Thursday, July 19, 2012

Farmhouse Lunch


Would you care to join me for lunch? The table is set on the porch, we can eat there. Forgive me, but it is so humid here today, I haven't cooked. We will just have a pimento cheese sandwich, some chips and I have a lemon congealed salad made, there is of course plenty of sweet tea.


 
The table was set like many farmhouse tables were set when I was a child. Nothing was perfect, the silverware may not have matched, the tablecloth was old, but clean and pressed.


 
Perhaps these salt and pepper shakers did not match, but they did the job. The shakers and flower arrangement rest on a melamine platter. The platter is a thrift store find, the stamp on the back is Brookmark.


 
This was a popular set of dishes in the 1970's. A local grocery store offered these dishes. I remember that my Gran had a set. She had the plates, cups and saucers. These are a thrift store find.


 
The flowers are in a simple half pint canning jar. If you ate lunch with a neighbor, the hostess would often have a small glass filled with the flowers that she had blooming that day, possibly she would have tucked some herbs in there too. Nothing professional looking, just a simple jar with simple flowers as a centerpiece.


 
The flatware does not match, generally the farm households that I remember used what they had. Flatware served it's purpose, it was about practicality.


 
The dishes are Metlox, and are a thrift store find as well. Love the turquoise in the plates. These plates have been used and it shows, making me love them more!


 
This pattern was used in the 1950's.


 
A simple jelly jar will hold our iced tea today. These glasses belonged to my Gran.


 
Accessories were mix and match in a farmhouse. Farm wives used what they had, an old tablecloth, some dishes and flatware from here and there, flowers from their gardens simple foods, and generous helpings of hospitality were what farmhouse lunches were made of.


 
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59 comments:

  1. Well, you hit the nail on the head with your farm house table. Nothing matched but it was more untilitarian yet warm and homey. Nothing like a blast from the past............
    Especially loved the pic with the view out the window, very cool.

    Blessings for a nice weekend,
    Nellie

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    1. Thank you Nellie!!! It is the way that I remember things! Thanks for stopping by!!!

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  2. Your table looks just perfect - love your attention to detail! Thanks for linking with Rural Thursday today!

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    1. Thanks Lisa!!! Thanks for visiting!!!

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  3. Your table is pretty...I love the tablecloth and place mats! I've enjoyed coming by for lunch. Thank you so much for your hospitality!

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    1. Thank you Maggie Ann, so glad that you could join me!! Please come back again soon!!

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  4. Oh I would certainly love to join you for lunch I love the dishes , the decorations well everything. So what time do we eat? B

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    1. Buttons, it was just too hot and humid to cook, we are having homemade pimento cheese sandwiches, so we can eat when you get ready!!! Thanks for visiting!!!

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    1. Thank you so very much!! I am so glad that you came by for a visit today!! Do come again!!!

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  6. The tablecloth with the Metlox setting looked similar to some I remember.
    Iced tea in a jelly jar sounds familiar. I loved picnics.

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  7. What a fun post, Melanie--I love the melamine plates and platter, the flowers, tablecloth and the easy simplicity of it all. It looks like a place where it would be very comfortable to while away a lazy summer afternoon chatting with a friend!

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    1. Thanks Athena!! Wish that I could spen all day out there, right now there is a cat sleeping in a chair, guess that he enjoys the porch too!!

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  8. I love finding things at the thrift that were something my grandma had...makes them so much more special. Looks like a lovely lunch at the farmhouse! Thanks for stopping by!

    ~Trisha

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  9. That looks lovely. I'm longing for lunch on the porch (we do have a nice screen porch) -- but we are back at triple digits and it's too hot. Thank you for visiting over on my post.

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    1. Yes, triple digits will keep you off of the porch!!! I understand!! Thanks Diana!!

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  10. I love the salt and pepper shakers as well as the jelly jar. When I was a wee girl, I remember drinking my morning orange juice out of jelly jars. Always loved it. Thank you for sharing. Visiting from FMFPTY. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. http://thededicatedhouse.blogspot.com/2012/07/make-it-pretty-monday-week-6.html Wishing you a grand rest of the week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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    1. Thank you Kathryn!! Sounds like I will have to check that party out!!! Thanks for sharing with me!!

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  11. I'd love to come for a farmhouse lunch. The mix and match table setting is perfect.
    Thanks for stopping by. I'm a new follower, Mary Alice

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    1. Thank you Mary Alice!!! Thank you for visiting, commenting and following!!! Please come back again, we would love to have back again for lunch!!

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  12. What a lovely lunch and treasures! Thanx for coming to THT!

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  13. I love mismatched things! Too much matchy matchy is boring. Great post!

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    1. Yes, too much matchy matchy is boring!!! Thanks Sandy!!

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  14. That was a very cozy and heartwarming farmhouse lunch and I loved every minute of my visit :) Sweet!

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  15. So sweet. I don't have a farmhouse, but I can sure do mismatched tableware and flowers from the garden. :) I truly enjoyed your post.
    Liz

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  16. Ah I love it :) It's REAL :)

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  17. I like your Farmhouse Lunch table!

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  18. This is very attractive! I am familiar with a lot of Metlox patterns and have not seen that one. Love the turquoise....

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  19. A wonderful table setting! I love everything here, especially the Metlox.

    Thank you for sharing at Rural Thursdays. xo

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  20. Mel- Can you box me up some of your homemade pimento cheese and send to Florida? Love the table setting!

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    1. How bout you just come on up and get it!!! That sounds better to me!!! Then we could sit and visit for awhile!! Thanks my friend!!!!

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  21. This could have been my grandmama's table. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane. Cherry Kay

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  22. I just love your vintage tablecloth! What a fun little country setting...

    Lynn

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    1. Thanks Lynn!! So glad that you liked it, please come again soon!! Thanks for visiting me!!!

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  23. I'm ready! What time should I get there? I love the whole idea of this table setting and the way you wrote the post. Then it was about WHO was at the table, not WHAT was at the table. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Just come on when you get ready Peggy!!! Yes, you are right, WHO was important, not WHAT! They made use of what they had! Thanks Peggy!!

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  24. Love the farmhouse style. Mismatched tableware and simplicity always makes for a cozy feel. Love the flowers and herbs in the jar. Thanks for inviting us over and sharing with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  25. A perfect table setting for a farmhouse lunch! Nicely done. Thank you for sharing at TTF this week. I hope you have a fantastic week!

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  26. What a lovely table setting! I love the yellow rooster salt/peppers! :) Thanks so much for popping in to see me.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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    1. Glad that you liked the table setting and the rooster S&P shakers!! Thanks for visiting Shelia!!!

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  27. Perfect! Thanks for inviting....I love the Salt & Pepper shakers.

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  28. Just love your table setting, I love country and I would feel very at home at your table!
    Hugs, Lynn

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  29. thanks for sharing.

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  30. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

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