Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Biggest Smiles Ever Tablescape and Raspberry-Lemon-Yogurt Bread

Dear Summer,

I thought of you today and smiled. I reflected on the hot sunshine when you ripened the tomatoes and eggplant in my garden.

Fondly remembering the warm afternoon in August when hundreds of dragonflies put on a spectacular display for my friends and me, and the pink sky that reflected off the lake.

When you leave, you will take away my morning coffee on the deck and the early morning light. I will think of you often, Summer.

The sweet and spicy scent of fall will fill the kitchen, and the cosmos and phlox will soon be replaced with mums.

My Dear Summer, you still make me smile when I recall the birdsong and hungry hummingbirds buzzing by the window.

My Dear Summer, this table was set in your honor. Don't stay away too long.

Mountain Breaths

Smile table details:

Placemats were purchased for me a few years ago by my personal shopper at Marsha's Garden :-)

Courtly Check napkin rings/vase/dishes/bowls from

Ruffled white salad plate from Home Goods
Smile bowls purchased several years ago

Bird candle from Pier One


Keeping with the summer theme, I found this wonderful recipe for Miranda Lambert's Raspberry-Lemon-Yogurt Bread. You may have heard me squeal with delight when I sliced the bread and saw the color of the sun-kissed raspberries! There is nothing like a warm loaf of lemon bread with fresh picked raspberries.

I've  never had a golden raspberry until this year. They are very sweet and wonderful!  

Miranda Lambert's Raspberry-Lemon-Yogurt Bread


Vegetable oil cooking spray

2 cups all-purpose flour

2/3 cup plus 1 tbsp sugar, divided

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup nonfat lemon yogurt

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled

Grated zest of 1 lemon

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 cups fresh raspberries


Heat oven to 350°. Coat a 1-lb loaf pan with cooking spray. Combine flour, 2/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Combine yogurt, eggs, butter, zest and vanilla in a second bowl. Toss raspberries with remaining 1 tbsp sugar in a third bowl. Fold yogurt mixture into dry mixture; stir to combine completely. Gently fold in raspberries. Scrape batter evenly into loaf pan. Bake until top is golden and springs back when you gently touch it, 65 minutes.

I will be joining Tablescape Thursday and Foodie Friday.

Thank you for stopping by!

Debbie@Mountain Breaths
Debbie@Mountain Breaths

Hello, 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..


  1. Cute sunshine bowls! I know it's hard to believe summer is over and the snow will be here shortly. I want to live in a place where the weather goes from fall directly into spring!

  2. I was in high school when the smiley faces became popular. Just love them on your tablescape. Great recipes also. The raspberry cake looks delicious

  3. Oh my gosh, what a fun table, Debbie! I love the smiley faces with the courtly MC, great combo.

  4. OH my goodness! I had to come look when I saw those smiling faces! Just the cutest and makes you smile just to see them! I love the poetry sentiment...MacKenzie Childs has some of the neatest stuff doesn't she? Great job and a nice nod to summer...

  5. This is beyond darling. The yellow bowl with the MacKenzie-Childs "Courtly Check" is perfection. I'm excited to have the recipe, and I'm going to prepare it for The Garden Friends. Thank you for sharing your delightful design. Cherry Kay

  6. The table is adorable! Certainly a very happy scape.
    The bread looks delicious too.
    I know Fall arrives Fri, but it was warm and muggy here today!

  7. Beautiful post and beautiful table! I love the yellow with the black and white :-) You are so creative my friend.

  8. Oh this made me smile! A slice of your delicious bread would bring a smile to my face too :-)

  9. Nice post, Debbie, brought a smile to my face :) Wish I had a slice of that raspberry bread!

  10. Oh, should see the big smile on MY face right now! This is just the cutest, and I love that it is a fond farewell to the season we all love best. I have never seen a raspberry that light color. The cake looks delish! Have a great weekend, and (in my best Scarface voice) say hello to my little friend, "Fall"! :-)

  11. What a darling post, Debbie! I was talking to summer today myself but it didn't want to listen to me ;) It has moved on.

    Love the smiley bowls with the MC!

  12. I loved your narrative on this post -- summer went too quickly. I DO think I heard your squeal when you sliced your bread. I have had the golden strawberries too -- can't find them except at farms where I live. The smile bowls are really very special and the yellow, black and white color combination is smashing.

  13. Debbie--this is the only way I can respond to your ?'s....let's see, we went to The Lotus Garden for the first time...found out it's more Vietnamese than Thai...awesome noodles! And the crow...I'll probably show it later on, towards Halloween, because it's kinda scary--red light up eyes and it CAWS, and loudly!!

  14. OKay Girlie~
    That Lemon Yogurt Raspberry Bread looks divine~
    Wish I had a slice with my coffee.
    Of course I LOVE the MC plates!
    You do know Doogan's bowl is MC! ;)
    You set the prettiest table ever~
    Gotta find those hiking bracelets while I'm over here~
    Happy Saturday Sweet Friend~
    Hugs from Doogan and I!

  15. Debbie! This is just adorable! I love this happy tablescape, and I think it's the perfect homage to summer. Sooooo cute!

    Happy Tab. Thurs. on Monday! ;-)




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