one red pepper under a broiler ahead of time and storing in frig until use. I cannot stress enough that a RED (or orange or yellow…not green) must be used and it MUST be roasted. Otherwise, you’ve made yourself a nice western omelet sort of thingy and, although it might be tasty, it will not be sexy.

Even the making of Sexy Eggs is sexy because you use your hands…yes…your hands.

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The warm eggs are soft and pillowy (sexy), the butter is buttery (sexy), the roasted red pepper is sweet and surprising (sexy) and the cream cheese is rich and decadent (sexy).  And the darn thing is so easy to make (sexy).

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SEXY EGGS     (makes two omelets)                                                                                                                                      

4 eggs

1/2 cup half and half

4 tablespoons butter

About 3 oz cream cheese

1/2 a roasted red pepper – skinned, deseeded and torn into strips

Salt and pepper to taste

Snipped chives for garnish

  • Whip together eggs and half and half
  • Place 1 – 2 tablespoons butter into hot skillet on medium high
  • Pour half of egg mixture into prepared pan and proceed to make an omelet
  • Place small dollops of cream cheese and roasted pepper strips on half of omelet
  • Salt and pepper all
  • Cook until done
  • Fold onto plate
  • Repeat for 2nd omelet

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SEXY EGGS PLAYLIST:

1. “Feelin’ Love”   –  Paula Cole

2. “I’m Your Man”   –   Michael Buble’

3. “All of Me”   –   John Legend

4.  “Theme from A Summer Place”  – Percy Faith Orchestra

5. “Drunk in Love”   –  Beyonce’

6. “I’m in the Mood for Love”  –  Julie London

7. “Speakers”  –  Sam Hunt

8. “Like I Love You” –   Justin Timberlake

9. “At Last” –  Etta James

10. “Gorilla” –  Bruno Mars

11.“The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face  – Roberta Flack