grapefruit fizz

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As promised, I’m back with the delicious Mother’s Day cocktail that I enjoyed a few weekends ago!

My husband loves all things grapefruit, but I often find them to be overly tart for my palette.  So, when I saw that my mom had made grapefruit drinks, I was skeptical.

I ended up being pleasantly surprised with the acidity of this drink.  I think that the pineapple juice cuts to tartness perfectly.

Here’s the scoop:

Grapefruit Fizz * makes 1

1 oz. pink grapefruit juice

1 oz. pineapple juice

4 oz. champagne

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Step by Step:

You can make this drink individually with the measurements above or you can serve a crowd by filling a carafe with equal parts chilled grapefruit and pineapple juice and allow guests to mix their own cocktail.  In your champagne flute or wine glass (which we used for Mother’s Day), fill your glass with  1/3 juice and 2/3 champagne.  You just want a light fizz to complete this refreshing drink.

This cocktail would be a great addition to a brunch menu or a festive touch to a bridal shower.

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Happy mixing!  Give these a try this weekend!

katherine Greene

sweet treats

Who doesn’t love something sweet?  In honor of my Dad, I thought I’d share a few of our family favorites:

frozenberries

Frozen berries with white chocolate sauce (image by AHOwens)

raspbars

Raspberry bars (image by dthoskins)

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3-2-1 Cake (image by dthoskins)

pinacolada dip

Pina colada dip (image by AHOwens)

cookies

Oatmeal raisin cookies (image by dthoskins)

As my Dad always said, “Eat dessert first!”

katherine Greene

four years

Today is the four year anniversary of my father’s death.  Unlike birthdays or wedding anniversaries, this anniversary is not fun to celebrate–I am not planning a big party with cute little details.  Instead, I am cacooned at home waiting for the next few days to pass. Friday is also his birthday, so this little stretch of May can be rough.

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For those who know me well, you know that I am my father’s daughter.  We were incredibly close and I saw him or talked to him almost every day.

His death is not something that I’ve shared before on bluegrass threads, despite his passing just 6 weeks after the site’s launch.  This was a project that he was very proud of and one that helped to carry me through some dark days by focusing on the beauty of the world and the home that I love.

As a way to reflect on the positives today, I thought I’d share some of the best things about my dad, a man who shaped my life in every way.

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He had the greatest smile.

Anyone that knew Dad will tell you about his friendly face.  He was often overly chatty and friendly (to my embarrassment) with strangers, but that smile of his was just the best.

He was incredibly generous and giving.

Dad regularly bought all of the homeless downtown Starbucks coffee (his favorite).  He volunteered and worked behind the scenes at every church and every non-profit organization that my mother worked for and he never expected anything in return.  He made many personal sacrifices for my brother and I to have dance and music lessons without complaint.

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He could make the best sound effects.

Actually, he only had one sound effect and he used it for everything.  Tap dancing?  Check.  Grinding a pepper mill?  Check.  Horses running?  Check.  No one else  could make “the sound” in our family—-that was until my son started doing it at 2 years old.  We all love to hear Gabriel make that infamous sound.

Dad loved to laugh and he loved to tell stories.  Somehow this one sound effect always made an appearance.

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He told me that I could do anything.

You go, girl.  You can do it.  Go get ’em, Kak.  I am so lucky that he encouraged me in all things.

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He loved my mother deeply.

I have an amazing model for relationships.  My parents were high school sweethearts and best friends.  After more than 30 years together, they still stared at each other across a crowded room.  They still went on dates.  They were so inspiring to watch.

He was always up for something fun and spontaneous.

Dad was always game to get dessert (and eat it first, of course), go to a movie, go on a weekend getaway, make a pitstop at a candy store, play a round of golf, drive an hour to get a LaRosa’s pizza or go to see a concert.  His spontaneity and impulsiveness made him fun.

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I know that I could go on and on about my Dad.  He was simply the best and I miss him so much.

katherine Greene

mother’s day recap

I had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend and hope that you did too.  Here are some of the highlights:

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  • Sleeping in!  I got to sleep in on Sunday morning and only got up to have breakfast in bed.  I also got to enjoy cleaning out my DVR.  Big thank you to my sweet husband for letting me be a bum and watch way too much Real Housewives of Melbourne.
  • Lots and lots of sweet cards and hugs from my 4-year old.  I truly think I will never get over his precious “Happy Mother’s Day” wishes.  I am so lucky to be Gabriel’s mom.

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  • Eating way too many gluten free yogurt covered pretzels.  Those things are seriously addicting!
  • A delicious and festive dinner with my mom.  More on our delicious eats and grapefruit cocktail in a future post.  I love any chance I get to spend with my mom and last night was particularly fun with the family.

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  • Our first grill out of the season.  So good and fun to be outside on our deck.  Pineapple and raspberries with honey vanilla yogurt is one my favorites!

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How did you spend your Mother’s Day weekend?

katherine Greene

last minute mother’s day gifts

Phew!  May is a busy month!

While we love to celebrate Mother’s Day each year, my family often feels cramped be the other festivities of the month (weddings, graduations, spring festivals, etc.)  This means that we are often working last minute to get together gifts for our mothers and grandmothers.  We want to be thoughtful, but the gifts need to also be easy and done in a flash.

Here are some of my favorite Mother’s Day last minute gifts:

Flowers

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image by KGreeneOwens

This lovely box is filled with two plantable flowers.  It was a perfect gift for my mother-in-law, an avid gardener.

Have a bit more time?  Try one of these DIY carnation spheres.  Very easy.  Very impressive.

 

Food

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Take an hour to whip up a tasty treat.  These chocolate madeleines are divine.  Or enjoy homemade or store-bought cupcakes you can display for an afternoon cup of coffee and dessert.

Treat your mother or grandmother to lunch, whether it is homemade or not.  Buy your food and re-plate at home.  Everything looks more lovely on real dishes.

 

Beauty

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Treat your loved one to a pampering manicure or pedicure.  You can even tag along for a fun afternoon together.

A summery scent, like Lilly Pulitizer, is sure to please at this time of year.  I like the price tag, too.

 

My gift buying guide is two-fold: is it something the recipient would treat themselves to? and would I appreciate receiving it?

Personally, I’d take any of the above, but I am personally hoping for a clean house and some extra sleep.

 

Happy Mother’s Day!

katherine Greene

derby recap

I hope that your Derby Day was fantastic!  My family loves to celebrate the Derby—with beautiful hats, good food, silly wagers and laid-back fun.  In fact, we are such fans of the days festivities that our family dog is named KY Derby (she goes by Derby, for short).

We managed to snap a couple of photos to commemorate the fun this year, including one with my son and I posing with the Derby stick pony he made.  I was excited for an excuse to wear my new Lilly for Target dress.  (Really—I’m obsessed with these Lilly prints!)  My oversized Lands End tote was full of wine and bourbon as we headed out the door to our party.

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Before the race, we enjoyed sipping mint juleps and we followed the face festivities with a homey, “Kentucky dinner” of ham, fruit salad with honey yogurt sauce, hashbrown casserole, asparagus, and corn pudding.  We topped it all off with a delicious Eton Mess parfait for dessert.  Yum!

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It was fun to kick-back and enjoy our family’s company and our delicious feast.  While its fun to be at the excitement of the track, in my book, you can’t beat the peaceful atmosphere of a party at home.

How did you spend your Derby?

katherine Greene