A weird blend of flavors tonight – grilled chicken, roasted sweet potato, and quinoa edamame salad. Can’t say we never shake it up! I even put out the napkin rings!
This week I experimented with the placemat, napkin, and tablecloth combination. Not really liking the outcome but we did use our fine china (Noritake pattern Shenandoah) and sterling silver flatware (International Silver pattern Prelude). I think I need to look for some new placemats or tablecloths.
I am so surprised at how much it would cost to replace the china and flatware – each place setting of the dinnerware is about $75 and we have service for 12 with added bowls (for 12) and 2 extra plates and a bunch of serving pieces (about $1500 to replace). The flatware runs about $170 for each 4 piece place setting with added serving pieces (about $2000 to replace).
So why the rundown on the cost of replacements?
While we were eating this extra yummy flank steak with ginger, onions, and green beans, the spoons just aren’t big enough. When we use our stainless flatware, we use the soup spoons for this dinner. These teaspoons just don’t cut it!
I started looking into purchasing soup spoons in our sterling pattern. They are running about $55 each on ebay and Replacements.com. Buying 12 is out of the question at this time but I might be able to swing 6. I’ll need to ponder this a little more.
Spring break has sprung! John was off 3 March to 19 March. Barb was off 22 March to 26 March.
In the last 28 years, we have had spring break together TWICE! It will be nice to have spring break together next year. Why you ask – John is RETIRING in June! No more trying to coordinate schedules for holidays, vacations, etc!
Basically, all we did were chores around the house when we weren’t relaxing and taking a quick trip to visit the grandbabies!
And what is a spring break without some decluttering?!? Can you tell I was playing with the picture collage app??
- a few clothes and shoes
- computer case
- unused candle
I am really enjoying our restful fancy Friday dinners – I don’t even mind washing the good china and silver afterwards.
Tonight’s menu: Grilled chicken, roasted acorn squash, and Pineapple Passion rum punch! I know, not the combination you would find at a fine restaurant but it works for us!
I think the acorn squash is just about out of season but the rum punch never goes out of season! We experienced this punch at the Kilohana Plantation in Lihue, Kauaʻi several years ago and recently found a local distributor. They also have great food here!
We are eating dinner tonight with the grandbabies! Now that we are both vaccinated and kiddo #1 received her first shot, they invited us up for the weekend. No pictures but I will tell you it was a WONDERFUL experience!
While there, I got to take Grandkiddo #1 to her “ballet” class. Here’s a picture of her being a ribbon dancer! It was a tad chilly outside for class.
Another easy to make dinner for the end of the week. Grilled chicken and roasted acorn squash. I’m assuming we are about to the end of the acorn squash season.
Friday dinner: grilled pork loin, roasted acorn squash and garden salad. We are truly enjoying the specialness of these dinners – unwinding after a week of work by candlelight. Great conversation and relaxation!
Roasted turkey breast with raspberry jam on the side (yep, we didn’t have cranberry sauce so we improvised), sautéed green beans, mashed potatoes with turkey drippings gravy. We even ate by candlelight! It is a nice end to the week!
Risotto. This is John’s Croatian grandmother’s recipe – a family favorite!
We actually turned off most lights and had candlelight dinner!! Very relaxing at the end of a week.
I’m going to use the “fine china” at least once a week. We had our first Fancy Friday last night and decided on a few “rules”.
- The china and sterling will be used to eat on/with.
- If we order take out (at this point highly unlikely) it will be removed from the takeout containers and put onto the “fancy” dinnerware.
- Fancy clothing is not required unless we agree there is a special celebration – kiddo #2 comes home and immediately showers after being at the hospital/clinic and is reluctant to redress in fancy clothes afterwards. Can’t blame her in the least! Maybe later in the year.
- If something breaks, I will not be upset. This stuff, which I love, has been sitting in the cupboard way too long unused and is, after all, just stuff to be used.
It only took 10 months of pandemic, 2 major holidays without family (other than the 3 of us), and the death of my mom to realize if I love it enough to keep it, I will use it!