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Let's Dish With Linda Lou

Taste The Love

Wedding Day

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It was November 2019 when I got the news, my niece, Danielle was getting married on January 11. 2020. I asked my sister what she needed. She said, “Danielle has hired a wedding planner and everything was covered except appetizers”. There were going to be cocktails, for after the ceremony, but no appetizers.

Say no more! The appetizers can be a wedding gift from the three of us. Melissa was still in school so she wasn’t going to be able to come. It was going to come down to Steve and me to pull this off.

I needed to start picking up a few essentials for the tablescape. The colors she’d chosen were burgundy and blush. First stop, Hobby Lobby. I found this amazing burgundy lace fabric to use as a table runner, blush-colored chargers for the appetizers, votive candles, and these awesome little blush colored confetti diamonds to fill the bottom of the herb-filled mason jars and to sprinkle all over the table.

Next, I needed to know what kind of appetizers she was looking to have. After speaking to her I got a better handle on what she was wanting.

I needed to go to D & G Occasions for party supplies. My living room was filling up with bags of goodies.

I always set up a backdrop for the table I plan on doing. I believe it lets the guests know a little about what you’re serving.

My first appetizer, the Proscuitto, and Brie Crostini topped with homemade cranberry sauce, microgreens, and balsamic glaze, I laid out a variety of baguettes and rolls flowing onto the table. The most important part of any crostini is to start with really good bread.

My second appetizer, Tropical Salsa, filled with fresh mango, pineapple, Fresno chilies, cilantro, fresh lime juice, and a shrimp garnish. The backdrop, apothecary jars filled with fresh Fresno and jalapenos, and fresh limes, mangos, and pineapples to complete the scene.

Finally in the center, fresh-cut flowers surrounded by cilantro-filled mason jars.

The menu was set, next, it was time for me to draw the plans for the table. The day was coming up fast and timing was really important. Groceries had to be bought, prepped for traveling, visiting the venue where the wedding was going to be held, and meeting with the wedding planner.

Having the opportunity to see where I’d be working and also the table’s location helped me to plan a strategy. It was extremely important to me the table be set and ready.

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I was really pleased with how stunning the finished table looked. Finally and most importantly, the bride, groom, and guests all enjoyed the hors d’oeuvres.

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My Hanging Organic Herb Garden And Summertime Flowers

Hanging Herb Garden

My hanging herb garden is thriving! My Hanging Herb Garden And Summertime Flowers are on the move.

Tarragon

Tarragon above I use in so many of my chicken and seafood dishes.

English Lavender

The Lavender above smells so good. I like adding the blooms to sugar. Lavender sugar makes a great gift.

Chive Flowers

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The Chives are blossoming.

Flat Leaf Italian Parsley

Italian Flat-Leaf Parsley is used in most of my dishes because of its great flavor.

Thyme

Above is my fresh Thyme. The lemony flavor is perfect for chicken.

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Sweet Basil with its lemony minty flavor goes with just about everything. I’d say, it’s the one herb I use the most.

Oregano

Above is my Oregano, a super-strong herb so you don’t need much. Great in Tex-Mex dishes.

Oregano

More Oregano! This is the Greek variety.

Rosemary

My Rosemary is definitely outgrowing this pot!

Sage

Sage is one of those herbs that reminds me of the holidays. A peppery-rosemary flavor that’s super earthy.

Mint

Above is my fresh Mint. Great for desserts, salads and so much more. Below are pictures of flowers from around my house.

Lavender

Lavender can be used in so many ways. I love making Lavender sugar.

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My bright red Gerberas are part of the daisy family.

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Perennials are great because they’re ever-changing with each season.

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

Hibiscus bushes are perfect anywhere in your garden.

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One a year the Dragon Lilies bloom. Their vibrant orange color screams summertime is coming!

Rain Lillies

Rain Lilies are so beautiful. They seem to pop up everywhere in my garden.

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Sunflowers

Sunflowers are the meaning of summertime.

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Periwinkles look great in large pots.

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Hydrangeas are my favorite flower, NO question!

Hass Avocado Tree

My Hass Avocado tree is just finding its way. I’m talking 10 years before I’ll see any fruit.

Birdhouse

The Cardinals love their birdfeeder.

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My side garden has a variety of flowers and plants like my baby Fig Trees. Can you see them?

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High Tea-Grand Floridian Resort Disney World

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My daughter never ceases to amaze me. I think I’ve mentioned that whenever she comes home for a visit she has a surprise for me, up her sleeve. It turns out that this food adventure was slightly different from all the others not only because it tugged on my heartstrings but because it was a way to pay homage to my mom. If you’ve been following my blog, thank you so much for that, then you know my mom (mum) was from England.

My mom loved her tea. Any idea where I’m going with this yet? Melissa made reservations for High Tea-Grand Floridian Resort, Disney World. OMG!, I couldn’t believe it the Garden View Tea Room.

An entire afternoon, in memory of my mom, Melissa’s Nanny Doris, having High Tea, and a day I’ll never forget. The beautiful view of the garden from the windows that lined the tea room was absolutely breathtaking. Here’s a peek into our day.

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Melissa and I had the Cheshire Tea option. We also each had our own pot of tea of our choosing, it was simply amazing. You really did feel like royalty.

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As you looked around there were guests that showed they were going all-in for the full English experience. Throughout the tea room, all you would see were people dressed in a rainbow of pastel colors with their matching fancy hats that complimented their outfits so beautifully.

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I don’t believe I’ve seen a bigger smile on Melissa’s face then when Cinderella and her Prince Charming entered the room. The little girl in her came shining through.

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A special day for both of us and one we’ll never forget.

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