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January 14, 2016

Winter Dining for Two!

I started a crockpot dinner and the house already smells delicious!    I set the table for two and centered my ruffled bowl loaded with a pot-pourri of pine cones, wood chips and pieces of cedar.  It smells good too!  Notice the new goblets….they were a Christmas gift from my daughter and hubby.  I fell in love with them at Williams Sonoma.  I've always wanted some etched stemware with a floral
design and these have a vintage look which is what they are also called "Vintage"!  I hope to add on to this collection with more pieces. I have 12 of these now so I'm off to a good start!

The old aerial view!  The white dishes are my everyday ones by Mikasa called Antique White.

Last week I made a trip out to a favorite local store and found these placemats.  They're made by C & F Enterprises.  I googled it and found tons of styles.  This one grabbed my attention because of the colors- perfect for my setting.  It reverses to a beige/white stripe.


Waiting for dinner!

This is a recipe I found on Facebook through a group called FOOD52 but then I went to the actual person that they copied it from which is at this link "HERE" at laurassweetspot.com . The recipe is called "Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin".  Towards the end of cooking she has you baste the meat with the homemade glaze she gives the recipe for.  

I carefully lifted the pork tenderloin onto a baking sheet and drizzled more glaze on it. Then I put it under the broiler to caramelize it and it came out perfect.  Her recipe suggests 6 to 8 hrs. on a low setting.  I went the full 8 hrs. but I could have quit at 6.  I read through some of the comments people made about it but I didn't have any issues with it like some complained about.  This is a keeper recipe as far as I'm concerned!

I also made baked potatoes and cooked up some of the green beans I froze up last summer.  A little slice of artisan bread and yum!  We'll have leftovers for a couple more nights.  These pictures were taking with my iPhone.  I didn't do any staging for it- just reality!

The meat fell apart and the glaze was delicious!  

We're also making sandwiches with it.  I toasted some bread, buttered it with miracle whip, added some stone group mustard, shredded some of the cold meat, making sure to have some of the glazing included and wow what a great sandwich!   Just click that link I gave earlier for the recipe.  

I'll be joining
Between Naps On The Porch
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Rattlebridge Farm
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18 comments:

  1. I love your new glassware and placemats. The meat looks deeeeeeeeeeelicious.

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  2. I love using my crockpots - I have three! And this recipe looks like a real winner! PINNED!

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  3. Beautiful Liz! Those gorgeous goblets were the first thing I noticed. What a great gift!

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  4. It's always so cozy to have a crock pot meal cooking on a cold winter day - your table made it even more perfect :-)

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  5. Crock pots and winter go together! Saving recipe. I love your new glasses and I will check out the placements online. For us...it is everything for "two" these days. Sheila

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  6. Liz,
    Vintage stemware and Antique White dinnerware. . .a "perfect" combination!!!
    Love C & F linens!!!
    You dinner looks divinely delicious, dear friend!!!
    I l o v e using the slow~cooker and having left~overs!!!
    May give this recipe a try!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat

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  7. Liz,
    I have been using my crockpot all week and made a tasty spicy chicken dish one evening, they are such a great cooking tool.
    Your meal looks delicious, and served on your pretty white plates, accented by pretty new placemats.
    What a special gift from your daughter and son-in-law to receive these etched vintage style goblets.
    I love Williams and Sonoma too!
    Wishing you a lovely weekend,
    Xo
    Jemma

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  8. A lovely setting for a wonderful dinner (I can smell it from here!)! Also, I'm so glad I'm not the only one using pinecones still in the decor!

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  9. Your meal looks absolutely delicious! Love your table setting. The placemats are lovely, as is the centerpiece.

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  10. My hubby loves to walk into a house filled with slow cooking aromas and since I often use that method of cooking his olfactory is satisfied often! It is an easy way to cook for two and there're always delicious leftovers.

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  11. OK...so I visited the lady's blog and pinned the recipe. Pork tenderloin is on sale this week, so I'm going to give it a try. It sounds really tasty, especially with the glaze. I'm always on the hunt for new ways to prepare pork. It's just one of those things...like chicken...that has lots of possibilities if you're willing to explore. I just bought a bunch of fresh green beans at Aldi's this afternoon, and I have a boatload of potatoes, so I'm going to pretty much copycat your dinner!

    I LOVE those placemats!!!!!! The colors are A-1 for this time of year when you want something that's a little muted but still colorful. The pattern is what makes them super exciting for me!!!

    Have a warm and wonderful weekend, baby!!!

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  12. Table looks great and that pork tenderloin truly looks wonderful!...must say those placemats are so beautiful...

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  13. The tablescape is lovely with the placemats. The new glasses are gorgeous. What a wonderful gift to really use and enjoy. You are making me hungry with those photos. That recipe sounds delicious!

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  14. This blog post is so inviting! From the lovely tablescape with the sun shining on your beautiful new goblets and placemats to the delicious looking meal you prepared - everything says "come eat" to me and I sure would have liked to! Great pics, décor and food!

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  15. Liz, When the crock pot is cooking something all day slowly...it does make the house smell so good. You meal looked very healthy too. I love those glasses. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  16. Oh dear Liz, your dinner looks amazing and the table setting is gorgeous with the pretty place mats, glasses and china.
    Enjoy your weekend.
    FABBY

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  17. Happy New Year, Liz!

    Your winter dining for two tablescape is lovely! Love the cool blue and white, and your dish looks delicious - perfect for those wintry nights!

    Poppy

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