Monday, March 21, 2011

Spring has sprung….


There is a noticeable difference in the weather even here in Florida. This weather is perfect for opening up the windows and letting in the fresh air. I have been cleaning and organizing since the first of the year and my efforts have really paid off. Now we are enjoying the beautiful weather.


We went out for lunch on Saturday to Station 400 in Sarasota. If you are ever in the area, I would highly recommend it. You can read more about this restaurant and its history here


I had the Croque Madame.




It was perfection.

Jack had a Cuban Sandwich with parmesan fries.


We did a little antiquing and then back to make pasta for a lovely dinner.












Dinnerware by Vietri, Flatware, chargers and glasses from Pottery Barn, Candlesticks from Provence, placemats and tablecloth from Williams-Sonoma. Candles by Root.

Joining this week…

Kathy from a Delightsome Life for Celebrating Spring.

Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.

Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday

Michael Lee West at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday. I didn’t share a recipe but I took pictures of scrumptious food!


Anonymous said...

Cold & Snowy here!! Blah!! Wish I were in Florida!!
Great Photos....

Anonymous said...

Looks like you had the perfect day! Your table has such a lovely touch of Spring and the menu would make us happy anytime.

Vee said...

Just the phrase "opening up the windows and letting in the fresh air" has me smiling. I am so ready for THAT day whenever it arrives. Snow today. Bugger it. Beautiful images for food lovers and dishes lovers everywhere.

Sall's Country Life said...

Too cold here yet for open windows! Sure sounds good though! Your table is lovely and all the food looks wonderful, you folks sure do eat good!! Ha! Have a joyful Spring!

Maggie said...

Such a mouthwatering post, a delight for all the senses bar one!
I can imagine the aroma of your home made pasta though, and know it was benissimo!

Jackie said...

Hi Carol
Similar weather to you here but cold at night. Phil and I love croque messieurs or madam. Looking forward to our holidays and have a real French one!!

Your table looks lovely, the plates are wonderful.

Welcome to Spring and today is my daughters 33rd birthday!!

Jackie in Surrey, UK.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

Looks like you had a terrific day, and a fabulous lunch! Very pretty table! Enjoy the lovely weather you are having!

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Does ALL of that food look and smell wonderful!!!! I'm here at lunch time and I'd love to have that sandwich. Now, what I'm really impressed with is that you MADE pasta.

Your table is so pretty. Love the plates and candle holders. Have a great week.

CollectIn Texas Gal said...

Does ALL of that food look and smell wonderful!!!! I'm here at lunch time and I'd love to have that sandwich. Now, what I'm really impressed with is that you MADE pasta.

Your table is so pretty. Love the plates and candle holders. Have a great week.

EliFla said...

Wow...what a gorgeous tablescape!!!

Here today isn't's rainy and cold!! :( ..have a nice week, hugs, Flavia

Anonymous said...

Food looks great and very taste, I love it!
Beautiful table.
Best regards and happy first day of spring dear.

podso said...

Your pasta is gorgeous! (as is the table). It is rare we can open our windows here... even now with moderate temperatures, the pollen is everywhere, so windows remain shut or we'll have the green stuff indoors!

Rettabug said...

Hi Carol!!

I've never been to Station 400 year, I'll have to make the effort, as your Croque Madame looks fabulous!!
Very pretty table & color me impressed that you & Jack did HOMEMADE pasta for yourselves. BRAVO!!

Very pretty table & dishes, too.
Have a wonderful week down there in the sunshine. I'm jealous!

Olive Cooper said...

Oh yum, it's 8:35 and now I want a ham sandwich. Your table is lovely. Our Georgia temps are in the 80's and the pollen is flyin. I still open the windows and today I will clean it up. Have a great week♥

xinex said...

The restaurant looks like it serves delicious food.I can imagine how nice the weather in FL is now. My granddaughter just left last night from her spring break. Your flowers are gorgeous...Christine

Sheila said...

Your table is so colorful Carol. I love the plates and green tulips. I've never seen green tulips!

Bella said...

Everything looks delicious! As always, your tablescape is beautiful.

Pat said...

Lovely table! Reading your profile, I saw you like low country novels. Me too! Anne Rivers Siddons is one of my favortites. I would love to know some authors you like. Hmm that could be a good blog entry...


Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh Carol, it is snowing AGAIN here in NJ -- I am suddenly very jealous of Florida. And I never thought I'd say that.

Gorgeous pictures - as always!

Dion thanks you for the Happy Birthday wishes! He had a lovely day, with treats and very good naps.

All the best -- Cass

Bess at Fixing My Thoughts said...

Hi Carol! I've come via Kathy's Celebrate Spring blog party! Your table setting and dishes are very attractive and all that food looks delicious ... and has made me hungry! I enjoyed your post very much! Bess

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Could a day be more perfect than yours? I don't think so as we are cold with snow flurries here!

Lovely table and pasta!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Lovin' those beautiful plates Carol! Homemade pasta sounds so good, I have the roller, I should put it to use:@)

Kathy said...

Hello Carol,
What a perfect way to celebrate Spring -getting out with your sweetheart - having a wonderful day together - oh, to be able to open windows and doors - we had a brief couple of days where we could - now everything is covered in pollen!
Everything looks wonderful, beautiful and yummy!
Thank you for sharing this with Celebrate Spring with Victoria,
God Bless,

podso said...


No doubt we are all a "work in progress."


Kathleen said...

Hi Carol,
I love your Springy table. Looks so light and airy!
I enjoyed reading about Retta's visit with you! I have several friends who live in Sarasota, in the Meadow. Is that near you?

Jacqueline said...

Carol, you had me salivating all the way through, from the gorgeous flowers to lunch and then to your homemade pasta and gorgeous table. Wow, seriously, my mouth won't stop watering. Wish I had been in your pocket all day. I love your dishes, they are so charming. Thanks for your visit!

Sherry said...

Would love to try the restaurant you visited. Your spring table setting is so cheerful and inviting.

once in a blue moon said...

it all looks TOO delish!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

All this food looks wonderful. Love your pretty table too. We enjoyed a bit of wonderful spring weather, but Winter snuck back in again. Boo!

Entertaining Women said...

Beautiful flowers and those lovely candlesticks effectively play up your wonderful plates and delicious looking food. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This looks absolutely delicious!


Sheila :-)


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