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March 9, 2016

A Cottage-like St. Patrick's Day Setting

I combined some yellow hydrangeas, lily of the valley and white chrysanthemums for a cheerful spring arrangement.  It sure feels like spring around here- the snow is melting and we're enjoying warm temps in the 50's!  

We have to have some Leprechauns!

I have a small collection of these Royal Albert "Shamrock" dishes I picked up through Ebay.  It took me a few purchases to get them since they came from different sources.  

I layered some shamrock cookies on this little dessert stand.  They'll go nicely with the tea!

I've used these napkins more than once (which I got from an Etsy shop several years ago) I like putting napkins in the glass to add some more pattern and height.

I bought the cabbage placemats with Easter in mind but I'm glad I also gave them a try for this tablescape.

I wanted a cottage feel to this tablescape so I used the blue and white Devon Cottage dishes mixed with the Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage plates.  My shamrock tea cup and saucers seemed to go with it all nicely.

Cabbage placemats (new) and white chargers (older) from Pier 1.  

Since there's just the two of us I'll only need two place settings. 

We just had this at a restaurant- Corned Beef Eggs Benedict last Sunday and it was so good!
I found some Hollondaise Sauce mix made by Knorr that I'm going to use for making my own version.  I'll get some sliced corned beef at the deli and english muffins and we're good to go!

 These two are dancing up a storm to some good old Irish folk music.
Click this link for a classic dose of Irish Folk Music at Dolan's Pub This will get your feet stomping!

I originally posted about my little Clover Hills Village which you can see "here"

The blue and white dishes are a repeat color as seen on the plate rack.

I layered two white tablecloths.  The top one is more of a topper but I like the texture of it and I thought it fit in well with the cottage feel I wanted.

Perhaps some beer to go along with dinner and the recipe below that my daughter shared with me.
 Instead of corned beef (too much leftovers) I'm planning to make this for dinner this year.


2 lbs. fully cooked Polska Kielbasa Sausage cut in half lengthwise, then cut into 2 in. pieces
1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Head Cabbage, coarsely chopped
1 Lg. Sweet Onion, cut into large pieces
3 Cloves Garlic, minced or crushed in garlic press
2 t. Sugar
1/2 t. Salt
1/2 t. Black Pepper
2 t. rice wine vinegar
1 1/2 t. Dijon or Brown Grainy Mustard


Heat olive oil in large nonstick saute' pan over medium-high heat and add Kielbasa.
Cook without stirring for 1 minute.  Then store occasionally for about 3 minutes.
Transfer to a plate with slotted spoon.

In the same pan with some of the rendered sausage fat, add cabbage, onion, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper.  Stir to combine and cook for about 10 min., stirring occasionally.

Mix in the vinegar and mustard.  Add the sausage back to the pan and cook for another 2 minutes to heat through.  

Serve immediately on it's own or over mashed or boiled potatoes.

A printable version is available "here"

I'll be joining:

and on the March 16th I'll be joining Cuisine Kathleen for her 8th annual St. Patrick's Day blog crawl.

May your troubles be less
and your blessings be more
And nothing but happiness
come through your door!


  1. Such a lovely Irish setting, and a cute little leprechaun as well.

  2. Liz, You have the cutest things. I love your figurines. The table setting is beautiful. I love your combination of dishes. I just made some cabbage dish like that for my husband. He loves sausages and cabbage. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  3. Liz, everything looks beautiful at your table! I just love the shamrock tea cups, and the cabbage place mats. You are all set for a wonderful St. Paddy's celebration! Enjoy! ♥

  4. Dear Liz I love your gorgeous table and the shamrock teacups and green plates are perfect and beautiful!
    The recipe looks yummy too.
    Thanks for sharing and now I'm inspired to start on my St. Patty's Day table to join Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen next week.

  5. You had me at green beer!!!
    Liz, there is a reason I call you the Tablescape queen. I love your chargers you bought for Easter they are perfect. Blue and green looks fresh as spring my dear.

  6. You've created the perfect Irish table setting for two! Those shamrock cups are lovely and do go well with the other dishes you've chosen. Your dining room must be in the perfect location as that sunshine always adds so much to your pictures in that area. That eggs Benny with corned beef looks delish. I make eggs Benny for special occasions and always use a prefab mix for the sauce - way easier and tastes great. Looking forward to Kathleen's Blog Crawl on the 16th!

  7. Looks like you are ready for St Patrick's day! I love your table setting. Blue and green is always so pretty together! Your recipe sounds yummy and I have made a variation of it using Rotel tomatoes as the liquid. Really good.

  8. Liz, this is just lovely. Your table is beautiful and we love sausage and cabbage. ;)

    Happy Thoughts of Home on Thursday!

  9. So perfect for St. Pats Liz! Those delicate china cups and saucers and your arrangement of flowers including the Lilly of the Valley, so so pretty! Love the Irish jig happening on your sideboard too-and of course, now I'm wishing for eggs benedict for breakfast!

  10. Liz!! LOVE this sweet Irish tablescape!! Your dishes are stunning! Love the Irish folk too!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!!


  11. Liz, what a lovely table for St. Paddys. Love your cute little shamrocks teacups. They are the sweetest ever. The plate stack is awesome. Such darling little people dancing the Irish Jig. The recipe looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing and the corned beef benedict is one of Paul's favs.

  12. I especially like the touches of blue on your St. Patty's table. I can't wait for a corned beef dinner.

  13. Liz, I love your St. Paddy's table for two! Your Royal Albert Shamrock is so pretty paired with your Devon Cottage and BP cabbage plates! Corned Beef Eggs Benedict sounds delicious and so does your Sausage & Cabbage Skillet! ♣

  14. Beautiful table Liz!....May the luck of the Irish be with you always!!!

  15. Liz,
    So~o~o glad to see the sun shining through your windows, dear friend!
    I know you've had your portion of Snow for the Winter!
    Love your Irish Cottage Style St. Patrick's Day Tablescape!

  16. You have so many neat features in this post. I lost my comment so I'm starting over. You are worth it. I love your shamrock china. It is beautiful and I like the way you layered your plates. I especially like the blue and white plate. Cute Irish dancers and a neat video from Dolan's Pub. Makes me want to go to Ireland and experience this first hand.
    My husband would love the corned beef egg's benedict. It looks delicious. I enjoyed your post.

  17. Liz, your table and menu are treats for the senses. The shamrock-strewn cups/saucers, the layered dishes, your centerpiece--everything is joyful and evokes an Irish morning. Love the cottage feel! I hope you have a lovely St. Pat's Day.

  18. Liz, what a beautiful Cottage Style St. Patrick's Day tablescape you've done. The corned beef eggs benedict sounds delicious! Might make that for dinner this week.

  19. Beautiful table Liz! I wonder what hubby would do if I put green beer in the fridge, it would certainly provoke a laugh!

    Have a good day!

  20. Wow, beautiful table and your shamrock china is making my heart flutter! So beautiful. Adorable Irish dancers and your recipe looks yummy. :)
    Visiting from the crawl.

  21. The sunlight coming in on your table makes everything look so lovely! Beautiful table and the Corned Beef Eggs Benedict and Sausage and Cabbage skillet both look delicious! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  22. Oh, Liz! Not only is your table and surrounding buffet service beautiful, but you've captured the most gorgeous natural light in these photos! The photo of the hydrangeas really takes my breath away. The Royal Albert, Devon Cottage and Bordallo really do capture a cottage feel. Outstanding! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
    Rita C at Panoply

  23. Hello Liz! This is a wonderful St. Patrick's day post with all the great elements, decor, wonderful table settings and food, glorious food! I enjoyed my visit and thanks for your visit to my blog.

  24. Wow Liz, this is such a pretty table! I really like the combination of green and blue here. I LOVE those Royal Albert "Shamrock" dishes; I've never seen those before and now I want some. ;) Your flower centerpiece is gorgeous. I've never seen such a big bunch of lilies of the valley before. They're such pretty and fragrant flowers. Did they come from your yard?

    Your food looks delicious; thanks for sharing the recipes! I hope you have a fun and festive St. Paddy's Day, Liz!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  25. Oh, Liz, I am in love with those dainty tea cups!!! And the polish sausage dish sounds so yummy. I want some right now. Your table is just gorgeous with the blue and green and my favorite chargers--I used them for the crawl too! They go with everything, don't they? And I really must find some of those BP cabbage plates. I really love your table. Thanks for sharing. Linda

  26. Beautiful table, Liz...♥ the blue/green combo. Your shamrock dishes are beautiful, so delicate. Gorgeous centerpiece...I can almost smell the lily-of-the-valley stems.
    Happy SPD.

  27. This is pure delight...I adore your Royal Albert "Shamrock" dishes!!! How pretty!
    The flowers, the pale blue mixed with the green cabbage plates...all make for a lovely setting.
    My hubby LOVED eggs benedict & I used to make them with that same package. Easy~Peasy! Thanks for jogging that memory & for delighting the senses with your sunshine & sweet Irish items.

  28. Beautiful, beautiful! Everything is a real wow. Your flowers are stunning and you have captured the beautiful light in all of your photos. Happy St. Patrick's Day

  29. Beautiful post, Liz! I love those BP plates and your RA Shamrock dishes, so pretty! Happy St. Patrick's Day!

  30. Oh Liz, I'm enchanted with your whole setting for your table for two! Love those cabbage placemats, and your BP pieces, and using your blue and white plates does give a cottage feel. The RA teacups are sooooo beautiful, and those Etsy napkins are so dainty and sweet. Your couple dancing a jig are so cute and your centerpiece is a beauty. I love it all, Liz, and thanks for the recipe...yum!

  31. This is such a delightful table...love the use of the blue and white plates...really looks so pretty. Thanks so much for coming by.

  32. That is just lovely! The flowers are so pretty and offer a hope of Spring! We have nothing blooming. I love those shamrock plates in the hutch, just beautiful! Thanks so mch for taking part in the blog crawl. It has been fun visiting friends I haven't seen since I went into blogging mothballs!

  33. Wonderful post, Liz! Every element. The centerpiece is gorgeous! I love Twinings' Irish Breakfast. So delish, and the food looks fab too! The plate stack is stunning, I ADORE the blue and white with green. So fresh and classic! Beautiful teacups, too!

  34. Liz, this is beautiful. I love the photos you captured in the light, the darling St. Pat pieces, and am swooning over your Royal Albert "Shamrock". Hope your SPD was fun.

  35. Oh my goodness! I absolutely drooled over your gorgeous, gorgeous tablescape, your wall plate rack, your entire post! This is beautiful, Liz! Love, love love your Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage plates,the layering of the plate setting! The RA shamrock tea service is so pretty and the photography is breathtaking! Thanks for the inspiration! Hope you had a wonderful St Patrick's Day! Hugs, Poppy

  36. What a lovely table! I bought those same cabbage placemats, but ordered them online. When they arrived, they had all slid to one side in a rather big box and were all creased and bent and a total mess. By the time I took them back, the store was out of them. Oh well, I can enjoy yours. :-)


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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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