Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Where has the time gone????? It seems that with my husband starting his new job last week and the holiday weekend, I'm behind. How do I get so behind...........
It's Wednesday already and I haven't even thought of a tablescape!
I had hoped I would be blogging a little more than I have been. I guess like everyone else, September is a good time to get into a schedule. I also realize that fall is here. Well, the calendar says it's here. In Texas its still 90 degrees! Wait I should clarify that... Texans think it's fall because the calendar says so not the weather. lol
Being a NewYorker, going from 106 to 90 degrees is not a cool down... Granted it is cooler, not a cool down! lol  A cool down is 60 degrees and you need a sweatshirt! lol  I get a big kick out of Texans!!!!!

I thought I'd share last night's dinner with you....

I set a simple table every night for my husband and I. The placemat is green,  the sun is making it look lighter than it really is. I bought four at "Something Special".
All proceeds go to a women's shelter in Montgomery county.

The striped dish is "Set Sail" by Demdaco. I bought them half price at a store in Spring or Galvaston.
 I bought four in Spring and then saw them again in Galvaston. I love the happy colors!
Did you see the napkin????  I through in a little fun.........snowmen! I love them!!!

I just bought the gold dishes at Salvation Army.
I bought four, two of another color. I will share them in  another post!
They are Espana by Tabletops Unlimited. I poured myself a glass of wine.

For dinner we are having.............................
Dijon Chicken Thighs with Artichoke Sauce over fettuccine
 with a tossed salad.
This is all made in the crock pot. The recipe is at the end of the post. I wish you could smell this...........

The fettuccine boiling.......

The tossed salad is mixed.......with raspberry vingarette.

Dinner is served!!!!
This is a wonderful meal even for company........
I would also serve crusty garlic bread with this but I didn't have any.

A simple everyday meal at Sweetladyelaine's!

Dijon Chicken Thighs with Artichoke Sauce

1/3 cup dijon mustard
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon (optional)
8 chicken thighs skinned ( I have used boneless breasts)
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 jar (12 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts undrained cut in half
1/4 chopped fresh parsley (optional)

1. Combine mustard, garlic and tarragon in large bowl. Add chicken thighs and toss to coat. Transfer to 4-6 quart Crock Pot slow cooker.
2. Add onion, mushrooms and artichokes with liquid. Cover; cook on low 6-8 hours or on high 4 hours or until chicken is tender. Stir in parsley just before serving.

Serving Suggestions: Serve over hot fettuccine that has been tossed with butter and parsley.

Note: To skin chicken easily, grasp skin with paper towel and pull away. Repeat with fresh paper towel for each piece of chicken, discarding skins and towels.

This is a great meal for the cool weather! ENJOY!!!!!!!

Thank you for stopping by....I appreciate your visits!

I am joining Susan at Between Naps On The Porch
 Tablescape Thursday.

Blessings My Friend,


  1. Elaine, I love this recipe, and I love that it all goes into a crockpot! I could set this up, and do my fall decorating! I love your tables for two, you always find the nicest dishes. xo,

  2. Your tablescape looks wonderful. Love the whimsy of the snowmen napkins and the striped dishes are great. They go with anything. The chicken looks fabulous. Hugs, Marty

  3. Yummy looking.. if you don't mind I'll sit down at your darling table and have a glass of wine right along with you... hugs ~lynne~

  4. Cute striped dishes...your recipe sounds delicious. I am always on the lookout for new chicken recipes.
    It has finally cooled off here...from 100° down into the 70's the past few is heaven!

  5. Great looking recipe. and a nice table!

  6. This recipe is on my must make list.. love it.. oh gosh it looks scrumptious. I love your everyday table.. very inviting. I need to do that more often with my sweetie.. 90 is better than 108!!! lol.. we did have a 60 day here and I reveled in it.. threw open doors and window, the AC didn't run.. life was perfect.. xo marlis

  7. Very cheery table you've set. AND THE FOOD LOOKS DELICIOUS!!! Yum.

    All very inviting.
    Have a sweet Autumn.
    God bless,

  8. Glad I stopped by - I will try that recipe. Just last week I did Chicken Piccata in the crock pot and it turned out wonderfully. Hubby would like the Dijon taste of your even better. And I did do a double-take on the snowmen napkins - fun!

  9. Oh, are killin' me!!! You are so funny!!! I agree with you: Going from 105 to 90 is NOT cooling down. It's just takin' a breather 'cause it's still hot enough to fry an egg!!! When I first looked at your tablescape, I thought, "Wow...that almost looks like a snowman on the napkin." More than "almost"!!!!!! You are a hoot!

  10. Hi Elaine!! I agree with you, it still feels like summer here too. With all the craziness, I have also been behind. Maybe now that things are somewhat settling down we can get into a routine of some sorts! Your tablescape is so nice, lovely for a weeknight dinner. My mom had that same bowl that your salad is in. I love the striped bowls and how cute that you added those napkins! This meal is one that I think I could handle, I may be trying it soon, looks delish!

  11. Oh goodness, your chicken recipe looks so yummy. Thank you for sharing it. Your table is sweet. Those snowmen napkins might cool things down a bit for you! Thank you for visiting today!

  12. You're so adorable--I love that you threw in the snowmen napkins! Love all the bright colors and the fettucine looks amazing!!!


  13. Wonderful gets on the plates for your delightful tablescape. The chicken sounds delicious. I'll give it a try. Thanks for the recipe. Cherry Kay

  14. Thanks for your nice comment and also for welcoming my sister, another Elaine, to blogland. I moved to Florida a year ago from NJ and I just can't think fall when it's still 90 but I am not complaining. What a nice dinner for 2. Your recipe sounds great and I will have to try it.

  15. I think it's a real art to see the beauty in simple things. I think a successful tablescape is one that draws you in and says sit down and enjoy a meal here. Yours does that. And, I'm not just saying that because I'm hungry right now!

  16. Crockpot! I don't think there a better invention for a working woman. this recipe sounds yummy and I am going to try it. Great dish finds. Dianne

  17. Hi lovely lady.
    This is a sweet Tablescape ladye.
    I love the homey feel you have with your home. we also have dinner most of the time like you do. I was going to email you but it will not take!! maybe you can email me. Thanks so much for your sweet comments you are so sweet.
    I hope you have a great week.
    XXOO Diane

  18. I love your tablescape and the cute napkins, but I want to go for dinner, that food looks awesome, I love pasta and I can really smell it!! Lots of hugs. FABBY

  19. I wish your pool was in MY jealous!!! Love your striped dishes! Thanks for sharing your yummy artichoke hearts especially in a spinach dip (you need to try that recipe sometime if you haven't). Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Wonderful table -- love the snowmen -- just the thing to cool down a hot day!

  21. I can't wait to try that chicken recipe. Yours looks so yummy! Lovely tablescape for two. Those striped dishes are fun!

  22. Nicely done, beautiful table.

    Karin Şen Cankan