When I shared my recipe for the Autumn Cheese Fondue, I did so with this image of our dining room table:
There is a backstory to those ornate coasters.
That involved a trip to New Mexico.
After my father-in-law passed away, my husband and I traveled to his winter home to gather personal belongings and to tie up loose ends. We discovered a side of my father-in-law we had never seen in the details of this sunny retreat.
It was full of color. And had a clear southwestern vibe. His friends shared stories about how he had acquired the custom copper sconces and hammered switch covers.
The fireplace mantel had been carved by hand.
And we heard he had been proud of the recent tile work that had been done on the bar, fireplace, and kitchen. So when we stumbled across a box of “extras” in the garage, we packed them up and had them shipped to Minnesota.
Once home, Tony found some felt sticky dots at the local hardward store and added them to the back…
Creating meaningful “coasters” for his siblings and himself. Every time I set the table, I am reminded of my father-in-law. Especially, the side of him we had never fully known about until after his death – his appreciation for details, entertaining (karaoke!), color, and home décor. It’s like having a little piece of the home he loved, in our home.
And that makes me smile.