Sunday, June 22, 2014

Pass the Peas Please

I found this cute kitchen towel at Target and after I got it home,
 I realized it matched two sets of my dishes and would make really cute dinner napkins.  So I went back and bought three more.
Changing a kitchen towel into a dinner napkin is really simple.  
This towel did not have mitered corners, 
so it was only a matter of cutting, folding, and sewing one side.
I folded the towel over diagonally to get a perfect square,
 then added 3/4 of an inch allowance for the new hem, 
marked it, and cut.
Then I made a new hem side by ironing the cut edge over twice 
and sewing it down.  So simple and fast.
They are so cheerful and perfect for a summer table.
These happy pea napkins matched my dishes so perfectly and completed 
the look for my pea salad in a jar (recipe at end of post).
Faux vegetables made the perfect center piece for this table.
Love this pea salad.  Perfect for a summer evening or picnic.
Pea Salad
12-oz package frozen peas
  1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese with additional cubed cheese
2 - 3 hard boiled eggs, chopped
2 stalks chopped celery
2 Tbs. chopped onion
4 slices bacon, fried and crumbled
1/3 cup mayonnaise or Miracle Whip
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. Tabasco Sauce
Place bacon in a skillet over medium-high heat, and cook until evenly brown. Drain, crumble, and set aside.
Bring water to a boil in a pot. Boil the peas 1 minute, until just tender, and drain. Cool peas under cold running water.
In a bowl, toss together bacon, peas, onion, celery, chopped eggs, and Cheddar cheese.
Mix mayonnaise with salt, pepper, and Tabasco sauce, and pour over pea mixture.
Refrigerate 30 minutes or until chilled before serving. 
Serve and enjoy!  
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Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Your napkins are adorable and thrifty! Love the fresh green color scheme and the salad sounds yummy too!

JoAnne Weisser said...

Adorable! Your pea napkins look so cute with all of your other green goodies ~ love those hobnail glasses!

Art and Sand said...

Those towels are adorable.

I often use dish towels as place mats. I simply fold them in half when I put them on the table.

A friend uses dish towels for napkins and keeps them long. She ties the towel in a knot and arranges it on the plate like a bow. They look so cute.

My Garden Diaries said...

Your spread looks so crisp and beautiful! I love what you have done with those adorable towels and I actually think that may be a sewing project that I can do! And the salad in a jar!?!? How cute is that!!!! I am pinning this recipe as the beans do like peas and this looks delicious! Happy summer friend! Nicole xoxo said...

What a great idea! And I don't know what it is about peas, but I think they are so cute, I am always drawn to them! Precious with your pea salad and plates!

Linda said...

What a lovely idea! I've never thought about using some tea towels to make napkins as I have some lovely old Edwardian linen ones, ones with a check pattern for breakfast time and for other occasions use themed paper ones.
Your pea pattern goes so well with your lime green table ware. Just the right Summery weather here at the moment for that pea salad too!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Oh my gosh I love your table! The napkins are wonderful. And I love that head of lettuce/cabbage with the printed leaves. I think I need that pea recipe for a dinner party this weekend. I also read the travelogue you did of your daughter's visit to Peru. What a wonderful opportunity. But I know how glad you would be to have her back. Enjoy your good times together!

Judy Hartman said...

Your cheerful napkins look perfect with your dishes and centerpiece. What a cheerful table! And I love the sounds of that pea salad - must try it!!

Sally Somervill said...

Hi Cindy, Your pea salad looks so yummy, it's going on my list of summer salad recipes to try. I love the lettuce with the writing on it, I've never seen anything like that - very pretty! Oh how I wish could sew! The napkins you made are great and perfect for Summer.
Sally @cottagefix

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh how CUTE, Cindy!!!! You are so clever.

I can't sew a straight line, you make it look sooooo easy.

I had to join your blog again - this is the 6th one this week that I discovered I wasn't following anymore. Grrr, very very frustrating. Wonder how many I missed and how many are missing me too now?

Anyway, we keep an eye on one another well enough anyolewho - but STILL!

Have you been to Lake Erie? it's 2.5 hours away and it is AMAZING. If you ever go let me know, I grew up on Catawba Island so I can give you all sorts of pointers. You and your daughter would love going to the Marblehead Lighthouse and visit Perry's Monument at name just a few things to do up that way.

Nancy Reinke said...

Super cute napkins, Cindy. They look so fun and summery. I love your centerpiece, too. Your pea salad looks yummy. I pinning it to make for our next girls' luncheon. Thanks for sharing the tutorial and the recipe. Have a great weekend. ~ Nancy @ a Joyful Cottage.

Lucille said...

I love what you did with the towels and your green dishes is so lovely. I also love those fake vegetables you use as a centerpiece. Wish I could find some like that.

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