Sunday, August 28, 2016

On the Homefront: Colorful Dalmatian Appreciation Day Table

Dexter and Delilah Dalmatian have donned colorful and casual garb
in anticipation of a relaxed pizza party for their special day!

Happy Dalmatian Appreciation Day, everyone!  For this fourth annual celebration, I decided to go for rainbow colors, inspired by the Bill Tosetti Dalmatian Coasters (which are still available, by the way) I described in an older Wish List Wednesdays post.  Of course I also added Dalmatian spots to the mix.

Turquoise round woven place mat, yellow dinner plate (Block Basics by Cerind of Portugal), Dalmatian dessert plate (by Karen Donleavy), Dalmatian flatware (from Cow Depot), yellow napkin (one of four different colors), Bill Tosseti Dalmatian coaster (one of four colors), lime green champagne flute (one of four colors), green Tuscana Colored Stemless Wine Glass (one of four colors).

The big red bowl will hold the salad, the Dalmatian mug on the left
is for the salad dressing, and the bowl on the right will be filled with
croutons for anyone who wants them.

An oval yellow platter atop a striped table runner holds a colorful flower
pot candleholder surrounded by turquoise glass beads for a centerpiece.
On either side of the platter are whimsical Dalmatian salt and pepper

A Dalmatian cookie jar and dog bowl for the chocolate chip cookies,
and two colorful vases full of daisy mums in memory of my sweet
little miniature donkey, Daisy.

The menu for the day is very casual, because we are having a pizza party!  We ordered our favorite pizza from the local pizza place, and served it with a simple Caprese green salad (baby romaine leaves topped with fresh mozzarella pearls, diced tomatoes, some julienned fresh basil leaves, and a bottled red wine vinaigrette).  For dessert, the logical choice would be chocolate chip cookies (for the spots, of course!).  Make your own or buy your favorite store-bought cookies (I've included the popular Nestle's toll house recipe here, but use your preferred version).

Colorful Dalmatian Appreciation Day Menu:

Mushroom, Onion, and Black Olive Thin-Crust Pizza
Caprese Green Salad/Red Wine Vinaigrette
Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies*

From Allrecipes.

*Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

2 1/4 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt (I use 1/2 tsp.)
1 C. butter, softened
3/4 C. sugar
3/4 C. packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
2 C. (12 oz.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 C. chopped nuts (optional)

Combine the first three ingredients in a small bowl.  Beat together the butter, sugars, and vanilla in a large bowl until creamy.  Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Gradually beat in the flour mixture until moistened.  Stir in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Drop the cookie dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.  Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from the oven and cool on the baking sheets for two minutes.  Remove the cookies to a wire rack and cool completely.  Makes 60 cookies.

Rainbow the Dalmatian joins the party sporting a lei of colorful flowers!


We hope everyone had a fun-filled Dalmatian Appreciation Day!

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