Thursday, June 16, 2011


June 15, 1958,  53 years since my 
Sweet Old Bob
and I 
said our I do. Do you do?
The answers were YES!

After spending anniversaries in many locals and celebrating in a myriad of ways, we will be dining at home tonight.
Just now he is napping on the den sofa. He's had a big day of errands. While he naps, I am going to leave you for a few minutes and get our dinner ready. I will be back later to share our table setting and our dessert.
We will be doing our partying with these nice folks:

For dinner we are having baked chicken with honey/lemon glaze, fresh corn on the cob (we are so excited that we can still eat it), broccoli crowns and iced tea. No bread we are having a Pillsbury dessert. Mr. Bob gave me that look (you know the one!) when I started to photograph the food. I backed off. That's how it has lasted 53 years. Well anyway, here is the table.
Placemats from Dollar Tree are actually cobolt blue.
We are dining in the kitchen because the dining room is presently filled with an ongoing project.
Dinner plate is Blue Danube's Blue Onion.
Salad plate is Spode, Blue Room
I am using a bread plate for the appetizer compote.
I have had these little yellow compotes for ages.
I know nothing about them.
Napkin rings from Mexico. My oldest Daughter bought the napkins in a thrift store in Illinois. 
Four for two dollars.
Silver is International's Stratford/1902
Inexpensive cobolt salad bowl and Stratford salad servers
Aren't the awesome?

Quick trip to the garden!

I love the shape of this bowl. It is called a lobster bowl. I have never served lobster at home.
Bob loves this tablecloth. The last time I laundered it he asked when I was putting it back on the table Tablecloth is by is by Zina Vasi

Dessert is soon!

Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix
and a secret ingredient.
did you notice that secret! Shhhh!
Follow the directions with the mix but substitute the secret ingredient for the water. I combined oil, Kah---
and eggs in my measuring cup (I should have used a larger cup this time) and mix before adding to mix.

Add one half cup broken pecans and bake according to mix instructions. 
Use a cookie/biscuit cutter to make individual servings
(I used a large cutter and it was too large). Place on serving dish, top with vanilla ice cream (I used Blue Bell vanilla), garnish with strawberries and the secret ingredient, to taste. 

I hope you enjoyed joining us for our simple but special night. My prayer is that each married couple can achieve this milestone. It is not easy but we are proof that "nutty" folks can make it. Being "nutty" helps.
Please link back to our party hosts. And please leave a comment and follow along with our "Fred and Ethel" life.


melody-mae said...

this is beautiful. the table is done so nicely! Congrats to you both...what an awesome thing to hear...this day in age it seems like people do not stay together anymore...when the going gets tough, they just get going! Nice to hear about this awesome accomplishment! said...

I agree with melody-mae's comment "when the going gets tough, they just get going". Sure, some people just shouldn't be together, but mostly it takes commitment, commitment, commitment. Congratulations to you both, you must be so proud. So far, my hubs and I are up to 17 years.

Love your table setting too, what a stunning tablecloth!

Suzy xxx

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Happy Anny to both of you! What a pretty table, I love that tablecloth too. As for dessert-oh yum! It looks great, love the secret ingredient, that does make it special. I only have one question... is there such a thing as a brownie too big??? Thanks so much for playing along:@)

Miss Char said...

Happy Anniversary Ginger, congratulations on your 53 years. Your table looks lovely.

Martha said...

Congratulations -- it's a beautiful table -- but you should know I am fond of blue and white! Love the dinnerware with the tablecloth and the compotes -- perfect!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Ginger Happy Anniversary and a BIG CONGRATS on 53years!! Your table looks beautiful and that dessert looks sooooooo YUMMY!! Martina

Jo said...

Happy! Happy! Happy! #53...hugs thru the pines and many, many more!!

Yum!...sweet Gran you are after my heart,I'm a big,big chocolate lover, and this looks so delish(I'll take mine without the secret)teehehe!
Thank you so much for the plug on my first giveaway and thank you for linkin' up!...BTW your tablescape is absolutely fantastic. I have missed you something terrible,I'm all smiles to see you back!

Mary said...

Happy Anniversary! WOW, what a great table with such beautiful china and silverware! I hope Bob enjoyed it as much I enjoyed seeing your anniversary table.

That Dessert looks wonderful!

From Virginia

NanaDiana said...

Congratulations to you and SweetOldBob! You are a fine example of the life that can be lived and enjoyed through the ups and downs of marriage. Beautiful table setting/scape. I hope your day was/is wonderful! xo Diana

Marigene said...

This is my favorite of all the tables you have done...gorgeous, gorgeous, Ginger!
Happy Anniversary to you and Bob.

Debbie said...

Once again, I love it. Your taste is color and design of a table is very much up my alley. I love all of your dishes, and that tablecloth is beautiful.


Melissa said...

Congratulations on a huge accomplishment!! 53 years of marriage! Wow. You two are truly amazing! My hubby and I have been married 9 years now, and we look at people like you, and we want to be there too someday! I hope you enjoy many more years to come!

Tricia said...

Happy, happy anniversary! My parents just celebrated their 60th. Your tablecloth is FABULOUS, and your dishes complement it perfectly. Love the yellow stemware! And your dessert looks divine!

Dr Sonia S V said...

Congratulations on your milestone. Wish you many happy years of married life.
Cheers from Bangalore ,India
Dr Sonia S V

Carol said...

Beautiful table, such beautiful things! And the dessert, was a delicious way to end a lovely celebration. Congratulations.

Deneen said...

Happy Anniversary! Love the tablecloth!

Karen said...

Happy anniversary! your table is beautiful and that desert has my mouth watering.

La said...

Happy Anniversary! That is quite a milestone.

Your table and dessert looks perfect!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. Your Tablescape is Beautiful with the colors you have put together !!! I would love to have your China sweet lady. My husband and I will be married 24 years this Saturday JUNE 18 how sweet we are so close to the same day sweet lady. I would like to thank you so much for your lovely comments on my new Tablescape for this week.
Have a Great Anniversary.
XXOO Diane

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. I also love your Chocolate fudge brownies sweet !!
With KAHLUA Bob !!! Ginger did you know your Blue Bell Ice Cream is made in Brenham, Texas.

Screaming Sardine said...

Happy Anniversary!! What a beautiful table setting you have, too. I hope you have 53 more years of happiness together. :)

Tracy Screaming Sardine

Julie said...

Happy Anniversary!!! Love the idea of brownies with Kahlua.

laxsupermom said...

Happy Anniversary! Your table looks terrific! Love the silver! So pretty! And nothing says love like brownies with strawberries and Kahlua! Thanks for sharing.

shannon i olson said...

Happy Anniversary, lovely table and lovely dessert! Very very nice.

Robin Lynn said...

Good Morning! Just dropped in for a little visit and must say, I loved your post! What a wonderful way to celebrate your anniversary. Hubby and I have been married for 32 years - going on 33! However, as I write this our daughter and her 'count' are in Savannah celebrating their 2 year anniversary!!
Love your site - it is welcoming, cozy, and a pure delight to the senses! Come visit me too -
Blessings for a wonderful week-end!
Robin Lynn

Marlis said...

My favorite way to spend an anniversary.. your table is lovely. So personal and warm. Dessert looks like a dream! Happy Anniversary and Many blessings, marlis

DittoDecorating said...

Congratulations, what an accomplishment! Beautiful tablescape

Jo said...

Hey! Congrats, I let out a little holler when I saw you were #30,congrats you won with the random number generator.
And I couldn't be anymore pleased that it picked you.Now e-mail me your address.
hugs thru the pines sweet gran.
my e-mail is:


Mary said...

Hi, I am late (just found you) but Happy Anniversary! Your tablescape was absolutely gorgeous, and I don't blame Bob for asking you to use the tablecloth often! I'm not really sure what that secret ingredient was, but I'm sure it was good, and I do love the chocolate brownies by Pillsbury. As far as hubby and me making it to 58 years, let's see ... 39+58=97. Well it's possible, but we'll probably be eating in the nursing home dining hall and hope we remember to wear our teeth, oh gosh I wish I hadn't said that ;) Again, Happy Anniversary, you did a beautiful job with the meal.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Boy oh boy that is one delicious dessert,and the table scape is so pretty Ginger. I love the blue dishes.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

You are right! We have very similar tastes. I think this is stunning. Love the yellow compotes and the table cloth. So glad you sent me this link!

Hyphen Interiors said...

Beautiful! I fall so short in this area, so I REALLY appreciate a good tablescape.

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