Friday, May 10, 2013

Dining Alfresco

by Sheila

Okay, by now you know we all love to eat, but then who doesn't?  Coming in a close second to dining in general for me, is dining outside.  In our climate we eat outside as many days (if not more) than we eat in.  My four year-old granddaughter will ask me, "Nana, are we dining alfresco?"  Of course we are!  Love that!

I have an old buffet table that I got at (you guessed it)  the thrift store.  After a coat of paint, it has served me well as an outside serving space.  I keep thinking I am going to mosaic tile the top, but that's another blog post...  I keep extra napkins and a few other serving items there to be ready when I need them.  I use my "indoor" stuff outside also.  My tablecloths, cloth napkins and even crystal candlesticks will find their way outside at my house.  

The table is set for dinner outside...

The only problem with all of this is that my kitchen is on the opposite side of the house from our garden and outdoor seating areas.  This is great if you didn't make it to Jazzercise that morning, but if you don't have time to make 50 trips back and forth for dinner, you need to use a tray.  I load my various trays with everything I need as I am preparing our meal, making me more organized and way more efficient.  I have about six trays of various sizes and materials that I use regularly, from a large rustic oak to a smaller silver tray, and they are indispensable work-horses in my kitchen.  When you are ready to eat, you can have your family or guests grab a tray and off you go to the great outdoors to enjoy your meal!
Dinner with good friends at Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ - A good time was had by all!

I hope you have an opportunity to enjoy dining alfresco soon, with soft breezes, the smell of the garden and the hummingbirds to entertain you!


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  2. Lovely dining setting and just think of all the exercise you get with the alfresco dining on the wrong side of the house.

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  4. I love eating outside! Makes me happy!