oh. my. goodness.
Allow me a quick recap of the week first, if you will, before we get into that yummy goodness.
It was already crazy crammed with appointments and the usual "to do" list when a box and a half of peaches I ordered (to support a school fundraiser) got delivered.
They are the BEST peaches BUT, holy Toledo, I had not built time into my schedule for them!
Never the shrinking violet, I decided to forego some sleep & surged ahead, blanching, peeling, cooking, preserving, baking, etc.
Until 18 jars of peach freezer preserves, a strudel and a cobbler later, the boxes were empty.
Whew. I've never made preserves before. I've been given jars in the past but what a new appreciation I have of that gift now! Such a labor of love.
There wasn't time for back patting tho, on top of everything else, I had agreed to host a little garden party for a friend (who had a friend) who wanted to see my garden.
Even tho I was busy, I jumped at the chance, because I love any excuse to pull out two of my other passions ~ antique dishes & silver!!
I only own four covered bouillon cups/bowls, three in one pattern & this single one in my favorite rose pattern. They are all Limoges, in case you're into this sort of thing as much as I am!! :)
Don't you just love the whole idea of covering your bouillon to keep it warm?? (As opposed to ladling it into an open bowl only to have it cool off too quickly.)
Not to mention the adorable bouillon spoons. *sigh*
I bet you couldn't guess I'm a Downton Abbey fan?!!!!! I so dig this stuff....
My neighbor generously made the Butternut squash/chicken soup that we served in the bowls.
Now (finally) we're back to the promised Ciabatta sandwich!!!!
Inspired by a similar item seen on the menu at Starbucks.
Made using mayo, topped by ultra thin mozzarella slices on both halves of the Ciabatta, followed by a generous slice of a garden grown tomato, basil pesto & a few fresh basil leaves.
I'm telling you, biting into this sandwich is like tasting a little bit of heaven. I can think of many variations too. Imagine adding some bacon for a start!
Melted cheese, warm bread, fresh produce, ooey goodness = my new favorite sandwich!
It makes me wish I had grown some basil this year to make my own pesto. Since I didn't, I used the basil paste above made by Gourmet Garden which turned out to be a delicious alternative.
The whole party was capped off by Peach Cobbler which was devoured quicker than a photo could be snapped!
Somehow, someway, the new vintage urn found a way to be planted.
What do you think?? Worthy of the container??
and now I'm ready for some "down" time. Happy Labor Day weekend everyone!