Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Tablescape Tuesday


Welcome to Tablescape Tuesday! Don't we just love looking at lovely perfectly set tables and getting such inspiration from each other? Well, as I've said before, the Queen, the Diva, the ultimate Tablescape Miracle Worker is my friend, Susan, at http://http//betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/ . If you like to play with your dishes, come and get inspired!!

I must tell you, today my perfectly set table involves a little more than just a pretty tablecloth and dishes. This time there is food which is so important to today's post! I promise, soon I'll be through talking about the Hurricane and all that's happened to us. But not right now...I have another Hurricane story! So sit down sweeties and let me tell you one...

Well, after we were allowed to come back on the island...so many folks had no electricity, you couldn't drink the water and the grocery store shelves had very few items for a while. The wonderful folks from different disaster ministries were so kind to pass out water, ice and food to us. Now I don't mean hamburgers or hotdogs or even canned goods. We were given cardboard boxes filled with little plastic bags filled with food.

What do you think? I have a perfectly lovely table set all for you! So just sit down. See my beautiful newspaper placemat - no tablecloth needed. You don't even have to read the articles - it's an out dated paper. Okay, now see the flatware? It is so nicely contained in a little plastic wrap for you with a napkin. So convenient. Uh uh, don't pick up anything yet until you wash your little pinkies with the with fresh nap wipe. Now the plastic plate came from my cupboard, but it matches beautifully with the newspaper placemat and flatware.

What will we be having for lunch today? Let's see...there is a little plastic cup of macaroni and cheese. Now if you want it hot you must have a microwave and electricity. If you like your pasta cold, just pop off the lid and go to town!! There's also cheese crackers filled with peanut butter. Yum, protein!! A little bag of Planters salted peanuts. Where my little glass bottle of coke? Did any of you do that years ago - pour that little bag of peanuts into your little bottle of coke? Oh, I'm getting off the track. There is also a very nice very soft nutri gran bar - just like the ones served on the finest of airplanes! Now you must have a beverage and we have a beautiful bottle of clear fresh water for you. If you want a little punch in your water you can pour an individual packet of Crystal Lite into the bottle, shake and drink with gusto!! I do want you to notice the very beautiful individual floral arrangement to set off this gorgeous table! A fern leaf and hibiscus flower from the backyard. Oh, so lovely!

Now wasn't that tasty? I must tell you my favorite item of food in my little plastic pouch was the GUSHERS!! Woo Hoo!! These were tasty little nuggets. Rip the top off the bag and these little gems were all stuck together waiting to be popped into your mouth! As your teeth bite into each little nugget - spurt - your tongue is sent to heaven with the sweet usshie nectar inside!! Oh, delight!! I must tell you, we have many little plastic pouches with food items in them, but somehow there are no more little bags of Gushers. Wonder where they went? Humm...lol


Now if that was not your kind of meal, you have a choice. We were handed a second cardboard box filled with little plastic pouches and a few of these 'stick to your ribs' kinds of food. See, it looks awesome on the Styrofoam plate. I do believe you need electricity if you want to get the true goodness of flavor from this little box!


Yum yum! Can't you just taste the goodness of the 'almost like real' eggs?? Oh, boy, get out of my way! I'm tearing open the little box now!!

Oh, it's wonderful to know too how healthy this delicious meal is!! There is only 435mg of cholesterol and just a tad of salt - 1130mg. Like I said...yum yum.



Now if you would love to achieve a table that looks as lovely as mine, I know you can do it. It's just so easy! You can just copy any idea you would like from me and I will be so flattered. This is a great way to set a table if you're on a budget or just in a hurry, or if you have people coming to dinner who you just don't really care for. Set a table like this and they probably won't ever come back. But please, save the Gushers for yourself. You won't be sorry!!


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Now I'm being very serious. You know I'm a silly and just have to turn the sad things into happy moments. So just know that's what I'm doing. We are so grateful for all the help we've had. But believe me...I loved those Gushers. Don't tell Mr. Precious, but I told him Darling Daughter ate all of the Gushers...it was really me who ate them. You didn't hear that from me!! lol


Here's a little Note Song for you~


I'm A Nut


I'm an acorn, small and round

Lying on the cold, cold ground

Everyone walks over me

That is why I'm cracked you see

I'm a nut!(Click, click with tongue)

I'm a nut!(Click, click with tongue)

I'm a nut!(Click, click with tongue)

Called myself on the telephone

Just to hear my golden tone

Asked me out for a little date

Picked me up about half past eight

I'm a nut!(Click, click with tongue)

I'm a nut!(Click, click with tongue)

I'm a nut!(Click, click with tongue)

Took myself to the movie show

Stayed too late and said "Let's go"

Took my hand and led me out

Drove me home and gave a shout!

I'm a nut!(Click, click with tongue)

I'm a nut!(Click, click with tongue)

I'm a nut!(Click, click with tongue)


~ written by: who knows??

40 comments:

  1. Lovely, lovely, lovely Shelia!!! You do set an awesome table!!!

    Again, I'm so glad that you had these items to eat during the power outage...and the after-affects of IKE.

    ~Blessings,
    Jan

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  2. Even in the tough times you do set a LOVELY table!!!! Glad things are getting a bit more back to normal for you. Oh, thank gosh for electricity!!!!!

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  3. LOL the placemat was the touch that did it for me.

    They SAY that those RTE (ready to eat) meals are tasty; I wouldn't know. I never had opportunity to get any. I remember one after-hurricane-time when I had saltines and tuna straight from the can because the mayonnaise spoiled with no refrigeration. Times are tough and will be tough for quite a while for some folks.

    But you make me laugh.

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  4. Love this post Shelia! I can tell your sense of humor and fun really helped you through the hurricane.

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  5. Ah, Shelia, I'd be happy to share a meal with you no matter what was on the menu. Heck, I'd even let you have my gushers.

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  6. Shelia love your tablescape! Very earthy and simple!

    Seeing your MREs (Meal ready-to-eat) took me back to my days in the Army! We would have these as we trekked for days in the forest! They are 'stick to your ribs' food, in fact, they kind of keep you from doing the '# 2' so that you can keep moving without having to slow down, if you know what I mean!

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  7. Shelia, I just love your table setting. :-) Sorry you have had to go thru so much. A friend of mine is an ins adjuster assigned down there. He is staying in Huston. Had to go as soon as the hurricane passed. They put him in a hotel that had power. He would only eat when he was in the hotel. Food and supplies were so limited. He just did not want to take anything away from anyone.

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  8. hahahahahahaha , only you Sheila could have thought of this . Real cute .

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  9. My darling Sheila... I am so glad I found you in BLOGLAND... you brighten up my day with your humor... The tablescape is so ala natural... and the food... what can I say but wow...

    I love how you took a bad situation and looked at it with a positive attitude... I am also the optimist and sometimes get criticized because I find something good in every situation... Oh well I am happy all the time so there you go… Why dwell on bad stuff…

    Love you
    Hugs,
    Donna

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  10. Your beautiful silliness cracks me up every time!! I'm so glad you have electricity now - I'm not sure I could handle cold mac & cheese. BTW, I'm not that famous as a quiltmaker - I just made a lot of quilts and worked with good editors. I have scads of quilts to pass on to my children, but since it was such a normal part of our life; I'm not sure they are that thrilled. Sally

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  11. Oh Shelia...can you see my belly still shaking from laughter? When I saw your first picture, I thought, what the heck??? then it all made sense as I read on...Thanks for amusing me!
    ;-) Bo

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  12. Thanks for showing us how it was during the aftermath of Ike. You added your charm to it all.

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  13. Your tablescape is a beauty to behold, Sheila! God love ya for keeping your sense of humor through the tough time. I'm certain that the food and water were a welcome sight, however. Having electricity to make them more palatable certainly would have helped.
    When you have time, please check out my post for today.
    Dana
    PS Give little Chloe Dawn a little pat for me!

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  14. Hi sweet Shelia :)

    You crack me up! I love that you find humor in it, because that is what keeps us strong in tough times ;)

    Hugs,
    rue

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  15. Gotta love your sense of humor!

    And sense of taste! I'm a fruit gusher-lover myself! ;o)

    Cami

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  16. LOL! Sheila! I know what Santa needs to leave in your stocking this year! No, not coals! LOL! You are much too sweet for those! But Gushers instead! LOL! :) ~Rhonda

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  17. OMG Shelia I loved your post today and only you girl could make it so funny...Girl I loved the song..as I learned that in "Camp fire girls" when I was a tiny thing..I am so glad you are back and safe Picklepoo..we have all missed your humor and you girl..Hugs and smiles Gloria

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  18. Charming post...so happy you are safe. I trust things will get back to normal for you all very soon.

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  19. NO one but you could set a pretty table in those circumstances. I love how you look on the bright side of life. You're a joy! I hope you go visit Dana at the stone rabbit soon....her bathroom diva pictures made me ROLL! Have a lovely day dear friend!

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  20. you always make me smile! happy Tuesday!

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  21. Love your table and the story behind it makes it even more beautiful.

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  22. You have a good sense of humour! But when there is no electricity you get creative!!
    Diane

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  23. I'm happy to see that you are maintaining your standards even during inferior circumstances.

    Thank God we have systems in place to lend us a helping hand when we need it.

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  24. The phrase "A silk purse out of a sow's ear" comes to mind after reading your post! It's inspiring to read about your attitude thru difficult times. Thanks for helping me keep things in perspective!

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  25. You are my kinda nut, chickee!!! LOL Throw in some chocolate and it's a balanced diet, honey..... I went to lunch with a group of ladies today and one asked me if we eat out. I said yes, about twice a week. She said she and her hubby eat out 4-5 times a week. I asked her if we could exchange hubbies!!! LOL
    Smooches,
    Connie

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  26. I had to giggle reading your post. You were so fortunate to have all the help you were all given after Ike. I know how much you appreciate it also...but the place setting you set out really does go perfectly.. I think it worked well to share those food items and story in the tablescape you did.
    Have a lovely day.
    Judi

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  27. Shelia, Thanks so much for inviting me to dinner...but if you don't mind...I want you to just sit down and put your feet up...and I'll bring dinner, ok? No, no, no...I won't hear of it. I insist! I know you have some lovely boxed food but I do believe it's MY time to prepare dinner. Yes, I know it's at your house...but that's ok...no trouble at all! Now no arguing...I insist. I'll let you fix the meal next time...after you have restocked the pantry and that electricity is working! :-) Loved your sense of fun with this post...hope life is getting much closer to normal! Susan

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  28. Oh Shelia. I believe you need to make light of all the "dark" times just to be able to get through them. You certainly have just the right attitude to do that. I enjoy your blog for that very reason.

    take care,
    Dawn

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  29. ODG, this post was FUNNY, Shelia!!!!!!!!!!!! You are ON your game again girl!
    Justine :o )

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  30. Hi Sweetie! Had to giggle thru your post! Love your sense of humor. My goodness, even the newspaper looks like you ironed it!!!!LOL I'm not a big gushers fan, so I'd gladly share mine with you, but my granddaughter would probably tackle you ~ they are her favs!!

    Glad you are safe!

    Big TX Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  31. What a pretty table you set! You just made me giggle....thanks Miss Shelia! Love ya!

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  32. Oh Sheila, I am glad that you can look on this and laugh - keep your chin up girl! Have some gushers on me! ~ Robyn

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  33. How wonderful that you can have fun with this tablescape. I'm sure you have had to laugh through tears during your ordeal, and it's so nice to see you doing that. Thank you for sharing your delightful sense of humor. laurie (bargainhunr)

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  34. ROFL! It's great you can see the humor in this whole deal! It did make me laugh though, talking like it was an elegant meal!

    Yikes, can't believe the sodium content in that omelet! So glad though that there were so many agencies helping out residents!

    Kady

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  35. Oh how clever and witty you are Shelia. I am always amazed when I read one of your posts, you make me laugh and smile. I am happy you are making the best of a bad time. What a true trooper you are. Have a great week.

    Hugs;
    Alaura

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  36. My deceased DH's aunt and grandparents were from Aransas Pass and Corpus Christi. I lost touch with them about 30 years ago. I'm sure they are no longer there. Blessings to those who still call this area home.
    You may not be from Georgia, but you are a peach for sure.

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  37. Only you could make a table of those meals look inviting! But I am so thankful for the help you recieved during the hurricane.

    I love your sense of humor. You are really special!

    Hope things are getting back to normal for you.
    Hugs.

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  38. I do admire your table setting!

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  39. That's Tardevil's Tablescape almost every day of the week...unless she's eating out! We're gusher fans too!

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  40. No matter the circumstance, the best people always know how to celebrate life! YOU dear Sheila are the BEST of people!
    And you are a hoot too!
    Love,
    Sue

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