Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Breakfast On The Terrace

Last week I invited you to 
join me for Cocktails On The Terrace here.
Both mornings and evenings have recently offered 
up pleasant breezes, so this week I thought you might
like to join me for Breakfast On The Terrace.

This cheerful tray is from  Le Cadeaux.
 ~ Fleur de Provence Yellow ~ 
A neighbor's recent return from a week in Provence 
has me reminiscing about our own past 
summer provencal vacances.
No summer trips for us this year,
so I have to make my summer fun here.
Join me for a little provencal escape.

Since retirement, I no 
longer get up with the roosters,
but occasionally one will join me for breakfast.
This handsome fellow, surrounded by some of the 
traditional "les indiennes" designs of the South of France, 
was a thrift store find.  I paid all of $3.00
for this delightful needlepoint pillow.

Most mornings I have a bowl 
of lemon yogurt with fresh berries.

Since you are joining me today 
I sliced up some fresh cantaloupe and
made another batch of lemon blueberry muffins.
You'll find the recipe here when I shared them for 
Foodie Friday Mystery Ingredient Club #1.

Coffee, dark and rich,
served in these sunny mugs.
 ~ Printemps by Sigma ~ 

I guarantee these 
lemon blueberry muffins 
are some of best ever!

I may just linger a while longer with my 
daydreams of sunny provence.
Thanks for stopping by.


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Well, what can I say my dear Sarah? Just give me the address of your delightful Bed and Breakfast and I will be right over. Your lemon yogurt made my mouth water :-) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  2. Sarah, this is such a lovely setting for breakfast! It truly feels as if you are in Provence. I could linger on your terrace for hours!

  3. It looks like a wonderful breakfast and the perfect setting to relax and think about what the day has to offer, the muffins look delish..yummy..Phyllis

  4. So pretty, Sarah!
    Your muffins look so delicious and very fluffy.
    I am going to print out your recipe. My muffins always turn out so dry. Why is that?

    Lovely spread.

  5. Never mind the food...I can't take my eyes off those gorgeous yellow & white QUILTS!! How PRETTY!!

    Actually, the breakfast DOES look very enticing. Lots of pretty eye candy to start the day.

    ♥ that rooster pillow, too!!


  6. Looks like a nice relaxing morning Sarah! I love your pretty cupcake papers too:@)

  7. What a dreamy setting for a morning breakfast. The quilts really cozy it up. That's a great tray and the yogurt & muffins look so delicious!

  8. Sounds like a perfect morning and oh how incredible to not have to start the day with the roosters. That day will come and I'm looking forward to it but for now it's lovely to share this moment with you!

  9. Your breakfast sounds much better than mine. Your setting is wonderful. Love the way the sun is filtering in.

  10. I feel like I just went to Provence for a bite Sarah:)

  11. You make a grand breakfast, thank you for sharing. I'll bet there was a wonderful light breeze too.

  12. Lovely, Sarah. I lingered over my cup of coffee this morning, too. One of the pleasures of retirement.

  13. Oh how darling Sarah and yummy food!

  14. Would love to visit you for breakfast. What a lovely table you have set. Love that yellow/white quilt.

    Everything looks delicious!



  15. Oh such a beautiful setting.Love the yellow touch.Pretty mug.you prepare delicious food always.Thanks and i appreciate your visit Sarah... Love and hugs sujatha...:):)


  16. Flowers are natures gift.They speak to us silently.I always love to pick them from a shop or even from our garden and arrange them.thx..:):)

  17. Sarah - I really adore that yellow and white quilt (swoon!) and the needlepoint pillow - what a bargain! Those blueberry muffins (my favorites!) look so yummy and I really appreciate the reminder about Provence - many happy memories from there!

  18. What a lovely breakfast Sarah! I must try those muffins~Your rooster pillow looks quite at home among all your gorgeous pieces~

  19. Hi Sarah, Those blueberry muffins look absolutely delicious! And of course your setting is so inviting too-I'm going to find that recipe because I love lemons and blueberries. Linda

  20. Wow-I wanna come over for those muffins! ;)

  21. OOOHHH! What a lovely way to start a day. Can't help but be a good day with such a sunny inviting table with such delicious muffins awaiting!!

  22. Lovely, Sarah! Everything looks so yummy! And I LOVE that tray! I am also dreaming of Provence! Sigh!...hugs...Debbie

  23. Sarah, I love the lighting in the first shot. I'd love to join you for the muffins. xo

  24. Sarah,
    Bright, sunny, lemony breakfast, indeed!!!
    I adore your trayscape!!! The yellow comforter in the chair is charming! Great find. . . a needlepoint pillow for a magnificent price, dear friend!!!
    Pour another mug of coffee, I'm over to join you and share our travels of Paris!!!

  25. Not only does your table look great, but so does your breakfast! Yummy. Love the tray, so colorful and pretty. Pam

  26. Dearest Sarah,
    LOVE your Provençal breakfast setting! Happy yellow and orange colors do make you wake up a happier person instantly!
    Also your yellow white matelassé tablecloth is perfect for creating this Provençal setting.
    I do envy you for being able to use your terrace. We have yet to have our first meal outdoors... It is too wet and we still have Flash Flood Watch in place and personally we're fighting the water 24/7 since Sunday. Three nights I've done my shift in emptying the two wet vacs and mopping up water with our Dutch cloths or 'Witte Dweilen' http://bit.ly/13HaiKo
    Let's hope soon we can enjoy our breakfast, lunch, tea or supper on the balcony...
    It was a joy to see yours!

  27. What a lovely, sunny setting for breakfast on the terrace! How lovely, Sarah. I love all the pretty French yellows! And nothing is better in the AM than blueberry muffins.

    I've been dreaming of Sunny Provence lately....but we did see a little sunshine this afternoon. This has been the wettest summer for us on record.

    Thanks for linking-up! Your posts are always so cheerful!

    Ricki Jill

  28. Sarah, you know this is a stunning breakfast tray! I love the colors and the Provence feel to it all. The lemon blueberry muffins look amazing. I will have to try these some day soon. Thanks for linking up to TTF this week.

    Big Hugs,

  29. Sarah, This is so inviting..Everything looks so good...makes me want to sit down with you and share breakfast..
    Love, Mona

  30. It would be delightful to join you for breakfast on your sunny terrace, Sarah! I love blueberries and have been using them in many ways this summer. Adding them to yogurt or morning oatmeal is a favorite.

    Love the rooster pillow --that was a nice find at the thrift store!

  31. Sarah, your breakfast looks lovely. The colors are so bright and would be a real pick up in the early morning. I jumped over and copied your muffin recipe. Can't wait to try them..Happy Wednesday..Judy

  32. Such a sunny, inviting breakfast on the terrace! I love all the yellow! Those muffins look delicious!


  33. This looks so inviting. I do wish I could join you for breakfast!

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  34. Dear Sarah,
    what a wonderful breaktfast. I would love to join you. It looks like the French Sun is shining on your table.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  35. Sarah~ I would get up with the roosters to enjoy that gorgeous dappled sunlight and beautiful breakfast tray! Your sunny yellow & white quilt makes my heart sing! Hope you're enjoying a reprieve from the Texas heat!

  36. simply lovely. Our porch has wonderful sunshine both mornings and evenings as well and it is where you will almost always find me at these times.
    I love the idea of lemon yogurt and blueberries for breakfast. I'm going to pick some up next time I'm at the market. Thanks for sharing your morning.

  37. What a darling place for breakfast, tea or anything goes.You have certainly made a great combo with yours yellows and blue and your yummy looking breakfast. I'll be right over, I hope we can sit and visit for a while.

  38. Sarah, that try and those mugs are so Provencal, so you know I love those. I'm going to have to go get that recipe for the muffins. They are making my mouth water. I don't blame you. I'd linger over this lovely breakfast setting too. laurie

  39. What a beautiful breakfast setting! It makes everything so special. Gorgeous cups! And that rooster pillow is adorable. thank you for sharing at TTF!

  40. Thank you for having me in for the most wonderful breakfast. It was all so good. and all the pretties you displayed for my enjoyment. I took the time to visit your table setting below and it was gorgeous. I'm so sorry I missed that dinner date, maybe next time. You have A wonderful day,
    XXOO Marie Antoinette

  41. We stayed at home this summer, too. I sure love the yellow in your quilts, they look like summertime! It's still to hot to sit outside and eat here but soon it will be nice! Hugs!

  42. I would love to join you on the terrace to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and morning chat, Provence style. Hmmm, just thinking about it makes me dreamy.

  43. What a beautiful post! I love your beautiful tablecloth...it makes me think of lemons. And your muffins, I must try them, they look delicious!
    Thanks for sharing!

  44. So pretty, Sarah. I love the colors,the quilt, and the garden setting.

    Thanks for coming by. The rooster vase is from a little local shop in St Louis. Three French Hens. I've had it about three years. I don't think the shop has them any more. You might try googling Charles Faudree rooster vase. I hadn't thought of doing that until just now. Ebay might have something, also. Now I am curious.

    Enjoy your weekend.

  45. I would love to sit and have breakfast with you on your lovely terrace. However, you would come up short a pillow:)Just sayin'!~

  46. What a lovely setting out on your terrace Sarah. I love the quilt topped table! The needlepoint pillow was such a great find. The muffins do look delicious as does your yogurt. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  47. Okay, now I'm in Provence, too! Delightful! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  48. Everything looks so yummy and inviting! Those muffins are calling my name! Beautiful setting to spend a relaxed morning.

  49. Hi Dear Sarah! Oh, I do wish I could join you! The little breakfast set up looks just so dreamy! :) Love your pretty tray, dishes and of course the precious Rooster needlepoint! That quilt is gorgeous too! The muffins look and sound so good. I must have missed the recipe so I'm glad you've shared it again. Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  50. I'd love to join you, dear Sarah, for your breakfast on the terrace. Your dishes are so pretty and I love your caladium. Thanks for making me feel as if I've visited Provence...take me away! xo

  51. I am still hanging out around the corner. Just look for me. Here! to the right.
    Love the pillow, what a strut he is and he doesn't have to know he was so cheap!
    I am definitely getting around to trying that muffin recipe. I going to the original and pin.
    Have a Blessed Sunday, Ginger

  52. Happy day friend! Those muffins look amazing! What a wonderful setting!


  53. Good afternoon sweet and beautiful Sarah!!!! Thank you for this lovely invitation and treat. I have vanilla yogurt with berries in the morning and I put cocoa powder in mine! YIKES, is that ever addicting! Your lemon version sounds so refreshing!

    IS IT EVER HOT HERE! But school starts not this coming week, but the next. So busy am I and my post was a quick attempt to post something nice, but not a lot of time went into it...no, I'm not celebrating anniversary, but LOVE in general is always a good idea!!!!!

    LOVE TO YOU! Anita

  54. Let me see, what do I like the most?

    The beautiful yellow and white quilt - I made something similar, but my son stole it and took it to his first apartment. It doesn't look so bright anymore.

    The French tray - WONDERFUL!

    The shape of that sweet yellow bowl for your yogurt.

    Oh, I would love to join you for breakfast.

  55. Sarah,
    I could have sworn I commented on this wonderful breakfast on the terrace, but don't see my comment. I've come back for another look at all the loveliness. It was a really hot day here today, too hot to eat outside, but looking at your inviting terrace was a virtual escape to an outdoor cafe. Oh, to be in France!


  56. Sarah,
    Just as I was about to close your window, I spotted where you placed the info about my first blogiversary give-away at the very top of your sidebar followed very closely by the We Blog poster. I am so honored and thrilled that you not only choose to share about my blog, but that you placed the links at the top of your sidebar. Thank you, dear blogging friend. One day we must meet on your terrace or my deck for a long chat between friends over something French to eat.

  57. sarah, you have set the MOST beautiful setting for a delightful lemon and blueberry filled breakfast. and the coffee....the best! love all of the blue and yellow...just so delightfully beautiful and happy!


  58. Now you have made me sooooo hungry, the muffins look delish and I so enjoyed your photos, your day! Thanks!

  59. You sure know how to live!

    Happy Blue Monday, Sarah.

  60. Sarah, What a wonderful way to start the day! Everything is so pretty and I love the quilt. Thanks for joining the Open House party.

  61. Oh wow, this looks gorgeous and so yummy too. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  62. Wow,Sarah! I feel like I'm at a bed and breakfast. Love the sunny yellow and blue colors, and the darling rooster pillow. Your lemon blueberry muffins look De-licious. Wish I had one right now...saving your recipe.

  63. ooh I say, move over while I join you in all that delicious looking food. Yummy.

  64. Beautifully Provencal! Love the tray and the combination of blueberries and lemons is so very summery! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  65. Dearest Sarah
    can I come for Brekkie everyday? You sure do know how to live up to the Breakfast like a King saying, sure does trump my cornflakes!! Good on you!

  66. Thanks for taking the summer fun challenge with your lovely breakfast tray! Love the quilt!

  67. oh my gosh this so beautiful i will be back to pin, i love it all!


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