Saturday, September 8, 2007

Dahlias & Pears Centerpiece for a Spur-of-the-Moment Dinner

About 1:00 p.m. I took a short walk through the empty lot near me. I came upon an old neglected pear & apple tree. The fruit wasn't edible, but I decided to pick a few branches to bring home anyway. They were the perfect size to put in a new centerpiece.

I am sure getting a lot of use from this vase I bought last week!

Shortly after 1:00 p.m., I called my Mom and invited her and Dad over for dinner tonight. I was already planning to cook a pot roast, fresh-from-the-farmer's-market red potatoes and carrots. There was plenty for four people. I also made a spinach salad with watermelon, grapes, red onion and sugared walnuts. I made my favorite vinegar, oil & soy sauce dressing. I thought it was delicious and plan to make it again tomorrow.
Mom had made one of the family favorite pies -- lemon meringue--earlier this morning and she brought it for dessert. Doesn't it look good?
It's been a while since I had my Mom's lemon pie. It was delicious!

All in all it's been a good day. I hope you are all having a great weekend, too.

Oh, the pupae are still pupating. It's Day 15.

I stuck them outside in a plant where they make a nice focal point to the container.


  1. Great photos! Love the color of the dahlias-and the pear branch addition, clever! The food-well we had McDonalds, so I appreciate what you made!

  2. Spur of the moment? My planned dinners never look this good. Sounds yummy, and I love your vase full of flowers.

  3. I love the centerpiece - adding the pear branches was inspired! That dinner looks so good - my mom makes wonderful lemon meringue pie too - yummmmm. I hope we get to see your butterflies emerge - I keep scanning the gardens hoping to see some of mine - so far, nothing.

  4. MMmmm...lemon meringue pie, oh oh I think I'm drooling!!
    Love the pears put together with the flowers. We have a young pear tree on our yard and it produced 4 pears for the first time this year...they are very tasty. This is quite a feat for the zone we live in. Here's hoping that next year will produce even more!!

  5. Hi Di, I have to admit that I am so very happy with those dahlias this year. Both the color and the number of flowers they are producing!

    lostroses, I suspect you are not giving yourself enough credit. I have seen that you are pretty creative yourself!

    Kris, I am beginning to think they are not going to come out this year! I just went out and checked and nothing has happened. I keep checking around my deck, too, for the other three. I haven't seen anything that looks like a new Swallowtail.

    Betty, How exciting to get some pears! I bet next year will be even better.

  6. Hi Zoey,
    I've been reading back and catching up with what you've been up to! Your dinner today looks delicious. The lemon pie reminded me of my Mom too. She made the best and loved it so much :)
    Hope your dinner together was fun!!

  7. Susie,
    Welcome back! I've been checking daily to see if you were home yet.


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