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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

A Retro Tablescape Thursday and a Favorite Summer Dessert!

Oh. My Gosh.

Is it really Thursday already?? I am SO behind schedule here.

We're linking up to Susan's fabulous party at Between Naps on the Porch and looking forward to some down time tonight to browse all the wonderful inspiration.

Unfortunately, the table I had planned had to be put on the back burner as this week spun out of control.

It started last weekend with the kitchen painting I showed you in our last post, and waltzed right into the "last week of school chaos"!!

It's been a week of class trips, class parties, sleepovers, work, and tomorrow is the day the photographer is coming to take a picture of the resident bloggers here (that would be one harried mama and one hysterical 16 year old who's panicking over her hair and skin tonight- and just decided she HAS to wear something that's in the laundry). 

So-o-o-o, this is going to be another reality post 

A look at our kitchen table set for dessert tonight.

What's for dessert, you ask??

By special request of our readers....

Yep! Chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches!

My family found it very amusing that so many of you asked for this recipe considering how I always try to find more "interesting" dishes to post. :)

Our placemats and napkins tonight are vintage 1950s

What can I say? I'm a retro kind of girl!

Square dinner plates act as chargers and pick up all the cool blues and greens

Turquoise bubble glasses and tall vintage green glasses for water and crushed fruit ice

These large glass dessert dishes have been around as long as the placemats!

I brought some mercury glass candle holders in from our porch because the colors worked so well

and always a cup for coffee

even ice cream needs a pretty table...

Chocolate Chip Cookies for Ice Cream Sandwiches
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 TBLS unsalted butter, melted
6 TBLSP butter flavored shortening
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat the oven to 325°F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
2. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, cream together the shortening, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended.
3. Beat in the vanilla, egg, and egg yolk until light and creamy. Beat in the melted butter. Mix in the sifted ingredients until blended.
4. Stir in the chocolate chips. Drop cookie dough 1/4 cup at a time for giant cookies ( I use a small ice cream scoop) about 3 inches apart.
5. Bake larger cookies for about 17 minutes until the edges are lightly toasted. Cool on baking sheets for a few minutes before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
Soften a container of vanilla ice cream for about 10 minutes and put a scoop between 2 cookies. Roll edges in sprinkles if desired. Freeze till solid

I also want to take a second here to thank a very special reader/ follower. Emelia has been a devoted reader and commenter and we've become email friends- this has been one of the greatest bonuses of blogging- the wonderful friendships that we've been able to form.

Emelia and I had been "talking" about a couple of wonderful Greek recipes that I had managed to lose in our last move. This wonderful lady sent us a Greek cookbook compiled by her church! I am so excited! I have always collected community cookbooks when I find them- what's better than traditional recipes actually used by families like us!
Thank you so much Emelia!!!!

Join us tomorrow for Foodie Friday at Gollum's- we're working on a yummy treat for our photographer!
As Always,

Buon Cibo, Buon Amici,

Pattie and Allie


  1. For a quick dessert table it sure is fabulous! Love the colors and so retro!

  2. A very lovely table for ice cream sandwiches! But then, you MAKE your own ice cream sandwiches?! Yummy!

    Deborah in Raleigh
    Miss Bee's Haven

  3. We are going to try your ice cream sandwiches! They look delicious! What fun a greek cookbook! You'll have to share with us what you try! Sounds like you are going to have fun in the kitchen!!

  4. Oh, I love this table! The colors are just wonderful and the linens are beautiful!!

  5. A beautiful cool table setting. Love the different shapes.

  6. Love those vintage linens! The colors are beautiful. I love Greek food too!

  7. Thanks for sharing the chocolate chip sandwiches. The very first place I ever tried one was "the happiest place on earth" in Orlando with my then 3 year old daughter.Sounds like a busy, busy place in the Bramasole household. Also it loosk like the Italian kitchen is moving to Greece:D

  8. Hi Pattie

    That was so nice of Emelia! Community and Church cookbooks are laways the best!

    Your retro table is so pretty --I like the green and aquamarine colors.

    Chocolate Chip ice cream sandwiches... yummy!

    ♥ Pat

  9. Your colors are so cool! Perfect for ice cream...

  10. Your table is so pretty and I am totally craving a ice cream sandwich! Yum!


  11. Wow, what a spectacular table set for dessert. The ice cream cookies look yummy, but that table is too! I love all these color combinations.
    ~ Sarah

  12. Great looking "reality" table!

    I know what you're going through!!! I'm in the throws of the end of school, as well. It's a bit crazy.

    I'm hosting a new meme, "Summer Sundays". It's all about what summer means to YOU - Hope you and Allie will come and join the fun.

    - The Tablescaper

  13. Pretty table, love the placemats.

  14. What a fabulous table, love the retro look! The blues and greens are so pretty. Thanks for the recipe too!!!! XO, Pinky

  15. I love the blue in this Pattie! It looks fresh and inviting. Good luck with the photo shoot! Joni

  16. So nice. Love the candles on your table,too. Thank you for the recipe.

  17. I love the green and blue combination. Those mercury candle holders are so pretty!

  18. Great job! One of my favorite color combos! I love a good ice cream sandwich, those sound great!!

  19. I love this, as usual. Yes, I think we did use the same glasses. I'd like to get these in amber to! I love that they are sort of heavy. Love your color scheme with the blues and greens!

  20. I love all the blue and yellow and the vintage linens are wonderful. I'm crazy about those glass bowls---such an interesting shape!

  21. Pattie, what is it when our kids go into panic mode we go along for the ride too!! Oh how I remember the days and to be honest I still have them and they don't even live here,hehe. Nothing that a good icecream sandwich won't fix, Hugs Kathysue

  22. I love this so much! It's one of my favorite color combinations, if not my favorite color combinations and how your put it together and what you put it together with is so beautiful.

  23. Having taught school for 33 yrs, I understand the end of school thing! They go here till June 25th.
    The table looks those dessert bowls!
    Read you last few posts..your house looks great and the food looks delicious! I know you love Grandma!

  24. I love how you set the table, the colors are a great combination. Great job!

  25. What a beautiful table you set! I just love it, and those ice cream cookie sandwiches, yummo! Great cookbook too! Lucky you!! xxoo

  26. Patties and Allie, this is such a nice table and what a sweet dessert. Makes me hungry. So, I am waiting curious, when you will cook Greek recipes and may be you will share some of them.I love to eat Greek. Was very nice of Emelia. It is really nice that blogging has no borders.
    Greetings, Johanna

  27. Good Morning ladies, I am so thrilled to SEE the cookbook arrived safely and I was just delighted that I managed to do everything correctly ! Your kindness in doing this elaborate food and home blog for all of us to benefit from is so terrific! The tablescape today is sunny warm and inviting.I never expected to be thanked in your post, the cookbook and good memories from the dishes or desserts or other tasty treats,I hope may bring your family good health and wonderful times together.PS I loved the post on your special grandmother. I lost my YiaYia(grandmother) 2 years ago, so I was blessed to have her a very long time time. She taught me and my family so much. Thank you again for thanking me in such a special way. God Bless you and yours,~Emelia~

  28. Pattie, you've done it again! Another hit table, and those WONDERFUL goodies! You temptress, you! ;-)

    And the recipe for homemade ice cream sandwiches!!! YUM! Oh, girl, you are the best!



  29. A very nice setting for a yummy dessert!

  30. dear pattie,
    we are walking on the same path this month!! vivian always seems to 'need' something in the laundry!!! why is that?? the kicker is that your daughter will look stunning in the photo with very little effort! i loved the table setting tonight and the vintage placemats could have been bought today! they are timeless!
    all the best,

  31. This is what your table looks like when you are harried? Goodness girl! It is beautiful!!!! I love the greens, and blues and angles, and different heights. And you had time to put together that fabulous dessert?
    Where do you get all of your energy? I wish I had some too... dessert that is AND the energy.
    Give Allie a hug for me!
    I am delighted every time I visit.

  32. Hello Girls~ ~ ~Great table I love the plates On Point nice touch. I wish I could be there when you two are putting these tables together for your posts. I'll bet you have a great time.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  33. Lovely table! Enjoy your day!

  34. Your table is beautiful, Pattie. I love the way you've used blues and greens. And your lovely dessert dishes quickly caught my eye. Ice cream sandwiches are a perfect summer dessert and one that can be made ahead of time on those busy summer days.

  35. Loved the colors, loved the lighting and I am going to make those ice cream sandwiches. They are something my kids hide in the freezer so they can keep having one when everyone thinks they are gone!

  36. LOVE those vintage linens! And I also love the size of those dessert dishes -- no skimpy portions at YOUR table! I like the unusual plates and the turquoise bubble glasses, too.

  37. What a lovely table - this is what you create when you are having ONE OF THOSE WEEKS? You guys are amazing! So pretty. And your recipe sounds delish, too.

  38. I love your table, so hard to believe it was a reality table, it is so pretty and really well put together! I'd be happy to dine at your table any time.

  39. What a beautiful table. Love the 50's linens and how everything just works so nicely together. Glad you received that cookbook. I love cooking Greek food. My husband s Armenian, so it is similar. Thanks for the ice cream sandwich recipe.


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