19 March 2018

The Simplest of Celebrations, Arrangements, and Recipes


Today, I am sharing a couple of simple ideas for the spring holidays.
First, is this bouquet in this pitcher, which  
is actually a metal measuring container that holds 500 ml. Its soft mint color with the black trim has a vintage look and it is perfect for spring. Earlier at the market, I found the most inexpensive bunch of spray roses as well as an asparagus bunch all for seven dollars. Later at home, we trimmed the bunches and created three arrangements from our find.










And since it was St. Patrick's Day, we pulled out our precious vintage china with a clover pattern. It was gifted to us by a loved family member, gone some years now, a dear relative by marriage: someone who loved St. Patrick's day, who bought this set to remind him of his mother who came from Ireland to America, and lived in an attic with other indentured servants before having a family of her own.  

I baked some Irish soda bread for the occasion, but instead of buttermilk I used Ryazhenka, which is a Russian style buttermilk. To me, it seems less sour and richer to the taste, and it makes moist baked goods when used as a substitute for buttermilk. So our bread is not quite Irish! I also don't use raisins. Instead, poppy seeds and dried cranberries are added. (Though, dried cherries are wonderful if you have them on hand.) I think you could use any recipe for soda bread and do the same. Soda bread is soda bread, because baking soda makes it rise, and since there is no yeast, it is simple to bake. I also like to use a fluted ring cake pan, because I think it bakes so nicely and looks pretty when done.








The vintage silverware also made an appearance.









Here is our second floral arrangement in a different pitcher.  This one we used for our St. Patrick's day tea, and it eventually ended up on the dining table. 
I used some toile cloth my daughter found in a second hand shop for the table setting.
(There was a third arrangement too, but I did not take a picture. As you can see, these were generous bunches and they went far.)











Vintage china and silverware that play "dress up" with
the simplest of celebrations, recipes, and remembrances create home. 


Thank you for visiting.
xoxo
Su

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35 comments:

  1. A Russian-Irish marriage of a soda bread. Sounds good to me! The table looks so lovely dressed for St. Pat’s. The roses are the perfect complement to the mint container and vice versa—always good to think outside the box for pleasing and unique arrangements.

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    1. Thank you, Vee. Dried cherries and poppy seeds are always favorites around here, and it is fun to come up with something different. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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  2. I love your way of making the Irish Soda bread. I love cranberries and I bet that is so good. Where do you find that special Russian milk? Love your flower arrangements in the pretty containers. Your clover leaf plates are pretty cute too. Have a great week.
    Hugs,
    Kris

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    1. Hi, Kris. Whole Foods. I am surprised that I have not found it at Sprouts yet. xoxo Su

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  3. Duh! I hate to sound so dense, but I always wondered why it was called Soda Bread. Picture me hitting my forehead over and over and saying "I shud'da known!"

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    1. Oh! That's no dense. I mentioned it, because my daughter asked, "why the name?" Then it occurred to me that it was not so obvious! xoxo Su

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  4. I love soda bread, so simple and delicious. Very pretty photos :-)

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. That's what wonderful about it, at least for me, I like preparation to be simple. xoxo Su

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  5. That mint measuring cup is amazing! SO pretty!

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    1. Thank you, Kim. Amazingly, I found it for six dollars at Home Goods. It says it was made in Romania. xoxo Su

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  6. I also love your minty measuring container, Su, it looks so cheerful with the flowers.
    Amalia
    xo

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  7. My dear Su, your pictures always bring a smile to my face as they are always filled with beauty and loveliness.

    Happy Spring to you. Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much, Stephanie, for such a sweet compliment. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

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  8. Hi!Love your pretty shamrocks trio and the beautiful bouquet!Both pitchers are gorgeous!Wonderful silver too.Hugs!

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  9. That is so interesting....I love that you used aparagus in your flowers. I have NEVER seen that done but it so cool. Beautiful china and pics.

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    1. Thank you, Pam. The shape reminds me of the lavender in the yard, that's how I came to use it. It looks especially pretty with spring flowers, but the daffodils looked sad. xoxo Su

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  10. You crated some very imaginative floral bouquets ...I like the idea of using the asparagus... and before it buds ..it’s really an attractive addition too .... your Shamrock tea set is very special as they are quite hard to find ... It’s a gift to cherish ... You made me smile with your creativeness... poppy seeds and cranberries would be fabulous in soda bread... in fact I’d love to join for some tea and wee piece.... Nice post....Hugs

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    1. Thank you so much for the observation and compliment ! xoxo Su

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  11. What a lovely to celebrate St. Patrick's Day! I'm admiring your charming tea set! I don't think I've ever had soda bread or Russian-style buttermilk.

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    1. Thank you, Margie. It is very simple to make. xoxo Su

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  12. Sue, how lovely. It's such fun to have enough flowers for multiple arrangements. I'm a huge fan of white pitchers, but I must say the arrangement in the metal pitcher is my favorite.

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  13. I enjoy playing with flowers too. ;-) Very soon I will be doing it everyday. I can not wait for our Spring flowers.
    Thank you for sharing your creativity with us.
    Carla

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    1. Thank you, Carla. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Su

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  14. Your spring vignettes are fabulous
    Hugs

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    1. Thank you, Alessandra. Happy Easter week. xoxo Su

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  15. Beautiful pictures. Have a happy weekend.

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  16. Su, that first bunch of roses took my breath away! The Irish china is so sweet and the soda bread sounds yummy! We had soda bread last year, but this year I just used my sour dough start. Is that asparagus in the second arrangement? How fun! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you, Jann. Yes. It is asparagus. It lasts about four days. Happy Easter week. xoxo Su

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  17. I've never tried Russian style buttermilk. I've learned something new! Where do you find it?

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    1. Hi, RJ. Whole Foods. So far, I have not found it at Sprouts. It is a Lifeway product. Their website is lifewaykefir, and you can do search based on your address. xoxo Su

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