Fall Is In The Air
What says Fall is in the air better than fresh sunflowers? Of course, we will be adding some Fall foliage and pumpkins later in the month, but for now we are adding just a few seasonal “touches”.
Once again, we gathered items that we had around the house to create this tablescape featuring birdhouses, and a yellow and green color palette. We tend to like anything that includes botanicals. These dishes pair well with green glassware, wine glasses and fresh yellow linen napkins.
The dishes are one of our favorites by Villeroy and Boch. The pattern is called Parkland Green, and unfortunately it is not currently in production. However, there are a few items available that you can order on the Replacements site. Even the Queen of England has a collection of Villeroy and Boch.
There is a long and interesting history of Villeroy and Boch dating back to the 1740s. You can read more here.
Bird Is The Word
Notice the adorable bird napkin rings. We found these several years ago at Z Gallerie. We think that the birdcages and botanicals are a perfect combination, especially when we are enjoying time overlooking the marsh. It’s like a bird sanctuary and we enjoy being out and among nature.
Our Breakfast Table Is “Fall-ized” Too!
Our breakfast table got a little “fall-izing” too! We just added some sunflowers in vases normally displayed on top of our kitchen cabinets. Then, we included our white, square dishes and a pop of yellow with the lemon napkin rings.
With a busy day ahead, we decided to pop a few things in our slow cooker knowing we would have a yummy dinner when we got home.
What we really like about this slow cooker is that you can sear items right in it prior to adding the other ingredients. You will definitely want to try this recipe for Mediterranean Chicken With Orzo – it was really delicious.
Easy Peasy Recipe For When You Are On The Go
As always, we made this recipe our own by changing a few things to suit our taste. We did not use all of the lemon juice in the recipe, we seared the chicken and we added kalamata olives and some oregano to give a more noticeable Mediterranean flavor. A sprinkle of feta cheese really added a nice flavor that we added at the end.
The perfect wine to pair with this is Pride Mountain Vineyards Syrah. It is one of our favorites and we really enjoyed this with our meal.
Mediterranean Chicken And Orzo Pasta
- September 11, 2021
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- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into serving size pieces
- 1 cup chicken broth or stock
- 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
- 1 medium onion, sliced thinly
- Zest and juice of one lemon (we used juice of only half of the lemon)
- 1 teaspoon herbs de Provence
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3/4 cup orzo pasta
- 1/3 cup kalamata olives
- Optional: 1 tablespoon capers
- 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- Drizzle of good quality extra virgin olive oil
- Step 1
- Preheat the slow cooker to sear the chicken (you can skip this step or sear in a separate pan and transfer to slow cooker)
- Step 2
- Combine the chicken, broth, tomatoes, onions, lemon zest and juice and herbs to slow cooker
- Step 3
- Cook on low for 4 hours or high for 2 hours adding the orzo and olives during the last 15 minutes (the original recipe stated add during the last 30 minutes but this made the orzo mushy)
- Step 4
- Place serving on plates and garnish with parsley, crumbled feta and finish with a drizzle of olive oil