Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Snow Day Breakfast...

Hi everyone! It is once again "Tablescape Thursday" over at Between Naps on the Porch. Please go by and look at the gorgeous tablescapes Susan's many talented participants have posted!

Let's just say that we still have snow, snow and more snow.  The kids have had so many days out of school that they will be going all summer.  We have enjoyed having them at home, all cozy and warm in the house.

My girls love my "Griddle Cakes" that I make from an old cookbook my great Aunt Frances gave me. The Watkins Cook book was published in 1933 and is full of wonderful recipes. I use this book a lot.

I use regular whole wheat flour and brown sugar to make these, and they are yummy!!

And where better to eat these yummy pancakes than in a sunny dining room set with rooster dishes on a vintage table cloth...

This beautiful linen was passed down through the family and is one of many in these sunny colors that I just adore.

I love these rooster plates and the blue with the yellow of the cloth.

Some of these hydrangeas are from my mom's garden, but a couple are not real. Can you tell which is real?  The bone china pitcher is Minton.

These salt and pepper shakers belonged to my grandmother.

My mom gave me this lead crystal pitcher because it is so heavy she could not pick it up!

...just a simple setting because we have kids and we use our tablescapes:-)


...Oh, I almost forgot the griddle cakes!!

Only my mom's homemade grape jam and peach preserves will do on these pancakes! 

And you have to have eggs, bacon and toast too, right? 

Just another snow day!!

Rooster plates, Big Lots
Indiana Glass "Whitehall" glasses
Mikasa "Italian Countryside" cups/saucers
Oneida "American Harmony" everyday stainless
Minton bone china pitcher
vintage linen napkins
vintage damask tablecloth


  1. What a beautiful and cheerful breakfast tablescape! I love blue and yellow together (those are my kitchen colors). I'm hungry now for bacon and eggs!

  2. Anita, Yummy! Those griddle cakes look delicious. I would love to peruse that cookbook, I bet there are wonderful treasures in there!
    The yellow table cloth makes my heart skip a beat. It is BEAUTIFUL. And my color!

  3. I see you got the "breakfast memo" (Big Grin) -- your table is lovely -- the yellow cloth and the rooster dishes. And the pancakes . . . yummy!

  4. Hi Anita!!~ I love this I can't believe how many beautiful dishes you have amazing! Looks great! Hope all is well!!~

  5. I love the rooster plates with the blue edge, so pretty and what a good find....the griddle cakes wow i can't make up my mind, I think I will have some of each everything looks so good....

  6. Cheerful setting- such a nice way to start the day- thanks for showing the cookbook- is it the same watkins that makes or used to make extracts??? I am seriously loving that yellow tablecloth-very pretty-like how you used it with the blue plates and with wood showing. gives me some good ideas.

    Sorry to hear of your friend's terrible illness- I feel for his family- our church secretary has liver cancer and is inching closer to heaven. She leaves behind a 10 yr old daughter. So hard to take- she is just a few years older than myself.

  7. Such a bright and cheery tablescape! I love the blue and yellow together and those rooster dishes! And, that delicious-looking breakfast is making me hungry.

  8. I love your tablescape and I really love that you use it too. We use ours too, well at least most of them. The tablecloth is stunning and I love your dishes and tablesetting. Your pancakes look just fabulous. What a wonderful and hearty breakfast. Hugs, Marty

  9. Hi Anita! Oh, it's so nice to hear from you! Now, would that Watkins cookbook be the same Watkins that maked and makes the vanilla flavoring and spices? I still by Watkins vanilla and cinnamon!
    Your griddle cakes look so good!! Yum. You're spoiling those kids!! :)
    Now your tablescape is gorgeous! Love the olden tablecloth, rooster dishes and I'm coveting those olden rooster salt and peppers! Oh, they're wonderful! Everything looks so wonderful.
    Be a sweetie,

    shelia ;)

  10. I love old cookbooks, they are so easy to follow, unlike today's that have a hundred steps! Your rooster plates are adorable, I hadn't seen that pattern before...too bad there isn't a Big Lots nearby or they might be sitting in my cupboards...
    Thanks for stopping by.

  11. What a great cookbook...those griddle cakes look fantastic! Your linen is such a great color and I adore the rooster plates. I wish we had snow days here!
    Holly @ 504 Main

  12. Hi Anita! There is a catfish restaurant on the interstate going toward Houston and they sell the Watkins products. I'm craving catfish! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  13. Hi Anita, I wanted to mention I am hosting my first meme tomorrow, hope you can join in, details on my page, it's an easy one!!~

  14. YUMMY! You sure treat your family RIGHT on a snow day! Looks like a lovely table to eat at too!


  15. Pretty table and delicious looking breakfast. I just ate and I am hungry again!

  16. oh my word! I love that table cloth what sweet memories to it & the salt & pepper shalers must hold for you, teh setting is beautiful & very delisiously inviting


  17. Hi Anita, I have a very old cookbook that was my grandmother's and I have made the pancake recipe from it. They are so good. Your table looks so bright and cheery. I did have rooster plates almost like those and I gave them away. So sorry to hear about your friend. Yes, we must cherish every moment we have with our families. We just got home from visiting with our newest member up in Nashville. Take care....Kim

  18. Anita, what a fun, festive table! Love it and the good food, too.

    I'm sorry about your friend. I am ever mindful of how important it is to cherish each moment having lost both of my parents and all of my older family along with numerous ones of my friends. That's one thing I hope I don't take for granted, and you are so right about that. It's imperative to love people and be grateful for them in the here and now.


    Sheila :-)

  19. That is one amazing tablecloth.

    - The Tablescaper

  20. Anita, no need to apologize to me, I am sorry to you for your best wishes go out to you and his/her family!!~ See you soon....Debbie

  21. Oh my! I'll be right over for this wonderful soon as I find my snow shovel. I love the shade of yellow on that vintage cloth and the blue and yellow together is so inviting.

  22. Oh my goodness! The table is so inviting and the breakfast looks so yummy...makes me want to just pop right over and join you! Seriously! But since I have no idea where you live...I suppose I'll have to just settle for being inspired and plan a nice breakfast for my family in the morning:-) You are an awesome inspiration....thanks for sharing....Love the song!

  23. That is such a sweet tablescape, and to have a cook book like that is just a treasure.

  24. Hello there and so glad to see you back! What a beautifully simple table that just beckons you to come in and have a sit.

    So sorry to hear of your loss. It is never easy to go through, but my prayers are with you.