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February 25, 2015

Cozy Wintry Dining with Pot Roast and Apple Pie!

Well it's another wonderful wintry day and the need for cozy comfy food served up in yummy shades of brown, red, gold and green seemed like the way to go!

The winds are causing drifting on the deck and the snow is clinging to the windows today.

The bowls were my starting point with this table  They are an odd shade of brown with a hint of green in them.

It depends on the light as to how they look.  I struggled on a napkin choice but these won out because they seemed to unify everything.

The napkin rings offered a punch of red.  I tied the color of the chargers with the black bamboo flatware and the pillar candle holder.  Ideally I would have liked a nice red coloring for my glasses but I didn't have any so I went with the amber colored ones.

A simple centerpiece that can be lifted away in a moment for dinner.

I'm never alone- Mr. Teddy is always close by.

Ready for a cozy dinner on this wintry day?  We sure are!

Roast beef with carrots and potatoes.
How I make it- Starting with a chuck roast that I've floured both sides with, season with salt and pepper, then brown it in fry pan that has a couple of tablespoons of vegetable oil along with some chopped onion.  After browning I put it on the bottom of the baking dish and load the potatoes and carrots on top which I have added salt and pepper to.  I use a can of golden mushroom soup with a can of water whisked together for my base.  I pour part of that into the pan that I browned the beef in to get the rest of the flavor from it and then pour it in to the baking dish along with the rest of the soup mix.  Cover and bake at 350 for around 4 to 5 hrs.  I prefer a pot roast baked in the oven vs. a slow cooker but you do have to make sure you don't let it dry out.  This LeCreuset baking dish seals pretty well.  In this picture I've drizzled some of the liquid over the top which gives it that nice yummy appeal.

I made an apple pie- which I'm awarding as my ugliest pie!
I definitely didn't get the crust done to my liking!  Oh well the taste is what will mean the most!  I'll serve up the pie with some ice cream in the bowls.  I like to heat the pie slice in the microwave for about 20 seconds to warm it and then add the ice cream !  It's all good!

The bowls are labeled Harvest Goods, Inc.- Pinecone series from One King's Lane several years ago.
The dinner plates are unmarked which came from Cracker Barrel a few years ago.
The bamboo flatware is from Horchow
Chargers Pier One Imports a couple of years ago
Amber glasses from T.J. Maxx

I saw a post on Facebook that Cuisine Kathleen is planning a St.Patrick's Day tablescape party on March 11th so get your Irish on and get a post ready for it!

I'll be joining
Between Naps on the Porch
Tablescape Thursday

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  1. Liz,
    What a pretty Winter Tablescape and what yummy looking delights too!!

    Thans so much for stopping by!!

    Lady Ga Ga is actually trained in classical music and was a piano protege( spelling, sorry)


    1. Thank you Debbie- and regarding my comment on your blog about Lady GaGa- I had no idea she was so talented!

  2. Liz, you created such a beautiful table. The dishes are very pretty and I love the candle! I can't believe how much snow you all have. The roast beef sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing how you make it. Hugs, Maria

  3. Beautiful table setting! And your roast and pie look so yummy!!

  4. A lovely table Liz. Great ambiance to enjoy your wonferful cozy dinner and especially dessert.

  5. Oh I just did a wonderful crock pot roast and your Apple pie looks amazing. Now I am hungry.

  6. Hi Liz, Love your inviting table. And the dinner looks so delicious. Your apple pie looks divine.
    What a wonderful winter meal. Now I'm hungry!
    Hugs, CM

  7. Liz, those napkins were the perfect punch of color for this table. How pretty they are.
    While everyone is deep in snow we are in the 50's all January and February. I am NOT complaining but sure the snow will hit us later this year and we will all be shocked!
    Your pie is beautiful. It reminds me of ones a local restaurant always made - huge and piled high. Sounds perfect for breakfast!

  8. Looks so cozy!! Nothing better than a hot meal on a chilly, snowy evening! I agree, your napkin choice is perfect, it does unite the look and the centerpiece warms it all up! I think your pie is gorgeous... well, I think any pie is gorgeous lol! We got almost 6 inches of snow again last night. Can't wait for spring!!

  9. Your plates are an unusual color, but I love them! Perfect napkins you chose for them, too. Everything is beautiful together. As for dinner and desert, I'm drooling. Comfort foods rule!

  10. Pot roast always brings memories of home and from time to time I have to make it. Certainly this time of year it is the perfect comfort food and with apple pie.....oh my gosh. You might not think it looks great, but that won't mess up the taste!

  11. hi Liz, your tables always look effortless and perfectly coordinated~ you have married some unexpected elements together in such a harmonious welcoming way~ and to top it off pot roast and apple pie, the perfect winter snowy meal! I love your assistant, so sweet!
    ps, your pie looks perfect to me!

  12. Comfort food at its best! The warm colors on your table give it such an inviting look, especially with all of that snow outside. Those bowls are so pretty, but it wouldn't matter to me what bowl you served the pot roast and veggies in. One of my fav meals, and then apple pie alamode for dessert. Can't beat it. (Your crust looks prettier than mine would).

  13. This table has just the perfect look for being cozy on a wintry day. The colours of your dishes and accessories are so welcoming. I would hate to move that lovely centerpiece (candles are the ideal accent for coziness!) and would have made my family dish up in the kitchen and come to the table. Your menu sounds and looks fab too! I love my pie warmed in micro with ice cream too!

  14. Your table is pretty...as always! I think I would love to have a slice of your pie, if you have any left! Ha! Sheila

  15. The table is rich with warm colors and the ambiance of candlelight is perfect for a wonderfully satisfying pot roast and a slice of warm apple pie. I think your pie looks wonderful (and tasty looking too). I have given up on trying to make a pretty pie crust - I just go for taste now. My new thing is apples slices and pineapple chunks caramelized in butter and sweetened with brown sugar and a touch of cinnamon and just skip the crust all-together.

  16. Your table is so ready for Spring Liz although the outside isn't yet! Lovely! That pot roast looks YUMMY!


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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