Saturday, July 13, 2013

Making Sunshine

Well, you guessed it...'s dark, gloomy and rainy again, today!
It's so dark in the house, that I did a sunny tablescape to brighten things up.

I got out yellow placemats, tomato shaped pasta bowls and sunny lemons...

...then added in a little green, to go with Zinnias and daylilies from the garden.

While I was playing, I boiled a pot of pasta to make pasta salad.
No recipe...just "whatever's in the fridge pasta salad", dressed with olive oil, tarragon vinegar and Italian herbs.

A bowl of Parmesan cheese will go with it, but somehow, I didn't get a pic of that.

No fancy crackers, just Ritz and saltines...

...brightened with an orange Zinnia.

Are you ready for some pasta salad? 

The "sun" is shining. :)

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Grandma Barb's This and That said...

So pretty and it really brightened up the room. The pasta looks delicious. Now I'm hungry.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

We love pasta salads in the summer time! This pasta makes it look yummy and your pretty table makes the meal festive! Enjoy your weekend! Sunny hugs!


Your table is beautiful, very summery and perfect for a lovely lunch! The flowers from your garden are so pretty. I love it Babs! Hope your Summer is going along wonderful for you, sweet friend.

Kathleen said...

That looks great, so nice and colorful. I love those rattan covered glasses! Rained here today too. Hope tomorrow is a beach day. My son is out with the 5 kids, and they look fwd to playing in the water.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh how bright and cheery, I love this. How pretty. Sure wish we had some of your rain Hugs, Marty

Kelly said...

I love pasta salad! Your table setting is really pretty. It's a breath of fresh air on this gloomy day.

Blondie's Journal said...

This is such a delight! The colorful dishes, the yummy past and veggies, and mostly the flowers tucked in here and there! What a fantastic thing to do on a rainy day! SO pretty!


Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Love the orange zinnia. The lemons and your sunny colors sure made it seem sunny!

Suzan said...

I love using Zinnias. They last quite awhile to when put in water!! I'm with you - sure wish it would just rain and get it out of its system! Lovely table and the pasta salad looks delish!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Love this post, Babs! Looks like it's the only way we will get any sunshine! Hugs...Debbie

Sarah said...

That table would definitely brighten up my day! I know you are tired of the rain and gloomy days so you can send that rain west to us . Hoping the weather man is on target with his prediction of rain in our near future. Happy Bastille Day! ~ Sarah

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

That's my favorite kind of pasta salad! It seems it always turns out great too. I have recently discovered the Ritz fresh stacks and am a bit addicted. I have to be careful not to eat an entire stack at once. There is nothing better that a Ritz. :o)

Unknown said...

Babs, it looks wonderful! The pasta salad looks delish!! I usually don't complain about the weather, but this rain is starting to get on my nerves. Have a great week! :)

Ivy, Phyllis and Me! said...

Good Morning Babs, Oh yes, I am always ready for pasta salad and especially on such a beautifully laid table.
I am sorry to hear about the gloomy weather, I thought your part of the world enjoyed beautiful summers. There must be a blip in the weather as for the past 10 days we have had the most glorious weather here in England and all my flowers are enjoying the warmth... and so am I.
Have a lovely day,
Best Wishes

Pat said...

Sunny, indeed!!!
These are perfect Summer Sunshine hues, dear friend!!!
Here's to hoping you have a ray of Sunshine through your windows, soon!!!
P.S. There will be no Zinnias here this year, "Pee Wee" (our resident bunny) liked them immensely!!!

Lady of the Manor said...

You're right, sometimes you have to make your own sun shine! What a beautiful and delicious looking table!!

Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

Awww its so bright and shiny...loves the bright colors. I'll send you some sunshine from Indiana!

Denise said...

Hi Babs, I love your table!!! These colors are so cheerful and perfect together, and they really do shout summer!! I love the tomato shaped pasta bowls and your cheerful, yellow quilted placemats. The zinnias and day lilies add the perfect touch. I have pasta salad in our fridge left over from a family reunion; I wish my husband and son liked it as much as I do. :)

This is a great way to bring in some sunshine! I think we're all starting to feel a little waterlogged this summer. Have a wonderful day, Babs!


Denise at Forest Manor

Lisa said...

You had me at "makeing sunshine". We have had over 20 straight days of rain here in NC. I love these colors. Just beautiful! Come visit me sometime.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a great table for a cloudy day. It's gorgeous! If anything could help cheer one up it would be your tablescape. I love it!

An Oasis in the Desert said...

Well, I think you would have certainly chased away the "cloudy blues" with that tablescape. It is fun, bright and cheerful -- doesn't get any better than that! Your "whatever is in the fridge" pasta salad looks amazing!

I'll send you some sunshine if you send us some rain!

Jenna said...

That tablescape is just stunning, Babs! Great job! Thanks for linking up to Give Me the Goods! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof