Monday, January 23, 2017

What's For Lunch?

Weekends tend to be very busy.

So when one decides to invite friends to lunch, it has to be fairly simple.

One way to do this is to prepare as much as possible in advance.

There was a luncheon here on Saturday so Friday night found me chopping cantaloupe, honey dew melon, fresh pineapple chunks, and  watermelon----all for a big, luscious fruit salad.

The dining room table was also set in advance for six guests, using my favorite Old Country Roses dishes.

Orange cupcakes with orange frosting ( added fresh orange juice to butter and confectionery sugar) were also made.

Saturday morning found me adding coconut to half of the fruit salad and leaving the rest plain. 

Cut up strawberries were added and fresh raspberries and red grapes topped both.

It was also time to make two dressings----lemon and raspberry vinaigrettes.  

The former requires freshly grated lemon peel and the latter, fresh raspberries squished up. Both dressings turned out well.

Loved using the Victorian cheese cover for the butter dish!

Blue cheese chunks were served on the side. I love this cheese but it's too salty to enjoy in quantity.

Sliced roasted chicken on lettuce mixed with chopped carrots and soft rolls with butter rounded out the luncheon.



Chatty Crone said...

Exactly what you had - what time is lunch - it looked great! sandie

diane.stetson said...

Yummy Susan...I would have loved to have joined you all. I like soup and salad for lunch if I go out and at home a BLT sandwich.

Bookie said...

Susan, it all looks SO good...I wish I could have eaten with you!

Karen Lange said...

It all looks delicious! Hope you and your guests had a wonderful time. :)

Barbara Neubeck said...

.. beautiful lunch Susan...
I like to serve a crock pot stew with fresh bread rolls if it's cold weather... and if it's hot I like assorted cold meats and salads....
we often do Hubby's favourite meat and veges cooked on the BBQ.... delicious xxx ...... Barb


Looks like you had a lovely luncheon. With a delicious menu and pretty table set for your guests. A wonderful weekend getaway. PERFECT.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Sounds like it was a nice luncheon. Anything quick and easy and that can be prepared ahead of time is best.

Linda O'Connell said...

Susan, you should own a bed and breakfast. Your meal looks scrumptious and I love that China.

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

A lovely luncheon with delicious food and beautiful table. Your guests must've felt so special! I am liking the looks of that raspberry vinaigrette :)

Red Rose Alley said...

What a wonderful luncheon this is, Susan. You made it extra special for your friends. Your table setting is lovely, and I have a serving dish in the same old country rose design. :)

love, ~Sheri

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