~Lunch Table Talk~


Monday morning, bright and early, J and I drove south for blood work.  This time, we both had routine tests.  Each of us had a fasting test. J had another test for his blood thinner levels.  We’ll know more about the fasting tests, after our check ups in about three weeks.  We are hoping to hear the results of the blood thinner test, in the next day or two.

I don’t know about you, but after these fasting tests, I am famished!  I decided a Mocha Frappe from McD’s was just the ticket, for breakfast. 

To assuage my guilt over my lavish breakfast, I had a light lunch.


I placed a thick slice of Sprite Melon, in a small fruit bowl, filled it with Blueberries, topped with light whipped topping and garnished with a Strawberry. 

It looked so pretty it deserved a photo shoot.


It was delicious, too.

An update…..already!



After I published the post about the new cabinet, I made a minor change.



About 10 years ago, I shot a few black and white photos of barns around our county, with a 35mm film camera.  I remembered those photos, the other day, and thought one or two of them would be a great addition to the wall beside the cabinet, made from an old Missouri barn.


The barn, in the top photo, was on the farm next to J’s family farm. It is still in existence.  The barn, in the second and third photos, was just outside a small village, west of our town.  That barn is no longer standing.


As you can see, in this photo of the back of the cabinet, red paint is still visible on the old barn boards.

Because this has a few tabletop elements, I am linking to Marty’s Tabletop Tuesday.



Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Pat, I love the added barn photos. I have never heard of Sprite melon before, but it looks good.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio said...

Your lunch looks yummy! Your barn photos are perfect there! Do you print them yourself or have them printer somewhere? I want to have some of my photos from France and Italy enlarged and printed and I am not sure how to do it. You can email me, if you have time...thanks Pat!

Shelia said...

Hi Dear Pat! I've missed you - we've been on a cruise and it's good to be home.
Hope there will be good results from the bloodwork.
You always make everything look so pretty and that little lunch of yours looks gorgeous and I'm sure it tasted wonderful.
I love your new/olden hutch and you've decorated it perfectly with your lovely white dishes. I too love love love your black and white barn pictures - just perfect, like everything else you do!! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Wow, Pat let me tell you, that lunch was worth the photo shoot, it looks delish!
As for the B&W photos, I love them and they really compliment your new (old0 hutch and white Mikasa. It gives it a very crisp yet vintage look.
Thanks for coming by and seeing the new bench, it was as much fun to do as you table and hutch project:)

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

The barns photos are perfect there!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Beautiful lunch, Pat, and I love the cabinet and the prints. So pretty!


Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I meant photos. I said prints. Mind out the window...

Terri said...

The lunch looks divine!

I love the photos. PERFECT.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

I absolutely love this cabinet and all of your gorgeous white dishes and accessories are just perfect. The pictures of the barns are perfect. What a great idea. So pretty. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

The barn pics look great and hold the same history as the hutch...which by the way is absolutely gorgeous. Love all the white dishes...heavenly.

thestonerabbit said...

Those B/W photos of the barns are PERFECT with your hutch!! I'm drawn to old barns, too. Sadly, they're fewer and fewer of them around. It's so great to be able to hold on to their memories through your photos and those great pieces of furniture!!

I just had my fasting blood work done two weeks ago...and the results given by my doc last Fri......GOOD NEWS this time. Last time, shortly after the Holidays, some of counts weren't so pretty....too much bad, but SO good food. . . and not enough exercise! I wish you well with yours! You get a gold star on that lunch!! :)

L, Dana

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

The plate rack was beautiful, the pictures even more so-love the look!

Carolyn said...

Well now, those barn pictures are just about perfect by the new/old hutch! I love the back of the piece with the red paint still on. Hope all your test results are good.

Mimi said...

The black and white barn photos are a perfect complement to your gorgeous hutch.

shannon i olson said...

Great pictures, food looks yummmy! New photos are great and I love the backside of the hutch!

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nannykim said...

Beautiful hutch, food and photos!

Debbie said...

As always Pat you never disappoint with your photos....truly you could make an old beat up shoe look new again:) Awesome dishes, and I really like the old photos displayed near the hutch. Have a great night Pay! Debbie

the VG huis said...

mmmmmm looks wonderful! Also, I love your hutch. I have a black hutch that I am toying with the idea of painting the inside a lighter colour to make things stand out more. Your photo confirms that I should take the plunge. Beautiful! Have a wonderful week. Stacey

Kat said...

I like your idea of breakfast and lunch. My kind of girl :-)

The barn photos next to the cabinet are perfect Pat.


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Pat I just love the new hutch...Jake did an outstanding job making this...It really looks like a piece of prim furniture to me..Just beautiful what wonderful workmanship he did...This is a pice that will be handed down through the years for sure...I love the barn photos you did and they do look right at home next to the asesome hutch girl..Thanks for the yummy food ha ha!! Hope you have a GREAT week my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Allie and Pattie said...

Oh Pat, I was away again,but what a GORGEOUS piece! I do so love your home
xoxo Pattie

Stephanie said...

I love the barn photos - a great addition! They are really cool! And guess what? I have those dishes too! Dahling, we have such FABULOUS taste! lol!

Kathleen said...

The photos look great there! Lunch looks excellent too. Great pic!

Rosie@Journey to Charm said...

Oh, Pat, I just love those old, rustic barns in our state. What perfect pictures to hang next to your hutch. The only time I'm starving for breakfast, is when I have to fast. Good luck with the results.

Sailing Simply said...

I am so glad you joined the party today! I can't believe I missed your post on the hutch! I was looking forward to seeing whatever it was you had made. I love this hutch! It is fantastic! That young man certainly has beautiful talent! I love how you have all your white displayed too! Gorgeous! That melon looks so delicious to me right now too! Very refreshing! Wonderful choice on the photos as well! Love it!

susan said...

Pat I am in love with this piece too! That young man is so talented! The barn pictures are perfect there and I love that they have meaning to you and J. I am unfamiliar with sprite melon--it looks like a honeydew? I am having fresh cherries for dinner...since I had blackberry cobbler for lunch :) Oh well, I am getting in my daily fruit requirement!

xinex said...

I keep looking at the pictures, Pat, over and over again, with admiration. The hutch and table look so pretty with everything on them. The pictures are perfect on the wall...Christine

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Your lunch does look good. Don't know that I have ever had sprite melon. Good luck on the blood tests. Like what you did with the B&W photos. I have been playing around with some pictures I took and changing them to B&W. Have one hung in the dining area, One of one of the grands already framed and have not got back to the others. When they were all here this weekend, i decided I need new pictures as they have changed so much the last few months.
Have a great week.

W.C.Camp said...

If shot film 10 years ago I would NEVER be able to find the shots, much less frame them and put them on the wall! Very nice! W.C.C.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

beautiful luncheon set in lovely bowls.. the food looks so cool and refreshing..


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

The new barn photos give such interest to your hutch area. I love all the white dishes and ironstone!
I have never heard of a Sprite melon~ your lunch looks delicious!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Pat, I missed the post about the hutch. I LOVE the hutch! He is really an artist. Of course, your artistic arrangements on the hutch and your photos help too. I love the "down home" feel you are creating in both of your homes. Your barn photos are the perfect addition next to the hutch. Your lunch is so pretty. What is a sprite melon? I'm off to go look at the post about the hutch. laurie

Porch Days said...

The barn photos are perfect there and very fitting. Well done.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Pat, I think I would be able to put up with blood tests if I knew a yummy treat was awaiting me! And I like the photos there. They seem appropriate with the barn wood cabinet and a good reminder of how precious old buildings are. Have a great day! Linda

Martha said...

Lovely lunch and in this heat -- perfect -- whehter or not you had a McCaffe!!!!

The barn pictures are perfect in that spot! I do like to decorate with photos (although I don't do it as much as I'd like (wall space!) -- but they are perfect!

Southern Lady said...

Your barn pictures complement your cabinet beautifully, Pat. You couldn't have bought anything that would be any prettier, and just think ... you created the art work yourself!

Sue said...

Pat, Your cabinet maker did an excellent job on the new/old hutch. It looks so grand, accessorized with all that white! And your B/W prints accent it so very well. Just a lovely room!
hugs, Sue

AshTreeCottage said...

Love the barn photos and your lunch looks very yummy. Perfect for a hot summer day! I hope that your test results are good!!

Susan and Bentley

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

The framed barn photos are perfect in there! Pat, your home is looking more cozy and homey every time I see it. I still am in love with the way the new/old cabinet looks against the backdrop of the wall paint color. It looks completely ready for a magazine shoot. I so love old barns!

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

Forgot to say the food looks great too. I would never have thought to put that together.

Terri said...

Pat, the barn pictures are the "perfect" addition to your hutch area. You always choose just the right thing.

Love it

Kris said...

Hello Pat - Love this post. Your fruit cup lunchenette looks devine! I love your pretty table setting.
Your furniture pieces are wonderful and create a warm, time savored antiquarian atmosphere that also brings back fond memories of the country life. I love the addition of the black & white barn photographs. I love the juxtaposition. I also like the little rooster & hen bit of color. In the photo, it looks like a little whimsy.
From one whose still in the working world and it's menotany, your blog is so femininely soothing. It's like coming home or going to visit a favorite aunt. I always come to your blog for that bit of respite. Thank you. Kris

Kris said...

P.S. I would love to know what sprite melon is. It sounds wonderful and I know I would try it and like it! :)

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Love your new cabinet and all your beautiful white ware, looks so pretty together. That is so neat it was made from old barn wood!!
It looks stunning.
Enjoy that pretty baby!!
Blessings, Nellie

Linz said...

your fruit menagerie is a WONDERFUl idea! it looks so beautiful!

Manuela@TPOH said...

Gorgeous cabinet Pat! I love black and white photos! I went through a phase a few years ago where I was taking B&W photos of cemetaries. I think barns are a nicer subject LOL!


Bonnie said...

Your black and white photos are perfect by your new cabinet.

Like your light lunch-it looks so refreshing!

Kim said...

Oh Pat, I've been waiting so anxiously to see the cabinet that you had made. Ever since that teaser post, I just couldn't wait, and it was worth the wait! It's everything I imagined you would pick out. And those black and white photos are such a perfect accent. I just love visiting you blog as you have such amazing photography skills. I'm still learning...

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I love barn pictures, reminds me of my grandparents farm!

My daughter has that Mikasa china, she loves it and we have given her lots of pieces including the tea pot! I've forgotten the name of it, Orchard something?


Jeanne said...

Hi Pat, we have been camping with our children and now my oldest daughter is here to recover from shoulder surgery. Busy, is an understatement.

I just love your wonderful hutch. Your white dishes look so terrific as well. the change from the plates to the black and white photos looks perfect. The old barns are always an attraction to me. Lucky you have a pic of the ones that have gone the way of many old buildings. A great idea and a nice change.

I haven't had time to put up a new post today. I DO have a ton of material. HA!

I know you are enjoying your summer. Me too!

Hugs, Jeanne

Melissa Miller said...

Yummy looking fruit luch Pat!

Your photos are always crystal clear and just amazing to view. You could publish a book!

I hope the blood results go well for you both. I had bloodwork on Monday as well. Long story.

Blessings, ~Melissa :)

MommytoJonah&Jude said...

Loved the white dish collection against the natural wood and black wooden shelf background. And the red on the rear of it? Superb! I live in Lake Saint Louis, a little south of you I guess. My friend recommended your blog a few months ago and I've been following ever since. Thank you for posting the beautiful photos and for the decorating tips. Love it all. said...


The barn photos compliment and tell the story of your beautiful "hutch with history."
I wish I could pull up a chair and join you for a bowl of fruit. It looks delicious.

Hope you are enjoying your summer.


Pamela said...

I've not heard of sprite melon either.
As a "foodie", that surprises me (:

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hello Pat...

Mmmm...your "light" lunch looked scrumptious, my friend! And you are absolutely was so DID deserve a photo! Hehe! Pat, I just adore your new china hutch/cabinet! It's absolutely gorgeous and sooo very pretty with all those lovely white dishes! I think your black and white photos of the old barns are just the right touch!!! Love it!!

My friend, I just wanted to come by and say thank you for stopping in and taking a peek at my Tea Rose bedroom the other day! I enjoyed your visit...thank you!!!

Have a wonderful weekend!
Chari @Happy To Design

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

Hi Pat, I enjoyed my visit to your beautiful blog. I hope my photos look as good as yours someday! Great job.

Warmly, Michelle