Monday, June 6, 2011

A Courtyard Setting and a- Mango Salsa Snack

What do you do with a boat load of tomatoes? I can only eat so many tomato sandwiches. You do eat tomato sandwiches eh? Soft white bread, low fat mayo (sigh), a good fresh garden tomato, salt and pepper. Oh so good. I digressed didn't I?
Ok, so I had all these tomatoes and after giving some away...I still have tomatoes. I decided to make Mango Salsa. I love the taste and colors of this salsa. So fresh! 
Since this post is so pic heavy, I will place a separate post with the Mango Salsa recipe. Just click here if you would like the recipe.

 Now what would make this more special? How about a little snack time outside in the courtyard. I like to name things. Is that a Southern thing or just a quirk? We have the Courtyard, the Heritage Garden, the patio and the porch. Each one is best at certain times depending on the sun. I live in Louisiana...think HOT.
Today, we're going to the courtyard. I have a cute table I found at Hobby Lobby (50% off). I never buy anything at HL unless it is on sale! If it's not on sale this week, it will be next week right? 
 I'm setting the bistro table with our snack of mango salsa, chips and iced tea.
The placemats were on sale at Dillards years ago. They only had 2. Would love more because I love pink and green. I have the matching napkins. Both the placemat and the napkins are reversible. I added a little crystal napkin ring with lots of pastel colors. The dainty mother of pearl forks are an auction find. I've gradually added to the set with serving pieces.
The green dishes are a Marshall's find. They are Le Creuset Poterie. I had no plan when I bought these but I've found several uses for them. I have 4 in green and 4 in red. Perfect size to hold a sherbet dish of salsa with chips on the side. You can also use them to bake, microwave or freeze.


The pink glass is Depression Glass in the Adam pattern. It is one of my favorite Depression glass patterns and has square plates. I use those plates in a lot of table settings because they are unusual. You don't see many square plates in Depression glass.
The pink glasses are my mother-in-laws. I love to use anything with a history or belongs/belonged to a family member. My MIL is a very special lady...92 and still so sharp. She is a joy to visit and still loves a good session of gossip news sharing. I walked around to the Heritage Garden and cut some roses...Mrs. B.R. Cant and yellow knockout roses. They are in a green Depression Glass bud vase. We'll talk about the Heritage garden and how it got the name another time. 

Have a seat before it gets to hot to enjoy. The tea is so cold...look at the glasses! I love this spot because I have a good view of the porch on one side and the fountain and lilies on the other...just perfect to enjoy our  afternoon snack. 

Joining the following Blog Parties this week:

Tabletop Tuesday

Tuesday at the Table 
Tuesday To Do  
Traditional Tuesday
Tempt My Tummy Tuesday 
Tuesday Garden Party 
Delectable Tuesday
Outdoor Wednesday 
Wow Us Wednesday  
 Wednesday Open House Party

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~Lavender Dreamer~ said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW! Your lawn is gorgeous and you've set the table beautifully! I love the tea pitcher...what a wonderful shape! And I made some mango salsa this weekend! Mangoes were on sale for 75 cents! I'll go get your recipe and make some more! ♥

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said... Best Blogger Tips

I can't wait to go get the recipe, I love ANYTHING with mango! Your table is so cute, love that pitcher! It looks like a beautiful spot to have a snack! Wish I could join you. XO, Pinky PS, have been TRYING to do a new post but Blogger won't let me upload pics:(:(

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

How fun! What a beautiful way to have chips and yummy salsa! :) I love how you put the whole setting together. :)


Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh! and one more thing... YES! NEVER buy anything at HL unless it is on sale. :)

Have a great week!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks so refreshing! I'm sure I'd love that salsa. Such a nice table you have set up with your family pieces. It's nice to have a few choices on where to go to stay cool! Enjoy!

Arabella said... Best Blogger Tips

What a divine table setting. I'll be right over!! ;o)

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Mary said... Best Blogger Tips

What a gorgeous spot to sit & enjoy a glass of ice tea! Love your placemats & napkins on your adorable bistro table!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a pretty bistro set and table setting... I would love to be there to share that yummy snack with you!

La Vie Quotidienne said... Best Blogger Tips

What a lovely place to sit and relax and the mango salsa looks delicious! Very pretty. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day.(-:

Kathy Walker said... Best Blogger Tips

What a lovely afternoon! A beautiful place to sit back, relax and enjoy an afternoon snack.

Dandelion and Daisy said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful garden but I really like the tablesetting....looks like the perfect setting for relaxing. I can buy mango salsa at Costco that is really very good, I could eat it on everything, I love it.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said... Best Blogger Tips

This is beautiful. I love the pitcher especially!

Light and Voices said... Best Blogger Tips

Our window air conditioners just decided not to function. So, jeepers your yard looks so inviting. Think I'll sit a spell; have some tea and then get up enough energy to go out and purchase something to cool down the house so we can play on our computers. Love your blog!
Joyce M

Linda said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautifully set table and the looks of a great snack! Great job!

Pam - @diy Design Fanatic said... Best Blogger Tips

Beautiful table setting and garden! Your mango salsa sounds delicious! Last year we made black bean salsa with all of the tomatoes we were given!

Old Time Cindy said... Best Blogger Tips

This looks so inviting. I can't wait until I have boatloads of my sandwiches and salsa!

a quiet life said... Best Blogger Tips

very pretty setting

Eileen said... Best Blogger Tips

Everything looks delightful ~ the food, dishes and the setting. You have a lovely blog.

Eileen said... Best Blogger Tips

And I just love the dishes in your blog header. :)

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Mid-Atlantic Martha said... Best Blogger Tips

Salsa sounds wonderful and your bistro table is such a pretty setting.

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

That was beautiful! Now I know it must be as hot or hotter down in Louisiana as it is up here Memphis-way (98-100 degrees this past week) -- but you make sitting outside look not only bearable -- but exceedingly pleasant! Maybe I need a better attitude or better accessories,LOL.