Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Jewels for the Hummingbirds

 

I'm seeing a lot of farewell to summer in blogland, but this gal does not have any Fall Fever yet. We spend weekends at the lake and the hummingbirds entertained us. Does anyone remember "touch-me-nots" from their childhood? As children, we would touch the plant when the capsules of seeds were ripe, and they burst forth spreading more plants-to-be.
 


The hummingbirds are a frequent visitor to Jewelweed, which is a native species of Impatiens. I read recently, that if you get stung by nettles, the jewelweed is always growing nearby.  Some folks grind it up in the blender and put it in an ice-cube tray, and have some ice-cubed jewelweed to rub on their skin for rashes or irritations. 

 
Wanna go on one final summer picnic with me? Enamelware is perfect for picnics.
 

 I  love surprises, so you can imagine how I felt when I received a birthday package from a dear friend I met through blogging and discovered these HAND MADE butterfly napkins to coordinate with the MacKenzie-Childs plates.


Labor Day Weekend is the last hurrah for us. Joe is a teacher and starts school next Tuesday. We continue to go to the lake through the month of October and the weather will be changing soon.


A picnic is not complete without dessert right?
 

I was looking for something quick and easy, and Strawberry Apple Pie sounded delightful. The recipe is  from Ricardo in Canada, and was shared on La Table De Nana's blog.

  
The photos below have been in my camera since July.  Our get togethers are very casual in the summer, so I stack salad and dessert plates with a paper napkin in between. Everyone helps themselves ;o)
 

 
I hope you are having a nice summer. This is about the best summer I can remember. Sunshine and low humidity almost all summer. With this post, I am joining Cuisine Kathleen for her Farewell to Summer Table Challenge, Susan at Between Naps on the Porch and Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.
 
Thanks for stopping by!
Debbie
 
Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

THello, I'm Debbie.I enjoy hiking, kayaking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing in the Adirondack Mountains (thus Mountain Breaths). I live in Upstate NY with my supportive husband and have three precious sons..

29 comments:

  1. I've never heard of Jewelweed, Debbie, but I enjoyed the information on the plant. It's so nice that you've had a wonderful summer. I love your MC enamelware and those handmade napkins are so pretty with the plates. The choice of fabrics and trim is perfect for you. I'm up early and could go for a piece of your apple and strawberry pie. It looks delish!! xo

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  2. Lovely table- I adore the McKenzie Childs enamelware. I agree with you about summer not being over. I'm still enjoying it and look forward to every day (it's a lot better than winter)! I especially love how you set up the glass plates with the napkins- perfect! It's interesting- I don't know anything about touch-me-nots and I'm big on flower gardening!

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  3. So pretty the napkins and your dishes!
    I never knew that's what those plants were called.!
    They are so similar to the wild impatiens Derek gave me ..the gift that has kept on giving!

    I will look at yours and mine again..mine are all shades of pink and TALL.

    Your crust looks delicious.
    It has been the loveliest of summers..weather wise..you are so right:)

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    1. Monique, I would love to see your wild impatiens in shades of pink. Mine are very tall also.

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  4. Is that not the most amazing example of majesty? Thanks so much for all your kind visits and words and especially about my mom...she will love reading the comments!

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  5. The napkins are a fun gift Debbie! Your dishes are pretty and I'm always up for pie:@)

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  6. Beautiful set up, Debbie, and the pie looks delish!....Christine

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  7. I have enamelware envy Debbie! Perfect and oh so beautiful for summer! Love the stacked glass plates with napkins sandwiched between :)

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  8. Your plates by MK are so gorgeous. The butterfly napkins go perfectly with the black and white checked plates. What a delicious looking pie and strawberry and apples is a sweet combination. Have a wonderful week!

    Pam

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  9. I always love seeing you McK-C things, and the butterfly enamel ware is so perfect for summer~ I love your napkins too!
    Jenna

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  10. Oh, my, I am drooling over your enamelware! Sooo very pretty and colorful. A wonderful table. Bravo!!
    Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

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  11. Debbie, I love the butterfly pattern stacked with the CC and Flower Market. I only have serving pieces in the Flower Market and the CC chargers. I must add some more! '-)

    Love your idea of stacking the pretty paper napkins between the glass plates. I'm going to pin that idea! The butterfly napkins are perfect with your stack. Beautiful and thoughtful gift.

    I've never heard of Jewelweed. The blooms are beautiful and remind me of orchids.
    Enjoy your weekends at the lake. I suspect you fall will be lovely!

    PS ~ Did you see the new McK-C holiday plates? I think I will be shopping soon. '-)

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  12. Debbie, love your enamelware plates and the napkins couldn't be more perfect with the plates.
    What a pretty little flower, it reminds me of an orchid.
    Have a great weekend.
    PS...No, I didn't make the sunflower napkins...found them at one of the thrift stores, think probably Savers, a couple years ago. I think they were hand made.

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  13. I have never seen this pattern of butterfly dishes where ever did you get them? Just beautiful and elegant the napkins go so well together what a good idea stacking the napkins under the plates like that.Susie

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    1. I purchased the plates at MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora, NY. They also have a website. Thanks for your nice comment!

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  14. Sarah, I saw the new MacKenzie-Childs holiday plates and will be shopping soon!

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  15. Love your new napkins with the butterfly plates, very pretty.
    Thanks for taking the challenge, and Happy Labor Day! I agree, it has been a wonderful weather wise summer!

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  16. Your collection of MC is just outstanding. Wish I had the $'s to buy more. A shop here in town sells it and I stop in every now and then, drool for about an hour and then go to Walmart...hahhaa...
    Love your whole post !!
    xo

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  17. What a pretty flower, Debbie. It reminds me a cross between mimulus and a nasturtium. The hummingbirds have been very active here too - they love my salvia guaranitica and veronica blue salvias.

    I bookmarked Monique's pie too :) It looks wonderful! And your plates and napkins are so pretty and perfect for summer. I like how you've stacked the napkins with the plates - great idea :)

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  18. Pleaaaaaase save a piece of that delicious pie for me!

    Love the greenery, the black and white check plates, the butterfly ones, and the cute linens. Such a nice way to say goodbye to the season.

    xo

    Sheila :-)

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  19. Love all your MacKenzie Childs tableware! Lovely tablescape. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  20. Your MacKenzie Childs table is gorgeous, Debbie. Love the butterfly plates and the black and white checks. Everything is beautifully coordinated. It's stunning. I've never heard of Jewelweed - don't think it grows in the Pacific NW.

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    1. Hi Cathy, Native Impatiens capensis Jewelweed Spotted Touch-me-not plan grows in moist low woods, bases of bluffs, and stream banks over the Midwest and eastern US.

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  21. Your MacKenzie Childs table is gorgeous, Debbie. Love the butterfly plates and the black and white checks. Everything is beautifully coordinated. It's stunning. I've never heard of Jewelweed - don't think it grows in the Pacific NW.

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  22. What a lovely set table, I hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend.

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  23. Oh wow! The dishes and the napkins are just stunning. and the pie looks delicious. I am loving the MacKenzie Childs dishes....I will definitely have to start adding some to my collections after seeing how pretty you styled yours!

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