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~Table for Two in Yellow & Blue~

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Spaghetti and Meatballs

1.5 pounds very lean ground sirloin

2 eggs (beaten)

1/4 cup chopped onion

Dried or fresh Oregano and Basil, to taste.

1 garlic clove (minced) or garlic salt/powder

3/4 cup dried bread crumbs (plain)

Spray cookie sheet, mix ingredients and form meatballs. Baking at 375, about 40 minutes.

While the meatballs are baking, place 2 15 ounce cans tomato sauce and one 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes in a dutch oven.  Add Oregano and Basil to taste and simmer.  When the meatballs have baked, add them to the sauce and continue to simmer.

Cook spaghetti (al dente) in boiling water. Drain and toss with about 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil. Serve with meatball sauce, topped with freshly grated parmesan cheese and basil.

While I prefer fresh herbs, I didn’t happen to have any on hand, here at the lake. I used dried herbs, crushed between my palms to release the flavor.

I served this dish with crusty bread.

There are a variety of recipes for meatballs.  I tend to make mine, in this way, most often. However, I am apt to mix it up a bit, if the mood strikes me right.

Enjoy!

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It started with the blue and yellow bouquet, I found at Trader Joe’s.  I added the blue birds, cobalt glassware, white dishes and blue and yellow placemats and napkins; giving our table a sort of French Country look.

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Gifts~

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Before leaving for the lake, Monday morning, J had an appointment with his Urologist, in Saint Louis, for his 6 month check up.

As many of you know, J is a Prostate Cancer survivor. The appointment went well.

While we were waiting, a couple came into the waiting room and sat across from us. J asked the gentleman about the cap he was wearing.  The man was so pleased and proud to tell us about the cap.  In the end, the conversation was a  beautiful gift we accepted with much gratitude.

You see, the man we met, is retired military.  The cap he was wearing proclaimed him a three war veteran.

At 82, Mr T. was an exuberant storyteller and enjoyed telling us about his military experiences, beginning at the age of 17,When he enlisted and served in the Army (Pacific, where my father served), during World War 2.  Later, Mr T. joined the Marines and served in Korea.  He served 22 years, including service in the Air Force, in Vietnam.

Mr. T. was to have surgery this week.  Our thoughts and prayers are with him.

Because of this soldier and others like him, we are able to enjoy this beautiful lake place and much more.  Thank you for your service and to all those who still go in harms way, protecting our freedom!

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Morning mist, October 7, 2009

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I’m still awaiting the return of my Canon. A technical delay, is what I am told.

These photos were taken with a Kodak EasyShare (point and shoot).

95 comments:

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

Simply beautiful! Love it all - the bouquet, the tablescape, our proud veteran and that lovely morning mist. Thanks for sharing!

Melissa Miller said...

~Gorgeous Pat!
Love the bluebirds and all the vibrant colors. Spaghetti is my all time favorite meal. Sigh...I'll eat some again very soon. *Smiles*

~Blessings, ~Melissa :)

Carol said...

Bluebirds are wonderful. Very pretty table. Thanks for sharing your day. My husband is prostate cancer survivor as well.

Carol

Tammy518 said...

I love your Frenchy blue and yellow table. The bouquet is gorgeous. Trader Joe's is almost always where I get my flowers. They have such great prices.

Your spaghetti and meatballs look delicious. I can almost smell them!

Wonderful story about meeting the war veteran. My hubby is retired from the Navy after 26 years. You are so right that we have the military men and women to thank for us being able to live freely.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I have a point and shoot and I love it. Your pics are just wonderful. I love your beautiful blue and yellow tablescape. I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE those beautiful napkins and placemats. They are outstanding. Everything looks just wonderful. Also, what a blessing to meet such a wonderful man that has so faithfully served our country. Hugs, Marty

ceekay said...

Hi Pat...I love the cobalt glasses. I have a friend that would flip to have some like that! Beautiful tablescape...can't go wrong with blue and white! Happy TT!

salmagundi said...

I've been looking for an easy meatball recipe - I must try yours. Great table with a great story at the end! Three wars; that's amazing. Have a great week. Sally

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Pat....The photo of the spaghetti and meatballs was wonderful...so professional looking! It also looked delicious and your table scheme was beautiful!~Patti

Dining Delight said...

The blue and yellow combo is so striking! Just love how "fresh" it looks! Your spaghetti sounds delicous too. What a great story!

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D said...

Very pretty table. I love the colors. I'm glad you asked the man about his hat, I'm sure he enjoyed sharing his experiences as much as you enjoyed hearing them.

D

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

Knock, knock! Hey I'm at the door...*I smelled the spaghetti down the street, followed the smell and it led me here. Can you let me in? hahaha...big smile. I always enjoy seeing what you are up to Pat. I'm still in awe of your outdoor tablescape post awhile ago with the outdoor fireplace...that stuck with me.
So beautiful! I love it!
Blessings,
Debbie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Very lovely table, Pat!

And hats off to our military. I'm so grateful to them. My cousin is over there right now (Air Force).

So glad that J's appointment went well and hope the other gentleman does well, too.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

First: Thank You Mr. T for serving our country! I Think more recognition should be given to the men and women who serve our country and fight for our freedom (to many times taken for granted). Such a pretty table setting. Think I have said before - cobalt blue is one of my favorite colors.

Allison Shops said...

Stunning table. The blue is my favorite color in photos. Such a wonderful post too. My father is also a prostate cancer survivor. I recently spent time with an older gentleman while waiting for tests. Isn't it amazing how someone can come into your life at any time and make such an impression? Gotta love life! Thank you for sharing everything.

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Hi Pat, Comfort food and a beautiful setting. Perfect!

Sandy said...

Pat,
Your food looked wonderful and the table was beautiful. As usual great job.
Sandy

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Just beautiful! Looks like it is from a magazine! The cobalt blue just pops!

I enjoyed the story about the veteran.

Thankful your hubby had a good report!

Katherine

Cherrie said...

Beautiful! I love your birds!

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I love the blue and yellow it is wonderful with the little birds, the napkins with the beautiful blue glasses, wow, sooo pretty...thanks for sharing the recipe also...

Adrienne said...

Love your gorgeous table - of course, yellow and blue are my favorites. Your photos are great but I know you will be glad when your camera is back and in your hands again. ~Adrienne~

Rose Mary said...

I love blue and yellow together~very pretty table setting, Pat! Your meatballs sound delicious~thank you for the recipe:)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So pretty and vibrant -- very French countryside -- what a sweet story about the gentleman at the Dr.'s office.

Sharlotte said...

I LOVE the blue, white, and yellow. It's so fresh and yet calming. The little bluebirds are a perfect addition to your welcoming table. Thanks so much for sharing!

Shelia said...

Oh, my goodness, Dear Pat! This is so beautiful! Your flowers are so lovely and what an inspiration for your pretty table. I have some glasses almost just like yours! The yellow and blue is so pretty and you certainly have set a beautiful table. Then you go and throw some delicious looking spaghetti and meatballs in there. I'm not only drooling over your table but I'm now drooling over your food! ;)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Rettabug said...

What a touching story about Mr. T. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Thank you too for all the eye candy in blue & yellow!! I adore this combination yet don't own a single blue piece. :*(
I might have to remedy that situation soon.

Your dinner looks scrumptious but I'm sorry I can't stay....I'm off to sign up for your giveaway!

♥ Rettabug

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Blue and yellow is my favorite color combination. I love the cobal blue glassware.

nannykim/ spindle cottage said...

As you may know I love blue and yellow together--just totally happy! Love the placemat and napkins especially....and of course thouse birds!!

My husband is a prostrate cancer survivor too---he had surgury 3 years ago. They did a mistake during the sugury, leaving a clamp on the ureter and he almost died. They had to re-open him and remove the clamp etc!! So all of this made his recovery time slower. He just had his checkup again in September and so far so good!! We are so thankful they had been watching him (his dad had it too--but his dad got it in his late 60's or early 70's whereas my hubby got it in the early 50's and the surprising thing was that his psa was very very low!) . Although his doctor, or someone working under him, did the error....he still did save his life. If it was not for his watchfulness the cancer would have not been detected by the usual means (ie PSA). God has been very gracious to us.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Love the story Pat about the veteran...I truly thank God every day for our past and now service men and women...Loved your table girl and you know you made my ole heart skip a beat with the blue/yellow combo that and blue/white I jsut love...and it does look Frenchy to me...your photos are awesome as always Lady Pat...May you have a great day...oh toss my name in the hat...but will tell you I have never won a thing blogging yet ha ha!! Congrats on 400 post...WOW!! Girl way to go...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

She Was Old Fashioned said...

Love those birds! what a gorgeous table. Love the gift the couple gave. My dad served 22 years in the United States Air Force and Vietnam and Korea twice. So happy J's appointment went well. My dad died of kidney cancer a few years ago. I miss him. Thanks for visiting me today and sharing also your lovely table.

xinex said...

I just love the vibrant color of cobalt blue, Pat. Your table is beautifully set as usual and your pictures are amazing. The mist by the lake is incredible!...Christine

lindaharre said...

Pat, I never cease to be amazed by the number of different plates and glasses you display!!!!! You must have a room just to keep your table serving pieces:) I am jealous, because I only have room for a few sets....but adore your constant change in settings! Thanks for always inspiring!!!!

jeanne said...

Hello Pat, I LOVE your blue and yellow. I once had a guest room blue and yellow. I loved that room. The table setting is stunning. The little bird top it off. The cobalt blue is truly the prettiest accent as well.

I hope J's check up was good. My brother-in-law goes through the same checkups and he is always so relieved, as so far he is fine. He had surgery too. A very scary thing. My prayers will include J.

The story of the veteran was heart warming. God bless him and all of the men and women of the military. I pray that his surgery goes well.

I know you can't wait to get your camera back. How disappointing to have your camera break down.

Thank you for your visits while I have been gone Pat. I always enjoy your comments.

Hugs, Jeanne

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Pat, love your table and the gorgeous colors. Your spaghetti looks tooooo good.

Barb ♥

Tammy518 said...

Pat, I forgot to say earlier that I'm so glad that J's appointment went well.

BECKY said...

Oh so very lovely, Pat!! One of my Mom's fave color combos is this blue and yellow! She had a guest room decorated in it and always said she wanted to sleep in there! I don't think she ever did, but she sure enjoyed foofing things for everyone who did. Thank you for spurring these fond memories of days gone by.

Enjoy the lake. Such a delightful place! I will pray for this wonderful hero, too!
Love and hugs,
Becky

Michelle@Sweet Something said...

Wonderful post Pat! My head is spinning! Glad J's appt. went well!

Mimi said...

Thanks for sharing Mr. T's story. Love your blue and yellow...such a happy combo.

Sarah said...

Thank you for sharing the sweet story about Mr. T. I pray all goes well for him. Your blue and yellow table is so pretty. Blue and yellow are always a great combination, but you've done a splendid job adding the various blue details and mixing all this with beautiful white dishes. ~ Sarah

Cass @ That Old House said...

What a wonderful post -- I LOVE blue and yellow, AND spaghetti, and also was very touched by the story of the veteran you met. What a remarkable man.
Lovely -- all of it. Cass

Julie said...

Hi Pat...I love all the cobalt blue glass... I have a lot of the cobalt blue glass and I just love it...Such a pretty table...
xoxo
Julie

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

As always, you've created a very lovely table. I love the linens you've used this week. Those spaghetti and meatballs look delicious too! I made some open faced meatball sandwiches a few weeks ago that my husband and I loved. I'll have to give your spaghetti and meatballs recipe a try soon. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

Shirley said...

Bright and beautiful. Just makes you happy to sit at this table. Love the blue birds.

Michelle said...

Oh what a lovely tablescape! Very cute and inviting! Stop by for a visit soon!
Michelle

Chandy said...

I love that color combo! Cute!

Martha said...

I love anything blue and white and to add yellow! It's perfect! Great casual table!

Bellamere Cottage said...

Oh my....that is sooo lovely. And, the picture of the lake? Beautiful!...and your recipe looks delish too!

Blessings,
Spencer

Cote de Texas said...

yum-I might just have to try that out - it looks delicious!

Barbara said...

Pat, The colors are gorgeous and I will take the little birds is you are tired of them, the food looks great and it makes me hungry.

The story of Mr T is so heartwarming and the comments you made are true, Thank God for men like him, will say a prayer for Mr. T.

I feel warm inside after coming to your blog, glad your husband's checkup was good.

Barbara

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Good morning Pat, woke to rain here this morning. I love your blue and yellow.. the bluebirds are darling. I loved the story of Mr. t what a joy it must have been to sit and listen to him. I'n glad J's check up went well. hugs ~lynne~

Mrs. G said...

What a refreshingly beautiful tablescape. It is fun seeing some bright colors this time of year and yours are gorgeous.
The meal you are serving and the recipe look delicious.
Hugs,
Sue

Jessica said...

What a great story from a great man~ I hope all is well with him.

Beautiful picture of the morning mist~ it's breathtaking.

I love the blue & yellow...lovely combination. (I'm working on a yellow tablescape for next week.) I like seeing everyone's tables as this was just my 4th tablescape, EVER. :) I never thought of putting the napkins that way~ I really like it!! Love the bluebirds. I have real bluebirds that come eat peanuts. They are fun to watch.

Thanks so much for sharing your stories and your beautiful dinner table, too.

J~

P.S. Great giveaway, too. May I enter?

FOR THE SAKE OF TIME said...

Glad to hear J is doing well. What a lovely story. The bluebirds just make your tablescape. That point and shoot is doing a fantastic job.

The thunder this morning is shaking the plates on my walls! I hope we don't float away.

Charla

susan said...

Pat-I am glad to see the yellow and blue-my favorite color combination! What I loved most is your story of Mr T. I am learning more and more the value of listening to memories of that generation. I wish I had learned more of my own father's past. Glad J had a good check up!

Brenda said...

Pat, no matter which camera you use, you do indeed have "the magic touch" and every photo comes out beautiful. I love the French Country theme of yellow and blue. Such a fun and happy color combination. And the little blue birds were just the right touch! Touching story. I too wish the man well and applaud him his service.
Brenda

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

Thank you so much for coming by! Love your blue and yellow with the white...so crisp and nice! I also appreciate your care and concern for our troops--past and present. They have made our every day lives what they are!

Jane (Frugal Fine Living) said...

Pat, this is fantastic! I love the combination of blue and yellow with white; it's so cheerful! Cute birds and yummy food, too.

Lifting Mr. T up in prayer.

Jane

ellen b said...

Hello Pat! What a beautiful table. I am so fond of yellow and blue! Love your linens and the goblets...just gorgeous to my eyes. What a wonderful waiting room story. That misty photo is amazing!!

SmilingSally said...

You KNOW that I love those touches of blue--especially the blue birds!

My husband is also a survivor of prostate cancer.

Beverly said...

Pat, this is a wonderful post. You treated my eyes with your fantastic photos and pretty table, you tempted my taste buds with your delicious meal, and you warmed my heart with your meeting.

Isn't it wonderful how life gives us the unexpected gifts that renew our spirits?

Sherri S said...

Love the birds and the blue, yellow and white! The mist photo is STUNNING!

Rosemary said...

Hi Pat,
Thank you!
Your table setting is so pretty!
Glad all is well with J. A nice story about the gentleman in the Dr. office. Hope he is OK.
Hope you get your camera back soon.
Thanks so much for visiting me. Whenever you do I feel very honored. So many people follow your blog it's amazing, but you are worth following.
You are a lovely, and interesting, talented lady.
Chat soon,
Rosemary

Joyce said...

As a military Mom I thank you for posting the story. I will say a prayer for this soldiers health. Glad your hubby had a good check up. Your photos look good for a point and shoot camera. Honestly some times my little camera takes some great photos and it sure is easier then taking along our new big camera with all the lenses etc.
Joyce

Joy said...

I love, love, love blue and yellow together. Especially cobalt blue and the birds are adorable. The meatballs remind me of my son since that is his favorite supper. Looks great!

Anonymous said...

Sp pretty Pat....

When I make meatballs I alwasy put a piece of parchemtn paper on the tray, makes clean-up easier...

Also I buy fresh herbs and freeze them....

Glad J is doing well, great post as always !!!

Kathy :)

Linda Q said...

Always love blue and yellow together, great job!
And the meal is sure making me hungry!
Linda Q

Allidink said...

Ooo! Like you're tablescape! And that spaghetti looks so good!

All the best,
Allison

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Pat,
That pic is just stunning! I love your blue and yellow table, my favorite combo and frenchy to boot! Cindy

Heidi said...

Hi Carol,
Your table looks so pretty, I love the blue and yellow, and the birds are adorable.
I can almost smell the meatballs and sauce, yum!
Hope you can come by for a visit sometime.
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home

Terri and Bob said...

LOL, I had spaghetti, too. Your table made this rainy dreary day so bright and lovely. Thank yoU!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hi, Pat!

I dropped by the other day on this post, but I also wanted to drop by and wish you a very Happy Foodie Friday!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Apron of the Month Club said...

Gorgeous blues and yellow. My kids love pasta and it is easy to fix, so we have a winner!

Yoli :)

The Tablescaper said...

The blue and yellow are gorgeous together. Love those cobalt compotes!!!

- The Tablescaper

SnoWhite said...

what a tasty pasta dish!

also, love the yellow and blue -- looks so springy and fun!

Freda Marie said...

One of my favorite color combinations and you pulled it together fabulously. Love the birds and the food looked extremely inviting.

Kathleen said...

Hi Pat..
The blue and yellow look so pretty..and dinner looks good too.
Of course I did the black and gold for you! I knew it was your team's colors..:)
Have a great weekend..we have a funeral 90 min from here..a friend's mom..she lived 99 good years! And then we get to visit the gkids..3 weeks w/o seeing them..I miss them!

honeysuckle said...

Hi, I love the strong hue of the cobalt blue and with the yellow it is very striking. I can't imagine having 400 posts. I've just barely made 100. I wish I could pick your brain for all you have learned in doing so many. Anyway good luck with the drawing. Thanks for sharing your beautiful table.

tardevil said...

I can't wait to get a Trader Joe's here b/c those flowers are gorgeous w/ your blue stemware! What a sweet story about Mr. "T". Glad your husband's appt. went well too. What a blessing!

Really Rainey said...

Oh Pat! That cobalt blue is so striking! I just love that color it feels so good to look at! I love wandering around your blog too... I always find something I hadn't seen before! Please pass the meat balls...

Seriously Spooky
Really Rainey

Mary said...

Pat, I really loved this post. It was, of course, beautiful and the recipe sounds delicious, but I most appreciated your recounting the meeting with the veteran of three wars. That must have been something. I hope there is a great weekend in store for you. Have a great day.

The French Nest said...

Mmmm...that spaghetti recipe looks delish. It's raining here today, so I think this would be the perfect dinner for a day like today!

Kate

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Good ol' spaghetti and meatballs. You just can't beat it for a great warm or cold weather supper and I always love seeing your cobalt blue glasses. I keep saying I am going to start collecting the red ones but I haven't yet. xo

Queen B. said...

gorgeous.
simply gorgeous.
My dad is a prostate cancer survior also ;)
Happy Friday.

Karen- The Graphics Fairy said...

What a lovely story to go along with your lovely table setting! I love the blue and yellow combination, so bright and cheerful!

food with style said...

beautiful inside, outside and so tasty too!

Lylah Ledner said...

Oh dear beautiful Pat....you have won my heart! A table top with blue and yellow (my favorites) and I have those same blue goblets AND then serving Italian!

Thanks for following La Maison et le Jardin....so that i could find you back!

blessings....lylah

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Beautiful post...and let's not let our freedoms that were won with the blood of so many be taken away by anyone!!!

Rose - The Center of My Self said...

What a happy-looking table! Thanks for the recipe, too; as a non-cook, I find easy recipes like this so helpful. Normal ingredients, too.
God's blessings on Mr. T and for all those who serve. I'd rather watch an awards show about those who serve than an Oscar or Golden Globes any day.

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE the yellow and blue and YUM to the spaghetti and meatballs!!!

Beeutiful by Design said...

Love the table for two - and I love yellow & blue! You are making me so hungry with your divine dish. Have a great weekend - thanks for sharing.

Beeutiful by Design said...

Love the table for two - and I love yellow & blue! You are making me so hungry with your divine dish. Have a great weekend - thanks for sharing.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Beautiful! And my prayers are withMr. T!

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

Beautiful colors and tablesetting! My husband just learned how to make spaghetti and meatballs and makes them better than me! I hope all goes well with Mr. T.

Manuela

Sandi McBride said...

Prayers for Mr T's recovery...yes we owe our Veterans so much...to much to ever say...your table (as usual) is to pretty to mess up with something as mundane as food!!! Unless it's spaghetti and meatballs that is! Yummmy!
Sandi

NanaNor's said...

Hi Pat, What a lovely post-love the color combination-so bright and cheery! I laughed when I saw Trader Joe's-one store we miss from Ca. because they don't have them here but this last week we hit the store in Santa Fe and came home with lots of goodies....got to love the prices.
Have a great warm weekend.
Love, Noreen

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Pat, what a beautiful post. I loved the story of the war veteran. The blue and white table is so charming, and the spaghetti and meatballs look delicious. That photo of the morning mist is breath taking. I'm so glad I came back to read this post. laurie