Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Back to School

This week marks the return to school for many students.  While I don't have any little ones to send off, our twenty-one year old son left for his second year of university last week causing me to reflect on the many years of  "the first day of school" our children had growing up.  Naturally, that became the inspiration for my tablescape this week.  I must also give credit to Michelle at sweetsomethingdesign as I was so taken with her Back to School 'scape a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to give it a try too!

I also went with the apple and sunflower theme that Michelle used to create her fabulous 'scape.Those two items just seem to say "September and Back to School" all on their own.

Notice the sunflowers on the layered square tablecloth....

Added some "school supplies" in a square glass vase...

Mr. Rooster says "Rise and Shine! Time for School!"

Two apple scented pillar candles were placed on one side of the centerpiece

The centerpiece was created using a dark green metal pedestal bowl filled with faux apples, sunflower and leaves.

I found this recipe for Jumbo Breakfast Cookies which are supposed to be a good way to get kids who won't eat breakfast to have a "breakie on the go" as they have Cheerios, rolled oats, whole wheat flour, raisins, etc in them.   Recipe to follow.

They are actually really delicious, nice and crispy and go good with a cold glass of milk.

For those of you with school aged children, enjoy the "first day of school" every year....those days fly by and are soon just a memory.

Many thanks to the incredible Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting Tablescape Thursday once again.  It is always a highlight of my week to be able to check out all the fabulous tablescapes which you will find links to on her blog.   Just click on the button below and enjoy!

Jumbo Breakfast Cookies

1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 egg
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
1 cup raisins
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
4 cups Cheerios cereal
optional:  1 cup chocolate chips

1.  Heat oven to 375 degrees F.
2.  In large bowl, stir together sugar, butter, peanut butter, water, vanilla and egg.  Stir in remaining ingredients except cereal.  Gently stir in cereal.  On ungreased large cookie sheet, drop dough by rounded 1/2 cupfuls (rounded 1/3 cupfuls for 15 cookies) 4 inches apart.  Flatten dough to about 1 inch thick.  (Bake these crispy cookies as soon as the dough is mixed.  Letting the dough stand awhile or refrigerating the dough will make the cookies softer.)
3.  Bake 13-15 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand until cool before removing from cookie sheet. (Important to do this as they can easily break into pieces while warm.)  Store loosely covered.


Eileen said...

Great tablescape!
I haven't even gotten mine together yet!

I love your centerpiece most of all!
AND breakfast cookies! Perfection!

You did a great job! I love it all!
All the best,

nannykim said...

Woooowhooo that is beautiful...just beautiful!! Love the colors and the apples, candles, rooster, bird, school stuff and sunflowers---so cheerful.

Your cookies reminded me of something my pediatrician used to say--he kidded that cake was great for breakfast because it had flour, eggs, and milk . ;-)

my tablescape for this week is here:


Christi said...

Love your back to school table. I always dreaded it when I was a kid. Your table would have made it much easier!

Christi @ A Southern Life

susan said...

I LOVE this! I especially love the school supplies in the vase! It is all well done and beautifully photographed! Thanks for sharing it!

Deanna said...

I love the colors you've used.
This is great!
d from HomeHaven

Julie said...

Cookies for breakfast, way to go .... Love your table the colors are wonderful...

Janie's World said...

What a great idea, this would be perfect for a teachers luncheon! The cookie recipe sounds great, I'd like to try it.

xinex said...

Beautifully put together! The supplies in the glass container is very creative. This table is so warm and inviting, I think it will actually get the kids out of bed just to eat in it....Christine

Allison said...

How pretty. I like the apples incorporated with the school them. Breakfast cookies?! Awesome idea!

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining & Cookbooks said...

That is a fabulous theme. Very, very nice. Hope you'll drop by and visit my post!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love your back to school look -- this looks like a wonderful start for any school day.

Rettabug said...

What a hoot to incorporate the school supplies into the centerpiece! Gorgeous photography & very creative ideas....I'm taking notes on each photo. Thanks for sharing your talent with the rest of the Tablescape Thursday participants. This is my first time to join in & its been great!

Sharlotte said...

What a pretty table! I love the warm colors you used to bring in the "back to school" theme. Thanks for the cookie recipe...I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

Deborah said...

What a fun tablescape. The cookies look ever so yummy. I'm going to try the recipe soon.

The Tablescaper said...

Yes, it's that time. I hate to see them go back. Loved your scape and all of those fall themes.
- The Tablescaper

Sarah said...

This table is full of color and charm! I think I'll have one of those cookies. They look yummy! ~ Sarah

LillyB said...

I loooovvveeed your table!! Thank you for the recipe!!!

Beansieleigh said...

Very CUTE table!! Beautifully done!.. And thank you for sharing your recipe! Cheerios, huh?! I'll have to try this sometime soon! They certainly LOOK good! ~tina

black eyed susans kitchen said...

You may go to the head of the class with tablescape. It is bright and colorful and fun. The breakfast cookies are inspired. thanks for the recipe.

Kathleen said...

Hi DD,
What a great table! Perfect way for me to celebrate NOT going back to school! LOL
Love the apples and sunflowers, so pretty!

Mari at Once Upon a Plate said...

Nice job! This is so cheerful and full of such bright happy colors ~ I love it!

Happy TT!! xo ~m

Denise said...

Your table looks amazing, I love the back to school look you've given it, mixed in with the beautiful sunflowers and rooster, it's just perfect. I love the look of those cookies and have snagged the recipe;-) thanks so much for sharing, I will have to make these very soon.
Happy TT!

Pinky said...

Beautiful, creative table! I just love it! And thanks for the recipe! We are invited to a brunch next week and I may take some "cookies":):) Pinky

once in a blue moon... said...

what a darling table!

Liz said...

A super cute Back to school breakfast table! Great idea!


Fifi Flowers said...

FUN Back to School table... breakfast cookies... LOVE cookies with cafe creme in the mornings!