Thursday, January 13, 2011

A Late Lunch

Today has been a cool, crisp, clear day. Blue skies and fluffy clouds that were like big marshmallows in the sky. They seemed so close, as if you could reach right up and grab one.

I dropped the kids at home after school and then went to my friend Shereen's for a late lunch.

Tuna patties with mango chutney and a sweet cucumber yogurt salad, lettuce and tomatoes and spinach rice. Everything was so delicious!

Shereen loves to change up her decor as the months and the seasons change. A touch of green is the present them.

This piece of stitch work that she is made is on display. The entire piece is done in french knots.

Her work is absolutely beautiful. Each piece takes at least 100 hours to complete. I would never finish anything if it took that long.

As the sun was setting on a lovely afternoon.

We enjoyed dessert of sweet milk pudding and green tea.

Such a nice way to start the weekend. I hope you are all having a beautiful day as well.

Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse. ~ Henry Van Dyke

Friendship blessings, Tammy


Jessica @ Sunny Tuesday said...

The embroidery work is beautiful! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! :)

Susan said...

Oh man, Tammy, Shereen is a great friend and a fabulous cook! Mmmmm, I'd like to go to lunch there. What is in the sweet yogurt salad, do you know? Mmmm sounds good. Susan

Heather said...

What a beautiful luncheon she prepared for you. And, her needlework is gorgeous. Your post was a "feast" for the eyes. Thank you. :-)

Anonymous said...

Shereen surely is a talented (and patient) woman. French Knots? Stunning pieces of work!

Now I'm hungry after looking at what you had for lunch. My muffin pales in comparison!

How pretty the setting, how puffy the clouds, how dear is your friend.

A perfect day for you!


Mariette said...

Dearest Tammy,

Thanks for your visit. The snow and ice are gone, at least here in Dublin (heart of Georgia). Sunny days now but frost at night till -8° C and only 4° C during the day. Below normal of 13° C during the day and 1° C during the night!
But we'll get over it one day... Spring will come again. This proves again all the bogus about global warming!

Your lunch looks like my favorite food too; anything with spinach or tuna will do.

Shereen's French knot embroidery is extraordinary; first time I see that! Very unique and beautiful looking inside that frame. A true treasure that will become a family heirloom!

Lots of love,

Mariette's Back to Basics.

NanE said...

Hi Tammy, boy your friend is very talented with a needle and I'm with you, I would never finish if it took that long. Now, I have never heard of sweet milk pudding but it sure looks yummy! Have a great weekend, Nan

Claus said...

That rice looks delicious! Yum! :o)
What a great to spend an afternoon, and what lovely colors she have chosen for her current decor! Green and beige is what I want to use in a room at home. Then there is a mustard/honey in another room. I want fresh and light to start the year. Summer is coming after all! :o)
have a lovely weekend!

LuLu Kellogg said...

Ohhh Tammy...Shereen is so talented! I love the piece of the french knots. Just beautiful!

Spending time with girlfriends is just the best!


Anonymous said...

Tammy! You certainly know how to take hold of the simple pleasures in life! Everything looked amazing, from the food to the needlework! What intricate detail....I don't think I have that kind of patience either! lol

thanks for sharing!
have a great day!

ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

Marilyn said...

Oh Tammy, do you live the life!!! Such a sweet friend and what beautiful embroidery...makes me want to pick up the threads and silver needle again. I loved your poem from yesterday... and I hope that this time you get a few things you want done. I haven't accomplished anything since christmas...overload I think. Have a good night and enjoy your weekend..

Linda said...

Wow, looks like your friend has a gorgeous home and I've never eaten anything like any of that ~ We're more basic midwestern, meat and potatoes and casseroles, lol.

Thanks for your comment on my blog as well - regarding the driver's ed - here, classroom and behind-the-wheel are featured as part of the normal school day at the high school. The whole thing ends up costing around $40, so convenient and reasonably-priced as well.

Have a nice weekend.

Linda said...

... by the way - I adore that quote you feature by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rizzi said...


crochet lady said...

Quite a lovely setting to enjoy a visit with a friend.

glor said...

What a lovely post. Your pictures are beautiful, made me feel like I was there. Thoroughly enjoyed myself. You friend does amazing work, she must be very patient.
Certainly worth the hours though to see the finished product.

La Dolce Vita said...

what a nice visit and lunch, thanks for taking us along on the visit, really beautiful tablescape! bet you had a lot of fun!! xo

Privet and Holly said...

Sounds like the
perfect way to
spend an afternoon!
Loved your poem,
as well : ) My family
is doing better, thanks
to rest and antibiotics!
Thank you for asking and
for your sweet comments.
Love hearing from you!
xx Suzanne

A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Tammy...what a beautiful home! Lunch looks yummy!

Serena said...

What a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Your friend, Shereen, is obviously very talented AND a great cook! Love the touches of green in her decor.


Jane said...

That does sound like a perfect way to start the weekend. Your friend does beautiful work. The pieces you pictured were amazing.

Rose said...

It sounds like you had a lovely day and the embroidery is absolutely beautiful!

Sharon said...

Hi Tammy,
Wow, that food looks so delicious! And it's plated just like a restaurant. what a wonderful meal. Her handiwork is exquisite. Isn't it so much fun to lunch and look at artwork and just chat with a friend? If you were here, I'd invite you over! Happy weekend to you... it's MLK weekend here so yeah for three days off.
Sharon :-)

Deb said...

The food looks delicious and the French Knot embroidery, even more so! Gorgeous!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

It sounds like a wonderful time. Her french knot pictures are beautiful!!
Have a wonderful weekend my friend.

Melissa said...

Are you sure you're not really friends with Martha Stewart and just hiding it from us?? This lovely friend of yours really needs to open up a business. I want one of her french knot creations!!! Is she selling them?? They're gorgeous. I have a hard enough time trying to work on something for just a few hours....HA! You're weekend can't go wrong when starting off like that.

Anonymous said...

What a lovely lunch. I had little doubt that it would be wonderful when I knew you were going to Shereens. She really has the most amazing way of making everything look amazing, from her food to her crafts to her decor. How lovely. I am sure it was a wonderful way to start your weekend.
Her craft projects are truly incredible. As much as I enjoy cross stitching, I am not sure I could do a project that took me so long to finish. Her hard work and patience turned into something very lovely!!


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