christmas spirits

For your upcoming holiday events, I’m sharing my two favorite holiday cocktails.  Perfect for one or for a crowd!

The White Christmas

I love this cocktail, as it is made by the pitcher which makes it easy to serve for a party.  The delicious peach and rosemary flavors are perfect for the season, but also unexpected.  Find the recipe here.

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flavors of fall

Sorry for the radio silence!  Since my little guy turned 5, we have been battling ear infections, which resulted in ear tubes round 2 and an adenoidectomy.  We are still recouping at our house, but I thought I’d share a few of our favorite fall dishes.  We’ve been busy baking here, since Gabriel isn’t ready to get out and about quite yet:

  • Nothing can beat the simplicity of oatmeal raisin cookies.  These are the best (so soft and chewy) and fill your house with a glorious aroma as they bake.

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  • I love pecan recipes, especially during this season.  This kale and pecan salad would be the perfect side to serve for a fall dinner.

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  • Nothing is more comforting than a fall soup.  This butternut squash is a house favorite for our family for a lunch or a festive dinner starter.

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  • Everyone needs a go-to game day dish.  These wings are sure to please even the most upscale of crowds.

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Give these delicious recipes a try!  The flavors of fall are the best!

katherine Greene

 

 

totally tomato

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Is there anything better than a summer tomato?  Whether you get them at the Farmer’s Market or grow them yourself, tomatoes are the perfect addition to your summer table.

My favorite tomato salad has to be a Caprese salad.  This assembled dish could not be easier or more delicious.  You should give it a try for your 4th of July cookout.

What you’ll need:

  • 3 vine-ripened tomatoes
  • 1 pound fresh mozzarella
  • 1 bunch of fresh basil
  • black pepper
  • kosher salt
  • extra-virgin olive oil

Step by Step:

  1. Slice your tomatoes and mozzarella into equal slices, about 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Layer slices of tomatoes and mozzarella in an alternating pattern, adding a basil leaf between each onto your serving platter
  3. Drizzle the salad with extra-virgin olive oil
  4. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Yum!  A bonus for me this dish is naturally gluten-free.  I also love adding a drizzle of a balsamic vinegar reduction.

What’s your favorite tomato dish for summer?

katherine Greene

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

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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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