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"If you want to live forever and ever, drink wine and eat maccheroni." ~~~Sicilian Proverb

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Tablescape Thursday and a TV dinner

Well, it's that time of week again- IT'S TABLESCAPE THURSDAY! Yay! Our lovely hostess, Susan at Between Naps on the Porch throws open the doors to the all the dish-aholics in Blogland and creativity reigns!
Unfortunately, it's going to be another of those "reality" weeks at Casa Bramasole. With so many people living together, life has a habit of getting just a little chaotic at times. 

We're going very simple this week and we'll give you a little heads up to what you'll find here tomorrow for Foodie Friday

This was one of those increasingly frequent nights lately, where nobody's schedule seemed to mesh. one child had track and ate with the team, one was working on a school project at a friend's house, and Allie was busy inhaling leftovers of her favorite lo mein and fried dumplings. Mom and Dad tend to eat an early dinner- they don't quite get why the family isn't ready to sit and eat dinner with them at 4:30- sigh....

That left me and Ray
A dinner for two in the family room

I threw a small lap blanket that I love over the round table...

simple place settings in the midst of some favorite books and a reminder of a favorite little girl....

Square black charger, olive pasta plates...

Dinner is served

Bistecca alla Pizzaiola, Spaghetti, Fresh Bread

Arancini- (Italian Rice Balls)

You'll have to wait till tomorrow for dessert...

I'm a purist...

Ray prefers cheese...

Evening lamplight...

We'll see you tomorrow for Foodie Friday at Gollum's
Come join us for dinner!
The door is always open and a seat at our table awaits

As Always,
Buon Alimento, Buon Amici,

Pattie and Allie


  1. That looks so gosh darn good. I mean really good.

  2. You make the most amazing meals, I want to come and eat at your house!! Wish I lived closer. Did I just invite myself, sorry that was a bit rude, but truly my mouth is watering, Kathysue

  3. Your table is so pretty...I love the blanket you used as the tablecloth. The food looks so good! I also like the look of the whole table setting with the books and pic of your little one. It's really nice and feel so personal. Love it!

  4. Wow, this is such an interesting site and i am looking forward to exploring it some more.

  5. I have been AWOL. I can't wait for the recipes! I love how you used a lap quilt for a tablecloth. I remember those hectic days!

  6. Nice, yummy romantic dinner for two! LOL!

  7. Oh Wow! This looks amazing! So pretty and now I'm hungry!

  8. The arancini (is that right) looks heavenly! Have you posted this recipe...would like to try. Yum!

  9. I guess I'll be there in a few years as all the kids get older! Right now I do enjoy us all sitting down together. Beautiful, cozy table!!

  10. just beautiful and warm and cosy and just sighable ~ everything looks perfect !^^

  11. Warm and cozy, dinner for two! Food looks delish, as usual!

  12. Hi Pattie!

    This table looks so cozy! Love the lap quilt, it just really warms the table. Please tell me you are posting the Italian Rice ball recipe tomorrow!

  13. Gorgeous setting and food both!


  14. I just love it simple elegance is oh so lovely.

    The food looks great. We have Italian food just about everyday. Hubby wouldn't have it any other way.

  15. How nice to be able to enjoy dinner for just two in your busy household. The table looks perfect for an Italian supper. I can't wait for the recipe. I'm up for such a simply elegant meal.

  16. Your table is lovely- I adore the cover you used on the table!
    And the food.... yum!!! Everything looks amazing! What a lucky family to have such a talented chef in the house!
    I think it so sweet that you two do the blog together!
    Thank you for your comments- it is so nice to meet you two!!

  17. Love the way you've used a small quilt as a topper. So very pretty, and a yummy dinner as well.

  18. Love your quilted table for two! The pasta plates are really pretty.

  19. Love the tablecloth. And also your banner photo!

    Nice to meet you!

  20. What a great "tablecloth"! So calm and inviting.

    - The Tablescaper

  21. Please adopt me... I know you want another mouth to feed.


  22. Love your little table with the topper..Love what is on the menu even more!

  23. Love the spaghetti plates! I have a set of Olive tree plates too but I like your much better!

  24. The food, the table, the talk!! Such heaven!! I love your blog!!


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