Kathleen, of Cuisine Kathleen, is hosting a weekly meme called Let's Dish. This week we were asked to incorporate Earth Day, which is this Sunday, April 22nd.
I wanted to do a table featuring some new dishes and glasses I picked up at Fishs Eddy, a restaurant supply store outlet where I live. I realized that I could work these items into an Earth Day tablescape.
The skyline dinner plates are quite large and can be used as a charger. I realized that three aspects of my life are represented on these plates.
I was born in Brooklyn
Spent almost 30 years of my life at Citicorp (now known as "Citi")
And four little pieces of my heart will always remain at this site
The wine glasses are from Italy, and these are the type of glasses from which Italians drink their vino.
They look like "juice" glasses to me. I remember this type of glass as a child. I may have a recipe or two that specifies "a wine glass of sugar", this would be the glass.
There were bowls and mugs and smaller plates with the skyline design, but I decided on some napkin rings.
I am not exactly sure where I was headed with the napkin fold other than it sort of reminded me of cornstalks (?) or something growing. (You don't really want to get into my head, trust me!)
The coasters represent a plan for a garden featuring lots of herbs and borders.
When I think of Earth Day, I think about the three R's:
Here in NYC, we are required to recycle all paper and cardboard, both soft and corrugated types, and all glass and metal. The Department of Sanitation loves to rifle through our trash cans and issue fines for non-compliance.
A wine bottle marked "Made in Italy" is my vase for this table. I paid $.25 cents for it at a church rummage sale.
Upside down wine glasses make good holders for square votives.
My tulip dessert cups are filled with Dirt Dessert.
Recipe is so old and very easy. Use a 4 -serving size package of instant chocolate pudding, add 2 cups milk, whisk and let set for 5 minutes. Fold in an 8-oz container Cool Whip. Crush Oreos to make 1 1/2 cups crumbs. Add half of these to pudding and fold in. Put into serving dish or individual bowls. Top with remaining crumbs. Decorate with gummi worms.
I used to make it for barbecues and pool parties and would serve it in a new, clean, lined -with- plastic- wrap flower pot and a spade for a serving spoon. Or in a clean, new child's beach pail and shovel. I made individual ones today. I could not find gummi worms! So I cut gummi Lifesavors and popped them in. Ah, repurposing is fun.
Yes, we are in New Yawk, and I need a little beveridge with my Dirt Dessert.
This set is called "Brooklynese" and also came from Fishs Eddy. Is there anything more comforting than chawklit puddin'? ;-)
Another hint for Earth Day........dump your used coffee grinds in your yard to keep ants away, dump them on ant piles directly and ants will move on. They may repel snails and slugs, too. Sprinkle coffee grinds by your roses, azaleas, rhododendron, any plants that like acidic soil. Your plants will appreciate it.
I hope you enjoyed a little visit to the "city".
In addition to Kathleen's Let's Dish party, I will be partying with Bunny Jean for the Bunny Hop Party, Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday, and for the very first time, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and Home & Garden Thursday at a Delightsome Life, Jann Olson for Share Your Cup Thursday, and The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays. Thanks to all the lovely hostesses.