Wednesday, September 7, 2011

School Books, Apples & Sunflowers

This week marks the return to school for many students so I thought I'd repost a tablescape I created a couple years back for the occasion. 

This tablescape is just for fun as I don't have any kids at home going back to classes though my son is away at university for his 4th year of an English major/History minor.
I went with an apple and sunflower theme.
Those two items just seem to say "September and Back to School" all on their own.

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

I 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 a recipe for Jumbo Breakfast Cookies which are supposed
to be a good way to get kids who won't eat breakfast to have a "healthy" breakie-on-the-go as they have Cheerios, rolled oats, whole wheat flour, raisins, etc in them. 
(Recipe at end of post)

They are actually really delicious, nice and crispy and go good with a cold glass of milk.
I hope this tablescape reminds all mothers of school-aged children to slow down a bit and enjoy the "back to school" routine.  All too fast, your kiddies will have flown and the nest will be empty!

I'll be linking this post to these fabulous blog parties:

Wow Us Wednesday at Savy Southern Style
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.  
Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Seasonal Sunday at The Tablescaper

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.


Tess said...

Great table!! I am so looking forward to fall and this pretty table puts me in the mood! Thank you for the recipe. I am forwarding it on to me "non-baking" sister...I think she could handle this one!

Dreamgoddess said...

What a fun table! I love your centerpiece and the candles.

Bunny Jean said...

Great theme for a tablescape! It makes a good transition from summer to fall. Those cookies look yummy and great for the bus stop!

xoxo Bunny Jean
(Wednesday's Bunny Hop)

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Loved your back to school table, very cute!
I was thinking if you took away the back to school signs or made them Happy Fall signs it would make a great Fall table as well.
Very nice!
Blessings, Nellie

BluBabesCreate said...

This makes me wanna go back to school! Come see the history of Winnie the Pooh!

Alycia Nichols said...

This table would even make the ADULTS want to go back to school! :-) Love the milk in those fancy glasses!!! It is hard to tell that those are faux apples. Great job!

Marigene said...

Great table for the month of September! Love that along with apples and sunflowers you have added a couple of roosters...

A Perfect Setting said...

Yes, I agree, this table says savor every moment, today is a special day!! This is the first school year in a very long time that I haven't had someone going back to school. My son is also at college, and I miss him very much. Those cookies look sooo good, I think it might be a good breakfast for adults as well, you think? I just love your back to school/fall tablescape!!

Kathleen said...

All 4 of my gkids went back. The youngest, age 3, to Nursery a few days a week!
Love your cheerful table!

Entertaining Women said...

A lovely tablescape to give a fond nod to 'Back to School.' Thank you for sharing your charming design and for the yummy recipe. I'm going to make it for my Bible Study group. Cherry Kay

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Wow! What more could you ask for in a tablescape? Sunflowers, apples, and a roo....all three things are favorites of mine. Love what you have done here, and looking forward to seeing much more. I saw that you are following at my place, and I appreciate it, following you right back!

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Thanks so much for coming by and for the sweet comment. This is beautiful and fun your rooster idea.


Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

I love this tablescape! The apples are just perfect! Wise words too about enjoying the back to school routine before the kids leave home..I have one leaving for University in 3 short years and I am panicking already! Angie xo