If you are anything like me, once January hits, you get itching to plant seeds. Unfortunately, it's way too cold, so paging through seed catalogs has to suffice until the arrival of planting season.
While April 15th is often considered to be the day when it becomes safe to plant, I have, more often than not, been sorry to have succumbed to my desires when frost inevitably hits later in the month. So, my official planting day has become Mother's Day.
There is just something about the month of May, the profusion of hanging baskets available just about everywhere, the pots of blooming tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, and colorful petunias that gives me joy.
The tablecloth is vintage and belongs to Mr. O-P. He thinks that, at one point, it was his mother’s, but he’s had it so long that he honestly can’t remember.
I only recently discovered it while unboxing some items from our former house, and was shocked to find a half dozen tablecloths. Most of them were rather dingy with age, but this one struck me as so pleasant and cheerful.
These herb casserole dishes (that have matching under plates, not shown here) have been in my possession since the late seventies.
My mother and I each bought service for six (so that we would both have access to service for twelve -- mother was big on service for twelve) when we visited the Garden Gate Gift Shop of the Missouri Botanical Garden years ago.
This was before tablescapes and blogging and people who owned multiple sets of dinnerware. Back then, mother and I were quite unique with our mutual passion.
This evening I'll use the herb casseroles to serve Shepherd's Pie, but these darling covered dishes work for any meal and any occasion having served oatmeal for breakfast, soup for lunch, and warm cobbler from the oven after dinner. Lined with tender leaves of lettuce they have held chicken and shrimp salads, and have adequately held spinach salad topped with hot bacon dressing.
If you have never ventured into using individual casserole dishes, give it a try. The presentation is both impressive and fun.
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