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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Late to the Gate, with Three Or More and Tasty Tuesday!

It's late Tuesday afternoon, and I'm just now getting to the computer to put together a post!

I'm jumping into Three Or More Tuesday (click here!), hosted by Tam at The Gypsy's Corner, and also hopping into Tasty Tuesday (click here!), hosted by Jen at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam.

Thanks to both these ladies for the fuss and bother of hosting; we do appreciate it!

Anne and I wandered into Dollar Tree this afternoon;
it is dangerously close to That Old House, and thank goodness it isn't "Hundred Dollar Tree."

We wandered out laden with bags. We dumped everything on the
big round oak table in the sunroom when we got home:

We definitely had more than three!

I've had my eye on these blue and aqua dishes for a few weeks. They look like they belong in a beach house.
Matte finish, nice and heavy -- they have an almost handmade feel about them.

I got a few of these, too:

There is nothing remotely artisan-looking about these. They are cheesetastic -- they're flocked, for goodness' sake, and silvered inside -- but they make me smile, and on Thursday, in a tablescape with the blue and aqua dishes . . . they will do just fine!

I got a half-dozen of these white plates, with their basketweave border:

Wedgwood, Tiffany, and Aynsley all have white plates with basketweave borders.
So, as we say in New York, "What's not to like?"

I'll see how well they wear before getting more. I have my Mom's old ironstone restaurant dishes that I am returning to the beach house, so I need some plain white everyday dinnerware here at That Old House. This may be just the ticket.

Or maybe I should bring the blue and aqua dishes out to the beach house? Hmmm. . .

Now. . . it's also Tasty Tuesday,
featuring the food that we like to serve on the 4th of July.

My favorite things to have on the 4th are the first tomatoes from the garden.

They are fabulous just sliced and served warm and nekkid, but there's also tomato pie;
it makes a great nibble while the grill gets going.

This past Saturday, a week before the 4th, I wanted to make a tomato pie to bring to a cook-out at a friend's house, but when I began to assemble the darned thing, I realized I was missing a key ingredient: mayonnaise.

What to do?
I could make my own mayo from scratch, but seriously, folks. . . .

I decided to do a tomato pie, That Old House style: no muss, no fuss, and hold the mayo.

I pre-baked a store-bought crust (yes, proudly cheating!), and then put in a thin layer of leftover shredded cheese, then piled in sliced seeded ripe tomatoes, fresh basil leaves from the garden, and some cut up sundried tomatoes in olive oil. On top, thick slices of aged sharp New York State cheddar cheese.

Into a 350 degree oven, till the cheese melted and the tomatoes got soft.

As simple as simple can be. And pretty darned tasty, too.

I'm dreaming up other combinations -- thin sliced zucchini and goat cheese, spinach with feta or swiss, cut up Reese's peanut butter cups with hot fudge -- oh wait, that's a different fantasy.

But I do like this method of making a pie. Pie for Dummies, that's my speed.
Thanks for visiting! -- Cass


  1. Love the color of your new dishes.

    barbara jean

  2. Oh, Cass, loving the colors of your new dishes!!! and the tomato pie looks scrumptious!


  3. Well I think my dollar stores around here have some paper plates but definitely nothing like those basketweave ones. Spoiled brat. No I'm not bitter that I have to shop in Canada, not at all. Spoiled brat.

  4. I love those fish glasses. I would use those in a heart beat at my beach house. I am running to dollar store here to see what they have this week. The color of the blue plates scream beach and I love them too:)

  5. Really like the dishes - just wish I had more room. The tomato pie looks yummy! Hey - I would have used the pre-made crust too. :)

  6. Love your new dishes! And the cheesetastic votives!!!! Really! Hey I live in a Victorian - more is more!!! I think they will look great on your aqua and white tablescape that you are posting soon!!!! :D Jewel

  7. I purchased my Christmas dishes at the Dollar Tree. They are pretty and so festive to pull out for one month out of the year.

    I love your fun summery looking finds.

    That tomato pie looks great! So in season. I am waiting anxiously for truly local tomatoes...the ones from our tiny garden.

  8. Love the new dishes, Cass!! I hear that this aqua blue color is very popular now...I know why. I think it will look great at the beach house. Can't wait to see your tablescape!!

    The pie looks awesome. I am going to try to make this! Yum!!!


  9. Oh those are pretty finds! I just went to Dollar Tree here and didn't see anything like that there. Very pretty!

  10. I love your finds from the dollar store. I might have to sneak over thaere and swipe them! They go great with my recent marshall shopping trip....honest! (I blogged about it this past weekend, my accessories match your dishes!! :)

  11. The dishes are fabulous and the tomato pie looks so yummy!...Christine

  12. Hi Cass

    I love the colour of your new dishes, I can't wait to see your tablescape and the tomato pie looks delicious!!

    I have left an award for you at my blog, when you have a minute drop by and pick it up.


  13. Eek! I lost my comments. I hit something and they disappeared.

    I love that tomato pie. Combining it with cheese is yummy looking and I am sure it tastes as good as it looks.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am not sure I would have found you, at least not for a while. I love this blog and I want the house. Your photos are calming. I plan to return.

  14. Your tomato pie looks so good. Your dishes are really cool too. I just bought a couple of Homer Laughlin skytone dishes on ebay, they appear kind of blue/green. Wonder if it is a kind of blue/green week? Summer breezes, ocean beaches sort of thing maybe. Can't wait to see your tablescape!

  15. I need to head to Dollar Tree! I love the aqua plates.

    Every time I visit, I fall in love again with that old house. It is superb.

    If you love Christmas and the holidays, visit my holiday blog and sign up for the weekly Christmas in July giveaways. This week is a silly elf costume for the car. The deadline for the first signup is Wednesday, July 1 at midnight. Since I just got this blog up and going again, there may not be much competition for the first giveaway.

    Other week's items will be listed on the blog beginning July 2.
    Come visit.

  16. Oh, my...this tomato dish looks FABULOUS...

  17. What a pleasing color on the dishes and that tomato pie looks scrumptious.

    Late is great, whatever it takes!

  18. Love the new plates, bowls and glasses. Will look wonderful out at the beach.

    Now, you've got me drooling over the tomato pie. My Summer is only ....5-6 months away. I can have a good time imagining it until then!

    please remember your sunblock,

    Michelle in Wellington, NZ

  19. I can't believe you got all those lovely things at the dollar tree!(hundred dollar tree cracked me up)

  20. Ohhhhhhhhh I love the white dishes - I'm almost on my way out the door to the $Store - I love that place. My biggest find there is the clear 12x12 sleeves for scrapbooking. A package of 10 for 1.00 - of course. That holds 20 sheet - and you'd pay 10 times that anyplace else.

    Lovely pie - think I'll make one when we finally have fresh tomatoes at the farm stands - it is cooler here in the Pacific Northwest so our tomatoes are later.

  21. Hi Cass, what a beautiful your pictures. Everything is sooooo pretty!!


  22. Hello Cass!

    What a beautiful Post! I am loving those pretty blue dishes, a perfect shade of blue! The pie looks absolutely delicious! By the way I love Dollar Tree! Have lovely 4th of July weekend.:o)



  23. Tomato Pie looks good! We had sliced tomatoes topped with salt and garlic powder as a side dish last night. mmmm goood! We love our maters! ;)

  24. All these goodies from the Dollar Tree? I'll have to look at that store again!

  25. OMG! That tomato pie looks mouth-watering delicious! I may have to fix some of that on Sat. for the holiday! laurie


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