Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Back to School Tablescape - Give It OWL You Got

We are having a light lunch on the deck to celebrate the start of school. Our grandsons are eager for school to start, and of course, we are encouraging them to "Give It OWL You Got."

I'm using a new settee I purchased half-price 

and paying tribute to the wise old owl with some owl salad plates. 

I am a retired educator (retired twice) and happy that I'm not starting back to school. 

My husband is a Superintendent of Schools (retired once from Missouri and this will be his last year in another state). 

Our grandsons are eager to return to school; one is in 3rd grade and the other in kindergarten. 

We hope they use this old poem and listen to their teachers:

A wise old owl sat in an oak;

The more he saw the less he spoke;

The less he spoke the more he heard;

Why can't we all be like that wise old bird?

I recently took this pic of the Screech Owl while visiting 
The Nature Center at Land Between the Lakes. 

For our light lunch, we are having Sauteed Zucchini (recipe at the end). It's very easy and super fast to make. 

and fresh tomatoes from the local farmer's market.

The black-eyes susans are blooming in many yards around Murray. They are so colorful!

Sauteed Zucchini

Heating 2 tsps of extra-virgin oil and 1 clove of smashed garlic and 1/4 tsp of red pepper flakes in a skillet, stir constantly for about 30 seconds then remove the garlic.

Add 1 lb of zucchini that has been cut into 2-by-1/4-inch matchsticks, cook undisturbed for about a minute on each side until golden brown.

Sprinkle some breadcrumbs and stir lightly.

Remove from the heat, and salt and pepper to taste. 

Transfer to a serving dish and top with 2 lbs. finely ground Parmesan Cheese. 

I didn't use garlic but it's optional. I also tried a little dill weed to vary the flavor.

Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy.

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  1. This is such a cute tablescape, Judy! Love the owls! I have to admit, I miss having little ones to send off to school. We laugh about how we used to complain about all the school supplies we had to buy. Now, the girls just ask for more expensive "toys"! Lol!!! I think I'll take school supplies back any day now!

  2. Just returned from spending the day with my daughter and baby grand-daughter - so so cute............tomorrow my nieces start back to school tomorrow, and this past weekend my nephew went back to Arizona State (from Ohio, too far, but he loves it) to begin his sophomore year this past weekend. Time flies, summer certainly has!

    I love your tablescape and the owl poem is perfect!

    Funny, I fixed dinner and husband and I are actually eating in front of our computers - we're tired and both have been gone all day - and I fixed almost this exact zucchini dish tonight, haha. The Z's and the tomatoes are from our garden. I married an Italian descent so there IS garlic in it, though

    : - )

    Hugs! ♥

  3. An owl themed tablescape with the great caption you've written is perfect for back-to-school! Love those white owl plates! I recently bought 2 of those dragonfly napkin rings at Pier 1 on sale - I like them with the orange napkins you used. Yummy looking zucchini too! School doesn't go back until after Labour Day here so maybe I'll come up with a tablescape or display before then...son is still "going back" for his PhD so maybe that counts ;)

  4. Judy,
    Amazing Back~To~School Tablescape, dear friend!
    Love the Owl Poem!
    Your recipe sounds divinely delicious!

  5. I love everything! Hope your grandsons have an amazing year!...Christine

  6. I hope your grandsons have a wonderful year! The table is adorable and lunch sounds delicious! I am glad I am retired too but do miss my job sometimes, especially this time of year:)

  7. What a pretty table setting and a great school send off for your grandson.

    Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  8. Your owl plates are very cute! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  9. Darling !
    Where did the owl salad plates come from? Our youngest would love. Wish she would "take in" the owl poem. ha