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Thursday, January 22, 2015

a simple supper






Last week my hubby was away on a business trip and returned home on Friday evening.  I thought a nice supper of homemade chicken soup and fresh brown bread rolls from the local bakery would be welcome after a long day in planes and airports and a long week of eating out at restaurants.  There's nothing like a home cooked meal is there?



I found the pretty red snowflake placemats at Winners after Christmas on sale.  The dishes are all from Super Store and the candle holders from other stores.  The tray is from Target.  It's the one favourite thing I bought at Target which is closing all it's Canadian stores this year after just over a year in business.  



The sky was just clearing off at the 'blue hour'.  You didn't notice the Becel dish did you?
Haha.  I forgot I'd put it on the table.

snowflake lights

Inside Out Reflections.

I'm loving these tulips and wish they lasted longer.


I'm not the greatest cook that's for sure.  In fact, I'm quite basic when it comes to preparing meals and I prefer to make simple food with common ingredients.  Murray grew up on a farm and his mum cooked for hungry men - meat and potatoes guys - so Murray is fine with that and has never complained about the meals I've made for him these 37 plus years.   He always compliments me on the meal when he's finished eating.  Sweet man.  :)  And we always have dessert.  Whether it's fresh fruit or a cookie (or two), I have to have dessert.  That's something I grew up with and enjoy.  I like my sweets!  

Do you like dessert after a meal?  Do you make fancy things often or does a cookie satisfy your sweet tooth?  

On this cold mid-week night our son and his wife are joining us for beef stew and biscuits and, chocolate cake for dessert!
The molasses will be on the table for the biscuits too.  They just go together.

Enjoy your day.

Blessings,
Pam



46 comments:

  1. We are lucky, Pamela, to have husbands who are not picky eaters. Sometimes I will as him how he liked the new recipe and his will kindly answer it was good, but not my favorite, so I try not to fix it again. As for Target, have shopped Target for years--What would I do without my Target? Lovely and warm photos. You have a created a nice sanctuary for your husband when he returns. Have a nice week end.

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  2. I'm going to be teaching my granddaughter how to cook - not just how to read a recipe, because yes, it is nice to simply eat at home. I LOVE that reflection shot. It is amazing!

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  3. Oh this is so inviting,pretty and nice to come home to. You do it well. Dessert oh yes every night....Not sure if that is good or bad:0 Hug B

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  4. so pretty! what a warm welcome home! You inspire me to do something special on our table for supper! I love Winners and never bought anything worth mentioning at Target.Somehow they missed the mark with Canadians! We are a basic meal family too, both having grown up on meat and potato meals. and we like dessert too. esp. homemade cookies or muffins. I bought some apples at the store that were too sour so I made apple-crisp.

    I think I'll bake today:)

    Wishing you a Lovely Today.

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  5. Your inside out reflection photo is really attractive. You set a warm and inviting table. During the winter, I do a lot of homemade soups for supper. I like easy to do cooking. :)
    Farmhouse hugs,
    Cindy

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  6. I never did warm up to Target and I really, really miss Zellers ... wouldn't it be nice if we could get it back?

    Your table is beautiful, Pamela.

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  7. I never liked Target either I worked at Zellers for 10 years wish they would bring Zellers back !

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  8. Wonderful photos all looks soo pretty ! I can cook but Papa here is also a meat and potatoes man but he also likes to try different things . We have a little desert after supper with a cuppa tea and our favorite is blueberry pie that is a once a month treat and a small pie as there is just the two of us lol Papa like his sweets and I always get two thumbs up after each meal lol Glad you hubs is home now ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  9. Soup is such a delicious meal on these cold winter days. I'm a simple cook too. We didn't get a Target near us, closest is an hour away, so I've only been there once, but we did have Zellers which closed and was never replaced.

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  10. Oh I just loved this post Pamela! Simply gorgeous pictures and your dinner made me SO hungry! Bravo!!! and thank you for sharing!

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  11. I think we grew up in a meat and potatoes era, didn't we? Our meals are pretty basic too and most often there's a home baked something for dessert, the cookies reserved for afternoon tea.
    Home made soup and crusty bread or rolls is my idea of a wholesome meal too.

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  12. My children asked, "what are your things for a good marriage " and I answered, "my number one . . . sit down to meals together!" I don't think it matter if one is a great cook or not, but the time to commune together at the table is most important. It looks and sounds like you do just that Pamela . . . lovely and bravo . . .

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  13. Hi Pam....
    I would love to join you at that lovely table for a bowl of soup!
    My kids LOVED Target...me, not so much!
    Although I did get a great deal on a new umbrella for the back here at home....
    Think I will visit before we go away, they have really cute kids clothes....
    Dessert? Only with company or when the kids come for a meal....
    Boyfriend is a meat guy, but have been trying a few meatless meals every week...
    And...he always gives me a kiss before each meal♥️
    Tour tulips are beautiful....remember to keep adding water everyday....and keep them out of direct sunlight!
    Did you know Tulips continue to grow, even when cut?
    Enjoy your day....I think we are in for some sun.....and a high of -1!.....downright balmy!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  14. My cooking is pretty simple too, and we always have a little something sweet after a meal too. Often, it's just a couple cookies or a dish of strawberries. I don't make big desserts too often, because it's just too hard for the two of us to eat it all.

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  15. What a lovely post...from that inviting table glowing with warmth to the glorious blue evening sky. I could almost smell the aroma of your soup! I don't make fancy meals either and dessert usually consists of ice cream or cookies if we are so inclined to have some...there is something about that little sweet treat after a meal, isn't there? Lord knows neither one of us (me and my hubby) need it! Lovely reflective shots too :)

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  16. Your inside out photo is outstanding ! it's nice to carry some wintery elements into January and lovely to see such a pretty table. have a great week

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  17. You set a pretty table, Pam! Maybe you don't need to make "fancy" meals when the table looks so nice!

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  18. Nice shots. Particularly the reflection one. Kudos

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  19. Ohhhhhh...ahhhhhh...such lovely photography...it is like a dessert over here just seeing it. I am sure that Murray felt properly welcomed home with that table and meal! I do have a favorite photo and I can prove it because I pinned it! Yes, biscuits and molasses do go together very well. Say, have you ever made Lassy Mogs?

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  20. I enjoyed reading this post about your meals. I think I would love to come to your house for dinner one night and yes even a cookie would be great for dessert. I love the tulips and they're one of my fav colors. I am moving Saturday to Nashville, Tennessee, snow or no snow, I'm moving. This is the one time I wished we didn't get snow but if it comes it does. Take care.

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  21. Oh what a pretty winter table - everything looks so cheery. I like simple foods too. We often have dessert - but not usually right after dinner. It is more of a later evening snack, I think our favorites are cookies - and dessert is always home made, I can control the ingredients that way. We also like a lot of different nut breads for dessert - and they go just as well with afternoon tea. I've never had molasses on biscuits - our tradition is honey, although I've been known to lick the molasses spoon because I just love the taste of molasses - so I might just try it on the biscuits next time I make them.

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  22. i was raised on meat and potato meals in wisconsin. :) and my mother served dessert after every meal - even breakfast. even today, my sweet tooth kicks in immediately after finishing my entree. but i try to avoid too many sweets. :)

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  23. (and target must have absorbed one heckuva loss on that failed foray into canada!)

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  24. That first shot is wonderful and your hubby is a very lucky man. I must admit, Mrs Britain is very good to me. Though I like to cook too - as long as it's all in one pot (timing is the real skill in cooking, I think). Dessert if available and there's room..!

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  25. I bet it was delicious. Simple is almost always best. You used many pretty and warm details for your meal.

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  26. A hearty beef casserole is always a favorite on our table, Since living in France it's changed to Boeuf Bourguignonne, using red wine, but this weekend it will be my English recipe using a strong ale/beer as we have some English friends visiting. and Mr France will make the dumplings to go on the top. I know we will have clean plates at the end of this meal. loved your candle lit photos.

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  27. What beautiful early evening light! I think soup and rolls is the perfect welcome home meal ... and yes, I've got to have some dessert. It's my favorite part of the meal!

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  28. What a great way to welcome home your traveling hubby. Soup and bread is a wonderful meal, and you've made it all so attractive with the candles and tulips. Beautiful!
    I'm not so fond of dessert. My mother, on the other hand, insists that a meal is not complete without it. I've strayed away from that although I'll frequently have a square of chocolate later in the evening with my tea. Isn't it great to have husbands who will eat almost anything? Mine does, too.
    Oh, Target. I tried to shop there. But every time I went in they didn't have what I wanted/needed and the shelves were frequently very empty. I won't miss it.

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  29. I made home made chicken soup last week. It went well over the weekend. Yes, I like a dessert after my dinner. Preferably something heavy this time of year. My guy would eat meat and potatoes every day of the week but I like my rice and pasta dishes too. So I compromise. He thinks molasses is an abomination! :) I love it myself and on home made biscuits or bread; yum! Have a lovely evening, Pam.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  30. Most of the time, we have dessert about an hour or so after supper...something...like you said. Tonight is Pumpkin pie I made Tuesday. So Target didn't do well there...too bad...:)JP

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  31. Very pretty!

    In our family we always had dessert after supper. Though if it was a very filling meal, we might have waited awhile.

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  32. Hi Pamela. Your tulips are such a refresher to me. I was so cold all day/ The place settings are perfect for this time of year. I really like your snowman out your back door on your deck.....why not...there are snowmen all over the place this time of year. Have a wonderful supper with your son and daughter in law.

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  33. Pam, what a nice evening your hubby had to come home to. Everything looks so pretty and warm and the food sounds good too. Honest down home cooking is always a winner. In fact we were just talking about making a good stew. The tulips really are a beautiful flower and just add to your cozy table. I love a good picture of a burning candle. Mine sometimes seem to come out purple in photos...Happy Thursday..Judy

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  34. what a beautiful and cozy scene greeted Murray when he came home.

    beautiful Pamela.

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  35. Pam, it all looks so pretty. I love simple meals. xo Laura

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  36. I like those snowflake lights on the table. Do they just lie across the table? Your welcome home dinner looks so cozy and sounds delicious. My favorite soup. Your tulips still look good. We don't have dessert anymore, but used to, but do whenever we have company.

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  37. Well a man after my own heart (and I thought I was one of the few!). I was also raised on simple, but excellent, home cooking. My wife has 'suffered' through almost 39 years of making meals like that, although she prefers 'fancier' (in my opinion) fare. She does get to indulge herself when we go out to restaurants. As for dessert, we always had that after every meal when growing up, but unfortunately sweets (for which I have a weakness) seem to leave their mark on my waistline nowadays so we stick with fruit.

    Thank you for your kind words on my blog, Pamela - we're coping, sorta.

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  38. So funny! I just commented on BJ's Sweet Nothings about loving biscuits and molasses. That's a treat from my childhood and I'd choose it before I'd choose cake!
    I like to cook, and my husband likes lots of 'taste' in his food, so I try different things - always have.

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  39. What a perfect meal to come home to. Love your dishes! We always have something sweet...even if fruit...just not a finished meal without it. I love your indoor/outdoor photo. We are refreshed from our break. Nice to be back visiting my friends.
    Ruth

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  40. Pamela, Where to start?! Your table setting is lovely. I adore the themed red and white, and snowflakes and trees. And the lights...oh they are SO pretty, but your view from the table is extraordinary!!! Such a gorgeous place to live.

    My husband grew up eating the same things as yours and I have always been a simple cook, too. And yes, we love dessert. A cookie or anything sweet will do :)

    I hope you got my email today. You won!!!

    TTYL, Anne

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  41. On this rainy, gloomy day I found your photos to be such a warm welcoming place to visit. I can only imagine how your husband felt walking into a table so lovingly set and the smells of a warm dinner wafting through the air. I love your lit up snowman peeking in as if he, too, would like to be included.
    I had to laugh over your thoughts on dessert. We used to kid my mom that the only reason she ate dinner was so that she could have dessert. It seems I have somewhat carried on that tradition. We usually don't have dessert right after dinner, but before the day is done I seem to migrate to the kitchen for a sweet treat.

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  42. What a beautiful table setting! Very romantic of you to prepare a lovely meal to celebrate the return of your beloved and to make it all look so lovely too! We don't usually have dessert, but it is a lovely way to end a meal isn't it! xx

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  43. Your inside out photos are gorgeous, Pamela!
    And yes, I have to have a sweet after my meal.
    I, too, was raised with a desert after our evening meal,
    sometimes something as simple as cooked homemade pudding.
    It's a habit now!

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  44. It looks cozy inside and I love the view to the outdoors.
    I confess I like a little something sweet after dinner but my husband does not share my sweet tooth.

    The mauve jar you asked about came from the thrift store here but last summer I saw them at Sobey's in the flower dept. so maybe they will get them again

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Carolyn

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  45. Lucky Murray, and lovely to know he is thankful for your efforts - my guy is quite good too at complimenting my cooking - it makes the effort so worthwhile, yes even after almost 50 years for us!
    Love the red Christmas tree plate - your table certainly looked beautiful and welcoming on a winter night.

    I was surprised that Target is closing its Canadian stores - they are fabulous here and always very busy! Of course there are far too many places to shop these days - no matter which city or country!!

    Hugs - Mary

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