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Big Black Dog: A Triple Header with a Grand Slam Bread!

May 13, 2009

A Triple Header with a Grand Slam Bread!


Taking a few deep breaths because I have to triple post. I've too many events going on this week and not enough days to post them all. I think I need at least 3 more days per week to get in everything I need to.






Today's post is a triple post including Tablescape Thursday, Thrifty Thursday and my new bread baking group Bread Baker's Apprentice. Whew...that was a mouthful!

Last weekend we bought out tomato plants and I thought it would be fun to honor our awakening vegetable garden with a Tomato Tablescape for a Saturday Lunch. Plus I bought some new plates a LONG time ago and we've not even used them once!

The mini cake plate is holding some of the Mini Tartest Lemon Tarts that I made earlier in the week. And the fresh cut bread is Anadama Bread which is explained below.


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I bought the plates at Tuesday Morning, 4 @ $11.95, and they came in the cute woven grass basket. I loved the colors and the primitive looking eggplant, tomato and olives. These are the first dinner plates I've owned with script. Aren't they pretty!! I just love them!






I love pitchers, any kind of pitcher but especially fruit pitchers! I have gazillions of pitchers. I really don't remember how I started collecting pitchers, it just sort of happened.

This particular pitcher I bought at TJMaxx. It was in the markdown aisle for $3. I love it!




You may have noticed the freshly cut bread on our Tomato Tablescape for a Saturday Lunch. The bread is Anadama Bread and is our first challenge for Bread Baker's Apprentice, my newest weekly baking group. I am very excited to be a part of this group as baking bread is one of my absolute favorite things to do.

The Anadama Bread went together with no problem except for 1 thing...ME! My timing for this bread was not very good and before it had finished it's second rise, my eyes were beginning to close. And there was no way I was going to be able to bake the bread that night. So I put it in the frig and hoped for the best.

Unfortunately, the bread flat topped by the next morning so I punched it down again and reshaped the loaf. Much to my surprise as soon as the bread reached room temperature, it started rising again. Thank you Yeast Goddess!!

The Anadama Bread was delicious!


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Tablescape Thursday is hosted by Susan of Between Naps on the Porch, Thrifty Thursday is hosted by Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville and Bread Baker's Apprentice is hosted by Nicole of Pitch My Salt. Please visit all these wonderful blogs and see what else is cook'n to brighten your day.



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47 Comments:

Blogger Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

what a great idea... a tomato tablescape! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

May 13, 2009 at 9:27 PM  
OpenID pinkstripes said...

Everything looks great! Your anadama loaf looks wonderful.

May 13, 2009 at 9:45 PM  
Anonymous kelly said...

Thanks for sharing! I wish I could sit and eat your home made bread and fresh tomatoes! Yum!

May 13, 2009 at 9:58 PM  
OpenID ivoryspring said...

Michelle,

Thank you for stopping by and leaving the comment. I enjoyed reading it.

Your tablescape is lovely - so inviting with the pretty plates and pitcher!

May 13, 2009 at 10:00 PM  
Blogger Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

I .LOVE.Your.Tablbescape.
New. Fresh-and delicious!
I only wish we could actually break nread together, literally.
Bread is my weakness. I would take bread over sweets any day.
That bread looks sooooooo good!!!!!
I just adore this tablescape! Thanks so much for participating in Bloggeritaville Thrifty Thursday!

May 13, 2009 at 10:08 PM  
Blogger susan said...

A triple crown winner!! That took some planning. Your tomato pitcher is really unique and that tart sounds wonderful!

May 13, 2009 at 10:26 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Love your tablescape. The dishes are very pretty, but I love, love, love the pitcher. And $3.00--great deal.

May 13, 2009 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Candy said...

Wish I could reach through and take a slice...love that red pitcher. Too Cute!!!

Thanks for stopping by the diner. Took me forever to find the baskets. See them everywhere but when I need them...all sold out! Finally Garden Ridge came through for me.

Cheers,
Candy

May 13, 2009 at 11:13 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Your table setting is gorgeous. I love the tomato pitcher...where did you find it? I collect fruit and vegetable motif pitchers.

May 13, 2009 at 11:33 PM  
Blogger Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE bread! That BIG red tomato is FAB!

May 14, 2009 at 1:40 AM  
Blogger jennifer said...

I love Tuesday morning and I love TJ Maxx! Always great deals to be had there. Your tablescape looks awesome!

May 14, 2009 at 4:25 AM  
Blogger susies1955 said...

Your table is gorgeous but of course it would with ANADAMA on it. :)
Great job. Wonderful baking along with you.
Susie

May 14, 2009 at 5:36 AM  
Blogger Robin said...

Reading this in the morning and would just love a slice of that bread~
Robin
All Things Heart and Home

May 14, 2009 at 6:05 AM  
Blogger Kammy said...

Hey Michelle !
You did a great job and the colors are "POW" love them ! Great job on posting different topics together..I need to learn to do this....
Hugs ~ Kammy

May 14, 2009 at 6:33 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Love the dishes and the pitcher! The bread looks yummy.

XXDenise

May 14, 2009 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a happy table - and I just love your big old tomato! When they are in season - I could eat one just that big!

May 14, 2009 at 7:56 AM  
Blogger Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Good mornin' Michelle! Thank you for coming by my blog! It's very nice to meet you! Thank you for your sweet comments on my table! I did a post on that table! It was one of my "Blue Monday" posts! I love your table too! Those plates are precious! And bread is my favorite thing to eat so we'd make a good pair!! (LOL) You bake and I'll sample! You have a blessed day! Lauralu :)

May 14, 2009 at 8:07 AM  
Blogger Natashya said...

It all looks so wonderful. I have a special place in my heart for tomato accessories. I am so happy that you share that!
Great bread, thanks for the tip re reshaping the flatness.

May 14, 2009 at 8:25 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Oh what a fun and colorful table. LOVE your pitcher!!! And the bread looks delicious!

May 14, 2009 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger marty39 said...

What a great tablescape. Just lovely. I really love the new plates and the tomato pitcher, they are just gorgeous. The bread looks devine, I LOVE bread. Hugs, Marty

May 14, 2009 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

Hello!
Thanks for visiting me on MY very first Tablescape Thurs. Very fun indeed!
Love that pitcher! Doesn't TJMaxx just have the greatest stuff sometimes! I love finding a good bargain. I walk out the door and want to scream "START THE CAR!"
HAGD! Karen

May 14, 2009 at 9:14 AM  
Blogger Janie's World said...

That is the cutest tomato pitcher! I love fresh tomatos. Good news about the bread rising again the next day - who knew!

May 14, 2009 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

Great triple post! Love the tomato theme. Your anadama bread looks beautiful! So glad the yeast goddess was on your side - I sure hope that she is on mine as I move forward with this breadbaking thing!

May 14, 2009 at 9:47 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Ellis said...

Michelle...those plate are FABulous!!! What fun tableware to use for the summer and fall especially! Love your little pitcher, too, and that bread looks so delicious! Mmmmm!

Thanks for visiting me!
Happy Thursday!
;-D

May 14, 2009 at 11:30 AM  
Blogger Arundathi said...

Love the kitchen!! And the bread too! :-) Gorgeous. Looks like the crumb was really soft!

May 14, 2009 at 12:06 PM  
Blogger Marta said...

You have been hard at work in that kitchen!!!! Great because we get to enjoy the fruit of your hard work, at least visually :)
The bread looks great, I wish I had more time for baking bread at home, it's just so relaxing and comforting!

May 14, 2009 at 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Homemaker Barbi said...

Great tablescape- very fresh looking, especially with the sliced bread. Wonderful!

Danelle Ice / Homemaker Barbi

May 14, 2009 at 12:25 PM  
Blogger Brenda said...

Love Tuesday Morning! You got some wonderful plates. I think I'd like some with script now. I like the color and brightness of your table setting. I just started collecting pitchers, so I understand that fully. I use to bake bread when my girls were small. Nothing is as good as freshly baked bread!
Brenda

May 14, 2009 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger Florida Sue said...

It looks so lovely. I have a penchant for pitchers too, and that tomato is great. The bread- I swear I can smell it from here.

May 14, 2009 at 2:03 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Love your new plates.....so cute!
And...that tomato pitcher is adorable. I started collecting pitchers but had to stop because I ran out of cabinet space for them. I'm waiting for Carl to break one...so I have an excuse to go shop for another. :-)
Have a beautiful day.

May 14, 2009 at 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Love those dishes. There is nothing better than home-grown tomatoes and homemade bread!

May 14, 2009 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger ellen b. said...

What fun this is Michelle! Yum homemade bread and fresh tomatoes...I love both together with a little salt :0)

May 14, 2009 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger Kathleen said...

I love that pitcher..3.00! WOW..
Your dishes look great and your bread delicious!

May 14, 2009 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a neat and unusual theme! The plates are perfect for this! You have me in the mood for a fresh tomato sandwich, on that fresh baked bread! Yum!

Love that tomato pitcher!

Katherine

May 14, 2009 at 9:55 PM  
Blogger Cindy said...

Michelle,
I love your new china and that cute little pitcher! Great deals and oh I so love your table and chairs. Great looking bread too. Cindy

May 14, 2009 at 10:04 PM  
Blogger Joyce said...

Great plates and the bread looks so tasty.
Joyce

May 15, 2009 at 9:24 AM  
Blogger laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What great plates! I love to shop at Tues. A.M., but I've never seen these at my T.A.M. Love that tomato pitcher, and i can't believe what a great buy it was! Your bread looks delicious. laurie

May 15, 2009 at 11:23 AM  
Blogger Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Love your dishes and what a find on the pitcher!! Great looking bread - nothing beats fresh bread out of the oven!

May 15, 2009 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger Maris said...

Good to see another BBA challenger! I am doing it too but my book hasn't gotten here yet and I ordered it from Amazon over a week ago! So I'll be on the slow team :)

May 15, 2009 at 11:34 PM  
OpenID haleysuzanne said...

Yay for the Anadama bread! Wasn't it delicious?

May 16, 2009 at 6:08 PM  
Anonymous Free Bog Directory said...

Very interesting and amazing

May 17, 2009 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Byron said...

Just wanted to say I enjoyed your blogs.

-byron

May 17, 2009 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Music said...

Congrats on your blog of note! I love your ideas and the photos are so inspiring. Thanks for sharing!

May 17, 2009 at 7:10 PM  
Blogger valeriep said...

What a beautiful page, I love the pictures!! Thanks for sharing!

May 18, 2009 at 2:24 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I love your table set. the dishes and the pitcher is perfect. Makes me want to come over for a little lady's luncheon! Kind of makes me want to go shopping too! ;)

May 18, 2009 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Nancy/n.o.e said...

Love your table and your bread is beautiful, and I KNOW it's delicious, too!

May 19, 2009 at 5:19 PM  
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