1.08.2012

Citrusy Winter Menu and Bargains

My cousin was visiting from Northern California this weekend and we wanted to have a 
relaxing dinner at home.  I prepared this Roasted Vegetable Tart from 
the January issue of "Bon Appétit."
Since I roasted the vegetables and made the crust the night before, it was easy to assemble.
I added the chopped parsley for a little more color.  This would also be a good main course for a brunch or lunch...
in fact, we reheated it for breakfast the following day.
 Here is the full menu.  The Orange and Soy Glazed Baby Back Ribs 
were also from the January issue.
   I made extra ribs so we would have leftovers. 
The orange segments in the salad carries the citrus theme through to the lemon sorbet dessert
(store bought, with a spritz of fresh lemon juice).  
On to the bargains...Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams are having a 50% off sale 
on floor sample pillows.
 This woven plaid pillow was just $40 including the down and feather insert.
This one is $60.  I like that these pillows have self welting and invisible zippers.
My cousin (an avid gardener) and I strolled around Roger's Gardens in Newport Beach.
 These all weather wicker and zinc hanging baskets were 75% off.  
We played with plant combinations and here's what we came up with...

Speaking of outdoor décor, Vignette Design did a beautiful post on Asti, California.
Look at the view!

This skate board has been a dangerous tripping hazard for the last few weeks...
but it's owner went back to college yesterday. 

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 How was your weekend?


40 comments:

  1. Ah, thanks for the mention! Loved seeing your tablescape and delicious tart. My son is going back to college this afternoon for his last semester. Looking forward to no more tuition after May!
    Have a fabulous day--isn't this California weather amazing! ~Delores

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  2. Mary Ann,
    Your menu looks amazing...love that the tart can me prepped ahead of time. Love your finds at Rogers gardens and the way they look above your fountain...gorgeous! I always take my out of town guest there as well. So fun to just walk around...but even more fun to get a bargain! I'll bet you are missing Tommy...even if it is "safer" in your living room.
    xo
    annie

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  3. Mary Ann I have the same basket that I purchased this year and I put lime and black sweet potato vine in it. I have it hanging on a black grill work in my backyard, Love it!! I really love what you did with your grill work and baskets. When I read citrus I came right over, love anything with citrus in it. Delores has two lovely homes and she is one of the nicest people I have met from blogland or any land for that matter. She is as warm and inviting and lovely as her homes.
    Here is the link to what I did with my basket
    http://goodlifeofdesign.blogspot.com/2011/10/my-backyard-blues.html

    Happy Weekend to YOU,
    Kathysue

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  4. Looks amazing, Mary Ann! I am definitely trying this menu. I love Bon Appetit! I was so afraid they were leave us, but thank goodness not!
    Great bargain. Love the pillow.
    Have a great Sunday, and thanks for sharing.
    Teresa
    xoxo

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  5. Yum! I'm hungry now. I'll add the tart to my recipe file :) Thanks for the heads up on the pillow sale. I'm off to check it out!

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  6. That tart looks soooo good. I am going to have to try that, any kind of tart or quiche has my name all over it...yum! Adn your table is equally beautiful..great deals on the pillows, wow!
    Glad your "hazard on wheels" is no longer in your way.....we have a few of those ourselves around here!
    Have a great Sunday afternoon, Mary Ann!

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  7. What a wonderful welcome for your cousin.......the food looks yummy and your table is so inviting. Great decor buys and inspiring photos.
    Take care & warm regards.

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  8. Mary Ann, the meal looks so good because I have not had anything good this weekend. Love the pillows and what bargains. Great planters!

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  9. Your meal looks wonderful! And the table looks special all dressed for the occasion. I LOVE those garden pictures. OH MY! Wish it were closer to Spring here- xo Diana

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  10. The tart looks delicious and the table setting is great. Love all the green! I am a huge MG & BW fan, their pillows are wonderful. I have a slipcovered sofa, ottoman. dining chairs and two headboards from them. Also, love your hanging baskets! I am envious of your beautiful California weather. Enjoy it!!

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  11. Ahhh yum to the veggie tart AND ribs.....pie crust and ribs in one meal? Yes thank you. That table & chairs with the light hanging from the trees is just dreammmmmy.

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  12. I bet you miss the skateboard's owner! My daughter will be headed back to college on Tuesday. I am so sad!

    WHat a lovely post, and I wish I had a sofa full of the houndstooth pillows, especially for the BCS national championship game! Roll Tide!

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  13. Yum! That tart looks delish! Your table looks wonderful - love that fresh green! Love the wicker and zinc baskets! Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Hi Mary Ann,

    My husband and I decided yesterday to take advantage of this great weather and dhead up to Newport Beach Monday for a fun day. First stop on our list was Mitchell Gold and then off to Rogers Gardens. Funny coincidence! :)

    Linda

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  15. Oops,I meant "head up to"...and also I love the pillows and baskets you picked out.

    Linda

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  16. Your table looks just beautiful with the bright greens, white, and dark wood. The meal looks delish.

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  17. That tart looks divine.
    Love all your bargains too!!
    Xo

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  18. Mary Ann, I have missed visiting your blog the last couple of weeks. Life sometimes gets busy. We are back trying to get caught up.Your menu looks wonderful and those pillows are a great deal!

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  19. Oh my! My mouth is watering looking at your table full of delicious and pretty food :)

    B

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  20. That tart looks SO good! And what a pretty table you have set! We are still using plastic plates for the little ones at our table - it will be a big day for mom when everyone can sit and eat at a nicely set table like yours!

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  21. Skate boards, oh boy. I loved seeing the hydrangeas and what a gorgeous view! I could sit there all day.

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  22. Lucky guests your meal looks and sounds wonderful.

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  23. Yum! It looked delish. I am heading to check out those pillows today - thanks for the tip.

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  24. Oh I bet you will miss tripping over that skateboard:). Must stop by MG&BW today to feed my addiction! Wish I lived closer....I would have shamelessly invited myself over for dinner. ha ha.

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  25. Just retrieved the Bon Apetit from the recycling. Your meal looks delish - will have to try. My husband even thought it looked good, until I told him it was roated veggies instead of a pizza. Oh the palates I have to feed - they are challenging!

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  26. Pillows and fabric - my weaknesses. What great deals on those pillows! Your meals always look so so good!

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  27. Yum, yum! Your menu sounds so good. The little blurb about the skateboard made me smile. We've been tripping over all the new Christmas toys at our house too.

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  28. I think this may be my dinner tonight...looks fabulous and the pillows are a great deal...have to check them out!!

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  29. My mom and I LOVE Roger's Gardens! I've been going there with her since I was a little girl. In fact, I bought her some potted beauties to grace her front porch for Mother's Day in 2011. So glad to hear they have sales. :)

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  30. Your meal looks incredible!! Love the new pillows too!

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  31. Your meal looks amazing! Your table is lovely! I also love the pillows! This is a gorgeous post! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. The vegetable tart looks good, and the ribs look even better! YUM! The pillows are great finds, and love the pretty plants & flowers at the garden center - especially the blue hydrangeas, my very favourite flower :-)

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  33. Love those pillows! And, yummy food!!

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  34. Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Impossible Challenge! Glad I found you and am following.

    One day, I hope to live in CA - you can make me one of those amazing looking tarts!

    Hope you will link up to our Impossible challenge on Jan 31 too.
    Kelly

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  35. Yummy menu, it's wet and overcast here and I really need a fresh menu to pick up our spirits! M.

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  36. Delicious menu... I'm going to try the roasted vegetable tart myself. Loved reading all about your shopping finds too... Everything was so nice. Bye Bye Skateboard... I've had one of those lying around my home in the past as well. Don't miss it, but miss the person who managed to ride it. ":o)

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  37. The tart looks delicious. I love the way you've set your table--beautiful!

    I also love Roger's Gardens. I could use a trip there about now.

    Have a great day!
    Pam

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  38. Yum to you on the food you prepared. They say we eat with our eyes first and your dishes were great. Just gorgeous.
    Have a great weekend,
    Lisa

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  39. I was at the salon yesterday, and everyone was talking about that tart! Think I'll try it this weekend :)

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  40. Beautiful table and beautiful food!

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