Saturday, January 25, 2014

Movies in the afternoon.....

Sometimes in the afternoon Jack and I watch a movie in the den. I am not too courageous when it comes to a movie that might frighten me so we tend to watch some of my favorites over and over again. My current favorite is A Good Year. My second current favorite is Under the Tuscan Sun

I have always felt that the scenery in this movie was familiar so I researched where the movie had been made. Then I had a "ta da" moment because I had been there. I loved it. Rich and I did not travel until later in our lives but I am grateful for trips we did take together. I decided that a night in Provence should be reproduced and the sunflowers in the market clinched the deal. I told Jack I had been in the shop in one of scenes so, of course, I had to show him what I had bought.

I set the table with a cloth I bought in Gordes. My white dinner plates are Apilco and made in France. The cups are from Anthropologie. The salad plates are Jars Cantine and are made in the South of France.

We started the brunch with Prosecco and a fresh peach slice. Now I know that Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine but remember my second favorite movie....

Grand Marnier flavored the fresh fruit cup quite nicely.

Creme Brûlée French Toast was the entree. I love this recipe because it is made the day before and refrigerated overnight. This quite rich but a small portion suffices. You can find the recipe here.

I dragged out my photo albums and took a "trip down memory lane" trip.

What I remember the most are the markets, the food and the scenery. The light is spectacular.

A painting followed us home.

The artist is Raymond Gizzi from St. Remy. I need to scan some of these pictures.

Over the years I have have collected pottery and dishes from Italy and France. I am drawn to the colors.

Wonderful memories and they surround me in my house to this day.

Thank you for stopping by!


Pamela Gordon said...

How nice to relive your trip to Tuscany right in your own home. Your colourful flowers and table setting, the food and beverage are all wonderful.

Shirley said...

Hi Carol, We have your second favorite movie in our collection and I don't know how many times we have watched it together before hubby went to nursing home. I love your flowers and table setting. I always enjoy reading your blog and seeing what you have been doing. Take care Have a wonderful Sunday. Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Mac n' Janet said...

What a wonderful idea and your recreation is beautiful to look at and I'll bet it tasted wonderful.

Vee said...

Such rich beautiful colors...I have a movie to look for as I have only seen one that you mentioned. said...

What a lovely post Carol. It is lovely that we can share our memories with our present husbands. I couldn't find the recipe on the post.

Have a great week, love Jackie in Surrey, UK.x

Susan said...

Carol, I so enjoyed this post. We are so blessed to have memories.

Pam said...

Carol, you are the best and have a lucky hubby! Your choice was an excellent movie. I love that you recreated the table setting and food and had a trip down memory lane!

Pondside said...

Lovely memories, indeed.
I enjoyed seeing how you brought some of Italy onto your table - it all looks delicious.

Rettabug said...

How special, Carol, to be able to share those wonderful memories & have tangible treasures to relive the moments!

We've been enjoying Rick Steves' jaunt through Italy & Greece...both places we visited. It is always fun to remember the gold ol' days.

thanks for sharing your pretty things & that recipe, too!

Rettabug said...

ooops...the link to the recipe is denying me access! :-(

Sheila said...

Hello Carol. I love your idea of setting the table to match the movie you watched. I haven't seen the first but will try to find it. Under the Tuscan Sun is a favourite of mine as well. My daughter and I stayed in Cortona for two weeks in 2011 and we hope to go back there this fall.


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