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January 20, 2016

Wintry Country Morning Breakfast

Well winter has placed her firm grip on us up north here and I am officially calling this "deep winter" now!  Any of you who would like to have snow just take a peak at my pictures and you can pretend!

My little jingle bells poinsettia is still going strong.  After doing some cleaning up in my office I found this basket that had been forgotten about so I place the plant in there and surrounded it with moss.  I wanted to keep the table setting kind of countrified so this is how I started.

I also wanted to still keep the blue coloring going in this area so I dug out my Johnson Brothers Devon Cottage dishes.  I've used these staged on the plate rack as in "here" "here"  and "here" with another tablescape.

I used this tablecloth to keep the design plain and added the red napkins to compliment the poinsettia.

The wicker chargers draw on the color of the moss adding some organic tones and keep country feeling going.

I adore this cow creamer made by Polish Pottery and my new glasses were perfect for this setting.

I'm using my tripod and have the camera on a manual setting because it's just not all that bright out.  We received about 15" of snow in the past 5 days.

See the bird feeders out there?  We keep them filled all winter and as you can see there's a lot of snow on them!  The tops were empty of snow only last Friday.

They like the tray feeder and empty it first.  The bottom left one holds suet.  The hang on from the bottom to feed.  My regular visitors are Cardinals, Chickadees, Nuthatches and various woodpeckers. Sometimes the finches show up but not consistently until spring.  If you have one feeder and want to know what to use just put out black sunflower seeds.  Don't buy the wild bird mixes because they usually have a lot of seed that only a few birds want.  It ends up getting kicked out on the ground.

I crave color in the winter.  Though there is really only the two of us it looks nicer to set the table for 4!

 The tablecloth is something I bought from One King's Lane several years ago.  It's one of my favorites.  It has a nice weight to it and I love the soft red striping.  They called it "Classic Stripe Tablecloth Red" by French Laundry.  They still offer it in a pillow but not the tablecloth.

Last Sunday I made these scrumptious pancakes that my sister shared with me.   Turns out the recipe is from Trisha Yearwood on the Food Network.  It makes a lot of pancakes so next time I might try half the recipe for hubby and myself.  I failed to take pictures but trust me they're delicious! 

Blueberry Pancakes
by Trisha Yearwood
This is the "link" to the recipe but I also copied it and dropped it on the page below here.  I added one little change regarding the butter.  They should have said "divided" for the stick of butter because you only use a 1/2 stick in the recipe and the other half was simply for cooking.  I didn't have blueberries or lemon zest so I made it without and they were still very good!  

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup milk, plus more if needed
1 cup sour cream
1 stick butter, melted (divided)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

I will be joining the following parties:

Have a Cup With Mrs. Olson

Ivy and Elephants 

Between Naps on the Porch

Rattlebridge Farm

Rustic and Refined
Table It 

A Stroll Thru Life
Inspire Me Tuesday


  1. Can't wait to try the pancake recipe. So yummy on a cold winter morning. Can't wait for our warm up from below zero temperatures. Stay cozy.

  2. This looks so lovely Liz! What an adorable creamer in the tablescape. Looks like our Maine winters out the backyard! Stay warm and thank you for sharing the inspiration!

  3. Liz, your tablescape is perfect! I love every element! And it is so nicely "countrified," and a perfect canvas for a blustery cold wintry day and yummy southern-made pancakes! Thanks for sharing - just lovely.

    (Your new cut glassware is stunning, too, by the way!) Hugs! ♥

  4. Your tablescape is so pretty. Love the china patterns and those wicker mats.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  5. Love your blue dishes, but you can keep that snow!

  6. You had me at the blue dishes! We got a huge (for us) snowfall last night. School still out tomorrow here. School buses cannot run on our slick country roads. Stay warm!

  7. Liz,
    You had my attention with all the SNOW you've been having, dear friend!!!
    Then you set this absolutely gorgeous Wintry Country Breakfast Tablescape!!!
    And. . .then,
    you top all of that off with my favorite breakfast food. . .pancakes!!!
    Your blue and white dinnerware is a stunning compliment to that beautiful
    Jingle Bell Poinsettia and the red stripe tablecloth!!!
    I've given up. . .Mother Nature wins!!!
    SNOW all around us, but only a few flakes here!!!
    This may be the Winter of cold and blowing frigid breezes!!!

  8. Beauty inside and out! I love it! Thanks for the tip about the birdseed.

    Please drop by and say hello!
    Harvest Lane Cottage
    ...doing what I can with what I've got where I am
    on a short shoestring budget!

  9. O, we are so tired of snow out here in West Texas, so I sure hope we don't get any more.

  10. Your tablescape is very pretty - so nice with the blue and white with red and good for you keeping your poinsettia alive this long! I had one but it bit the dust quite a while ago - I'm terrible with plants. Love your snow!!! Wish we would get some more, it's been a slow year around here. Been looking for a new pancake recipe - thanks!

  11. Such a pretty tablescape. Love the flowers and your linens too. Wow, that is a ton of snow.

  12. Such a warm and inviting table! Perfect for a yummy pancake breakfast. Love your Johnson Bros. plates and your new glasses!! Thank you for sharing all your pretty views. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  13. Beautiful! I'm really coveting the dishes and glassware.

  14. I bet Trisha thinks this is some out of this world setting for her pancakes ahahahahaha
    I'm one of those that come picking for snow. Though Winter enter the same phase here we don't have snow, just a crazy amount of rain and windy weather. Not complaining as the water will give me lots of roses and the windy mayhem - as long as everyone is safe - I really like it.
    You really must have a green thumb (several, in fact) for poinsettias. No one I know can keep them alive so long after the holidays. This one is a gem. I had it as tree in my yard when I bought the house but we had to give up because it would break easily with the first winds (I live in a very windy zone) and mess everything around. It's lovely as a tree. All those leaves turning red.
    "My" birds eat it all. I guess I have several types and they really eat it all. In fact the types have to arrive before the turtle doves or they will miss what I put there ahahahahahah
    Still, thank you for the sunflower seeds tip.
    So inspiring to see you taking advantage of the in-time ;) soon here she goes ahahahahah
    Take Care and Stay Warm and Safe,

  15. Such a bright spot in the winter snow Liz! Your jingle bells poinsettia looks so pretty with the blue and white...it will be great for Valentine's too! I couldn't deal with all that snow, Brrrrr! Stay warm and cozy

  16. We are about to get a little snowy slush but you'd think it was going to be the Frozen Tundra the way the weather people are carrying on. That snow is beautiful! So is your table, and I know you are cooking some goodies to enjoy upon it.

  17. It's a delightful table and how nice that you're still using your poinsettia! It is PERFECT for the centerpiece. Of course, I love anything blue and white and your dishes are perfect! It's a warm and friendly table.

  18. Don't know where you are located but just heard the northeastern states are about to be hit again with snow. Stay warm and safe. This will give you time to work on a few more inspiring and charming tablescapes.

    Cathy <;)

  19. Now that's a lot of snow! The JB Devon pattern is perfect for that needed color on a dreary winter day. I keep watching the Devon pattern on eBay...it's very tempting. Your tablescape is delightful! Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

  20. Liz, it was instant love when I first sited your tablecloth. The soft stripes stole my heart! I was going to ask you where you got it, but then you shared. I am going to see if it is still available. Your poinsettia and dishes are lovely! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  21. The tablescape is so pretty with the blue dishes. I love your snow pictures! We don't get much snow here in central Alabama. I'm looking forward to having a bird feeder in the near future-thanks for the tips on the seeds.

  22. Lovely tablescape with the blue dishes. Everything looks fabulous, especially your tablecloth from One King's Lane. The snow is fabulous! I am sure you are tired of it, however I find it so majestic.

  23. Beautiful tablescape, Liz! Love your new glasses and the dishes are gorgeous. So much snow! Stay safe and warm. Have a wonderful day. xxx Maria

  24. I like the way you pulled this table together, and somehow it makes me feel very connected to you. As for the birdfeeders, with all that snow is it going to be a little tough to keep them full right now?

  25. Oh my dear friend, you should have called us to fill that gorgeous table with us two! I love that pottery, it's lovely and yes, I agree, a table looks prettier set for four. The glasses are beautiful too. Poinsettias last a good couple of months inside.
    Have a happy Sunday.

  26. I meant to say: to also have some of those delicious looking pancakes!


  27. What a pretty table, Liz! I love the new glasses, they are beautiful. The tablecloth reminds me of a French stripe. We feed the birds in the winter too and need to get outside tomorrow to refill the feeders! We have been snowed in for 2 days. Stay warm and cozy!!

  28. Love your blue dishes!!! All of that snow is bound to melt at some point. We are still snowed in, but hopefully the predicted temps this week will met the snow. :-) Sheila

  29. I just love the country feel of your pretty table, Liz! The blue dishes are so pretty on top of the Chargers and the striped tablecloth. The poinsettia in the wire basket looks perfect with all your red accents. I'll be the pancakes were delish! I have one of Trisha's cookbooks and I'll check it out.
    Thank you for your visit to my blog, too.

  30. I love pancakes and Mr. Precious made some blueberry pancakes for us last night. Yum. Your table looks so pretty and I love color too. Y'all got lots of snow didn't you? We didn't get on snowflake! :) Thank you for your prayers.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  31. Your jingle bell poinsettias are so beautiful...what is your secret?...Mine do not seem to last very long...Now that's a lot of snow!....Your table is so pretty as always Liz...and for some reason I crave pancakes in the winter months...the recipe sounds amazing.

  32. Good Morning Liz,

    Wow! Beautiful table setting!

    So stunning-dishes, glasses, poinsettia, tablecloth and oh the pristine white background!
    I want to thank you again for putting in me touch with Barbara.
    She is, just as you mentioned, a wonderful resource and I has offered to mentor me through the Beekeeping process!
    Excited to get started.
    Have a lovely week, Liz,

  33. This is so sweet and colorful! And that little cow is to die for!! Adorable! Thanks for sharing at Table It!

  34. Beautiful mix of red with the blue, and the blueberry pancake recipe sounds delish!!!

  35. I love your cozy country morning tablesetting with your snowy scenery in the background! I found four Devon Cottage salad plates at HomeGoods several years ago but they didn't have the dinner plates and I love the light and dark contrast between the the two. Your chargers and tablecloth are wonderful and breakfast sounds mouth-watering too :)


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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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