It is time for another challenge from Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen. This week, we were supposed to incorporate apples into our posts. Not a problem! I am always ready to discuss apples, especially the ones that were carved by a late friend of mine - but more, about that later!
I was excited to find these cute plates on eBay. They are made by China Pearl Fine China and, amazingly enough, the pattern is called "Apples"! Replacements, also, has tons of this china with many serving pieces and glassware to match. I ran into a little difficulty deciding what to use with them, because the color of the rim is teal!
I finally decided to use pale apple (!) green placemats and rattan chargers. The pewter- look flatware is from Steinmart and the stemware is from Mikasa.
Recently, my husband and I took our oldest granddaughter back to school and my sweet husband planned a trip to Replacements on the way. He stayed at the hotel, while my granddaughter and I had a fabulous time shopping at that wonderful heaven for tableware lovers. It was my granddaughter's first time visiting the store and we had the most fun in the overstock area, where the real bargains are. My granddaughter fell in love with these cute apple bowls:
She asked me to keep them for her, along with the other pieces that I purchased for her, but told me that I could use them for blogging, if I wanted. How lucky that I had them for Kathleen's challenge! I think they should be used for dessert bowls with individual apple pies in them, don't you?
The real stars of the table, however, are the apples in this basket! They are some of my most prized possessions and were hand carved by a very special artisan named, Sara E. Finney. "Miss" Sara, as I used to call her lived at Hard Twist Ranch near Milledgeville, Georgia with her brother, Tut, and sister, Martha Lou. Sara made apples (don't you just love the apple core that she carved, too!) and red pepper swags. She briefly made peaches and I totally regret that I never made it out to the ranch to purchase some of those. Going there was always a treat - Sara was a character and Tut collected toy trains, which always fascinated my son and me.
One of my favorite stories about Sara is that a very famous artist, Elaine de Kooning, once visited the college in Milledgeville and was taken to Hard Twist Ranch to meet Sara and see her work. Ms. de Kooning (wife of the artist, Willem de Kooning) was so taken with Sara that she sent Sara an invitation to the opening of every exhibit that Ms. de Kooning had the rest of her life. When I knew Sara, she was still so unimpressed with Elaine de Kooning and her artwork that she gave me one of the invitations - I still have it. Sara was a simple person with an incredible self-taught talent. Her apples were sold throughout the United States and abroad. A real Sara Finney apple always has the letters "S" and "F" carved on them.
All this talk, about apples has made me want to take a trip to the north Georgia mountains where we can buy the best ones, ever. Kathleen, thanks for giving me the opportunity to write about "Miss" Sara and reminding me, about those fabulous north Georgia apples!
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